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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Twin Destinies” (Season 2, Episode 12)

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The Destiny is falling apart. Granted, she’s always been falling apart, but following the pasting they took in the mid-season two-parter, they’re much more aggressively falling apart. This is hampered by a lack of spare parts and also a basic lack of understanding of what the parts do in and of themselves. The ship is barely functional, and will not keep together for much longer at all. Reluctantly, Young decides to use Eli’s plan to gate everyone back to earth while they’re inside a star refueling (Yeah, that works now, apparently).

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Deliverance, Part 2” (Season 2, Episode 11)

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The deathwatch begins, each ping of the heart monitor bringing us closer to the last moments of this series. It returns to be burned off with an utter lack of fanfare, Syfy (“The Science Fiction Channel That Doesn’t Really Like Science Fiction”) has given it no promotion. In fact, if it hadn’t been for Scorpius mentioning it yesterday, I wouldn’t have known it was coming up at all. Thanks, Scorpy!

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RANDOM WANKERY: Stargate and Inventing Your Own Spinoff!

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So now that Stargate: Universe is dead, and those SG1 and SGA movies are unlikely to get made, and the glory days are behind us, the question becomes one of "What happens next?" I mean, is this the *end* of Stargate, or just a wrong turn that they can recover from? Is this Star Trek: Enterprise, or Galactica 1980, or is it merely Doctor Who under Collin Baker, waiting desperately for a Sylvester McCoy? And how long until we find out?

I got no answers for you, of course, but since it's a slow news day and it seemed vaguely pertinent, I thought I'd rerun this "Create your own spinoff" thing from a bit ago.

Note to MGM and SyFy: If you like any of the ideas on here, I *can* be bought. Cheaply. And unlike Brad Wright and Mr. Mallozzi, I won't deliberately antagonize the fans and call them idiots. Instead, I promise I'll give them a show they'll like. I'll also clean up around the office after hours, provided there's no heavy lifting. I've got a bad back, y'see...

And should MGM or SyFy decide to hire me, I think my first act would be to do a show that resolves all the dangling threads from the previous shows in satisfying fashion, while telling their own original story. Can I get an "Amen?"

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BREAKING NEWS: Stargate Universe is officially cancelled.

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If I love it, it will die.

Stargate Universe has been cancelled by Syfy. The largest and riskiest departure from the standard Stargate format has also been the only unsuccessful one. The announcement was made earlier today

http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/syfy-cancels-stargate-universe/

There's also been a lot of twitter chatter about it

http://twitter.com/syfy

Gateworld has temporarily suspended the creation of new threads until the furor dies down
http://forum.gateworld.net/showthread.php?78755-New-Threads-TEMPORARILY-...

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Resurgence (Part 1)” (Season 2, Episode 10)

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In the last three or four episodes this show has *FINALLY* come into its own. Ratings are even up by more than 100,000 viewers. Word of mouth is spreading. All this is good news, which, of course, makes me fear that slapping a mid-season cliffhanger/finale this close into its stride will kill all its momentum, the same way it killed Caprica. (Well, to be fair, it was that *and* a whole lot of incomprehensible writing that killed Caprica.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Visitation” (Season 2, Episode 9)

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The up/down/up/down, but still generally rather pathetic overall ratings continue, with last week down about 50,000 viewers from the week before, and the previous week up about 107,000 over the week previously, which was itself down about 45,000 viewers from the weak before that. The numbers are hovering around one million a week, up a tick, down a tick. This is bad. Essentially, it means that MGM is paying about two dollars per person watching the show. A buck an eye, half off for cyclopses. Not as bad as Caprica, of course, but not far better.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Malice” (Season 2, Episode 8)

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A slight uptick on the ratings, about 100.000 more viewers last week than the week before, but only up 62,000 from Cloverdale, and down 148,000 from the season high (“Awakening,” episode 3). Let’s face it, kids, ratings are in the crapper for this show. The producers were hoping for “At least three seasons,” they’ll be lucky to get past two.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “The Greater Good” (Season 2, Episode 7)

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I’m a little concerned about the ratings on this show. The Season 1 (And series) high was 2.4 million (For “Air”) and the season 1 low was 1.17 million (“Incursion, Part 1”). In general, the ratings seemed to hover between 1.3 and 1.4 million viewers. Stargate Atlantis seems to have held around 1.6 million viewers on average per ep, just by comparison, so that’s respectable, if a bit disappointing.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Stargate Universe: “Cloverdale” (Season 2, Episode 5)

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God bless Stargate. Seriously: after about 335 episodes and 3 movies, they’re still coming up with new things that touch me. Conversely, most other SF series basically bang the same two or three gongs over and over and over again. The underlying plot of the episode wasn’t spectacularly new, but the meaning and feel and cleverness and the final sequence pretty much declare everything I love about this franchise.

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