Those who watched the first half of the first season of Syfy’s “Stargate Universe” probably noticed something a bit different about the spacefaring series from most others — no aliens.
Yes, Robert Carlyle’s Dr. Rush and the rest are on an alien vessel, but (maybe due to their being in hyperspace a lot), had yet to face any external aliens besides a weird cloud of dust and a swarm of space bees. But that changes in this second half of the season, which launches Friday night. This crew, a mixture of a few military personnel and a lot of civilians, will have first contact with a very non-humanoid, non-friendly species. And here’s an exclusive look at the telepathic creatures:
“Universe” co-creators Robert Cooper and Brad Wright wanted to make sure they established the crew on Destiny and the challenges they’d face daily. With this careful character development, aliens did not play a huge part in it, but now that they’re here, the “Stargate” folks want to make sure aliens are really … alien.
“They are bi-pedal, and they have arms and legs, but they look really different from anything we’ve seen on ‘Stargate’ before. They don’t become the bad guys of the week, but they do have an impact on what they do going forward and there are certainly reverberations for several episodes,” Cooper says.
“And one of the things that we didn’t want to do was latex-faced aliens. We wanted those aliens to be really out there,” Wright says. “We’re doing full-on CG, heavy duty, ‘District 9′ kind of, alien lifeforms. And I think that fans of the old ‘Stargate’ who miss aliens are going to get what they’re looking for.”
— Jevon Phillips
Photo: A new race of alien is discovered on “Stargate Universe.”. Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios inc.
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