Finished watching the first season last night (It's on Netflix instant). I didn't really care for the pilot, and at first couldn't get past Daniel McDonald and Lou Diamond Phillips, who aren't usually the herald of good TV.
Stuck with it, and it's alright. Nowhere near BSG, but still damn decent Sci-Fi. The cast is likable, there are plenty of hot chicks (+lesbians!) and all in all it's worth watching.
I do agree with these reviews though:
I’ve been putting off watching the remainder of Stargate Universe’s first season because, to be perfectly honest, it’s kind of a drag to watch.
The two previous television incarnations of the Stargate mythos—SG-1 and Atlantis—worked well as formula genre television. There were really fun good guys, really entertaining, over-the-top bad guys (seriously, Apophis), plenty of space battles, aliens, and cool retro-future steampunk civilizations to explore on a weekly basis.
SGU is a willing departure into a more “real” science fictional world. When The Destiny’s accidental human crew encounter alien technology, they aren’t able to figure it out in all of 5 seconds. They’re also susceptible to the “real” emotional strain of being trapped in another galaxy on a mysterious ship with no idea where they’re heading and if they’ll ever get home. That, it seems, is the whole point of SGU- to prove to the audience that real space exploration, should humans ever get to try it, will not be all “open hailing frequencies” and exciting human-alien relationships, but an intense psychologically challenging experience that will force us to question everything we think we know about ourselves.
You know, kinda like … BSG, except without any appealing characters.
"Unfortunately, Stargate Universe merely insulted our intelligence, especially when using the ridiculous "communication stones" gimmick which defies all scientific laws and seems to serve only as a plot crutch when they can't think of anything to do on that boring ship."