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Can They Save "Stargate Universe"?

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A television show was already spared the gruesome hand of fate once this year, and now fans are hoping to do the same for Stargate Universe, the most recent chapter in the fan-favorite franchise. Unlike Fringe (the other show I was talking about), SGU's lifeline isn't quite so strong. As Fringe was thrown into the death slot by Fox, SGU is currently enjoying its last rites by SyFy, pure and simple. As of the final episode, next Monday, SGU will be dead. And yet, there's a glimmer of hope in what is an increasingly common phenomenon: the fan-organized campaign. An official Save SGU Facebook Page, meet-ups, e-mail campaigns - you name it - if there's a viable way to rally and do it online, SGU fans have done it.

For a rundown on the top three SGU efforts thus far and how you can lend a hand, hit the jump.

But first, because we can:

 

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First off, is the movement's base of operations: the Save Stargate Universe Facebook page. Everyday its numbers increase as fans become aware of the campaign to save their beloved show, or as they tell their friends and family to follow suit. With 23,879 fans (at the time of writing), the page amasses support remarkably fast.

 

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Second, support the DVD and Blu-ray purchase campaign. Want to know what single stratagem has brought more shows back from beyond the grave than any other? DVD and Blu-ray sales. Family Guy and Futurama are two such recent examples, and granted it's not perfect (if it was Firefly would be back and have about five spin-off series), but it's also gone a long way towards keeping shows in danger of cancellation on the air (Fringe, Smallville). Why? Because it shows networks that there's still plenty of money to be made by keeping the show producing new episodes. If you want to help this way, click on either of those covers above to visit their Amazon page or check out the full list of related SGU titles on the Facebook Fanpage.

Thirdly, get physical. No, don't take a pipe to knee caps in a back alley (though that does work for unpaid loans), but create a physical presence for your campaign. Jericho fans sent peanuts (lots and lots of peanuts) to the studio to get their show back, and it worked. It didn't last long once it came back, but it worked. The fact of the matter is this: studios still rely far too much on traditional demographic measures and outdated methods for gauging how many people are watching a show. SGU fans have picketed the studio that betrayed them, they've signed petitions, they've made their presence felt outside the internet - and for a system that doesn't embrace the internet nearly as much as the rest of media, that's key.

This is all just the beginning, but the outpouring of support for SGU is overwhelming. It's always amazing to see what a passionate fanbase can do, and in this case, there are 23,884 people (yes, it went up since that other paragraph) intent on getting their show the second chance it deserves.

May
04
2011
Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.

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