stargate universe

I find the whole Stargate franchise a little baffling. However, I find 99% of sci-fi baffling, which probably says more about me than you… presuming that you are a sci-fi nut. Anyway, having watched a handful of Stargate shows, I walked away having completely forgotten what I’d seen. However, thousands of others are lapping it up like crazy.

It’s those that will be pleased to discover that, this October, Sky1 (and Sky1 HD) are set to launch the new addition to the show called SGU: STARGATE UNIVERSE.

Executive producers are the founders of the show, Brad Wright and Robert Cooper. Apparently, the series will take on a dynamic new direction, promising to be edgier in tone and appealing to longtime Stargate fans and first-time viewers alike.

Robert Cooper commented: “We looked really hard at what we loved about Stargate and what we thought the fans really loved. SGU is darker and grittier, but at its core, it really is still Stargate. It’s contemporary; it’s the people from here and now in these fantastic situations. It’s not all going to be depressing and dark!”

Perhaps more excitingly, it’ll feature Robert Carlyle.

The team that viewers will follow will be headed up by Dr Nicholas Rush (Carlyle) who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack.

The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive.

The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them. Robert Carlyle’s casting hails a very different direction for the franchise. Robert Cooper commented: “When we first spoke to Bobby on the phone, he said, ‘I don’t see myself as the typical Stargate guy’, and we said, ‘we’re trying not to make the typical Stargate’. We want an actor who is not the hero and not the villain, and more of a very flawed and complex person.”

The series also stars Lou Diamond Phillips (Che, La Bamba) as Colonel Telford, Ming-Na (ER) as human resources executive Camile Wray, David Blue (Ugly Betty) as slacker Eli Wallace, Brian J. Smith (Law & Order) as Lieutenant Matthew Scott, Justin Louis (Saw V) as Colonel Everett Young, Elyse Levesque (Smallville) as the daughter and aid of a US Senator Chloe Armstrong, Alaina Huffman (Smallville) as Master Sergeant Tamara Johansen and Jamil Walker Smith (Hey Arnold!) as Master Sergeant Ronald Greer.

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