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SciFi Ends Stargate Atlantis, But Begins Stargate Universe

Yahoo News reports that the SciFi Network announced earlier this week that it will not be carrying Stargate Atlantis any further. However, to the relief (maybe) of millions of viewers, they are creating a third edition - Stargate Universe. I say maybe, because you never know with this kind of thing. It’s like Star Trek, with its many versions. Some people love ‘em, others claim they’ll never be as good as the original. My dad is a die-hard original Star Trek fan, and nothing else will ever measure up. As Josh (our head honcho) likes to say, “Needs More Shatner.”

But, that’s really got nothing to do with the Stargate story at hand. Though, maybe it would be better with Shatner in it…

Universe -- which will premiere as a two-hour movie in early 2009 and assume a regular hourly slot in the summer -- introduces a team of explorers who find an ancient unmanned ship called the Destiny. Unable to return to Earth, the crew must fend for themselves aboard the ship, which has a preprogrammed mission taking them to the far reaches of the universe.”

Reportedly, the action will be more based in space than in previous versions. They hope to bring in a younger crowd by having younger actors with complicated relationships. Sounds to me like they’re hoping to bring in more female viewers. I don’t know any guys who care about relationships in space. Violence, fast ships and sex sound like a good combo for younger male viewers to me.

Chances are, the show will fly. The producers/writers who did SG-1 and Atlantis are on board, so it’s guaranteed to please the fans. And, just so I end on a good note, SciFi has decided to do a two-hour movie to end Atlantis rather than doing another season to end the action.

The SciFi Network says that Stargate Universe will debut as a two-hour movie event, but no word on when. Following its premiere, Universe will assume a regular hourly slot in Summer 2009.