News Archive for April, 2010

Apr 17 2010

Stargate Universe Divided Picks Up On Ratings Compared To Space

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The thirteenth episode of Stargate Universe, Divided has seen a marginal increase in viewership audiences when compared to last week’s episode ‘Space’.

However the second half of Season one is still underperforming the first ten episodes of Stargate Universe Season One.

Season One Ratings Summary

Episode Viewers in Millions
(Live+Same Day)
Viewers in Millions
(Live+7 Days)
Air (Parts 1 and 2) 2.3 2.8
Air (Part 3) 2.4 3.0
Darkness 2.1 2.6
Light 2.0 2.7
Water 2.0 2.6
Earth 1.6 2.3
Time 1.8 2.5
Life 1.9 2.4
Justice 1.3 2.0
Space 1.5  
Divided 1.6  

Apr 17 2010

Watch Elyse Levesque Answering The Fans Questions

The fans had the questions for Stargate Universes Elyse Levesque, find out how she feels about being cast in the sci-fi series, what it’s like working with her costars and much more, in in this latest video featurette to be added to the sites media collection.

Apr 12 2010

A Few Exciting Changes Coming Soon To The Stargate Archive

It’s getting to that time of year again when the Stargate Archive team are coming up with fresh ideas for the site, and were pleased to announce that in the coming weeks and months we are going to be making significant improvements and changes to the site for the better.

You may be wondering what we have planned for the site, so here is a list of what we are going to be rolling out very, very soon:

  1. Community forums upgrade to v4.02
  2. Upgrade of our news system
  3. Tighter integration with social networking
  4. Integrating our Wiki / Omnipedia with the Journal news system
  5. A re-designed site landing page

So far we have already upgraded the community forums to version 4.02, the other exciting changes we have planned will launch in the coming weeks and months as soon as our news publishing system back end software is upgraded to version 3. As we use WordPress to publish all of our news articles we are awaiting for the final release.

The re-designed site landing page will focus heavily on integrating all of the sites services, and our social networking platforms directly into the site and our news system.

We would like to re-assure all of our loyal visitors that we have no plans on changing the overall look and design of the site you have become used to, nor do we plan on imposing any banner ads.

All of the new changes coming to the Stargate Archive are going to be fresh, exciting, and novel and will greatly improve your day to day experience with the Stargate Archive, our numerous free services and the Stargate Franchise.

Stay tuned for more information.

Kind Regards,
The Stargate Archive Team

Apr 12 2010

Over 1800 High Definition Screen Captures Added For Divided

The Stargate Archive are pleased to announce that we have just added over 1800 high-definition screen captures for the twelfth episode of Stargate Universe entitled ‘Divided’.

You can review the screen captures here »

Apr 11 2010

Watch Alaina Huffman Answering The Fans Questions

Alaina Huffman answers the fans questions in this Sy Fy exclusive interview in this latest video featurette to be added to the sites media collection.

Apr 10 2010

Robert Carlyle A Man Alone On Board The Destiny

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How would you react if you were told you could never go home again? That’s the situation the heroes of Stargate Universe are faced with when they are marooned in deep space, a long way from Earth. Naturally, the news is a difficult pill for everyone to swallow—except for Dr. Nicholas Rush. The scientist seems oddly content with the prospect of spending the rest of his days in strange, and often dangerous, surroundings. Why does he feel this way, and, more importantly, what is his real agenda? No one knows for sure, including Rush actor Robert Carlyle. “Dr. Rush is certainly a complex individual,” says Carlyle. “You’re never sure what his motives are, and to be honest with you I don’t know what’s happening with the character either.

Brad Wright and Robert Cooper [Stargate Universe creators and executive producers] are obviously telling me everything I want to know, but I’d rather not know it all, which is how I’ve worked over the years. When you know how your character is going to end up, you’re tempted to play his heroic side.

In fact, what you should be doing is playing the moment and each scene as it is, which is fresh. Just like you shouldn’t look too far ahead in your [real] life, you shouldn’t look too far ahead in your acting life. “So with Rush you have this man who’s driven by something. What we know so far is that he’s been married, but his wife is dead. The fact that he was married is the only thing that actually roots him in reality, because he ‘lives’ in a different type of reality, one, I believe, in his own mind. Rush is by far the biggest expert on Ancient technology, and when his wife dies and he gets the chance to go on this exploration of the universe, he jumps at it because there’s nothing left for him [on Earth].

As far as our story and where our people end up, it’s Rush who tells them that there’s no chance they can ever go back, and he thinks there’s nothing greater! This is the best potential for exploration that mankind has ever known. That’s what’s driving Rush; and therefore he’s probably not to be trusted by anyone on the crew.” Excellent Drama A familiar face on the small and big screens, Carlyle has played a diverse collection of characters in over 25 years as an actor, including a policeman in UK TV show Hamish Macbeth, Adolf Hitler in Hitler: The Rise of Evil, and—most prominently—an unemployed-steelworker- turned-male-stripper in The Full Monty. His experience also extends to the fantasy and horror genres with Eragon and 28 Weeks Later, but Stargate Universe marks his introduction to the worlds of TV science fiction.

With no need to submit to an audition, Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper offered Carlyle the role of Dr. Rush—an offer that came as bit of a surprise to the actor. “The first thing I said to Brad and Robert, was, ‘I’m quite flattered by this, but why me? Why do you want me to come do this?’” recalls Carlyle. “They then went on to explain the unfolding series that they had in their minds and I thought, ‘Now I understand why they want someone like me to do this.’ The thing about Stargate Universe, as opposed to prior incarnations of the series, is that it’s a lot darker—that’s certainly what I see anyway—and more about survival, as well as how these characters interact with each other. Obviously there’s alien interaction and stuff like that along the way, but that’s not the main event. This is a character-driven piece, not to mention excellent drama. “The first three scripts were what I accepted the job on,” continues the actor. “The pilot, entitled Air, is actually a threeparter and absolutely excellent. It’s followed by an episode called Fire, which was originally supposed to be a single story, but it overran.

However, Brad and Robert are so happy with it that they’ve decided to turn it into a two-parter. By that you can probably tell that there’s an awful lot of cerebral material and drama that’s impossible to cut. So if they feel that an episode needs more space, then they’ll turn it into two. That’s a brave thing for them and a fantastic thing for an actor, because then you don’t have to be as worried about time and getting your lines out quickly. You can take your time and tell the story the way it should be told.” Big Project Opening episode Air sees Colonel Everett Young (Louis Ferreira, previously known as Justin Louis), commander of a secret off-world base, lead a hasty escape to an unmanned and experimental spaceship called the Destiny, launched by the Ancients at the height of their civilization.

Not long after arriving, the team discovers that the ship is on a preprogrammed course and is unable to return to Earth. With a Stargate on board, but no access to Earth, Young and his team are stuck and must fend for themselves as the Destiny continues its travels through space. Arriving on the Universe set for the first time to begin work on Air was an eyeopening experience for Carlyle. “It was like walking onto a James Bond set,” he says. “It’s that big, it’s that good, it’s that spectacular; that’s the best compliment I can pay it. This show has wonderful craftsmen, set designers, and props people. They spent a tremendous amount of money on this set and it’s all there on screen. “My first impressions were, ‘This is the real deal and a big, big, project.’ From there, it was a matter of everyone getting to know each other and how each other works.

I know this is going to sound kind of corny, and I’m not a corny guy, but this cast gets along extremely well and it has been that way from the start. With Louis Ferreira and myself, it was like meeting a long-lost brother. We’ve been inseparable since day one, and the same goes for the rest of the cast. “I don’t know, but I feel as if I’ve been given something of a reward for 25 years of hard work in the business because this is just a terrific experience. I’m almost frightened of waking up one morning and someone taking it all away. It’s a great way of working and the reason why I became an actor in the first place. I’m enjoying going to the set, working with my fellow actors and the directors, reading each new script, you name it.

I can’t speak highly enough of the cast as well as the crew and this particular creative process.” Along with the Universe cast, Carlyle has also had the chance to work with former Stargate SG-1 leading man Richard Dean Anderson (General Jack O’Neill), who, in addition to SG-1’s Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter) and Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), will guest-star in an episode. “It was lovely to work with Richard Dean Anderson,” says the actor. “I’ve been a big fan of his for a number of years and have a great deal of respect for him and what he’s achieved as an actor. Richard and I got on really well and I think he was very happy to be back with the Stargate family.” Escaping Destiny Unfortunately, the congenial mood on the Universe set is not mirrored onboard the Destiny, particularly in regard to Dr. Rush’s relationships with his colleagues. “If we start at the top in terms of crew ranking, Colonel Young is my character’s nemesis, there’s no doubt about that,” notes Carlyle, “and it’s quite serious. These guys are not having a petty conflict. Without giving too much away, there’s an episode, which we’ve yet to shoot, where a tragedy takes place aboard the Destiny and Rush tries to frame Young.

They hate each other that much. Young is a soldier, while Rush is a scientist, and they just don’t get one another. As soon as they end up on the Destiny, the colonel is all about getting everyone home, and Rush is all about ‘How do we avoid that?’ So they’re against each other from day one and that’s been developing beautifully over the past six or seven weeks of filming. “The other main character who Rush has most of his dealings with is Eli Wallace, played by David Blue. He’s a young guy who, as the Stargate people put it to him, won a ‘competition,’ so he comes with us on our spaceship and help us explore the universe. Eli is given few options with that, and Rush is more or less in charge of him.

The way Brad and Robert spoke of the relationship between Rush and Eli is a bit like Salieri and Mozart. I know that sounds grand, but by that I mean someone like Salieri was obviously a mega-intelligent man, yet he needed someone else [Mozart] to help him. With Rush, he can’t actually do what he wants to do without Eli. So he’s dependent on this young genius, even though Eli’s youth frustrates my character.

Their relationship has a long way to go, but like Young’s and Rush’s, it’s bubbling very nicely at the moment. “In terms of Rush’s relationships with other characters on the ship, like Lt. Scott [Brian J. Smith], Sergeant Johansen [Alaina Huffman] and Sergeant Greer [Jamil Walker Smith], these are military people who Rush doesn’t concern himself too much with. In fact, he’d be happy to see them put into an airlock and shot out of the ship all together.

So my character is a man alone; I suppose that’s what I’m getting at. Rush doesn’t understand them, they don’t understand him, and as I said he’s really serious about this. He does not want to return to Earth.” When asked about his favorite Universe episode to have worked on so far, Carlyle refers back to Fire. “One of the interesting things about these episodes is that the first three are, as you know, entitled Air, Fire, then Water, followed by Earth, so it’s very much about the basics,” says the actor. “These characters are ill-equipped for this mission. None of them are supposed to be there [onboard the Destiny], and therefore have no additional resources when they get there.

Apr 10 2010

Win A Trip To The Vancouver Studios

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Apr 07 2010

A Quick 101 Interview With Brian J Smith

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It’s fair to say that it’s been a pretty frenetic season for the Destiny crew so far. Since their traumatic arrival on the Ancient ship, they’ve almost collided with a star, been killed off by a virulent disease and witnessed a shocking murder. Now back for the second half of its freshman season, Stargate Universe shows no signs of slowing the action. Keen to find out more, we got out our Stargate and dialled up Brian J. Smith – aka Lt. Matthew Scott – for a quick chat.

Were you a fan of the Stargate franchise before joining the show?
“I hadn’t seen them! I’d heard of them, but I didn’t watch them until I got the job. To be honest, I was a little bit weirded out because what I was watching was nothing compared to what they were telling us that Universe was gonna be like. This is so different to other versions.”

Were you nervous joining a franchise with such a dedicated following?
“No, because I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time! By the time I had figured out what I’d got myself into, it was too late!”

We’ve just entered the second half of the season. Where does Scott’s story arc take him?
“I think his relationships with people will be explored further. I don’t wanna say too much but I will say that a lot of things come up in the second half of the season.”

You said recently that Scott will “find his purpose” as the season progresses. What did you mean by that?
“I think ‘purpose’ was a bad word. I just mean that we’ll get inside him a bit more. They’re on this ship and it’s like he’s been thrown into the water and we’re gonna see if he’ll sink or swim.”

We know that the Destiny crew will have its first encounter with some aliens. What was it like filming those scenes?
“Honestly, that was scary! When he first got told about them I thought, ‘Oh no, this isn’t us – this isn’t our show!’ Stargate Universe didn’t seem to me to be about that, but when I looked back at the first scene [with the aliens], I knew it was right – the creators could do anything with this show and make it look good. Now that we’ve pulled that off, I’m really inspired.”

Someone’s held captive on the aliens’ ship, aren’t they?
“There might be more than one person! I think there are going be implications later on too. There are a couple of people who have to go out and look for their good friends on a rescue mission!”

What teasers can you give us about the season finale?
“There’s something that happens in that finale which is truly shocking. I was surprised that the writers would do something so brave and so bold and put this character in that sort of situation. I don’t wanna say much more, but it made me angry when I first read it!”

Does that mean someone dies?
“I can neither confirm nor deny that!”

Finally, it’s been reported that Robert Knepper is joining the cast for season two. What’s his character like?
“Yes, he is. Oh, wait. Was I allowed to say that?! I’m not sure if that’s been confirmed yet. He plays an amazing character, and that’s all you’re gonna get from me! He’s so talented and his character will be huge.”

Apr 07 2010

Brian J Smith Teases Universe Season Finale

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Brian J. Smith has described the season one finale of Stargate Universe as “truly shocking”.

The 28-year-old actor, who plays Lieutenant Matthew Scott in the sci-fi series, admitted that he was surprised the show’s writers decided to go ahead with the storyline.

“There’s something that happens in that finale which is truly shocking,” he told DS. “I was surprised that the writers would do something so brave and so bold and put this character in that sort of situation.

“I don’t wanna say much more, but it made me angry when I first read it!”

Asked if a character will be killed off, he replied: “I can neither confirm nor deny that!”

Apr 06 2010

Stargate Universe Space Return Disappoints With Lower Ratings

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The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Stargate Universe had an average household rating of 1.2 for the return of ‘Space’ on Friday night with 1.5 million viewers.

These latest figures show Universe is up 11% from the December finale, however it is still showing a 38% declined from the multi episode opening Air Part 1 – 3.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of season one fairs in the viewership ratings, and if the long wait has proved successful or not.

Season One Ratings Summary

Episode Viewers in Millions
(Live+Same Day)
Viewers in Millions
(Live+7 Days)
Air (Parts 1 and 2) 2.3 2.8
Air (Part 3) 2.4 3.0
Darkness 2.1 2.6
Light 2.0 2.7
Water 2.0 2.6
Earth 1.6 2.3
Time 1.8 2.5
Life 1.9 2.4
Justice 1.3 2.0
Space 1.5  

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