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For Cryin’ Out Loud! GateWorld’s New Friday Column

Friday - February 19, 2010
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For Cryin' Out Loud - Jack ("Window of Opportunity")Off and on over the course of GateWorld’s 10 years on the Internet, we’ve experimented with editor blogs, columns, weekly news briefings, and other ways to give you and us a chance to just talk.  Our news coverage is meant to be more traditional (read: formal) than most of the blog-style science fiction coverage available online today, but the result is that we’ve had  a hard time finding places to kick back and be ourselves.

Now, of course, David and I have our weekly podcast. That’s huge fun, but also takes you an hour to get through each week.  Only a small portion of GateWorld readers are also regular show listeners.  So in an attempt to shoot the breeze with the rest of you, let you know what is on our minds and what we are working on behind the scenes, this week we’re kicking off an experimental new Friday column.

It’ll be sometimes silly, sometimes serious, sometimes about site updates and secret projects, and sometimes just give you a chance to tell us what you think of the current state of Stargate and the job we are doing.

I’m not entirely sold on our inaugural title, “For Cryin’ Out Loud!” — though it does show that there is plenty of room for us all to be occasionally exasperated in these Friday sessions.  Give us a shout if you can come up with something better!

One thing we gave up doing a few years ago (for lack of time, not desire) was our Letters to the Editor section.  You long-time GateWorlders might remember it, including some entertaining opinions and once even a reply letter from a Stargate producer.  We still get interesting mail and some good questions.  So we’re inviting you — not just this week, but on an on-going basis — to write in and tell us what you are thinking, make a suggestion, and/or ask us a question.  Please let us know if your message is a Letter to the Editor or otherwise meant for Friday’s column.  Otherwise, if we think you might want your question private, we’ll keep your message just between the two of us.

So, think of Friday’s column as a place for us to write about Stargate and GateWorld goings-on a little less formally, and for you to ask questions and share opinions.

We have some ideas for what to talk about in the coming weeks, but first we want to hear from you!  If there’s something you have always wondered about the site (“Why don’t you post news more often?”), something that irks you (“Why do you allow such negative comments?”), or something about SG-1, SGA or SGU that has been puzzling you (“Why do you keep saying that Destiny is ‘hundreds of thousands of years old,’ when it is clearly millions of years old?”) — here’s your chance.

We can’t wait to start the conversation!

Darren created GateWorld in 1999, and today is the owner and managing editor. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children. (More)

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  • What’s your favorite on-going subplot from SG-1, SGA and/or SGU? What things do you wish had been explored more in Stargate (certain technology? certain character? missed opportunities for character development?)?

  • Well not a topic to talk about, but any chance you will get round to fixing your VOTE section? At the moment every time i try to put in a vote it come up with this “Internal Server Error”

  • What open story lines in SG-1 or SGA would you like to see resolved? What about learning more of the Furlings or what happened to Daniel’s grandfather?

    Any ideas for new story arcs?

    How about any disappointments? – Such as O’neill not being included in the series finale and seeing how things would have played out between him and Carter.

  • I like the idea of this column, but don’t quite get the title. Does it relate to SG somehow?

  • I really enjoy the podcasts. Please keep up the great work. I’d really like to hear a podcast on the comparision of Babylon 5 vs. Stargate in general.

    In my opinion, J. Michael Straczynski, is a genius. JJ Abrams is just trying to mimic what he did. He had the plan from the beginning on a tale that truly showed the best of science fiction. He had actual character development and depth, where he showed the good and bad of each character.

    This is what excites about SGU, they are showing true character development, where they are flawed and still rise to the occasion. Now we need to mix in the action, the fans are vested in the characters, let’s do something with it.

  • I would like to know your take on the issue of the SG1/SGA movies. Sources say that MGM is out of money or running out of money, yet we get such deep thought provoking fair as “Hot Tub Time Machine”….

  • What is going on with the Stargate Movies? I know about all the financial trouble…..but give us some more details on when Brad Wright thinks they will start filming….?

  • my obsession (besides sam/jack :D) is whether the 3rd sg1 movie is going to be made.

  • I’d like to see a discussion about the backlash from the fans over SGU that’s not just another attempt to gloss over the issues.

  • 10 seasons of Sg1 is very long. But the Fargate part with the Ori and Farscape crew went to fast away. It’s actualy a restart of the show, SG1B. The ark of truth give you a real fast pace story feel, and that for a movie. Could been easy a mini series. Now it feels like one but compressed into a movie.
    Might wurth to fill a full season to round everything up. Wenn the writer know that it is there last season, so they can write up to it.
    Or spread it over two big movies. Does it have to be 90min?

    Atlantis I want to see some more deep unveiling backstory about the Wraith culture and society.
    But now movies could do that.

    SGU less air time filling drama and charbuilding. Only wenn the story go in that direction. But to much is just forced. Make no sense. Could be spread over seasons.
    So I realy miss the scifi the humor and action. Because there is so much charbuilding it hurts.

    The early SGU unbased anti argument are realy SGA releated. And very wild silly expectation.
    Like 90120 in space idioticy.
    But after 10 eps the current anti argument are more often valid. The SGA pain might be there. But weight in less then before.

    Bit drama and charbuilding can be a good thing but to much of everything is often a realy bad thing. And have nothing to do with the 180 degrees of direction the take. It’s to much it hurts.

    even humor and action should come in right dosis. Now it’s a exception.

    There must be some bit off balance.

  • @mythos To be completely honest so would I. I ‘wrote in’ asking Gateworld if they have considered directly responding to those issues or have a proper debate between both sides without the petty insults creeping in.

  • I agree with @mythos, this is one of the most important issues in the Stargate world at this time and deserves an honest and open discussion.

  • Won’t be watching SGU, 2 episodes was enough. Really miss SGA and SG1. Still hoping the movies can happen but as time moves forward, that becomes less likely..the actors and crew have to make a living and have to move on…wondering of MGM’s issues is at the heart of the recent delays in release of Stargate novels…

  • @mythos and the others have a point that does need to get addressed. That being said, hasn’t Cooper and Wright earned your loyalty enough to see how this is going to play out? IF they kick the second half of the season into action, it will blow BSG out of the water. There has to be something special in second half, as SYFY, has like the numbers enough to grant a second season.

    We’re patiently waiting for April 2nd. Let’s go guys.

  • 1) How do you view SGU’s treatment by Syfy? Since it’s been pushed to April, does that mean Syfy has little to no faith in it?

    2) Do you see SGU using any previous elements of Stargate in future episodes? Technology may be the easiest, but would characters/cultures likely appear that are not apart of the previous main characters?

    3) Realistically, How deep in the hole do you think CME is?

  • For goodness sake, dump SGU and bring back SGA and even SG:1. It would certainly be less expensive in that they threw all their money into the failure that is SGU. Give the fans what thet want. We’ll support you in droves.

  • For cryin out loud (no pun intended just applies) why are people posting there opinion of SGU on an article asking for topics to be discussed on a new “Friday’s column”. I’ll give the Anti-SGU camp that: they have a flair for going off topic.

  • I’d like to see D&D get a hold of some of the PTB and just ask them if they really just tossed away a good portion of their existing fanbase and expected them to roll over and silently die. It seems to me alienating a good portion of the fans hasn’t really been such a good strategy. Not just one-line dismissals like “we planned for that response” either. Even I’m a bit shocked at the Amazon comments I’ve scanned because that directly translates into lost sales for the studio and puts further production, all assurances aside, on shakier ground.

    And I can’t believe that a re-make of the SG/SGA genre wouldn’t bring in the SGU fans + “The Haters” and result in an overall larger more healthy franchise. Seriously how many thousand viewers would desert the show if Chloe wasn’t around? I bet a lot of people would welcome the current acting cast dressed up in Galaxy Quest outfits and dumped back in the Prometheus in a different premise. C’mon this isn’t Cancer research, it’s a TV show.

    Right now the road less travelled seems to be looking impassible due to weeds. That’s an issue I’d like to see D&D pursue on the podcasts and site interviews. The old “Keep watching It will get better” echo seems to have died out to me at this point.

  • Sylvia asked: “I like the idea of this column, but don’t quite get the title. Does it relate to SG somehow?”
    The phrase “For cryin’ out loud!” was an expression that O’Neill used on numerous occasions when he was exasperated. :-)

  • 1.How about discussions of our favorite/least favorite moments of SG1 or SGA and also SGU.

    2.Discussing the current financial crisis our favorite franchise seems to be in. It would be cool to have some real facts on that instead of a lot of speculation.

    3. I would like an honest answer of yes or no on the movies…no more “Well, maybe, probably not, or it could happen, but probably won’t” BS.

    4. I would like to see TPTB called on their attitudes towards the fans. I have actually been shocked about how rude and insulting they have been. I have never seen a fandom do this to its fanbase. Talk about biting the had that feeds you!

    5. I would like to see a discussion about SGU and the backlash it has caused in the fandom. Whether you like it or don’t like it you have to admit it has seriously stirred things up. I just don’t know if that can yet be discussed in a civil manner. Both sides are still downright cruel to each other. They haven’t learned to keep discussion impersonal, too many of us have that “Your stupid because you don’t agree with me” grade school mentality.

  • Hey Darren Sumner , Brad Wright , Robert C. Cooper , Joe Mallozzi & all real Stargate fans – The most IMPORTANT & URGENT thing to talk about is THIS !! – Someone told me that by April 2010 all of the SG-1/SG-A sets are going to be taken down to make room for the SG-U second season sets – First , if the DVD market is not doing well why not make SG-1 Revolution & SG-A Extinction BLU-RAY Movies ? ASK MGM/SYFY/sky1 & so on… channel to invest in those BLU-RAY movies TOGETHER – Second , Why not spend a little less & make 2 straight to TV movies ( Since they already have the sets)& ask MGM/SYFY/Sky1 & so on… to invest in those TOGETHER – Three – in the DC Universe timeline they brought Batman Beyond for a closing episode using the Justice League show – Why not bring back SG-1 for 1 two or three parters using the SG-U show – They already know Jack so they would fall in love pretty quickly with SG-1 – just start SG-1 Revolution by having Jack deal with a SG-U crisis then watch him deal with a crisis in the milky way , putting is team back in the same room they use for meetings in SG-U & if SG-1 Revolution(Shot in the beginning of & part of SG-U second season) is made to be 100% accessible to anyone , all SG-U/SG-1/RDA & Amanda Tapping fans would watch – As i recall The Pegasus Project got 4 stars here on Gateworld & even beat battlestar galactica in the rating that week so crossover ARE HUGELY POPULAR & SATISFYNG FOR FANS & RATINGS.It would give the Stargate franchise a SECOND LEG to stand on so one or more crossover like that a year would make SG-U impossible to fail(even tough i think that show is AMAZING).It would make the Stargate franchise stronger by giving it TWO LEGS !! – YOU MUST SEE THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO PLEASE THE FANS/GET HIGH RATINGS & MAKE SG-U EVEN STRONGER !!
    P.S.Darren Sumner,please contact Brad Wright , Robert C. Cooper & Joe Mallozzi & make them aware of this/ask them if any of these possibilities could be done before the SG-1 set & SG-A set are taken down – I’ll borrow some of what Daniel said at the end of the first SG-1 season – If you don’t do anything now and the sets ARE taken down & SG-1 & SG-A DIE , how are you going to feel then ?

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