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Stargate Universe Cancelled 762

Posted by Soulskill
from the stay-classy-syfy dept.
Torino writes "SGU has finally been cancelled, with the remaining 10 episodes to air in Spring. Apparently, the cast wasn't told ahead of time, and some of them learned of the cancellation via Twitter. SGU has had its share of problems, even spawning a community of people who dislike the show. Can it be saved via fan support, given the steadily declining viewership numbers? Do you think the show had the potential to improve?"
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Stargate Universe Cancelled

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  • by Weaselmancer (533834) on Friday December 17, 2010 @04:10PM (#34591746)

    Can it be saved via fan support, given the steadily declining viewership numbers?

    Firefly.

    If the rabid Firefly fans couldn't resurrect that show, then you guys don't have a prayer.

    That being said, I welcome you all as brothers and sisters and feel your pain. You can't take the sky from me.

  • by lp_bugman (623152) on Friday December 17, 2010 @04:11PM (#34591770)
    The first season as plain wrong and awful. Watched 2x9 and 2x10 last night they are getting much better. Now that the crew has control over Destiny and the top dogs made peace.
  • by LoyalOpposition (168041) on Friday December 17, 2010 @04:44PM (#34592302)

    Well, there was always the question of where Book learned so much about crime. And shooting. And hand-to-hand combat. Then there was the question of why Inara would leave the, supposedly lucrative, inner planets for a ship filled with miscreants. And what was in that hypodermic. And whether she had a way to keep from dying. Then there was the question of whether Malcolm would ever return to his Christian faith. And how he really felt about Inara. And whether he could get a steady source of income when seemingly every one of the border planets were against him. And why he entered the war. Then there was the question of why Jane seemed to get along so well with Book. And why he sent so much money home to his mother. And whether he could ever respect Simon. Then there was the question of what the Hands of Blue represented. And how the Blue Sun corporation was involved. And what exactly they were doing with River. Then there was the question of whether River would ever get well. And find true love. And live a normal life. And how Kaylee's relationship with Simon would work out. And whether Saphron would come back. Or Jubal. Or Badger. Or Niska.

    I'm thinking they could have made it through season two.

    ~Loyal

  • by EdIII (1114411) on Friday December 17, 2010 @05:09PM (#34592690)

    No shit.

    I kind of like SGU, but it is no FireFly. Not by a long shot. Acting was superb on that show. Characters developed well, you really cared about them all by the end of the season. Everyone pulled their weight on that show. Then there were the sets and the production value. That always blew me away. Better than Stargate Atlantis by far, and that is saying something.

    If it came down to a choice... FireFly.

  • Re:Fuck Syfylis (Score:4, Informative)

    by zero0ne (1309517) on Friday December 17, 2010 @05:10PM (#34592706) Journal

    AMC has:

    Breaking Bad
    Mad Men
    The Walking Dead

    all 3 are amazing shows and have seen some awesome highs and lows
    **except walking dead, which is the first season with only 6 episodes... but it was still some of the best 6 episodes of a Zombie themed TV series I have seen)

  • Re:good (Score:4, Informative)

    by johanw (1001493) on Friday December 17, 2010 @06:31PM (#34593762)
    Well, Babylon 5 comes to mind. Earth eventually learns a lot from the Minbari and something of the Vorlons to build cool new ships like the Excalibur.
  • Re:good (Score:5, Informative)

    by captjc (453680) on Saturday December 18, 2010 @03:20AM (#34597864)

    Then again, I kind of like anti-heroes, like Dr. House, Rick Deckard and Thomas Covenant.
    And even well-developed antagonists like Dexter Quinn and Angus Thermophyle. As long as I get a glimpse into why the characters are as they are, it gives me much more than any number of goody-two-shoe heroes or one-dimensional Bond villains.

    And you don't like B5? The characters are well written flawed human (ok, aliens too) characters. It takes a very different approach from Star Trek where you have the best and brightest solving problems or as someone put it "A bunch of pleasant people going happily about their day." The leads of the Captain and Ambasador Delenn kind of followed the old formula, though Bruce Boxleitner's character was way more colorful. We also have An XO with daddy issues who starts coming off as Mrs Chekov with a hatred of telepaths (especially one played by, ironically enough, Mr Chekov), a Doctor who was a hippie Galactic hitchhiker who becomes a drug-addict and Two security chiefs with questionable backgrounds, one of who is easily the most likable character suddenly turns into an asshole then into villain. The best parts of the show were Ambassadors G'Kar and Londo. G'Kar journeys from a character fueled by anger and revenge against Londo's people to a spiritually filled holy man advocating peace. Londo is the most tragic of all of them as he does many questionable things and downright horrible acts with the best intentions of helping his people.

    Even the Villains are very morally ambiguous. The main antagonists, The Shadows, are not evil and have the best intentions in mind by doing horrible things--using chaos and conflict to spur survival of the fittest. Hell, the Vorlons and the Shadows later come off more as squabbling sibblings fighting over the best way to take care of their pets. Then we have one of the best Sci-fi villains, Bester. A Man who will do anything for his fellow telepaths but has little regard for human life as he sees them as we would see monkeys. In a place where the Psi-corps is Mother and Father, one can see why.

    Babylon 5 is far from a Black and white world. I see it more as Star Wars meets the West Wing. Everyone has their own agendas and many will do what is necessary, good and bad, to complete their objectives. BTW, Season 1 is very slow, but season 2 onward is where it really comes into its own.

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