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GateWorld Podcast: The Ideal Universe

Tuesday - February 24, 2009
Category: FEATURES | Tags: ,

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As we count down to this fall’s big premiere of Stargate Universe, Darren and David stop to consider just what we want this new show to be. What will make the show a hit — with fans and non-fans alike — and move the franchise forward? Is arc-based storytelling really better than episodic? And what does it mean to “take risks?”

We’ll also give you a quick recap of the latest Stargate news, and hear what listeners have to say in the mailbag segment.

WARNING: This episode does have some spoilers for Season Three of LOST and Season Three of Battlestar Galactica. If you haven’t been watching these shows in recent years and plan to, beware that we will talk about their major plot shifts.


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Discussion – The Ideal Universe

This Week’s Listener Question: What is your favorite episode from the first season of Stargate SG-1, and why do you like it so much?

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Next Episode: Stargate History: SG-1 Season One. Darren and David will travel back to 1997 to talk about the highs and lows of Stargate‘s freshman year on television!

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  • I have no current plans to watch SGU, but I tuned into the podcast because I love listening to you guys!
    It was so long ago, I honestly don’t remember any of the SG1 first season eps so can’t comment.(mainly a SGA fan)
    I am also again reminded that we share very few tastes in TV shows, I thought BSG and Lost were terrific in their first few seasons but both “lost” my interest, I stopped watching long ago.

  • Now I’m moar interested why they still keeps rest of the cast under cotton. Still no promo photos & stuff.

    Soon I’ll be on fire in anticipation. LOL

  • That is a HARD question! There were tons of great episodes in season 1. Children of the Gods is one of my favorites since it introdues us to the new crew and gives Sam one of the best lines ever (just because my reproductive organs are on the inside…). Then we had Cold Lazarus, Thor’s Hammer ,Cor-AI, Solitudes, and Tin Man, all of which are 5 star episodes in my opinion. But since I have to pick just one, I’ll go with Solitudes. I thought that episode set the tone for Jack and Sam throughout the rest of the show, and it has the absolute best outtake ever when Amanda out pranks the prankster. You guys know what I’m talking about. (You used to be MacGyver, McGimick, McGadget, now you’re Mr. McUseless) 14 years later and I still watch that clip from time to time.

  • Listener Question

    There But For the Grace of God would be my favorite episode of season 1 hands down. great combination of acting and storying telling and the main plot device was just what seemed like a harmless mirror.

    seeing a alternate reality episode so early in the series surprised me not many tv series do that and Michael shanks really sold the idea of feeling out of place and of course the amazing ending when the team finds Daniel with the staff blast and his desperate plea to jack “there coming” …….

    Pharaoh Atem :)

  • Many moons ago I watched the first episode of Star Trek. Yes, I was a child, totally captivated by what I saw and from then on a lifetime fan of science fiction.
    Star Trek, Star wars, Stargate SG1. No amount of genius or imagination can replace these giants. The first series to grasp and explore an alien concept, space the final frontier. The first SciFi movie to really grasp what technology could do to make the imagination come to life. And finally SG1 the first show to blend science fiction with humanity, sureality, irreverent humour and the possibility that the extraordinary could be someone we go fishing with. Being the first makes what comes after an even more whiter shade of pale. SGA was exiting, new, but in the end a paler SG1. My favourite episode of SG1?, all of them. It is an acomplished piece of work and will stand the test of time. SGA will not. As for SGU I’m almost resentful of it’s imminent arrival. yes, yes, cater for the teenagers, they’re internet savvy and love the hot new babes saying cool stuff, but you forgot about your demographic, your core audience. Teenagers go out a lot and research has shown that the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, etc, are the ones who watch tv, give the most consructive feedback and exhibit loyalty to a show. They may not all be internet savvy, so you may not hear from them, but they’re out there. As for Arc v episodic? why can’t we have both?

  • There has been talk of making Universe “more intense” ‘like Battlestar Galactica’. BG did well when it had SG1 for a lead in, but SciFi network cancelled SG1 in favor of BG. The story goes that they couldn’t afford both expensive shows and they weren’t earning as much on the SG1 DVD’s due to license issues involving the show’s originator – Showtime. SciFi touted BG as their big lead show. After SG1 was cancelled, it immediately started to falter. It took a hiatus and was re-started with changes, but faltered again. SG1 lasted 10 years, but BG is wrapping up the series right now. I think the reason BG failed is that none of the main characters were the kind of people we would like to have as house guests. Even the women were mostly drunken brawling sluts. The Cylons were better ‘people’ than the humans (Go Cylons!). No one consistently stood for Good. Who cares if they succeed when they are all a bunch of losers. The special effects were great, and many aspects of the writing were very good, but in an apparent effort to make the show ‘more intense’ the characters were made into low life’s. I sincerely hope that the writers of Universe remember that a series will never be successful if the main characters are not likeable people that the audience can identify with. SG1 and SGA had a winning formula. Perhaps it can be improved, but it needs the same basic ingredients to succeed. I liked the concept of BG and I was sorry to see it fail. The StarGate franchise is one of the greatest in science fiction history. I hope its newest incarnation remains true to its legacy.

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