As a fan of Stargate from its beginning (it was the reason we got Showtime, all those years ago), I was interested in this article about how they could continue the franchise. Then I saw this quote:
“The fact that the last Stargate episode aired only two years ago suggests the fans are still out there and, if a movie or series is produced sooner than later, one could count on their support – in addition to the potential support of new viewers. Strike while the iron is hot! Then again, the ratings for SGU’s final season could suggest viewer fatigue and maybe waiting is advisable.”
“Viewer fatigue”? Like the “franchise fatigue” the Star Trek people keep complaining about? What is this “fatigue” we’re all supposed to be suffering from? It can’t be an ennui brought on by sameness, or episodic television would have died in the 1970s. Besides, James Bond is on his, what, 25th movie? I don’t see any “franchise fatigue” weighing down Daniel Craig, do you?
How about, Hollywood, you call it the way the rest of us all see it–lousy writing. Face it, Stargate: Universe was dull, bland, and peopled with thin, unappealing characters. You can get away with cardboard characters, but something has to happen–see, for example, any Dan Brown novel–and in SGU, nothing ever did. The same goes for Star Trek. When we were watching the Next Generation or DS9, there was no “viewer fatigue.” But Voyager never really took off, and Enterprise was cut off at the knees, not by an audience too tired to sit in front of the tube, but by inept storytelling. No one watched because they didn’t want to, not because they were too exhausted to do anything but lie in bed and read a book.
I know taking responsibility is unfashionable, but blaming the viewers for your bad ratings is like the local team blaming its lack of scoring on fans who leave in the seventh inning. We pay you to entertain us, and if you don’t, we’ll get tired, all right, tired of you.