Stargate Universe TV Series Overview


Stargate Universe (often abbreviated as SGU) is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM’s Stargate franchise.

It follows the adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration team travelling on the Ancient spaceship Destiny several billion light years distant from the Milky Way Galaxy.

They are now trying to figure out a way to return to Earth, while simultaneously trying to explore and to survive in their unknown area of the universe.

The series, created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, premiered in the United States on Syfy on 02 October 2009. The series featured an ensemble cast and was primarily filmed in and around Vancouver, BC, Canada. A second season of 20 episodes was announced by Syfy in December 2009.

The first 10 episodes of the second season were aired in the United States beginning on 28 September 2010, and the final 10 were shown beginning on 07 March 2011. Syfy announced on 16 December 2010 that it would not be picking up Stargate Universe for a third season. The second season of SGU ended as a semi-cliffhanger.

There is an ongoing comic book series set after the end of season two, but the original creators and writers are not involved.


The SGC created Icarus base on a remote planet whose Stargate is powered by large naquadria deposits throughout the core. The team, led by Dr. Nicholas Rush, postulate that the power from that core could allow them to use a 9-chevron address to “dial” into the Stargate, allowing them access to locations far remote from their galaxy, but lack the means to translate the writing of the Ancients to understand how to dial this properly.

Dr. Rush designs a video game used across Earth to find brilliant minds to interpret the puzzle, which Eli Wallace, a young mathematics genius, is able to solve. Although Eli is reluctant, he is brought to Icarus base along with a contingent of guests of honour aboard the Hammond, a Daedalus-class starship battlecruiser; the guests include Senator Armstrong, who funds the Icarus Project, and his daughter Chloe. They are introduced to the base’s military staff, led by Colonel Everett Young, Colonel David Telford, First Lieutenants Matthew Scott and Tamara Johansen, and Master Sergeant Ronald Greer.

Dr. Rush and Eli work together to discover the means to dial the ninth chevron, just as the base is attacked by members of the Lucian Alliance. Colonel Telford aids in the defence with F-302 fighters with Colonel Samantha Carter in command of the George Hammond, while the base starts dialling Earth into the Stargate, finding that the planet’s power core is about to explode. Dr. Rush realises that the explosion would follow them through the base back to Earth, and instead redials the Stargate with the ninth chevron, successfully opening a wormhole. The surviving Icarus Base members flee through the wormhole before the planet explodes. They find themselves aboard an old abandoned spacecraft made by the Ancients, which Dr. Rush finds was named Destiny. The eighty-some survivors begin to assure the safety of their team, Senator Armstrong injured and realising he might not have long, sacrifices himself to seal an air leak in one of Destiny’s shuttles.

As the rest of the team works to make the ship hospitable, Dr. Rush, Eli, and other scientific members of Icarus Base start to understand the function of Destiny; they are not able to directly control the ship, and find that it will drop out of faster-than-light travel to allow its Stargate to connect to a number of nearby worlds for a fixed period of time before it continues; it fuels itself by diving into the outermost layer of a nearby star and collecting energy from it; the first time the Destiny did that, the crew feared the worst, until they understood why it happened. The crew is able to remain in contact with Earth via the Ancient communication stones that Dr. Rush brought, and are told to continue the Stargate mission of exploring that galaxy, while searching for a way to return home.

The team’s mission adapts in season 2, when the Ancients’ mission for Destiny is discovered in “The Greater Good”. Dr. Rush cracks the ship’s master code, gaining control of the ship’s systems and discovering that the Ancients found an artificial pattern to the cosmic microwave background radiation said to be a remnant of the Big Bang. This discovery suggested the possibility of life before or immediately after the Big Bang, and Destiny was launched millions of years ago to study and gather data regarding this possibility. While Destiny has not solved this riddle after millions of years of research, the series ends with the team continuing its fight for survival while also dedicating itself to researching this possibility of an originating intelligence.

Stargate Universe TV Series

Stargate Franchise

You can find a full index of the Stargate Franchise here, whilst clicking on the following links for films, documentaries, and TV series (all and Stargate Universe only).

Production & Filming Details

  • Creator(s): Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper.
  • Producer(s): Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, and Carl Binder.
  • Music: Joel Goldsmith.
  • Editor(s): Mike Banas.
  • Production: MGM Television.
  • Distributor(s): MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
  • Original Network: Syfy.
  • Release Date: 02 October 2009 to 09 May 2011.
  • Running Time: 43 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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