16 Responses

  1. BlackSun
    BlackSun
    (1 comments)
    February 25, 2010 at 8:17 am |

    Why? It’d be much easier to talk about how similar SGU and BSG is.

  2. Duneknight
    Duneknight
    (153 comments)
    February 25, 2010 at 8:26 am |

    both of them come full circle in SGU.

  3. lordball
    lordball
    (14 comments)
    February 25, 2010 at 9:35 am |

    WOW, I’m not interested in hearing this podcast but I can probably guess which series you think is more superior considering this is after all a Stargate website and podcast. What are you going to compare next? The differences between the moon and the sun?

  4. JohnnyB
    JohnnyB
    (20 comments)
    February 25, 2010 at 11:34 am |

    @lordball
    Isn’t it easier to just listen to the podcast before you make such a comment?

  5. jaffa orange
    jaffa orange
    (39 comments)
    February 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm |

    discuss the very different tones of the shows?
    that will be a short discussion then!

  6. Mentat
    Mentat
    (141 comments)
    February 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm |

    I’m afraid you lost me on this one. Both are done in the “I’m wetting my pants and zooming the lens in and out” camera style that after a brief period in vogue (The Beatles, The Monkees) due to it’s shock and novelty value was ditched for good reason until Blair Witch. I really tried to get into BSG but the camera work did me in. No disc sales from me due to that reason. At least if SGU retained the SG/SGA camera work it would maybe have something going for it. But for this household no matter how much it may improve in the second round the shakey-cam did me in.

    Maybe you should compare Lexx and SGU some day. And yes I do believe they should have consulted me first on these matters. ;-)

  7. wganubis
    wganubis
    (118 comments)
    February 25, 2010 at 11:07 pm |

    to borrow a phrase: “for cry’in out loud”.

    The two are only comparable in that they are both in the sci fi genre. I like both but come on, its apples and oranges in this case.

  8. bp
    bp
    (1 comments)
    February 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm |

    David,
    After listening to this and the “vs Star Trek” podcasts, I’ve come to the conclusion that you are unqualified to talk about sci-fi television.
    Your comments betray a complete ignorance of Star Trek DS9. Everything you’ve praised about BSG, DS9 was doing 15 years ago, and doing it better. Well developed characters, deep invloved politics, consequences, a more textured realistic story, moral ambiguity, story arcs… and it did it all while still offering a hopeful vision of the future and plenty of humor.
    -Burt

  9. daug21
    daug21
    (7 comments)
    February 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm |

    I will grant BSG as being one of the greatest TV shows for the first 2 seasons, but as soon as the New Caprica storyline hit, the show completely lost everything. The only reason I bothered to watch season 4 was b/c it was the final season, but it was incredibly weak.

    That’s why SG1 and SGA will age better and will be more popular than BSG in the long run. I also think that BSG and SGU are both shows of this era, being “dark” and so called “reality-based” and using the GD shaky-cam (aka the worst thing ever).

    My own personal opinion is that people will look back and just shake their heads at some of the popular shows and movies of this era.

  10. Sylvia
    Sylvia
    (594 comments)
    February 26, 2010 at 9:43 pm |

    As a kid I got a kick out of the old BSG, I had a big crush on Apollo.
    I was awed by the remake and for the first two years of the show though it was some of the best television I’d ever seen.
    But come the third year and I couldn’t stand the darned thing, it just seemed so self-indulgent and exploitative and so stopped watching and never went back.
    Fortunately I returned to my Stargate roots, fell in love with SG1 all over again and started up my continuing fanish devotion to SGA.
    Now I realize, while BSG was flashy and cool to date for a while, I wanted to settle down and live with SG1/SGA the rest of my life.

  11. gigitravels
    gigitravels
    (34 comments)
    February 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

    SGU looks mostly like a very poor imitation of BSG.

    The drama is cheap and looks forced. The characters are shallow and weak and little else.

    I understand SG writers were trying to evolve beyond the story telling of SG-1/SGA, but apparently only to find out that they’re not quite up to the task just yet.

    Nice try though (trying is always appreciated).

  12. Denise
    (21 comments)
    February 28, 2010 at 1:08 am |

    I’m not seeing much comparison simply because – at least thus far – while BSG writers seemed to embrace the ‘no actor/character is safe’ philosophy, the stargate franchise is known for just the opposite. As long as your name is in the opening credits, you will be miraculously saved by the closing credits.

    BSG seemed to thrive on doing the unexpected and keeping you guessing, while the SG franchise seems to take comfort in safety and predictability.

    It’s kind like comparing the Trek remake to Avatar. They’re both visually good, but while one seems to revel in doing the unexpected, the other takes comfort in the predictable.

  13. Patrick Bennett
    Patrick Bennett
    (2 comments)
    March 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |

    Good on you Darren for going to all the effort to stimulate some novel ideas about Stargate.

    What’s the old saying?….Don’t shoot the messenger! :)

    Without you and the staff from Gateworld we fans would have nowhere to actively express our opinions.

    Thanks mate.

  14. alumplus
    alumplus
    (7 comments)
    March 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm |

    There is nothing similar SG1 or BGA. SG1 is far superior. BGA and SGU are somewhat alike both are boring, bad storyline, acting, shakey camera, too many trips to earth, etc. Bring back SG1 and SGA and rid the universe of SGU.

  15. mutasevic
    mutasevic
    (2 comments)
    March 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm |

    well both are great shows my personal favourites just of a different atmosphere stargate is fun and adventurous bsg is dark and mystical,the thing is this stargate is jus by a little better for me because it is Eternal it cannot end unless smn ends it , but gallactica is limited they find earth and its gone,SGU is tryin to look like BSG but i guess thats gonna change later

  16. candylyn
    candylyn
    (22 comments)
    March 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    I know I will be hated for saying this BUT… after looking at the success of visually stunning but back-to-basics sci-fi storytelling in movies like “Avatar” I think BSG and SGU powers that be are headed in the wrong direction. Dark and moody is fine if the story truly calls for it, if that is what inspires the writer but to say “we are going to make this dark and moody” and box the writers into it seems pointless.

    I actually like SGU but not the whole package but for a few characters: Rush, Eli, Young and Greer. The actors are adding depth to the characters, a good marriage of what is on the page and what the actors are giving. The other characters just don’t hold my interest; not sure if its the page or the actors but when certain characters show up I flip the channel.

    Yes I loved SG1. Yes I am huge fan of fun sci-fi, guess that makes me childish, but its how I feel and what I like. I am giving SGU til the end of this season. If the pace is still as slow as it is now and the characters I like are either still in the back in some cases or pushed there in others I may not be back for season two.

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