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The End of the Stargate Era (RIP Stargate)

Bad news Stargate fans.  You know how all of us on the web kept telling you there was a chance that SGU and the other Stargate movies might see the light of day?  Turns out that’s not happening now.  I’ll give you a moment to collect yourselves before I continue.

Stargate showrunner Brian Wright was the featured speaker at the Official Stargate Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.  It was there that he broke the first bit of news that Stargate Universe would not be wrapped up in a movie:

“We just recently found out that the SGU movie is not going to happen. It took too long. We just couldn’t get it together in time, and the window has closed. It’s actually sad for me, because after 17 years, I’m cleaning out my desk tomorrow morning.”

I fully admit I’m fairly disappointed that Stargate Universe will not be wrapping up all of their storylines.  Instead the loyal fans will be left with the unresolved tale of the Destiny and her crew.  The show has hit its stride and been really good in season 2, it’s a shame that it wasn’t given enough time to flourish on Syfy Channel.  But that’s to be expected anymore.

The other bit of news was that the additional three movies that Wright and his writers had begun developing will also not be filmed.  Scripts have been written for the first two projects Stargate: Revolution and Stargate: Extinction but with not greenlight filming will not take place.  The most interesting thing that Brad Wright mentioned was there were plans for a 3rd, currently untitled, Stargate movie.  This movie would have combined the casts of all three shows.  Is it just me or could that have been really cool?  Part of me thinks that, in light of SGU’s cancellation this movie would be when the crew of Destiny was rescued.

To wrap things up, Wright reported there are currently no plans to begin production on any additional Stargate programs.  For the first time in 15 years there will be no Stargate programs on TV.  RIP Stargate we hope to see you again one day.  It truly is the end of an era.

Via: Gateworld

SGU Movies To Save The Series?

As I’m sure you are all aware I am vehemently opposed to Syfy Channel’s plans to cancel Stargate Universe.  If you’ve watched the show I’m sure you can see how the show has grown up.  Instead of seeming mostly like a ripoff of BSG with some SG-1 and SGA tossed in the show has developed its own mythos.

SGU executive producer Joseph Mallozzi has made it clear he intends to pursue any method to save the show.  Luckily for fans he has been updating his blog on a frequent basis detailing the current status of his effort to save SGU.  He revealed last month that the door was pretty much closed on a third season of SGY on someplace other than Syfy Channel.  That leaves us with a few potential alternatives such as web series, comics, or wrap-up movies.

A couple weeks back Mr. Mallozi was able to provide some more clarification on the state/future of Stargate Universe:

“Hopefully, by the time [the season finale] airs, we’ll have definite word on a potential movie or two,” he said.

“If it’s a go and fans can look forward to a proper end to Destiny‘s mission, then ‘Gauntlet’ will certainly set the stage for a grand conclusion. If, on the other hand, things don’t pan out and ‘Gauntlet’ does turn out to be the bittersweet finale, fans will be thrilled, touched, heartbroken — and left to wonder what could have been.”

If you are a fan of Stargate Universe keep your fingers crossed that this movie deal gets worked out.  I, for one, would love them to be able to finish the story of the Destiny and her crew.

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.

Stargate Universe Cancelled

Just heard the news that SGU has been cancelled.  Really I just popped on to Twitter and found out that way.  I plan on having a post with my reaction to the cancellation up tomorrow, but I wanted to spread the word now.

Stargate Universe Returns April 2

Just saw a promo on YouTube for the return of Stargate Galactica Universe and thought I’d pass it along.  Looks like we’ve got a space battle coming up next season which should be cool.  A couple other notes too:

  1. Daniel Jackson will be showing up!  There’s a blink and use miss it appearance of Jackson in the trailer.
  2. Dr. Rush will rejoin the crew.  We knew this would happen, cool to see however.
  3. Looks like they might find a few more habitable planets to check out too.
  4. Finally, this long of a delay between seasons is ridiculous.  BSG did it and I hated it then too.  Just another similarity between the two shows I suppose.

Fall TV Preview

Well, we’ve hit September now, which means the new seasons of television are about to hit the airways.  To commemorate this we’ve put together some trailers for upcoming shows that we at the Round Table are excited to see.  The fun starts below!

Smallville Season 9: It’s no secret I’m excited about the return of Smallville.  I have my doubts as to how good this season will be, but I do at least want to see Clark getting that much closer to becoming Superman.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is the season we see him finally fly.

Dollhouse: I make no secret of the fact that I fell off the Dollhouse bandwagon for a while.  Needless to say, I hopped back on and am ready to see whats happening next.  It doesn’t hurt that I enjoy the actors they’ve got on this show especially Tahmoh Penikett who played Karl ‘Helo’ Agathon on Battlestar Galactica.  I think it could be pretty cool to see how much good he can do from within the Dollhouse now.

Flash Forward: I don’t know a lot about the show, but what I’ve learned I find interesting.  Here’s a little bit off Wikipedia to whet your appetite.

A mysterious global event causes everyone to simultaneously experience, for two minutes and seventeen seconds, his or her life six months in the future. When it is over, many are dead in accidents involving vehicles, aircraft, and any other device needing human control. Everyone who survived is left wondering if what they saw will actually happen.

A Los Angeles FBI agent named Mark Benford tries to figure out what exactly happened and why it happened. Along with his team, he creates a database of people’s flash forwards from around the world called the Mosaic Collective (for which a website has been launched). Apart from the various catastrophic visions, people also see themselves relapsing into various former vices, such as Benford seeing himself drinking again, and his wife Olivia has a vision of herself with another man

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The Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows Of All Time

The guys over at io9 put together some great articles.  I generally try to stay on top of their new posts.  Then I saw this recent one, listing the 100 greatest SciFi and Fantasy shows and had to take a read.  For the most part I can agree with their choices, but personally, I think Dr. Who is too high up on the list.  Then again I’ve only seen 1-2 episodes so  I’m probably not the best person to give their opinion on the subject.

Anyway, I encourage you all to check out the top 100 list and chime in on their debate.  I’m pleased with where the modern BSG ended up, but personally I’d have probably put it a little higher, but of course I’m biased.

Click the pic to read io9's article

Click the pic to read io9's article

Stargate Universe Poster

Just a quick one to show off the new poster for Stargate Universe.  It basically tells us nothing about the show.  Way to keep us in suspense Syfy SciFi channel.

Stargate Universe premieres as a two-hour movie event Oct. 2 at 9:00 PM on your local SciFi affiliate.


New Stargate Movies Soon?

Update (April 2011): There was a great dream that the Stargate movies would continue the series.  However, in April 2011 it was officially announced by Brad Wright that the Stargate series was ending and no additional movies would be made.  Check out the Round Table coverage on the end of the Stargate era for more information.

Word is coming out that there is a chance we might see a couple more Stargate movies in the future.  Robert C. Cooper has written scripts for a new Stargate SG-1 film and a new Stargate Atlantis film.  The question is, when might we see these be filmed and given to us as DVD goodness.  The simple answer is, not a clue.

If you’re wondering why that is, Cooper offered this insight during an interview with the SciFi Wire:

“It’s tough, because we were very successful with the first two SG-1 movies,” Cooper said. “Since then, the economics have changed a little bit. DVDs aren’t selling the same way they were when we released those even just a year, and a year and a half ago.”

If you’re upset, blame the economy I guess.  I think its a cop-out as its been proven repeatedly that SciFi fans specifically Stargate fans will pay the money for DVD continuations to the series.  I’m sure the fans would buy, and at this point in the franchise I really doubt that they will be bringing in new fans with the direct to DVD movies.  But what do I know, I’m a fan already.

If the two DVDs are made, they will stand independent of the upcoming Stargate Universe series, meaning there will be no tie-in between the shows like we saw with Atlantis and SG-1.

“They would stand alone,” Cooper said. “The Atlantis one takes place shortly after the end of season five. The SG-1, I think, takes place sometime in an intermediary period between when the SG-1 movies left off and when Universe began.”

Via: SciFi Wire (I refuse to call it Syfy)

Stargate Universe Trailer

Another trailer has hit the internet for Stargate Universe.  This one premiered at the San Diego Comic Con.  Just wanted to give a quick update so you all the readers could check it out.

Also, there is another trailer that leaked, it looks to be a bit differnt from the SDCC trailer.  This one might get taken down though, so I make no guarantees to its availability.  Check it out here.