As one ‘Gate’ shuts, another opens: ‘Stargate Universe’ in early ’09

Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Television

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Sci Fi Channel may have canceled the Stargate SG-1 spinoff Stargate Atlantis — the company announced it would end after its current fifth season and be followed by at least one telefilm — but they’re moving forward with a long-teased third series. And they’re moving fast!

Expect to see a two-hour premiere for Stargate Universe in “early 2009,” with a regular series following in the summer.

While SG-1 had teams of Air Force explorers visiting other planets through portals called Stargates that were built by the advanced Ancients, and Atlantis had modern humans taking up residence in an abandoned Ancient city in the Pegasus Galaxy, the new show will follow many of the same formulas, but with a few twists that will guarantee more space-based action:

quotemarks.jpgAfter unlocking the mystery of the Stargate’s ninth chevron, a team of explorers travels to an unmanned starship called the Destiny, launched by The Ancients at the height of their civilization as a grand experiment set in motion, but never completed.

What starts as a simple reconnaissance turns into a never ending mission, as the Stargate Universe crew discovers the ship is unable to return to Earth, and they must now fend for themselves aboard the Destiny.

The crew will travel to the far reaches of the universe, connecting with each of the previously launched Stargates, thus fulfilling the Destiny’s original mission. Challenges will arise though as the ship comes into range of Stargates placed centuries ahead of the Destiny and the crew is unable to control the ship’s navigational schedule. If someone is left behind, there is no way to go back for them, adding to the drama of encountering new races, enemies and adventures.

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