Stargate SG-1 Ends On SciFi Channel

Published 9 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:12 pm,

The SciFi Channel just announced that they will not be renewing Stargate SG-1 next season, and that it’s slated to end at 215 episodes total. This announcement is a bit odd in it’s timing considering all the hoopla surrounding the airing of the (MOST excellent) 200th episode last Friday.

I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this… On the one hand it’s like having an old friend move away, but on the other I really think it’s time to lay it to rest.

I really think the producers should have been gutsy and pulled a “Seinfeld”: End production on the series at it’s peak at the end of Season 8. That was the last season that had the original cast members functioning as a team, with O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) having been promoted to General. The Replicators and the Gould (I don’t remember where the accent goes) were essentially defeated and they could have written a kick-butt series finale episode.

Since RDA left the show, it really hasn’t been the same and it seems to be all over the place. I mean it’s certainly not terrible, but I don’t look forward to it (and neither do my wife and daughter) like we used to a couple of seasons back.

Sure, Ben Browder, Beau Bridges and grudgingly, even Claudia Black are growing on me, but it just doesn’t seem like the same show anymore. It’s almost like it’s a new show placed in the exact same setting. Michael Shanks’ Daniel Jackson character has morphed into a comedic O’Neill replacement, Christopher Judge’s Teal’c is starting to seem like a parody of himself, and Amanda Tapping’s Samantha Carter seems like she’s just on the sidelines now.

In addition to that, I just really haven’t liked the Ori as the new villains… I actually miss the Gould and all the overly dramatic, haughty arrogance. At least they were fun as villains. The Ori are boring and I’ve never liked the anti-religious tone of the story arc.

Episode 200 was a WONDERFUL love letter to the fans (much the opposite of the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, which was supposed to be one as well, but in fact blew major chunks), and I think a fitting episode for (nearly) closing what has been overall a fantastic series.

Of course there are rumblings of a movie of some sort brewing in some back room, and executive producer Rober Cooper says that there are plans afoot to keep the series alive in some form, so we probably haven’t seen the last of Stargate: SG-1.

Thanks to Heath over at Invincible Iron Man for the heads up.

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  1. I’m curious as to whether or not they’re going to wrap this up properly on ep. 215. It would be a terrible disappointment to have followed the series for 10 seasons only to have it end on a cliffhanger that’ll never be resolved. Simultaneously, if they do get a contract with another network, and they end it on a clean resolution, it kills enthusiasm for any future project. All the pieces really have to come into place for this to be done right, whichever path is chosen.

    As for how I feel about it, I’m mixed. When I saw the episode with the flesh eating bugs, I thought “Well, that’s it. The tank is officially dry.” but last Fridays episode (201) had me thinking there was enough attachment to story, writing, characters and acting that I actually caught myself hoping for more.

  2. If they end with a cliffhanger, I’m of the opinion that it will be resolved. There’s a much bigger audience for Stargate than just here in the States, and I personally think SciFi’s position on this is going to backfire on them. They’re upsetting and alienating a good many of their viewers, and frankly, they aren’t interested in good programming anymore IMHO. They keep pushing out subpar made-for-TV movies with horrible effects and courting the wrestling crowd (turning into Spike 3…G4TV is Spike 2), which moaning about having to pay to much to MGM for SG-1. As a series that’s been going strong for 10 years and still gets good ratings, I really doubt that we’ve seen the last of SG-1.

  3. Either the writers already know what the future status of the show is, or they’re in a pickle trying to figure out how to end the season. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

    Gotta agree with you on the overall quality of SciFi… does ANYONE watch the network outside of Friday nights?


  4. Sci-Fi seems to have a history of canceling good shows. Half the shows on it any more don’t seem to be sci-fi. Rather it feels more like campy horror flicks mixed in with wrestling and one or two sci-fi shows just for the sake of keeping the channels name. It’s almost like Bubba and Billy Joe Bob are choosing the programing.

  5. I have seen the last episode for i am fortuneate enough to live in the UK. I will say nothing other than “nah nah nah nah nah i saw it before you!”

  6. Mike,

    You’re kidding! It’s airing in the UK ahead of the US?? The show’s been on hiatus so long I’ve almost forgotten about it. :-\


  7. Having watch “Unending”, I can’t believe that this the final episode as nothing is resolved. I assume that the plan is a final movie.

  8. I haven’t seen it yet, but yes, it’s going to be resolved in a direct-to-DVD movie. BTW, I think that is really beneath the level of what has been an excellent show and a blatant attempt at just milking the fans for money.


  9. The last episode “unending” can’t be the last we see from stargate sg-1, nothing at all is resolved. As the plan is to keep going with stargate atlantis, maybe everything is gonna get clear there..

  10. I have also heard that there will be another, brand new Stargate series premiering soon.


  11. Vic, your new post about BattleStar Galactica got me searching the archives.

    Is there any new news about StarGate Atlantis or a new StarGate spinoff?

  12. Stargate Atlantis will continue on and Amanda Tapping will be joining the cast.

    I think I heard something about another spinoff, but this is not a good day for me to spout off without verification. :-)


  13. After watching your two SG-1 movies last night I cannot believe your writers have even come close to exhausting storylines for the series. The movies were excellent! If my two cents help bring SG-1 back for more programs, please figure out a way to get General O’Neill back in the mix. His character was definitely in charge, but knew how to use the team’s brains and brawn.