Stargate Universe was the latest of three major Stargate series, ending in 2011 after just two seasons with a huge cliffhanger. A season 3 is very unlikely to come as it's been more than 10 years since the show ended, but recent developments should give Stargate fans new hope for further stories from the franchise.
Stargate Universe was the third Stargate show, and whilst the original series Stargate: SG-1 and the first spin-off Stargate: Atlantis were pretty similar in terms of humor and setting, Stargate Universe had darker, more character-driven storytelling, which was obviously inspired by the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica and also a bit by Star Trek: Voyager.
The main story of Stargate Universe follows a team of soldiers, scientists, and civilians who are stranded on an ancient spaceship called the Destiny, several billion light years away from Earth. The Destiny is on a pre-programmed mission to explore the universe, and due to a lack of energy, the team is unable to return home. The protagonists face many challenges as they try to survive on the ship, including limited resources, malfunctioning technology, and hostile alien threats.
Stargate Universe was cancelled after two seasons, with the final episode airing in 2011. One major issue was the show's ratings, which were lower compared to the previous Stargate series. The show also received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, with many people criticizing it being too slow-paced and lacking the action and adventure of SG:1 and SG:A.
Stargate Universe: Season 3 Unlikely, But New Hope For The Franchise
Let's be clear on this: It is very unlikely that Stargate Universe will ever be continued. Besides the fact that it happens very rarely that cancelled shows get renewed (but it can happen, as The Expanse and Lucifer proved), it is even more unlikely for shows that stopped several years ago, since the actors not only turn older but are also usually busy with new projects, which makes it almost impossible to get them all back at the same time.
A possible solution for that would be to bring the show back as an animated series, but it just doesn't look like this is ever going to happen.
Anyway, there is good reason to be optimistic about the future of the franchise. In 2021, Amazon bought MGM, the studio which currently owns the rights to the Stargate franchise. There have already been some rumors about Amazon planning a new Stargate project recently, and it would just make no sense for Amazon to ignore one of the biggest sci-fi franchises in history, so in the end it will be more a question of when there will be a new Stargate movie or series than a question of if it's gonna happen at all.
Furthermore, it's been more than a decade since the last Stargate series (to be honest, we don't count Stargate Origins here and everyone who's seen it will know why), so it would be a great timing for a reboot or a new show.
New Stargate Show or Movie Could Explain How The Stargate Universe Story Ended
If you watched Stargate Universe and you liked the show, you'd probably be interested in how the story would have continued and ended. As you remember drone ships guarded every star in the galaxy, which is why to get to the next power source, the crew of the Destiny had to move to another galaxy, which is three years away. Therefore, the crew put themselves into stasis pods, hoping to wake up in said galaxy, safe and sound. Unfortunately, this ending was left open and fans never got to find out what the crew's fate would really be.
Although a third season of SG:U is unlikely, there is a realistic chance that a future Stargate show or movie will somehow pick up the story of Stargate Universe as part of a side plot and let us know what happened to the Destiny and its crew. Besides that, our fingers are crossed as we hope to finally get new stories from the Stargate franchise sometime soon.
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