Re-Animator might be getting rebooted for a younger audience, but now it’s time for Stargate fans to balk.

Stargate Universe (SGU) is on its way.

Edgier and younger in tone, SGU will take the franchise in a dynamic new direction, appealing to longtime Stargate fans and first-time viewers alike. The two-part premiere of Universe is being directed by Andy Mikita (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1) and lensed by Rohn Schmidt (The Shield, The Mist).  The series is expected to premiere in October 2009.

SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth.  Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive.  The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.

I don’t know about you, but that plot sounds awful familiar to me. But now the final five will have fresh faces!


 
But wait- is that Robert Carlyle and Lou Diamond Phillips there? Sure is. Poor guys. At least with Rohn Schmidt on board they’ll look great.
 
Of course the real question here is- who the hell keeps watching these shows? It’s an honest question. I’ve never met someone in real life who’s followed it, and I know people who followed Farscape and Lexx, for christ’s sake.

A cursory glance at Wikipedia reveals some horrifying facts. Stargate SG-1 ran for 10 years? Atantis went for five? Where are these people, and what could they possibly think about this new show?