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GateWorld Podcast: Sex on SGU

Wednesday - December 2, 2009
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Let’s talk about sex! The amount of sex and its portrayal on Stargate Universe has been a major source of discussion and debate over the last nine weeks. On this week’s show the GateWorld guys are joined by’s Kevin Coll. We’ll talk about good use and bad use of sex on television to develop characters and relationships; sexuality and Vanessa James’s character; and the use of Ancient communication stones to have sex with someone while occupying another person’s body. Do you lose rights to your body when you agree to a body-swap? We’ll also hear from listeners on this important subject.

Before we get to the main discussion this week, we’ll welcome David back and hear what he thought about the last new episode of Stargate Universe, “Life.”

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DiscussionSex on SGU

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  • Every week I consider calling in, but I never have. I really should have this time. There is no one on the podcast who has the same opinion as I do on this subject.

  • I agree, you need a woman’s point of view on this topic.
    Thank you though, for this weeks podcast.

  • I personaly think its too much of sex and drama all over this series. We can watch Desperate Housewifes for that!

  • Sex scenes are fine. I think they are used too much on Universe. There are too many love triangles. The show has even surpassed battlestar galactica in that area! It’s absurd.

    Using someone else’s body for sex is rape. The fact that it hasn’t been addressed so far and that the characters have no problem doing it is one of the biggest mistakes on Universe.

  • Wow, I WAS dissapointed with the obvious bias. After listening into the podcast, for the first time I felt old, and my sensibilities outdated. I listen to podcasts while driving to and from work, and after a few minutes of the podcast, I was driving in a red haze. Not sure if it was David or the guest, playing the part of the Illuminati (the enlightened). I dare this guy to say the same load of hogwash he said on the podcast in front of his significant other. I want him to think about the other side of the story. Let’s say your significant other developed a mental illness like schizophrenia. Basically another person mentally, in the same physical body YOU know of. I would call you a Cad and a knave to your face, if you would abandon your significant other because “it’s a different person, not the person (soul-wise) of who you knew. The body and mind cannot be counted as separate, since nobody really fell in love with someone else’s “beautiful mind”. This is what’s basically wrong with the current world, and everyone’s favorite excuse to cheat in life, “it’s not the same person I fell in love with”. Someone did bring up a good point. Crap happens, infact, everyday. but they never show the viewers the toilet wing, it is assumed that the crew is NOT constipated, and life goes on. So why harp on these sexual misadventures, basically catering for the 20 somethings? As they said so many times on the podcast, sex sells, and looks like that’s the only theme, because writers cannot seem to come up with any other interesting material.

    Also, what you are saying is, there were absolutely no callers in, that expressed the inclusion of gratuitous sex scenes did NOT enhance or add anything to the story lines?

    What is the point of trying to look and sound objective in a podcast, since there is a definite conflict of interest? Oh, oh, pick me, pick me, to participate in that super secret project we cant let the fans know yet? Gateworld obviously takes pride in bringing the fans together for heated discussions (though sometimes sensored). What is point of having a podcast which, 98% of the time, can only say good things about the show? and the bad 2% is also okay, if you look at it from this point of view?

  • Darren

    To the charge of “bias” and a lack of objectivity: I don’t get it. The show is about our opinions. We’re biased and unobjective in that we have them. I didn’t know what David and Kevin’s opinions were before the show started, and I was pleasantly surprised toward the end that we had such divergent views on personhood.

    The show is also about the opinions of those who choose to call in and have their voices heard. We played every call we got this week, and honestly I was surprised that we didn’t hear anything from those who outright hate sex on SGU.

    The “project” David is on is not at the behest of TPTB, so the conspiracy theory about GW being in the producers’ pocket can be set aside for another day. I’d wager that we say positive things about SGU 98 percent of the time because we like the show 98 percent of the time.

    Do you have a different opinion? Call in.

  • Agree with Darren.

    A lot of those who do like SGU & saying positive things about it don’t have some secret motive of working with MGM/SyFy trying to promote the show. Chances are they are just fans who truly believe what they are saying.

    “Gateworld obviously takes pride in bringing the fans together for heated discussions(though sometimes sensored)”

    Theres a fine line between a ‘heated discussion’ and an all out argument.

  • The stargate franchise started as series with a nude scene. Well that perfectly in line with scifi part of the show. So funtional scifi nude it started with SG1.
    In SGU yes there are a few short sex scene. More you get a idea they doing it. But it short. Just enough as a statement that they have a intemit relation. As charbuilding part. The drama and characterbuilding is to big part as awhole and take a lot of screen time away. That it drive lot of old viewers away. Sex scenes are just a tiny part of that. So why whining on something that take a few bits of screen time away from scifi. as a small part in that ship load of drama and charbuilding.
    While the charbuilding and pure drama take half ep time or even more. Ep 9 the latest was barely scifi. It’s almost pure charbuilding. If it wasn’t for some nude chair scenes.

  • ok, I have to put my 2 cents in here. I’m getting just a little sick of hearing the justification for all this sex on SGU just because the very very very first episode of SG1 had a nude scene in it and might I remind everyone that SG1 first aired on Showtime not SciFi.

    So SG1 started off with a nude scene, so what?!? I have watched every episode of SGU and I think almost if not every episode has had a sex scene and quite frankly I’m sick of it.

    I completely agree with US06154 in that “As they said so many times on the podcast, sex sells, and looks like that’s the only theme, because writers cannot seem to come up with any other interesting material.”

    I’ve said it about other shows and I’ll say it about this one. Putting that much sex in a show is a pathetic attempt at ratings because the writers aren’t confident enough in their material and it’s a sad state we’re in when only sex can get ratings. The sex doesn’t offend my “precious sensibilities” it offends my intelligence.

  • I will say i dont agree on the sex, if i wanted to watch a sci fi with sex scenes i will watch a 18 film. Although I do find the new way very interesting I can see SGU lasting as long as BSG and being forgotten. Im in the UK and i worry SGU will be forgotten. SG1 was all about the characters being friends beating the odds, people love that, most top shows have that way. I have to say I can watch SG1 over and over again and still has not lost its magic. SGU I will not watch after I see them once, SG1 I will own all on DVD one day but I will say SGU and BSG I will not own. The thing is popular shows get repeated a lot and I dont see SGU being popular enough for it. BSG was totally different which was why it lasted, SGU needs to add More Sci Fi element otherwise it could lose SG magic. Then that is what I think.

  • The Sg1 and SGA characters were just more fun. Sheppard, Tayla and Ronan were sexy without having sex. I also miss the humor. I would rather watch an SGA re run than SGU. Also, the Wraith were great bad guys. It would have been fun to learn more about them.

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