After spawning two series that ran for a combined fifteen years – and two straight-to-video movies – the Stargate franchise, Stargate Universe, got canceled just as it was beginning to peak. The season two DVD set contains the final episodes of the series, along with a host of extras and a look at why the show ended on the note it did.
This Monday, May 9th at 9PM on the Syfy Channel, Stargate: Universe airs it’s final episode. It’s also the day that the long running Stargate franchise seemingly comes to a close.
Stargate Universe premiered back in October 2, 2009 with the pilot episode in which an attack on a secret off-world base, Icarus by a rebel organization forced the remaining survivors to flee onto an Ancient built ship named Destiny. Destiny had been launched millions of years ago by the same race that built the Stargates. Hoping to find a way back home, Colonel Everett Young (Louis Ferreira) and Dr. Nicolas Rush (Robert Carlyle) formed an uneasy, tension filled alliance to find out the ship’s true purpose and to find a way back to earth.
Now, forty episodes later, the passengers and crew of the Ancient built ship Destiny face their final challenge in the episode titled Gauntlet. Relentlessly pursued by drone ships from an alien race bent on destroying everyone on board Destiny, the crew faces the very real possibility they may never live to see home again.
While Stargate: Universe doesn’t have the infamy of being the shortest lived version of a Stargate spawned series – that title belongs to the animated series, Stargate: Infinity– it certainly didn’t achieve the success that was expected of it by long time Stargate Executive Producer, Brad Wright. As a viewer, I have to admit I was surprised that this addition to the Stargate franchise didn’t make it very far.
More after the jump.
With the leadership role aboard Destiny seemingly settles, this week’s episode of Stargate Universe [Syfy, Tuesdays, 9/8C] – The Greater Good – finds Colonel Young [Justin Louis] and Dr. Rush [Robert Carlyle] working together to figure out if there’s something of value to be salvaged from a battered vessel they find drifting in space – and winding up stranded! In the episode’s B-arc, Kathleen Munroe returns as Dr. Amanda Perry – in a mind exchange with Lucian Alliance member Ginn [Julie McNiven] – summoned to help find a way to steer Destiny. In both arcs, of course, Murphy’s Law applies [though not necessarily as you might expect].
Stargate Universe [Syfy, Tuesdays, 9/8C] makes its second season premiere on a new night – and that’s the only thing that’s changed. Intervention finds the inhabitants of the ancient Ancient starship Destiny in as precarious a position as the one in which they were when last we saw them – but we don’t actually find that out until after the very intriguing teaser.
Syfy’s Stargate Universe [Tuesday’s, 9/8C] has continued the tradition of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis by going to a couple of places its predecessor’s did not: into a far darker and more dramatic presentation and onto an ancient Ancient starship called the Destiny. The result has required a larger, more varied and unusual cast – two members of which, Ming-Na and Lou Diamond Phillips took an hour to chat with journalists and bloggers about the show’s second season and their characters’ arcs in it.
As Stargate Universe approaches its September 28th premiere date, Syfy announces the addition of Victor Garber, David Hewlett, Robert Picardo, Kathleen Quinlan and French Stewart to its roster of guest stars. The five join Robert Knepper and Julie McNiven, both of whom have multiple episode arcs as members of the Lucian Alliance that attempted to wrest control away from Col. Everett [Louis Ferreira] in the first season finale.
Details from the press release follow the jump.
EclipseMagazine is here at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con to get all the scoops and inside information on some of our reader’s favorite series and we started Friday off with an up close press panel meeting with the cast of the Syfy series, Stargate Universe.
On hand was, Robert Carlyle, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Ming-Na and series creator Robert C. Cooper. It was a fun, and informative series of roundtable interviews and in the days to come, EclipseMagazine will be bringing it’s readers more coverage from this Comic Con event. But right now, we are going to leave readers with a lovely video teaser of David Blue aka Eli Wallace talking to reporters at the round table. And yes, it’s our very own EM reporter he catches grinning at the mention of biceps and triceps belonging to Brian J. Smith ..aka Lt.Matthew Scott!
Update – Now with Video!
I suppose it kinda makes sense that if you sign something called Friday Night SmackDown, you’re going to have to run it on Fridays – which Syfy has done, and will do. Beginning October 1, 2010, the network will run WWE®’s Friday Night SmackDown on, well, Fridays – making it necessary to relocate their current Friday night line-up.
Tonight’s first spring episode of Stargate Universe [Syfy, 9/8C] is the first of a two-parter that finds Rush returning and introduces what could become a recurring species of aliens who seem to have designs of the Destiny.
Syfy announced pickups for a second season of Stargate Universe and a third season of Sanctuary today. Both series are shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – with SGU being shot on sets and locations, while Sanctuary is shot mostly on green screen and in CG. Filming for both series will commence in early 2010 with an eye towards a 2010 debut.
Stargate Universe [Syfy, Fridays, 9/8C] premieres this evening with the first two hours of a three-hour introduction to the Stargate universe’s darkest and potentially most mature series, thus far. In a strange fusion of Lost in Space [the movie, not the campy TV series], classic Stargate and the tone of a Battlestar Galactica [again, not the campy one], SGU takes a bunch of people – soldiers, scientists and civilians, as the press materials say so alliteratively – and deposit them on an Ancient ship that is possibly hundreds of thousands of years old – and big enough that the Prometheus would like a shuttle beside it.
Air [Parts 1 & 2] opens with a tracking shot exploring a dark, dingy corridor and finishing up in a Gate Room where the Stargate opens and people begin hurtling through. They’re quite a mix and some of them, including an apparently high-ranking military man, take damage – some from landing hard; some from having other people and equipment land on them. To mix expletives, what the frak?