Fresh off of canceling Atlantis, Sci-Fi has announced the new series “Stargate Universe”. I still think it is a mistake to cancel Atlantis prior to Universe getting off the ground, but at least we have Stargate on TV. Here is how Sci-Fi describes the show:
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.
Yes, it sounds a little like “Star Trek: Voyager”, but I think the Stargate-twist will make it much better, and different. I love the richness of the “Stargate” universe so this is great news for me. Also, having a premise that prevents them from interacting with Earth will keep the DVD movies from interfering with the TV show.
I still think they should have let Atlantis run another season while this new show got off the ground. What do you think?