Stargate Universe: Webisodes & Reassurances

Published 5 years ago by , Updated May 13th, 2013 at 7:37 am,

stargate universe july poster 00 Stargate Universe: Webisodes & Reassurances

They weren’t kidding when they said they were looking to make webisodes for Stargate Universe (SGU).  Actually, they’re making 30 web episode shorts and they’re all going to be tied into the story line of the show as it develops.

They won’t be deleted scenes, but actual additional footage that adds to what we will be seeing on television.  The webisodes will be available on Syfy.com and other sites, being made available as SGU nears its premiere date.

Despite Stargate Universe utilizing a different format than we’re accustomed to, being a ship centric story and having a different premise around the Stargate itself as well as the inability to get home, Lou Diamond Phillips said recently that the show will still focus on the combination of a civilian and military co-existence, focused on exploration, much like its predecessors Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.

They’re looking to create a character driven story based around the dynamics between the people involved in the situation.

About The Show

Stargate Universe follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians who find they need to fend for themselves when they are forced through a Stargate to an unknown address because of an attack on their base. The survivors emerge aboard one of the Ancient’s ships, the Destiny, that is locked on an unknown course and they are unable to return to Earth.

Phillips plays a lifelong military man who is the chosen leader of the ill-fated expedition.  Phillips has given us a bit of sneak peak into the oddness of his how his character, Col. Telford, will work on the show – His character will be stuck on Earth and will use ancient technology to exchange bodies with people on the ship as he tries to guide the rag tag group of survivors home.

What Do We Think?

This body switching bit is a new twist of sorts.  It also leaves a ton of room to have old characters make appearances on the show, though I doubt that will happen too often.

When I first heard of Stargate Universe, I was thinking this should be fine as a stand alone type show that’s headed in a new direction.  Survivors stranded in space, trying to figure out how to survive.  But for me, if they’re going to now have direct communications with Earth, I have to wonder out-loud, if the showrunners aren’t trying to cover their tracks as they continually try to reassure us that the show will be the same while it’s still different?

As far as a lot of Screen Rant readers are concerned, they should have stuck with Stargate Atlantis for at least another season or more.  So from what I see with their new filming techniques, character driven methodologies and such, I feel like they’re saying that they’re moving the mythos on but on a smaller budget of sorts.

I have the faith that Brad Wright and Robert Cooper will deliver.  They always have.  So I’m giving it the chance I feel it deserves.  For now.

Stargate Universe will debut on October 2nd with a 2-hour premiere.

Sources:  Gateworld, Sci-Fi Wire

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  1. Body Switching?!?!? Sounds kind of lame. It changes what I was expecting from this new show. I will keep my hopes up that SciFi (oops, I mean SyFy) can pull off a good story.

  2. I just sprayed coffee over my keyboard. I was planning on watching the show but body switching for fraks sake? Whats coming on opposite the show? On second thought I should look on the bright side I think I just gained an hour of reading time.

    Body switching…I can see it now Phillips has that oft used Stargate formula of a not quite in the open but clear as day attraction to a female crew member.Lots of long looks and meaningful moments that end with a blush and a stammer. The catch this time is that the body he using is married or the person ex. Kill me now, just kill me now.

  3. Docktorwu: LOL.. sorry. Maybe I should have warned everyone! I hope you were using protection, as in protective dust covers on your keyboard when you spewed!

  4. Lost somewhere in space…can’t go home….sounds a lot like star trek voyager!

  5. 1. I think the body swapping is great. It allows them to stay in touch with Earth without going down the Atlantis route of actually being able to get help from home anytime you need it. In fact, it looks like it’ll just cause more problems. It is used to allow the people back on Earth (Lou Diamond Phillip’s character, Carlo Rota’s character) to make power-plays for the Destiny without being there. Considering there are already 3 potential leaders vying for control ON the ship, this will make things even more interesting and add another dynamic to the show. It could be used like SGU’s version of Lost’s flashbacks, which seemed to be a big draw for a lot of people on that show.

    There was a casting call put out a couple of days ago for star names to play a brilliant quadriplegic woman, who is tasked with helping the crew on the Destiny. More than likely this will be done using the body swap device. That story could be fantastic, if done right. Seeing this woman take her first steps, and then what happens when the time comes to go back to her old body.

    2. This show won’t be cheaper. Brad Wright has come out and admitted that they are getting a million dollars more per episode than they had with Atlantis.

    “Lost somewhere in space…can’t go home….sounds a lot like star trek voyager!”

    That comment has been made, and proven silly and short-sighted, many times before now. The story of travelers lost far from home has been around since the Odyssey. It looks like SGU will be a much better and more realistic take on this old story. On Voyager, everything seemed hunky-dory after an episode or two… They could have done so much more.

  6. That $1 mil above and beyond the Atlantis episodic cost, is an accurate statement from an article quoting Brad, but dang, that makes no sense me.

    I say that because Joseph Mallozzi said that the rising production costs and a steep climb in the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar were among the factors that stacked the odds against a renewal of Atlantis.

    In its finale season, SG-1 cost at least $2 million per episode in U.S. dollars.

    Eesh. For now, we will have Universe, but if it starts to sag in viewer numbers like Atlantis did, how fast will it’s survival be threatened?

    As far as cost per epi on Atlantis, I can only find where one guy keeps ‘commenting’ on posts about it being up to $1.4 mil… but no real articles on this. Arg.

    B

  7. As a long time Stargate fan I’m very leery. It took a while for Atlantis to grow on me, and they pulled the plug on that just when I was starting to enjoy it. Plus this one doesn’t look as family-friendly – we’ve always enjoyed watching Stargate as a family (although my daughter is older now so it won’t be as MUCH of an issue for us).

    Vic

  8. it isn’t family friendly, vic. from all the trailers i’ve seen, at comic con and elsewhere, it’s a bsg-lite. seems like the producers saw all the praise bsg got and thought to themselves, “gee, let’s get some of that, guys!” and so we now have sgu. at one point in the comic con trailer, there was about 30 seconds of nothing but sex scenes. people having sex, getting ready to have sex, post-sex, etc. really, i wouldn’t let my nephews watch this. it’s not family safe at all and i get the feeling it’s going to piss off a whole lot of people. also robert carlyle’s character? a cheap knockoff of gaius baltar from everything i’ve seen.

  9. “it isn’t family friendly, vic. from all the trailers i’ve seen, at comic con and elsewhere, it’s a bsg-lite. seems like the producers saw all the praise bsg got and thought to themselves, “gee, let’s get some of that, guys!” and so we now have sgu. at one point in the comic con trailer, there was about 30 seconds of nothing but sex scenes. people having sex, getting ready to have sex, post-sex, etc. really, i wouldn’t let my nephews watch this. it’s not family safe at all and i get the feeling it’s going to piss off a whole lot of people. also robert carlyle’s character? a cheap knockoff of gaius baltar from everything i’ve seen.”

    1. I think it looks better than BSG. That’s coming from someone who LOVES BSG (except the end). BSG sometimes had TOO much ‘dark’, and could get too focused on unecesary character stories. The whole Lee/Dualla thing for example. It shouldn’t have happened. SGU will have some of that, but it will also have alien planets, actual alien-lloking aliens, and exploration, and throw in a bit of the old Stargate humour and you’ve got a show which, IMO, is going to rock.
    2. 30 seconds of nothing but sex? We saw some people kissing, at 2:11, for about 1 second. We saw Brian J Smith with his top off, and then a woman with a blouse on running her hand through her hair for about 2 seconds. What is it with some people and blowing this stuff out of proportion? The SG-1 pilot had full frontal nudity, abduction of women, and what can only be described as simulated sex (Sha’re being laid down naked, and groaning while she was penetrated by that snake. I mean, come on.)
    3. Carlyle’s character is smart. Gaius was smart. That’s looks to be where the similarities end. Dr. Rush seems to be a much stronger character, less of a wimp, and although they may both be devious, it’s for very different reasons. Gaius was a womanizing creep who caused the destruction of his worlds and only cared about saving his own skin. Rush is a man still suffering from the loss of his wife, who has nothing to lose and wants nothing more than to explore the universe.

    “That $1 mil above and beyond the Atlantis episodic cost, is an accurate statement from an article quoting Brad, but dang, that makes no sense me.

    I say that because Joseph Mallozzi said that the rising production costs and a steep climb in the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar were among the factors that stacked the odds against a renewal of Atlantis.

    In its finale season, SG-1 cost at least $2 million per episode in U.S. dollars.

    Eesh. For now, we will have Universe, but if it starts to sag in viewer numbers like Atlantis did, how fast will it’s survival be threatened?

    As far as cost per epi on Atlantis, I can only find where one guy keeps ‘commenting’ on posts about it being up to $1.4 mil… but no real articles on this. Arg.”

    I think it has something to do with the fact that the Atlantis medium viewing age was in the mid to late 40′s, and with this show they think they won’t just have higher ratings, but the medium viewing age will be lowered to the 30′s. They probably see it as being worth spending the extra money. You can see where it’s gone in the new Comic Con trailer, it looked more like a big-budget movie than a TV show.

  10. The body swap device will be used to have the lesbian character’s body engage in sex with one of the guys, presenting a moral question as to consent when it’s someone else’s body. (I read the “side” so unless they change the script, it’s for real)
    It is supposed to be edgier and anstier, but I’m afraid, this is not my cup of tea.
    I liked the humor of the old Stargates much better.

  11. Have to confess that the whole body-swap thing is the first news to give me pause about this new series. Just seems very contrived, and I’m uncertain how it could really contribute to the overall storyline.

    As for Atlantis, I got the feeling it was probably starting to get expensive with the actors, too. That’s just an assumption, mind you, but it seems logical to assume that some contracts had to be coming up for the long-term cast members such as Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett and Jason Momoa. Those four had grown into the most popular, and that would certainly put them in a good position to negotiate more money.

  12. Well, the body-swapping thingy isn’t new to SG. In SG-A, the female doctor swapped bodies with a thief after touching a certain stone. The thief inadvertently activated a device that swapped her body with the last person that touched the stone. I don’t see a problem with this.

  13. And we have a winner!

    Good recall John… that’s exactly what the stones they were referring to that they’ll be using. I left that out, waiting for someone to hit on it.

    Good job!

    No… no real prize except for the emotional attaboy!

  14. I agree that they should have let Atlantis go on for at least another season if they could-only if they utilized the gloriously sexy Jason Mamoa to full advantage.

  15. @Bruce
    Ah man! No cookie this time? :-D

    @Bloodsucking Leech
    Please tell me you’re a female. 8-)

  16. Leech: My wife says that too. Sheesh.

  17. body-switching lesbian sex wtf? It sure sounds interesting.

  18. Huh. Just add jello?? OK, no more.. keep it nice kids!

  19. The body-switching was introduced in SG-1 season 9. And the stones themselves in season 8′s “Citizen Joe”. Homer Simps…I mean, Dan Castellaneta’s character experienced what Jack did and vice-versa but because there was no proper device, but just a stone for each of them, they couldn’t exactly switch bodies.

    The body-swapping thing was announced as being a part of the show a long time ago and I’m glad they’re doing it. It keeps consistency going. I mean, they’re on an Ancient ship. That’s an Ancient long-range communication device. If they DIDN’T have it, fans would be bitching about “plotholes!”…

    As for the budget thing. Clearly, this is a more expensive series. Wright made that clear the moment he pitched the series and he announced intentions of a new spin-off. In regards to the SGA cancellation – it wasn’t doing great in terms of ratings, but it wasn’t horrible either. However, it just seems Wright really wanted something new. And it was either wait a year and do just SGA season 6, do both or end SGA. Wright clearly wanted to start work on SGU, and MGM wanted a younger audience(as in 20-30 instead of 40-50-year-olds). Economically, doing both at the same time simply wasn’t viable(not to mention that the amount of work would be huge). So, good-bye SGA, welcome SGU.

  20. What made the francise work was that it has been family friendly, and not too serious, SG1 & Atlantis were great fun and adventure, I have 2 reasons I wont watch SGU First and foremost I am mad at the people for axing Atlantis to make way for this new catastrophy of a show, Second, I have checked out the trailers, it is a different show that does not deserve the name Stargate! It sucks, it has fortified my decision not to watch it, it is a waste of time, I give it a dozen episodes to cancellation, then maybe the writers will come to there sences and bring Atlantis back!

  21. “What made the francise work was that it has been family friendly, and not too serious, SG1 & Atlantis were great fun and adventure, I have 2 reasons I wont watch SGU First and foremost I am mad at the people for axing Atlantis to make way for this new catastrophy of a show, Second, I have checked out the trailers, it is a different show that does not deserve the name Stargate! It sucks, it has fortified my decision not to watch it, it is a waste of time, I give it a dozen episodes to cancellation, then maybe the writers will come to there sences and bring Atlantis back!”

    You’re acting like you’ve seen it…

    We’ve had 15 years of the same thing. A lot of people said it was getting stale, and there was very little buzz about it when compared to things like BSG. This show is getting a lot more buzz, so tptb are doing something right.

  22. The trailers show it up for the dark depressing show it most likly is, Lou Diamond has not been doing very well in anything he does in recent years, the established fan base of Gate, is ticked off with the dark change and losing Atlantis, so they will not watch, with all this it is doomed!

  23. I do hope this new Stargate Universe comes to the UK, I have loved all the Stargate shows, and was really miffed when they were cancelled. I really hope this new take on Stargate is as good as it’s excellent predecessors.

  24. I do not like any of the actors> all lack dept of charactor. I hope it gets better. Did not like the sex scene; it did not add to the show but it cheapen the show. if that keeps up I will not be watching.

  25. I watched the premere episode, It is the dark and depressing show that the promos depicted, I called this one spot on, and the sex scene was totally uncalled for!
    I will not watch anymore, they have ruined the gate franchise, it is indeed Stargate Voyager 90210 with a splash of porno, who needs this crap?
    Lets go back to what made Gate Franchise successful, a fun adventure show that is geared for the entire family, not the disaster that will feed the dark side of society which is made up of perverts and the mentally disterbed violent derelicts! If The franchise wants its viewers back, then bring back SG1 or Atlantis, as we reject this depressing show!

    • Try watching the entire show and please give it a try. The character have a LOT of depth, and it’s derpessing that people won’t give this awesome show a try. I remember when they canceled SG-1 and everyone hated Atlantis. And now look, Atlantis is so love that everyone wants it back. It’s the same with this show. It just keeps getting better and better every episode. Trust me. It’s an awesome show, it’s edgier, but maintains everything that is funny, humerous, and famillar about the older series. To me, it’s a step up. Yeah I miss the old ones, but if you continue watching, all the old characters come back. Jack is a reoccuring character now. It’s just awesome. Watch some more and you’ll see how much better it gets. It is VERY character centered and all the characters have a lot of depth.

  26. Metacritic summarizes the response as “generally favorable reviews”, but with several critics showing reservation.[48] Being one of the few Stargate franchise releases that were well-received by major media publishers, Mike Hale from The New York Times was generally positive towards the pilot episodes, saying the Stargate franchise was “catching up” with the long-running Star Trek franchise. Hale also agreed with Syfy’s promotion of it being an “edgier” Stargate.[49] The Boston Globe reviewer Joanna Weiss also reacted positively towards the pilot episodes, saying it felt like “early Lost”, while the story arc followed the patterns of Battlestar Galactica.[50] Mark Wilson from About.com gave the episode four-and-a-half stars out of 5, saying Universe accomplishes what Stargate Atlantis was not able to, and said it was “exceptionally well made” compared to other shows.[51] The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette both praised the show, calling it “intriguing”, for not abandoning its premise as Star Trek: Voyager did and criticized it by pointing out that the characters spend “far too much time wandering a desert planet” in “Air (Part 3)”. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette summarized their review by saying that, “[g]iven time, Stargate Universe may become worth watching if it develops its characters and continues to mine its premise for stories.”[52] David Hinckley, a reviewer from The New York Daily News gave the episodes four out of five stars, saying that “Eli’s not the only one playing a high-stakes game here.”[53]

    Me: It would be a shame if they cancled this show, seeing as it’s getting way better. I thought people would be happier seeing a new spin, espacially since Atlantis basically screwed up with the John/Teyla/ Baby thing at the end. What was up with that? lol. But seriously, jokes aside, I’ve been watching the show and it keeps me on the edge of my seat. Give it a try guys. It WILL get way better. But it’s already a shame that people are boycotting the show, because they say it might be cancled because of low ratings. If that happens, I’m sure it will become like another “Firefly” series thingy, underrated, but KICKASS. lol

  27. Stargate Universe is Awesome…..I loved SG1 and Atlantis and was devistated when they ended Atlantis and have taken so long to maybe give us a movie……but Universe is dark and gritty and has taken a while to develop the characters but it is getting great. Rush is brillient with alternative motives, the struggle for power between the civilian and military and the discovery of new species, tech and a million year old ancient ship…….Love it…Hope it goes for 5 – 10 seasons.

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