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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.

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)