Robert Carlyle (Gary He / SCI FI Channel)
Beware of minor SPOILERS for the first six episodes of Stargate Universe in this report.
Stargate Universe will be less about alien encounters and more about human survival, according to actor Robert Carlyle (“Dr. Nicholas Rush”). In a new interview with io9, Carlyle offered some thoughts on the tone of the third Stargate series.
“What makes this Stargate different from the previous shows in the franchise is, it’s a lot darker than the other ones,” the actor said. “This has less to do with interaction with an alien race and more about survival on the ship itself.”
The series premiere will find Dr. Rush and a group of scientists and military personnel trapped on board the Destiny, a ship created millions of years ago by the Ancients and set on a preprogrammed (and unalterable) course through many galaxies.
“No one was ever meant to be there,” he said. “The team that is there is ill-equipped to be there. So the first six or seven episodes are actually all called ‘Air,’ ‘Fire,’ ‘Water’ and ‘Earth’ because it’s about surviving amongst that. It’s more drama-based and more character-driven.”
And Carlyle’s own character won’t be another noble leader, but a man with his own, hidden agenda. “The others think that he’s maybe losing it,” he hinted. “But he does things for a reason.”
In a show with such a tone, of course, don’t expect everyone to survive as one big, happy family. In addition to the conflict between the men and women on the ship, death will certainly be present.
“In the first three hours there are three deaths,” Carlyle told the site. “It’s very heavy. There’s a suicide by episode six, as well. Because these people are in the far reaches of the universe, never to come home.”
Head over to io9 to read the full interview, in which Carlyle also talks about working with his new fellow cast members, including David Blue (“Eli Wallace”). Also check out a few more comments from Carlyle’s visit to Monday’s SCI FI Channel upfront presentation at TVGuide.com.
Stargate Universe is now filming, aiming for an October premiere on SCI FI Channel.
(Thanks to John and Morjana for the tip)