So last night (Tuesday) the final episode of Stargate Universe aired on Syfy. To give a quick synopsis that hopefully doesn’t spoil it for anyone not caught up with but planning to watch the series. “The ship is in perrel (again) it looks hopeless, Eli comes up with a crazy times 1000 idea to save the ship and crew and no-one is gunna like it”
What I really liked about the episode (and I think I can say this without it counting as a spoiler) it was pretty open ended. Like Sg1 has done in the past when it faced cancellation and wasn’t sure if it would be back. They found a place they could almost put the story aside. It isn’t an ending to the journey or for the crew. Just a satisfying ending for the series that will keep people speculating long enough for fans to save the show.
It was as good of an ending as it could be without being a total copout. In my previous post I said I would be happy with any ending that didn’t seem lazy. And even though it is an ending you could have speculated on in a few of the previous episodes it throws a couple interesting last minute character development twists that I didn’t see coming at all.
If your like me and can’t get enough Stargate the usual social media campaigns are underway to save the show. visit http://www.facebook.com/SaveSGU to see how you can get involved.
And also visit http://www.gateworld.net/news/2011/05/announcing-the-stargate-rewatch-at-gateworld/ to learn about the #SGRewatch twitter even starting August 1st.
So Brad Wright said at the Stargate convention in Vancouver the other day that MGM is not only not making a Stargate Universe movie, but they are shelving the planned Sg-1 and Atlantis movies as well.
I’m not so concerned about the Sg-1 movie. After 10 years 214 episodes and 2 DvD movies I was more than content with where the story ended and frankly after Richard Dean Anderson left the show in season 8 it wasn’t as good anyway. Atlantis however, I am upset about. Although I was happy with where the story ended at the end of the 5th season, I loved the characters and was looking forward to seeing them in one last adventure.
Universe is kind of the wild card. I really enjoy the show (granted it’s not my favorite of the franchise) but I feel that depending on where the series ends at the end of the second season any movie they made would have to either be the first of many, or an easy cop-out ending. I would have been glad to see the show get a couple more seasons so that the writers would have a chance to come up with a good ending to the story and don’t want to see them take the lazy way out.
So after nearly 17 years of Stargate, I feel that its about time they put the franchise to rest for a few years. Maybe in a few years some fresh writers will revitalize the franchise with a new series but I don’t think that should happen for some.
If you’re not a fan of Stargate don’t let the cancelation fool you. Its still a great show and one of my favorite sci-fi franchises.
A little update here to get the word out about Storage Wars, one of the more enjoyable new shows on TV right now.
Storage Wars is a show about four auction hunters who buy foreclosed storage lockers. The premise sounds pretty dumb, but the fun really comes out of watching the characters bidding against each other, and seeing the treasures that come out of these old lockers. Each of the four, Barry the Collector, Darrell the Gambler, Dave the Mogul and Jarrod the Young Gun (along with his wife Brandi) have such distinct, over the top personalities that one can’t help but be sucked into their stories each episode.
Also, rooting against Dave is so much fun. The guy makes such a great villain.
Storage Wars is in its first season, with 17 episodes so far.
Tonight is a 5 hour marathon starting at 5 EST, with a bonus new episode at 9:30. Storage Wars usually airs new episodes at 10:30 on Wednesdays.
As an aside, exactly how popular is Storage Wars? It could be building up steam already, but it’s worth a watch if you haven’t checked it out yet.