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Third Spin Off Is The Charm, Right?

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 28, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 28, 2009 |

“Stargate Universe,” the latest entry in a franchise aiming to challenge “Happy Days” and “All In The Family” one day for the most spin offs ever, launches on October 2nd on the SyFy channel. Normally “launch” would be clever in that sentence in the context of space operas, but alas, the wayward heroes of “Stargate Universe” dial stargates instead of launching spacecraft, thus wrecking the easy pun of my opening sentence. In any case, SciFi Wire has a pair of interesting clips up: a 4 minute excerpt from the first episode and a 4 minute Q&A with Robert Carlyle.

The excerpt is decently impressive, with a vibe sort of mixing the feel of “Battlestar Galactica” with the trappings of “Stargate.” The more I see of the show, the more I like of two things. First, it really seems to be fairly dark, although we’ll see once the show starts whether that’s genuine or just a veneer of edginess applied to fit in with the “Battlestar Galactica” and Dark Knight gestalt. Second, David Blue’s character of Eli Wallace seems like a cross between Wesley Crusher and Eric Cartman. So here’s the 4 minute clip from the first episode of SGU:

(the videos may play a short pre-roll ad each, sorry about that. I learned all about contact lens cleaner though, which is critical given that I don’t need glasses or contacts. I might start now though just because of that brilliant advertising)

And as an added bonus, SciFi wire has a short video of Robert Carlyle answering fan questions about the show. Most priceless quotes? “Most notably I would imagine, I played Hitler for CBS.” I don’t think that even needs context. And when asked if he’d always wanted to do sci-fi, he notes “well, I grew up of course with ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Doctor Who,’ like most people.”

Like most people … sir, I do not know of which strange Scottish reality you speak, but I would like to subscribe to its newsletter, perhaps investigate the possibility of a timeshare.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.