Where oh where has my SciFi gone?

Where oh where can it be? My SciFi is gone. It’s been replaced by the travesty that is now SyFy.

Waaaaaayyyyy back when, the SciFi Channel was a wonderous thing. It was a geeks one stop place for all kinds of goodies, from SciFi, Anime and Horror. But the key thing was SciFi. That is what made the channel and where it took its name. It spawned great shows like Farscape and gave safe haven to Stargate SG-1 when Showtime abandoned it. It was the place I was able to catch up on Firefly (when I had only been able to catch two episodes when it originally aired), reminisce over Battlestar Galactica (the original) and catch other great shows. Yeah, when they started their movies, it was rare for a good one to creep in, because the rest were crap, but they made up for it with good shows.

Then it started its downhill spiral. Wrestling was introduced, and then it got worse and worse. Less actual Science Fiction was being shown, and I cannot recall the last time I’ve seen anything remotely looking like Anime. The Horror flicks are still hanging around, but even they are beginning to decline. They even turned down shows that were of the Sci Fi/ Fantasy element that needed a new home (ie, Legend of the Seeker).

I do realize that there are “sci-fi” shows on the channel now. BUT a lot of them I don’t care for. Sanctuary is NOT my cup of tea. Eureka I could not get into. Caprica I loved, even though I was behind in the second season. But then again, IF they had left Stargate Universe and Caprica on Friday nights, instead of moving them smack in the middle of my work week (especially when I go in very early in the day). And I doubt I’m the only one who suffered from that problem.

If you haven’t already guessed, I’m a bit upset at SyFy. And perhaps guessed why, too. Yet another show I love and adore has been canceled. And I think what has me more upset than the actual act (which has me pretty peeved), but how the cast and crew found out. Via the internet. A few were alerted ahead of time, or about the same time as the official announcement, through e-mail. The actual announcement itself came to the world thanks to Twitter. Yup, I can see David Blue (Eli on SGU) taking a break from whatever he was doing, an hour after the announcement, to check his Twitter and Facebook accts. Most likely one of the first thing he spotted were the many messages of concern and upset from his fans at the cancellation of Stargate Universe. He probably thought it was a nasty rumor going around and got ahold of his publicist, who then confirmed, no it was real. SyFy’s Twitter account had not been hacked, and it was not a cruel joke from some disgruntled fan (Take note: He did find out on Twitter, but I have no idea exactly how it happened). He and MingNa were some of the first to find out that way. Yup, a great holiday present from SyFy: Thanks for your continued support and defense of our lame asses who can do nothing but insult people’s intelligence, but screw you, you can’t work for us anymore.

They are so brilliant, my brain hurts.

Joe Mallozzi has stated that once he returns from Japan and has a chance to speak with the lead producers of the show, that he will post a blog with as much info as he can about it all, and what happened. He has no clue. I think him and the others when they finally wrapped the second season a few weeks ago were pretty content with the idea that they would be back with a third season. So I will wait and see what he says before I go on being more ranty than I already am. It’s a few days later and I’m still pissed. It’s very similar to how they canned Stargate Atlantis. If memory serves right with SG-1 we knew before the final season aired that it would be the last one, so they had a chance to wrap stuff up. Even if I think the final episode was contrived and didn’t give the fans any kind of closure. I’ll have to do some research into it, but I believe Atlantis was canceled mid-season too.

And don’t get me started on the movies. I know the producers want the movies. They even have scripts ready for Sg-1 and Atlantis. However, MGM is sitting on their rears and won’t give them the green light. They will be direct release DVDs, much cheaper to put out than if they were to hit the theatres first. Not sure why they won’t when they have many fans who will swallow them up. And many of those same fans fall into the half season DVD trap, buying them up (not touching that one, as it’s not only Stargate that is a victim of it). So the likelihood of Stargate Universe getting a movie out of this, uhm, very doubtful. I know I won’t make any plans on that. Nope. If they haven’t given the green light for SG-1 or Atlantis, Universe has no hope.

If I could understand their reason why, then maybe I could give SyFy more credit. I can understand why they wanted to cancel SG-1. The show had 10 great years (intermingled with some crap and travesties) and I know I’d rather them end on a high note than a low one. The movies didn’t do too bad in sales, and frankly I’d see it as a case to produce one or two more to give total closure to some of the ‘important’ storylines that they never went back to, except to bring it up in passing (Furlings are a big one there).

I’m still confused over Atlantis. The ratings may not have been as a high as wrestling (my brain hurts), but they brough in a great audience. And at this time, DVRs and on-demand downloads (iTunes/Amazon) along with Hulu were becoming the norm. So there were a lot of people watching them… Oh wait! I remember now! They don’t count those number when they figure in the final ratings for a show. Yeah, they peak at the DVR numbers, but the rest are totally ignored. Even the hits on their own website to watch the full episodes. We live in an age of technology and they need to figure out how to add up all those different ratings to get a final number. I bet they’d have much larger numbers. Especially when most fans of Sci Fi are geeks that tend to be a bit techno savvy. So that is pretty much what happened to Atlantis.

Now with Universe, no clue. The ratings for the most part were consistent. Even without the DVR info. And if you were  on Twitter at all during either season, it was not surprising to see the actors live tweeting during the show with the fans, and everyone was watching. So I don’t think it’s ratings. At least if they claim it is, I call bullshit. Even people who claimed they weren’t going to watch the show, watched. Why? So they’d have something to complain about.

As I’ve stated in the past on this blog, I didn’t want to like Universe. I was bitter and upset over the loss of Atlantis. I didn’t want more Stargate shows, I wanted Atlantis. Well, while I bashed the show, they managed to sign Lou Diamond Phillips and MingNa to the cast. The rest of the people I didn’t really know and at the time, I didn’t want to know. These two made me start to rethink that. I’ve always enjoyed their performances (even if the movie/show was utter crap). So I started doing some research, and was sucked in. I decided that I would give it a chance, especially after the first trailers started to come out. They didn’t look like the Stargate I remembered. Then Air premiered and it was love at first sight. As the season went on, I started becoming attached to the characters, Telford (LDP) being front and center. I made some new friends through Twitter who were also watching it, and reconnected with some old ones who gave in like I did. I also got to speak with several of the cast & crew members through Twitter, who helped to alleviate fears and concerns, or just to have a bit of fun. I got to know Brian Jacob Smith (Lt. Scott) a bit better to come to respect him a great deal, and then to discover his mother and find out that’s where he got a lot of it from. Unlike all the previous incarnations of Stagate, this was the first time I felt like I had a vested interest in the show. The first time I felt any kind of connection with the people behind the show, and wanted them to really succeed because they became REAL people to me. Not the characters, but the people who played them. So yeah, this all sucks.

I don’t know if I could do a proper closing on this one. I know I will finish watching the second season when the second half starts up in April. After that, I highly doubt I will continue on with SyFy. It’s not the channel I remember and loved. It’s become something else that I don’t really want much to do with. No longer do I spend most of the day with that channel on the TV. Instead I opt for the DVDs I have or Netflix to have my genres of choice playing on the TV. Thank you to all the cast and crew and their families of not just Startgate Universe, but the entire franchise. You all rock, and here’s a little hope that they allow you all to continue your story somewhere, somehow down the road.

I’m going to load up Halo now and blow stuff up.

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