Stargate Universe followed a exploration team on an ancient spaceship called Destiny, and their attempts to get back to Earth from billions of light years away. In the season two finale, the decision is made to put Destiny on a three-year, faster-than-light jump while the crew goes into stasis chambers. However, one of the stasis pods is discovered to be malfunctioning. Math genius Eli Wallace (David Blue) volunteers to stay behind, believing he is smart enough to fix the pod before life support shuts down. (synopsis (c) io9 Gizmodo)
The ending of Stargate Universe was a deeply bittersweet, movingly melancholic fair.
Not so much because it signalled the end of the Stargate franchise’s third live action TV spinoff (following Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis) – to be fair while that looked sadly likely, it wasn’t an absolute certainty at the time of screening – but because Eli was the sole person left awake, charged with making sure the members make it safely to the next far-off stage of their journey.
With the end of the series after just 40 episodes, we never found out how the gamble by the Destiny’s inhabitants paid off, leaving fans like myself feeling a little bit incomplete (but not as incomplete as the mere 13 episodes of Firefly left us, but hey that’s a whole other kettle of terminated-too-early fish.)
But now, thanks to a comic book by writers Mark L. Haynes and J.C. Vaughn and artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo, called Back to Destiny from American Mythology, we’ll have a chance to fight out what happened next as io9 Gizmodo explains:
“It’s described as a sort of third season where ‘Eli races against time to repair his damaged stasis pod, [and] a new danger to the ship threatens the fragile plan meant to keep everyone alive.'”
Granted it’s not the renewed TV series we all would have liked but given the rich, deeply-imaginative talent out there in comic book land (yes I will happily live there thank you), this sequel will no doubt be an extraordinarily good way to return to Stargate Universe.
And who knows? If it’s succcessful, it may well spawn a new series of comic books such as those for Buffy and Firefly, something which would make and many other fans, ridiculously star-gazingly happy.