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Stargate Universe's title screen.

"Where will Destiny take you?"

Stargate Universe is the title of the third live action science fiction television series in the Stargate franchise. Produced by MGM, the show entered production in early 2009, and premiered on October 2, 2009 on Syfy and Space, and on October 6, 2009 on Sky1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Stargate Universe is filmed and produced in Vancouver, Canada, as were the preceding series.


thumb|right|200px|Stargate Universe trailer. According to show-runner Robert C. Cooper, the "series maintains the spirit of Stargate, but opens up a whole new 'universe'." It is currently being developed as "a completely separate, third entity" - as opposed to Stargate Atlantis, which was created as a spin-off from the first series Stargate SG-1.

Robert C. Cooper has revealed that the new series will revolve around the ninth chevron on the Stargate and will take place during the present time and not be in the distant future. It would be the first time that this topic is used in a series of the franchise. According to him, "It plays a major factor in the third series". The current plan for the series is to follow a single story arc per season, with 20 episodes per season.[1] The show began production in early 2009 and principal photography began on February 18, 2009.[1][2]


During an attack on the Tau'ri outpost of Icarus Base, the base personnel manage to dial a ninth chevron Stargate address, which had been the ultimate purpose that Icarus Base was constructed for. Forced to evacuate and, with no where else to go, the evacuees emerge through the Stargate on an unmanned spaceship called Destiny. The Destiny was launched by the Ancients at the height of their civilization, several million years ago, as a grand experiment set in motion to explore the universe, which was never completed. This group of evacuees soon discover that the ship is unable to return them 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. According to an interview with Robert Carlyle, Universe will be darker than the other series. It will be about a crew being ill-equipped on board the Destiny in the far reaches of the universe. It will deal less with alien encounters and have more to do with human survival.[3]

The Cast

Main Characters

The main cast of Stargate Universe.

Secondary Characters

Guest Stars


Stargate Universe
Season 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Season 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20


Main article: Kino webisodes

Airing in tandem with the first season of Stargate Universe are a series of 30 brief interdependent Kino-related webisodes. These brief segments are usually continuations of an episode that aired just prior to the webisodes release. However, some contain content relatively unrelated to recent episodes.

The first logo for Stargate Universe.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Joseph Mallozzi's January 24th blog entry
  2. Revealed on Joseph Mallozzi's blog on February 17, 2009
  3. Carlyle Reveals Why This Is the Darkest Stargate, from Io9, Retrieved March 17 2009
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Stargate Wire: Stargate Universe crew is cast
  5. 5.0 5.1 TV Guide: Stargate Casting Exclusive
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Lou Diamond Phillips, Ming-Na join Stargate Universe cast. from
  7. Greer's description matches early character templates for Stasiak.
  8. July 23, 2010 entry on Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog (backup link).
  9. July 23, 2010 entry on Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog (backup link).