"We tried to put some more conflict in Atlantis. We tried to have members of the team at odds and it just didn't work because of the hierarchy. There was a spirit of, 'we all signed up for this and should be working together,' and it felt wrong if someone was cutting against the grain. ... in this case (Stargate Universe) ..., we have to deal with each other and certainly everyone that we're trying to develop is ripe with human failings."
"We believe that the tone and theme of the show is asking us to be a little more naturalistic and a little more in touch with a sense of reality. SG-1 and Atlantis were adventure shows. They were on some levels a little bit comic book-y, and I don't use that necessarily in a negative way. They were fun, but the spirit of this show is a little closer to one of a realistic portrayal of survival. We're going to try and adapt our shooting style...."
"The way you shoot stuff has changed significantly over the years... We are able to do things this year that we couldn't two years ago."
-Robert Cooper on the tone of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis versus Stargate Universe (SciFiNow #25, p.58)-
Admittedly, the approach to filming the Destiny takes its cues from the Moore version of Battlestar Galactica and the approach taken to filming the Colonial Raptors, the Colonial Vipers and the Battlestars themselves with the in and out zooms. It always looked magnificent on that series technically and it does here in Stargate Universe as well. It's often a breathtaking space trip.