After two seasons as the executive producer of Stargate Atlantis, Joseph Mallozzi — now consulting producer on Stargate Universe — says that the new series will move away from the “monster-or situation-of-the-week” format and focus on larger story arcs.
“We’re focusing less on — in fact, we’re not even focusing at all on going to the planets and meeting the humanoid, English-speaking aliens,” Mallozzi said in an interview with About.com. “It’s less that focus on Our Hero and more on an ensemble cast.”
Staying accessible to new viewers was “one of the things that Stargate did well in the past,” Mallozzi continued, “and even though we still will be arc-driven, we will always take pains to ensure that first-time viewers will always be able to jump on at a certain point and get caught up fairly quickly, and be able to enjoy the show from there.”
With some of television’s most popular shows moving away from the stand-alone episodic format, Universe promises to break new ground for Stargate storytelling. “I want to liken it to something on TV,” Mallozzi said, “but I can’t really — I guess you can liken it to Battlestar Galactica, in that it’s science fiction and it’s more arc-driven. But in terms of tone, in terms of situation, in fact in terms of the story it is very unlike Battlestar. I’d say it’s more Lost than Battlestar, but even then I’m reluctant to make that comparison.”
Regarding his new role as consulting producer, Mallozzi said, “I really enjoyed being in charge with Paul those past two years, but there are some elements I definitely will not miss. Being just a consultant on Universe is somewhat of a relief. I’ll be able to work on other things, relax a bit — sleep in more.”
View About.com for the complete story! Stargate Universe begins filming next week.