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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.

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.

Caprica Sneak Preview

Well folks, its official.  Tonight is James Marsters’ first appearance on Caprica.  And the folks over at the SciFi Syfy Channel have been nice enough to provide a preview clip.  Looks like his character might be just a little bit of an extremist.

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I Finally Watched Caprica

You would think that a rabid Battlestar Galactica fan like myself would have watched Caprica the day it released on DVD.  To be honest, I had every intention to, I even bought the DVD the day it released.  But then I had second thoughts.  I kept wondering if this prequel was going to ruin the series I’d come to love.  Basically I was worried about a Phantom Menace situation.  And to be honest after the end of BSG I was thinking that Caprica was a cash grab intended to cash in on the BSG fanbase’s want for more stories.

When Caprica was first announced as a new show on the SciFi Syfy channel I was disappointed.  My hope was that any BSG prequel would be about the first Cylon war and would center around a young Bill Adama and Saul Tigh as they tried to survive.  Just imagine the flashbacks from Razor turned into a series.  That would have been brilliant.  I wanted more darkness and warfare like we saw in BSG.  Imagine my disappoint when I hear the BSG prequel was going to be a drama centered around the Adama and Greystone families.  And did I forget to mention William Adama, my favorite BSG character, is only an 11-year-old boy in this series.  What the frak?  A dramatic show without the war backdrop?  Lets put it this way, I was wrong.

I’m not going to get into spoilers or any plot details in this post, but lets put it this way I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the first two hours of Caprica.  It started out slow but started to put all the pieces together to be a very long and involved story.  Caprica is set 58 years before the fall of the colonies, in other words 58 years before the BSG mini-series.

To put things very simply an act of terrorism sets in place the things that will lead to the end of humanity as seen in BSG.  This one-act leads to the creation of the Cylons.

There are lots of  lines that might seem insignificant to some, but if you watched BSG you’re going to take pause and realize just how significant these ‘throw-away’ lines might be.  This is highlight to read just so as not to ruin one of the significant parts I liked.  Pay particular attention to a repeated mention of a singular God and compare that to the mostly polytheistic view of the Gods as presented in BSG.  By the end of the first episodes the first Cylon will be shown on-screen and utter its first ‘By your command.’  I’m not going to give anymore plot information because I’d hate to ruin the show for anyone.  It’s obviously going to be very plot and character driven so any spoilerage by me would be unacceptable.

If you liked BSG, definitely check out Caprica.  You won’t regret it!  If you like SciFi shows with a good plot and twists and turns check out Caprica.  And if you really like Caprica make sure to watch BSG too.  Also, SciFi Syfy Channel has put the first 2 hours of Caprica online for viewing.  If you don’t have the DVD and can’t hold out til Friday check it out on their site.  And if you’re unsure on Caprica check out the promo below.  Eagle eyed watchers might notice James Marsters (Spike from Buffy) in this one!

SyFy Channel, What the Frak?

SciFi vs. SyFy

SciFi vs. SyFy

I know I’m late to jump on this bandwagon, but does anyone else think the rebranding of the SciFi channel to SciFi is absolutely idiotic?  On June 7, the SciFi channel will cease to exist and instead become the SyFy channel?  It sounds exactly how it looks, it seems to me the company is choosing a new name so that they can trademark it.  If that were the case maybe I wouldn’t be so annoyed by it.  I’m used to SciFi doing dumb things.  Examples of that being cancelling Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Farscape.  So, I’m really not shocked that a new name change, which I think is stupid, would happen.

Greg Dean, the writer/artist of RealLife comics put up a pretty good comic regarding this switch.  If even half of the what is depicted was actually said by a SciFi exec they might really want to consider firing him.  It makes horrible business sense to alienate your loyal fans as you undergo a rebranding effort.

RealLife Take on SciFi/SyFy

RealLife Take on SciFi/SyFy

EDIT: The quote referenced in the comic is as follows:

“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network.

I stand corrected, a current SciFi exec did not make such a strong statement, just a former one who ran the network when it was true to its SciFi roots.

I think SciFi channel lost its way once it started showing pro-wrestling.  Don’t get me wrong I was a fan of pro-wrestling and still occasionally watch it, but it really never fit in on the SciFi channel.  Part of my thinks this rebranding is a way for the SciFi channel to move away from its conventional programming.  It seems like the execs have been doing that for a while.  They’ve phased out most of the programming I like.  I was never a Eureka fan although I’ve heard it was good.  Without Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica, I’m really not too interested in watching any of their programming.  I probably haven’t flipped to SciFI since the BSG finale.  Now, I admit I will give the new SyFy channel a try, but only for Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Stargate Universe, none of the other programming interests me.  Good look SciFi execs, hopefully you haven’t alienated too many of your fans.

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