Stargate Atlantis Gone at End of Season, but New SG Universe Next Year?

Hi all…

My wife and I were sucked into Stargate: SG-1 over the last few seasons of that show and then into Stargate: Atlantis… And this week, we find out that Atlantis is heading the way of SG-1 at the end of this season. Evidently five seasons is enough before you end the TV run and start making direct-to-DVD movies of a franchise.

Stargate (SG-1 & Atlantis)

Atlantis is to bow in January 2009, and a DVD movie will pick up the end of the cliff-hanger episode (you can see that press release here).

According to an MGM press release (available here), Stargate Universe will be the next series to arrive in the Stargate… um… Universe… next summer. Production is to start early next year, with the shows premiering sometime in summer 2009.

Stargate Universe, according to the release, sounds a lot like Star Trek Voyager, which is troubling.

“Wright and Cooper said: “In ‘Universe,’ we plan to keep those elements that have made the franchise a success, such as adventure and humour, while breaking new ground in the relationships between mostly young and desperate explorers, thrust together and far from home. Above all, we believe the Stargate itself remains an enduring icon with infinite potential as a jumping off point for telling stories.”

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.”

Doesn’t that sound similar to Star Trek: Voyager, which had a very similar premise?

And honestly, Stargate on a spaceship doesn’t really thrill me. The whole idea was that you’d have a base of operations that was consistent, so you could focus on the characters first and the exploration aspect second. This flips it. If you’re constantly exploring… how can you focus on characters? Guess we’ll find out.

Anybody have any opinions on this lovely turn of events? I understand bowing after 10 seasons, but 5 seasons? With the lengthy succcess of SG-1, why wouldn’t you keep the franchise going?

–Fitz

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