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Stargate: Chevron Axed Encoded

Good science fiction is hard to come by. Great science fiction is rare and when a series which fits into the later category is axed it’s pretty hard for a nerd like myself to take. No matter how the SCI FI Channel spins it, the fact that Stargate: Sg-1 isn’t coming back for an eleventh season is a huge disappointment to fans of quality science fiction.

In a statement issued yesterday, the SCI FI channel announced that it would not be bringing the record breaking series back, but that the spin-off series Stargate: Atlantis, would return for a fourth season.

Having achieved so much over the course of the past 10 years, SCI FI believes that the time is right to make this season their last on the channel. SCI FI is honored to have been part of the Stargate legacy for five years, and we look forward to continuing to explore the Stargate universe with our partners at MGM through a new season of Stargate Atlantis. [more]

Sadly the finger pointing has already started. SCI FI blames a thirty percent drop in viewer-ship from the same time last year and the hefty production costs of episodes (made worse due to the current Canadian>American exchange rate, which has previously acted as something of a buffer) for the shows cancelation. However those close to the show itself claim that SCI FI had decide long ago to end the series and, by failing to actively support the series, created the drop in ratings themselves.

While the messy behind the scenes stuff gets sorted out (or doesn’t) the fan based petitions and letter writing campaigns have already started. Additional hope for a continuation of SG-1 adventures can also be harvested from comments made, again, by ‘those close to the show’: “Studio executives are working to identify an alternative outlet for Stargate SG-1”

For quite some time there have been rumors of a return to the cinema for the Stargate franchise and while I’d love to see the characters from the series make it as big action stars, I think I’d be much happier with the continuation of the long running mythology and character development that has always made SG-1 one of my favorite science fiction shows. [source]

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    STARGATE or STARSCAPE?
    I always enjoyed stargate but the biggest problem with seasons 9 and 10 were the casting choices. I suppose Jeff Bridges is okay – but bringing two of the cast from the defunked Farscape was a bad choice. Why? Intertextuality refers to one show giving note to another sitcom or movie, or speaking of
    real life actors who mirror the shows characters. By bringing across two actors from the same show it’s almost a cosmic Dichotmy – It would be like William Shatner taking over Jeff Bridges role with the Star Trek script references intact – Bang! Worlds Collide!

    Claudia Black is okay but she ain’t no supermodel and her overt sexual prowess is a turn off – who wants a forward chick unless she’s a playboy Bunny? But regardless of those aspects her character turns the show’s mythology into a joke half the time, and she makes the premises less serious – and with a
    sci-fi show – too much irreverance kills the magic.

    Also Ben browder is too gung-ho – he ain’t no O’Neil and picking up from Richard Dean’s mantle so obviously is off putting. Consider Jonas Quinn’s character – sure he replaced Shanks but didn’t try to become his persona.

    There’s still 10 episodes left – if the cancellation is true – perhaps another network will pick-up the reigns as the franchise is still a gold mine – Bring back O’Neil and bugger of Claudia – oh and Ben – sorry – but he should die heroicly or something. Remember the replacements can’t be on the show at the same time as the counterpart – even Jonas had to go when Daniel Jackson returned.

    The producers/ writers should focus more on the theology of the Egyptians and the Gould – right now the religious overtones of the Ori seem way to close to Muslim extremism – this should be a sci-fi fantasy. And the DeLuise brothers who are directors need to take a break – too much comedy and lack of real visual construction hurts the illusion- but they are talented so Kudos to them.

    Stargate – get back to your roots!

    SDR – Stargate purist.