Stargate Universe

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Introduction

Stargate Universe (or SGU) is the third television series in the Stargate franchise, following Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. The series was greenlit on August 22, 2008 and is scheduled to debut on October 2, 2009 as a two-hour movie, with regular weekly airings to follow on the Syfy channel in the United States in October 2009.[1]

The announced launch of the series was not met with a great deal of enthusiasm, at least by a large number of fans of Stargate Atlantis who felt that their show had been canceled to make way for this new series which would feature a younger cast (some dubbed it "Stargate 90210" in reference to the show's early description and casting call notes). Controversy was to continue to follow for many months before the launch of the series, although other fans looked forward to it as a new and different spin on the Stargate canon.

The Show

Cast and characters

The descriptions of the characters are as were provided in a casting call posted to GateWorld on September 17, 2008.[2]

Terminology

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Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.

2008

  • On September 17, 2008, GateWorld posted a casting call which had gone out for series regulars for Stargate Universe.[3] The posting of this information caused a fair amount of concern and annoyance among Stargate fans, who were not thrilled with what appeared to be some very stereotypical character types and the very young age of most of the regular cast. Some began referring to the show as "Stargate 90210" or "90210 in Space" as a result.

2010

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Kerfluffles

The "Sabotage" spoilers kerfluffle

On August 12, 2009, sheafrotherdon posted the casting call which apparently went out for a character to appear in the 16th episode of the series, "Sabotage". The casting call read:

[ELEANOR PERRY] (35-40) and quite attractive. A brilliant scientist who happens to be a quadriplegic. Affected since childhood, her disability has rendered her body physically useless. However, after being brought on board the Destiny as the only person who may be able to save the ship and her crew from certain annihilation, she is given temporary powers that enable her to walk again and to finally experience intimacy.sptv050769..Strong guest lead. NAMES PREFERRED. ACTRESS MUST BE PHYSICALLY THIN. (THINK CALISTA FLOCKHART).[5]

Considerable rage and disgust followed in the comments to the entry and spread elsewhere rapidly.[6],[7] People objected to the premise of the episode on many levels, particularly regarding the way the character's disability was apparently going to be presented (calling her body "useless") and the idea that she could not have had any sexual experience (or desirability) as a quadriplegic. There were also concerns that the temporary healing would involve a "body swap" with one of the regular characters - namely Camille, who is gay and in a committed, long-term relationship with another woman. This plot device was confirmed in a second post by sheafrotherdon on August 13, 2009[8] who had obtained the audition sides for Elanor, which showed her pursuing sexual activities with more than one of the series' male regulars while in Camille's body. Many were even more outraged by this, as the body swap appeared to lead to what could be considered rape, if Camille did not consent to her body being used for sex while not in control of it. Fans were encouraged to contact TPTB to express their displeasure with this planned storyline, particularly if issues of consent were not addressed in the episode.

Other Stargate fans, meanwhile, expressed annoyance that people were judging the show - and this episode - from these spoilers alone. There were complaints that people who had already decried they wouldn't be watching the show should not be following spoilers just to stir up wank.[9]

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Sources

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