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Arkatox
Arkatox
4 years ago

“Their biggest challenge was to make the show both like Stargate (to appeal to long-time fans) and also new and different, to try and draw in new viewers.” Unfortunately, it took them far too long to be successful in this effort. By the time they were able to make the show really appeal to long-time Stargate fans, it was too late for the ratings, and greatly contributed to the eventual premature end of the show. You can blame the network all you want, but it definitely wasn’t all their fault. Hey, I absolutely love SGU. I’m just saying what some… Read more »

Joe Friday
Joe Friday
4 years ago

Other than the clever use of time travel in the episode “Time”, I couldn’t remember another first season episode of SGU if my life depended on it. The first season was awful, too slow and dreary like a soap opera for teenagers. I’m surprised that they were renewed for a second season after chasing away all the long-time viewers in the first season.

Ictus75
ictus75
4 years ago

I have to disagree with Arkatox. The biggest problem was Stargate fans not giving SGU a chance. Right from ‘Air,’ people were complaining and hating. Personally, I liked ‘Air’ because it was different, gritty, and dare I say, more realistic? SGU was much more in the BSG mold of gritty drama. The idea of these people stranded on an old ship in some foreign galaxy, with no way home, was very different. And the biggest enemy was each other-Rush/the military/the civilians-3 factions that had to learn to get along to survive, especially against what they met out there. This was… Read more »

Mrja84
Mrja84
4 years ago

“decided to take a decidedly different turn” That’s a lot of deciding :D I agree with ictus75. There were a lot of fans were made it a mission to pull the show down. It’s understandable, but they were unable to fuel those feelings of hurt in a productive way. Announcing the cancellation of Atlantis and then announcing SGU led many to feel their show was being pushed aside. Syfy made the decision to end Atlantis, but the showrunners. But looking at Atlantis you could see the writers were aching to try different things. They seemed tired of the same old… Read more »

Arkatox
Arkatox
4 years ago

I actually don’t see who ictus75 contradicted what I said. One of us may have misunderstood the other.

Thunderbird 2
Thunderbird 2
4 years ago

Ictus75 – I simply stopped watching, in part for the reasons you cite. Mind you, as a UK viewer that would have made no impact on US ratings.
SG1 and Atlantis’s slightly tongue in cheek humour aspect was part of their charm, esp the former. it was painfully lacking in Universe. As were likable characters.
I watched 10 episodes of Universe in total. It was Battle-stargate Galactica-Universe, unashamedly so in tone and approach. As a fan of Battlestar Galactica, Universe to me did no favours to SG1 & SGA, Galactica or itself.

farbror
farbror
4 years ago

The epside where the francise died in my sentence. I felt like i was watching som **** like true blood but in space. To much drama for me as a SG fan. They stepped it up later on but then it was to late for me at least. I only watched it trough after it was cancelled just to se how they ended it. Before that only 3eps. Unfortunately it got abit better, but before that you lost me and i guess a couple more SG-fans who werent there for the love story but for the exploration and “evolution” part.… Read more »