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GateWorld Podcast: Stargate‘s End?

Monday - April 18, 2011
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Yesterday news broke that Stargate Universe will not be continuing on in movie form, and that the SG-1 and Atlantis movies have been permanently mothballed, as well. GateWorld’s Darren and David called an emergency session of the GateWorld Podcast to talk about (and commiserate over) the news. Has MGM lost faith in the Stargate franchise, or has the studio decided to let it lay fallow and rejuvenate it in a few years? How long will it take to come back? And what is GateWorld going to do now?

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  • I blame Comcast / NBC it looks like the are doing to SCIFI what they did to tech tv /g4.

    I just say HANDS off CSN Chicago or the team may just pull out!

    Also I Hope you lose the NHL to fox or ESPN.

    Also 2010 Olympics just said that NBC should never have them again.

  • I never really got into Universe much… And Stargate Sg1 pretty much ran it’s course… but I hope I speak for all the fans when I say… Please, don’t leave the pegasus galaxy like that.

  • I still think SCIFI should continue SGU with a mini series to finish off it’s story instead oF it ending into a cliff hanger. Which will be very DISSAPOINTING! I have loved SGU’s second season and was hoping for a Third!

    I also think a Fourth Series of Stargate would be ideal for the franchise’s future. I have been watching Stargate since (SG1) first came out when I was young and, I have been a fan of Stargate ever since. I’ve also enjoyed all of the three stargate’s series.

    I would love to see how the Fourth Series of Stargate will turn out to be? And I am hoping that the franchise will NEVER END BECAUSE; I WANT TO WATCH MORE STARGATES!!!!!!!!!!

  • Here’s how I see it: Brad Wright decided to terminate Atlantis because it wasn’t his baby. He wanted to build a new Stargate series and make it more like Battlestar Galactica. He also re-wrote “Children of the Gods” to suit his Dieney-esque vision for it to make it more “family friendly”. Who asked for this? Not the fans. When the Stargate fans complained about terminating Atlantis, he ignored them. When fans complained about the slow pace of Universe, he ignored them. He thought he’d get “new” fans. He was wrong. His ego couldn’t handle the rejection, even though it wasn’t universal. Finally, SyFy had to cancel Universe because the ratings just weren’t there. I’m sure Brad blames the fans. So now, he’s going to take his ball and go home. He’s the one who decided not to pursue Stargate, no one else.

    What can we, as fans, do? I recommend we start an e-mail and letter writing campaign to MGM. Tell them that they have fans that are still interested in Stargate but that it should be under different leadership. Perhaps Glassner, Greenburg, and Richard Dean Anderson would like to get involved in Staragte again. They’d certainly have my vote.

  • Guys seriously, how is a Star Trek example a good thing? How is a reboot, alternate timeline, screw everything, blow up important planet, screw fans, etc. a good example? I’m sorry but Stargate means everything that was, behind and in front of camera, not something recreated out of nothing, only with same name a same spinning ring…

  • Guys, while I still wish they had given SGA that final season and introduced SGU later, honestly what else is there to say except that this is a very sad day.

  • we can say no! no we are not gonna stand for this! saying no is better than nothing.

  • who would have thought robert carlyle would star in a stargate show?? i still cant believe it.

  • oh and i dont know how you guys can talk about future stargate tv, no sane person would greenlight another one. its gonna leap back into feature movies, ones that have nothing to do with the tv shows.

  • I don’t get how some fans can say that the new movie screwed the fans? I didn’t get that feeling at all, and I grew up watching TNG and have watched EVERY episode of EVERY Star Trek that has aired since then (and seen TOS of course). I felt that they approached it with nothing but respect by having Leonard Nimoy in there and saying “this is all new but your universe still exists” and as for blowing up Vulcan, I thought that was a great creative decision. They had to do something to say that this was more than just a prequel and NOBODY would have predicted that Vulcan would get blown up. And its not like the Vulcans can’t find a new planet.

    That being said, i do agree with Yxelione that I don’t wanta reboot of Stargate. Part of the fun of the spin-off series of Stargate has been the connection to past lore and being able to bring in new characters. If someone can come in and craft a series as a sort of “soft reboot” that somehow is crafted for a new audience but that existing fans can enjoy I’m all for that. I also hope MGM doesn’t decide to go the movie route as I’ve always seen Stargate as a TV franchise (even though it started as a movie) – Stargate works Waaaaay better in a weekly format (Star Trek does too but that it also works as a movie franchise, sometimes).

  • how about we all work together to convince mgm to get it back?

  • There will be no reboot. One thing a lot of you seem completely unable to understand is that the show NO LONGER MAKES MONEY. It did at one point – primarily back in the halcyon days of SG-1 – but no longer. It gets extremely poor viewing figures, and it doesn’t sell DVDs. Why on earth *would* they keep it going, or reboot it?

    The reality is that Brad Wright took a risk. He could have wrapped up the franchise with one more season of SGA and 1 more SG-1 film, but he chose instead to invest in something that he hoped would re-invigorate the franchise for a new generation. It didn’t work, and as a result we lost the last season of SGA and the final SG-1 film.

    So ultimately this is down to Brad Wright, but to say he flushed the franchise down the toilet isn’t fair; he took a calculated risk, and it didn’t work. Of course the question is, if SGU had have took off, would we have got an SGA film, and another SG-1 film? I’m still not convinced. I think Brad Wright knew he was waving goodbye to the SG-1 ‘style’ of Stargate when he went with SGU.

  • By the way, if you want to show support for something, show support for Sanctuary. Stargate is done, but Sanctuary is still going, and it sprang from the loins of Stargate… watch it, buy the DVDs, and if you’re going to write to SyFy about something write to them about Sanctuary.

  • Snicker433

    no no no no no no no no………. Why MGM Why? Why cancel SGA, it was a hit, yes SGU as still awesome but SGA was better and I still want to know that happens. Sad face :(

  • i honestly dont see how one more SG-1 movie or an SGA movie wouldve helped anybody. We would still be in the same situation we are now. SGU at least showed us how far stargate concept could go.

  • StarGate 1997-2011 RIP. You can talk about reboots all you want, but the stargate we all know and love is gone. I really thought stargate would endure, unlike star trek, but hey atleast all the SGU haters got what they wanted.

    Im so done with TV, its nothing to gain from it other then dissapointment.

    Live long and prosper gate fans, see ya in 10-50 years for a crappy reboot.

  • SG1 movie cancelled. SGA movie cancelled. Potential SGU wrap-up movie written-off (and just as the end of the season was getting *REALLY* good, too). Bite me, MGM. :(

    Best of luck to all cast, crew and producers.

  • Maybe this would be a good time for David to watch Farscape, maybe start discussing a Farscape episode every week.

  • I liked SG-1, and didn’t find SGU interested. But I LOVED SGA!!! I have all 5 seasons! I am furious that they aren’t going to make that Atlantis movie. I am tempted to never watch tv ever again because of this!!!!!

  • @badtaste, I agree completely. 1997-2011 RIP. Stargate will never be the same ever again, this chapter is officially closed.

  • If you wanna talk ratings MGM,try looking in the internet,and you will see how many people around the WORLD actually download and watch Stargate(SG-1,Atlantis,Universe).

    And if you are short on money,let us, the fans decide what we want to watch. Let us fund our favorite series,and don’t restrict yourself with just the American continent.It is a planet of more than 7 billion people.And we want to contribute to our favorite franchises.

    All I’m saying is,let the fans donate even a dollar,and you’ll have enough money to fund both Stargate films.

  • Being a diehard SG fan, I thought SG-1 and SGA were their best. SGU could have done better if they maintained the original cinematography like the predecessors. And to have the Atlantis and SG-1 movies canceled makes me ever so PO’d. The Stargate “universe” with all that it has become has so much more potential. It’s a shame that Stargate has filed chapter 11.:(

  • This may be a bit long winded. But follow me here.
    I was one of the people who was upset over the cancellation of SGA, I really don’t think the story was any where near done. Although a wish did come true on the last episode. Atlantis did return to earth. However I felt that the Wraith Story line was left dangling big time. Then you have the whole “evil Asgard” story line that was incredibly promising. However I was grateful for the 5 years and 100 episodes.

    With that said, I was also happy to see a 3rd Stargate show come out, and I was amped about it. From the onset when the news about it being darker and grittier hit Gateworld, I was slightly confused because I have known Stargate to be Campy Science Fiction. I enjoyed it, I always walked away chuckling because of McKay and (insert character name here)bickering or joking around. When I heard the Dark and Gritty comment about SGU I didn’t have a good feeling. Battlestar Pulled it off beautifully and it reflected the state of the world’s conscious perfectly.

    When I saw the first episode it looked promising, I knew it would take a few episode to establish what was up. But 10 episodes? Common! That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, but it was at times painful to watch. Then the second half of Season 1 hit and I was impressed, especially when aliens showed up.

    One question, WTF was Brad thinking when he pulled in the Lucian Alliance?

    Then season 2 kicked off, I had high hopes. And Season 2 did not disappoint. The stories were interesting and even sometimes riveting. They got some serious exploring done and when Rush found out Destinies true mission, I was thrilled! I love stories involving the Ancients, and I loved the concept of a “mysterious intelligence from before the universe was formed”. I though, SGU found it’s stride, then I heard Caprice was canned (Thank you by the way), I got a very bad feeling. And what pissed me off is that they waited until filming wrapped to pull the plug on SGU, WTF is with that?!

    SGU found it’s stride, the stories have been getting better and the mysteries are great. Yes Science fiction shows aren’t known for being massive ratings machines.

    What also gets me is that SGU wasn’t a SyFy channel show. It’s a MGM show and SyFy buys the episodes as does Space Channel, SkyOne and a gaggle of other channels. Why does SyFy’s decision mean the end of a show? Why can’t Space, Skyone and the other channels step up and say “we still want it”. And what happened to what SyFy said about Stargate will continue to be part of SyFy? That right there makes me feel like I was lied to.

    And one additional thing, I know MGM just went through hell with the bankruptcy. However didn’t Ark of Truth and Continuum make profits? Didn’t Children of The Gods final cut make them money? So what is the harm of making at least 1 SGU movie to wrap it up? For God sakes people Firefly had 14 Episodes and because of the out crying of the fan they made a movie. Farscape canned after 4 years and the fans demanded a 4 hour mini series to wrap it up.

    Perhaps I am a weird one, but I don’t like being left out dangling in the wind. I feel it is disrespectful to the loyal fans and I feel it is creative suicide. Who ever made the decision to kill SGU and with Brad Wright not fighting the good fight, I feel that is a slap in the face after almost 20 years of fan loyalty.

  • They are really going to let this happen all three shows gone just like that. SYFY you suck and MGM you recieved $500million for your bankruptcy. All you need to give up is less than 1 percent to get a movie going. You still have fans that want anything stargate. 17 season’s they gave you just like that you turn your back on all the stargate shows. I do not watch SYFY anymore you lost me. One show left sanctuary I watch online downloads. Thank You stargate for the decade and a half of excitement, laughter, action, and fun you will be missed. Thanks alot SYFY and MGM.

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