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Sci Fi green-lights Stargate Universe! Here's the highlights:

* There will be a 2 hour premier next year followed by a series regular time slot in the summer.

* The ship will be called the Destiny.

* "Unable to return to Earth, the crew must fend for themselves aboard the ship, which has a preprogrammed mission taking them to the far reaches of the universe,"

* The producers are reportedly looking to cast a known actor for one of the leading roles, and fresh faces to round out the cast.

* The new series will also be aimed at a slightly younger audience, SCI FI president Dave Howe said.

So, um, wow, is all I say right now! What's your reaction?!



Aug. 23rd, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
Younger Audiences
It's pure irony that behind some of the best television of our time there are studio execs who haven't got a fracking clue what makes a successful show in the eyes of a viewer.

Stargate SG1 had a 200th parody episode where it poked fun at itself and some of the industries tendencies towards sci-fi...and now we got a third Stargate series coming fast and I can't get the "young SG1 clip' from that parody episode out of my head.

They try to explain it away - "It's hip and fresh and will bring a breath of fresh air to the series"...but all I hear is the studio exec doublespeak - "How do we squeeze more money out of this series? We need to market it to younger viewers...that will open the door to new toy lines, cereal box promotions, etc...so we will need a hot young cast of 90210's to fill the show out."

Why must the movie/television industry re-invent every flipping show from past eras with "hip young new casts". My god, it's stuff like the new "The Fog" remake that are ruining the credibility of the industry. Why must every new show come out where we have to believe there is this magical place where adults don't exist? There's 20-something actors everywhere and no one over the age of 25...its pure marketing crap - the belief that the more teen angst and hot bodies we pack into a 42 minute episode the better ratings it will get.

If there is anyone at all connected with Stargate Universe reading my rant just take away this one idea - successful sci-fi is successful because it is intelligent. It takes a step above a regular television episode and does not pander to industry sleaze, sexism, violence and exploitation. It assumes a certain level of intelligence in it's viewer and challenges them with ideas, not images. Go back to the SG1 200th episode parody special...watch all the parody clips very well...and don't use them as a basis for a new show. Be creative, come up with a new idea, and do it the way the fans would want it - not to how it is being dictated to you by a studio who only sees dollar signs on the script.

Please lose the whole "younger audience" angle...younger viewers have a notoriously low attention span. You may just be sacrificing the future of this great series to make a quick buck in your first year and see it fail when you audience moves onto the next "must see" show.

The industry has changed over the last 10 years...it has become a more unstable setting than before and studios are less inclined to keep a series on screen too long and chance ratings going down. The new formula is 1) Create new show, 2) Open said show with big glitzy big bang opening to grab viewers attention (I sympathize Mr Whedon), 3) Dump all your good ideas into the viewers lap to try to keep that "high note" through the first season, 4) Repeat maybe for 1 or 2 seasons, 5) Market the DVD box set for first season or two 6) Once we've made some coin off the DVD sales cancel said show 7) Green-light a newer better show, 8) Rinse and repeat.

The future of television is bleak indeed if the above formula is followed. When you cancel a show at the height of it's popularity, you burn the viewing audience. Burn the audience enough and they stop watching the new shows because they don't want to start giving a damn to only have it yanked out from under them.

My advice. If Stargate Universe isn't going to live up the standards that it's parent series' did...then perhaps it's time to shelf the series. I'm willing to give it a chance though, but if it sucks as much as I think it's going to by what been said so far I will have lost any hope for this industry's future.

Nuff said. Rant out.
"After unlocking the mystery of the Stargate's ninth chevron, a team of explorers travels to an unmanned starship called the Destiny, launched by The Ancients at the height of their civilization as a grand experiment set in motion, but never completed.

What starts as a simple reconnaissance turns into a never ending mission, as the Stargate Universe crew discovers the ship is unable to return to Earth, and they must now fend for themselves aboard the Destiny.

The crew will travel to the far reaches of the universe, connecting with each of the previously launched Stargates, thus fulfilling the Destiny's original mission. Challenges will arise though as the ship comes into range of Stargates placed centuries ahead of the Destiny and the crew is unable to control the ship's navigational schedule. If someone is left behind, there is no way to go back for them, adding to the drama of encountering new races, enemies and adventures."

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