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  1. Arkatox
    December 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm |

    “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 people are afraid to say. That first half-season was a punch in the face to a lot of fans. (With exceptions like Air, Time, and Justice, of course.)

  2. Joe Friday
    Joe Friday
    December 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm |

    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.

  3. ictus75
    December 21, 2015 at 7:12 pm |

    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 much more interesting than just rehashing SG-1 or Atlantis.

    With the large ensemble, it took a while to develop, but the 2nd half of the 2nd season was some amazing television. If only there could’ve been at least a 3rd season.

    But again, instead of fans not liking it and just saying so, they really started a major hate campaign. The result was only 2 seasons and then no more Stargate at all. Thanks a lot haters…

  4. Mrja84
    December 23, 2015 at 9:16 am |

    “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 gags and went as dark as they could with the show’s format.

    I personally loved all of SGU. It was different and having never followed the new BSG tv series (I saw the miniseries), I liked the process of learning about all the different characters and their motivations.

    The show was always about how people that were never suppose to be on that ship handled the obstacles external to the ship, within the ship, between each other, and within themselves.

    But fans wanted SG-1 1.3. It may have been too much change in a short period of time when another show was cancelled, but that does not excuse blatant attacks on showrunners for things outside their control.

  5. Arkatox
    December 23, 2015 at 1:59 pm |

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

  6. Thunderbird 2
    Thunderbird 2
    December 25, 2015 at 11:06 am |

    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.

  7. farbror
    December 27, 2015 at 1:21 am |

    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.

    we dont want to see two honkeys having a conflict for thier love story. We want to see an overpowered enemy who we defeat in some wierd way. Haha

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