Stargate Universe at Comic Con (Brian J. Smith, David Blue, Robert Carlyle and more)
Under the cut for length. On Stargate Universe, and Michael Shanks & Richard Dean Anderson (Stargate SG-1), Sean Patrick Flanery (SG-1 “Orlin”)
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Comic-Con: Is Stargate Universe the New Battlestar Galactica?
Excerpt Don't stress if you haven't actually seen the first two Stargates. Wright says, "It is quite a different feel [to the past]. It will reintroduce what a stargate is. It will give you a whole new sense of what Stargate is in an introductory sense that is quite clever, but it will very much reward the SG1 and Atlantis viewer." In the past, Stargate has been known as a very serialized show, but the producers have tweaked their style to bring in new viewers.
Adds Wright, "We've already tried to acknowledge what came before and never reset back to zero in an episode, so we didn't undo things, but we wanted the casual viewer to access the show. It's difficult when you get too serialized. There's no question that it does have a broader more continuing storyline. It will reward any viewer that turns on episode five, but please start from one."
The producers kick up the action immediately through the show, citing that no one is safe. Says fellow executive producer Robert Cooper, "Big things are going to happen very quickly. In terms of what happens and what unfolds in the show, even in the first 10 episodes. You're going to find if you do skip an episode, you might miss something huge. There may be major revelations with what's going on with the characters and the storyline."
There is plenty of action to be had, but, says Cooper, "this is very much a character driven piece." These characters have some serious flaws, though. Says Wright, "In Universe, all of our characters are both heroes and villains and have remarkably the ability to slip in and out of the skin of both."
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The first thing we were shown was a trailer of the upcoming SyFy series:
Most of the preview trailer is a montage of clips, some of which move in chronological sequence pertaining to the events of the pilot which contains the "set up" of the show.
Robert Carlyle's character, Dr. Rush, talks about there being a Stargate within the universe itself.
We find out that Rush and others have placed an actual astro-physical Stargate problem into a videogame to see if anyone out there could solve it. A young man played by David Blue solves it and is very surprised to find out that interplanetary travel is real. Rush whisks him off to a planet 21 light years away.
Dr. Rush seems very invested in using the far-reaching Stargate for exploration of the universe.
There is a meeting to unveil new Stargate tech, but the base falls under attack.
Carlyle tells the guests that they're not "going back home." Military escorts and guest head off through gate and wind up lost in space. "Where are we?" someone asks.
The rest of the trailer was filled with conflict amongst the characters, particularly the guest and soldiers versus Dr. Rush, who doesn't really want to find a way back home.
In a snowy location, one of the characters mentions that the place looks like Hoth.
The last shot shows Richard Dean Anderson.
Wright told the crowd that Amanda Tapping would be in the pilot and that Richard Dean Anderson would be "appearing sporadically throughout the season." The series itself is shot differently too, Wright remarked. "It's much more handheld. Much more dynamic." Copper stated that "at its core, even with everyone saying it's darker and grittier, it really is just Stargate. One fan lamented the loss of Stargate Atlantis, which he considered to have ended prematurely. Cooper agreed slightly, stating that there were certainly more stories to tell, but that a five-year run could hardly be considered "prematurely." He went on to state that, with SGU, they wanted to return to a more "contemporary" feeling with "people in the here and now in extraordinary situations" and to seek to make the "characters more identifiable."
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Battlestar and Stargate: new space sagas a-go-go
Excerpt: Elyse Levesque and Jamil Walker-Smith had a nice story about having visited the Stargate booth themselves the day before the panel. They took some pictures in front of the big reproduction Stargate there and, brilliantly, were asked by one of the boothgirls if they'd like to enter a competition to win a guest appearance on Stargate. They won! Without ... having ... to enter. It's a nice story, but they won't be able to do that this time next year.
And why did they get Robert Carlyle? Cooper said that when they phoned him first he initially said: "Why do you want me, I'm not the Typical Stargate Actor?".
"Well, we didn't WANT the Typical Stargate Actor," he responded, which is a somewhat touchy idea to place to a room full of super-fans. Most of the questions in the Q&A session were aimed at the creators: and not only about this season but about how it would be affected by, like or unlike the things that had come before.
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EXCERPT: The panel actually made me interested in checking out the show, which I suppose is the intent of such a panel. I have a bottomless appetite for marginally successful-to-mediocre sci-fi (I watched the entire run of Dark Skies, for God's sake), and I like the premise of the show (or at least the premise I made up in my head to explain the trailer), though the fact that almost all of the fan questions focused on nitty-gritty mythological details of the show's universe that had me frantically Wikipedia-ing things suggests the learning curve may be steep, despite the producers' assurances that this is going to be a Stargate for non-Stargate fans. What's keeping me interested is that cast. They all seem really high on the project, and the supporting players, especially, were terrifically enthused to be there, giddy at what they were being asked to do.
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SDCC: SGU cast on how it will be something different
EXCERPT: The creators outed the cast as Comic-Con virgins. Smith and Levesque told us about their adventure at the SGU booth. They apparently walked over to take their picture next to the Stargate (and if you're here, I guarantee you've done it, too), where a booth worker came over and offered them a chance to register for a special appearance on SGU.
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Syfy screens a trailer for "Stargate: Universe" and the first thing that strikes you about it is how it seems to infuse the "Stargate" universe with some of the more serious sensibility of "Battlestar Galactica." The trailer won't be available online for awhile (I'm pretty sure they didn't get clearance for using Coldplay's "Lost!"). Longtime fans might gripe that the show is going younger, more grim, and trying to go broader but ... as somebody who has watched less than an hour of the "Stargate" TV franchise, this looks more contemporary and compelling than the previous shows.
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Photos of posters + video
Café Diem bartender, SGU shirt - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ishootsd/3751950208/
Another Café Diem person, SGU shirt - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ishootsd/3751162307/
SGU Ice Sculpture - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ishootsd/3751160481/
Fans in SG costumes - http://www.flickr.com/photos/bethll/3750945423/
Outside MGM Stargate booth - http://www.flickr.com/photos/bethll/3751736128/
Fans in SG costumes - http://www.flickr.com/photos/bethll/3751736076/
The gate from afar - http://www.flickr.com/photos/donabelandewen/3750586669/
LOTS of photos of cast from the MGM launch party
SGU Launch Party- lots! http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenarra/sets/72157621679196877/
Stargate SGU panel photos
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Posted 7::00pm, Friday 7/24