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23 August 2006 @ 10:18 pm
Cancellation Thoughts Part II  
Now there's supposedly a chance of a mini/film or another channel picking up S.11. Another channel? Bwahahaha! Right. There is a quote that the head of Showtime has expressed interest. Is Showtime hurting that bad that they would take back a show they dumped five years ago? I think not. Not without a great many changes, at the very least. The rated R version of the Stargate 'verse, maybe? Heh. Sex and the City, Stargate-style. (I was going to joke that I read that fanfic, before I realized that there aren't four main female characters that you could use. Sam-Janet, uh Vala, and er, Anise? (g)) So anyway, S.11 -- not gonna happen on another channel. SciFi is where unwanted series end up, not the other way 'round.

Or, there's a feature. To which I say -- no frelling way. Love my SG-1, but not on the big screen. As much as I enjoyed Serenity, it still felt like a special two-hour episode of the show to me. And unlike Firefly, Stargate SG-1 has years and years of backstory that just doesn't make for compelling film, unless it was all basically ignored. But from a purely monetary standpoint, I don't believe it. If Serenity had done fab, maybe. The only thing that makes me quibble a bit is knowing that MGM is desperate to continue the franchise in one form or another (they are, yes, a part of Sony now, but my understanding from people there that it's still pretty much an independent fief). They're not going to let Atlantis be the only thing going on.

Which leaves miniseries and/or t.v.movie, which are the most likely possibility. SciFi already went this route, of course, with "Peacekeeper Wars". It's a nice bone to throw the fans and the production crew. But even there the situation was a bit different (assuming that the producers do actually use this time wisely to craft a decent finale, rather than purposefully doing a cliffhanger to create fan angst). Farscape ended in a really appalling cliffhanger, having been given a two-season renewal and then stabbed in the back (um, no, not bitter or anything). The producers had barely enough time to change the opening. And OMG, I still get all teary. But anyway... (sniffle) my point is that the mini then had to deal with tying up an entire season worth of arc that Kemper and Co had planned. That gave them a lot of story to put in (a little too much, really).

But in this case, (again assuming there's most of the ends already tied up in the series finale), a mini/t.v. movie is going to basically be a two-hour episode. Sometimes this works. I watched the "Alien Nation" t.v. movies that followed on from the series and they mostly (that I recall anyway), did a good job of opening up the canon and were entertaining. But there, they were working with a source that had only had one season and a lot of empty places to explore. But the whole galaxy is not a very mysterious place in SG-1. There are not too many places the Big Bad can come from (not to say that they can't come up with a new villain -- Evil Furlings! -- but I suspect we'd be seeing the Goa'uld/Ori/Anubis or the like again, going by track record). I'm not saying I wouldn't watch it, since I would, but it does seem a little pointless. A movie wouldn't give fans the character interaction they most want, no matter who is in it. I suppose what I'm saying is that a movie/mini is good for tying up dangling plot lines, and not so good for giving fans more of the series.

So, in sum, give me a S.11 or just stop. The PTB already did enough closing of the canon in S.8 -- I don't want weddings, and I don't want more deaths. And I suspect that either in the finale, or especially, in any follow-on project, I'm going to get both.

But, we're going to find out fairly soon, I'm sure. Finale spoilers are going to leak like crazy (even if they're going to be horribly taken out of context and abused, like that wedding image from '200'). And either the UK or Canada are probably going to show it first anyway, because of the long delay in SciFi's broadcast, so we'll all see.

Please, let it be an open door finale. Please, don't kill all your toys so no one can play with them later. That's all I ask.

(At least my baby is safe, cuz there can always be more of him...*pets Baal*)
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weissmanweissman on August 24th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
I guess we will just have to wait and see. I will say though that 10 seasons for any show is pretty amazing.

lizardbeth: Helo-Sharon fanficlizardbeth_j on August 24th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
yeah, 10 years is a good run. I just would prefer that the fanfic possibilities not get stomped on with the finale and any movies or whatever later. But of course, there are shippers who are praying for a wedding, and there are probably fans who wouldn't mind a big "they all die" finale, too. That's one thing about fannish behavior -- TPTB can't please all of the people all of the time. And really, SG would have been a stronger show if they didn't try to cater so much to all the little factions.

But it's not like I don't have a shiny new fandom lined up already, so I think I'll live. :P

And dude, come on - stop checking lj. You're in *CHINA*! :)
weissmanweissman on August 25th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)

But it's not like I don't have a shiny new fandom lined up already, so I think I'll live. :P I wonder what fandom this is????

Believe it or not there are even time on vacations, especially this one, when you have nothing to do. Last night I was on LJ for about 30 minutes. My wife was in the living room of her sisters apartment talking to her parents in Chinese. Nothing I can do as part of that conversation since I don't speak chinese, and sometimes my wife gets tired of trasnlating.

Today I am in my wifes office, and here they basically sit me at a computer all day and forget about me. (laugh)