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SGU Stargate Universe: Season 2: Episode 20 -- Destiny prepares for its final voyage in the stunning series finale.
SGU Stargate Universe: Season 2: Episode 19 -- A drone blockade leads Destiny to a risky maneuver in a hellishly hot star.
SGU Stargate Universe: Season 2: Episode 18 -- Destiny brings the settlers home, only to find seismic destruction.
SGU Stargate Universe: Season 2: Episode 17 -- Destiny discovers a civilization claiming to have been founded 2,000 years ago...by Destiny's crew.
SGU Stargate Universe: Season 2: Episode 16 -- Only the Lucians can help recover members of the crew captured by an alien presence.

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The Only Mission Is Survival See more »
Plot:
Trapped on an Ancient spaceship billions of light years from home, a group of soldiers and civilians struggle to survive and find their way back to Earth. Full summary »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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A Successful Merger of Concepts See more (473 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 63)

Robert Carlyle ... Dr. Nicholas Rush (40 episodes, 2009-2011)

Louis Ferreira ... Colonel Everett Young / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)

Brian J. Smith ... Lt. Matthew Scott / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)

Elyse Levesque ... Chloe Armstrong (40 episodes, 2009-2011)

David Blue ... Eli Wallace (40 episodes, 2009-2011)

Alaina Huffman ... Lt. Tamara Johansen / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)

Jamil Walker Smith ... Master Sgt. Ronald Greer / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)

Peter Kelamis ... Adam Brody (39 episodes, 2009-2011)

Patrick Gilmore ... Dr. Dale Volker (39 episodes, 2009-2011)

Jennifer Spence ... Dr. Lisa Park / ... (36 episodes, 2009-2011)

Julia Benson ... 2nd Lt. Vanessa James / ... (36 episodes, 2009-2011)

Ming-Na Wen ... Camile Wray / ... (31 episodes, 2009-2011)

Lou Diamond Phillips ... Colonel David Telford (20 episodes, 2009-2011)

Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman ... Pvt. Darren Becker / ... (19 episodes, 2009-2011)
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Series Directed by
Andy Mikita (12 episodes, 2009-2011)
William Waring (9 episodes, 2009-2011)
Peter DeLuise (7 episodes, 2009-2011)
Alex Chapple (4 episodes, 2009-2011)
Robert C. Cooper (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Writing credits
Robert C. Cooper (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Brad Wright (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Joseph Mallozzi (12 episodes, 2010-2011)
Paul Mullie (12 episodes, 2010-2011)
Carl Binder (7 episodes, 2009-2011)
Martin Gero (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Remi Aubuchon (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Linda McGibney (2 episodes, 2011)

Series Produced by
Carl Binder .... executive producer (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Robert C. Cooper .... executive producer (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
John G. Lenic .... producer (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Joseph Mallozzi .... consulting producer / executive producer (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Paul Mullie .... consulting producer / executive producer (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Brad Wright .... executive producer (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jennifer Johnson .... associate producer (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
George Horie .... line producer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Andy Mikita .... co-producer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
N. John Smith .... executive producer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Linda McGibney .... supervising producer (19 episodes, 2010-2011)
Martin Gero .... consulting producer (8 episodes, 2009)
Alan McCullough .... consulting producer (7 episodes, 2009)
David S. Greathouse .... producer: New Mexico / supervising producer: New Mexico (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Sam Childs .... supervising producer / supervising producer: New Mexico (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Original Music by
Joel Goldsmith (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Cinematography by
James Alfred Menard (19 episodes, 2009-2011)
Michael C. Blundell (18 episodes, 2009-2011)
Rohn Schmidt (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Mike Banas (14 episodes, 2009-2011)
Rick Martin (14 episodes, 2009-2011)
Brad Rines (13 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Casting by
Paul Weber (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Production Design by
James Robbins (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Art Direction by
Chris Beach (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Mark Davidson (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Tedd Kuchera (36 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Costume Design by
Valerie Halverson (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Makeup Department
Forest Sala .... hairstylist / hair stylist (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Vincenza Celentano-Smith .... assistant makeup artist (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Fay von Schroeder .... makeup artist (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Rebecca Lee .... makeup artist (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Ceilidh Dunn .... makeup artist / assistant makeup artist (18 episodes, 2010-2011)
Amanda Kuryk .... assistant makeup artist / first assistant makeup artist / ... (13 episodes, 2009-2010)
Megan Davies .... assistant makeup artist (9 episodes, 2009-2011)
April Boyes .... key makeup artist (4 episodes, 2011)
Bill Terezakis .... makeup fx designer (3 episodes, 2010-2011)
 
Series Production Management
George Horie .... production manager (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
John G. Lenic .... production manager (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Kerry McDowall .... post production supervisor (17 episodes, 2010-2011)
Sam Childs .... unit production manager: New Mexico (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Mizel .... first assistant director (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
Chad Fitz .... trainee assistant director / third assistant director (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Ryan Kosmynka .... second assistant director / first assistant director (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Vince Coates .... second assistant director (19 episodes, 2009-2010)
Alex Pappas .... first assistant director (17 episodes, 2009-2011)
Robert S. Weber .... third assistant director (4 episodes, 2010)
Rachel Fortier .... second assistant director / third assistant director (3 episodes, 2010-2011)
Chemen Ochoa .... second assistant director: New Mexico (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Art Department
Gordon Bellamy .... supervisor: prop makers, sculptors, model makers (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Steve Craine .... paint coordinator (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Kenny Gibbs .... property master (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Scott Wellenbrink .... construction coordinator (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Samantha Schell .... buyer / assistant property master (23 episodes, 2009-2010)
Trevor Purvis .... set dresser (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Steve Sisko .... props truck supervisor (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Kate Heslup .... draftsperson (13 episodes, 2009-2010)
Yasmine Wallace .... props buyer (8 episodes, 2010)
Neil Fairall .... lead props (6 episodes, 2009)
Jo Ann Frappier .... construction first aid / construction laborer (4 episodes, 2009)
Wendy McAllister .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jason Davis .... property master: New Mexico unit (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Alistair Bell .... carpenter (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Patrick Ramsay .... sound mixer (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Kelly Cole .... re-recording mixer / sound re-recording mixer (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
Bill Mellow .... re-recording mixer / sound re-recording mixer (34 episodes, 2009-2011)
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor / sound editor (28 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor / sound editor (27 episodes, 2009-2011)
Steve Smith .... sound designer (27 episodes, 2009-2010)
Kirby Jinnah .... supervising sound editor / sound editor (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
Dave Griffiths .... boom operator (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
James Fonnyadt .... sound designer (13 episodes, 2010-2011)
Joe Watts .... foley mixer (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
Brian Campbell .... sound editor / dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2010-2011)
Christopher M. Ray .... m&e re-recording mixer / assistant re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Iain Pattison .... re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 2009-2010)
Matt Dawson .... adr mixer (4 episodes, 2009)
Naan Spiess .... sound technician (4 episodes, 2009)
Jason Mauza .... sound editor (4 episodes, 2010-2011)
Dario DiSanto .... foley editor / sound editor (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
Kevin Belen .... adr mixer / re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2009)
Christine McLeod .... sound supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Special Effects by
Scott Stofer .... special effects coordinator (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Wray J. Douglas .... special effects coordinator (34 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Stephen Bahr .... in house digital effects coordinator (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Krista McLean .... in house digital effects supervisor / matte paintings / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Mark Savela .... visual effects supervisor (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Luke Vallee .... in house compositor / digital compositor (32 episodes, 2009-2011)
Natalia Diaz .... in house compositor / compositor / ... (31 episodes, 2009-2011)
Kodie Mackenzie .... in house compositor (31 episodes, 2009-2011)
Tia Hoshizaki .... compositor / in house compositor / ... (30 episodes, 2009-2011)
Lisa Nolan .... in house visual effects artist / visual effects artist / ... (27 episodes, 2009-2011)
Dylan Yastremski .... compositor / in house compositor / ... (26 episodes, 2009-2011)
James Kawano .... in house lead visual effects artist / senior cgi artist / ... (25 episodes, 2009-2011)
Michael Lowes .... in house lead visual effects artist / in house visual effects artist (21 episodes, 2009-2011)
Kelly Whitfield .... visual effects set supervisor (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Billy Martin .... in house visual effects artist / in house lead visual effects artist / ... (18 episodes, 2009-2011)
Sonia Henkel .... visual effects coordinator (17 episodes, 2009-2011)
Viv Jim .... in house lead compositor (17 episodes, 2009-2010)
Erica Henderson .... in house lead compositor (17 episodes, 2010-2011)
James Rorick .... visual effects coordinator (16 episodes, 2009-2011)
Wes Sargent .... in house visual effects artist / visual effects artist (16 episodes, 2009-2011)
Rob Fitzsimmons .... in house compositor (15 episodes, 2009-2011)
Andrew Karr .... digital effects supervisor / cg supervisor (14 episodes, 2009-2011)
Chris Phillips .... in house visual effects artist / in house lead visual effects artist (13 episodes, 2009-2011)
Toby Taplin .... visual effects artist (12 episodes, 2009-2011)
Pauline Burns .... visual effects producer (11 episodes, 2010-2011)
Krista Lomax .... computer graphics animator (8 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jeremy Kehler .... digital compositor (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Gordon Bellamy .... digital scanning: polymorph3d (7 episodes, 2009-2011)
Carina Dielissen Hunt .... in house visual effects artist / in house lead visual effects artist / ... (7 episodes, 2009-2010)
Shannon Gurney .... visual effects coordinator (6 episodes, 2009-2010)
Daphne De Jesus .... digital compositor / compositor (3 episodes, 2009)
Jose Perez .... visual effects artist (3 episodes, 2009)
Alec McClymont .... digital artist / visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Brenda Campbell .... composite supervisor (2 episodes, 2009)
Paul Flanagan .... senior effects artist: Image Engine Vancouver (2 episodes, 2009)
Chad L. Fox .... visual effects / visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Paul Hegg .... visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Chandra Juhasz .... visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Nick Hsieh .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2010)
Ryan Jensen .... digital artist (2 episodes, 2010)
Marco Menco .... creature modeller: Image Engine (2 episodes, 2010)
Bob White .... visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Stunts
James Bamford .... stunt coordinator (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
Rhys Williams .... stunt double: Jamil Walker Smith (5 episodes, 2010-2011)
Lani Gelera .... stunt performer / stunts (3 episodes, 2009-2011)
Andrew Chin .... stunts (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
Trevor Jones .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
Larissa Stadnichuk .... stunt double: Alaina Huffman (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
Al Goto .... stunt coordinator: New Mexico / stunt coordinator: New Mexico unit (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Fraser Corbett .... stunts (2 episodes, 2009)
Rob Hayter .... stunt double: Haig Sutherland (2 episodes, 2009)
Mike Desabrais .... stunts (2 episodes, 2010)
Shelene Yung .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2010)
Atlin Mitchell .... stunt double: Kyra Zagorsky / stunt performer (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Purcell .... camera operator / camera operator: New Mexico unit (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
John Zulinski .... key grip (34 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jesse Emery .... chief lighting technician (28 episodes, 2010-2011)
Krista Stumph .... second assistant camera / assistant camera (21 episodes, 2009-2011)
Greg Fox .... camera operator (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Ted Smith .... first assistant camera (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Brendan Chalmers .... first assistant camera (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Robert Finnigan .... second assistant camera (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Grizz Salzl .... camera operator (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Chris Unsworth .... rigging electrics (15 episodes, 2010-2011)
Bruno Bittner .... chief lighting technician (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
Michael Bailey .... lighting technician (10 episodes, 2009-2010)
John Carron .... playback coordinator (10 episodes, 2009-2010)
Ian Prince .... best boy grip (9 episodes, 2009-2010)
Lecily Corbett .... second assistant camera: second unit (7 episodes, 2010)
Courtland Sandover-Sly .... grip (6 episodes, 2011)
Simon Smith .... key grip (6 episodes, 2011)
Stephen J. McKnight .... first assistant camera (5 episodes, 2010)
Simon Hall .... video/computer playback (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Greg Hewett .... key grip: New Mexico (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Frederick Heartline .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 2009)
Dwight Dollins .... grip (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Richard Galli .... best boy electric / best boy electric: New Mexico (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Leonard E. Hoffman .... chief lighting technician: New Mexico Unit / chief lighting technician: New Mexico unit (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Charlie Newberry .... additional second assistant camera (2 episodes, 2009)
Christopher Norris .... additional first assistant camera (2 episodes, 2009)
Lauren Petzke .... lighting technician (2 episodes, 2009)
Lee Gibeau .... grip (2 episodes, 2010)
Ryne Niner .... digital imaging technician (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Animation Department
Chris Derochie .... senior animator / creature animator (7 episodes, 2009-2011)
Michel Bidart .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Casting Department
Corinne Clark .... casting: Canada (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jennifer Lurey .... casting associate: US (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jennifer Page .... casting: Canada (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jaye Riske .... casting associate (19 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Taryn Thumath .... costume breakdown artist (16 episodes, 2009-2011)
Luisa Dalmagro .... costume buyer (3 episodes, 2009)
Allyson Traub .... key set costumer (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Flavio Bidese .... on-line editor (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Bob Dewald .... second assistant editor / assistant editor (27 episodes, 2009-2011)
Kerry McDowall .... post production coordinator (23 episodes, 2009-2010)
Steve McLeod .... assistant editor (21 episodes, 2009-2011)
Ryan Malone .... assistant editor (20 episodes, 2009-2011)
Frank Robinson .... colorist: Deluxe Vancouver (3 episodes, 2010)
Andrea Dixon .... colorist (2 episodes, 2009)
Jon Anctil .... post-production assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Music Department
Rick Chadock .... music editor (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
Andrea von Foerster .... music supervisor (24 episodes, 2009-2011)
Joel Goldsmith .... composer: title theme (7 episodes, 2009)
Neal Acree .... composer: additional music (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
 
Series Transportation Department
David R. Anderson .... transportation coordinator (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 
Series Other crew
Tanja Balic .... production coordinator (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
Lawren Bancroft-Wilson .... script coordinator (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
David Magee .... production coordinator (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
Julie Anne Rieder .... production accountant (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
John Scalzi .... creative consultant (39 episodes, 2009-2011)
Amanda Alexander .... script supervisor (28 episodes, 2009-2011)
Dustin Lee Abram .... key production assistant (26 episodes, 2009-2011)
Remi Aubuchon .... executive consultant (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Nathan Conchie .... second assistant production coordinator (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Ashleigh Inman .... assistant to executive producer (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Ken Kabatoff .... office production assistant (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Heather Vedan .... location manager (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Sarah Tarry .... legal counsel: Heenan Blaikie LLP / legal counsel (19 episodes, 2009-2010)
Christina Bulbrook .... legal counsel: Heenan Blaikie LLP (13 episodes, 2010-2011)
Geoffrey Dodd .... assistant location manager (12 episodes, 2009-2010)
Carol Marks-George .... unit publicist (12 episodes, 2009-2010)
Lorne Davidson .... location manager (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
Scott Schaffer .... product placement (10 episodes, 2009-2010)
Terry J. Murray .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 2009-2010)
John K. Alexander .... location manager (8 episodes, 2010)
Nadia Wechselberger .... legal counsel: Heenan Blaikie LLP (7 episodes, 2010)
Simon Hall .... video/computer playback (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Muite Macharia .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2011)
David Tamkin .... assistant location manager (3 episodes, 2010)
Angela M. DeNike .... assistant production coordinator (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Michael Feldman .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
A.G. Johnson-Wagner .... first assistant accountant / first assistant accountant: New Mexico (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
David Melito .... production accountant: New Mexico unit (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Ryan J. Pezdirc .... production assistant: New Mexico Unit / set production assistant: New Mexico unit / ... (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Hannah Staiger .... assistant craft services: New Mexico unit / production assistant (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Larie Stoley .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Sam Tischler .... location manager: New Mexico Unit / location manager: New Mexico unit (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Betty Weaver .... production coordinator: New Mexico Unit / production coordinator: New Mexico unit (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Portia Tickell .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2010)
Thomas Potter .... technical advisor: military (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Thanks
Jennifer Schwalenberg .... the producers would like to thank: The New Mexico Film Commission / the producers would like to thank: The new Mexico Film Commission (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Lisa W. Strout .... the producers would like to thank: The New Mexico Film Commission / the producers would like to thank: The new Mexico Film Commission (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"SG.U Stargate Universe" - USA (promotional title)
"Stargate: Universe" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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Runtime:
USA:43 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (TV rating) | Singapore:M18 (season 1) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is the fourth (third official) series in the Stargate franchise. The other 3 being: "Stargate SG-1" (1997), "Stargate: Infinity" (2002) (This is not a sanctioned series according to the creators and producers of the Stargate franchise), and "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Hunter Riley cannot have the rank of Sergeant. The Air Force eliminated the rank of Sergeant in 1994. By the number of stripes on his collar insignia, his correct rank should be Senior Airman.See more »
Quotes:
Matthew Scott:[looking trough binoculars] Check it out!
Dr. Nicholas Rush:[takes binoculars] What is it?
Matthew Scott:It's some kind of an animal.
Master Sgt. Ronald Greer:[with an enthusiastic voice] Is it something we can barbecue?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Command & Conquer: Stargate Universe (2012) (VG)See more »

FAQ

What happened to those two people who went through the gate in Air Pt3?
Why does Colonel Young appear as two different people?/ How does he get to Earth?
Why doesn't the chair found by Rush's team incapacitate Rush like it did to Franklin?
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375 out of 555 people found the following review useful.
A Successful Merger of Concepts, 26 April 2010
Author: Wes P from Canada

I'm going to try to address the many issues swirling about this series without spoiling the plot:

1) Similarities to other shows: There has been a great deal of speculation that the show is a 'ripoff' of Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, or even Lost. While I certainly don't disagree that it bears a striking similarity to Battlestar Galactica, I don't count that as a strike against it.

Prior shows are always going to have an impact on future shows. Film-making (whether it be TV or Feature) is an art that builds upon itself, and stands on the shoulders of those who came before it. The fact is the Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Lost are all GOOD shows, regardless of your impression of it or whether or not it struck you the right way, they were the best of their genres at the time, and even bent their genres into something new.

That being said, to call this show a 'rip-off' or 'carbon copy' of any of those shows is grossly over simplifying things and intentionally misleading. Perhaps we should just create a new genre name, like 'Adult Sci-Fi', so we can get over all these intellectual property theft allegations.

2) Dissimilarities to other Stargate franchises: This review will probably take a lot of heat for this, but - past Stargate shows actually weren't very good. Don't get me wrong, I've watched every episode of SG1, and most of Atlantis (still working on that), and enjoy just about all of it, but even while enjoying it, I was fully recognizant of the fact that it wasn't actually good. It's campy. The acting is sub-par, even when there are good actors in the shows. The sets are generic and bland, reminiscent of the original series of Star Trek, the scripting is packed with fromage, and the plots, no matter how original, were all clearly predictable.

But to a niche crowd (myself included) they were thoroughly enjoyable through a mixture of silly humour, sci-fi gratification, and a unique self-aware self-deprecation. But even so, the cinematography was regularly lackluster, the effects unconvincing, and the ratings carried along by loyal fans.

SGU lacks most of these shortcomings. There is the occasional campy humour, though typically coming from the same character. In that way this one character, Eli, has come to be the only vestige of the old Stargate franchises. This is made believable, though, because this character is quite similar to the people (like myself) who enjoyed the camp of previous Stargate in real life.

3) The mood: Many would say it's much too dark, both in production design and in mood. I say that it's about time. In past Stargate series', no matter how far gone a situation was, no matter how much danger they were in, the show was never EVER tense. It never mattered. Nothing ever really mattered. The characters were always too happy and fun and funny and confident and amicable to be capable of expressing any kind of peril. As such, the plots were always completely hollow. Nothing mattered, because it would all be fine in the end.

The only episode in both original Stargate series' that managed to capture any kind of deep emotional commitment or tension was Heroes, which just happened to be filmed in the documentary style similar to that of SGU. I don't solely blame the cinematography for this effect, though, but instead, for just once, the characters were encouraged to be vulnerable and hurt, like real human beings.

When people are in a serious situation, they get serious (mostly), and their flaws become more apparent. This is evident in this series, as it should be in such situations.

4) The set/production design: As for the dark set design, it makes some sense, as the ship is very old, and trying to save power. In past Stargate, no matter how old something was, it always looked like it was cobbled together the day before. The ancient city of Atlantis looking like it was maintained by a team of maid-bots and carpenters right up until the team's arrival. I will admit that the purposeful gloom goes a bit too far at times, but as far as I'm concerned, that's better than skirting the edge of cardboard box grade production.

SGU is simply a great show. Yes, it shrugs off its past franchise for the sake of its artistic intent, but it does so with wonderful results. The acting is largely superb, and even the episodes that in other shows would be considered 'in betweeners' come off as being some of the best episodes on television (like the episode Human).

I definitely recommend this show to anyone, and I absolutely recommend that past Stargate fans try to leave their preconceptions at the door, and respect it as its own show.

UPDATE: You will no doubt notice a massive spree of negative reviews on top of the 'helpful' pile on IMDb. Please take these with a grain of salt, as they are largely spam generated by a select few alienated Stargate fans who are working very, very hard to get this show cancelled. Rest assured, I myself have yet to meet a single classic Stargate fan who doesn't LOVE SGU, and I sure do know a lot of them!

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