Mar. 16th, 2011

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I saw the cancellation coming from a mile away. Let's review:

Stargate: The Movie - High adventure with a streak of light-hearted fun thrown in.

Stargate: SG-1 - High adventure with a streak of light-hearted fun thrown in.

Stargate: Atlantis - Started off dark, attempting a more ensemble cast than previous versions. Few characters were likable and there was an air of desperation. Fans recoiled. Cancellation was threatened. The writers were consulted. The show changed direction and became high adventure with a streak of light-hearted fun thrown in.

Stargate: Universe - Basically it's Battlestar Stargate; the b@stard child of Stargate and Battlestar Galactica. To review:
Full ensemble cast, with a few characters high-lighted (like BSG)
Characters written "more human" (i.e. right b@stards no one can stand) (like BSG)
Air of panic, desperation and fear (like BSG)
Fans recoiled. Cancellation was threatened. The writers were consulted. Their response was, basically, "Screw the fans, this is our story." (I refer to this as GLA, or the George Lucas attitude)
Show gets canceled.

This happens anytime a spin-off strays too far from the original. Basically, the were trying to bring back BSG using Stargate so they could get both show's fans. They failed.

I'm sure the remaining episodes will be good. The characters are becoming more proactive and less reactive, or more like Stargate characters and less like BSG characters; too little, too late.

Don't get me wrong; Battle Star Galactica was great! But Stargate and BSG are not peanutbutter and chocolate ("two great tastes that taste great together"). They're more like garlic and strawberry jam. They are individualy two of my all-time favorites, but mix them together and (shudder) you end up with something vomit inducing.

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