Sci-Fi Sinks Atlantis

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Stargate: Atlantis
Stargate: Atlantis

In a typical Sci-Fi Channel bonehead move, they have decided to prematurely end “Stargate: Atlantis” after 5 seasons. The news comes from AintItCool News:

“We’re excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas,” Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and currently executive producers on Atlantis, said in a statement. “The successes of the two original Stargate [direct-to-video] movies The Ark of Truth and Continuum have shown us the opportunities that the movie format offers. We have plans for both SG-1 and Atlantis to remain vital as we expand the franchise.”

I think they’ve jumped the gun here. “Stargate: SG1” two made-for-DVD movies does not a success make. There is so much mythology left in Atlantis to tell, it doesn’t have the anchor that SG1 had when it ventured into movies. Also, without a new series in the franchise to fill the void left by Atlantis, they’ll be left in the same uncomfortable position that “Star Trek” was in…trying to keep buzz about movies with no show on the air.

The only plus to this approach is that characters and storylines from both series can be merged into the movies. Having to keep continuity between ongoing television storylines (i.e. Carter on Atlantis) and movies can look silly sometimes. I had hoped to see a “Stargate” feature-film sometime soon.

Is this good or bad? Is it time for the gate to be closed on television?