Executive producers and show creators can (and do) play “Fan Excuse Bingo” too.
SciFiNow is urging angry Atlantis fans to stop punishing Stargate Universe. And if that was just a fan lament, I’d just laugh it off. But, when Brad Wright, the excutive producer and co-creator of SGU gets in on the action, that’s another story:
“I don’t think if we for any reason go away, it is an issue necessarily of the quality of the product that we’ve been making,” said executive producer and co-creator Brad Wright. “I think getting moved on the schedule has hurt us. And the fact that some of the fans that liked SG-1 and Atlantis were so angry that they have deliberately hurt us, which is unfortunate.”
First, I completely agree that there are certainly some Stargate: Atlantis fans who are over-the-top angry, but the only place they seemed to have punished SGU is on Internet blog posts. But I think they are a small minority relative to the TV viewing (and even the Stargate-loving) universe.
I’m not an angry SG1 or Stargate: Atlantis fan. I loved lots of SG1 episodes and I liked Stargate: Atlantis. I don’t like Stargate Universe and it isn’t because I was angry Stargate Atlantis ended. In fact, completely independent of SGU, I thought it was time for them to end Atlantis when they ended it.
While I agree that the move to Tuesdays hasn’t helped, it’s not like the show was going gangbusters on Fridays either.
The simplest reason that not many people are watching SGU is that Wright and crew have created and developed a show that not many people are interested in watching. That doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with quality or execution. They might be telling exactly the stories they want to tell in exactly the way they want to tell them. I don’t think there’s any hubris in doing that. But it’s one thing to begrudgingly recognize that people haven’t embraced the concept, and it’s another thing to blame disgruntled fans of previous versions of the franchise.
I have no quarrel with Brad Wright (or Joe Mallozzi), they (and others) have provided me countless hours of entertainment with the Stargate franchise, and for that I am grateful. But I’m not interested in SGU (and I tried, tried, tried again, and then tried yet again with season two). It’s not for me and that’s not because Stargate Atlantis ended.
Thanks to reader “Linda” for alerting me to the SciFiNow story.