Ahhh Well. I said my goodbyes as I watched the last episode of Stargate Universe ended Monday night. Not with a crash but a moving melody did the final scene of the series close.
You know, this show started slow. Not very slow, just slow. Probably slow enough that it deserved it’s poor ratings at first. But for the past 10 years I’ve been using a strategy for viewing my TV shows, even the slow ones; watch 4 episodes of a new show and then decide. As a matter of fact I learned this by watching the original Stargate-SG 1. Actually, the first time when it was on Showtime, I thought I was in for a treat. But when I saw the atrocious snake headed armor of the Jaffa – strike ONE. Then, I thought, ‘Is that MacGyver’ – strike TWO. I didn’t wait for a third.
A couple years later though, Fox 5 (NY) had a late Friday night lineup of Mad TV, Stargate and X-Files. Mad TV was Funny and of course X-Files was the truth. But “Why did they have to put Stargate in the middle, it’s so cheap!” But I suffered through it cause, well, it was only an hour and I wasn’t going to miss X-Files. Lo and behold, only Four or Five episodes in and I was hooked. And they got ride of those cheap jacked-up looking snake props. That sold it.
I know… I know, Geek Soul Brother is on a tangent, but here it is. Stargate Universe was a slow start, but I stuck it out. I gave it Four episodes. And sure enough, as the show progressed, I started connecting to the characters. Then I suddenly LOVED the show. They (the crew) started running out of power and food and resources as I was like ‘Man, they are done for’. And don’t even talk about the Darkness/Light episodes. My friends were tired of me yelling over the phone “This show is Awesome, I’m telling you!!”.
And now, at the end of two seasons, it’s canceled. It was supposed to last five. A lot of the shows I like get canceled early. That’s the reality of SCI-FI. The hordes of geeky nerdy space loving TV watchers out there were just never enough to keep most shows on the air. Well, let me correct that. Our voices weren’t loud enough to be heard. I think what I’m trying to say in this post is we have only so many good television programs to watch that are SCI-Fi or Fantasy. In this day and age, even though everything is moving so fast, we can’t make snap decisions in a genre we like. SGU was a perfect example of ‘give it time, it gets better’. And if we can come up with new ways of letting networks and advertisers know what we like, then we will see even better programming.
This doesn’t deter me from getting into any upcoming new shows, if they look appetizing. If they are good then I’ll let the creators know. Maybe there is a chance mine will be the email that will have the networks say ‘Greenlight it for another season’.
If you ever get a chance to watch SGU then sit back, take a chill and check it out. It ended on a cliff hanger but not a really bad one. You’ll figure it out.