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Friday, October 2, 2009: Stargate Universe

by Zach Oat October 2, 2009 6:00 am
Friday, October 2, 2009: <i>Stargate Universe</i>

If you haven't been watching any of the various Stargate television series... well, we can't blame you. We hear good things, of course, but they all look fairly continuity-heavy and frankly, a little silly. However, if you're looking for a jumping-on point, this is it. Not only is this the most star-studded Stargate show to date, it also seems to have the most in common with shows you already know and love. And we don't just mean the fact that the show's abbreviation, SGU, sounds like SVU.

Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Carlyle and Ming-Na star in this new series, which concerns a team of soldiers and scientists who are transported through a Stargate (a highly advanced interplanetary transit system, natch) to an ancient spaceship in a remote region of the galaxy. With no way to get back home, they can only visit the planets the ship is passing by when they get within range of that planet's Stargate. So you've got a Star Trek vibe going on -- both Next Generation and a little bit of Voyager -- and with the big, dark ship and military themes, a little bit of Battlestar Galactica! If that's not reason enough to give a Stargate a try, I don't know what is.

Stargate: Universe premieres tonight at 9/8C on Syfy with a two-hour episode.

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