Why I Won’t Be Watching the New Stargate

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  1. I’lll tell you why I think it is: because they deny that human beings can exercise their will over sex, or over anything. The good plots come from that source, and having given it up now all they have are sex plots left. Or re-making classics to make them all about sex and never about character and lack, or excess, of it.

    If you haven’t read Sigrid Undset, get The Axe. Great antidote, puts sex in perspective to a whole faith-filled life.

    I have some baby Catholic science fiction at my other blog, whitelilyfiction.wordpress.com and would welcome a read of ‘Confession,’ if you could.

  2. I could not agree more with your missive. SGU is turning out to be nothing but sex and “relationships”.

    Episode 4 last night showed some woman with huge breasts, I guess to get rating points for being “edgy”.

    Stargate used to be a funs show and now is going to the gutter for ratings on SyFy, I guess.

    Since when did Science Fiction become gutter sex for the teenage crowd?

    1. I still haven’t seen an episode and I won’t. It seems that pretty much every show is heading in that direction: sex. When did television become porn? You know, it used to be you didn’t have to worry about what you were watching because they didn’t show sex, limited the violence, and were careful about the language. Now, it’s an anything goes as long as it sells. And unfortunately it sells.

      Sci-fi as a genre was supposed to be about exploring the human condition, about confronting ourselves and our prejudices, about seeing people as more than some “other” that had to be avoided. Now sci-fi is about sex, violence, and forgetting there are boundaries while playing to the lowest common denominator.

      The producers of SGU seem to think there are two crowds of fans of the Stargate franchise: SG-1 fans and Universe fans. They pretty much ignored Atlantis fans and didn’t fight for them when the series was canceled. It seemed that as soon as the network dropped Atlantis the producers forgot Atlantis fans and cast and crew and focused entirely on SGU. It became about sci-fi not being about sci-fi but about selling sex and gore and abandoning any decency and respect for people that they could. It became about money and numbers and not about fans. Sci-fi as a genre, at least to the producers who are also the writers of the show, think the genre has gotten stale or focused to narrowly on a few points. They didn’t see or didn’t want to see the potential that the genre has and will always have. By going to a 90210 approach, they think they are reviving the show and the franchise. The franchise didn’t need “reviving.” It just needed better writers and an adherence to cannon. Not abandoning plot and focusing on sex and relationships. The producers and writers are telling the fans that they don’t want intelligent fans who think and wonder and ponder the deeper issues. They want fans who will turn in and watch to boost ratings and not care if things aren’t perfect or that the show has no real depth.

      Sc-fi fans are some the most loyal fans out there. Once they find a show or an author or whatnot, they stick with it through thick and thin. Shows and authors know this and treat their fans with consideration and respect. The producers and writers of SGU are forgetting this or even deliberately choosing to ignore loyal fans to reach a “new” group of fans who really would never watch sci-fi if it was true to its roots but only because they are showing sex. They don’t want true fans; they only want viewers which in the long run is going to hurt them a lot more than they think. Okay, I’ll get off my soap box now.

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