The working title of the fifth episode of Stargate Universe‘s sophomore season has been released, courtesy of writer-producer Joseph Mallozzi’s blog. “Cloverdale” is written by executive producer Brad Wright.
“Cloverdale?” As in … the town in Oregon near the cheese factory? the city in Australia? or the town in British Columbia that serves as Smallville‘s downtown shooting location?
While the in-Universe significance of this title is not yet known, it may be a play on the 2008 monster film Cloverfield. The Matt Reeves / J.J. Abrams film offered a unique perspective on the invasion of a gigantic monster into a major metropolitan city. It was told entirely through a hand-held camera, taken by the film’s characters first to a party and then onto the streets once the crisis began.
Cloverfield‘s shakey-cam style of amateur, accidental documentary has been cited as one of the inspirations behind the look of SGU, which has also taken cues from shows like Firefly and The Shield to develop its realistic, on-the-ground feel. Robert C. Cooper, Wright’s fellow executive producer and co-creator of SGU, pushed this style to the limits in creating the visually unique episode “Time,” which aired this past fall.
In that episode, much of the story is told through the lens of a kino — a remote-controlled camera that Eli uses to document the crew’s missions and activities.
Could “Cloverdale” perhaps follow “Time” as an episode presented predominantly through the lens of a kino? Or is the working title just a coincidence? Keep your browser locked on GateWorld for more on Season Two and the rest of Season One in the weeks ahead!