Veteran actor Lou Diamond Phillips is talking about Stargate Universe, and how the show ended just when it was getting going.
Stargate Universe premiered in 2009 on Syfy Channel, and while the show’s writers hoped to tell a 5-year story about Destiny and her crew the network cancelled the show during its second season.
“They pulled the rug out from under us,” Phillips said. “They found out halfway through season 2 that it was not going to be renewed. They had a five-year plan, like most TV series do, and they had to cobble together as satisfying an ending as possible.”
Phillips also spoke to the backlash that SGU received from some viewers, including some long-time fans of the Stargate franchise who were not happy with the tonal change that the third series brought.
“What I find really ironic is that Stargate Universe tried to be different, it tried to be its own thing in the Stargate universe — even though we had crossover actors from SG-1 and Atlantis as well,” he said. “But because it was different, there was a little bit of backlash from the fans.”
“… It was, ‘Oh, this isn’t Stargate. This is something new. This is more like Battlestar Galactica.’ All the chat rooms were filled with that sort of thing until we got canceled. Then, everybody’s like, ‘No, no, no, don’t cancel it. We want to pick on it.’ In hindsight, people have learned to take SGU for what it was, and I think it gained a little more love in retrospect.”
Phillips indicated that he would be open to returning to the role of Colonel Telford, should such an opportunity arise. Unlike most of the cast his character didn’t end up frozen in stasis at the end of the series, as Destiny crosses the vast emptiness between galaxies. Telford was back on Earth, and could have been the one to mount a rescue mission.
One of his final lines was: “Whatever happens, we’re not giving up on you.”
“In this day and age of reboots and multi-platforms and everything else, who knows what could come about?” the actor said. “Even the reunion world, one-offs and stuff like that, people are very, very hungry for. I never discount anything, to be quite honest.”
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Meanwhile Phillips has recently published his debut novel, the science fiction tale The Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira. And he continues to co-star on the FOX drama Prodigal Son, which returned last week for its second season and is currently airing Tuesdays.