User Score: 913
I know I gave this a prefect rating, that's based on what the show could have been had the writers not listened to the complaining of people who were just upset that SG-1 and Atlantis were canceled. The fact is this show was dark, edgy and realistic, it had great acting (with a couple exceptions) and the use of the vast SG background was very cool. I was a fan of the original shows, not a die hard fan but I definitely enjoyed the fun happy-go lucky feel of the shows, at least at first... After the 8 or 9th season however, it started to become forced, predictable and dare I say, boring. Atlantis was a fun idea but it really was just more of the same. I hope all the moaners and complainers are happy with themselves, because there will NEVER be another Stargate show or movie EVER again because of these ungrateful, close-minded, mouth breathers who wanted yet another team of people going through a stargate each week, getting into random adventures while the leader makes silly sarcastic wise cracks while the smart team members roll their eyes along with the audience. Give this show a chance, the 1st 3 episodes alone are worth checking out, & as long as your not a silly SG-1 fanboy who gets scared by dark places and surprising story lines I hope you will like the show as much as I did. I was very sad when they canceled it, it really was the best thing on SyFy, before or since.
Having been a fan of the Stargate phenomenon from the very beginning I eagerly awaited this new season. Having being dubious about the first spin-off "Atlantis" , and being more than pleasantly surprised, I was determined to give this latest spin-off a fair go. However sitting through season one was a lesson in patience: waiting for those moments that had made Stargate the success it was. Gone were the funny quips and adventure and in its place was a show that was Hollyoaks-est in its plots then seemingly remembering there was a Stargate. While its predecessors did obviously delve into what made the characters real, this show seemed to be more concerned with who was bedding who, and simply handing over the back details in a rush leaving the watcher feeling oddly empty and apathetic towards the characters. The whole show was a lot like the Stargate :Atlantis character Ford- nice enough but no real interest to catch you
However about half way through season 2 the Stargate magic finally seemed to be back! (Yay!) Characters suddenly came to life, and the sci-fi element came back into the foreground with that well known Stargate humour.
However it came too late as the rates were too low to justify a renewal.
But what an ending! If only they had started with those finial 12 episodes- the show might still be going.
Still- hopefully this hasn't completely killed the Stargate franchise. I hope they come up with a new way round- or try for a renewal carrying on in the future from where Stargate Universe left off
SGU was a grown up version of Stargate. It was in sci-fi terms what Torchwood was to Doctor Who. However there were a large bunch of people who dared call themselves fans of the franchise who hurled out calls for 'Stargate Universe to be cancelled' because in their small minds it would might mean perhaps a show like Stargate Atlantis or SG1 could take it's place so it would give them a format more to their liking.
How foolish, stupid and deluded they were as to the actual workings of television in the real world, but regardless.
In their sheer, awe-inspiring incompitence, they failed to realise just how the television industry works. You see television executives judge a franchise not on the outcries and specific opinions of a show's format, but it's figures and how 'financially viable' it is.
SGU went all out with characterisation and went so far as to have actors of Robert Carlyle's calibur included, which really gave the show a spark of hope, but due to the outcry of 'fans' if they can be called that, who saught to outright damage the show and deter from it's popularity and ratings, the show was labelled by executives 'not financially viable' and, in case you didnt know, that spreads to the entire Stargate franchise. As far as the bigwigs are concerned Stargate is now 'not financially viable' as a franchise as a whole.
This same view knocked Doctor Who off the air for 14 years, it's knocked Star Trek off the air since the end of Enterprise' stunted run, and god help Stargate ever seeing the light of day ever again, because that's all the franchise is in sheer financial terms now: Not financially viable. Well done 'fans' you killed your own franchise.