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Stargate Universe

Stargate Universe is a third Stargate television series and is created by Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright for the Sci Fi Channel (US) and is due to make its premiere in the FALL 2009 (POSSIBLE PREMIERE DATE AND TIME: October 2, 2009, at 9 PM on the Sci Fi Channel):

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.

— Official Press Release, August 21, 2008

Episode Guides

Season One

  • "The five of us - Brad, Robert, Carl, Paul, and myself - spent the morning going over the show’s arcs and relationships, character motivations and developments, and the evolution of an organized social structure aboard the ship. We discussed the need to resist the temptation to wrap up every storyline with a neat little bow and, instead, look to lay the foundation for coming events. We also focused on backstory and the sometimes surprising history of some of our characters." — Joseph Mallozzi, January 23, 2009.
  • "An official announcement on the female cast will be made whenever we’ve finished casting the roles. It’s hard to say how many female characters will make up part of the crew. We don’t have an exact number of the complete Destiny crew and prefer it to be vague at this point. No idea on the release of official team or set photos. We have a pretty good idea of where we’ll be going with the main characters and a few of our secondaries, but a lot will depend on how things come together onscreen. No plans for a flash-forward type of episode. No official gate info at this point. With regard to ship travel, we’ve discussed the possibility that each season would take place over the course of a voyage through a different galaxy. No new episode names for now. No idea when SciFi plans to air the premiere. As much as we love Kari [Wuhrer, who played Nancy Sheppard], there are presently no plans to include her (or any Atlantis characters) in SGU. At this point, it’s too early to be announcing guest stars." — Joseph Mallozzi, January 30, 2009.
  • "Today marked the start of production on Stargate: Universe and, while most were down on Stage 3 watching/participating in the action, I was up in the production offices, pacing the corridors as I’m wont to do when working on a script revision. ... All indications are things are going swimmingly on set. Brad and Rob are very happy with what they saw today and I look forward to checking out the first batch of dailies tomorrow. Special Features Producer Ivon Bartok had a conversation with Robert Carlyle and can’t say enough good things about the man. After lunch, I swung by the trailers to say hello to our guest star. We ended up chatting away until we got the call from set. Just like old times. It made me kind of nostalgic." — Joseph Mallozzi, February 18, 2009.
  • "In the first three hours there are three deaths. It’s very heavy. There’s a suicide by episode six, as well. Because these people are in the far reaches of the universe, never to come home. That’s the thing Rush explains, that it’s impossible to go back. And they don’t know where else to turn." — Robert Carlyle, io9 interview, March 17, 2009.
  • "Given the premise of the series, it will be darker and more serialized than SG-1 or Atlantis. That said, there will still be plenty of opportunities for humor and the series will be firmly rooted in established Stargate mythology. Yes, the series will focus on survival, but it will also focus on exploration and adventure - and, by extension, the occasional alien encounter as well." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 20, 2009.
  • "The series as a whole will be more arc-driven than its predecessors. That said, we know where we’re headed for our season finale and second season." — Joseph Mallozzi, March 22, 2009.



SUBJECT TO CHANGE WHILE THE EPISODES ARE IN PRODUCTION:

1.01 "Air Part 1"
A search team combs a desert planet for a vital mineral to scrub away the carbon dioxide that's accumulating on the Destiny. Meanwhile, Chloe reaches out to her mother via the communication stones.

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1.02 "Air Part 2"
The Ancients' ship is called Destiny and its systems are so old that they are failing rapidly. To seal an atmosphere leak, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice.

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1.03 "Air Part 3"
A search team combs a desert planet for a vital mineral to scrub away the carbon dioxide that's accumulating on the Destiny. Meanwhile, Chloe reaches out to her mother via the communication stones.

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1.04 "Fire"
When the Destiny's power reserves drop to a critical level, the crew is ordered to use power for essential services only, but the rationing isn't enough to keep Rush from announcing that all on board will die within days.

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1.05 "Water"
With the Destiny on a collision course with a star, the crew considers abandoning the ship. A grim lottery is held to choose 17 passengers to escape in the Destiny's only working shuttle.

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1.06 "Earth"
The ship's water supply dwindles, prompting Col. Young and Lt. Scott to visit a frozen planet in search of drinkable samples. Meanwhile, the crew attempts to snare an intruder.

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1.07 "Time"
General O'Neill wants Col. Young to implement a high-risk plan hatched by IOA scientists that could possibly return the Destiny crew to Earth. Elsewhere, Eli and Chloe use the communication stones to visit their loved ones, culminating in a trip to a club.

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1.08 "Life"
An away team finds a kino beside a Stargate on a jungle world, which contains video footage of the team that was shot prior to their arrival. Then, an illness cripples the team, forcing them to quarantine themselves on the planet.

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1.09 "Justice"
Lt. Scott and Camile Wray return to Earth via the communication stones to spend time with those they left behind. On the Destiny, the crew explores new sections of the ship, which yields the discovery of a promising Ancient device.

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1.10 "Space Part 1"
Col. Young cedes command to Camile Wray after a crew member is found dead from a gunshot wound and the gun is recovered from Young's quarters. Meanwhile, a planet harbors a secret that threatens the Destiny.

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1.11 "Divided Part 2"
A snafu with the communications stones lands Col. Young's consciousness in an unknown being, resulting in a standoff between the Destiny and an alien vessel and the abduction of Chloe.

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1.12 "Faith"
Dr. Nicholas Rush and Chloe suffer nightmares following their ordeal on the alien vessel, and Rush suspects that a tracking device may have been placed on the ship's hull. Later, a splinter group on Destiny executes a coup with life-threatening consequences.

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1.13 - Untitled
Written by: Brad Wright
Directed by:
Synopsis:
  • [martingero...] "Is thinking about Greer's back story..." and "Reading about PTSD or SG:U 113." and "Isn't gonna get as much work done on SGU this weekend as he thought he might..." — Martin Gero on his Twitter (to March 8, 2009)
  • "Brad Wright shifts gears after putting out both Darkness and Light, looking to hammer down the story for episode 13." — Joseph Mallozzi (April 23, 2009)
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1.xx - Untitled (formerly the new #9 that got pushed by the new #7)
Written by: Carl Binder
Directedy by:
Synopsis:
Production Notes:
  • "The episode originally slotted in the #9 spot has been moved back in the schedule and a new story -which we’ll be breaking next week - will take its place. Carl Binder will assume writing duties on the script." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 24, 2009)
  • "Well, back in the office today where we spun what will be episode #7. It made sense for it to follow the events of Earth, so we moved it up and shifted the other episodes. For those of you worried, fear not. The mid-season two-parter will still fall in the mid-season two-parter slot." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 30, 2009)
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1.xx - Untitled (the original #9)
Written by: Robert C. Cooper
Directed by:
Synopsis:
Production Notes:
  • "We skipped episode 9 (While I like the general premise and think it could be a lot of fun and, really, at the end of the day who doesn’t like fun?, I feel that, unlike the other stories we’ve discussed so far, this one is far more nebulous. Fearing we might well spend our final three days trying to spin a story out of this kernel of an idea, I suggested we move on to #10 and #11 which, at the very least, are somewhat more substantial in comparison) and moved on to the two-parter." — Joseph Mallozzi (November 19, 2008).
  • "Of the first ten episodes broken, we have a grand total of 0 forested planets. I’m not saying we won’t, eventually, come across one but, for the time being, the emphasis is on the ship and some locations atypical of Stargate. As a matter of fact, Executive Producer Robert Cooper and Director Andy Mikita are in New Mexico as we speak, scouting a cool-looking alien setting." — Joseph Mallozzi (December 19, 2008)
  • "Rob mentioned the fact that he’d like to spin it soon. Probably next week." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 9, 2009)
  • "The episode originally slotted in the #9 spot has been moved back in the schedule and a new story -which we’ll be breaking next week - will take its place. Carl Binder will assume writing duties on the script." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 24, 2009)
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1.xx - Untitled Freelance
Written by:
Directed by:
Synopsis:
Production Notes:
  • "Today was “spin and break” day with one of the new writers. We bounced around a bunch of ideas, came up with an intriguing backstory for Wray (but not before some vehement disagreement on her first name), and, ultimately, fleshed out what promises to be yet another story chock full of wonderful little character moments. And we even managed to come up with an episode title. We are on fire!" — Joseph Mallozzi (February 17, 2009)
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1.17 - Rob's Story
Written by: Robert C. Cooper
Directed by:
Synopsis:
Production Notes:
  • "There has been some discussion of making the story idea Rob pitched out for episode 17 the season finale. I think it would be a wonderfully Holy Shit! way to cap off the Universe’s first year. Blazin’!" — Joseph Mallozzi (March 10, 2009)
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1.xx - Mallozzi's Second Script
Written by: Joseph Mallozzi
Directed by:
Synopsis:
Production Notes:
  • "Back in the office today and the story slots are filling up fast. I’m switching off my kino considerations in order to come up with my second and final story for the show’s first season. I have a character (Tamara) and a location (a planet). Now, all I need is for something to happen." — Joseph Mallozzi (March 11, 2009)
  • "Rob swung by my office today and asked how those kino scenes were coming along. Errr, kino scenes… Coming along… Slowly? To be honest, I’d shifted gears in order to come up with a solid episode idea to fill one of the final two remaining slots I mean, it would be nice to write two scripts this year since I do have the time. After some discussion, however, I agreed to switch gears back to coming up with some kino scenes. I’m on it!" — Joseph Mallozzi (March 25, 2009)
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1.xx - Another Freelance Script
Written by:
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Synopsis:
Production Notes:
  • "I was called into the writer’s room to help spin a new story on another freelance script, this one a wonderful exploration of the Rush character. By lunch, we had the story broken..." — Joseph Mallozzi (March 24, 2009)
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1.20 - Finale
Story by:
Teleplay by:
Directed by:
Synopsis:
Production Notes:
  • "A sneak peek (board reads, "The Ghost of Christmas Present (Get it?) - Carl") at what we have planned for the big season finale." — Joseph Mallozzi (November 20, 2008).
  • PG15 writes, "Do you guys have an idea for the season finale yet?" Answer: "Nope." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 24, 2009)
  • "There has been some discussion of making the story idea Rob pitched out for episode 17 the season finale. I think it would be a wonderfully Holy Shit! way to cap off the Universe’s first year. Blazin’!" — Joseph Mallozzi (March 10, 2009)
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Cast

Production

Producers, Writers, Creative Consultants:

  • "Given recent developments, the writing staff now numbers five, but there is talk of adding at least one more newbie to the mix in addition to freelancers." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 6, 2009)
  • "Martin and Alan are not on staff this year as they are pursuing other opportunities. That said, they will each write a script for the first season. Just spoke to Marty G. a couple of hours ago and I’m happy to report that he’s doing well." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 24, 2009)

Directors:

Characters

Main Cast

  • Dr. Nicholas Rush [formerly Dr. David Rush] - "The script [for the pilot] is fast-paced and fun; its characters unique and engaging. My favorite: Dr. David Rush. Oh, he’s going to be a handful. Originally planned as a two-parter, Brad and Robert quickly discovered that there was simply too much story for such a tight frame, so the series opener is now looking like a three-parter." — Joseph Mallozzi, November 11, 2008. According to the audition sides for Col. Everett Young, Rush wanted to be in charge of the expedition that gets stranded on the Destiny and he and Young are at odds on how to do things. CASTING: Robert Carlyle
  • Colonel Everett Young. 40’s handsome, capable, former SG team leader. Like the Jack O’Neill of ten years ago, but Young’s edges have tended to sharpen over time. He requested permission to serve the remainder of his commission on Earth upon marrying his wife, Hailey, two years ago, but for now he’s temporary commander of a secret off world base. The loss of two members of his team several years ago has taught him never to take anything for granted, and be prepared for anything. He stays on top of his team so they stay alive. CASTING: Justin Louis
  • Lt. Matthew Scott [formerly Lt. Jared Nash]. 20-25. Junior SGC team member. Officer material but green and rough around the edges. Every teenage girl’s fantasy. Like a college quarterback thrown into his first pro game, he is thrust into the role of leader well before he’s ready for the responsibility and must learn to take command, earn respect through action, and manage the diverse personalities on the ship to keep everyone alive. Like Jason Bourne, he is skilled and well-trained but mentally unprepared for the urgency of the situation. This character was renamed to "Scott". He is a pilot who is the prime candidate to fly the Ancient Shuttle in their first mission to a planet from the Destiny. CASTING: Brian J. Smith
  • Eli Wallace [formerly Eli Hitchcock]. 20-25. Total slacker. Utter genius. Mathematics, computers, anything he puts his mind to. Acerbic sense of humor. A social outcast. Comes from a broken home. Lacks confidence because his true intelligence has never really been recognized like Matt Damon’s character from Good Will Hunting with a little Jack Black thrown in. CASTING: David Blue
  • Sgt. Ronald Greer [formerly Ron “Psycho” Stasiak]. 20. Marine. Big, strong, silent. You want him on your side. You don’t want him mad at you. Lacks control over his temper in non combat situations. His emotional expression ranges from sarcasm to anger. His past is a mystery but it’s clear something dark formed the hard shell around him. Yet, there must also be some moral center because otherwise he’d kill everyone around him. Think Eric Bana’s character “Hoot” in Blackhawk Down. Adam Baldwin at 20 could play him. CASTING: Jamil Walker Smith
  • MSgt. Tamara Johansen. 20-25. SGC Field medic, Off world experience. Beautiful, tough, smart, capable. Paramedic level training. Able to triage serious injury. Modest background. Dreamed of being a doctor but couldn’t afford medical school and the Air Force was her best option. She ends up being the most medically inclined person on the ship but is overwhelmed by the lack of knowledge and experience treating seriously wounded and ill patients. She also lacks the medicine and supplies and has to make do. CASTING: Alaina Huffman
  • Chloe Armstrong [formerly Carpenter, Walker]. 20 ish. Stunning and sexy. Daughter of a U.S. Senator. Silver spoon upbringing and a little spoiled but not stupid either. Politically and socially savvy. Dreams of following in her father’s footsteps but for now she’s a bit of a party girl in her first year at an Ivy League school. Her father’s tragic death and the dire circumstances of being trapped on a spaceship seriously tests her character. CASTING: Elyse Levesque

Recurring/Major Guest Characters

  • Camille Wray. Female. 30-50. An accountant with the international oversight body that governs the Stargate program. Now the highest ranking member of that body left stranded on the ship, she has a false sense of importance and superiority to the other military and civilian population along with a stubborn way of asserting it.sptv050769..GUEST STAR, POSSIBLY RECURRING, PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES. "Meanwhile, we inch ever closer to casting one of my other favorites roles - the character of Wray." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 30, 2009). CASTING: Ming-Na
  • Colonel Telford [formerly Collins]. Male. 35 - 40. Handsome. A born military man proud of himself with great faith in the chain of command. The intended leader of the expedition who plans to reclaim his place as commander regardless of what he must to do. Stubbornly confident and highly regarded by his superiors.sptv050769.. Supporting Lead. RECURRING. PLEASE SUBMIT HISPANIC ACTORS ONLY. CASTING: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Senator Armstrong [formerly Carpenter, Walker]. Male. 50s. 60s. Distinguished Senator who is the political oversight to this Stargate project trying to dial the 9th Chevron. Also the proud loving father of Chloe Walker his daughter and political aids… GUEST STAR, 2 EPISODE ARC. PLEASE SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES. STAR NAMES ONLY. CASTING: Christopher McDonald

Additional Recurring Characters

  • "We ended the day with a general discussion of SGU: some future storylines, a couple of surprises, yes there will be a mid-season two-parter, and the types of individuals who will make up the Destiny’s extended crew." — Joseph Mallozzi, November 13, 2008.
  • "...cast the roles of Young, Rush, Scott, Eli, Tamara, Chloe, Stasiak, Wray, and Brody (among others)..." — Joseph Mallozzi, November 20, 2008.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, December 14, 2008 — "Oh, and of course I did find time to read the scripts that Lawren sent my way: the first two episodes of the upcoming Stargate: Universe. Those of you looking for a more character-centered scifi series need look no further. While Rush is still my fave, I also think Wray has a lot of potential for getting under Young and co.’s skin. She’s a definite love her or hate her type of character, one who’ll prove the bane to many a series regular, and probably some viewers as well. At present, a lot of the supporting players (James, Brody, Henry, Riley, Grearson, Volker, and dear, dear Franklin) hold a lot of promise as well. I’m reminded of Atlantis’s Zelenka and SG-1’s Lorne (hell, even McKay), secondary characters who, over time, developed into fully fleshed-out personalities and fan favorites." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • From Spoiler TV: Stargate Universe - Episode 1.01 and 1.02 - Casting Sides, January 17, 2009. -
    • Sgt. Curtis. Leads a group of stranded personnel as they survey parts of the Destiny. CASTING: According to IMDb: Bradley Stryker
    • Airman Darren Becker. Works in the Mess. CASTING: According to IMDb: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
    • Palmer. Has knowledge of geology/chemistry and is on an away mission searching for calcium oxide (lime), a naturally-occurring chemical compound that can be used in a variety of ways to improve living conditions. It is possible that this is a key ingredient in a compound that is part of the air scrubbing system that is malfunctioning on the Destiny.
    • White. Has knowledge of geology/chemistry who is with Palmer searching for lime.
    • Poole. Part of the group searching for lime. Is knowledgeable about the requirements needed to dial the Stargate with the ninth chevron.
    • Michael Smith. Military (commands troops) Part of the group searching for lime. Is knowledgeable about the requirements needed to dial the Stargate with the ninth chevron. He's working on solving the air scrubbing system malfunction and leaks on the Destiny. He possibly uses the Ancient long-range communications device to bid Emily (wife? girlfriend?) good-bye after being stranded on the Destiny, but promises her that he'll do everything he can to get home.
    • Emily. Michael Smith's significant other who says good-bye to him after he's stranded. She doesn't appear to hold out much hope for his return and will probably not wait for him. She seems somewhat resentful of his classified assignment that necessitated that he exclude her from that part of his life.
    • Franklin. Described as "a middle aged Eeyore-type civilian" (Eeyore is the donkey from Winnie the Pooh that constantly loses his tail and says "thanks for noticing" whenever someone shows any kind of concern or attention). Is with Camille Wray, Sgt. Ronald Greer, and Riley as they inventory the supplies that they managed to bring with them through the Stargate and discover neatly-packaged seeds. Franklin witnesses an intense argument between Wray and Greer concerning the decision to evacuate to the Destiny instead of to Earth. Neither one knows how or why the decision was made. He's with Grearson and Eli on a planet and is knowledgeable about Stargate addresses. He has four addresses he wishes to dial, and although Eli objects because of something Rush said, doesn't want to hear it because he doesn't trust Rush's judgment. (described by Mallozzi as "dear, dear Franklin" and as holding "a lot of promise" in becoming a fan favorite) CASTING: According to IMDb: Mark Burgess
    • Sgt. Riley. With Franklin, Wray, and Greer while they inventory supplies brought through the Stargate. Riley pulls Wray away from her face-to-face challenge of Greer concerning the decision to evacuate to the Destiny rather than to Earth. (described by Mallozzi as holding "a lot of promise" in becoming a fan favorite) CASTING: According to IMDb: Haig Sutherland
    • Kim. Is knowledgeable about the requirements needed to dial the Stargate with the ninth chevron.
    • Grearson. A scientist. Is with Eli and Franklin on a planet that is barren. He sides with Franklin concerning dialing the Stargate to one of four addresses that they couldn't dial from the Destiny. Eli objects because of something Rush had said, but Grearson doesn't trust Rush's judgment and thus dismisses what Eli has to say. He's among other scientists (about six in all) who discover a "black oatmeal" on the Destiny and must figure out its function in the air scrubbing system created by the Ancients who built the ship. (described by Mallozzi as holding "a lot of promise" in becoming a fan favorite)
    • Dale Volker. Is among several others as they inventory the supplies that they managed to bring with them through the Stargate. Is dismayed that they found everything labeled with bar codes but they have no bar code reader. (described by Mallozzi as holding "a lot of promise" in becoming a fan favorite) CASTING: According to IMDb: Patrick Gilmore
    • Marion and Jack. Marion is a waitress and Jack is her son. As she hurries to get dressed for work, she tries to get Jack out of bed so that he won't be late for an important interview. He apparently decided to "cancel" the interview because he doesn't fall into the proper "skill set". He's a gamer and stays up to all hours of the night playing on his computer and is thus hard to get out of bed in the morning. Marion has to hurry to work and sadly leaves her son in his bed. (The significance of Jack to the stranded crew is not apparent in this audition side, but it does appear that he and Eli share a common interest and might know each other or have the same understanding of the game created by Rush's team that simulates the control consoles on the Destiny.)
    • Adam Brody. A scientist who finds some testing equipment on the Destiny that is used to study the "black oatmeal" compound that is part of the ship's air scrubbing system that is malfunctioning. He's also working on how to seal off leaks. (described by Mallozzi as holding "a lot of promise" in becoming a fan favorite) CASTING: According to IMDb: Peter Kelamis
    • Phillips. A scientist who is among a group of six who must figure out how to fix the air scrubbing system on the Destiny by studying a residue that looks like "black oatmeal".
    • Hearst. A scientist who is also among the group who must determine the composition of the "black oatmeal" that is vital to the air scrubbing system of the Destiny.
    • Henry. He has technical knowledge and is able to read console indicators concerning the Destiny's air quality. He's working with Brody on the ship's air supply problem. (described by Mallozzi as holding "a lot of promise" in becoming a fan favorite)
    • McDonald. He asks for a status report from Henry and Brody concerning the air supply problem on the ship.
  • From Solutions: New Recurring Character Adds More Conflict, January 23, 2009 -
    • Lisa Park. Works with Homeworld Security. CASTING: According to IMDb: Jennifer Spence
    • Major Peterson. Most likely is assigned to Homeworld Security. Escorts Young while he is in Col. Telford's body on Earth.
  • From Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, January 30, 2009 -
    • Lt. Vanessa James. "Yep, been watching a heck of a lot of auditions of late, especially for one of my favorite secondary characters - James. She’s a spitfire and is going to be a blast to write for. We’ve got three wonderful actresses in contention for the role. No matter which way we go, we won’t be disappointed." — Joseph Mallozzi (January 30, 2009). James is one of the secondary characters that Mallozzi referred to as holding "a lot of promise." CASTING: Julia Anderson
  • From Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, February 3, 2009 -
    • Boone. "Huzzah! I finally have a preliminary draft of the first part of the Stargate: Universe mid-season two-parter. ... Anyway, I’m quite happy with what I have. This episode promises excitement, angst, and surprises big AND small. Loving some of the show’s dark horse players: Wray, James, and, if mom will let me keep him, Boone." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • From Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, February 23, 2009 -
    • Dr. Damji. "What a day! We were on Icarus Base shooting a couple of HUGE scenes featuring Rush, Young, Scott, Chloe, Eli, Telford, Senator Armstrong, Dr. Damji, Lt. James, Sgt. Riley, Park, Brody, and Franklin." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • From Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, February 27, 2009 -
    • Spencer. "I was outside this afternoon, hanging around the crafts service table, talking to the actors between set-ups: Brian, Jamil, and the actors who play James, Spencer, and Curtis (Yes, they have real names but I have no idea when they will be made public.). Lovely, lovely people, all very excited about the show and the general good on-set vibe." — Joseph Mallozzi. CASTING: According to IMDb: Josh Blacker
  • From Solutions: SGU Spoilers: "Earth", March 16, 2009
    • Williams. Scientist or liaison with Homeworld Security. First mention occurs in episode 6, "Earth".
    • Dale Strom. IOA representative. First mention occurs in episode 6, "Earth".
  • From Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, March 17, 2009 -
    • Tush. "Anyway, tomorrow, we’ll be [shifting] from the [Destiny] set over to Stage 4. Fun [with] James, Wray, Tamara, Chloe, [Franklin], Tush, and [Eli]." — Joseph Mallozzi. (Still filming "Air")

Other Character-Related Articles of Interest

  • Solutions: SGU Auditioning Commences, September 30, 2008.
  • MGM: Across the Universe, November 5, 2008 — "One of the things I'm really excited about is that we’re looking for people who are a little more identifiable and contemporary. I always thought one of the things that was attractive about the original series was the 'everyman on the street' point of view that O’Neill had to science fiction. It made the characters identifiable. They were more like we would be in a science fiction situation, and how we would react. And that’s what we’re trying to do with the new show – create characters that are going to be challenged by the situation. The team that ends up on the ship is not really who was supposed to go, and in some cases they’re very unprepared and unqualified to be in that situation. So they don’t have all the answers as quickly, and the challenges are greater than they would be for people who have seen it all and don’t have as far to go as characters when they encounter an incredible situation. ... It’s an all new cast. There will certainly be plenty of opportunity for cross over, and there certainly might be some familiar faces in the premiere and in subsequent episodes. But the core of the show is all new. ... We’re certainly looking at some [well-known] names, for one of the lead roles in particular. But for the most part many of the cast will be either new faces, or people you’ve seen in other stuff but maybe aren’t as aware of." — Robert C. Cooper, co-creator, executive producer, writer.
  • Solutions: SGU Audition Sides Reveal Characters, Technology, November 21, 2008.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, November 28, 2008 — "I woke up at a reasonably early hour this morning and spent an hour perusing the audition links Rob Cooper was kind enough to forward me. I watched the Chloe‘s, Scott’s (aka Nash‘), and Tamara’s, and weighed in on my favorites. For what it’s worth. The final decision rests in Brad and Robert’s infinitely capable hands. Tonight or tomorrow, I’ll check out the Eli’s and Stasiak’s. As for Dr. Rush, I believe they already have someone in mind…" — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, January 24, 2009 — "This series will be a true ensemble show so, yes, the supporting characters will play a more active role." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • Solutions: Wright and Cooper Spill on Stargate, April 5, 2009 — "There will be two gay characters on SGU. Cooper started to say there would be one at least, and Wright clarified that there will be two. Cooper and Wright want the crew to represent our society, with all its complexity and realism. They want it to be identifiable to as many people as they can. Not for ratings, but to portray humanity." — Michelle, Solutions.

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Production Notes

  • MGM: SCI FI AND MGM REACH FOR THE STARS WITH 'Stargate Universe'
  • Solutions: It's Official: Stargate Universe Is New Series, August 21, 2008.
  • Media Pundit Q&A with Joseph Mallozzi, August 27, 2008 — "It's hard to get burnt out on a series like Stargate simply because the basic premise allows for so many different types of storytelling. This was the case with SG-1, with Atlantis, and will no doubt be the case with Universe. One of the things that intrigues me about the Universe concept is the notion that this group is cut off from Earth and everything they've ever known. It was part of what made Atlantis so appealing in the early seasons, something we were never able to return to on account of those damn hyperspace-capable ships. Also, one of the things that bumped me about the SGU premise was its seeming inability to accommodate established guest stars. That was until Brad and Robert pitched out a clever little element that actually makes it very possible to see the likes of Daniel Jackson or Rodney McKay on SGU." — Joseph Mallozzi, Stargate Atlantis executive producer.
  • Solutions: Exclusive Q&A with Joe Mallozzi, September 9, 2008 — "Individuals on both sides of the issue have made a huge deal about the push for younger viewers. The fact is Atlantis was originally envisioned along these same lines and, in my opinion, it retained the quality of the original series. I expect SGU to follow in the footsteps of its wildly successful predecessors." — Joseph Mallozzi, Stargate Atlantis executive producer.
  • My Entertainment World, September 11, 2008 — TV Production Events: STARGATE: UNIVERSE - (TV Pilot/Series - 1 Hour for SCI-FI) - February 4, 2009 - Vancouver, Canada.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, September 16, 2008 — "As for our [current SGA writers and producers] involvement in SGU - still too early to say anything specific regarding our participation in the spin-off, but I’m sure we’ll all be contributing in some capacity." — Joseph Mallozzi, Stargate Atlantis executive producer.
  • Ibid. — "Speaking of SGU, I notice that much of the reaction to the character breakdowns has been negative. While I respect everyone’s right to express their opinions, I’d suggest holding off on making a final decision on the show until you’ve actually seen it. Last week, Brad pitched us the series and its first five episodes and, I have to say, it’s a far cry from the shallow confection many fans are imagining. In fact, in many ways, it’s a much more cerebral and mature addition to the franchise. While firmly entrenched in pre-established Stargate mythology, Stargate Universe definitely strikes out in an exciting new direction. It’s a series that will delight veteran fans, but also appeal to newcomers who may not necessarily know the difference between an Alteran and an Asuran. In spite of what the indicators may suggest, this will definitely not be a Voyager 90210. The assortment of characters that make up the character breakdown are certainly an atypical collection of heroes, far-removed from the skilled likes of Jack O’Neill, Samantha Carter, John Sheppard, and Rodney McKay - but there’s a damn good reason for that. Can’t say more but suffice it to say I have a feeling this show will pleasantly surprise a lot of people." — Joseph Mallozzi, Stargate Atlantis executive producer.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, September 19, 2008 — "With regard to the ongoing discussion on the forthcoming Stargate: Universe - At the end of the day, it is, of course, up to you whether you give the show a chance or not but I feel the need to point out that, at present, those characters are simply names on a page and a long way from being fully realized. It’s easy to imagine the worst case scenario. As for the relative value of my opinion - well, that’s also something for you to decide on. However given the fact that I’ve been privy to details beyond the official casting breakdown and public statements made, I am speaking from a informed position. I’ve always followed the maxim 'If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.' so you can be damn sure that if I didn’t think SGU had potential, you wouldn’t be reading my opinions on the subject." — Joseph Mallozzi, Stargate Atlantis executive producer.
  • Solutions: FX Stage to Become Home to SGU, October 2, 2008
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, October 9, 2008 — "When all is said and done, I believe that Paul and I will end up consulting on SGU, writing a few scripts, and writing and producing the SGA movie. That said, we’ll have significantly more free time next year which opens up the opportunity to pursue other projects. As for the office gang - well, their work on Atlantis is done. They’ll go off, hopefully enjoy a well-deserved break. Hopefully some if not all will be back in January when production on SGU gears up." — Joseph Mallozzi, Stargate Atlantis executive producer.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, October 13, 2008 — "... November 10th when we’re scheduled to be back in the office, spinning ideas for SGU’s inaugural season. Brad forwarded me the first six story springboards and I have to say that the show is looking very exciting. It’ll be firmly entrenched in the established Stargate mythology but very unique in its premise and story-telling." — Joseph Mallozzi, Stargate Atlantis executive producer.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, October 30, 2008 — "Carl will remain on board fulltime and continue to produce episodes. The rest of us will write a few scripts and act as story consultants." — Joseph Mallozzi, Stargate Atlantis executive producer.
  • MGM: Across the Universe, November 5, 2008 — "We’re writing the premiere episode. Brad and myself are spinning that story, and we’re coming up with new episodes for the first half of the season as well. We're also in the preliminary casting process, and designing the sets and looking for key crew members – it’s full steam ahead right now. Our target is to start shooting early February and be on the air in July of ’09." — Robert C. Cooper, co-creator, executive producer, writer.
  • Ibid. — "It says Stargate in the title, but it’s also going to be something that is very different in tone. It will certainly have a Stargate in it, but is going to be unlike anything Stargate we’ve ever done before." — Robert C. Cooper, co-creator, executive producer, writer.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, November 10, 2008 — "Well, I’m off to read the very first draft of the very first Stargate: Universe script, compliments of Brad Wright and Robert Cooper…" — Joseph Mallozzi, creative consultant.
  • Solutions: Mallozzi Updates Fans on SGU Development, November 12, 2008
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, November 13, 2008 — "[Earth] will play a part in SGU - but in a very unique way. ... It’s possible we may see some familiar SG1 faces in SGU." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, November 17, 2008 — "We broke for lunch, then resumed the discussion on shipboard justice and the ever-developing interrelations among the crew. Factions, fractions, and surprising revelations." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, November 19, 2008 — "I hesitate to call it [the mid-season two-parter, episodes #10 and #11] a two-parter because, the way these episodes have developed so far, there are a threads that run through all the stories, in essence making this season one big 20-parter. Now given that some of you have started comparing SGU to existing shows on the basis of what little information has been released thus far, I thought it might be a good idea to help paint a clearer picture of the show. And so, to those of you looking for standing comparisons, I’d say more Lost than Battlestar, more Dr. Who than Heroes, more The Office than My Name Is Earl." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, November 20, 2008 — "And while SGU will be more serialized than its predecessors, it will, like SG-1 and SGA, the show will be accessible to first-time viewers looking to jump on at any point." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • Solutions: SGU Audition Sides Reveal Characters, Technology, November 21, 2008.
  • Gateworld: "Crossroads", Interview with Martin Gero, December 2008 — "Oh absolutely [the Destiny has a Stargate]. That's the center of the ship. Absolutely. And it plays a critical role. I'd love to tell you but you're going to have to wait and tune in. It's a really, really exciting show. I can't wait to start talking publically about some of the cast that we might get. It's definitely going to be a show that I think new viewers will find really easy to come into and old viewers will feel like they're home again. ... You know I don't know [whether the chevrons on the Stargate are purple]? I don't think they are. That's a good question. The gate dials in an awesome way. That's all I'm going to say." — Martin Gero, writer.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, December 5, 2008 — "Rob showed me the stack of ship designs they were mulling over last time I was in and I suspect that he and Brad have probably narrowed their choice down by now." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • Solutions: SGU: Robert Carlyle Cast as Dr. David Rush, December 15, 2008.
  • Solutions: Stargate Universe: Different in Look and Feel, December 19, 2008.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, Brad Wright Q&A, January 2, 2009.
  • Solutions: Sci Fi Author John Scalzi Joins SGU Team, January 14, 2009.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, January 15, 2009 — "A wormhole drive is just that – a drive that sends the ship through a wormhole, like a person stepping through an active gate. The advantage being that you don’t “travel” through hyperspace for hours on end. You get de-molecularized, or whatever you want to call it, and then spit out at the other end a few seconds later. It’s basically instantaneous, which is why I needed it as a device in this episode [SGA 5.20 "Enemy at the Gate"]. Some people have complained that it was a bit of a deus ex-machina, to which I don’t really have much of a defense. At one point, Brad was thinking about using this as a set-up for a similar drive in Stargate Universe, but he’s since changed his mind. But since it IS set up now, Joe and I do intend to use it as part of the story for the Atlantis movie." — Paul Mullie.
  • Solutions: SCI FI WIRE: Stargate Universe Moved to Fall Premiere, January 16, 2009.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, January 18, 2009 — "[Stargate Atlantis episode] Vegas was an experiment in many ways. It was an opportunity to break the mold and try something different. Universe will not follow the style of Vegas but it will most definitely be much different than previous Stargate series. The shooting style and use of more contemporary music are part of what will hopefully make Universe stand out.” — Robert C. Coooper.
  • Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog, January 20. 2009 — "Another visit to the Destiny in Stage 4 and the Icarus Base in Stage 5 shows the sets are coming along nicely. The ship interiors are particularly impressive." — Joseph Mallozzi.
  • Creation Entertainment on Vancouver Set Tour, January 19, 2009 — "The Stage 5 SG 1 sets are not only still standing, they've all been renovated in anticipation of their use on "Universe". In particular fans can look forward to a re-imagined SG1 Gate Room, bearing the new stylistic elements of Universe. The Stage 4 Universe sets will all be complete, including the gorgeous new bi level space ship set that is home to the crew and the visual centerpiece of the show. In short, this will be the BEST tour in years because of the wealth of new standing sets and re-imaginings of current sets."
  • Solutions: Tapping on Return to Stargate, SGU Premiere, January 26, 2009. - "SCI FI wants us [Tapping's Sanctuary] to air October 9th. We will run concurrently with Stargate Universe. I think they premiere with a two-hour episode and then the following week we will run together. Anyway, that’s the plan." — Amanda Tapping.
  • About.com: Interview with Joseph Mallozzi, February 2009.
  • Martin Gero's Twitter
  • Solutions: Stargate Universe to Film in New Mexico, March 11, 2009.
  • Solutions: Carlyle: Stargate Universe is Darkest Stargate, io9 interview, March 17, 2009.
  • Solutions: RDA Confirmed for SGU Guest Spot, April 2, 2009.
  • Solutions: Richard Dean Anderson on Return to Stargate, April 3, 2009.
  • Solutions: Stargate Universe to Air on Sky One, April 5, 2009.
  • Solutions: Wright and Cooper Spill on Stargate, April 5, 2009.

--DeeKayP 13:56, 27 August 2008 (PDT)