In the more or less unplanned-for Series Finale of STARGATE UNIVERSE, ‘Gauntlet’, the crew of the Ancients’ ship Destiny is surrounded by drone command ships at every turn, and they must take a stand against them to refuel and resupply—or risk being set adrift forever.
This is likely the last fans will see of STARGATE UNIVERSE, as it’s been indicated by SGU producer Brad Wright that the window has closed for any TVor Direct-to-DV movie that might have wrapped up the show in a more definitive manner. (See article)
The STARGATE frnachise has been a 14-year saga for MGM Television, beginning with SG-1 on Showtime, then moving to the Sci-Fi Channel and spinning off STARGATE ATLANTIS, and SGU for SyFy.
It’s possible that other STARGATE productions may surface in the future, but nothing appears to be in the works at this writing.
STARGATE UNIVERSE airs at 9:oo PM ET/PT, followed by a new eppisode of SANCTUARY ‘Wingmen’ at 10:00 PM ET/PT on SyFy.
STARGATE UNIVERSE moves to Mondays 9:00 PM ET/PT on SyFY as it goes through its remaining episodes.
In Common Descent: “Destiny comes upon a colony where the people claim their civilization was founded two thousand years earlier… by Destiny’s crew.”
Directed by Peter DeLuise, written by Robert C. Cooper. Gateworld.net reports that SGU writer & executive Brad Wright announced at Creation Entertainment’s STARGATE convention this weekend that the hoped-for STARGATE UNIVERSE movie to wrap up the series is dead.
“We just recently found out that the SGU movie is not going to happen. It took too long. We just couldn’t get it together in time, and the window has closed. It’s actually sad for me, because after 17 years, I’m cleaning out my desk tomorrow morning”.
Wright also told the audience that plans for STARGATE: SG-1 and STARGATE ALTANTIS movies have been abandoned.
Is the a permanent end of STARGATE adventures? Brad Wright held out some hope.
“It’s a franchise. STARGATE is not over. Somebody smart from MGM is going to figure it out, and something will happen.”
Here’s a sneak peek at tonight’s episode of STARGATE UNIVERSE, courtesy of SyFy, via 01000001011100100111.
Chloe’s (Elyse Levesque) body is taken over by the mind of someone the crew believed was dead. Meanwhile, Dr. Volker (Patrick Gilmore) is striken with an illness that threatens his life.
Written by Carl Binder.
SPOILER: The ‘dead’ character is Ginn (Julie McNiven), the Lucian Alliance girl who had a brief affair with Eli (David Blue) before being killed.
STARGATE UNIVERSE airs tonight at 10:00 PM/9:00 Central on SyFy.
Syfy released the news of when its cancelled series STARGATE UNIVERSE will return, as well as the second half of Season Three of SANCTUARY.
“STARGATE UNIVERSE – Returns Monday March 7, at 10PM – Syfy’s drama-adventure series returns for its anticipated final ten episodes. The new episodes pick up with the Destiny crew in a battle with a drone command ship and the surprise arrival of the aliens that abducted Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle) and Chloe (Elyse Levesque). The final season culminates with a dramatic conclusion for the fate of the Destiny crew, who face a difficult crossroads when they realize the time has come for them to take a risky stand … or they will be left adrift forever.
Guest stars appearing in the final episodes include Victor Garber (Alien, Titanic), French Stewart (3rd Rock From The Sun), Robert Picardo (Stargate SG-1, Star Trek: Voyager, China Beach), Kathleen Quinlen (Apollo 13) and Julie McNiven (Supernatural, Mad Men).
Robert Cooper and Brad Wright, of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, serve as executive producers and writers. SGU is produced and distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
SANCTUARY – Returns Friday April 15, at 10PM– Syfy’s original series returns with the next all-new 10 episodes of season three! The adventures pick up in the events of the mid-season finale’s cliffhanger, with the team at the mercy of the inimitable Ranna, played by Polly Walker (Caprica, Rome).
Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping as the brilliant Dr. Helen Magnus, Robin Dunne as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman, Agam Darshi as Kate Freelander, Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss and Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt.
One of television’s most groundbreaking series, shooting almost entirely on green screen, Sanctuary was the first television series in North America to use the RED camera exclusively. Its stunning visual effects were nominated for a 2008 Emmy Award. Created by Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), Sanctuary is produced in association with Syfy and is distributed by Tricon Films and Television. Season three of the series is executive produced by Damian Kindler, Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Keith Beedie and Tricon Films.”
They also released details of their “un-scripted” shows”.
DESTINATION TRUTH, with a Live St. Patrick’s Day Investigation, which will then move to a new night on Tuesday March 22, at 9PM.
MARCEL’S QUANTUM KITCHEN – “Series Premiere Tuesday March 22, at 10PM – Syfy unveils the future of food with a daring new hi-tech cooking series for the modern age, featuring Top Chef’s Marcel Vigneron, one of America’s most notorious chefs on the cutting edge of the culinary field.” Seriously? A cooking show?
FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES – Season Two Premiere Wednesday March 23, at 10PM.
According to Deadline, SyFy has officially announced that it will not renew MGM Television’s STARGATE: UNIVERSE for a third season.
Recently airing it’s mid-season cliffhanger, the show’s ten remaining episodes will be broadcast in Spring 2011. The cable network has been showing some iteration of the STARGATE franchise since 2002, including the original STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE: ATLANTIS. SG-1 had a good run, beginning on SHOWTIME for five seasons before being picked up by the then Sci-Fi Channel. ATLANTIS only lasted 4 years before being retired (prematurely, fans thought) in favor of STARGATE UNIVERSE’s darker take on the STARGATE premise.
This often literally dark approach—sometimes so under-lit that it was hard to see what was going on— may have been what doomed UNIVERSE. The characters were lost in space, maraooned on an ancient, barely functioning space craft. Their shock, rage and disfunctional internal battles made them difficult to like, or even sympathise with or care about.
Towards the end of the first season, the show began to show other sides to the sometimes baffling attitudes and hostile personalities of the trapped military personnel and scientists. This year we got more insight, and a real level of empathy was developing. But for the average viewer, it was too little, too late.
According to the item, STARGATE UNIVERSE recently averaged only a 0.5 in viewers 18 to 49, apparently below the average ratings for SyFy’s shows that are being renewed.
A similar thing happened with the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA spin-off CAPRICA, canceled last month. The GALACTICA reboot might have been grim at times, but it made the viewer care about it’s flawed characters. The spin-off did not lay the groundwork of getting the audience to empathise with its major (and many minor) players before taking them down dark pathways.
Tellingly, the shows that are returning are the frothy, ‘quirky’ dramedies, WAREHOUSE 13, EUREKA, and HAVEN. Those shows rate well, featuring engaging, amusing and/or sympathetic characters.
Perhaps this will be a lesson to genre television producers: Build your characters up, before tearing them down.
Here’s a description and preview clip of this week’s episode of STARGATE UNIVERSE, ‘Visistation’.
“Crew members who were left behind on an idyllic planet resurface amid strange circumstances, and Chloe (Elyse Levesque)prepares for the next stage of her life.”
Viewers will remember that Chloe seems to have been infected with alien DNA and seems to be changing physically and mentally.
Guest Star Tygh Runyan (Caine).
Visitation was directed by Will Waring from a screenplay bt Remi Aubuchon.
STARGATE UNIVERSE airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on SyFy.
Here’s a clip and a description of this week’s new episode of STARGATE UNIVERSE, The Greater Good.
Col. Young (Louis Ferreira)
and Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) are trapped on an abandoned alien ship, while Destiny is stranded in deep space. Rush continues to refuse to divulge his secret. (That he has discovered the ship’s bridge, and can control Destiny, so some extent.)
Meanwhile, Lucian Alliance member Ginn (guest star Julie McNiven) and Eli’s (David Blue) relationship continues to develop, as Camille Wray (Ming-Na) discovers in this clip.
Kathleen Munroe and Robert Knepper also guest star.
The episode was directed by Will Waring, from a screenplay by Carl Binder.
Supposedly the audience will discover what the Ancients’ starship Destiny’s original mission was/is in this episode/
STARGATE UNIVERSE airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
Here’s a preview of STARGATE UNIVERSE’s “Trial And Error”.
“Col. Young (Louis Ferreira) fears he’s losing his mind after a recurring vision in which the Destiny is attacked and destroyed. Meanwhile, Rush (Robert Carlyle) visits Chloe (Elyse Levesque) in isolation.”
Also, Young’s Earth-bound wife has asked for a divorce, complicating his relationship with T.J. (Alaina Huffman).
STARGATE UNIVERSE Trial and Error was writteb by Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie, and directed by Andy Mikita.
SGU airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on SyFy. Video via Blastr.com
Here’s a Clip from this week’s new episode of STARGATE UNIVERSE, “Pathogen”.
Looks like Chloe (Elyse Levesque) may be infected by an Alien pathogen that responsible for her quick healing from her gunshot wound — but is it also making her into a spy for the mysterious blue aliens from Season One? Pathogen is directed by series star Robert Carlyle, from a script by Carl Binder.
STARGATE UNIVERSE airs Tuesday at 9:00 PM ET/PT on SyFy, followed by a new episode of CAPRICA. Video via blastr.com