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End of an era - RIP Stargate
Posted by OMA Samem on May 10 2011 at 07:19:58
Well its pretty sad to talk about the demise of a show, I know I never made a public show of liking and enjoying Stargate Universe - mostly because I didn't think it really followed the formula they had and I personally never really got into it.

It's a shame, but SGU was cancelled after two seasons, but in another way it signaled the end of Stargate in totality. It doesn't seem that Brad is going to even try to get something out there again, so says his tweets or passed on messages.

I've met a shed load (a technical term, honest!) of people through this site and had opportunities through Stargate I never would have had so, I have a lot to thank the franchise. I have a life long friend, I've lost friends made through passing on and I've made good contacts for the future and just really nice fans...

So now begins a void of adventure sci-fi on the channels and the re-runs of the show. So let's examine what went wrong...

I don't think that SGU had the following - even from die hard fans because the ensemble cast was so vast - there were many characters to get behind and it took too long to get a handle on them - empathise with them.
In fact, the only character that really worked for me was Ely - played by David Blue. Why? Because you could see his acting belief in stargate as a franchise, his character was so easy to embrace. You were seeing it through his eyes.
It's sad that Robert's character never really had a chance to blossom either. The political and gritty edge that seemed to come from the Battlestar Galactica remake just didn't work, neither did the 'giving' into the human relationsips that used to provide the fans with the 'will they get together, won't they?' aspect of keeping watching.

It's such a shame, really, because in the fans eyes thats what really kept them watching. They even nailed it with Stargate Atlantis, four/five to a team, a leader and some support teams - but with BattlestarVoyager- sorry Stargate Universe (and hey they used our name should be flattered) there was too much to tie together, too much conflict, not enough exploration and use of the Stargate. After all, its STARGATE. Even if they'd have spun off and actually used the Prometheus or whatever or teamed up with Asgard, or whomever, it would have made a very good and interesting story arc. Com'n, you can see a Thor getting all geared up in SG uniform helping on a mission can't you? All gunned up!

What was right about SGU? Was there anything? I am sure that someone will put me straight. The only thing I can see about it was that they finally made it more international and accessable to all countries that are watching. They still, however, only showed it in the US first again (mistake number.... ahem... who's counting?) I mean, if you want to get a fan base, get it onto the popular channels in the countries that are gonna watch it, so that they all get to see it in the same week. I-Tunes don't let you d/l if you're outside the US either... really? Do people want to get their series a fan base?

The second thing that I liked was actually what I disliked about it, they actually tried to make it different. However, as I explained above, I think they went too far the other way.

So I for one, even though I didn't embrace SGU, feel really sad that Stargate has come to an end. I hope Brad Wright manages to get another branch of the franchise made and if he needs any ideas - well he knows where to get them ;)

Feel free to comment below. Love to hear your thoughts too...