I am a HUGE Stargate fan.
The original movie by Roland Emmerich starring Kurt Russell, Stargate SG-1, and even the slow-to-start Stargate Atlantis.
So it pains me to say that I do NOT like the description for the overall concept of the latest addition to the franchise: Stargate Universe.
According to the Sci Fi Channel:
"'Stargate Universe' centers on a simple reconnaissance mission that turns into a never-ending quest as a new crew of Stargate explorers gates onto the Destiny, an Ancient ship that is unable to return to Earth. They will travel to the far reaches of the universe, encountering new races, enemies and adventures."
So we have yet another take on Lost in Space. They tried that with Star Trek: Voyager, and it was awful.
Now I do have faith in the team that has been bringing us Stargate since it started as a TV series. It is being executive-produced by Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, who have steered and nurtured the franchise for about a dozen years - so they may be able to bring a fresh take to this concept.
And speaking of concepts, check out a piece of artwork from pre-production on the series:
Click on the image for more concept art from Stargate Universe
That is the bridge from one of the shuttles on the Destiny. Over at SciFi.com they also have concept art of a corridor, airlock and a ship's console - all of which combine to give a feel for the overall design of the ship.
So what do you think? Hackneyed idea or will they be able to bring a new and interesting angle to the concept?
Stargate Universe will premiere Summer 2009 with a two hour pilot.