When the SyFy network announced the cancellation of Stargate: Universe as part of their ongoing move away from actual science fiction programming towards stuff douche bags might want to wear on a trucker cap with their Ed Hardy t-shirt, few realized that they weren’t just cancelling that one show. They were cancelling the entire Stargate franchise.
Universe was the third Stargate series to hit television, preceded by Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: SG-1. Though those previous Stargate shows no longer exist as weekly series’, they’ve had a second life on DVD in an ongoing line-up of straight-to-DVD movies supported the by shows’ massive fanbase. A Stargate: Atlantis DVD movie was supposed to be in the works, but after the unceremonious ending of the still in its infancy Stargate: Universe, they’re giving up the ghost.
Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi broke the news on his blog last week telling fans, “I’m sorry to say but the cancellation puts the brakes on whatever progress the SGA movie had made in the past month, shelving it indefinitely.” He followed that up by saying “the cancellation of SGU is very bad news” for anyone hoping for more Stargate: Atlantis. It’s probably bad news for anyone hoping for any more of any kind of Stargate ever. This seems like the end.
Science Fiction on television in general is in a pretty bad state. If you’re a fan of the genre, there’s really not much left. If you’re looking for great weekly science fiction, the BBC’s Doctor Who is your best (and maybe soon to be only) option now. The new season of Doctor Who starts soon. Jump in and support the last gasp of Sci-Fi on television, before there’s nothing at all left.
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