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Stargate Universe

Stargate Universe

Stargate Universe often abbreviated as SGU is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. It follows the adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration team traveling on the Ancient spaceship Destiny many millions of light years distant from the Milky Way Galaxy.
They evacuated there and are now trying to figure out a way to return to Earth, while simultaneously trying to explore and to survive in their unknown area of the universe. The series, created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, premiered in the United States on Syfy on October 2, 2009. The series featured an ensemble cast and was primarily filmed in and around Vancouver, BC, Canada.
A second season of 20 episodes was announced by Syfy in December 2009.The first 10 episodes of the second season were aired in the United States beginning on September 28, 2010, and the final 10 were shown beginning on March 7, 2011. Syfy announced on December 16, 2010 that it would not be picking up Stargate Universe for a third season.
The second season of SGU ended as a semi-cliffhanger.

To resolve this, a movie was planned; however, due to timing constraints, Stargate writer and executive producer Brad Wright announced on April 17, 2011 that the SGU movie had been cancelled.

The Stargate program

The Stargate program has founded Icarus base on a remote planet whose Stargate is tied to an ancient power supply deep in the planet's core. The team, led by Dr. Nicholas Rush, postulate that the power from that core could allow them to use a 9-chevron code to "dial" into the Stargate, allowing them access to locations far remote from their galaxy, but lack the means to translate the writing of the Ancients to understand how to dial this properly.

Dr. Rush creates a video game used across Earth to find brilliant minds to interpret the puzzle, which Eli Wallace, a young math genius, is able to solve. Eli is reluctantly brought to Icarus base along with a contingent of guests of honor aboard the Hammond, a Daedalus-class space-faring battlecruiser; the guests include Senator Armstrong, who oversees the Stargate program, and his daughter Chloe. They are introduced to the base's military staff, led by Colonel Everett Young, Colonel David Telford, First Lieutenants Matthew Scott and Tamara Johansen, and Master Sergeant Ronald Greer. 

Dr. Rush and Eli work together to discover the means to dial the ninth chevron, just as the base is attacked by members of the Lucian Alliance. Colonel Telford aids in an aerial assault of the ships with the Hammond, while the base starts dialing earth into the Stargate, finding that the planet's power core is about to explode.

Dr. Rush realizes that the explosion would follow them through the base back to Earth, and instead redials the Stargate with the ninth chevron, successfully opening a wormhole. The surviving Icarus Base members flee through the wormhole in time before the planet explodes.

They find themselves aboard an old abandoned spacecraft made by the Ancients, which Dr. Rush finds was named Destiny. The eighty-some survivors begin to assure the safety of their team, during which Senator Armstrong sacrifices himself to seal an air leak in one of Destiny' shuttles

As the rest of the team works to make the ship hospitable, Dr. Rush, Eli, and other scientific members of Icarus Base start to understand the function of Destiny; they are not able to directly control the ship, and find that it will

drop out of faster-than-light travel to allow its Stargate to connect to a number of nearby worlds for a fixed period of time before it continues; it fuels itself by collecting the energy from the outermost layer of nearby stars. T

he crew is able to remain in contact with Earth via a set of Ancient communication stones that Colonel Young brought, and are told to continue the Stargate mission of exploring the galaxy, while searching for a way to return home.


Stargate producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper conceived Stargate Universe as "a completely separate, third entity" in the live-action Stargate franchise as opposed to Stargate Atlantis, which was created as a spin-off from the first series Stargate SG-1.

They wanted to produce a stylistically and totally different TV series with a more mature and fresh story approach so as not to get too repetitive.Wright and Cooper originally planned to write the pilot script for Stargate Universe during the summer of 2007, making a 2008 premiere possible.

Since their ambitions with the previous live-action Stargate series were often restricted by the low budget and risked coming across as silly, they pitched the show as "an expensive series" to the Sci Fi Channel now Syfy, in the last quarter of 2007. Although the pitch was well-received, the project was put on hold because of the on-going work on Stargate Atlantis and Stargate:  
Continuum, and the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The series was given the official greenlight for a 2009 debut by Syfy on August 22, 2008, shortly after the cancellation of Stargate Atlantis had been announced. Joseph Mallozzi explained that a new series would have lower salaries and licensing fees than a new sixth season of Atlantis would have had. MGM co-funded the project. According to co-star Robert Carlyle, each episode had a budget of $2 million US dollars
Brad Wright pitched the series and its first five episodes to the Stargate Atlantis writers and producers in mid-September 2008.
Wright, Cooper, and Carl Binder produce the show, while Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie serve as writers and consultant producers.
Stargate Atlantis writers Martin Gero and Alan McCullough contribute scripts, but are not part of the regular writer staff.New writers were initially sought for freelance scripts and possible staff positions. Author John Scalzi was hired as a creative consultant, "a background rather than foreground sort of job". Most of the Stargate Atlantis crew, such as stunt coordinator James Bamford and composer Joel Goldsmith, have moved over to Universe

Stargate Universe is set on the spaceship Destiny

Stargate Universe is set on the spaceship Destiny, which was launched by the race known as the Ancients from our galaxy several hundred thousand years ago.Several ships were sent ahead of it to seed the universe with Stargates. The Ancients had planned on using its Stargate to board Destiny when it was far enough out into the universe, but they eventually abandoned the project after looking into ascension among other things. In order to reach this ship, an address would have to be dialed consisting of nine chevrons, a possibility that had been unknown in the previous Stargate series, due to energy constraints.

The series begins when a team of soldiers and scientists from present-day Earth escape through the Stargate and arrive on the Destiny after their base is attacked.Many of its primary systems are damaged or failing, and they are unable to return to Earth or even maneuver the ship.

However, the Destiny periodically stops to dial the Stargate to planets with necessary supplies to repair the ship, and sustain human life.The writers have discussed the possibility that each season represents a voyage of the Destiny through a different galaxy 

Stargate Universe is intended to appeal to both veteran fans and newcomers, being firmly entrenched in established Stargate mythology without relying on it too often.

It retains the familiar Stargate themes of adventure and exploration, but focuses mostly on the people aboard the ship.SGU is also more serialized than its predecessors, although the writers attempted to resolve each character story within the episode. 
There was a conscious effort to avoid making SGU too serialized, with the serialization stemming mainly from character development. The industry described the show with the buzzwords "dark and edgy". According to Robert C. Cooper, the essence of the story is "that sort of fear and terror of a tragedy combined with the sense that there is hope for us in the basic ways in which human beings survive". The planned increased levels of drama are balanced with humor to avoid pretentiousness.
The differences between good and evil are meant to be less apparent, as the ship is populated with flawed and unprepared characters who are not supposed to go there.According to Brad Wright, the show should "hopefully explor[e ,the truly alien, and avoid the rubber faced English-speaking ones". There are aliens, but not a single dominant villain race like SG-1's Goa'uld and Atlantis' Wraith.


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