trailer break: ‘Stargate: Universe’

Take a break from work: watch a TV trailer…

“Yes, that is planet Earth, and yes, you are on a spaceship.” And yes, I’d like to imagine myself in that position, as I’m sure most of the intended audience for this show could say as well, but c’mon: Do we really need to be pandered to with the inclusion of that pseudo-Jonah Hill as a pop-culture-referencing dork?

That’s the one thing that really cheeses me off here.

Other than that, though: woo, is there a whiff of Battlestar Galactica all over this, or what? Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing — if BSG is forcing sci-fi to grow up some, that’s great. Gritty is good. Let’s hope SGU is as willing as BSG was to kill off characters as needed to keep reminding us that the stakes are high. One of the major problems with Stargate: Atlantis (and even SG-1, at times) was that it was too safe: the characters were never truly in jeopardy. It looks, from the trailer, that we’re meant to believe that the situation is very dangerous indeed. But we’ve got to really feel that to make it work.

I’ve always loved Robert Carlyle, and I can’t wait to see what he does with a regular character he can develop over the course of a series.

This trailer premiered at Comic Con. Damn, I shoulda been there…

Stargate: Universe debuts in the U.S. on SyFy on October 2, and in the U.K. on Sky One sometime this autumn (nothing more specific has been announced yet).

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