By Michael Simpson – CinemaSpy.com
With only a few weeks to go before Syfy’s premiere of SGU: Stargate Universe, the channel has released new artwork to promote the series.
The poster doesn’t give much away. It features three figures running and comes with the tag line ‘The Only Mission is Survival’. Color is used sparingly, which is in keeping with the glimpses of the show that have come in the teaser trailers. Also the poses of the three characters suggest an action-packed series, which is what Syfy has promised.
The fact that the female character on the poster is wearing a low-cut shirt is perhaps an inevitable attempt to create sex appeal. It may, however, also provide ammunition for critics of SGU, some of whom have already written off the show. Stargate Universe has been controversial since it was suggested that it would be aimed at a younger audience than Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Since then there have been accusations that Atlantis was canceled to make way for SGU, that “non-white” characters in the show will marginalized and that a recent casting call that went out for an episode in the series was disrespectful to disabled people.
SGU: Stargate Universe has its two-hour premiere on Syfy on October 2 at 9 pm. From what we have seen, we think viewers should give it a chance.
In other Stargate-related news, it appears that ‘Stargate Worlds’, the massive multiplayer online role playing game based on the franchise, will survive the funding shortfall that had reportedly afflicted it developers. According to MMORPG.com, Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment has received financial commitments that will allow it to complete its work on ‘Stargate Worlds’