Stargate Universe gets a green light
Universe will follow a new cast of characters on the adventure that comes after they explore a ship launched by the Ancients, Destiny. The reconnaissance mission takes a dramatic turn when they discover that the ship can never return to Earth. They are along for the ride as the ship carries on with it's pre-programmed navigational schedule. The adventure comes during periodic stops at stargates. The danger is that if anyone is left behind, there is no way to go back for them.
There are no names attached for the cast as of yet, but most of us probably won't recognize many of them when the roles are filled. The word is that the network is looking for a recognizable actor for one lead role, and fresh faces for the rest of the crew. That's obviously a budget thing, but I don't think it's necessarily a mark against the show. While not ideal, a good cast can be built that way.
Personally, I already know I'm going to watch it no matter what. I'd have to hear some really crazy stuff to get me to not give another version of Stargate a chance. That's not to say I'm completely sold on the idea either. The references from Sci Fi president Dave Howe about targeting a younger audience, and the show having a younger vibe, give me pause.
Does Stargate really need to get younger? The core of the Stargate fan base has now been watching for over a decade. Given that most of them probably didn't start watching at eight, I'm not sure I understand the obsession with getting younger. It's possible I'm just too old and square to get it.
More concerns come in the form of this quote from Wright and Cooper: "In Universe, we plan to keep those elements that have made the franchise a success, such as adventure and humor, while breaking new ground in the relationships between mostly young and desperate explorers, thrust together and far from home." Yeeeee. I just don't know. Something about "relationships between mostly young and desperate explorers" throws up a red flag. I like a good Degrassi marathon as much as anyone, but I'm just not sure I that I want to get my space adventure chocolate bar stuck in that particular brand of peanut butter.
On the plus side, I'm already curious to get a look at Destiny. The ship opens the door for exploring more Ancient tech, and the pre-programmed itinerary, while forcing deadlines on adventure, also should offer up new and interesting aliens. And, if I can just throw it out there, it's the perfect opportunity for Larrin to make a return to the franchise. Let's get Jill Wagner out of Wipeout and back on a proper series, even if it is just a short stint.
I'm curious to see what everyone else thinks. Does the idea of a younger, relationship focused, Stargate get the wheels turning? Or do you have visions of Gossip Girl in space, complete with your own mental caption, WTF? I do still want more Atlantis, but I'll certainly give this one a fair shot.