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Details on SGU‘s April episodes revealed!

Thursday - March 24, 2011


One of the few things that both fans and (many) detractors of Stargate Universe have been able to agree on is that the show has been taking significant leaps forward every half-season.  From what we’ve seen of the back half of Season Two so far that’s certainly holding true.  Today new plot details from four new episodes set to air in April only confirm that SGU is hitting its stride — and going out on a high note.

Watch out for falling spoilers ahead.

These episodes include the much-awaited “Seizure,” which guest stars not only Atlantis‘s David Hewlett (“Rodney McKay”) and Robert Picardo (“Richard Woolsey”) but also Victor Garber (Alias).  But don’t worry — not all the action will be taking place in the Milky Way Galaxy.  Destiny has a storyline of its own here, which based on the description may see the return of actress Kathleen Munroe in some form (be it voice, or hologram, or something else).

The new details also reveal that “Common Descent” and “Epilogue” are something of a two-parter, involving the first living, human (or humanoid) civilization encountered by Destiny since our crew came on board.

Here are the logline descriptions of episodes 15 through 18, courtesy of Canada’s SPACE Channel (with U.S./Canada air dates):

Homeworld Command tries to convince an ally they suspect might be infiltrated by the Lucian Alliance to let them use their planet to dial Destiny. Meanwhile, Rush (Robert Carlyle) is trapped in a simulation created by Amanda Perry (Kathleen Munroe).  (April 4 & 5)

The team is attacked and members taken captive by an alien creature while exploring a planet.  (April 11 & 12)

Destiny discovers the survivors of an interplanetary expedition who claim their civilization, Novus, was founded two thousand years earlier by Destiny‘s crew.  (April 18 & 19)

Returning the settlers to their home planet Novus, the Destiny crew discover the planet has been abandoned and on the verge of seismic destruction.  (April 25 & 26)

Can’t wait?  Us neither!  In the meantime, though, there is one more new episode left for March.  Tune in this Monday at 10/9c for “Hope” on Syfy in the U.S., and Tuesday at 10/9c on SPACE in Canada.

SPACE will also premiere new episodes of Amanda Tapping’s Sanctuary on the same day and time as Syfy, starting Friday, April 15 (10/9c).

Read more about these and other upcoming episodes of Stargate Universe in GateWorld’s episode guide!

Darren created GateWorld in 1999, and today is the owner and managing editor. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children. (More)

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  • I’m thinking (now) that Season One’s risk has done more harm than good. Character growth is a gradual process. I’m thinking now that there could have quite easily have been more Stargate-esque episodes (like the ones described above) without being bogged down with potentially tedious drama. (The recent Chloe “crisis” being a prime example. What was the point of that?)
    I really want a new series but I don’t know what to think anymore. This was my dream show and already it’s gone.

  • This show has gotten so amazing. I can’t wait! Its sad to see stargate die, especially when SGU so darn good. I will always hope for best for the future of the franchise

  • So, what’s the point in watching the remaining 7 episodes of the show, if the show has already been cancelled? No word from MGM/SyFy on if we’ll ever see a 3rd season. No word on if we’ll see any SGU movies made. What incentive do we have, to watch the rest of the show?

    Not an SGU hater (anymore), since the previous 3 episodes have all been very good, and Season 2 as a whole has been leaps and bounds above Season 1. Just curious, why we should continue watching SGU. To end the show (when it’s DEFINITELY improving in the episodes), on a cliffhanger is just… WRONG. And really sets up a bad taste for most fans, if they ever decide to make a 4th Stargate series. “They cancelled SGA, they cancelled SGU. Why should we watch SGx when they’ll just cancel that too???”

  • To those still somehow hoping for a season 3…several key cast members have already moved on to other jobs. The downside to having A-list talent on a tv show is that they can find other jobs pretty easily. There’s really no chance of a third season of SGU. There’s barely any chance of a movie if they don’t start it shortly. It is likely just dead. Re-tooling would be difficult without really changing the show and while I can think of at least one way they could pull it off, I doubt they’d do it or that they’ll even get the chance.

    As for the point in watching, it remains the same as before it was cancelled. You either want to watch the show or you don’t. The episodes were already recorded before the cancellation was announced so it’s not like the show’s course is going to change as a result of it.

  • I wonder who came up with the name Novus for there civilisation, Eli, sound like it from science fiction series.
    An is there any special meaning behind the world.
    I also wondering how big there population is.
    From the story is seems that the civilisation might be pretty advance as well, certainly advance enough to be sending out interplanetary expeditories. An it seem that we will also be getting a large contingent of new characters as well, all related to or crew. An if they are that advance then I bet they have also attracted the attention of our new drone friends and may be the Ursini as well.

  • Hints of the stories still ahead make us weep that this show was cancelled??? Are you kidding? The only thing that makes me weep is that SGA was cancelled for this nonsense. Now we have a Rodney McKay appearance to get more Atlantis fans tuning in. Well what makes me actually weep is not seeing him in weekly episodes of Atlantis.

  • To all fans. Can someone please tell me the logic in not watching sgu will somehow help the show? Pretty much in every comment page on the news tab has someone saying their not watching sgu because they say it won’t do any good if they did watch it.
    Listen not watching the show only reinforces and makes syfy’s decision to cancel the show right. Syfy said they canceled it becasue of low viewers, well if the viewership was high then then it will make them look like dumb*****.And if another network was looking into renewing the show, they would see the good numbers of viewers would be a great addition to their network and would be a great buy. And to all SGA fan’s out there, and I too love sga, just help the show out. Ya I know SGU replaced SGA and I’m pissed about it, but not helping the show hurts the franchise and I really want to see Stargate Extinction and Revolution

  • I’ve not watched SGU since midway through season 1. I will catch up in a marathon at some stage, but whilst I strongly detest the haters and the schemes of SGUsucks users, I’m also disappointed because Stargate Universe – which is a legitimate Stargate series whatever anyone says, not least the woefully egotistical Telepathic Pebble – could have been a lot better than it is. It isn’t terrible, but not amazing. A missed opportunity.

  • @charmed
    Season 5 of sga had low ratings and they were around 1.2 per episode except the final few. The same for sg1. Sgu didn’t kill the franchise. Sgu expanded on the franchise. Maybe sga’s pathetic enemies and over used sg1 stories are what started to turn the franchise. Also it’s bad characters except Lorne shep and Rodney .

  • Grimcicle


    For the past year and a half, just about any article on this site that speaks positively about SGU inevitably becomes littered with comments by melodramatic ****s. I’m sick of seeing bitter little children like you go on tirades about how an artistically and dramatically superior show “ruined” the franchise for you. I get it, okay? You’re afraid of change, and lack any real understanding or appreciation of the arts. It’s cool. But it’s people like you that make the science fiction fanbase look bad.

  • It’s one thing not to like the new series but it’s another to hate it because “it killed my Atlantis”. Atlantis killed itself and the ratings proved that because people started to leave the show. Atlantis was getting 1.1’s in season 5 which was it’s best season episode per episode in my opinion.
    I’m sad all 3 sg series are gone. I’m really sad we have no scifi.I’m really really sad we don’t even have a scifi channel in the USA

  • Atlantis’ ratings were higher than SGU’s current (and mostly ever), and would have likely resulted in a Season 6.

    Not taking sides in this rather amusing discussion, just pointing facts.

  • The producers killed Atlantis so they could make Universe. How did that turn out? Franchise low ratings and a bunch of guys that will never write or produce Stargate again.

    Maybe they should have a game plan the next time they want to work on such a self-proclaimed “grown-up” project.

  • The Ten Doctor, may it just me but I find the arguments pathetic.
    What kill SGU is contribution of factors, with no single one playing out. I actually suspect in years to come many people will grow to relies that SGU might be the least successful in terms of viewing figures but in writing, CGI, characters and acting it was superior to the previous franchise incarnations.
    Much of the hate does not extend from the show it self but in how SGA was cancelled and the sudden in my opinion in quality of the show, which some people just cannot handle.

  • If the producers could understand that there is a world outside america too, SGU would never have been canceled.

  • There will always be someone bashing on SGU. It’s sad that they can’t step back for the last few episodes at least, just to lat the fans discuss it without the bitching.
    When it comes down to it, Haters Gonna Hate.

  • @captain-bazz
    I don`t see the point either. Because all series must come to an end, so in that case.. why watch anything at all.

  • @knowles2 I agree completely. Some of the things SGU does are the best in the franchise. Story and pacing isn’t one of them.

  • These episodes sound fantastic, and I can’t help but wondering how great a third season would be. At least SGU will go out in style.

  • Stargate Universe was not killed by the producers and their desire to do something different, just like Star Trek Enterprise (which is an inferior show to SGU, SGU is much better than Enterprise was) and Star Trek as a whole was not killed by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.

    Just like with Star Trek, there was no ONE factor that killed the series. I at least hope if nothing else we get novels that continue the series…that would be better than nothing and a number of the post DS9/TNG/Voy/Ent novels have actually been good and moved the series in interesting directions that couldn’t have happened on-screen.

  • Stargate…
    It’s a great big world…
    With a great big swirl
    that you step inside
    to another world.
    We’re talkin Stargate,
    It’s a crazy trip,
    You can go quite far
    and you don’t need a car
    or even a ship.
    There’s Colonel O’Neill and Carter and Daniel and Teal’c.
    Look out for that Goa’uld.

  • Argh! Common descent! We were talking about it on the forums! So awesome!!

    Can. Not. Wait.

    If I lived in the US, I’d be glued to my television waiting for SGU to start..

  • SGU is by far the best of the 3 series. And I loved (and still love) the other 2.

    But let’s face it, they were pretty much identical to each other, and pretty standard formulaic, episodic stuff that suited television in the late nineties, early ooze (00’s) – which was pretty much just a slightly new twist of the same shows as the 80’s. You could take an SG1 or SGA episode back in time to show mid 80’s Sci-Fi fans and the only thing they would comment on is the effects. The rest of the show would just seem normal. It would be MacGyver’s ‘other show’.

    Things change. Television is thankfully not what it used to be. Greater production qualities, more interesting and original stories and a different way of telling them. Take an episode of Firefly, BSG or SGU back to some mid 80’s Sci-Fi fans and they will not only say WTF to the effects, but they’ll struggle with the style being so different. “Where are the cheezy funny bits with wind instrument music in the background?” It would be like taking back episodes of The Wire, Deadwood or Breaking Bad back to show to 80’s serial drama watchers.

    I understand the desire to not want to let go of SG1 & SGA. But c’mon – lets evolve a little.

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