41 thoughts on “That Thing I’m Working On

  1. Huh. That promo makes it look like someone has been watching Battlestar Galactica!

    Anyway, I hope this “reboot” works. The original (and Atlantis) have gotten seriously long in the tooth.

    Robert Carlyle is a good sign. Plus, I hear the creative consultant isn’t too shabby.

  2. Question: Does one have to have watched the other two series to grok what will be going on in this one? I watched a little bit of SG1 at the beginning but none of the later seasons, and I never watched any Atlantis.

  3. I didn’t get to see very much of my favorites in the short promo… hopefully it was just a short thing put together and is not necessarily representative of the camera style for the whole show. I’d have to turn it off after two minutes; it’s too jerky!!!

  4. @kaellinn18 No. From what the producers have said, they want to bring in a crowd of people who haven’t seen either SG-1 or SGA, as well as those who have. The mythology will be referenced, but it’s not like you will feel like an outsider.

  5. One of the greatest things about SG1 seasons 1-6 was that every single episode could be watched as a standalone, and be understood by people who had never seen it before – AND, at the same time, the rabid fans still got all the depth of references to past episodes. Here’s to hoping Universe manages that trick again. :)

  6. A friend of mine said he preferred Stargate: Atlantis to the new Battlestar Galactica because BG makes him want to open a vein.

    Ironically, I see the same effect in SGU.

    Which, unlike my friend, I may actually watch for that reason.

    (OK, so 30 years of Star Trek have made me jaded for sanitary SF worlds.)

  7. They are going to kill Lou Diamond Phillips in the first episode

    Can you suggest something better to do with him?

  8. Is it just me, or does the aspect ratio look off in that? Looks like they took a 4:3 and stretched it to 16:9, then actually presented it that way.

    Aaaaaanyway… looks like an interesting show. I hope one doesn’t have to reference the earlier mythology, because I haven’t a clue.

  9. Thanks for sharing this! I was disappointed that the trailer did not air on space channel here in Canada. (At least that is my story. I did not leave the tv and did not see it so I am assuming it didn’t air here)

  10. Hmm. That trailer seems like the trailer for a horror movie. Wikipedia provides me a reasonable 30-second summary, though… In concept, it reminds me favorably of Farscape and Firefly, and I like it not requiring knowledge of SG-1 and Atlantis, since I stopped watching SG-1 some time in season 2 and never picked it or Atlantis up again. (The episodic nature eventually lost my interest and the everybody-speaks-English thing eventually overwhelmed my suspension of disbelief.) I look forward to checking this out.

  11. So far, what I can tell about the show is that they don’t have adequate lighting on their spaceship, and will probably have trouble reading without hurting their eyes.

  12. John, would you ever consider writing a post or an article about what the work of a creative consultant consists of? I have a vague idea, but I’m sure it’s entirely wrong, and having an inside view would be fascinating.

  13. does anyone else think this is just a redo of Voyager?

    Stargate: Voyager – a show all about surviving and “trying to get home” — I hope seven-of-nine is a red-head this time…

  14. RocketAce: Voyager had a great concept. Unfortunately, the writers entirely muffed it in the execution.

  15. Ming-Na as Camille Wray – An IOA accountant who becomes the highest-ranking IOA member 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”

    Dang, hope she survives the pilot episode…I think she’s a very good actress.

    -tt

  16. Steve Burnapon – Voyager was and is my favorite of all the ST shows. Some of the story arcs were mind blowing, particularly during the later years. I was so sad when it ended – and am really sad that nothing new has taken its place. I loved the writing too (again, as the show got better, I think the stories got better and better, particularly when DS9 ended and they were able to concentrate their resources…….and on a side note, DS9 sucked until lWorf got there, and then, with the Defiant and the Arcs they put in their w/ the War, I really enjoyed the last year or two)….despite all the lame 2nd rate characters.

    Now on to SGate Universe. I am so excited – I was just making a joke up above – I think its a great concept and I think very smart to get away from the standard base-centered missions. I’m also excited by the cast, particularly Lou Diamond Phillips. Also, kudos for not putting in any actors from Firefly or Farscape or Star Trek this time (or now that BSG is ending…I don’t want to see Starbuck or Adama pop up for chirisakes!…..although I’d make an exception for 7of9, as addressed above…and again, I prefer red-head for this iteration. Also, Chakotay was good too…lol).

    on a side note, does anyone know if these guys accept SPEC scripts like Star Trek used to? I always meant to get my @ss in gear and send something in….

  17. I like Stu’s comments.

    As much as I’ve been a fan of the Stargate shows, I have to wonder if the perception that the show is “dark” is because of the poor lighting in the trailer. ;)

    The Wiki entry is far more “illuminating.”

    My dislike of the trailer aside, I’m really looking forward to a new Stargate series. :)

  18. Wow. Looks like they parroted the Cloverfield trailer.
    Except the Cloverfield trailer actually made sense. That was just a bunch of random scenes and cliche foreshadowing quotes. Sorry, SyFy, you’re going to have to do better to impress me.

  19. Judging entirely from that thirty-second trailer, which of course perfectly encapsulates the entire ethos of the show without flaw, I’m getting “Lost” vibes. Small group of antagonistic protagonists, stranded in the middle of nowhere, forced to butt heads and work together to survive and figure out where they are and what’s going on? Lost … in Space! :D

    Also, as people have noted, Voyager. Hopefully though it will not suck half as much as either Lost or Voyager, since Scalzi is on board to whack the writers upside the head when they err.

    If it works, I look forward to buying the DVDs.

  20. It is interesting how fast some people decide they like something or not. Jeez…that was only 32 seconds and was designed to barely wet your appetite, so you might pay more attention to the next promo. It’s impossible to tell if it will be “darker” than the others. Relax and give it one episode before all of you say it is pure unmitigated crap or a joyous opiate that can make us forget about our soul sucking life for an hour each week.

    Let’s hope it’s not DS9 or Voyager quality.

  21. @39: I haven’t decided whether I like the show yet. I just think the trailer sucked. Plenty of good shows (and movies) have had horrendous trailers, and vice versa. However, if SyFy wants ratings, they’re going to have to come up with a better trailer than THAT.

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