As reported by GateWorld, Stargate Universe producer Joseph Mallozzi (who is doing a fun review of his favorite Stargate experiences) has a few quibbles with SyFy’s open letter to Stargate fans.
Mostly, it gets down to wanting SyFy to admit the error in judgment in their decision to move SGU to Tuesday’s based on the success of a less competitive summer schedule. Plus, there’s the ongoing discussion about how DVR ratings should affect things that everyone in the industry is trying to figure out; especially around genre shows.
Bottom line, there were business reasons for the show to end. And it’s still sad.
The last episode of Stargate Universe is airing tonight. It will be the first time in 14 years that there hasn’t been a Stargate series in production.
There are many Tweets from the cast and crew about their sadness over the demise of the show. But it looks like we’ll have a fitting ending. In spite of the news of cancellation not coming until after they finished filming, producer Brad Wright feels we’ll find it a good sendoff.
He took to TwitLonger to let one fan, in particular, know just how he felt. But, hey, it applies.
Please don’t lurk in the shadows and wait for an opportunity to turn our enthusiasm against us. It’s such a rotten thing to do, and I’m struggling to understand why you think it’s perfectly fine. If you need a good example of why this fanbase is so divided and full of animosity, just refer to your comment.
So far, I’m not seeing a specific groundswell of topics about this over in the wild west of the Gateworld forum, but I’m sure this will strike a note. It’s been a long-standing problem in fandom and I, for one, am glad to see Brian stand up to it.
Fresh off the Emmy broadcast, the Gemini Award nominations, recognizing achievement in Canadian English-language television, have been released. And, unlike in the US, they tend to appreciate good genre television.
Best Original Music Score – Joel Goldsmith (Light)
Best Photography – Light
Best Editing – Human
Best Sound Series
Best Visual Effect – Air, Part 1
Other genre nods:
Alice – Matt Frewer (Best Performance by a Supporting Actor, Mini-Series), Andrew Lee Potts (Best Performance by a Lead Actor, Mini-Series), Caterina Scorsone (Best Performance by a Lead Actress, Mini-Series), Makeup, Costume Design, Best Writing Mini-Series
As for the other genre nods, Ian McKellen got one for being the only part of The Prisoner remake that anyone liked, while Caprica, Stargate Universe, and V will duke it out with original flavor CSI for special effects.
He admits to a few mistakes, but also asks everyone to give them the chance to show what SGU can do. Apparently we’ll be seeing a lot more of what “old time” fans loved about SG1 and SGA; including some aliens, some action and more focus on the women characters.
It would be nice to find more peace amongst the fans with a pulled-together show. Although I’ll always think “Stargate University” when I see SGU. (See Dragon*Con’s Stargate track for more on how my strange mind contributed to this year’s programming.)
The article is all about how things went in the first half of Season 1 (conveniently available now on DVD). And it even includes video of him answering a question from his mom, who just can’t seem to get a copy of the poster of her son used to tease the show. (Ed. – Someone help this poor woman out!)
For those who are having trouble waiting for the show to start up again, The Hiatus Project is in full swing. (No haters allowed.)
Tonight’s episode of Stargate Universe is Earth. The cast are all a-Twitter about it; calling it one of their favorite episodes to shoot. Joe Mallozzi says that Telford finally plays his hand. (I am highly suspect of that character.)
In related news, another interview with actor David Blue who is doing his first con ever this weekend. Be kind to him, UK! (I always hear good things about Chevron, though. I bet he’ll have a great time.)
And finally, the lovely, charming and much-beloved Amanda Tapping has started a new charity drive called Sanctuary for Kids. (Get it? She stars in Sanctuary. Sanctuary for kids?) And to kick it off, there’s a really cool auction (just in time for your holiday gift-giving).