The Stargate television franchise started in 1997 and after 13 years, 3 shows and more than 300 episodes, it shows no signs of slowing down. Only a few months after the popular spinoff series Stargate: Atlantis aired its final episode, Stargate Universe began its journey searching for the franchise’s “Destiny.”

Stargate series creators Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright took a big chance with Stargate Universe by removing a lot of what made Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis so popular – sharp, sarcastic and witty humor, improbable but interesting science fiction, thrilling and often times explosive action and just enough cheese-filled story lines to keep from being too serious. Fans of the show were hoping for much more of the same when they tuned in for Stargate Universe’s premier last October. Instead, some were disappointed, frustrated and angry by what they received – a space drama.

After giving the writers a few episodes to establish the SGU’s characters, many viewers simply gave up and turned the channel, which reflected in the November 2009 ratings. However, many Stargate fans (myself included) remained loyal and in my opinion, were rewarded with better story arcs, the introduction of a hostile alien race, internal conflicts between the military and civilian personnel, and a cliffhanger of an ending that made fans of the show salivate for the beginning of season 2.

Brian J. Smith as Lt. Matthew Scott and Jamil Walker Smith as Msgt. Ronald Greer

A few days ago, fans had their appetites whet by the first trailer for season 2 of Stargate Universe and today we have two video clips consisting of a second trailer and a clip from the first episode (Intervention). Watch them both below:

– Trailer #2 –

– Intervention Clip –

I had the pleasure of talking to many of the actors and actresses from Stargate Universe at Comic Con this past summer. Robert Carlyle (Dr. Nicholas Rush) said that season 2 would be more action-oriented and viewers would find out why the ship is called “Destiny”.  That information would appear to be justified by his character’s statement at the end of the trailer:

“It was never about going home. It’s about getting us to where we’re going. That is the mission.”

Back in July, we reported that some characters from Stargate: Atlantis would crossover into Stargate Universe but producers have kept the identities of exactly who, when and why under wraps. Crossing characters over is not a new phenomenon in the Stargate franchise and the shared continuity between each series has proven to be popular among its fans. In fact, my favorite episode from Stargate: Atlantis is the episode “Midway” where Teal’c (Christopher Judge) and Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa) work together to battle the Wraith aboard the Midway Station which was part of the Intergalactic Bridge.

It will be interesting to see which characters do make the crossover from Stargate: Atlantis to Stargate Universe but I would like to see Lt. Col. John Shepard (Joe Flanigan) or Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) make an appearance. Of course, just like the Replicators crossed over from Stargate SG-1 to Stargate: Atlantis, the Wraith could also cross over from Stargate: Atlantis to Stargate Universe. The scene where Chloe Armstrong (Elyse Levesque) says her skin is changing reminds me of something similar that happened to John Shepard in Stargate: Atlantis. Could the Wraith be one of the crossover characters? The screen grab below would seem to support that assumption.

That sure looks like a Wraith feeding hand to me but fans will just have to watch the next 20 episodes of Stargate Universe to find out the truth.

Stargate Universe season 2 premiers September 28th, 2010 on the SyFy Channel at 9 PM.

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