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The Characters of Stargate Universe

Friday - January 16, 2009
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The team heading to the Ancient deep space exploratory vessel Destiny is finally shaping up! Here is our handy guide to the cast of characters and the faces that viewers will come to know when Stargate Universe premieres this fall!

For more on the show, check out GateWorld’s Stargate Universe Launch Center.

NICHOLAS RUSH
Title: Doctor
Played By: Robert Carlyle

When a group of scientists and soldiers find themselves trapped on an Ancient ship in the far reaches of space, Dr. Rush works to unlock the mysteries of the Ancient ship Destiny and return the group home. But evidence of his ulterior motives soon arises.

EVERETT YOUNG
Rank: Colonel
Played By: Louis Ferreira

Colonel Young requested to serve the remainder of his commission on Earth upon marrying his wife, Hailey, two years ago, but for now he commands a secret off-world base. The loss of two members of his team several years ago has taught him to be prepared for anything.

MATTHEW SCOTT
Rank: Lieutenant
Played By: Brian J. Smith

Green and rough around the edges, Lt. Scott is thrust into the role of leader well before he is ready for the responsibility. He must learn to command, earn the respect of his people through action, and manage the diverse personalities aboard the ship.

TAMARA JOHANSEN
Rank: First Lieutenant
Played By: Alaina Huffman

Beautiful, tough, and from a modest background, Tamara joined the Air Force when she couldn’t afford medical school. With only paramedic-level training, she ends up being the most medically inclined person on the ship — but is overwhelmed by her lack of knowledge and experience.

ELI WALLACE
Civilian
Played By: David Blue

Eli is a total slacker … who just happens to be an utter genius with anything he puts his mind to, be it computers, mathematics, video games, or anything else. A lack of confidence has left him with an acerbic sense of humor.

CHLOE ARMSTRONG
Civilian
Played By: Elyse Levesque

Stunning and sexy, Chloe is the daughter of a U.S. Senator. She had a silver spoon upbringing and is a little spoiled … but politically and socially savvy. She dreams of following in her father’s footsteps, but the dire circumstances of being trapped on a spaceship seriously tests her character.

RONALD GREER
Rank: Master Sergeant
Played By: Jamil Walker Smith

Sergeant Greer is a Marine with an explosive temper that he finds hard to control. His past is a mystery, but it’s clear that something dark formed the hard shell around him. He’d rather take the fight to the enemy than stand still.

CAMILLE WRAY
Civilian
Played By: Ming-Na

A human resources executive with the international organization with oversight of the Stargate program, Wray finds herself on the Destiny very much against her will. She believes her opinion should carry a lot of weight with Dr. Rush and Colonel Young. Probably a recurring character.

TELFORD
Rank: Colonel
Played By: Lou Diamond Phillips

A lifelong military man, Colonel Telford is the chosen leader of the ill-fated expedition. But things don’t go quite as planned when an enemy attacks the secret research base from which his long-awaited mission was to launch. Possibly recurring or a guest star for the 3-hour premiere.

The full January 16 press release follows on Page 2, and the February 25 press release on Page 3.

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  • Its comming together at least lets hope that the last two spots are filled well.
    I look forward to “AIR” lets see if it keeps up to what we’ve come to expect from the franchise

  • Matthew Scott = John Sheppard
    Eli Wallace = Rodney McKay
    Ronald Greer = Ronan Dex

  • @Hithere ha ha i am gona wait to see the women before i comment. I don’t know many of them but i knew non of the Atlantis cast either. They seem to look the part can’t wait for Universe.

  • John Sheepard = Jack o’neill
    Rodney Mckay = Carter
    Ronan Dex = teal’c

  • two-hour movie event?!
    i thought it was supposed to be three-hour….

  • It just keeps getting better with the more I hear about “Stargate: Universe”! All the casting has been superb and I’m happy with who’s been chosen to play these latest character additions to the “Stargate” franchise! :)

    I’m looking forward to hear who they’ve cast for the main female characters! :)

  • I hope it succeeds for the people who like it. The more cast they announce, and the more they talk about the characters, they don’t seem like people I want to devote my time to.
    Just doesn’t seem to have that happy, feel-good vibe that the other two shows have. And that’s what I’m looking for with Stargate. Oh well, people’s tastes vary so hopefully, for these guys, many will love the show.

  • I’m still open minded. I’m pleased that they aren’t going as young as I was afraid they were going to.

  • @Jedi_Master_Bra’tac: Ronon doesn’t usually have an explosive temper. And I would hardly say Rodney’s sense of humor comes from a “lack of self-confidence” ;)

  • It’s disappointing to see that the first thing mentioned about the women are their looks, yet the looks of the men aren’t mentioned at all.

  • Well they didn’t go the “OC” route to terribly much. The more they reveal though the more I have doubts about this show. Sorry, just can’t seem to get behind this one like I did Atlantis or SG1. Me, myself,I still feel jaded about how all of this went down despite assurances to the contrary. Apparently I don’t seem to be the only one who feels this way. I hope the show works for those who want it to do well. I know a lot of people felt the same when Atlantis first arrived but changed their minds as the show progressed maybe this will happen for Universe. I will not be one of them.

  • All the guys look the same. Even the black guy–they’re all scruffy, unshaven jockish types. Even the computer nerd. How boring. Can’t you guys avoid typecasting? Can’t you go for original faces and features, something different? You were doing pretty well with variety with McKay/Shep/Zelenka/Ronon….at least they didn’t all look like the latest batch of hollywood slacker movie brats.

    Doesn’t bode well for the adult segment of your audience. Assuming you’re still remotely interested in appealing to anyone over 18.

  • I’m hoping that the characters aren’t as similar to existing ones as they seem. I remember before “Atlantis” started lots of people (including me) were concerned that Sheppard was basically Jack with a different name. But after the first few episodes, it was clear to me that Sheppard was a well defined character in his own right. Hopefully, the same will be true of the “Universe” characters. That said, I have a feeling that I’m not going to like Greer too much.

  • Matthew Scott will be written off or reduced to recurring by the second season when the writers realize they have no idea what to do with him. Greer will fill the “action man” role and Everett will be the required leading military man, and there will be no place left for Scott, since Stargate writers write roles, not characters.

  • I’m hoping that the characters are not going to be younger versions of SG-1 and SGA. I mean, Eli Wallace – sounds a bit like McKay. No?

    Still, I’m looking forward to Universe, especially since they are looking for advise from an outsider Scalzi.

  • Considering they can’t keep a nemesis defeated, I’m curious how long it will be before Destiny encounters a lost tribe of Ori and their followers.

  • @md

    Louis and Carlyle hardly fit your “scruffy, unshaven jockish types” comment. Besides those pics are their acting headshots. They are supposed to make them look “good”, if you can call it that. The real decision comes from the audition, not from the headshot.

    The real question for me is just this: Can these guys mesh into what “feels” like a Stargate team?

    I don’t like soap opera’s. I’m not into back-biting and hidden agendas. A Stargate team may disagree at times but ultimately they support each other and work together.

    We won’t be able to answer that question until well into the first season, so as a Stargate lover I can say that I will at least give it a full seasons viewing to win me over.

  • I’m excited. It looks like it could be really excellent. Too bad it’s now headed for Fall instead of Summer, but I think that’s also a good thing as it’ll give the writers/creators more time to work on things, and more time to get the SG1 and SGA films out. But, looks interesting… to me at least, my opinion.

  • they do all kind of look alike, though. moreso than the other Stargate franchises.

  • here is my run down on my characters for SGU
    justin timberlake will sing sexy back all the time and seranate the girls on the ship, jesse metcalfe will supply drugs and alcohol, shane west will supply his guitar and throw stuff at them, barney the purple dino will sing I LOVE U them song to make sure he gets the crew into harmony, chad michael murray will get every alien girl pregnant if justin doesnt beat him to it and alfonso herrera will be the rebelious one since he came out on rebelde and sings with RBD. any one want to add more ??? oh im working on the girls. so stay tunned for days our stargate universe he he just a bit of humor!

  • Looks forward to next casting announcements. Those boyz looks promising. Hope they don’t screw all the things up in “Air”.

  • I’m sorry, but the way I see it, they took away everything that made me love both SG-1 and SGA: a very small team of people who would die for each other, people who had no hidden agendas, who didn’t plot to stab each other in the back, people who were experts in their fields. That’s what made me turn in week after week. I could always count on both shows being a fun team adventure, not a brooding dark soap where you take bets on who does whom first – even though the ending of Atlantis did start to show these signs too…

    Oh well, I will take my “team-fix” somewhere else. Fortunately, there are still shows like NCIS…

  • I think way to many people are looking for similarities where there is bound to be some in any show you watch! Creating any show or any good story for that matter requires certain things, especially if you are creating an Action/Drama/Sci-Fi show. One… you’ll need Protagonists, Antagonists …excreta. Then you need to take into account that this is Stargate so if you use the Military which even without 100% military personnel from Earth you get the same sort of hierarchal structure out of necessity remember the speech Dr. Elizabeth Weir gave to Kavanagh? There is going to be the rough and tumble type, the geeks, the scientist and everything in between that we have already seen on TV a hundred times now on Stargate. The trick is to do it with a unique set of personalities, not unique positions. If any fan in their imagination was dropped into the role without anyone telling you what to do in that situation you would fall into the most logical place for you, but no matter how unique you think you are someone else will always compare you to someone else, and to the deeds of another until you outshine them all together.
    Sorry for the rant, I think people should wait and see before they start comparing this to other Stargate shows and be happy we still have Stargate at all. The writers and the cast, even of the upcoming ‘SGU’ do read here at Gate-world, I can guarantee it! Let’s give them so deserved confidence, as this show is being taken very seriously by the producers who want to give you something you have never seen before, one of the cast from what I hear was in the running for “Doctor Who”, and gave up the role for umm doctor…who?!! Let’s give them a warm welcome to the franchise and hold on to our hats because it is going to be one hell of a ride!
    Robert M. Leighton

  • im still dissapointed that sga ended and i’m not going to watch sgu i just find it hard to adjust to the whole soap opera thing. i agree with the person who said they will take there team fix else where. i will get my daily doze of sheppard and co. from my dvd sets and wait until the movie comes out in the mean time no more sci fi for me and that is a promise. good bye sci fi and hello dvd sets jmo.

  • I think it will be exciting to see how this show will go :D

    And also on another note Ronald Greer seams like a typhical marine but what’s up with his Rank? Senior Sergeant? I think they meant Staff Sergeant because there ain’t a rank called senior sergeant….

  • I think if they were going to try and do something new they should have gotten new writers, producers, directors, etc.

  • I still think they should ditch the Senators daughter character Chloe Walker. I think she will turn out to be the new hate figure for the Keller haters lol.

  • i’ll wait to see who the ptb pick for the females of the cast. *that* is the number one thing that makes me want to follow a show, the female star(s). that’s why i didn’t even try star trek enterprise, because of who they picked for the vulcan (female lead). it doesn’t even have to be an actress i’m familiar with, just someone i’ll be able to get into and follow through the series (like sam carter/amanda tapping).

    we’ll see…

  • i agree with katikatnik (except for the NCIS which i don’t watch) plus i see lots of ship and not enough of the Stargate system, which is what the Stargate Franchise is.
    But i’ll watch an episode or two to see how it turns out, i hope the Destiny has Puddle Jumpers…

  • That was my thought as well when I heard about this new show. When did it become Starship instead of Stargate? Wasn’t this from the begining the adventures thru the Stargate? So many Galaxies, so many unexplored worlds and realms! The Characters who have to face dangers and challenges with their enimies, their allies,their friends, and themselves.

    Thats what’s been bugging me the most. When did this become a trek thru the stars in a bloody ship instead of thru the gate itself?!?

    Star Wars = A war in the stars
    Star Trek = A trek thru the stars
    StarGate = A journey thru the gate… Wheres McKay because something doesn’t quite add up and pass the Excedrin migriane!!

  • Nothing about Universe had really bothered me yet, while everyone else complained I was only excited. But now I am starting to worry that the character Chloe Walker will be really annoying. Who needs a spoiled brat rich girl on a starship? It’ll be really tricky to make her annoying but likable when dealing with the rich girl stereotype its pretty preset, and we always hate them. And all that stuff about using the intergalactic communications devices to spy on her friends all sounds ridiculous and uninteresting.

  • Not that I like soap operas, its just that no one has said soap opera except the fans. Ppl just assumed younger audience = The OC.

  • I’m NOT happy with the choice of actors so far. Did anyone else realize they all look alike in some way? They all have long faces with big long noses. Can they pick someone to look different? Give them some kind of character. I don’t know maybe I am just used to the SG1 and SGA teams. I think SGA could have easily made more seasons.
    Hey writers, How come the (Mean, Warrior, Fighter, Rouge style) Guys are always Dark Skinned and the nerdy, brainy guys are always white. Can we switch it up a little maybe add a Native American or an Asian Person into the mix. This show does have the characters coming from Earth not the South.
    Just a thought.

  • I wish I could say that these choices are a surpise,but sadly they are not. It is apparent that the appeal of this new series will *not* be my demographic set. And I have to agree with katikatnik. If this is what I want to watch there are plently of nighttime soaps to choose from. I’ll leave this one for the *kids* to enjoy.

  • I Agree with Michael Sacal, we need MORE DIVERSITY. I love Stargate I’ve been watching it since I was 14, but I can count on one hand how many main characters on SG1 and SGA were of ethnic backgrounds. IMO at least two of those new male characters could be different ethnicities. All I’m seeing now is a whitewash with one token black.

  • Can anyone say BSG? What is with the guy and the hidden agenda? I hated the new BSG and it seems universe is going along those same lines. Also Universe does not support Worm Hole Theory.. News Flash that is what Stargate was based on…
    Wait not only BSG But Lost in Space as well, with the evil member among the crew. Give me a break where is the trust the bond that happened in SG-1 and SGA?

    I just hope that that the SGA movie goes back to what we loved about the show… and stops this silly infighting that was happening.

  • They range from blah to downright ugly. It doesn’t feel like a very attractive cast yet. I hope they get some really attactive ladies to balance things out. For some reason I keeep thinking Chloe Walker is going to be like Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. Yuck!

  • What really troubles me about this show is that it’s really starting to remind me of St:Voyager. Except they can’t steer. I realize that preliminary character descriptions do not tell the full story of how the characters will be realized, but based on those alone, this sounds like a bunch of disfunctional misfits trying to grow up. In space. The fact that the pilot has already been pushed back to fall from summer only a week after they announced “Summer of 2009″ doesn’t give me a lot of hope either. Still, if I can be entertained by Lexx I’ll give anything a shot!

  • I don’t know.. I think in my mind, it will be very hard to live up to what Jack, Sam, Rodney, Ronon, Teal’c and others have done up to now…They can never be replaced, so I hove they won’t try to do that, but invent a totaly new, fresh and interesting characters. Well, I’ll wait and see :)

  • This show just worries me and I’m still so sad to see the cast of Atlantis gone for good. No offense to Battle Star fans but I think they are going in that direction…sci-fi soap opera. If I wanted to watch a soap opera I wouldn’t be watching the sci-fi channle…sorry.

  • “What really troubles me about this show is that it’s really starting to remind me of St:Voyager”

    Isn’t it ironic that a lot of people said the same thing about Stargate Atlantis five years ago? :)

    I’ve been thinking about how Universe has been compared to Galactica and I remembered how a lot of people made similar comparisons between Babylon 5 and Star Trek (not DS9, but the others. The B5/DS9 thing is another discussion altogether).

    I came to the conclusion that, just because both Universe and Galactica take place on a spaceship and the crews are looking for the way back home, it doesn’t mean that they are the same show in any way.

    The recent revelation that the Destiny contains an Ancient device that allows the crew to contact Earth further differentiates the two.

    More than that, what will make Universe good will be the characters, not so much the setting as it’s because of the characters that people will watch (and eventually not care that it takes place on a spaceship).

    So, the questions becomes, are the characters compelling?

    Much of viewer’s initial disdain for the show came from the release that most character’s are in their 20′s and the concern that Universe would be an extended version of the Stargate 90210 scene from “200″.

    Surely the recent casting has quell those concernes as the actors cast so far are nowhere to being teens.

    Personally, I see Universe as an extended version of “Proving Ground”, with a group of SG recruits and seasoned members stuck in a difficult situation.

    Universe is like Atlantis in that they are stuck elsewhere, but unlike Atlantis they weren’t planning on going there, so they have to make due with what they have, which makes for a compelling story.

    For instance, one concern many people had about Star Trek Voyager (which I share) was that nothing of consequence ever happened. Every week the ship was back to pristine shape, they had unlimited photon torpedos (despite being told that they had a limited ammount in the first season), and other problems of that kind. Towards the end, VOY looked more like a leisure cruise than a marooned ship.

    Hopefully, Universe’s Destiny will go the opposite direction and present a more credible situation.

  • I’m just hoping that the female characters will be cast for more than their “t&a” value… in this case the example of Sam Carter should be followed.

    I am happy to see that there are male characters to appeal to all age groups…. I’m looking forward to the show….

  • I can’t read all the post and maybe it’s been expressed but why do BLACK (non-white, non-asian) men always get VIOLENT roles in Stargate? Teal’C, Ronin, Ford, this new Greer guy…

    For instance:

    “Dr. McKay’s part was originally written as “Dr. Benjamin Ingram,” an African-Canadian scientist… it was decided to replace Ingram with Rodney McKay.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I dig Rodney but a smattering of non-white brain power would be refreshing. A doctor? A gate tech… oh wait. On SG-1 there was 1 non-speaking role for a black woman gate tech.

    What are they saying, black men are all muscle and no brains? I love these shows but there is the same racism I see in most sci-fi like Lando the Space Pimp. The only non biased role I can recall is Jordi Laforge. Even in Trek Ben Sisko was hot tempered and ready to brawl.

    On Battlestar there are 2 black characters… the Cyclon and… oh wait, she shot herself because she couldn’t handle it and her hubby loved the white blonde chick that jilted him… wow.

    White film makers, do black men scare you so much that every time you need to fill the role of an intimidating person you look to black actors?

    Beyond that, I believe Universe will do well because I’ve never seen an SG-1 or Atlantis episode I didn’t like! Thank you!

  • I remain unimpressed with what will be a very bad, but probably cheaper, copy of Stargate: Atlantis. The actors on SGA must have been costing too much, not to mention the fact that the quality of the show didn’t come cheap either. SGU:90210 will, hopefully, crash and burn so that the Atlantis movies can get the budget they deserve.

  • I feel like I’m too old for the target demographic they’re aiming for. I’m not finding any of these characters appealing. I’ll give the pilot a shot. But….something tells me I’m not gonna like it.

  • Wow, really unimpressive comments, guys! First it was complaints that the cast was going to just be “young and sexy”, now I’m seeing complaints that some of these guys are too old and too ugly (absolutely no interest in their acting skills, apparently). Even more miraculous is the fact that people are STILL calling it Stargate 90210 despite the fact that every new bit of info we get completely counters that idea.

    As for complaints that they all look so serious and moody – they’re headshots, that’s what they’re supposed to look like. It’s fine to judge and have an opinion, but try to focus your ire on something a bit more relevant.

    Complaints about the “lack of gate travel” are just unfounded and ridiculous. We don’t have any idea what the show is really about yet, much less the specific technology it will use. I’m also fairly sure that the writers haven’t forgotten that it’s called “Stargate”… ;) Honestly now.

    I agree with the comment that compares the concept to “Proving Ground” – that’s exactly what came to mind when I heard the premise. As for the T&A factor in the female bios – I agree that it’s annoying, but it’s in every single show ever made; even Ugly Betty’s hot. It’s unfair to judge SGU for it.

    I think it’s especially classy how people are attacking the poor SGU actors themselves, particularly their looks. The lack of respect is very offensive, and represents Stargate fans as a very rude, unwelcoming lot. It’s fine to be uninterested in the new show and upset about the loss of SGA, but there’s no need to spread so much hate around.

    Personally, I wish the franchise all the best, and I hope Stargate is on the air for a long time to come, regardless of the subtitle.

  • I think it says a lot about me that I’m incredibly excited that the guy who was Gerald in ‘Hey Arnold’ is gonna be in SG. :D

  • I think part of the problem is the press releases SF keeps putting out. I already mentioned how they make the Chloe character sound. But “younger in tone” immediately makes me think of Seaquest season 2. Not that season 1 was a lot better, but replacing everybody but the captain with a young looker is not the way to improve a show. Unless it’s on Cinemax ;)

  • Looks like a solid cast.

    Now let’s see some pictures of the new writing staff!

  • Hmmm…. The guys have all been cast, I don’t really recognize anybody, we’ll have to wait and see

  • Well it’s as bad as I feared.This is shaping up to be a ’30 something ‘soap opera. I loved SG1 and Atlantis and have watched them both from thier first episode. This group DO NOT appeal to me at all.I hope all the younger audience they’re going for like it because they’ve lost me, a long time fan. This isn’t sour grapes because they cancelled Atlantis (although I am bitterly disappointed)but this doesn’t seem like a stargate project to me.I’m not even going to watch the pilot. They’ve lost me I’m afraid.

  • Ha! why don’t you ‘oldies’ give the show a go. I’m not saying that all of you are going to like it, but you should still check it out before hating it already. Or maybe you are getting too old for this kind of TV, its your own choice.
    And to all those saying this cast is similar to Atlantis, well consider the cast of Atlantis compared to SG-1. Major similarities, but there was no commotion back then. Come to think of it, did anyone even complain about Atlantis back in 2004?

  • “Come to think of it, did anyone even complain about Atlantis back in 2004?”

    Some did (not me…). I remember seeing a lot of people compare it to Voyager because the first season premise with the Atlantis expedition stuck in the Pegasus galaxy reminded them of it.

  • So in between Eli being a geek and a genius I wonder if the video games he potentially plays with Scott is video golf? Scott of course is forced into the position of authority after Colonel Sumner dies – no wait, that was that other show. Though it’s good to see that Young is battling inner demons after losing someone in the war – I bet from here on in he leaves no man behind and will sacrifice himself for his team. No, no wait, wasn’t that a character of that programme…I forget its name.

    And gee, Tamara isn’t confident in her role as Head Medic. I’m glad, because it worked so well in the outswelling of fan love for Keller when they went this route. Though she’s ‘beautiful’ while Chloe is ‘stunning and sexy’ so I’m glad that we’ll be able to tell the female characters apart, possibly by the amount of cleverage they’re showing.

    And of course, Greer: the Stargate requisite Angry Black Man. He’s a fighter who likes to kill the Wraith, I mean, enemy, but this time he’s not an alien so at least we’ll be able to distinguish him from all the other POC Warriors of past such as Teal’c and Ronon and Teyla, and angry!Bates, and angry!junkiebug!Ford…

    *headdesk, headdesk, headdesk*

  • I still for the life of me don’t understand why they dropped the SGA when it’s rating were so high. But I will at least give them the benefit of the doubt and watch the SGU in the fall. But the SGU sounds a lot like the StarTrek Enterprise Series. We’ll see how this all plays out.

  • *lol* I thought it was funny that when i loaded this page the add in the upper right hand corner was for “Gaymilitarydating” – the picture of those guys almost looks like some of the crew *g*

    Anyway, where are the babes? When are they going to cast them, eh?

    (Not that it matters much, they are probably going to be in the usual hollyweird style of being waay under weight)

  • I hope when they pick the girls to play in this
    they are the athletic type with boobs
    Not plastic Hollywood types, Natural looking girls.

  • What? What?!? Sorry. still holding my ribs laughing over Lando the Space Pimp. Oh I needed that. Thank You! Ooooooooo. lmao.

  • Why no alien? It would make sense to have brought some of their allies aboard – Tok’ra and/or Jaffa. It would have made the premise of this show far more interesting. Another option would be to find out that a vital character has been taken as host by a Goa’uld, but the Goa’uld has abilities they depend on so they have to allow him/her to keep the host.

  • Okay, I’ve read all the comments, and figured I should add my own two cents to see if I can season things up a bit. I’m really excited about seeing Robert Carlisle; I really like him as an actor and I think he’ll bring that maturity factor to the team. The rest of the male cast seem to be pretty promising, though I do wish there had been more racial diversity in casting. The big thing that I am worried about, however, is the casting of the female roles. I agree with many other commenters who have referenced Carter as a good model to work from. Amanda Tapping/Carter has that air of maturity and professionality, as does Doc Frasier, Dr. Weir, and Teyla. I am so afraid that the female leads for this show will be cast with actresses who do not “fit” into the roles. Maybe it’s just me, but a lot of the time, I watch movies or shows and cringe at the “cartoony” undertones in terms of the acting quality and the appearance of the actors. I can’t stress enough how important it is for the actresses to “fit” into these roles.

    Similarly, I am a little concerned about the Chloe Walker character…my first thought when I read the mini-bio went straight to Shannon from Lost. That character really rubbed me the wrong way with her brattish attitude and lack of concern for anyone other than herself. I’ll be okay if Chloe Walker starts the show as a spoiled brat, as long as there are immediate signs of growth. But the second one of the male characters oggles her cleavage is the second I turn off the television. I have high hopes for Tamara, but very high expectations for Chloe to rise above being the sex-appeal of the show.

  • Where is the female characters? I feel that something is missing here..

  • Can we stop with all the whining before the show starts? First of all, I’m finding it rather silly that we’re judging the show on rough character sketches. Do they sound like cliche archetypes? Of course they do, until they actually get the chance to act a scene. Jack O’Niell is just a “gruff middle-aged military commander with a dark past” until you’re more than 5 episodes in.

    I also find it rather sad/funny that we’re talking about the looks of the characters to begin with it. I hope I’m not breaking news here, but Stargate has always been extremely shallow when it came to casting. I’m not saying the actors weren’t great, but you could almost always assign a character’s relevance to the main story arc by how good looking the person was. If you were too goofy looking, you were comic relief (Dr. Lee) or dinner (Dr. Graydon). The only deviation I can think of to this was the addition of Robert Picardo, but even he was created as a rather silly bureaucrat to start with in SG-1.

    I’m just saying, I haven’t heard anything on Universe that will make or break the series and probably won’t until I see a few episodes of actual dialogue. I’m also saying, everyone’s partially right only that they probably ought to have more goofy/normal people because the “insanely attractive = someone I have to pay attention to” equation is getting a little stale. Mix it up a little.

  • Also, they “angry black man” comment was dead on the more I think about it. Teal’c was the first Stargate charector in this vein so I think he gets a pass, but it does seem like the darker your skin gets, the more apt you are to be some form of “fighter” on these series. Hell, Ford’s charector apparently “didn’t work” according to the producers (which is funny because it was actually the start of a decent buddy pairing) until they made him a drugged out military nut job. Add that to the “formulae that may require updating” file.

  • Well, I’ll be honest, when I read the Chloe description, I immediately thought of Paris Hilton meets the Smallville Lois Lane.

  • “OH MY GOD” !!!!!!!!

    Yes its as bad as I thought it would be.

    Firstly I dont give a stuff what the actors look like, they could be ugly or beatiful it doesnt matter its whether they can act thats inportant to me. So all this chatter about what they look like bores the pants of off me their actors its there job to make role come to life.

    Lets hope they are up to the challenge as they have VERY VERY BIG SHOES TO FILL.

    Im 43 years old and I know that this show its not for me I cant stand Soap Operas if I did I’d watch bloody Eastenders and Corrie and Hollyoaks.

    BUT I DONT, its not the fact that this new show may or may not be good (but it does sound like a soap opera in space), its the fact that those in charge SCREWED over SGA fans BIG STYLE!!!!

    I said this so many times they should have run the shows togethers to allow us to get used to it.

    BUT THEY DIDNT and now expect us to be “A OK”.

    Well some us “ARE NOT” yes this is unfair to SGU but I dont give a stuff anymore.

    A)why should I give loyality to SGU after they did this to SGA.

    B) Why should I buy anything that relates to SGU. I would rather watch reruns of SG1/SGA than be bother with tuning in to SGU.

    Sorry the fact of the matter is MGM/Sci FI and Cooper/Wright has lost me as a viewer.

    I really really hope they do lots more SGA and SG1 movies but I think that might be empty promises, I cant put it across strongly enough how disgusted I feel with the treatment of the existing SGA fans and how gutted I am with the canelation of SGA.

    Its now a matter of principle and YES I am cutting my nose to spite my face and that can be consider VERY CHILDISH I agree. BUT I dont see any other course of action, other than boycotting SGU and any products that go on the market.

    Its a small gesture I know and most likley wont make a blind bit of difference BUT ITS MAKES ME FEEL BETTER!!! At least I will have made my stand.

    This could have all been avoided without pissing off 1000s of fan across the world.

    Good luck to those who want to see SGU and hope its gives those people what they want from it.

    But as someone said earlier for my team fix I’ll stick CSI New York, and I’ll be looking to see what the other projects likes of Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett and co are doing and thats where my viewing will be and I’ll happly by DVDs with theses guys in.

    AGAIN I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHY IT WAS DONE LIKE THIS AND NEVER WILL.

  • I hope the two women cast members are good looking, but i hope even more so that they are not just eye candy. I hope there characters are used to the fullest potential.
    They seem to be taking there time in casting them, i hope that is a good sign, and a lot of thought is going in to casting the right actress’s.

    I will hold my comments on the male cast members until i have seen the first few shows.

  • All Stargate does now is PLAGIARIZE Star Trek. I mean they literally rip off EVERYTHING. Now they’ve even ripped off a whole series (*cough* Voyager). I cant wait for a Seven Of Nine rip off in the second season.

  • Oh if they cast Leroy Jethro Gibbs on SGU, then I would be a devoted fan instantly. I very much doubt they could pull him away from NCIS, and wouldn’t want him to be taken away from NCIS. He is one I would consider on the level equivalent to RDA that I know I would definitely follow the show. I’m not sure at this time with current casting, but will keep an open mind and give it a chance for a bit first.

  • For the new female regulars on SGU, please please do not make them idiots. For this to be “believable”, you know that if there really ever was a “real” Star Gate, then only the most knowledgable of people would be allowed to even come close to working anything related to it. Spoiled little rich girls who know nothing about anything would never allowed anywhere near it. Samantha Carter very believable, but spoiled rich kid, no way. It’s just kind of silly in a dumb kind of way. Sorry, but it’s true.

  • I am happily retired and blessed with quite a bit of “disposable income” which I’ve used in the past to purchase SGA DVDs, action figures, attend fan functions, etc. SGU:90210 will no benefit from a penny from me. I will still support any and all SGA movies and DVDs, but I won’t waste either time nor money on this travesty.

  • Or perhaps … watch it and see if you like it?

    I can think of a whole lot of shows I’ve never seen and am not interested in, for one reason or another. But I can’t think of any that I dislike and, simultaneously, have never seen.

  • I agree with rshape, no monies will be sent on SGU and I have NO desire to watch this programe whether it be good or not!!!!

    Boycoting SGU is my only recourse at the cancelation of SGA and the way this WHOLE MESS has been dealt with my MGM/Sci FI and especially Cooper & Wright.

  • You know, if they would of kept Atlantis running for another season or two like they did with SG-1 when Atlantis was released, I would of welcomed the new show with open arms, because it would of been a bonus. Now, I’m really bitter. And while I intend to give the new show a chance, I just can’t help but looking at this show and thinking, it better be really, really, REALLY good to have been worth ending Atlantis for. And that has been the producers first mistake, angering all the current fans. Not a great start so far.

  • wasn’t there a rumor awhile back about an older Stargate regular being on the Universe cast. Guess that fell through.

  • Please go for excellent scripts. Spend decent money on them and look for large dashes of humour, where possible and even allow adlibs. It always works well with Sci Fi – epitomised by SG1. This recipie = success.

  • Well i thought it was surpost to start filming in just two weeks time, I thought the last two main cast members shopuld be knowen by now.

    Still 7 main cast members is quite a lot for stargate, i wonder how many will go on to be main cast members by year two? if it go’s to a second year.

  • I thing sgu will have good characters. I am not sure about the Chloe Walker character. I don’t know how she would be part of the sg team. I hope she’s not just there to try and attract veiwers. I am not sure about sgu’s whole “younger and edgier” goals. Whenever I hear that I think about the younger SG1 in the episode “200″

  • I am not sure about sgu’s whole “younger and edgier” goals. “Whenever I hear that I think about the younger SG1 in the episode “200″.

    Agreed. A bit manic and hyper. Who needs it?

  • Did anyone else think that the guy that played Jayne in firefly would’ve been a great choice for the leading man role? Plus I believe he’s already been on stargate before so they could’ve just brought in that character. Ah well, just wishful thinking at this point.

  • I agree with Darren about watching the show first before we say we dont like it. I cant say anything because I have not seen it. But I can say this. Its does sucks SGA is axed, and I do miss both Sg-1 and SGA. I will watch Universe though because then we can already see how it is or where its going. I’m sure lots of people will give it a change to prove itself as a new series, and maby it will get new fans as well. And that is what there aiming for.

  • Re ghost in machine: Yeah Adam Baldwin makes a great lead, and yes he was in Stargate, Dale or Dave Dixon or something similar, in Heroes part 1 breifly if I recall. Problem is, he’s busy playing a main character on Chuck, which I high reccommend you check out

  • I don’t like this characters at all. Too young !!!! NO personality at all.
    I think they look perfect for a POWER RANGERS show.

  • Too young?

    Richard Dean Anderson not included do you remember how old the SG-1 cast were when season 1 started.

  • God help me. So scifi channel is that desperate for a battlestar replacment? ( it was the best thing they’ve ever done) Let me help those of you who are confused. First I will list character outlines then the battlestar character with the sgu clone.
    1. Brillant doctor with ulterior motives: Dr. Nick Rush/Dr.Giaus Baltar
    2.Strong commander who wanted st stay home at the end of his military service : Col. Young/ Adm. Bill Adama
    3. Young untested officer forced to become a leader before hes ready : Lt. Scott/ Lt. Lee Adama
    4. Tough and sexy blond female character , can hang with the boys while dealing with her own problems and lack of self esteem : Temera Johansen / Lt. Kara Thrace
    5. Brillant outsider who does not belong, and everyone doubts but appreciates in a secondary role : Eli Wallace/ Lt. Felix Getta
    6. Strong female character whose political background will serve as a moral counter to the military leaders in charge of the “mission” : Chloe Armstrong/ President Lura Roslin
    7. Gruff dark charcter who leaps before he looks, mysterious and confused but well liked and trusted by the crew : Ronald Greer / Chief Galin Tyrell ( side note : He looks like T’ealc)
    8. Recurring character who is self important , meddling and will complicate various issues of various episodes and be hated by the viewers : Camile Wray / Boomer/Athena cylon, All the six model incarnations, all the Lioban model cylons etc.
    9. A desperate group of survivors on a old spaceship with scarce resources, malfuctioning technology who are lost and trying to find thier way home while enduring dark plot twists that involve issues of human nature and a grey area in which to battle thier own need for morality versus survival at dire cost with interweaving story threads that carry on over multiple seasons : SG-U/BSG
    The truth always points to itself my friends.

  • Tamara’s rank seems to have changed to First Lieutenant again – page probably needs updating to reflect that!!

    Having watched some of the character profile stuff on the MGM website, some of the characters are actually starting to grow on me. Armstrong and Greer not so much, but David Blue seems far too like me IRL for me not to like his character; and Rush, Young, Scott, and Johansen seem like really well concieved and interesting characters.

    Yeah, so it isn’t the same as Atlantis or SG-1. But it’s the next logical step. SG-1 started out with five characters, with Hammond only really there to facilitate the SG-1 missions early on. Atlantis went a step further, involving Weir, Beckett, Carter, Woolsey and Keller in the story much more, as well as recurring characters like Lorne and Zelenka. Universe is just going one step beyond that: they’re including Lorne, Zelenka et al as “main characters” from the get-go, rather than waiting for them to grow into that role over time.

    I think the exploration of young characters is going to be interesting as well. The danger with having experienced veteran characters like we had in SG-1 and Atlantis is that they’ll constantly be able to solve problems, whether by O’Neill breaking out some of his military experience, McKay cooking up some science voodoo, or whatever. The people in Universe don’t have a decade or so of experience to fall back on. Seeing them out of their depth might make for an interesting, fresh perspective on the concept.

    Seriously though: the fan base complained that Atlantis was just a rehash of SG-1, in a new setting; and yet, as soon as the writers address those concerns, we turn around and moan becuase its “too different”. Why the hell do we have to be so hard to please?

  • I hope this doesn’t turn out to be some bastard version of Stargate Galactica or Voyager 2.0.. One of the reasons (for me anyway) the series Enterprise didn’t do so well was the “yee-haw we’re explorin space!” feel and lack of structure that Starfleet regulations provided in the later episodes. And with Voyager I didn’t care for the whole internal conflict with trying to integrate the Maquis. I know I am comparing 2 different universes here but from what I have read so far I am worried they are taking some of what I consider to be the worse elements from other shows, slapping a new label on them and thinking it will be more “mainstream”. Guys… you have a working formula making good money, don’t deviate too far from what made the first two great.

  • To the people out there that are complaining and threatening that Universe had better be good, I have to say this. Watching Atlantis for the first time when it aired, I found it BORING!! The constant “the Wraith are evil” grew thin very quickly, and also, I feel that SG-1 suffered from trying to keep both SG-1 and Atlantis running at the same time… Anyone else notice how as soon as SG-1 finished and all the attention was clearly focused on Atlantis how the story line improved immensely? It would have been great to get another season of Atlantis and I feel like the made season 5 a little to convenient with many things that happened to wrap up a lot of things, it was done quite well, but things just fell in to place that had been a hinderance for ages.

    Yes it’s sad that Atlantis is finished in favour of starting Universe, but since they will have their whole creative team focused on it we can do nothing but hope for the quality we have been getting in Atlantis from season 3 onwards. I for one am looking forward to a more character heavy plot that gives the series a sense of connectedness that was lost in SG-1, sure they were a team but there was little emotion or reason for them being there for each other than that they were a team. Atlantis changed that by making them dependent on each other because they were stuck in another galaxy.

    But I really do hope that we see characters unlike what we have seen in SG-1 or Atlantis, I’d love to see one of the characters have a total break down or run away from an enemy and be scared rather than always being bravado and facing it. To be able to relate to that character in some way and say “that is probably what I would do”.

    As for it being compared to Battlestar, just stop! Stargate has it’s own history and mythology. I think the writers and producers know what direction they want to take and not to stray to far, but Battlestar was (and still is) fantastic sci-fi action/drama. This is a franchise trying to take that next step from “problem of the week” to try and meet that standard that many sci-fi fans in general are now going to expect.

    Give Universe a chance and be thankful we had 5 fantastic seasons of Atlantis and 10 of SG1 rather than producers making a few more half baked seasons of each and ending them when they can be remembered as something wonderful and engaging rather than overstaying their welcome.

    Bring on October I say!!!

  • still waiting for the battle between the wraith and the ori will universe make that happen?


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