Stargate Universe is a third Stargate television series and is created by Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright for the Sci Fi Channel (US):
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
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WHILE THE EPISODES ARE IN PRODUCTION:
|1.01 "Air Part 1"
|1.02 "Air Part 2"
|1.03 "Air Part 3"
|1.07 - Untitled
|1.08 - Untitled
|1.09 - Untitled
|1.10 - Mid-Season Two-Parter, Part 1
|1.11 - Mid-Season Two-Parter, Part 2
|1.20 - Finale: Working Title: "The Ghost of Christmas Present (Get it?)"
- Robert Carlyle as Dr. Nicholas Rush
- Justin Louis as Col. Everett Young
- Brian J. Smith as Lt. Matthew Scott
- David Blue as Eli Wallace
- Jamil Walker Smith as Sr. Sgt. Ronald Greer
Producers, Writers, Creative Consultants:
- Carl Binder (executive producer, writer)
- Robert C. Cooper (co-creator, co-showrunner, executive producer, writer)
- Martin Gero (creative consultant, writer)
- Joseph Mallozzi (creative consultant, writer)
- Alan McCullough (creative consultant, writer)
- Paul Mullie (creative consultant, writer)
- John Scalzi (creative consultant)
- Brad Wright (co-creator, co-showrunner, executive producer, writer)
- "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)
- 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. CAST: David Blue
- Sr. 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
Main and Recurring Characters Not Yet Cast:
- From Solutions: Stargate Universe Character Breakdowns Revealed, September 17, 2008. -
- Tamara Johanson [Jon?]. 20-25. SGC Field medic, Captain grade. 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.
- Chloe Carpenter [now 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.
- From Solutions: Additional Casting Calls for Stargate Universe, January 9, 2009. -
- Senator 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.
- 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.
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. -
- Curtis. Leads a group of stranded personnel as they survey parts of the Destiny.
- Airman Darren Becker. Works in the Mess.
- 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 (Major?) 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.)
- 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)
- 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.
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.
- MGM: SCI FI AND MGM REACH FOR THE STARS WITH 'Stargate Universe'
- Solutions News Blog on Stargate Universe
- Solutions On-Site Forum: Stargate Universe Pre-Production Discussion Board
- 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.
- 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.
--DeeKayP 13:56, 27 August 2008 (PDT)