For fans of Stargate Universe, its first season finale (“Incursion, Part 2”) left the fates of many of Destiny‘s crew members dangling — and now viewers must wait until October of this year before some of those plot threads receive resolution.
With Season One of the series fully aired, cast members from the show can now speak more freely. To take advantage of that fact, GateWorld sat down exclusively with series regulars Brian J. Smith and Alaina Huffman the day after the finale aired. Both actors were guests at Creation Entertainment‘s Official Stargate Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Despite the fact that some viewers were vocal in their belief that the first half of the season moved too slowly, Huffman believes it was a story necessity.
“I’m really proud of the time that we took to develop the characters,” Huffman said. “I know there was a little bit of negativity surrounding that and that [some people thought] it was too character-driven. But I feel like the consequences are greater. Now it’s a story about these characters that we know and the circumstances they’re in, as opposed to it just being about the circumstance.”
Huffman’s sentiments were echoed by cast member Brian J. Smith.
“I think it was a controversial choice, but the smart choice, to start out with these characters and to develop them as much as we could right off the bat,” Smith said, “so that once they get into situations like ‘Time’ or ‘Justice’ or ‘Space’ or ‘Incursion,’ you have an idea of who these people are. And you have a criteria. You know this is characteristic, and you know this is not characteristic. Basic character-building type things.”
The pair also discussed how pleased they were with the way Season One came to an end, despite the issues that the characters they portray are facing.
“For me what was great was seeing Scott start to fracture a little bit,” Smith said. “He views Young as this father figure or mentor. And now Scott is starting to see him becoming something ugly and demented — keeping information from him, possibly engaging in torture, attempted murder, Rush getting left behind. It all adds up.”
“He can forgive, though, and he can learn,” Smith continued. “He’s still got a lot of learning to do. A long way to go. A lot of knocks to take. And I’m happy to say that some of that will be addressed in Season Two.”
The final scenes of Season One ended on a particularly brutal note for Tamara Johansen. For Huffman, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“[I loved] that it just kept you on your toes!” Huffman said. “I thought the script was great and I hope the fans liked it. It was action-packed, and it showed that there are consequences. There is an aftermath. And you’ll see some of that aftermath in Season Two.”
Season Two premieres in October. For more from the cast of Stargate Universe, keep your browser locked on GateWorld! An exclusive, full interview with Brian J. Smith is just days away, and our conversation with Alaina Huffman arrives later this summer.