I’d never seen an episode of any “Stargate” show before last week. The only “Stargate” I’d ever seen was the feature film and I liked it but didn’t love it. While I understood how a weekly show featuring the Stargate technology could work, I never felt the need to tune in. But with a friend of mine as one of the leads on the newest “Stargate” show, “Stargate Universe”, I knew I’d be checking it out. Thankfully, I’m happy to report after watching the first three hours, the show was a lot better than I expected and I’ve already added it to my DVR’s season pass. But the best part of the show is I don’t have to lie to my friend about his performance or that I think the show is cool.
While I have more to say on the show, let’s get to the reason you’re here: autographed “SGU” posters. If you’re interested in getting one, hit the jump for what you need to do:
UPDATED with winners
I have 5 autographed posters featuring the entire cast. Here’s what they look like (without autographs).
Update: While I wish I could have given an autographed poster to everyone who entered (holy frak a lot of you entered!), the winners are Courtney McElvogue, Emily Voltze, Rose Goldenberg, Gary Hall and Nancy Mentzer.
Nice, huh? Here’s what you need to do to try and get one:
In the headline say SGU giveaway
In the body of the e-mail, please provide your name, address, and the names of any four of the actors in the posters. While it’s an extra step with your submission, you’d be surprised how many people this extra step eliminates.
Anyway, if you’re one of the winners, you’ll get an e-mail from me once the giveaway ends on October 9th at 9pm PST and soon after you’ll get your poster in the mail. The givewaway is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person.
So now that the giveaway details are done, back to “SGU”. The first thing to know about the new “Stargate” show is what it’s about so here’s the synopsis:
SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship called “Destiny”, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. The ship was built millions of years ago by the Ancients, and it was used to seed distant galaxies with Stargates.
Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.
To make it a bit easier, think “Star Trek: Voyager”, except it’s “Stargate”. While the first two hours of the show is more or less on the ship, the third hour spends most of the time on a planet.
And I think it’s that variance of locale which is going to make this show very cool. With the “Stargate” technology aboard the ship, the crew can go anywhere and have adventures in almost any location. The writers can go anywhere their imaginations take them.
As I’ve noted in my Ellen Page/Inception article, I hate it when someone who has seen something ruins all the twists and turns or tells me more than if it’s good or bad. So I’ll say it like this: if you’ve never seen a “Stargate” show, I suggest giving this one a chance. I did and I was surprised by the quality of the effects and the concept of the show. The other reason I know “SGU” is good is after the third episode ended, I was ready to watch the next one. That only happens when you’ve done something right.
“Stargate Universe” premieres Friday, October 2nd at 9/8c on SyFy. Watch this trailer and tell me you’re not curious.