Stargate Universe wrapped principal photography on its second season today in Vancouver, British Columbia. First unit filming concluded yesterday, with the second unit wrapping up today.
The last of Season Two’s 20 episodes will continue into the post-production process throughout the coming months, while the cast and crew wait to hear whether or not the series will be renewed for a third year. That news is expected in December or perhaps January, after the ratings are in for the rest of the first half of the season.
The mid-season finale, “Resurgence,” airs on Syfy on November 30.
Syfy has not announced just when the back half of the season will air, but last year the network held off for fourth months and started SGU back up in early April. Given the serialized nature of the show, however, many have suggested that a large mid-season break just isn’t a good programming strategy.
Season Two will conclude with “Gauntlet,” written by executive producer Paul Mullie. The episode promises another big cliffhanger in the fine tradition of Stargate. “Boy, that last scene … Dare I say it? Not a dry eye in the house!” fellow executive producer Joseph Mallozzi said on his blog. He called the cliffhanger “gut-wrenching,” and said that the finale is more “epic” than last year’s (“Incursion, Part 2″).
“This one’ll raise (and singe) a few eyebrows — and set the stage for some major Season Three developments,” Mallozzi said.
Shooting included a major new set, which executive producer Brad Wright has hinted might be a new area of Destiny which the crew discovers some time around episode 17.
If the show is renewed, the writing team will be back at work almost immediately breaking stories, with shooting to begin again in late February or early March.
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