13 Responses

  1. JohnnyB
    October 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm |

    She’s so cool! Great interview Chad!

  2. Browncoat1984
    October 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm |

    Great interview. She’s the first person since SGU was canceled who has openly stated what most fans feel about the situation – maybe its time for Stargate to leave SyFy. A question I’d love to see you guys ask these people is “if at some point in time they finally decide to conclude it in some way would the cast be willing to come back?” Since everybody says “oh its been so long at this point there’s no way they could do it.” I still hold out hope that SOME DAY we’ll get the conclusion that we deserve. I would have been perfectly fine with SGU being it for the franchise for a while at least if we had gotten a satisfying conclusion to SGU.

  3. Coremae
    October 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm |

    SYFY sucks, there’s no denying that, but unless some one can come up with a way to make the special effects cheaper than it presently cost, we’ll never get our show back. I’m teaching myself C++ and 3d with applied C++, but I’m a small guy with no resources and no funds. I was reading Syd Field’s Screenwriting the other day (good book, please buy), and in his revision he said that soon enough, fans will be able to write scripts and make movies using camera phones and applied computer visuals. And Stephen Spielberg says that the reason he doesn’t help anyone do anything film wise is because we have enough technology to make movies like jaws without much effort. I’m sure we could pull off Destiny level graphics with whatever we could get our hands on. I don’t have any money, and my Frankenstein computer is a generic compilation of rotten bits and pieces, but what I have is a few years old books on C++ and Computer Graphics and a bloody plan. Which is probably more than SyFy and MGM combined has at the moment (at least concerning SGU). If they’re a million of us willing to see another SGU episode or movie, I’m sure we could pool resources and take care of the actors salary and production cost (Which shouldn’t be no more than two million I’m sure). And do things out of our basements, from our bedrooms, or where ever we are, to bring the complex visuals to life.

  4. Pioneering
    October 17, 2011 at 12:47 am |

    Great to hear from Alaina and that she’s doing well on all fronts. I look forward to seeing her on the small screen and perhaps on the large one as well.

    @Coremae e-mail me at GateWorldpioneeringcom with any C++ questions. I’m a software engineer and I teach it from time to time at the local community college. Always glad to help out a fellow Stargate fan.

  5. Jim
    October 17, 2011 at 7:04 am |

    Great interview,she’s awesome..that’s not even news to most of us fans and yes the first person beyond fans here who said it like it is.I absolutely agree with her in everything she’s said.It IS a rapidly changing industry,networks ARE where record companies where 10 years ago and I’m positive we won’t have to wait longer than few years at the most till the whole situation changes business-wise as well.Tech is already here,new creative people are appearing and the exec dinosaurs with their mind sets stuck somwhere in the 80’s(ratings,numbers,live tv,prime time…)will have to adapt,or make way for new generation..that’s us!

  6. zack
    October 17, 2011 at 8:46 am |

    It was both a good interview and a perceptive one – re both participants.
    It’s really too bad that SYFY has become such a zero network. Eureka was often their number one series this past year, while Warehouse faded just a bit. It’s hard to believe that the costs that would go into a fifth season for Eureka would have been so hefty that SYFY just couldn’t afford to renew the series. And Comcast, that’s a sad joke – before they consumated (and I use that term lightly) their purchase of NBC and all it’s properties, they were so public about how they were going to put more $ into not just NBC, but all the other parts of the package. Yet, such is obviously NOT the case, they simply lied for effect as first, they can’t even afford to renew SYFY’s highest rated series, and what have they approved to be new series on SYFY – a bunch more of terrible reality shows. (And Urban Legend is not a good reality show by any means, but why … why …. why would SYFY renew such a series, and then show it with new episodes on a Monday night at 11PM. There are better open holes all over every night of the week, just about, but they chose to show new episodes of such a reality series at 11 o’clock on Monday nights. Surely that is absurd. Do they want things to fail. Maybe there’s a hidden agenda here that perhaps was never so clear previously.
    And lastly – I agree with AH, SYFY is no longer the place to have good Sci fi programs on. They want terrible ones like Merlin and Reality shows like Paranormal Witness and Urban Legends and Wrestling – they don’t want to put on good programs, just cheap glitzy ones – like the fare they put on Saturday night movies – One joke movie might have been mildly amusing, but the absolute crap they put on now with every film is … beyond words. I saw parts of the recent one involving – the ridiculous premise of someone finding seeds from the garden of eden, but if dropped in the wrong place, they instantly sprouted huge football sized roots. There were so many random coincidences in just the half hour I saw and terrible mistakes – like worrying that a helicopter would run out of gas, but making other trips with it – and never mentioning the concern again. If everyone would just stop watching that channel, maybe Comcast would notice – though I doubt it. LOL!!!

  7. Jim
    October 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm |

    @zack Eureka will have 5th season and it’ll be shown next year,it’s already been filmed.They cancaled the 6th.But I agree,cost that would go into next Eureka’s season couldn’t have been too high,especially because all the sets,which are huge are already there and as with most such shows props are being reused and new ones scrapped from the old ones parts and so on.CGI will only become cheaper as computer tech advances.So what remains is marketing, regular maintenance and salaries,which if due to economy should cost more,a show as successful as that should find a way to make it work.Redirect,shift,get a fewer episodes order,which btw had already been done and agreed and was then abandoned..that’s what pissed so many ppl off.It is called producing for crying out loud.But nowdays “producers” seem to expect the show to fully work and provide for them on its own,while they sit back and count the money.That’s why you see so many reality shows and such nonsense,especially on SyFy..the new UPN case.

    And as far as hidden agendas you mention,I have been telling that for a while now,only it’s not hidden at all,cause it really does seem like the’re expecting things to fail.I’ve said it already,it really seems to me as if someone sent by new owners got there just to suck the rest of the capital out from that dying network(dying cause it’s been killed in cold blood)and turn the switch off!

  8. Sylvia
    October 18, 2011 at 3:17 am |

    Interesting interview and congrats to Alaina on the upcoming addition to her family. Two things struck me, one is that Syfy has been completely co-opted by Comcast’s mentality and has become a cheap shadow of its’ former self. Second, re SGU, I am kind of sad to hear they “guaranteed” that her character would be around as long a the show lasted. As much as she was a good character, it also meant there was never any real jeaopardy for her or perhaps any of the other main characters on the show.

  9. Coremae
    October 18, 2011 at 9:41 am |

    @PIONEERING, thank you kind neighbor, thank you very MUCH! I am in your debt.

  10. Jim
    October 19, 2011 at 6:54 am |

    @Sylvia That’s true,reg. characters not being in any real danger.Shows nowdays should take more risks and really good ones actually do.Like what’s happened in the Game of Thrones,or Spartacus(and I’m not talking about the unfortunate and sad thing with the lead man).And even in Atlantis when they killed off Dr.Weir..I absolutely loved her character and was sad to see her go.But it never occurred to me to stop watching the show because of it.Or Dr.Becket…or any of the doctors in Stargate for that matter,lol!Maybe they were even referring to that.Like this time we are NOT killing the doctor character!
    Anyhow,I think James Cameron said;In sci-fi no one ever really dies,unless their DNA is destroyed and even then there’s time travel.

  11. Slayme
    October 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm |

    @zack @Jim

    Regarding Sanctuary: while I consider it unlikely, Comcast/SYFY could go the route that ABC did with Defying Gravity in cancelling the show and then not bother showing the last 5 episodes. Season 5 of Sanctuary is slated to be 13 eps. I remember reading a lot of angry posts from US viewers about not getting to see the entire series. Those of us in Canada were fortunate that SPACE had acquired the broadcast rights for the full season and showed all 13 eps.

    It seems to me that many of the broadcasters these days have no clue how to bring genre TV shows to the modern viewing audience in a way that’s profitable. With the exception of teen vampire shows (it’s easy to ride the coat tails of a juggernaut like Twilight).

  12. Jim
    October 22, 2011 at 4:02 am |

    @Slayme You mean Eureka,right?Reg. fifth season and 13 eps.Not Sanctuary..correct me if I’m wrong.
    But yes you’re exactly right,that was the point of what we were saying as well. And I was ome of those pissed of,cuz of Defying Gravity!But few weeks later I simply downloaded it from the net.And trust me,without any guilt about doing so.

  13. Dawesstategate
    October 20, 2012 at 2:35 am |

    Love it, hope she is still working, Miss SGU.

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