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May 12 2011

Stargate Universe Beyond Season 2

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The ending to Gauntlet that aired was different from the one originally conceived.  Before the script was written, hell, even before the writers sat down to spin the actual story, the original pitch had Young and Rush as the last two men standing.  With one, lone serviceable pod remaining, they argue, then make the decision to let fate decide.  They flip a coin.  Winner makes the sacrifice and stays out; loser goes into stasis.  The coin flip is made and, as it descends, we FADE OUT, not knowing the results.

One of the possibilities this particular ending set up was a season 3 opener which finds Rush, three years later, a little loopy from his time alone.  As he goes through his daily maintenance of the ship’s systems, he converses with members of the crew who, it turns out, are hallucinations.  Suddenly, the gate activates.  A bewildered Rush hurries to the gate room in time to see Telford lead a rescue op through.  Turns out, after several years, Earth finally acquired a means to dialing Destiny.  Of course, the rescue turns out to be shortlived as it ends up being a hallucination as well when, in the episode’s final turn, we discover Rush in stasis (he was the one who lost the coin toss), evidently dreaming, while Young maintains the solitary existence as Destiny’s caretaker.

As cool as the idea was, it was problematic for a number of reasons. First – sure, someone might go a little batty after spending three years with no human contact, but Rush?  Even though it does turn out to be “all in his head”, I have a hard time imagining our antisocial Rush minding all that much being alone to explore Destiny, free of outside interference.  The second problem was that, essentially, the episode was one big stage-weight – the equivalent to the “It was all a dream” short stories your third grade teacher, Mrs. Haversham, used to love so much.  A third problem presented itself in the simple fact that this was to be the third season premiere and, as season premieres went, it was lacking in action.  We discussed moving the stasis reveal to the end of the second act, then, maybe, the end of the first act, but this story still wasn’t working until we finally found the solution – which was to not do the story at all and make Eli the one who stays awake.  After all, who better than Eli, the embodiment of our fans and viewers, to make the sacrifice and leave us with that final sense and wonder?

So, that’s the way we wrote it.  And now you want to know how we planned to write our way out of it.  Does Eli fix the pod or does he somehow manage to access enough power to ensure his survival for the length of the jump?  How long does the journey to the next galaxy end up taking?  And what was in store for our crew after the jump?

Search me!  Unlike that imagined season 6 of Atlantis that never came to fruition (check out the AU season that might have been here: September 30, 2008: An AU Season 6!), there were no inklings spun, no stories established, no ideas from the previous season that could be moved into the next.  What we had, instead, were a few potential scenarios, vague notions of where we could go.

So, no definite answers for you (sorry) which, as I said in yesterday’s blog post, isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it allows you, the viewer, to envision the ending you prefer.  And, at the end of the day, the conclusion you come up with will be just as legitimate as anything I could throw at you.

But, realistically, there are more than a few of you who go to movies and watch television shows so that you don’t have to make up your own damn ending! Well, for those of you, this entry hopefully gets you one step closer.  Like I said, it doesn’t provide any definite answers but, in allowing you some insight into the possible scenarios we were spinning, it hopefully makes it somewhat easier to choose your own adventure.

Eli fixes a pod

This was one scenario.  Somehow, someway (sorry, don’t have the details but I’m sure the solution would have been all sorts of cool – right, Mr. Scalzi?) Eli manages to fix one of the damaged pods and joins the others in stasis.  He awakens with the rest of the crew anywhere from three to one thousand years later. I jokingly pitched out a scenario in which the crew awakens from stasis with the horrible realization that Eli is not there to greet them and that the pods haven’t been fixed.  As they mourn their friend, they unseal Chloe’s stasis pod only to discover both Eli and Chloe inside, spooning (Yes, I was kidding and, no, that wouldn’t fly)!

Eli taps some hitherto unexploited power reserve which allows him to extend life support for three years

Another potential scenario with no firm solution.  Again, it would need to be something a little more clever than Eli awakening Rush three years later and informing him: “Yeah, I managed to reroute enough power to life support.  How?  Oh, I’ll tell you later.”.  In my mind, the solution rested with the lone remaining shuttle.  Given its independent system, Eli could reroute all of Destiny’s power reserves to maintaining life support with the closed confines of the shuttle and, perhaps, the sealed-off antechamber to the ship where he could store enough food to last him three years.

Eli fails to fix the pods or extend life support, so he survives by sitting in the chair and uploading his consciousness to Destiny’s computer

Since this way-out solution would have Eli relinquishing his physical form (in essence, dying), it was an option reserved for a potential movie as we couldn’t imagine having our hero exist in this form for an entire season.  It would allow him to reunite with Ginn (for another Eli/Ginn reunion scenario, read on) and allow the crew full control of the ship with Eli – who better? – as their eyes to all of Destiny’s systems.

Rescue comes in the form of some outside force

Another way to go but, potentially, not as satisfying as it takes the solution out of our hero’s hands.  Maybe -

Over the course of three (+?) years, Earth finally finds a way to dial Destiny and launches a rescue op.  The power source used could be something the combined brilliance of both Samantha Carter and Rodney McKay engineer (if the SGU movie had happened, they would have surely guested, boarding Destiny as part of the retrieval team) or, perhaps former leader Jonas Quinn comes out of early retirement  and – again with Carter and McKay’s help – finds a safe way to dial Destiny from his planet.  As for what other familiar faces from SG-1 and Atlantis would make an appearance – well, aside from the obvious (Daniel Jackson who certainly wouldn’t miss this opportunity), it was up in the air.

When Destiny comes up short and drops out of FTL hundreds of years from the next galaxy, rescue comes in the form of a branch of our descendants, an advanced military society that has mastered space flight and is now in possession of a massive armada.  They save us but their motives turn out to be less than honorable as, it turns out, they have designs on Destiny.  This was probably my favorite scenario as I loved the idea of a plausible human military force becoming our third season Big Bad.

Rescue comes in the form of some alien race, maybe remnants of the Ursini or, perhaps, the blueberry aliens who – now armed with the information they mined from Chloe in Deliverance – finally seize the opportunity to take Destiny, something they’ve been trying to do for some time (At one point, we tossed around the idea of our crew coming upon the desiccated remains of an advance alien scouting party in one of the ship’s unexplored sections but, ultimately, decided against it because we wanted to maintain the idea that, despite repeated attempts, the blueberry aliens were unable to penetrate Destiny’s automated defenses and gain entry).  There was also talk of salvation coming in the form of a completely new alien species (Brad’s uber-cool idea), possibly an energy-based race we unwittingly picked up during a refueling stop at a star.  Eli starts glimpsing these entities and assumes, after three years by his lonesome, he is going nuts and hallucinating.  Eventually, the aliens reach out to him and, being energy based, are able to provide the power needed to ensure Destiny complete its journey.

And how long does the journey take?

Oh, anywhere from three to roughly one thousand years.  Smart money was on the minimal three year journey which would have allowed our crew to touch base with a fairly unchanged Earth.  A ten year journey would have been more interesting in that it would offer up some great story possibilities as our crew inevitably try to reconnect with loved ones following a decade’s absence.  Are they still alive?  How have they moved on?  What has changed in their lives? There was even talk of returning to an Earth in the midst of a multi-year war with the Lucian Alliance.  For my part, I preferred the idea that our characters don’t know how long they’ve been in stasis and, when they contact Earth, are horrified to discover it’s been 100+ years.  Their loved ones are long-gone, the lives they led distant memories, and they must adjust to a world very different than the one they left behind.

And what was in store for our crew once the jump had been completed?

Again, a number of potential developments were floated.  Initially, when we were thinking in terms of a third season, I very much liked the idea of Colonel Telford leading a resupply mission through the gate. Earth had finally secured a power source that would allow them to dial Destiny.  Maybe it was a one-way trip because Destiny would still be ham-strung by the inability to dial Earth without explosive consequences or, on the other hand, Telford and co. bring the portable power source with them and allow some of the civilians to leave, establishing a stronger military presence on board.

Later, when it became clear that a third season wasn’t in the cards, Brad floated the idea of two movies: The first would focus on a rescue op that would see several familiar faces (Carter, McKay, Daniel Jackson among the first few mentioned) coming aboard Destiny and, ultimately, helping our crew fend off the advances of the previously mentioned human military race.  The second would have been a solo adventure that would have seen our crew finally completing Destiny’s mission (Sorry.  No details available on this one.  Brad and Robert had a mind-blowing idea for the series/franchise wrap-up and, in deference to them, I’ll keep my mouth shut and allow them to one day reveal their master plan).

We probably would have found a cure for T.J.’s condition – but only eventually.  I liked the idea of one of our main characters having to face her mortality, perhaps even exhibiting early signs of physical deterioration that forces their friends and loved ones to face the sad prospect as well.  If we were going to cure her (and, again, that was the most likely scenario) I would have lobbied to play out T.J.’s battle with ALS over the course of a season at least.

In similar fashion, I would have preferred to keep Park blind for an extended stretch as well.  It’s something you rarely see on television and something I really wanted to emphasize in Gauntlet (when she comes up with the idea of using the shuttle as a decoy), that despite the loss of her sight, she can continue to be a strong and productive member of the crew.

So who would T.J. have ended up with?  Young or Varro?  I don’t know. I honestly don’t think this would have ever been resolved.  If it was up to me, she would have ended up with Varro.  If it was up to Carl and most everyone else, she and Young would have lived happily ever after. In retrospect, it might have been better for the character if, in the end, she elected to say no to both and embrace her independence.

What about Ginn and Perry?  Was Hope the last we’d ever see of them? Certainly not.  At episode’s end, they were quarantined, not deleted from the database. At some point, Eli would have no doubt found a way to address any potential threat and re-upload them to Destiny’s mainframe.  That was one possibility. Another deliciously diabolical idea Brad came up with would have been a huge game-changer.  In this scenario, Eli goes to awaken the crew from stasis and discovers Chloe’s pod has been damaged.  She is almost brain dead and fading fast.  In a desperate, last ditch effort to save her, Eli downloads Ginn’s consciousness into her body.  Would he tell the others what he has done or would Eli attempt to maintain the subterfuge?  What effect will this have on the rest of the crew, especially Scott who has effectively lost Chloe but will always be reminded of what he had.  And how will he react to the sight of the body of his former love, now permanently occupied by Ginn, re-establishing a relationship with Eli?  This would have been huge and, I think, an awesome opportunity for the immensely talented Elyse Levesque to switch gears to play a completely different character.

This post is taken from Joseph Mallozzi’s personal blog, it has been recopied for fan reading only

Nov 20 2010

Stargate Universe Season Two Wraps

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Stargate Universe executive producer Joseph Mallozzi has announced on his personal blog that principal photography has completed for the second season of Stargate Universe!

It’s been a great year and, looking back over the 20 episodes produced for SGU’s second season, I have to say I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished: great stories, grand arcs, wonderful character moments both big and small, set-ups, pay-offs, and more than a few surprises. As much as I’ve enjoyed working on these episodes, I’ve enjoyed hearing your reactions even more. So, thanks to everyone out there who has supported – and continues to support – the show! You aint seen nuthin’ yet!

At the end of every season, we’ll look back and take stock, discuss what worked and what didn’t from a creative standpoint, consider what the fans responded to and what didn’t work for them, receive input from the studio and network, and move forward. Suffice it to say that provided we get that third season pick up, season 3 will see some shocking, monumental developments.

Aug 07 2010

Robert C Cooper Knows How Stargate Universe Will End

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Stargate Universe co-creator Robert C. Cooper has revealed that he knows how the Syfy drama will end.

He told Collider that he has a plan for how the show might eventually conclude, but admitted that he is still uncertain what will happen in future episodes.

“[I know] why the Ancients sent the ship out there and where we could end the series [in the future],” he said. “[But] do I know what episode 3 of season 3 is? No.”

Cooper explained that he is keen to avoid long-term plans in order to allow the show to develop and change.

“I think that [our] philosophy has been to create a world. You build a world and you build characters that exist in that world,” he said. “We know where we’re going to a certain extent, but we also want to respond to what that world and those characters are telling us. Why would you turn away from a wonderful opportunity that is [presenting itself]?”

The second season of Stargate Universe begins on September 28 on the Syfy network.

Dec 15 2009

Tapping’s Sanctuary Renewed for 3rd Season!

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Stargate SG-1/Atlantis star Amanda Tapping’s show Sanctuary has been renewed for a 3rd season.  The 13 episode long season 2 is currently being aired on ITV4 in the UK and will be shown through until January.  The third season will be the shows first 20 episode season.  Season 3 will be on our tv sets in Autumn 2010.

May 27 2009

Watch SG-1 Season 3 for FREE on HULU!

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All 22 episodes of Stargate SG-1 season 3 are now available to view for free on Hulu.  This is in addition to season 1 and 2 of Stargate SG-1.  There will surely be more seasons of Stargate added in the future.

At the moment Stargate on Hulu is only available to US residents.

Mar 31 2009

Christopher Heyerdahl Attending Stargate Vancouver Convention

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Christopher Heyerdahl has been added to the official Stargate SG1 / Atlantis Convention guest line-up, at the 2009 Vancouver spectacular which is due to commence on the 2nd of April and conclude on the 5th April.

Christopher will be appearing on stage on Thursday, signing autographs for a nominal feed combined with a few photo ops.

Creation Entertainment the events organisers will be selling autograph/photo op tickets on the doors.

For fans unfamiliar with Christopher he is famed for his role as Todd the Wraith who first made his appearance in Atlantis Season 3.

Feb 19 2009

Christopher Heyerdahl Joins Supernatural

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Christopher Heyerdahl is moving into the realm of the television series Supernatural starting the 12th March in the United States of America, Heyerdahl will be playing the role of Alastair who’s character is both dark and sinister.

Christopher has been potrayed in many roles including his famous ‘Todd the Wraith’ who made his first appearance back in season 3 of Stargate Atlantis during the episode Common Ground.

Feb 05 2009

Joseph Mallozzi Reflects On Atlantis And To The Future With Universe

Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi has taken time out of his busy production schedule to talk about his time on producing Stargate Atlantis, what he expects for the first Atlantis movie, the third SG1 movie and the up and coming Stargate Universe.

You can read an excerpt from the interview below:

You probably have the fewest secrets of the Stargate people, because you keep the most extensive blog

It’s at a point now where I can’t miss a day, because I haven’t missed a day in two and a half, almost three years. You have to find something to talk about, and since I work on Stargate, it’s more often than not the topic of conversation.

You and Paul [Mullie] came onto Atlantis as show-runners for the fourth season

Paul and I had come on board season 4 of SG-1, but we were quite involved in Atlantis. We’d join in the spin sessions and we would write maybe a couple of episodes a season, but our main focus was SG-1. And basically when SG-1 wrapped we shifted over to focusing full-time on Atlantis, then taking over season 4 and season 5 as show-runners. But even though Brad [Wright] and Robert [Cooper] took those last couple of years off, they were always involved in the stories and occasionally coming in to spin as well.

What were you interested in developing or evolving about Atlantis as you took the reins?

One of the things that I was doing with SG-1 was exploring the little moments between the characters. There was one scene in “Lockdown” [SG-1 episode 8x03] where Teal’c is getting an apartment and the rest of SG-1 is talking about coming over and having an apartment-warming party, they talk about moving day — those little moments that may seem inconsequential but for the fans they really ground the series, and the characters, in terms of knowing that, even though they may head out as a team and professionally they work together, in their time off they’re also friends. So that, along with some of the humor that we tried to inject in the show, it’s a way of grounding these characters and their relationships.

And that’s what we wanted to do when we took over Atlantis in season 4 as the show-runners. We felt that there was a bit of an imbalance in terms of the stories. So for example, everybody loved the McKay character, so there was a lot of emphasis on the McKay character. So that’s one of the things that we wanted to try to address when we took over in season 4. We sat down and said, we want to do team episodes but we want to do character-focused episodes as well. Just to get started, in the front half of the season, let’s dedicate one episode to each character. That’s what we did, and that’s pretty much what we did in season 5.

We had kind of an arc planned to Teyla. We felt she kind of disappeared in season 3, so we wanted to bring her back and develop her warrior side, something that was kind of lost. It was always challenging involving her and Ronon in certain stories, because they were more hand-to-hand fighters, they’re not “tech” individuals. And whenever you’d get the big techie stories like “Be All My Sins Remember’d” [Atlantis 4x11] they would fade to the background. We wanted to find a way to explore different facets of their characters. We kind of did that with Ronon, with the Wraith-worshipper storyline, and regarding his past and his former friends.

And we wanted to pursue a kind of dark side with Teyla that was going to kick off with that episode where she’s off-world with Keller ["Missing," Atlantis 4x07], and she demonstrates her warrior skills, and probably scares the hell out of Keller that Teyla could be so cold-blooded. And that was going to dovetail with the disappearance of her people. We really wanted to go dark with her. The thing was, at the beginning of the season Rachel [Luttrell] came into the office and announced she was pregnant, and that kind of scuttled that storyline. So we shifted gears and embraced the pregnancy, and that became the focus for her character that season, and continued to play into season 5.

But both storylines lead up to her final fight with Michael ["The Prodigal," Atlantis 5x14].

Yes. At the time we didn’t know that we’d be canceled — you never know — but just given Michael’s storyline, the way he’d progressed at that point, we felt that it was time that he had a final showdown. And if anyone was going to be the one to finish him off, it had to be Teyla, who’d suffered so much the most at his hands. They had this kind of weird relationship. Carl Binder wrote that episode and did a terrific job. The end of the Michael storyline was — every season there’s something. At the beginning of season 4 we felt we’d had enough of the human-form replicators, we thought they’d been played out. So we wanted to take care of them, so we got rid of them in the mid-season two-parter ["This Mortal Coil" and "Be All My Sins Remember'd," Atlantis 4x10 and 4x11].

In season 5 we wanted to address the balance of power, the way the enemies had been so severely weakened, that we could start to focus on potentially new, technologically advanced civilizations. Which we managed to do — we introduced the kind of Pegasus Galactic U.N., and so on. So in season 5 we were shifting the balance of power, the status quo.

You made the Asgard into bad guys ["The Lost Tribe," Atlantis 5x11] — that shocked a few people

Yes, the Dark Asgard. And those are all elements that we introduced in season 5 that we were hoping to build on in season 6, but unfortunately — well, we never got the chance.

You can read the full interview here

Mar 08 2008

McGillion Thrilled To Be Part Of Star Trek Revamp

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Paul McGillion laughs about the first time he told his parents he was going to star in a new TV show called Stargate Atlantis.

Despite correcting them countless times, they thought he said Star Trek.

A few years later, he now has both franchises on the resume.

The rugged Scottish-born actor was seriously considered for the part of Scotty in the new Star Trek film, being directed by Lost creator J.J. Abrams. The part eventually went to British comic actor Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), but Abrams was so impressed with McGillion’s audition he gave him another small role in the $160-million revamp, which hits theatres in May 2009.

McGillion has been in big productions before – The X-Files, Smallville – but nothing like this.

“It does feel huge,” he said recently from his parents’ home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, before starting work on season five of Stargate Atlantis.

It’s about the only thing McGillion is allowed to say about the secretive production – he had to sign a 10-page confidentiality agreement when he joined the cast.

But he does promise it’ll be an amusing cameo for his fans.

He shares a scene with the new Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), and his character doesn’t die – meaning he could return for the inevitable sequels.

Even if he doesn’t, McGillion is thrilled to be part of the hallowed sci-fi series.

“It’s something I’ll look back on and say, ‘That was neat to be part of that.’ It’s like being in a ‘Star Wars’ movie or something – even if you’re in a little bit of it, it’s a little part of history.”

While eyeing the part of Scotty, McGillion had the support of Chris Doohan, son of James Doohan who played the original Scotty.

Considering he’s also Scottish, McGillion thought the stars were aligned for the part. But he wasn’t crushed when Pegg got the call (Pegg also had a small role in Abrams’ Mission Impossible 3).

“I can’t say enough good things about what a terrific guy (Abrams) is,” he said. “He came up to me immediately and said, ‘Paul, thank you so much for doing this – I wish I had something bigger, but we just wanted to have you part of this movie.”‘

A former top-ranked wrestler with Brock University, McGillion has rarely found himself out of work since leaving Niagara in the early ’90s for an acting career.

After nabbing bit parts in two fan favourite episodes of The X-Files (Duane Barry and Small Potatoes), he popped up in Twilight Zone, Cold Squad and Da Vinci’s Inquest, along with films like A Guy Thing and Saving Grace.

In 2004, he landed the part of Carson Beckett in the pilot episode of Stargate Atlantis. His character – a medical officer who discovers a way for humans to interact with ancient Atlantis technology – proved so popular, he returned throughout the season and became a regular during seasons 2 and 3.

In an attempt to shake up the storyline near the end of season 3, Beckett was killed in the wrenching episode Sunday, which aired last June.

“I said, ‘Thank you for the opportunity – I had a great time doing it.’ At that time, I had done 50-something episodes of the character. That’s how it works. That’s how show business is.”

But the outcry from fans convinced producers to bring him back for the season 4 episode The Kindred – Part 1.

For the upcoming fifth season, McGillion has been confirmed for five episodes.

Supporters actually held a rally in the rain, complete with a pipe band, outside the production studio last March to save McGillion’s character. It reaffirmed to him how committed sci-fi fans are to their shows.

“It’s a really niche market and they’re super, super loyal. I’ve met some interesting people and it’s a really cool part of the business.”

Feb 22 2008

Fans Forced Actors Return

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Considering he’s also Scottish, McGillion thought the stars were aligned for the part. But he wasn’t crushed when Pegg got the call (Pegg also had a small role in Abrams’ “Mission Impossible 3″).

“I can’t say enough good things about what a terrific guy (Abrams) is,” he said. “He came up to me immediately and said, ‘Paul, thank you so much for doing this – I wish I had something bigger, but we just wanted to have you part of this movie.’”

A former top-ranked wrestler with Brock University, McGillion has rarely found himself out of work since leaving Niagara in the early ’90s for an acting career.

After nabbing bit parts in two fan favourite episodes of “The X-Files” (‘Duane Barry’ and ‘Small Potatoes’), he popped up in “Twilight Zone,” “Cold Squad” and “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” along with films like “A Guy Thing” and Saving Grace.”

In 2004, he landed the part of Carson Beckett in the pilot episode of “Stargate Atlantis.” His character – a medical officer who discovers a way for humans to interact with ancient Atlantis technology – proved so popular, he returned throughout the season and became a regular during seasons 2 and 3.

Attempting to shake up the storyline near the end of Season 3, Beckett was killed in the wrenching episode ‘Sunday,’ which aired last June.

“I said ‘Thank you for the opportunity – I had a great time doing it.’ At that time, I had done 50-something episodes of the character. That’s how it works. That’s how show business is.”

But the outcry from fans convinced producers to bring him back for the Season 4 episode ‘The Kindred – Part 1,’ airing today in the U.S.

For the upcoming fifth season, McGillion has been confirmed for five episodes.

Supporters actually held a rally in the rain, complete with a pipe band, outside the production studio last March to save McGillion’s character. It reaffirmed to him how committed sci-fi fans are to their shows.

“It’s a really niche market and they’re super, super loyal. I’ve met some interesting people and it’s a really cool part of the business.”

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