Is Universe Stargate’s version of Star Trek:Voyager?

When people compare Star­gate: Universe to other sci-fi show’s they talk about Battlestar Galac­tica. Usually nega­tively. The compar­i­son is an obvi­ous one because styl­is­ti­cally the two shows are very simi­lar. But there is another compar­i­son that doesn’t get made nearly as often. Star­gate: Universe has a lot in common with Star Trek Voyager.

The main cast of Universe. The series has a mu...
Stargate: Universe Cast - Image via Wikipedia

Take a look at the basic concept of both shows:

Lost in a differ­ent galaxy so far from home that they will likely never see Earth again. The ship’s crew must over­come distrust and antag­o­nisms to work together and survive.

That could describe either Star­gate: Universe or Star Trek: Voyager wouldn’t you say?

I’ve had this compar­i­son in the back of my mind ever since Star­gate: Universe first aired, but what brought it back to the surface was the recent news that for Season 2 of Universe the writ­ers plan to intro­duce a recur­ring villain. In itself that’s a good thing. One of the prob­lems with Universe so far has been the lack of a clearly defined enemy.

However, I have to ques­tion the use of the Lucian Alliance. The alliance were orig­i­nally intro­duced towards the end of SG-1’s run. The whole point of Universe was to move away from the famil­iar and explore new aliens, new soci­eties and new enemies. This was of course the exact same premise for Voyager too, and they also ended up intro­duc­ing some famil­iar faces.

There comes a point in any fran­chise where the unique­ness and orig­i­nal­ity has been mined out of the setting and desper­ate measure are taken to try and keep things going. I think most people would prob­a­bly point to Star Trek: Voyager as the moment that the Star Trek fran­chise began to founder. It was such a signif­i­cant cultural phenom­e­non that it kept going for years after that, but it grad­u­ally slid into obscu­rity.

Star­gate, despite it’s longevity, has not had nearly the social impact that Star Trek did and I have to wonder how quickly the Star­gate fran­chise could fade if they continue to make the same mistakes that Star Trek did.

Of course fran­chises can be resur­rected. Look at the phenom­e­nal success of the recent Star Trek movie. But in that case it took a full reboot to undo a decade’s worth of damage and I don’t think Star­gate has that luxury.

What do you think? Will Star­gate: Universe survive beyond the second season? Is there some way to reju­ve­nate the fran­chise with out a full reboot? How would you fix it?

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  • I had thought of Star­gate Universe as their version of Star Trek Voyager from day one. They had a simi­lar theme with the Civil­ians vs Mili­tary as Feder­a­tion vs Maquis. However that thought became even more forti­fied with the intro­duc­tion of the Lucian Alliance. Now it is even a better compar­i­son. Earth Crew vs Lucian Alliance Crew. I however don’t think we will see the same chem­istry as Janeway and Chako­tay.

    Battlestar was so differ­ent that I never felt a compar­i­son with Voyager, except for the compar­isons and contrasts with the orig­i­nal Battlestar series. 

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