Comic-Con booth shows off Destiny, new Stargate Universe footage
Wednesday - July 22, 2009
Beware of SPOILERS for the series premiere of Stargate Universe in the rest of this report.
Stargate‘s booth on the floor of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con includes video footage from Stargate Universe, which is shooting toward its October 2 premiere on Syfy. GateWorld’s David Read was on site to tell us all about it! Among the story elements revealed to fans in the video:
- Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) appears, and is in command of the U.S.S. George Hammond — Earth’s newest deep-space battlecruiser, revealed (in dialogue only) in the Atlantis finale “Enemy At the Gate.” (Contrary to the dialogue in that episode, it is not called the “General Hammond.”)
- There is a severe attack on the Icarus Base, prompting an evacuation. While evacuees believe they are being sent home to Earth, at the last minute Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) appears to change the address to the Destiny. The ensuing battle is sure to be a visual effects extravaganza.
- Who is it that is attacking? Ha’tak motherships, Death Gliders, and even troop transports point to the Goa’uld. Since the System Lords have been defeated (“Reckoning”), though, the SGU team speculates that the Lucian Alliance may be behind it.
- Colonel Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips) engages the attacking forces in his F-302 fighter (pictured below).
- General O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) and Dr. Rush recruit Eli Wallace (David Blue) into the Stargate program together. They find him playing a video game (with footage from the forthcoming Stargate Worlds), where he has cracked a secret puzzle inside the game. When Eli asks what they’ll do if he doesn’t help them, Jack quips, “We’ll beam you aboard our space ship.”
- One shot shows Lt. Matthew Scott (Brian J. Smith) weary in the desert, where he sees what looks like a cross and the figure of Jesus on it, just before he crumbles to his knees.
- Scott and Chloe Armstrong (Elyse Levesque) look like they may be romantically involved on the ship.
- Finally, the footage reveals the “kino,” a piece of technology on board the Destiny. It is a sleek, softball-sized orb that floats throughout the ship, capturing a first-person perspective on crew conversations. (According to producer Joseph Mallozzi’s blog, the kino will also serve as the Destiny‘s version of a M.A.L.P., being sent through the Stargate to check out a destination planet by remote.)
Most or all of the footage is probably from the series premiere, “Air.”
Keep your browser locked on GateWorld throughout the rest of the week and this weekend for more of our coverage of Stargate‘s presence at Comic-Con!
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