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Ninjadoom
November 21st, 2008, 01:44 PM
Does anyone else think that the premise of this show is set up to discourage story-arcs and multi-part episodes? It seems like they're going to make just a bunch of stand alone episodes with no real cohesion. We have a ship they can't control going from planet to planet without any hope of it turning around or revisiting old places. I just don't see how people can get invested in a show like that. Anyone else see it going this way?

bungeeguy245
November 21st, 2008, 02:10 PM
I see this show going down the toilet with a big D'OH from everyone behind the cancellation of Atlantis and the creation of this one.

Pepermint Jaffa
November 21st, 2008, 02:15 PM
Does anyone else think that the premise of this show is set up to discourage story-arcs and multi-part episodes? It seems like they're going to make just a bunch of stand alone episodes with no real cohesion. We have a ship they can't control going from planet to planet without any hope of it turning around or revisiting old places. I just don't see how people can get invested in a show like that. Anyone else see it going this way?

No, I actually concluded the opposite. And in fact, the writers have already said that SGU will be more serialized than SGA or SG-1.

In Mallozzi's blog, he said the following the other day about SGU, "the way these episodes have developed so far, there are a threads that run through all the stories, in essence making this season one big 20-parter."

http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/november-19-2008-tokyo-travel-and-spinning-stargate-universe-day-7/

Lee1818
November 21st, 2008, 10:16 PM
reminds me of the star trekin song "always going forward because we cant find revers" lmao

Blistna
November 22nd, 2008, 03:40 AM
Does anyone else think that the premise of this show is set up to discourage story-arcs and multi-part episodes? It seems like they're going to make just a bunch of stand alone episodes with no real cohesion. We have a ship they can't control going from planet to planet without any hope of it turning around or revisiting old places. I just don't see how people can get invested in a show like that. Anyone else see it going this way?

I think the premise of the show could be set up like that, but I doubt it. It will either have mini-story arcs, or season wide story arcs, and then a new galaxy every season. However, according to GateWorld.net (http://gateworld.net/news/2008/11/istargate_universei_pre-producti.shtml) the entire season is threaded together, so it's like a "20-episode parter"...exactly what that means and to what extent, I don't know...maybe like Heroes/Lost?

thekillman
November 22nd, 2008, 07:08 AM
malozzi said atleast s1 is almost 1 big arc.


theory disproven

GATEGOD
November 22nd, 2008, 03:24 PM
Umm I think the whole idea of the show is to do the opposite, which is why I can't wait to watch it. I love long big messy fun secret hidden, fun story arcs. Who doesn't? But what I love is that they should every now and then throw in a completely stand alone fun fun out their episode. That would make it perfect. They always need one different episode, among the rest.

SGFerrit
November 23rd, 2008, 04:35 AM
The way I see it this premise allows for bigger, or at least better and more thought out arcs. They won't be spending forever in one place and they'll be encounering different enemies and allies in different seasons, so this will force tptb to think through what they want to do with a race, a start, a middle and an end, before they are even introduced. The arcs that constantly carry over can be the personal arcs between characters, and trying to find a means to get the ship back to Earth.

THE HAM
January 29th, 2009, 08:41 AM
i would think that there is a way to get off the ship and onto the planets, so if they figured out the direction of the ship and could predict the gate addresses, then they could explore planets in the galacy and just gate to the planet the ship is around and get back on the ship.

i think most of the episodes will feature the team trying to figure things out on the ship. but they have to be able to get off it in order to get food and stuff

reddevil18
January 29th, 2009, 09:42 AM
Does anyone else think that the premise of this show is set up to discourage story-arcs and multi-part episodes? It seems like they're going to make just a bunch of stand alone episodes with no real cohesion. We have a ship they can't control going from planet to planet without any hope of it turning around or revisiting old places. I just don't see how people can get invested in a show like that. Anyone else see it going this way?HUH?! The exact opposite!

Commander Zelix
January 29th, 2009, 01:37 PM
The premise of SGU leaves the door open to both stand alone stories and arc storyline episodes. A lot of time in Stargate each episodes are both at the same time.

Duneknight
January 29th, 2009, 02:41 PM
if they leave the galaxy at the end of the season then each season will be a completely different story...that is an absolute disaster, there will be no tension, no revisiting planets and no point; whats the purpose of just circling around galaxies? is this like quantum leap but in space? what they should do is have no reference to the galaxy they are on and that for all they know it could still be the milky way. and just focus on the planets.

Platschu
January 29th, 2009, 02:53 PM
I really want to see some flashforward scene or episode. It would be so cool that our heroes will change in the future. For example: two character are friends, but something will happen and they will become enemies. And the viewers have to find out what could happen and maybe they have a good reason to react so (like G'Kar and Londo in Babylon 5). But SG uses the "multi-verse" theory, so every possible future can happen in other reality, so I don't know if a flashforwars story arc could work in SG:U. ;)

reddevil18
January 29th, 2009, 03:14 PM
I really want to see some flashforward scene or episode. It would be so cool that our heroes will change in the future. For example: two character are friends, but something will happen and they will become enemies. And the viewers have to find out what could happen and maybe they have a good reason to react so (like G'Kar and Londo in Babylon 5). But SG uses the "multi-verse" theory, so every possible future can happen in other reality, so I don't know if a flashforwars story arc could work in SG:U. ;)Well, it worked great in "2010", so I don't see why not, even if you look at it as an "alternate future reality" type of episode. "2010" has always been one of my favorite episodes.

Replicator Todd
January 29th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Although it has been said there will be no main enemy, i'm still hoping one of the story arcs will be about one main enemy. With multiple other story-arcs being revealed from this enemy...

wkw427
January 29th, 2009, 04:51 PM
Every show needs story arcs. If it doesn't, it isn't a show.

Hell, even stargate infinity had a story arc. A pretty good one, too. I wish it would of been continuned

PG15
January 30th, 2009, 07:10 PM
if they leave the galaxy at the end of the season then each season will be a completely different story...that is an absolute disaster, there will be no tension, no revisiting planets and no point; whats the purpose of just circling around galaxies? is this like quantum leap but in space? what they should do is have no reference to the galaxy they are on and that for all they know it could still be the milky way. and just focus on the planets.

That makes no sense. Why does it matter if they stay in a galaxy or not? If they want to continue the story, there's no reason why stuff from one galaxy can't go into another. They all have Stargates in them, remember? If they don't want to continue a storyline, then having the story in one galaxy (which has been done, twice) wouldn't stop them from abandoning it.

Besides, there will be serialization; me thinks it has more to do with the character, though.

kennythewraith
January 30th, 2009, 07:25 PM
I see this show going down the toilet with a big D'OH from everyone behind the cancellation of Atlantis and the creation of this one.

this a prime example of some bitter sga fan condeming this show because sga was cancelled.they just say this will suck but never give a reason why they think that.and iv figured out why....because all the ammo they had 5 months back has been disproven.its time to move on and either accept this show or go watch something else.and yes offense.

yeah this will have more story arcs and new stories that we have never seen before.they plan to have one or two new writers as well as their new consultant means possibly one hour of damn good serialized tv.

Replicator Todd
January 30th, 2009, 09:00 PM
There is a chance SGU will become really popular non-believers!

magictrick
January 31st, 2009, 10:56 AM
No, I actually concluded the opposite. And in fact, the writers have already said that SGU will be more serialized than SGA or SG-1.

In Mallozzi's blog, he said the following the other day about SGU, "the way these episodes have developed so far, there are a threads that run through all the stories, in essence making this season one big 20-parter."

http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2008/11/19/november-19-2008-tokyo-travel-and-spinning-stargate-universe-day-7/

The more I read up about this show the more it sounds like BSG. Not that I'm complaining because BSG is awesome. I'm prepping for a completely different Stargate experience, hopefully it doesn't disappoint!