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SGU is Syfy’s Latest Victim and Why It Should be Saved

Last week it was announced Stargate Universe was being cancelled.  After moving to Tuesday, and being paired with the recently cancelled Caprica, its rating were in rough shape.  Notice that the show was being cancelled was not sent out via a press release or notice on Syfy’s web-site, instead the news was sent out via Twitter.  This was the first anyone had heard that the show was being cancelled.  This includes the cast of Stargate Universe.  Needless to say this news took a lot of people by surprise, but mostly the cast and crew of Stargate Universe.

The fact that this was the only notice the show was being cancelled was fairly disrespectful to the cast, crew and fan.  Stargate fans are vocal to say the least.  They would have fought to keep the show on the air but the cancellation was done in a way that fans could easily be ignored.  After all how hard is it to ignore messages on Twitter?

My concern for SGU is, will they be able to finish the storyline that has been started.  SGU just took its midseason break and the next 1/2 season, which has already been filmed, will serve as the finale for the show.  Since they had not been given notice the show was being cancelled I doubt the storyline has been finished.  We, the loyal fans, are probably going to be left with no resolution to the storyline of Stargate Universe.

So, how do we resolve the story of SGU if there are no more episodes to be filmed.  It would be ideal if Syfy would give the show an extra few episodes or a TV movie to wrap up the storyline.  Do I think thats likely to happen?  No, I don’t.  Remember Syfy promised there would be additional Stargate Atlantis movies that would continue the story and presumably get Atlantis back to the Pegasus Galaxy.  Even if Syfy promised an SGU movie to wrap things up I’m not sure I would believe it based on the track record.

The cancellation of both Caprica and SGU can probably be linked to one thing.  The, now, Syfy channel is moving away from its core fan-base.  It wasn’t too long ago when there was a SciFi Friday with a solid block of shows.  That was back in the day when Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica were on the air.  On Friday nights there was a 3 hour block of awesome SciFi shows.  Now what’s on Friday nights?  Anyone want to take a guess?  Syfy’s Friday night lineup consists of WWE Smackdown?  How does this appeal to your core fan-base that made your channel a success?  Simply put, it doesn’t.

Needless to say I’m a little miffed with Syfy Channel right now.  Back in its heyday the channel had lots of shows that I wanted to watch, and reruns of shows I had never seen before.  SciFi Channel introduced me to Firefly, a show I had mistakenly missed out on when it first aired.  Now the channel cancels quality SciFi shows to make room for professional wrestling and terrible B-Movies.

There’s really nothing I watch on Syfy now except for the occasional rerun of Stargate and new episodes of Stargate Universe.  I plan to watch the final episodes of Caprica and Stargate Universe but then I’m going to be taking a break.  I have great hope for the upcoming BSG mini-series Blood and Chrome.  I really want to watch it and hope that its successful and turns into another series.  However, if it becomes a series and struggles I don’t have faith in Syfy giving it a chance to recover.  Their history shows it.  Personally I think that Syfy got spoiled by the success and critical acclaim that came with Battlestar Galactica.  It’s very tough for shows to live in the shadow of such a successful show and so far nothing has lived up to the success of BSG.

Hopefully I’m wrong and BSG: Blood and Chrome succeeds.  I really hope  I’m also wrong and Syfy gives the fans a chance to see how Stargate Universe should truly end.  The fans don’t deserve to be left hanging.  There’s only so much abuse the fans will be willing to take when it comes to unresolved stories.  Caprica is going to be left unresolved and more than likely Stargate Universe will be too.  Eventually fans of the Science Fiction genre will stop coming back to Syfy and in order for the channel to succeed they will have to move further away from its fan-base in turn losing them.  Its my fear that in the end Syfy channel will turn into a poor man’s SpikeTV loaded with pro-wrestling and Ghost Hunters.  That’s not a channel I want to watch and I’m sure there are many fans with me.

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12 responses to “SGU is Syfy’s Latest Victim and Why It Should be Saved

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  2. Tom Baker December 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Very well written Chris. I agree. I used to look forward to Friday night SciFi. On the other hand, I heard one of my blogger friends say that it is very appropriate that fake WWE is on the SyFy Channel! There is quite a bit of none sci-fi on that channel. From Ghost Hunters, to the stupid inane Saturday movies that a 10 year old could write, to James Bond, and the list goes on.

    What is going on with the programming is a disgrace unless they are purposely and methodically trying to turn the SyFy channel into something other than sci-fi. It all comes down to money and not the audience anyway. I will wait and see what happens. When the best they can offer now is Sanctuary, something is very wrong.

    • Chris December 31, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Tom. I was a little passionate about this story so I hope that translated well. I completely agree that the current programming is a disgrace. Sanctuary looks like an interesting show but I don’t really trust Syfy to continue with it if it hits a bad spot.

  3. Franchesca December 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Stargate got its start on Cinemax. It was a weekly show with no commercials for a long time before network TV picked it up, before there was a SyFy. Enter MGM, they own SG. Now you have what you see. MGM opened a mega hotel/casino in Vegas that seems to be the only thing making money for them it seems then they declared bankruptcy one day after they announced canceling SG. I cam now curious to see what movies they had in the pipeline that they also killed the financing/marketing of.
    My hope is that SGU goes to Cinemax at the very least.

  4. southwindtrails December 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I loved SG-1 and SG Atlantis, but I have to say I wasn’t a fan of SGU. That said I understand the fans getting upset, I’ve had plenty of shows I loved cancelled and it’s always upsetting when the story arch is left unfinished. SyFy is making a huge mistake moving away from the sci-fic shows and movies. Isn’t that what people expect to see on a channel called SyFy? Apprently someone didn’t get the memo.

    • Chris December 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      I was a big fan of SG1 and SGA. It took a while for me to get hooked on SGU. Maybe it just grew on me. To be honest I would be less upset if they would at least provide some way to finish up the story. One of my biggest pet peeves is ending a show and leaving everything unresolved.

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  6. MJ March 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

    CORRECTION: SG-1 >The series debuted on SHOWTIME (Cinemax, really?) on July 27, 1997

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