Syfy Channel may have cancelled Stargate Universe (story), but fans of the series aren’t letting the show go down without a fight.
Fans have organized a number of campaigns and petitions to show their support of the show. “Save SGU“ on Facebook and Twitter has emerged in recent weeks as the most organized, though no Web site has appeared yet at the registered domain SaveSGU.com. A Twitter account and website for SG:Unite have begun more recently.
One petition has 3,500 digital signatures so far. Another hopes to “spread the love” for Stargate Universe with — amongst other actions — a Valentine’s Day card campaign.
Just what can fans who participate in such a campaign hope for its effectiveness? Of course there are success stories, including Firefly (which got a moderate budget film, Serenity) and Jericho (which got a 7-episode second season). But for every success, there are far more disappointments.
Fans fought for a sixth year of the Joss Whedon’s Buffy spinoff Angel after the now-defunct WB Network cancelled it in 2004. But even when fans united by organizing letter-writing campaigns, online petitions, blood and food drives, advertisements in trade magazines and via mobile billboards, the network never budged. Pushing Daisies on ABC. Wonderfalls on FOX. The syndicated Legend of the Seeker. The list of quality genre series that were denied a stay of execution goes on and on.
Will the fan outpouring and support have any effect in the case of SGU? It’s difficult to say at this point. Even executive producer Joseph Mallozzi has been quoted as calling the prospects of a third season of the series as “the longest of longshots.” But the producer also remains both positive and coy in terms of some sort of continuation of the story. An update on Mallozzi’s blog last week states there is reason to keep hope alive.
“Nothing definite as of yet to report but a minor hurdle was cleared,” Mallozzi states in the blog. “Quite a few hurdles still lie ahead and there’s always the chance it might all be for naught – but right now, things are looking positive.”
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(Additional reporting by Darren Sumner)
(Special thanks to Marjorie Roden for the tip)