|They need to finish the Ori arc first. |
That's the biggest problem with story-driven shows. They often get cancelled before the story is over. See Invasion, Sliders, etc. (and especially Threshold)
They'd better not do that to SG-1.
Once upon a time there was a show called Babylon 5. It had a very remarkable aspect to it; before the first episode was shot (actually, before they tried getting money to actually make a series) it was already known there was 5 years worth of storyline. Then, halfway through the fourth season someone (I don't remember who) decided to pull the plug.
So, one and a half year of storyline suddenly had to be packed in half a year of episodes. Let's just say the end of season 4 was epic (hmm, is there a Nobel Prize for understatements and where can I claim it? ).
In the end, B5 actually was renewed for it's fifth season. Yeah, by then there was nothing of the original storyline left, so the fifth season was (in my humble opinion) not as great as it would've been if everything was done according to the grand plan. Ah well, it was still very good anyway.
But, back to SG1; while I suspect that the writers of SG1 intended to take more time than two seasons to kill of the Ori, I also think they'll be able to wrap it up in half a season if they have to. That means no clip shows, no filler eps, instead we'll get half a season's worth of the best SG1 has to offer (especially if they can end it with a movie).
Now, I completely agree with everyone here that two or three (or more!) 'normal' seasons would be better than a half season that's possibly the best we've ever seen, but it's also a lot better than stopping without giving the writers advance warning, ending the show at a cliff hanger. Contrary to what some posters seem to believe, the rest of season 10 is still going to be aired.
Now, there is one question that comes to mind. What if MGM wants to continue Stargate, but SciFi doesn't? If MGM where to come up with another spin-off series, what would the legal implications be? Could they sell the new series to another channel?
(random comment) Why would it have to take SG1 more than two years to get rid of the Ori? I mean, Sheridan and co (read: the main characters of B5) needed somewhere between one and two years (depending on how you count, and my recollection is not 100%) to solve their problem: two (in SG1 terms) Ancient-like races that where battling each other, on top of that all the other mayor and most of the minor races in the galaxy where at war and, o yeah, Earth and Mars needed to be liberated. Stated in that context, anyone here (this being an SG1 forum and all ) can surely agree SG1 should be able to tell the Ori to "get the hell out of our galaxy" in two seasons flat, right?
(That's funny if you are a B5-fan that is low on sleep. I hope it works out just as well for the rest of you out there!)
Just my two cents,
Rob van Wijk