- "Where will Destiny take you?"
Stargate Universe is the title of the third live-action science fiction television series in the Stargate franchise. Produced by MGM, the show entered production in early 2009, and premiered on October 2, 2009 on Syfy and Space, and on October 6, 2009 on Sky1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Stargate Universe was filmed and produced in Vancouver, Canada, as were the preceding series. The cancellation of the show was announced on December 16, 2010 and the final episode aired on May 9, 2011.
According to show-runner Robert C. Cooper, the "series maintains the spirit of Stargate, but opens up a whole new 'universe'." It is currently being developed as "a completely separate, third entity" - as opposed to Stargate: Atlantis, which was created as a spin-off from the first series Stargate SG-1. Robert C. Cooper had revealed that the new series revolved around the ninth chevron on the Stargate and took place during the present time and not the distant future. It was the first time that this topic was used in a series of the franchise. According to him, "It plays a major factor in the third series". The plan for the series was to follow a single story arc per season, with 20 episodes per season. The show began production in early 2009 and principal photography began on February 18, 2009.
Stargate Universe was canceled on December 16, 2010, during the mid-season break of season 2. Though the second half of the season aired in the spring of 2011, the show was not renewed for a third season.
Premise and Plot DevelopmentEdit
After unlocking the mystery of the Stargate's ninth chevron, a team of explorers from Earth's Icarus base become stranded on an unmanned spaceship called Destiny - launched by the Ancients at the height of their civilization millions of years ago as part of a grand experiment to explore the universe, set in motion but never completed. The crew of the ship thus travels through the far reaches of the universe, connecting with each of the previously launched Stargates, in the hope of finding a way home.
Stargate Universe, while still having occasional comedic moments, has a darker undertone compared to the other Stargate series. SGU is much more character driven and puts more emphasis on internal conflicts rather than external (the series largely lacked a persistent external antagonist). The most prominent antagonists in Stargate Universe included the Lucian Alliance, Nakai, and Berzerker drones. However, unlike as in Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, these races did not drive the overall series, and instead served as minor plot arcs. SGU, opposed to being driven by such an antagonist, is instead more focused on the journey home, exploration, and sheer survival.
The overall theme of struggling for survival in Stargate Universe is further perpetuated through the condition of Destiny itself. Over the course of its long journey, Destiny has sustained significant damage. Some of this is simply the result of neglect due to the ship being left unmanned for far longer than originally intended. However, battle damage is also evident, as shown by numerous hull breaches. This has caused great strain on the crew as many systems aren't functioning at their full capacity or are simply inoperable. Additionally, Destiny can only reach approximately 40% of its originally-designed power capacity. Such power issues have limited the ship's defensive capabilities as well as hindered the crew's ability to dial the nine-chevron address back to Earth. As a result, several episodes have focused solely on replenishing the ship's power reserves, acquiring basic supplies, and on struggling to repair damaged systems (such as life support) before time runs out, further adding to the drama of the series.
Additionally, at the beginning of season two, a new plot element was introduced. After unlocking full control of Destiny in the episode "Aftermath", the crew discovered the underlying reason for Destiny's construction. In addition to exploring the universe, the ship was also intended to collect information and piece together fragments of a complex message that the Ancients had found embedded in the fabric of the universe itself. Recognizing that the pattern could not have been natural in origin, the Ancients concluded that its presence suggested an order to the universe never thought possible. The result of this insight by the crew was the fact that Destiny actually has a mission so important that it overshadows the desire for them to get home, and that by pursuing onwards toward the ship's ultimate destination, it may in fact allow them to get home.
SGU is a much more stand-alone series than previous Stargate spin-offs. Whereas Stargate Atlantis contained several episodes that were directly intertwined with Stargate SG-1 (and vice versa), on only a few occasions have the affairs of the Milky Way and Earth been directly involved in the plot of an episode. This serves to further echo the aspect that Destiny's crew is on the far side of the universe where they have to fend for themselves.
- Robert Carlyle as Dr. Nicholas Rush, "the ship's brilliant Machiavellian scientist".
- Louis Ferreira as Colonel Everett Young, "an experienced and married Stargate team leader".- Early casting documents described the character as a former SG team leader who is the temporary commander of a secret, off-world base. He has been married just two years to his wife, Emily.
- Brian J. Smith as Lt. Matthew Scott, a junior member of the Stargate team thrust into the role of leader well before he's ready.
- Alaina Huffman as Lt. Tamara Johansen, a field medic assigned to treat the seriously wounded.
- Jamil Walker Smith as MSgt. Ronald Greer. Master Sergeant Greer was named Ron “Psycho” Stasiak in early casting documents.
- David Blue as Eli Wallace. The character is described as “a total slacker who just happens to be an utter genius with anything he puts his mind to — mathematics, computers, video games. A lack of confidence has left him with an acerbic sense of humor.”
- Ming-Na as Camile Wray, a human resources executive with the IOA.
- Elyse Levesque as Chloe Armstrong, daughter and aide of a U.S. senator.
- Julia Benson as Lt. Vanessa James
- Patrick Gilmore as Dr. Dale Volker
- Lou Diamond Phillips as Colonel David Telford, a lifelong military man. Telford is the would-be commander of the Destiny expedition and is left behind when the base is attacked. He works from Earth to try to bring the crew home.
- Peter Kelamis as Dr. Adam Brody
- Jennifer Spence as Dr. Lisa Park
- Haig Sutherland as Sgt. Hunter Riley
- Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman as Airman Darren Becker
- Richard Dean Anderson as Lt. General Jack O'Neill in "Air", "Earth" and sporadically throughout the first season.
- Gary Jones as CMSgt. Walter Harriman
- Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson in "Air", "Human", and "Subversion".
- Amanda Tapping as Colonel Samantha Carter in "Air" as the commander of the George Hammond and in the season finale, "Incursion, Part 1".
- Bill Dow as Dr. Bill Lee
- Martin Christopher as Major Kevin Marks in Air, Part 1 as the Pilot and Weapons Officer of the George Hammond.
- Kirby Morrow as Captain Dave Kleinman. This was his first appearance since "The Return, Part 2".
- Robert Picardo as Richard Woolsey
- David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay
- Main article: Kino webisodes
Airing in tandem with the first season of Stargate Universe were a series of 34 brief interdependent Kino-related webisodes. These brief segments were usually continuations of an episode that aired just prior to the webisodes release. However, some contain content relatively unrelated to recent episodes.
- Stargate Universe at Wikipedia
- Third series is Stargate Universe, March 24, 2007, Darren Sumner, GateWorld
- Universe deals with ninth chevron, March 25, 2007, Darren Sumner, GateWorld
- Cooper, Wright Talk Stargate's Future, Jan 14th 2007, michelle, stargate-sg1-solutions
- Shanks approached to star in 3rd Stargate series!, Dec 15th 2006, Alison, stargate-sg1-solutions
- Stargate Universe Revealed!, April 5, 2008, Darren Sumner & David Read, GateWorld
- Stargate Universe Has A Go!, August 22, 2008, Darren Sumner, GateWorld, retrieved August 22, 2008
- SCI FI green-lights Stargate Universe, August 22, 2008, Darren Sumner, GateWorld, retrieved August 22, 2008
- SCI FI explains hopes for Stargate Universe, Atlantis movies, August 24, 2008, Darren Sumner, GateWorld, retrieved August 23, 2008
- Robert Carlyle is next Stargate leader, Dec 15, 2008, Nellie Andreeva, Hollywood Reporter, retrieved December 15, 2008
- December 15, 2008: Robert Carlyle Onboard, Earl Carl binder Scaramungous, and My Booziest Post Ever!, December 15, 2008, josephmallozzi, Joseph Mallozzi Blog, retrieved December 15
- Three new SGU episode titles, April 25, 2009, Darren Sumner, GateWorld, retrieved April 25, 2009
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Joseph Mallozzi's January 24th blog entry
- ↑ Revealed on Joseph Mallozzi's blog on February 17, 2009
- ↑ Official: Syfy Cancels 'Stargate Universe'
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Stargate Wire: Stargate Universe crew is cast
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 TV Guide: Stargate Casting Exclusive
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Lou Diamond Phillips, Ming-Na join Stargate Universe cast. from scifiwire.com
- ↑ Greer's description matches early character templates for Stasiak.
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