"Stargate Universe" is a science fiction television series, a part of the "Stargate" franchise, that aired from 2009 to 2011. Unlike its predecessors "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis," which focused on exploration and military operations against hostile alien threats, "Stargate Universe" adopts a darker, more character-driven narrative, centering on the challenges of survival, interpersonal dynamics, and the exploration of the unknown.
The series begins with a group of soldiers, scientists, and civilians who are forced to evacuate their base—the Icarus Base—after it comes under attack. In the heat of the moment, they use the Stargate to dial a nine-chevron address, a function of the Stargate previously unknown. This action propels them aboard an ancient ship named the Destiny, located several billion light-years from Earth. The ship, constructed and launched by the Ancients, is on a pre-programmed course through the universe, with its mission shrouded in mystery.
Dr. Nicholas Rush, portrayed by Robert Carlyle, is a brilliant but manipulative scientist whose motives are often in question. He becomes a central figure in unraveling the secrets of the Destiny and its true mission. Colonel Everett Young, played by Louis Ferreira, is the highest-ranking military officer aboard and assumes the role of the leader, often clashing with Rush over the best course of action.
The series explores the trials of the unwilling crew as they grapple with the ship's failing systems, limited supplies, and the unknown dangers of deep space. Unlike the other series in the franchise, they are not equipped with the knowledge or resources typically available to SG teams, making their situation more precarious and their survival more uncertain.
"Stargate Universe" delves deeply into the characters' personal struggles and moral dilemmas. The isolation and hopelessness of their situation weigh heavily, leading to intense personal conflicts, power struggles, and questions of leadership and governance.
The series introduces new elements to the Stargate mythology, including the concept of the Cosmic Background Radiation pattern, which is believed to be a message or code woven into the fabric of the universe. The Destiny's journey is revealed to be linked to this profound mystery, adding a philosophical and existential layer to the show.
Throughout its run, "Stargate Universe" maintained a focus on character development and emotional storytelling, with less emphasis on the episodic, mission-based structure of its predecessors. It received praise for its cinematography, darker tone, and complex characters but faced criticism from some fans for its departure from the traditional "Stargate" formula.
The series was canceled after two seasons, ending on a cliffhanger that left many storylines unresolved. Despite its premature conclusion, "Stargate Universe" has been appreciated for its unique approach to the franchise, exploring the depths of human resilience and the mysteries of the universe.
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