‘Stargate Universe’ Returns & A Memorium To Stargate

by on March 3, 2011

in Entertainment

'Stargate Universe' - the Stargate on Destiny

Jamil Walker Smith in SGU Stargate UniverseStargate Universe returns to the Syfy Channel from its mid-season break on Monday, March 7th, 2011.  Stargate Universe cast includes Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, David Blue, Alaina Huffman and Jamil Walker Smith who plays my near, all-time favorite character of Master Sgt. Ronald Greer.

I’m happy to see Stargate Universe return to Syfy, but the return marks a sad premiere as this premiere marks the last ten episodes of the series, ever.

I’m watching the Stargate Universe marathon on Syfy as I write this and I’m really going to miss the show.  The stories are intricately detailed and evolving as each episode forwards the story of the castaways stuck on the Destiny as they tackle their survival on the ship as they deal with it, each other and the challenges presented to them on the journey of the Destiny.

Robert Carlyle in SGU 'Stargate Universe'I’m bummed because not enough people tuned in to watch the show and that is why it’s headed off into the netherworld of canceled TV series.  Sure it was slow, but the network responded by adding more space battles for the fans, just as they asked.  Then they moved it to the possible worse night of the week, Tuesdays, and that sealed its fate, sadly.

I get the angst of the viewers.  For many who tuned in expecting the old, jovial mode of the Stargate franchise were disappointed that the show did not maintain the same levels of energy and humorous overtones that the previous few series carried with it.

This version of Stargate carried the tones of the dismally desperate story that was similar to Battlestar Galactica.

My conjecture is that with Battlestar Galactica being as hugely popular it was on Syfy, that the powers that be behind Syfy tried to join the popularly depressing mode of BSG with the popular Stargate franchise.  My guess?  They were hoping for a double-hitter pulling the two together.  They didn’t anticipate the huge amount of angst that the fans experienced as they felt it was too slow of a pace and that the characters just go on and on, doing nothing but talking, talking and more talking.

Louis Ferreira in SGU 'Stargate Universe'Sure, the initial introduction was very story intensive.  There were some great, detailed developments but too many folks were too impatient with the wonderfully rich and detailed interwoven stories to appreciate the work put into the show.

But I’m not knocking the fans impatience, I get it.  Right now I have a book loaded up on my Kindle that is killing me as the story is so so detailed with bits and pieces about characters that I’ll never see again and situations that seem to mean nothing to the overall story.  So I get the opinions of the show.

But the show resonated with me much as BSG did.  And having been a fan of the Stargate franchise, I’ve enjoyed the show.

This marathon on Syfy has shown me, as they hit me with one episode after another, how much I enjoy this show while it also depresses me that it is ending.

My only question is whether the story of Stargate Universe will be finished or left in limbo?  When the news first broke that the show was canceled, a few actors found out via Twitter and tweeted how it was unfortunate because the story was left unfinished.  I desperately hope that Syfy pulled it together for us and gives us an ending.

I can only hope, and for now, I haven’t seen anything about any news on any future Stargate projects coming up, thus, when Stargate Universe ends, it will be the first time that a Stargate franchise is not airing on TV.

Stargate SG-1 Stargate SG-1 ran from 1997 to 2007, earning nine Primetime Emmys and achieving 91 other award nominations from the VES, Saturn, Leo, Hugo, Golden Reel, Gemini and Emmy awards.  It won 18 different awards from the Emmy’s, Gemini’s, Leo’s and Saturn Awards.

SG-1 introduced us to Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Richard Dean Anderson, the late Don S. Davis and more.

Stargate AtlantisThen we were treated to Stargate Atlantis.  It initially overlapped with SG-1 as it ran from 2004 to 2009.  This show also garnered 4 Emmy’s, with 18 awards won and 34 other nominations.

Stargate Atlantis introduced us to Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett‘s wonderful hyper-geek hero, Jason Momoa, Torri Higginson and more.

It’s been a wonderful and warm journey from 1997 to now, 2011 when the franchise will end.  Will it return as a series?  Not sure.  We can only hope.  And yet, through it all, there are millions of fans out there that must be saying thanks for Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright‘s vision and hard work over the years.

Thank you, to everyone involved, for all the Stargate we’ve had on TV over the last 14 years.

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Joseph Ellis March 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Dear Syfy

With your cancellation of Stargate Universe it seems to me that you have LOST your primary mission of providing quality science fiction shows in favor of men in tights, crap shows in the vein of Destination Truth, and Ghost Hunters of all shapes and sizes, mostly any thing that is NOT science fiction. Your decision to cancel SGU is probably the worst decision you’ve made in my humble opinion since your cancellation of The Dresden Files.
I will admit at first I wasn’t a fan of Universe at first, even though I have been a rabid Stargate fan since it began on Showtime in 1997. But just as SGU is finally getting it together and developing a storyline that was one of the best of the Stargate line. You cancel it. In its place we get wrestling, ghost hunting, makeup and cooking shows that have reduced your line up to something that has absolutely nothing to do with science fiction. With your premature cancellation of SGU, it gives me and and I’m sure alot of other former syfy watchers another reason to switch channels to find a good science fiction show IE V, Fringe and others. Y’all are losing it and your decision to cancel SGU is another indication of your quite good ability to make BAD decisions. .

Joseph Ellis
nmare198@bellsouth.net

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