Most Malaysians probably wouldn’t have heard of the Stargate SG-1 franchise, let alone its offspring, Stargate Atlantis (SGA). Our terrestrial TV and cable channels never bothered to bring it here. Well, actually they did but just never bothered to promote it, and SG-1 (which ran 11 seasons!) was only shown until season 4 (I believe) until they decided that that’s just enough. Still, some of us followed it online and via, ahem, the “unofficial suppliers” who seem to know that there are fans out there.
When I heard about the news while browsing through Gateworld, I was saddened but not as devastated as I thought I’d be. This is telling, as I was far more devastated by the cancellation of apocalyptic drama Jericho than this.
Season 1 of SGA was good, season 2 was all kinds of boring and wasted opportunities, but season 3 and 4 picked up significantly, and this season – it’s last – sees the inclusion of Robert Picardo, which I thought was a great boost to the show.
But SGA could have been better. A lot of times the show creators seem to shoot themselves in the foot.