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Indeed the Stargate franchise is approaching its new era and with drastic changes to its face, we feel that its time to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future.
ITS TIME TO LOOK BACK AT THE PAST TO UNDERSTAND THE FUTURE
With Stargate Atlantis’cancellation announced by Science Fiction Channel on August 22 2008, many fans of the show were outraged.Many have expressed frustration with respects to their viewpoint which is that Team Atlantis was left in isolation for the new upcoming Stargate series,Stargate Universe.While others believe that ratings were a factor.Staff of the Atlantis production indicated that they had expected to the program to complete its anticipated six year run as per the contracts.Indeed , it is our interpretation that Stargate Atlantis was cancelled for a reinvention of the franchise to being viewers new exciting sorts of stories.This need was based on the lower ratings which were scored during the final half of the show.While ratings were generally lower during the second half of the show,the fifth season scored considerably better than the final half of third and the entire fourth season.Stargate Atlantis was also awarded with the People”s Choice Award for its fourth season.Indeed the show still entertained it viewers and therefore it was unanimously agreeed that Stargate Atlantis will continue nthe form of movies .A two hour stand alone direct to DVD movie will be set for release in spring 2010.The film will first appear on Sci Fi Channel for USA residents before being released into a DVD format.The reasoning behind Atlantis’ cancellation was to transfer the series to a more exciting movie format[with better graphics] now than in a few years when the demand and ratings for the show further declines.
We look forward to joining team Atlantis in more of their exciting adventures and keeping them alive in our lives for hopefully years to come.Although movies will not fully replace the enjoyment of a weekly 45 ,minute episode, we are appreciative for this opportunity.
Meanwhile Stargate productions is preparing for its next series, Stargate Universe.Universe stares Robert Carlyle as David Rush.The show will be geared towards a slightly younger audience that of its two sister series, Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis.This new target is apart of the initiative to reinvent Stargate to provide new forms of entertaintment while still maintaining the continuity of adventure and humour which have made Stargate what it is.In order to establish this initiative the setting of this new exciting series will take place on an ancient ship destiny where a new group of explorers accidentally end up.The actors are also slightly younger than that of the previous series .Being trapped on the ship with no wayhome they must all work together to survive.All ofthese new characters are indeed un experienced and thus we can expect some amusing moments.Stargate Universe is expected to be more story arc based with a central focus on character relationships.Sci Fi mythology will also play a much less important role in Universe than in its previous series.Universe will be designed to welcome both long time Stargate Fans back to the screens while also attracting a large new audience community to the table.
Fan reaction to this new series as briefly outlined further above has been generally negative.Many fans have assumed that the series will be more of teenage soap opera .However, creators of the show Brad Wright and Robert C Cooper, who also sered as creators for the previous two series have assured the online fan community that this is not the case.There has also been concern with regards to the maintenance of the intellectuality which Stargate brings to its fanbase.Indeed fans have no desire to let a younger audience dominate the intellectual complexity of Stargate.Certain fans have communicated that their frustration is with respects t0 what they believe is a replacement of series-from Atlantis to Universe!
We shall have to wait and see the show on October 2 2009 when its first episode, Air Part 1 debuts on the Sci Fi Channel.
Meanwhile a third Stargate SG1 film is being scripted .The film was recently approved by MGM and is for a spring 2010 release.It is expected to be Jack O’Neil centric.Michael Shanks[Daniel Jackson],[Amanda Tapping][Samantha Carter] and of course Richard Dean Anderson have all confirmed their involvememt in the film.Actor Christopher Jude[Tealc] has not yet issued any official statement on his involvement in the film, however based on previous general indications his involvementis expected.Although the involvement of Beau Bridges and Ben Browder is unknown for the film, we have received acknowledgement that Claudia Black will not appear in the film as Vala Maldurin.Black’s future in subsequent SG1 movies has not been communicated, however we are taking a moment to wish best of luck to the address as she continues to move forward in her career.The writer of the film is none ther than SG1′s creater and executive producer, Brad Wright.Indeed this film was only possible because of the success of the previous two SG1 films, Stargate Ark of Truth and Stargate Continuum.
The much anticipated Stargate Worlds video game where Stargate gamers could partake in missions previously practiced by teams including SG1 faced financial trouble last December.It seems that the Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment studious was suffering through severe financial difficulties which resulted in lack of employee payment.Further developments have not been provided since December and we are consequemtly assuming that the video game will berelased later this year as scheduled.Lets keep our hopes up!
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Indeed a brand new series with new characters, a brand new ship, and the arrival new problems appear as the Stargate franchise dials up for its third series:StargateUniverse. This post will act as a resource of current news with regards to casting, scheduling, storylines/arcs, discussion , general theme and discussion opportunities for Stargate Universe.
StargateUniverse follows the adventures of a brand new inexperienced team who accidentally finds themselves trapped on an ancient ship called the Destiny after a routine reconnsicance mission goes wrong.It should be noted that the team becomes trapped shortly after the ninth chevron of the Stargate is unlocked.The massive Destiny was launched by the Ancients millions of years prior to the creation of the city Atlantis which was explored in the previous Stargate series, Stargate Atlantis. The Destiny was being used by the Ancients as a tool to assist them in their ongoing efforts to locate Stargates over various galaxies.This effort , however, was abandoned when they revised their goals towards achieving ascension.There is indeed no means for the crew to return to Earth as by boarding the ship they have made the ship automatically continue the journey over the various galaxies which the Ancients had started.None of the crew members are able to determine the route of the ship.Further challenges arise when the team members are unable to control the amount of time which the ship spends in each of the stargates which the ship comes into range of.Also, as the ship is on a set route, any member who is left behind cannot be rescued , adding to the overall drama of the difficulty of spending time on planets encounter civilizations and obtain resources for the survival of the crew.
Targeted towards a younger age demographic than that of its sister series Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe will focus more on the character dynamics ,relationships and a crew of unprepared individuals being trapped on the ship.The program is a younger and edgier version of Stargate.The idea of the ship being physically located in space unlike the previous Stargate series was incorporated in order to ensure that younger audiences will consider the show to be appealing.The program is still expected to maintain fundamental aspects of Stargate such as humor and adventure which have made Stargate a success .Although, the premise of StargateUniverse will be firmly associated with the mythology of the previous two Stargate series, the program will generally have a more minimal involvement of the Ancients and other aspects of Stargate mythology. StargateUniverse will also be less about encounter with alien species and more to do with the team’s ability to survive on the ship. Indeed the producers described the series as a darker and more intense form of Stargate and consequently the series will be more drama based than its predecessors.Lead actor, Robert Carlyle who will be playing the mysterious and questioned leader, Dr.Nicholas Rush has illustrated the drama of the new series by indicating that there are three deaths on the Destiny within the crew’s first three hours of being on board.A suicide is also committed by sixthepisode because of the desperation of being stranded with no hope of return.Furthermore, Creators of StargateUniverse , Brad Wright and Robert Cooper who were executive producers of Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis intend on allowing StargateUniverse to act as more of a stand alone series in which new viewers can join the franchise withminimal background knowledge with regards to the Stargate franchise.Stargate Universe is also expected to be more arc based than the previous Stargate series.Consulting producer of the program and former executive producer of Stargate Atlantis, Joseph Mallozzihas indicated that while the program does have its fair share of stand alone episodes , most of the episodes will be apart of the large story arc. In fact a large portion of the first part of season 1 provides viewers with a continuous string of episodes which follow the first story arc of the show.
Stargate Universe debuted as a 2 hour movie on October 2 2009 at 9:00pm eastern standard time on the Science Fiction Channel.
Robert Carlyle will be taking on the lead role of the show as Dr.Nicholas Rush.Rush may or may not be the leader of the expedition .It has been noted that Rush seems to have different goals to that of the rest of the crew which is trapped aboard the Destiny.Keep scrolling below for further information with respect to Colonel Everett Young who may also be the leader.
David Blue has been casted as Ellie Wallace.Wallace is described as a slacker who despite all flaws is still extremely intelligent and capable of performing well especially in areas of Math and computers.The actor is of 30 years of age and previously worked on ABC’s hit show, Ugly Betty.Blue is welcomed to the Stargate franchise.
Justin Louis has been casted as Colonel Everett Young.Young was formerly the leader of a temporary off world base.It should also be noted that Young also has a wife, Hailey,The two have been married for a duration of two years.This 41 year old Ontario raised actor has also appeared in Star Trek;Voyager.
Sargent Greer is a tempered individual and many aspects of his life are generally unknown.It is apparent, though, that his past has played a role in his urgent attitude .Jamil Walker Smith will be playing this role.Smith also played a part in the popular Nickelodeon series, Hey Arnold.
Brian J Smith has also been casted into the Universe regulars as Lieutenant Matthew Scott.Scott will be forced to undergo significant ordeals bothinapersonal and professional level as he prematurely assumes a greater leadership responsibility in the team.Smith was born in Allen, Texas and studied at the PlannardSchool in Texas .Smith has guest starred in various other programs including Hate Crime and Law&Order.
Actress Aliana Huffmanhas been casted for the character of Tamara Johansen.Huffman is 28 years of age and married.Huffman was also born in Vancouver meaning that she is essentially returning home for the production.Huffman has made appearances in various shows including NCIS, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY.Tamara is described as a tough yet modest individual who had a desire to pursue studies at medical school yet was unable to do so as a result of financial limitations. She therefore enrolled in the Air force and received paramedic training only and is overwhelmed with medical treatment required in the ship.
47 year old Lou Diamond Phillips will playing the character of Colonel Telfordwho has served his life in the military and the leader of the expedition.It is currently unknown if Phillips will be a main cast member, reoccurring , or just a guest star.Phillpshas appeared in 24 , Law and Order:Special Victims Unit and The TwilightZone .Phillips is wished best of luck in his future with Stargate.
Actress Elyse Levesque has been casted as Chloe Armstrong.Armstrong is a civilian who is the daughter of the American senator.Armstrong’s character has been characterized as an individual who has high political and social standards.Her morals undergo tribulations as she accidentally ends up in the wrong pond which causes her to end up trapped in the Destiny.Levesque has played roles on various other Science Fiction series including Smallville and 2030 Ce.Levesque is welcomed to the Stargate franchise.
45 year old actress Ming Na takes takes on the role of IOA[International Oversight Advisory] employee, Camille Wray.Wray is taken to the the Destiny against her will causing her to be extremely furious and she therefore becomes motivated to express her opinion the command decisions made on board. Wray is also a homosexual and viewers will see her partner back on earth, Sharon in flashback format in the ninth episode, Life . Na was born on an island close to the city of Hong Kong.She has played a role on the NBC drama series, ER where she appeared in 118 episodes.The actress also appeared in the recent Science Fiction film, Push.
The Movie Network on Demand has indicated their position on broadcasting Stargate Universe.Currently the Canadian network is only aware that Stargate Universe is in production and a decision has not yet been made to air the show. It should be noted that the Movie Network on Demand aired all five seasons of Stargate Atlantis in first run format.Canadian residents will, however, be able to watch Stargate Universe on The Space Channel.The program airs every 10:00pm eastern standard time .This an hour later than the 9:00pm eastern time in which the Science Fiction Channel will be airing the program for residents of the USA.Space Channel has also communicated that shortly after each weekly episode has completed its debut on television, it will appear online at http://watch.spacecast.com/ where viewers can view an episode for a period of one week after its debut on television. Enjoy the show!
Meanwhile Sky One has purchased broadcasting rights for Stargate Universe.The network has unconditional rights for the first season including applying on video on demand and available for downloading on their website.The UK network previously aired Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis in first run format.UK viewers were able to watch the debut on October 6 2009 and weekly episodes will continue to air every Tuesday[see precise schedule information further below in the SGU International Schedule Table]
As communicated further above, Stargate Universe will have homosexual characters.The character of Camille Wray who is played by Ming Na is indeed a homosexual and as previously suggested, Camille’s lifetime parter, Sharon will be seen in the ninth episode, Life. There is also at least one other gay character in the program. Further details on exactly which other character is a homosexual has not yet been disclosed. Co creator, Brad Wright indicated that the decision to include homosexuals in the program was in order to create issues and differences in terms of character relationships and to connect with more groups of people including homosexuals. Cooper indicated that widening the range of audience was not only done for the sake of ratings, but also to provide an accurate and realistic depiction of the current state of humanity .Consulting producer of Stargate Universe and former executive producer of Stargate Atlantis,Joseph Mallozzi indicated that Stargate Atlantis had a couple of homosexual characters. Captain Alica Vega who was played by actress Leela Savasta, was also homosexual, according to Mallozzi.Vega was introduced to viewers in the season 5 premiere , Search and Rescue. Mallozzi also indicated that Atlantis had a male gay character , however viewers never had the chance to find out who exactly this was.While, the series did have the presence of homosexual characters, unlike Stargate Universe , these Atlantis characters were not involved in situations which gave them the opportunity to reveal their difference.
Co producers of StargateUniverse, Brad Wright and Robert C Cooper have provided further details on the developing series .The producers conveyed that Stargate Universe will have aliens .Unlike the aliens of the previous two series, these species will be quite distinguishable from human appearance, characteristic and behavior.Stargate Universe will also have more stories told on earth as characters will have the opportunity to utilize and ancient device known as a long range communicator to talk to family members . This will allow for characters to relate/recall their past and for stories to be told on Earth in flashback format. Viewers will therefore see the lifestyles of various characters before they became trapped on the ancient ship of Destiny .StargateUniverse will also be less staged and more like a documentary and reality according to Cooper.This has been done in order for the audience to embrace the science fiction elements and characters.The producers anticipate that the documentary shooting style will allow for the adventures to seem less staged and thus more realistic so viewers feel as if they are joining the characters in their journey on the ship.By having this feeling, the producers anticipate that viewers can further their connection with the characters in a way that could perhaps not have been done in the previous Stargateseries.Cooper indicated that this concept is quite similar to the production methods used in the science fiction series Firefly, which both co producers greatly enjoy.
Consulting producer of Stargate Universe and former executive producer of Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG1 , Joseph Mallozzi is now having Stargate related postsof his blog syndicated on the Science Fiction Channel’s new Stargate Universe site.Mallozzi admits that determining which posts are to be classified as Stargate orientated is a difficult challenge as many of his posts focus on other topics of personal interest while having a small part [usually Mallozzi's daily mailbag where he answers fan questions]dedicated towards Stargate.It was also conveyed that the approval process from Sci Fi for behind the scene pictures and stage photos of Stargate Universe will be quickened .While this will promote Mallozzi’sonline work and Universe,it should be noted that unlike the original blog, the Science Fiction Channel does not have a comment feature on posts and there is also no avenue to directly contact Mallozzi.Check out the syndicated blog today athttp://mt-showblogs.scifi.com/stargate/index.phpor visit the original blog at www.josephmallozzi.wordpress.com.
Actor Michael Shanks will the appear in the second half of Stargate Universe.Shanks, who played the main cast role of the archaeologist , Dr.Daniel Jackson in all ten seasons of Stargate SG1 will reoccur in the fourteenth episode of the Stargate Universe, titled Human.Shanks rolein the episode will be more significant than that in the series premiere, AirPart 1 in which he appeared for a cameo role.The episode will feature Daniel and Stargate Universe lead actor, Robert Carlyle character’s , Dr.Nicholas Rush working together.Human will debut during early 2010.We look forward to seeing Daniel have a significant role in the storyline of the episode.
Stargate Universe will receive an additional supplement which viewers of the previous Stargate series never had the pleasure of.The first season will be accompanied with 30 webepisodes.Each episode will have a direct association and revelance to the episodes produced for television.Episodes will be presented through the use of a Kino, a sphere shaped device which moves around the ship and spies on characters aboard in order to enhance the audience perspective of habitual lifestyle of the program’s characters.Residents of the USA are able to view episodes at the Science Fiction Channel’s Stargate Universe site at http://www.syfy.com/universe/ .Meanwhile, Canadians residents can view the episodes on Space Channel’s website. An entire production unit has been assigned the task of generating these two minute episodes.We look forward to this new installment within the Stargate franchise.
Stargate Universe will be available online for free of charge on Hulu.The episodes will appear on the site on the day subsequent to its debut on The Science Fiction Channel[USA] and The Space [Canada].As Hulu does with other current series which it streams , viewers will have the opportunity to view an episode for up to five weeks, after which point episodes will individually be replaced with a more recent one. Although Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis are now available for free on Hulu, the website did not stream the episodes in the same week as they made a first run broadcast.Readers should note that episodes at www.hulu.com can only be viewed by residents of the USA.Enjoy the show!
Actress Rhona Mitra has been casted for a guest role in thefinal three episodes of Stargate Universe’s inaugaral season.The three episode story arc includes the eighteenth episode, Submersion along with Incursion Part 1 amd the season finale, Incursion Part 2.Mitra will play the role of a character named Kiva, who is described as a strong willed leader of the Lucian alliance incursion force aboard the Destiny.Readers may recall that the Lucian Alliance is the alien species responsible for the attack on Icarus Base which caused those on the base to travel to the Destiny in the first place. SyFy also described the character of Kiva as an individual who “will do whatever it takes to safeguard her people even if it is at the ultimate expense of the Destiny crew.”Mitra is a 33 year old actress bornin London, England.She has played main cast roles in various series including The Practice and Boston Legal.Mitra’s recurring roles on television include appearances on series such as Gideon’s Crossing and Party of Five.We look forward toobserving the suspense and drama associated with the presence of Kiva’s incursion force on board the ancient Destiny.
Stargate Universe lead actor, Robert Carlyle has appeared in a recent episode in the CBS television program entitled The Late Late Show which was broadcasted on Wednesday , October 14 2009 .In the episode, Carlyle talked with the program’s host, Scotsman Craig Ferguson.Carlyle and Ferguson spent time discussing life in Scottland ,how Carlyle’s transtion to Canada went, and about the new Stargate Universe.The halarious segment has been posted directly below and lasts for about 8 minutes in length.Enjoy!
Stargate Universe main cast member , Alaina Huffman who plays the main cast role of the medic , Tamara Johansen revealed that she is pregnant during a recent interview with Australia’s Science Fiction Channel’s blog. Huffman later provided further details on Twitter indicating that she is currently seven and a half months into her pregnancy. With this announcement, many viewers have begun to wonder how the pregnancy will affect her character’s storyline and degree of involvement within the series, should the program be renewed for a second season . One possibility is that Johansen ’s pregnancy could be incorporated into the storyline of the series similar to the way in which Rachel Luthrell’s [Teyla Emmagan] pregnancy was incorporated into an ongoing storyline of Stargate Atlantis’ fourth and final fifth seasons .Another possibility is that the actor will play the character in a reduced capacity for a temporary period or take a leave of absence just as Stargate SG1 co star, Amanda Tapping [Colonel Samantha Carter]did for the first five episodes of the series ninth season .Readers should note that if Stargate Universe is renewed for a second season, the production for the show’s second year will commence February 2010 - only about 2 months after the actress’ delivery date . When asked how her pregnancy will impact of her character, Huffman simply stated that “You have to watch,”Huffman exclaimed happily “I think every actor on the Stargate franchise has had one or more kids. [The writers] know what they are doing, and they know how to deal with it. I can’t give away spoilers whether we are or are not going to entertain that possibility. You’ve just got to keep watching.
The actress, who is married with two children, also commented on how the Stargate Universe production was one which permitted actors to strike a career/personal life balance, communicating that the position offers felxible hours thanks to the ensemble nature of the cast.Huffman is therefore often able to spend time with her children and play a part in their daily routine by having the opportunity to atleast drop them to school if not also having the chance to pick them up.The actress also added her post allows her to still also have great deal of time in the year off.The complete first part of Huffman’s interview with the network , in which she also discusses her integration into her new post as playing the character of Tamara Johansen along with her interaction with colleagues can be viewed at http://www.scifitv.com.au/Blog/2009/10/alaina-huffman-on-skype-sgus-blonde-star-is-pregnant/. Enjoy!Best wishes are extended towards Huffman for a successful delivery.
Indeed actress Amanda Tapping will return to the screens as the astrophysicist, Colonel Samantha Carter one more time before the finalization of Stargate Universe’s inaugural season .The actress, of course, played the character as main cast role for all ten seasons of Stargate SG1 and in the fourth season of Stargate Atlantis.In a recent interview with The Huffingman post, Tapping indicated that she would guest star towards the end of the season. In the interview,Tapping briefly outlined her recent experience in shooting Stargate Univcerse communicating to the site that “I’ve done two episodes,” “I did their first two-parter and I’m at the very end of their season. And I just shot that a few weeks ago. So I started their season and I’m ending their season, which was very cool. But I didn’t get to play with anyone. If they were ever to have me come back, I’d want to be with people. I’m kind of off on my ship, which I think is awesome.Tapping’s previous appearance in Stargate Universe was in the series premiere , Air Part 1 in which Carter is the commander of of the new earth ship , Hmmond named after the character of the deceased actor, Don S Davis, General George Hammond.The complete interview can be viewed online at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenna-busch/amanda-tapping-launches-c_b_350257.html. Readers should note that the exact episode in which Carter will be seen has yet to be revealed.Further details will be posted as they are obtained. We look forward to seeing Carter in Stargate Universe again and we anticipate that her latest appearance will be of a greater capacity than that of her appearance in the premeire of this exciting new series.
The first half of Stargate Universe’s first season will be released on DVD and Blu Ray on February 9 2010.SGU 1.0 currently has a suggested price of 49.98 dollars US amounting to a price of 59.98 for Canadian residents.Meannwhile the Bklu Ray edition will cost 69:99 [US]and 89:99 [Canada].The idea of splitting the first season into two halfves was done as aresult of the fact that there is a breakof four months between the mid season finale and the commencement of the second half of the season.Fans will therefore be able to have the chance to catch upon viewing the series .The first half of the season being released earlier on also benefits the promotional health of the series as allows foran increase in awareness of te program in the months leading up to the finalization of the break and into the second half of the inaugural season.Readers should also note that Stargate Universe’s first season is the first season ever, in the Stargate franchise, to be released on Blu Ray.The DVD edition will also include a variety of features such as actor/producer commentary on episodes, Kino Video Diaries, and the Stargate 101 Videos, which pertain to Dr.Danie’l Jackson’s explanation of the Stargate program to the unmotivated yet brilliant , Eli Wallace.Eli is seen viewing the explanation in the series premiere, Air Part 1.
A complete list of commentators for each of the episodes has been placed directly below, as seen on Gateworld.Visit Gateworld today at www.gateworld.net.
Air, Parts 1 & 2 – Brian J. Smith, David Blue and Elyse Levesque
Air, Part 3 – Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper, Director Andy Mikita and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela
Darkness – Actors Brian J. Smith, David Blue and Elyse Levesque
Light – Actors Brian J. Smith, David Blue and Elyse Levesque
Water – Director William Waring and actor Louis Ferreira
Earth – Actors Brian J. Smith, David Blue and Elyse Levesque
Time – Executive producer Robert C. Cooper and David Blue
Life – Actors Ming-Na and Brian J. Smith
Justice – Director William Waring and actors Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque and Jamil Walker Smith
Readers should note that the DVD edition can be purchase for a mere price of 27.99 from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002R8JG58?ie=UTF8&tag=bonhoeffscell&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002R8JG58.A Please take into account that the price is subject to fluctuation.Be sure to take a look at the Blue Ray cover art for SGU 1.0 directly below[it is likely that the DVD cover will be identical.
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Stargate Universe has scored considerably solid, ratings for its 2 hour series premiere, Air Part 1 and Air Part 2 which debuted on October 2 2009.According to a report released by the Science Fiction Channel, the two hour premiere attracted over 2.35 million viewers equating to a 1.7 million average per household rating.The report communicates that 1.32 million of the viewers were in the 25-54 demographic while 1.12 million viewers were in the 18-49 age demographic.The 1.12 million rating for the latter age group was the biggest rating for that demographic for a Friday night series since the debut of the science fiction series, Battlestar Gallactica in January 2005.While the 1.7 million rating many not be as high as anticipated by both producers and many fans of the Stargate franchise, the Science Fiction Channnel remains very positive, indicating that the ratings have defined the Stargate Universe primiere as the Stargate Franchise’s biggest premiere in four years[since the July 2005 debut of Stargate Atlantis' second season.]Accordingly,the cast and crew of Stargate Universe are congratulated for their exceptional work towards the series which has most definitely contributed to the accumulation of such a notable rating.
Indeed the final hour of the Stargate Universe premiere , Air Part 3 scored better than the previous week’s Air Part 1 and Air Part 2 , attracting a total of 2.4 million viewers to the screen.This equates to a rating of 1.8 million per household average. The 18-49 age group had a 22 percent increase in viewership than the first two parts of the premiere while the 25-49 demographic acheived a 13 percent increase. This is quite a notable rating as usually ratings begin to fall starting the week after a season/series debuts.This opposite reaction is a positive indicator of the growing interest towards this new exciting series.Senior VP of Syfy Digital , Craig Engler echos our reaction on this exceptional rating. “I can’t emphasize enough how impressive it is for a show to grow from its premiere,” Engler said. “That’s pretty rare.”This is indeed an outstanding result for which the Stargate Universe production is congratulated.
MGM has released a trailer for the second half of Stargate Universe’s inaugural season which is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 2 . The trailer includes parts from the conclusion to the mid season parter, Space which bring forth the series first intelligent alien species.Readers will also have opportunity to view actress Rhona Mitra as the Lucian Alliance leader, Kiva and obtain brief insight to an additional threat which will be present in the backhalf of the series’ freshman season.Be sure to take a look at the trailer directly below and share your thoughts on it in the comments segment further below.Enjoy!
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Life-Lt. Scott and Camile return to Earth via the communication stones to spend time with those they left behind. On the Destiny, the crew explores new sections of the ship and discover a promising Ancient device.[TV Guide]
Justice-Col. Young cedes command to Camile Wray after a crew member is found dead from a gunshot wound and the gun is recovered from Young’s quarters. Meanwhile, a planet harbors a secret that threatens the Destiny in the first-season finale.
Promotions of Upcoming Episodes
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SGU International Schedule Center
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|Episode Title||Episode#||Debut Date[Sy Fy-USA]||Time||Debut Date[Space-Canada]||Time||Debut Date[Sky One-UK]||Time||Debut Date[ Sci Fi Australia]||Time|
|Air Part 1||1||October 2 2009||9:00pm||October 2 2009||10:00pm||October 6 2009||8:00pm||October 92009||8:30pm|
|Air Part 2||2||October 2 2009||9:00pm||October 2 2009||10:00pm||October 6 2009||8:00pm||October 16 2009||8:30pm|
|Air Part 3||3||October 9 2009||9:00pm||October 9 2009||10:00pm||October 13 2009||8:00pm||October 23 2009||8:30pm|
|Darkness||4||October 16 2009||9:00pm||October 16 2009||10:00pm||October 20 2009||8:00pm||October 30 2009||8:30pm|
|Light||5||October 23 2009||9:00p,m||October 23 2009||10:00pm||October 27 2009||8:00pm||Nove,ber 6 2009||8:30pm|
|Water||6||October 30 2009′||9:00pm||October 30 2009||10:00pm||November 3 2009||8:00pm||November 13 2009||8:30pm|
|Earth||7||November 5 2009||9:00pm||November 5 2009||10:00pm||November 10 2009||8:00pm,||November 20 2009||8:30pm|
|Time||8||November 12 2009||9:00pm||November 12 2009||10:00pm||November 17 2009||8:00pm||November 27 2009||8:30pm|
|Life||9||November 19 2009||9:00pm||November 19 2009||10:00pm||November 24 2009||8:00pm||December 4 2009||8:30pm|
|Justice||10||December 4 2009||9:00pm||December 42009||10:00pm||December 8 2009||8:00pm||December 11 2009||8:30pm|
|Incursion Part 1||19|
|Incursion Part 2||20|
All slots for The Science Fiction Channel and Space Channel have been noted in eastern standard time while timimgs for Sky One have been indicated in GMT time.Times for Australia’s Sci Fi station have been noted in Western time zone.Please note that schedule information for the latter half of the season is currently unavailable and the slots for episodes in the latter half of the season will remain blank until further information is obtained.
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Special Promotional Features
The Science Fiction Channel has released the complete Stargate Universe panel of the recent July 2009 Comic Con in San Diego.The panel features Stargatecreators, Robert C Cooper and Brad Wright, along with the entire main cast of the upcoming series!The feature has been placed directly below and is approximately47 minutes in length.Enjoy!
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Attack on Icarus Base-Lucian Alliance
Dr. Rush’s claim of leadership
long range communicator
Carter’s Cameo Appearance-The Hammond
Jack O’ Neill Appearance-role as head of security
Daniel Jackson Videos
-Chole Armstrong -father[senator's] sacrifice, use of long range communicator, interaction with mother and her reaction
-Eli allaceGs Slacker, solved the game, character background[dropped out of Harvard], Mother’s health issues
Matthew Scott- troubled past
Sargeant Greer -Why was he initially detained?
Greer and Rush Conflict-Rush’s accusarion against Greer
ship being deployed at the end of Destiny’ s episode
basic premise and details[ trapped on ship, time limit before it jumps, air calcium carbonay the few individuals who left the planet-trapped forever because of Rush;s order to shoot individual with dialing remote
The end result in obtaining the calcium, Eli’s humourous yet risky situation of his hand
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UPDATE April 20 2011 – Producer, Brad Wright recently reported at a Vancouver convention that both Stargate Extinction as well as Stargate Revolution have been permanently shelved. The confirmation came at the same time when the announcement of the failure to secure an SGU movie, was also announced. Consequently, there is no aspect of the franchise which is expected to reappear in the foreseeable future. .A full report is to be posted shortly however readers can visit Gateworld for a full report .
Stargate Revolution[Third Stargate SG1 film]
A brand new Stargate SG1 movie has been approved by MGM studios.Filming for the feature length film was scheduled to initialize by fall 2009, however the film has been placed on hold due to the current economic crisis and due to the fact that MGM has claimed bankruptcy[ see further below for full details]. The film has been penned by Brad Wright and Carl Binder.It is still unclear if the film will first be shown on SyFy or if it will be initially released on DVD just like the previous two Stargate films, Stargate: Ark of Truth and Stargate Continuum .
The film is expected to revolve around Jack O’ Neill[Richard Dean Anderson]. During the Vancouver 2009 Convention, co creator of the film, Brad Wright specifically indicated that “I had a story idea that really worked with O’Neill. And it’s not just his character, by any means. It’s a Stargate story that brings O’Neill back in a big way.” Readers should note that the feature was initially expected to be released on DVD sometime between early spring to early summer of 2010.The storyline is expected to occur between the end of the previous Stargate SG1 film, Stargate Continuum and the commencement of the Stargate franchise’s third series, Stargate Universe.
Information on the film’s main cast is now available.Amanda Tapping has communicated that she will be appearing in the movie.Tapping played the brilliant astrophysicist, Samantha Carter in Stargate SG1 for all ten seasons. Michael Shanks has confirmed his involvement in the film as well.Shanks played the role of the archaeologist ,Dr.Daniel Jackson from seasons 1-5 and seasons 7-10 of Stargate SG1.Christopher Judge will be returning in the film as the Jaffa,Tealc whom Judge played during all seasons of Stargate SG1. However, actors have yet to be contacted for official negotiations.
Stargate Creator and Executive producer,Brad Wright has indicated on a Question and Answer session on executive producer, Joseph Mallozzi’s blog thatVala Maldurin[Claudia Black] will not be returning for the third Stargate SG1 movie saying that ” I thought Claudia [Black] was terrific in Continuum, but Vala won’t be returning in the third movie“.Wright also communicated that it will be highly unlikely to have the entire cast in the same movie. The reasoning/cause behind this limitation is with respects to availability among many other concerns .Our speculation is that the budget for future films is a contributing factor.Readers are encouraged to visit frequently as further developments occur.
While there is little information available regarding the storyline of the film, producer Joseph Mallozzi has advised readers on his blog that all of the earth ships could possibly be together in a space battle in Stargate Revolution.
Producer Joseph Mallozzi has revealed details regarding the main enemy in the film on his blog where he indicated that “Let’s just say the story stems from an issue that has plagued Stargate Command since its inception”.
Producer, Joseph Mallozzi recently advised readers on his blog that the film would give further insight as to whether the SGC remains in Cheyenne Mountain or if has been to Homeworld Command . The specific text which shows Mallozzi’s response has been placed below.
Q: Does the SGC still exist or is the Stargate being moved to Homeworld Command?
A” More on that in Stargate: Revolution.”
When asked on her personal opinion on the fate of the film in a recent interview with Gateworld , actress Amanda Tapping[ Colonel Samantha Carter] indicated that ” I’d do it. We had so much fun doing Continuum and Ark of Truth that I would do it, time permitting. But I think the window is closing, that’s for sure. That’s what it feels like. Had we shot it this past winter, that would have been a different thing. But I don’t know. Never say never”.
UPDATE-August 16 2009:The film has been placed on hold due to financial restraints associated with the current economic downturn, reports Sci Fi Wire.Please scroll further below for the complete details regarding this recent development.
UPDATE-November 12 2009- Producer Joseph Mallozzi revealed on his blog that the working title for the film is Stargate Revolution. Also, presently there is still no word from MGM stating if the feature will be produced.
UPDATE- April 5 2010:There is still no word on MGM’S decision with regards to the producing the film, according to producer,Joseph Mallozzi on today’s blog post . Further information will be posted as it is obtained.
UPDATE–June 17 2010-Stargate producer, Joseph Mallozzi recently advised readers on his blog that there has been positive rumblings regarding Stargate Revolution . According to Mallozzi, this progress is due to the great efforts from the creator of the film, Brad Wright who ”as the movie’s co-writer and producer, has been tireless in working to keep the project alive and in discussions”. Further information will be posted as it is obtained.
UPDATE – July 1 2010: Producer Joseph Mallozzi commented on the current prospects for the film on his blog , indicating that“despite the delay, the mood is fairly confident that Revolution will move into production eventually. It’s just a matter of when”.
UPDATE – September 15 2010- There is still no word on MGM’s decision with regards to approving the film. Further information will be provided as obtained.
UPDATE – September 29 2010-Producer, Brad Wright recently indicated in a interview with TV DeathRay that there is still a realistic possibility that the Stargate Movies may be produced. Wright indicated that there is a another innovative business plan being discussed with MGM , which may help expedite the production of the film, despite the current economic downturn and MGM’s virtual bankruptcy. Please scroll further below for the full details.
Update- March 25 2011- There has been no further word on the fate of the film. Current efforts are still being devoted to reviving Stargate Universe either in the form of a movie or mini series.
[Working Title - Subject to Change]
Stargate Atlantis fans can look forward to a 2 hour movie which will premiere on the Science Fiction Channel for residents of the USA and will subsequently be released on DVD by MGM .The film was initially expected to be released sometime between spring – summer of 2010, however, it has now been placed on hold due to the current economic crisis and due to the fact that MGM has virtually claimed bankruptcy.It is unknown when filming for the feature will begin.
Creator of Stargate Atlantis , Brad Wright has expressed excitement in continuing the series in movie format while the series still has further potential.Wright added that he is looking forward to having Stargate Atlantis storylines told on a “bigger canvas”.Readers should note that the movie will not wrap up any long term storylines from the Stargate Atlantis TV series and will therefore be similar to Stargate Continuum in that it will be a stand alone movie.The feature, however, will involve characters referring to the past and acknowledging the potential of future adventures. .It should also be noted that future releases of Stargate Atlantis movies is solely reliant on the success of this first feature.
The film will start off in Earth, where the series finale, Enemy at the Gate left off. Viewers will, however, discover that Atlantis has relocated from San Fransisco Bay[where the city landed in the series finale]to another base.The script for the film has been written by both executive producers of the final two seasons of the Stargate Atlantis television series, Joseph Mallozzi [40 pages]and executive producer,Paul Mullie[60 pages].It has been communicated that Andy Mikita will direct the movie.Mikita has directed on both Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis including the Atlantis series finale.We have received confirmation that Sheppard, McKay, Teyla, Ronon, Woolsey, Keller, Zelenka, Lorne, Beckett, Chuck, Banks, Todd and 2 guest stars[to be announced] will reprise in the film.A potential guest star could be actress Amanda Tapping[Colonel Samantha Carter] who had discussed the possibility of appearing for a cameo role in the film with executive producer of the film, Joseph Mallozzi. Actors have yet to be contacted for official negotiations. As this news is still developing, readers are encouraged to visit frequently to observe the updates of this post
While there is very little information available on the storyline of the film at this time, Mallozzi has indicated that the film will have a Teyla -Beckett character moment.
It has also been communicated, that although Todd and his fellow Wraith will have a significant involvement in the movie, they will not be apart of the primary storyline of the film.
According to Joseph Mallozzi , the character of Elizabeth Weir has been completely dealt with.”Weir’s story ended in ‘Ghost In the Machine .’ The character will not be appearing in the movie”, said Mallozzi.
When he described the film on his blog, Mallozzi divulged what the plot will include. “We’ve got action, adventure, exploration, a race against the clock, Atlantis in peril, unlikely allies, surprises, tragic loss, and new beginnings.”Further information regarding the plot will be revealed as it is obtained.
When asked to divulge a general sense of the plot of the film, Mallozzi responded by indicating that “The action starts on Earth, then shifts to Atlantis, then shifts to a planet, then back to Atlantis.”[ August 19 2010 on his blog]
You know, please do ask for it because if it happens … I mean, I’d love it to happen. But as the years go by, it gets more and more difficult for that to happen because we’re all off in different directions. I mean Jason [Momoa] is Conan, for God’s sake![ Actor, David Hewlett on a recent interview with Gateworld]
I have heard nothing of any intention or any momentum towards an Atlantis film. Our lovely set no longer exists. But who knows, stranger things have happened. I would love to get a chance to work with my buddies again”.[ Rachel Luttrell on a Q&A with ScifiTVAndTalk]
UPDATE:On May 16 2009 Joseph Mallozzi revealed on Twitter that the working title for the Atlantis film is Stargate Extinction.Mallozzi indicated he likes the title because it is appropriate to the storyline and it is dynamic.
Update-August 16 2009:The film has been placed on hold due to financial restraints associated with the current economic downturn.Keep scrolling for further details.
UPDATE – April 5 2010- There is still no word on MGM’S decision with regards to producing the film. When he was asked about the status of the film on his blog today , producer Joseph Mallozzi simply indicated that ” Still no word and I don’t expect to hear anything either way for a while”.Further information will be posted as it is obtained.
UPDATE – July 1 2010-Executive producer of the film, Joseph Mallozzi responded to a query on his blog regarding the future of the film and how a lack of discussion between the producers and MGM, would affect its fate in contrast to the much discussed, Stargate Revolution .Mallozzi indicated there is “no news on the Atlantis movie front. That’s not to say it won’t get made, just that Paul and I have not had similar discussion with the studio with regard to Extinction”.
UPDATE -July 18 2010- Producer, Joseph Mallozzi reported on his blog. that two cast members from Stargate Atlantis will be guest starring in their respective roles for the fifteenth episode of the upcoming second season of Stargate Universe entitled, Seizure.Although the reappearances will require adjustment to the timeline of Stargate Extinction, Mallozzi, indicated that the heart of the film will remain unchanged . Scroll further below for the full details.
UPDATE – September 15 2010- There is still no word on MGM’s decision with regards to approving the film. Further information will be provided as obtained.
UPDATE – September 29 2010-Producer, Brad Wright recently indicated in a interview with TV DeathRay that there is still a realistic possibility that the Stargate Movies may be produced. Wright indicated that there is a another innovative business plan being discussed with MGM , which may help expedite the production of the films, despite the current economic downturn and MGM’s virtual bankruptcy. Please scroll further below for the full details.
UPDATE – December 25 2010-Stargate producer, Joseph Mallozzi,indicated the following when asked for an update to the film, now that Stargate Universe has been cancelled. Mallozzi,specifically indicated that ” I’m sorry to say but the cancellation puts the brakes on whatever progress the SGA movie had made in the past month, shelving it indefinitely.
Update- March 25 2011- There has been no further word on the fate of the film. Current efforts are still being devoted to reviving Stargate Universe either in the form of a movie or mini series.
August 16 2009- Stargate Films Delayed
Due to the current economic downturn, the third Stargate SG1 film and the first Stargate Atlantis movie titled Stargate Extinction have been placed on hold, reports Sci Fi Wire.Stargate Co creator, Robert C Cooper explained in a recent interview, the concerns expressed from both the producers and MGM studios which caused this delay.
We’re ready to go,” Cooper said in an exclusive interview over the weekend in Pasadena, Calif., where he was promoting SGU at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “We’re just waiting for the right opportunity,” he said. “We want to be successful with it. The studio wants to be successful, and we really don’t want to proceed with something in the wrong climate, which I think financially it is right now.”
Although two straight to DVD films, Stargate;The Ark of Truth and Stargate Continuum were released just in March 2008 and July 2008, respectively, Cooper indicated that the current economic crisis has reduced the sales of DVD premieres .
“It’s tough, because we were very successful with the first two SG-1 movies,” Cooper said. “Since then, the economics have changed a little bit. DVDs aren’t selling the same way they were when we released those even just a year, and a year and a half ago.”
Readers should note that prospects for the eventual production of Stargate Extinction are optimistic as MGM is still paying rent for the Atlantis studio which consequently remains standing.The Cheyenne Mountain stage of Stargate SG1 has been remade to suit the environment of the upcoming Stargate Universe.It has , however, been communicated by executive producer of Stargate Extinction and consulting producer of Stargate Universe, Joseph Mallozzi that the stage can be remade for the production of the third SG1 film.
As a result of the delay in production, a release date cannot be indicated at this time.It is anticipated that the production for the films will initialize the foreseeable future.Best of luck is extended to the Stargate productions during this difficult time.
UPDATE – It should be noted that the set for Stargate Extinction [ Atlantis] has since been removed.Further details will be provided as they are obtained.
July 18 2010- SGU/ SGA Crossover Finalized
Producer, Joseph Mallozzi revealed on his blog that two cast members from Stargate Atlantis will guest star in their respective roles in a crossover for the 15th episode of Stargate Universe’s second season entitled, Seizure. There is no word yet on exactly which characters will be reappearing.
As a result of these appearances, Mallozzi indicated that slight changes will be made to the script of he impending Stargate Atlantis film, Stargate Extinction. ““There was a reluctance to move ahead with an SGA crossover, particularly on my part,” Mallozzi said, “because the feeling was it would step on the timing of the SGA movie, Stargate: Extinction, the events of which directly [followed] the Atlantis series finale, ‘Enemy At the Gate .’But given the delay on the movie front and the idea premise pitched out by Remi Aubuchon and Brad Wright, it was decided to go ahead with the crossover. Not a big deal, but it will require some changes to the Stargate: Extinction timeline which, in turn, will beg a host of questions, some of which will be answered in episode #15, some of which won’t … at least not right away.” To see a list of these hosts of questions, head over to Mallozzi’s blog.
Mallozzi has since repeatedly asserted that the involvement of Atlantis characters will not affect the core conflict of the film. He specifically indicated that “The changes made to the script will have to do with the timing of events (essentially the set-up) and won’t influence the heart of the story”. Essentially, the appearances will help provide certain details regarding the aftermath of the series finale of Stargate Atlantis, Enemy At the Gate which will in turn require the script to be altered in a way so that such details are not repeatedly conveyed and that the storyline remains true to the timeline. Having the Stargate Extinction storyline occur after the appearances on Stargate Universe would therefore not contradict with any of the circumstances or situations surrounding the characters’ appearances in the series and the situation on Atlantis as the film would take place afterwards.
We look forward to seeing the Atlantis cast members reprise in their roles in Stargate Universe and we strongly hope that we will eventually have the opportunity to revisit the characters of Atlantis in Stargate Extinction.
UPDATE - It was revealed in the San Diego Comic Con that the two Atlantis guest stars scheduled to appear in the fifteenth episode of Stargate Universe’s second season, Seizure are David Hewlett and Robert Picardo who will reprise in their roles as Dr. Rodney McKay and Richard Woolsey respectively. A further overview will be posted shortly.
September 29 2010-Producer, Brad Wright recently indicated in a interview with TV DeathRay that there is still a realistic possibility that the Stargate Movies may be produced. Wright added that there is a another innovative business plan being discussed with MGM , which may help expedite the production of the films, despite the current economic downturn and MGM’s negative financial situation
During the interview,Wright specifically stated the following in regards to the Stargate Movies.
“The only thing that is blocking the SG-1 movie or the Atlantis movie, the only thing, is the fact that the direct-to-DVD market has gone away. We were very fortunate with Ark of Truth and Continuum to be among the last very successful direct-to-DVD releases before it all stopped happening. The market has change, and it’s still changing, and it’s not what it was. And, of course, there have been very big changes at MGM that kind of added to that. But we had the intentions to make them. We were ready to go, and it was “Wait a while” and “We should wait a little longer,” and the climate never got better. We held on to a lot of stuff and were ready to go for a very long time, but that doesn’t mean it’s not gonna happen. We have a plan B, and I’ve been talking with MGM about it, and hopefully we’ll still get our chance.”
For a complete read of the interview, in which Wright also discusses the second season of Stargate Universe and the SGU/ SGA crossover with Robert Picardo and David Hewlett, please visit TV DeathRay.
Indeed , we strongly anticipate that this alternate business approach will succeed and as a result both Stargate Revolution and Stargate Extinction will enter production.
November 7 2010 : MGM Officially Files For Bankruptcy, Increasing Hope For Stargate Films
Indeed the Stargate producing Studio of MGM has officially filed for bankruptcy in New York on Wednesday, November 3 2010.This was filed due to a great deal of approval in turning over management of the company to MGM’s debt holders.
Take a look at how the appearances of the Atlantis Alumni will alter the timeline for the Stargate Movies as verified by producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog.
1. Stargate Atlantis “Enemy at the Gate”
2. Stargate: Revolution
3. Stargate Universe “Seasons 1 and 2″
4. Stargate: Extinction
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General Movie Discussion
- Opinions/thoughts regarding the delay of impending Stargate Movies.Do you still think that either or both of the movies will be produced?Discuss.
- What are your thoughts on plan B? Do you have any insights on what this business plan could be? Does the potential plan B help to renew or revive a sense of hope for you in the ultimate production of the films? Discuss.
- How do you think the cancellation of Stargate Universe will impact the fate of the Stargate films?
- What do you think is the significance of the title? Speculate
- What are your thoughts and predictions about the plot of the movie?
- Who do you think the big enemy , which has been present since the inception of Stargate Command ,will be in the film?
- O Neill Centric - What are your opinions on this and how do you think the character will be brought back in a big way? What are your thoughts on having such a film?
- Who else other than the original team, would you like to see apart of the film?
- What do you think is the significance of the title?Speculate.
- Character relationships .Discuss which relationships you would like to see touched upon in the film
- What are your speculations and thoughts on the tragedy?Could the film bring forth the end of one of the main characters? Who? Speculate.
- Do you have any possible thoughts of possible storylines which could correspond to the stand alone theme of the film? What are your thoughts on having a stand alone theme movie as opposed to having the film wrap up long term storylines from the Stargate Atlantis television series?
- What questions would you like answered before Stargate Extinction , in the fifteenth episode of Stargate Universe, Seizure? Why?
- What are your thoughts on the timeline adjustment for the film ?Discuss how the appearances of Rodney McKay[ David Hewlett] and Richard Woolsey[Robert Picardo] on SGU , will have towards the film as whole.
Previous Stargate Films
- Stargate Ark of Truth and Stargate:Continuum:Rate , recap, review and discuss these two films.
- Rerun dates for films – post it in the comments section or if you wish to have it published on this post, please inform us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include film name, country,channel, time and a reference which verifies the slot.
- What is your favorite Stargate film to date? Why?
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Official Goodbye to Stargate Atlantis as The Stage Closes
I am greatly saddened to report that Stargate Atlantis production has finalized after 5 years of exceptional work.With the exception of a few actors and members of the production, most of those involved with the show are looking ahead to the future as the stage closes down.The series finale stared many guest characters such as Colin Cunnigham[Major Paul Davis], Amanda Tapping[Colonel Samantha Carter] and David Nykl[Radeck Zalenka] who were delighted to be involved in the finale of the program.It is unfortunate that the show has been canceled as it had great potential for continuing for at least a few more years.It seems that fans have been unsuccessful in bringing back the show through petitions and therefore I am taking this final opportunity to thank the main cast members of the program for their exceptional work and wish all members of the production best of luck in the future of their respective careers.It is anticipated that your work will be enjoyed in the upcoming Atlantis movie.
After several weeks of voting, the results have dictated that Blu Ray discs will be releasing the first two episodes of Stargate Atlantis, Rising Part 1 and Rising Part 2.In addition to these two exciting episodes, fans will also have the chance to watch the epic series finale,Enemy at the Gate.This amounts to the most adventurous and thrilling three outof the hundred hours of StargateAtlantis.The disc was released on August 4 2009 with a price of $29.99[USA].There has been no announcement with regards to the presence of any special features within the edition.Be sure to take a look at the cover art of the disc directly below and purchase your copy today!
Indeed the fifth and final season of Stargate Atlantis was released on DVD on June 30 2009.The DVD includes commentary fromcast and producers along with deleted scenes. Residents of the USA can purchase the season for approximately 49.98 and Canadian residents for $69.00 .DVD features include audio commentary for all of the episodes but Ghost in the Machine, The Shrine,Infection and Identity.Two sections of extended deleted scenes, photo gallery,photo production and gallery pictures are included as special features.
Below is a listof features in the DVD as seen on Gateworld, Your Complete Guide to Stargate.Visit Gateworld through the use of the Stargate Atlantis segment of the sidebar.
Also, the mission directives in which a particular writer or director covers the behind the scene activities of a particular episode are included as special features.Take a look at the table below for episodes which will be attributed a Mission Directives!
Mission Directives Episodes-Special Features-Stargate Atlantis Season 5 DVD
|Search and Rescue[Episode 1]||Andy Mikita and Martin Gero|
|Whispers [Episode 7]||William Warring and Joseph Mallozzi|
|Tracker [Episode 8]||William Warring and Carl Binder|
|Brain Storm[Episode 16]||Martin Gero|
Please note that in the second column all of the first names are that of directors and accordingly, the subsequent names are that of writers.
The box art/cover of the season five DVD case has been displayed below.Fans are sure to be looking forward to completing their Atlantis collection , re watching episodes, or getting their hands on the season for the first time ever!Enjoy!
The Science Fiction Channel is now offering Stargate Atlantis viewers a chance to watch the first ten episodes of the fifth season of Stargate Atlantis for free of charge.Simply visit the Science Fiction Channel’s Stargate Atlantis website at www.scifi.com/atlantisand get watching!Please note that the episodes can only be viewed from within the USA.Special features for this online edition include brief excerpts of eachof the episodes.Enjoy the adventure!
Actress Amanda Tapping will return to the screens as Colonel Samantha Carter for the Stargate franchise’s impending third series, Stargate Universe.Tapping was a main cast member of the fourth season of Stargate Atlantis and has made five guest appearances during other seasons of the program.She has communicated that she will appear in one episode of Universe.The exact episode in which Carter will be seen and the degree of her involvement is currently unknown.Further information will be posted as it is obtained.We look forward to seeing Carter again!
Consulting producer of Stargate Universe and former executive producer of Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG1 , Joseph Mallozzi is now having Stargate related postsof his blog syndicated on the Science Fiction Channel’s new Stargate Universe site.Mallozzi admits that determining which posts are to be classified as Stargate orientated is a difficult challenge as manyof his posts focuson other topics of personal interest while having a smallpart [usually Mallozzi''s dailymailbag where he answers fan questions]dedicated towards Stargate.It was also communicated that the approval process from Sci Fi forbehind the scene pictures and stage photos of the impending third Stargate series,Stargate Universe willbe quickened.While this will promote Mallozzi’sonline work and Universe,it should benoted that unlike the original blog, the Science Fiction Channel does not have a comment feature on posts and there is also no avenue to directly contact Mallozzi.Check out the syndicated blog today athttp://mt-showblogs.scifi.com/stargate/index.phpor visit the original blog at www.josephmallozzi.wordpress.com . Enjoy the read!
Stargate Atlantis viewers can look forward to purchasing the complete series set on October 6 2009 for a price of$ 259.98[USA].The disc will include all five seasons of the program.Readers should note that the product can be purchased with 35 percent off [$90.99] by preordering from Amazon .To preorder visit http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002EL4RLQ?ie=UTF8&tag=scifistream-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002EL4RLQ. There is currently no information on the special features contained within the disc, however information of such a nature will be released within a few weeks time.Readers are encouraged to visit accordingly.Be sure to also take a look at the cover art for the set directly below and order your copy today!
Stargate Atlantis actress ,Sharon Taylor will be making a guest appearance on the Science Fiction series Smallville.Taylor, of course played the role of gate technician, Ameila Banks who was first introduced to viewers in the program’s fourth season.Taylor, however , made appearances on a more frequent basisduring final few episodes of Atlantis’ final fifth season where viewers learnt of Ameila’s kickboxing talents and observed the start of her relationship with Ronon . Taylor’s characteron Smallville is expected to be that of a female hero named Fiona.The role may progress to a recurring nature.Taylor will be seen in her new role in the season 9 premiere of Smallville, titled Saviour .The episode will debut on September 25 2009 .Best wishes to Taylor for her role on Smallville!
Season 5 Episode Ratings
Your Online Season 5 Ratings Reference
How well did that episode do?……….
Please note that the recent ratings are only about the live viewings on the Science Fiction Channel.All ratings would increase by about 25% -30% if DVR ratings were included.Please note that most recent ratings are noted at the top of this segment.
The epic series finale,Enemy at the Gate scored a 1.5 millionper household average which drew 2.02 million viewers in total to observe the finale.1.12 million of these viewers were from the ages of 25-54.The 18-54 demographic brought forth 973 thousand viewers.Sanctuary’s season finale scored a tenth higher with a 1.6 million per household average and had a total of 22 million viewers.The Science Fiction Channel has deemed Atlantis’rating to be the best and highest of this season.This causes us to conclude that the season mid parter conclusion, The Lost Tribe was rounded from it slightly lower rating .The rating for the nineteenth episode.,
Vegas scored a 1.3 millionper householdaverage.This is a solid rating considering the consistent performance of this season[1.2 million per household average]This is indeed a point tenth increase from the consistent score which the previous three episodes earned.
Identity scored a 1.2 million per household average.Ghost Hunters scored the highest rating of the week with a 1.9 million per household average.Sanctuary earned the second highest point with a score of 1.4 million per household average.This is a 0.2 million increase.Stargate Atlantis’ rating brought it to the fourth best score for the week.While the rating is consistent with the usual performance of this season- a consistent rating of such a nature is not sufficient for a show to remain on the air.
Infection scored a 1.2 million per household average.This is consistent with the usual scores which were earned by season five episodes.We are hoping to see a drastic increase in the rating for the final two episodes, Vegas and Enemy at the Gate
Brain Storm scored a 1.2 million per household average score.This is point tenth lower than last week’s score, Remnants.Atlantis was was not the only show to have lower ratings this week.This rating, however is still consistent with the normal season trend.
Remnants scored a 1.3 million per average household rating.This is an improvement from the consistent score of the season of a 1.2 million per household average by a point tenthThis is the first rating above the consistent season 5 rating which Atlantis has scored the conclusion of the season 5 two parter.This rating is also the same as the ratings for the season 5 premiere, Search and Rescue, Daedalus Variations and the Queen.Well done!
Prodigal scored 1.2 million per average.A reasonably good rating and consistent with the season’s normal pattern.Unfortunately the season’s pattern is low in comparison to other popular science fiction series[see last weeks episode rating and commentary for further information] and also in comparison to the ratings Atlantis initially scored in its first 3 seasons which were almost always higher than season five’s top rating[1.5 million per average] in The Lost Tribe.
Inquisition scored a 1.2 million per average household rating.This score is consistent with season’s ratings.Atlantis continues to be outscored by Sanctuary which scored a 1.5 million per average household rating for its last episode, Nibbles and most notably Ghost Hunters which scored a 2.0 million rating per average on its most recent episode.
Outsiders earned a 1.2 millionaverage rating per household.This is a drastic twenty percenty decrease from the previous episode, The Lost Tribe.Fans have lost a supporting factor of ratings for argument against Sci recent decision to cancel the show.It also seems that the new 9:00pm timing has had no significant impact.From this we can logically assume that there is lack of interest in Atlantis in contrast to other Friday night programs on the show.This is clear as 1 Sanctuary atattracts a similar demographic and receives much higher ratings at it’s weekly 10:00pm slot than Atlantis normally does in it’s 9:00pm slot. [Ex.Sanctuary's 1.6 million per average rating].Better luck for Inquisition’s ratings.
The Lost Tribe scored 1.5million per household average.This is a drastic thirty six percent increase from the previous episode, First Contact.This episode marks the highest rating of the season to date.It is a shame that the show has been cancelled.
First Contact scored 1.1 millionper household.This is a tenth lower than the previous episode, The Tracker.It should, however, be noted that the US presidential elections were occurring on the same night.This is , however, the lowest rating scored so far this season.
The Queen scored 1.3 millionper average rating.A good score-too bad DVR ratings are not counted!It is also a shame that the officials are still not considering renewing the show.
The Tracker scored a 1.2 million per average household score.This score has been consistent with the trend of the season.A good rating.
Whispers scored a 1.2 million per average household score.This rating is the same of the previous episode, The Shrine.The program has lost viewers.
The Shrine has scored a rating of 1.2 millionper average.This rating is equivalent to that of the previous episode, Ghost in the Machine[see below]A reasonably exceptional score overall.
The Ghost in the Machine scored a rating of 1.2 million average per household.This score is a point tenth less than the previous episode, The Daedalus Variations and the season premiere, Search and Rescue.
The Daedalus Variations scored 1.3 millionper average rating.This was the same score as the season premiere, Search and Rescue.Excellent score!
Broken Ties scored 1.2 million per average household.Same as the last episode.A reasonably decent score.
The Seed Scored a 1.2 million per household average rating.This is a point tenth low in comparison to the season premiere, Search and Rescue[see below]
Search and Rescue scored 1.3million per average household!A great start the season compared to season four’s premiere’s rating.
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Identity scored a 0.6 million per household average household. This is a point tenth increase from Infection’s syndicated rating.
Infection scored a 0.5 millionper household average during its syndicated slot.Stargate Atlantis scored the lowest rating for the five programs which were syndicated for the week.[December 5-12 2008]
The sixteenth episode of the season, Brain Storm scored a 0.6 million per household average during it syndication run.This is 6 tenths lower than its rating during its premiere.The episode was the Science Fiction Channel’s fourth out of fifth most viewed syndicated program for the week.It should be noted that Lost had the most viewers in syndication for the week with a rating of 1.1 million per average household.
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Enemy atthe Gate[The Final Episode]
Indeed, I am a fan of episodes which have anything do with the altercation of time .The Daedalus Variations was an original sort of time episode in the Stargate world.While the episode was mostly a stand alone one, it did leave us wondering about some unknown answers which may be answered through the team’s experiences in our own reality.The enemy is the main mystery.Do they exist in our reality ? If so, when will the expedition encounter them?We shall have to wait and see.
The episode also had some amusing, interesting and relative;y entertaining components.It was hilarious to see Teyla advising Dr.Mckay what to do with the computer’s main system.However Rodney managed to swallow his pride reasonably well.Colonel Sheppard’s conversation with his self in the alternate reality was exciting to see, making us wonder if the other Sheppard realized who he was talking to.It was interesting to observe the other realities , especially the one in which the sun was dying 48 000 years earlier!Based on this observance, we can conclude that certain events can happen during an entirely different era in comparison to other realities .We learned a lot from the episode.
I look forward to seeing the next episode, Ghost in the Machine.I hope we learn more about the enemy which we encountered in this episode shortly.I also hope that you will continue to read reviews on this post.
The Tracker was a great episode filled with action adventure and excitement.This episode was just like Stargate Atlantis from season 1-3.The show has regained it’s exceptional status through the episodes “The Queen” and “The Tracker”.
I really enjoyed seeing theWraith in the episode.It was halariousyetextremely frightening to see McKay trying to escape from the runner.I almost jumped put of my seat when the Wraith was about to feed on him.Ofcourse, Ronon saved him in the nick of time.Keller was great in the episodeIt was great to see her save the little girl in the nick of time.It was very surprising, however, to learn that Ronon had been teaching her sparring lessons.Up till now we had only seen her relationship develop withRodney .In general, it was exciting to have the Wraithafter McKay and Ronon.It was great to see another runner, Gerrak.It was interesting to see the similar characteristics that Ronon shared with him and how they both ultimately showed respect as Rononhelped him out.I did not agree withromancebeing on the show .This is a Science Fiction show- not a soap opera.In the end Gerak risked his life to save the rest of them from being captured by the Wraith.A sad ending to a potential ally, however, he will be remembered for his bravery.
This episode was generally a great episode, with the exception of a couple of romantic orientated moments towards the end.It is however a loss that we have not been able to see Woollsey on the show for the past four episodes.We need to be able to have more comfort with the character, who is still establishing himself on the show.This cannot happen if he is not in half of the episodes of the first part of the season.
I look forward to the upcoming episode, “First Contact” which will be mark the final episode of the first part of the season.I hope you continue to read reviews on this post.
The Lost Tribe
The Lost Tribe was a great episode thanks to the adventurous and exciting components which were added through all of the different peoples and races. It brings me great curiosity and wonder with respects to the future of Todd’s relation with Atlantis. We know that we will be seeing this villain who tried to destroy the Daedalus and all those in the ship will be seen for more excitement in the series finale, Enemy at the Gate.The Asgard storyline wrapped up quickly. We learned little about the Asgard and our sources suggest that it will be unlikely that we will see the race again in the TV series.It is disappointing that the series can no longer bring us enemies which have a frightening and horrific appearance. The storyline also seemed to be more of an expansion on a previous Asgard issue brought up in Stargate SG1-Asgards who do not obey the rules and cause great mischief which negatively impacts others. The series needs more new and untold storylines than continuing on old themes for a short amount of time before dropping the storyline again.The Asgard brought little fear and the Wraith costume designs now have much to be desired in terms of the fear they bring upon others. It was great to see further development between Laren’s people and the Atlantis expedition.Zalenka’s co worker for the rescue mission was very hilarious and therefore brought a lgh hearted touch towards episode. McKay and Daniel’s relationship developed greatly.They had indirectly formed a unique and caring friendship. Ofcourse, Woolsey ensured that the Altero device was destroyed. This allowed there to be assurance that if the Asgard were to be involved in as Stargater Atlantis movie, that the their involvement would be of a revengeful nature.The episode also brought about the conclusion of Keller’s romantic decision. McKay was her ultimate choice, leaving Ronan disappointed upon her informing him of this.The episode was a relatively decent conclusion to the cliff- hanger, however the show has brought about much more developed and interesting storylines in past seasons[most notably the season 2 mid parter and season 4 ]As always, I look forward to the next episode , Outsiders. Regardless of how this episode did -next week is a new week with a new story to be told. A review will not be posted on the episode.There will also be no review for Inquisition.I therefore look forward to providing a review on the Prodigal which will premiere on November 7 2008.
This was a special episode as it marked the last episode of the show which would be a solution to a cliffhanger.
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