Viewers who have stuck with Stargate Universe through its earliest episodes are about to get a big payoff when the show returns this Friday, actors Louis Ferreira (“Everett Young”) and Brian J. Smith (“Matthew Scott”) told MediaBlvd.
“I think that people who have stuck with the show and who have spent the time to get to know the characters are going to experience a very big payoff on Friday night,” Smith said.
Smith added that, while the producers certainly can’t make everyone happy, they are addressing significant needs like character development, which some fans of Atlantis found lacking.
“I think that was something that we tried to address with the show this year, especially with the first 10 episodes, is to say, ‘Ok, this is still going to be a show that is going to have action, adventure, and sci fi elements in it,'” Smith said. “‘But we’re going to take our time to really set up the chess board, and set up who these people are and what’s at stake for them in this situation.'”
But Stargate Universe is not just about the slower-paced character development. “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people saying, ‘That’s great, that’s fantastic, now I know who these people are,'” the actor added. “I just want to see where we go next. I want to see the gun to the head, and see the crisis situation. … [And] the aliens are coming. Like Louis said, that was in the book from day one.”
Ferreira said he thought that the show’s creators took a big risk in doing a Stargate series so markedly different from the past 15 seasons, even putting Stargate‘s built-in audience at risk. “To take that risk was something that made me feel personally that this was kind of neat, from that perspective,” the actor said. “To watch it unfold, and to watch Brad [Wright] and Robert [Cooper, series co-creators] execute their plan has been really positive for all of us.
“One of the things that we have really noticed is that we are keeping those fans, and for those we are grateful. But we are also hopefully attracting people that might not have come to a sci-fi type show in the past, and go, ‘Hey this is just a good drama set in space.’ So I think that was part of their intention as well. It’s kind of nice to feel that as much as we are part of a franchise, we are on our own sort of unique, original show.”
Though SGU is different, he also thinks that long-time Stargate fans will be pleasantly surprised with what’s in store in the second half of the season.
“People will notice in the back 10 [episodes], the growth of the show,” Ferreira said. “And it was always their plan to sort of establish things initially. Ten episodes have just grown, and there seems to be that growth just happening from this moment on. I think the old fans who might have said, ‘It’s not the same show,’ might be surprised in fact with what’s coming.”
Check out the full interview now at MediaBlvd, and don’t miss the mid-season premiere this Friday at 9 p.m. (8 Central) on Syfy! Read more from Ferreira and Smith’s digital media phone interview at io9. In Canada, “Space” airs at 10 p.m. on SPACE. You can read more about what’s coming up in GateWorld’s episode guide.