This post is sort of a review and sort of not. (it’s more “not” than “review.”) It’s about Stargate SGU, the successor show to the Stargate franchise. Yes, the one that was already canceled. Yes, I know I’m a little late to this party, but this started as a forum post and I decided that it would work better as a blog post. So, on with the show…
I tried to like it (I’m a big SG! and Atlantis fan), I really, really did. I wanted this show to be just as good if not better than SG-1 or Atlantis, but it wasn’t. It wasn’t anywhere close. I watched SG-1 and Atlantis because they were fun escapism. Every week the team would beat incredible odds and save the galaxy from some evil, yet ultimately incompetent threat. I knew going in that SGU wasn’t the same sort of show, but that didn’t mean that it couldn’t be just as much fun. Sadly, I learned that yes it did mean that.
I gave the show a fair shot. I ignored all the names that were being thrown around (Battlegate Voyager, anyone?) and started with the pilot the same night as everyone else. I watched the whole thing and was dissapointed. It was dark, gritty, and I didn’t give a rat’s ass about any of the characters. Hoping against hope that it was just because the setup episode of almost all television sucks I tuned in for the next two episodes and again was left wanting.
I abandoned the show for a while but decided to try again mid season. When I tuned in again after the summer hiatus I still didn’t enjoy it. It still wasn’t fun wasn’t fun and I still didn’t give a damn about these people. So I gave up on the show. I wasn’t one of the people who rallied against it. I didn’t tweet about it constantly or demand that an old show be brought back. I simply stopped watching.
I figured that the “march to grimdark” had taken the franchise from me. I was no longer the target demographic. Today’s audiences want dark and gritty not light, and fun. Apparently I was also wrong about that. The show was canceled at the end of its second season. Turns out that I wasn’t the one who stopped watching.
So now there’s no new stargate on TV at all. I don’t feel bad about it, because they were never going to bring back the stargate that I liked and I don’t think there’s any point to supporting a show that you don’t like just because its a spinnoff of a show you did like. There were other ideas that could have worked, but they chose to go with what they did and it failed them. Turns out that the highest rated shows on SYFY are the light and fun shows.
Who would have thought.