It's pretty slow to start. My initial reaction to the show itself was pretty negative after Stargate Atlantis was cancelled, but I tried to watch this anyway. I didn't like the first episode and quit right there. Years later, having re-watched the previous Stargate series, I decided to give Universe another shot, and this time around I find it to be much better. I do still think it's slow to start, but there's a good story in there somewhere. Also, it's always nice to see appearances from former cast members. Since we know this is the last part of the TV franchise, I'd say it's worth watching just to have the whole story.