I wonder if Stargate Universe might have been better received if “Air parts I, II, and III”, “Darkness”, “Light”, and “Earth” (maybe “Water” too) had been made into a week long mini-series rather than 5 or 6 weeks worth of episodes.
In the mini-series format it would have served as a single setup with the ending speech Col Young gives as the spring board into the series. Since there would have been no week-long gaps between the parts of the initial story the pacing would have felt better; for comparison imagine if the Battlestar Galactica mini-series had been the first 5 or 6 episodes of season 1 before “33” was aired.
So I’ve had this idea for a story; not a writer so it will probably never get flushed out but here is the gist of it:
Pitch Line: The story of Earths first interplanetary war
So the Roswell incident in 1947 was really the result of an accident during mankind’s initial attempt at a transporter device. The failure resulted in the death of 3 scientists; ultimately proving that only basic elements, atoms and the simplest molecules, can be transported via an energy stream over long distances.
Fast forward to the late 90’s. Fearing global climate change, over-population, and world-wide political strife a group of politicians from the lower levels of several governments have banded together with a plan to start over.
The plan is to immigrate to Mars; this is to be done in two phases.
First, exploit the dot-com boom to gather money. This money will allow them under the guise of “space tourism” to get the first group of colonist to Mars. This group will include a number of laborers and scientist as well as their families.
Second, via loose government regulations and exotic financial instruments raise a second round of capital. This money will then be used to leverage the “failed” transporter technology of the late 40’s in order to move a portion of the Earths oceans to Mars. The addition of water will enable a jump start to the terra-formation of Mars. (Since the technology can really only move atoms it will end up just moving the Hydrogen and Oxygen the comprise the water to Mars; this will oxygenate the atmosphere and power fuel cells which will generate water).
At some point, after the Earths oceans begin to recede, the governments of Earth will figure out the plot. This will lead to a war on two fronts; the war on earth between the “red separatists” (those wanting to immigrate to Mars) and the “terra prima” (those who are in favor of preserving Earth), and the war between those on Earth and those on Mars (the “naitive” martians are skeptical of the new “red separatists” and at open war with “terra prima”).
An artist rendering of Mars if it had an ocean
So that’s it, that’s my story. I haven’t decided how I’d like it to play out, but I imagine if I was in the story I’d find myself on the side of the “red separatist” – if only because I’ve always wanted to visit Mars.
Let me know if you have any thoughts, or if you work in television and want to pay me lots of money to actually make this into a mini-series 😉
**SPOILERS** If you haven’t watch the final episode by now I’m not sure why you are reading this…
So I’ve reached a conclusion. I am the only person who thought that last 30 minutes of Battlestar Galactica’s series finale was nearly perfect.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the space battle at the beginning because it looked really cool, it just was not as awesome as the battle over New Caprica (Galactica jumping into the atmosphere, destruction of the Pegasus). I also found it a bit hard to swallow that the ship that was falling apart at the seams was capable of ramming into a larger ship successfully; but it is science fiction so I let it slide (suspension of disbelief and all that jazz).
What ended up being the highlight for me was the conclusion for Starbuck. When Kara and Lee were talking I saw it coming, I knew she had served her purpose and her time was up, yet I was still shocked when she was just gone.
I see lots of people saying that this did not answer any of the questions surrounding her resurrection, but I thought it had been coming for a long time. Baltar’s speech a few episode prior had already established that the “head character” were angels, during which declared her to be an angel. It seems to that since this show was never hard science fiction (more about the characters less about the technology) a more supernatural explanation was alway looming in the background.
My one complaint was the soft pedaling of the character of god in this show. Merely saying god is a force of nature is a cop out, a force of nature leaves no room for personal relationships which is frankly a pretty boring concept for god.
So, like I said, I loved the ending of Battlestar Galactica, it was worth the wait.
I have been waiting for the writers to pull a Battlestar Galactica season 2-3 jump. I was imagining that they would “kill” Chuck, then flash forward a year in the future where he was now a trained CIA agent. That would open the show up for lots of new plots, which was the only reason I thought there would be a need for such a plot device. After almost 2 seasons of the current story it didn’t seem like there was much else they could do.
This weeks episode opened up lots of new doors that I simply was not expecting. It’s great to see that they’ve written the character to be proactive, I just hope that they continue to grow his character in that direction.