What does the third series need to take Stargate to new heights? GateWorld has a few ideas, which we humbly present for your discussion and debate.
Certainly, many of these suggestions are subject to disagreement. Not every Stargate fan wants to see a ship-based show in our favorite sci-fi universe, for example. Is that idea too much like Star Trek? Or is it possible to do a ship-based series that bears little or no resemblance to the adventures of the Enterprise and Voyager?
Read the fine print, because we’d also like to share just why we think these things will make Stargate Universe awesome.
Have we left out anything? Or do you just disagree? Post a comment on the last page and tell us! While there is much to speculate on during the coming months, we do encourage Stargate fans to keep an open mind about what Stargate Universe is going to be. Give the new show a shot — watch the premiere next summer.
NUMBER 1: MAKE IT SPACESHIP-BASED.
The common theme in these five reasons is that a third Stargate television series has to be different, while maintaining those elements that make Stargate what it is (its contemporary setting and relatable characters, its humor, etc.). After one show about an Earth-based team exploring planets on foot, and another show set on an advanced base in another galaxy, the third show needs a very unique setting for its stories.
Putting the new team on a ship — and not the Earth ships we’re already very familiar with — in a new part of space, where our characters are somewhat out of control, is perfect. Stargate Universe will go not just to a new galaxy but to many new galaxies, increasing the story ideas exponentially.
Some fans hear “ship-based show” and immediately think “Star Trek rip-off.” That ain’t so. Putting a show on a ship doesn’t make it Star Trek any more than investigating crimes makes C.S.I. derivative of Dragnet. From Firefly to Crusade, Andromeda to Battlestar Galactica, writers have shown that there are an infinite number of ways to tell stories on a space ship. It is as much a science fiction staple as looking toward the night sky itself.
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