Update: A TV Show I wrote, called ‘untethered’ has been picked up by a Cable Channel for broadcast this summer. Details here
My work on SGU, the TV show, and the Stargate Universe Virtual Third Season
I had the great privilege of spending some time with the cast and crew of the TV show ‘Stargate Universe’ when the first season was being filmed. I did this as part of my Silverlight Evangelist responsibility when I worked for Microsoft, and I consulted with the creators of the show around innovative ways that they could use Microsoft technology in the show, and in promoting the show. We had lots of crazy and cool ideas, many of which never came to fruition because of the show’s untimely cancellation.
Here’s one that did make it out of the labs though:
One project that (unfortunately) didn’t see the light of day was an innovation in embedding super-aural sounds in the show. These sounds, which could be picked up my a microphone on a computer, but not heard by a human, would trigger supplemental, second screen content. In order to demonstrate how it would work, I wrote and pitched a story for the first season of SGU, called ‘Racing the Dawn’, which involved the crew of Destiny saving the treasures of a dying planet. At various parts of the show (example, in an alien art gallery), the tone would sound, and the computer would respond by giving the user a wallpaper download of the art that the character is looking at. This story is now part of the Virtual Third Season of SGU (see below). I wish I had patented the idea, because second screen is now really hot — see Viggle.com who are now doing exactly what we were going to do in SGU back in 2009.
Having made some good friends amongst the folks at SGU, I hated leaving the story hanging, so, as a writer, I wanted to draw up a satisfactory conclusion to the story. Needing to cut my teeth in script writing, I decided to write some screenplays that would tell the bigger story that I wanted to see.
These are NOT official scripts. This is an enthusiasts outline for what might have been. I hate the term ‘fan fiction’, and try to avoid it
1. Consider these to be very much a ‘first draft’ quality. There are some continuity errors in here, including stating Destiny’s starting point as something other than what it said in the series (though to be fair, the series was a little vague), and a scene involving something very small coming back through an open wormhole. Ditto with a shuttle from Destiny going through a gate. For formatting — any screenwriter worth their salt can tell you everything I’ve done wrong with that here! Some day I’ll have to go back and make these ‘proper’ screenplays.
2. Lots of folks have critiqued the physics here. It’s all very theoretical stuff. Part of the plot of these involves the Universe having a physical center. Modern cosmology teaches us that this isn’t so. I don’t agree with Modern cosmological arguments, because the ones that I have seen ‘prove’ the lack of center using external, objective, measurement, and don’t hold up to internal, relative, measurement. Bottom line — it’s all theory, so don’t let an unproven theory get in the way of a good story!
So without further ado — the scripts:
Stargate Universe 3×01: Journey’s End PDF
Stargate Universe 3×02: What you Believe In PDF
Stargate Universe 3×03: Racing the dawn PDF
[These scripts are written to honor a terrific TV show, and as an experimentation in script writing. It is a NON COMMERCIAL initiative. No copyright infringement is intended. If any is inferred, please contact me (lmoroney-att-yahoo-dottt-commm)]
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