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Brian J. Smith: Syfy Is The Only Place For SGU

PLUS: Series picks up exactly where it left off mid-season


“Stargate: Universe” was cancelled last year and fans are still feeling the burn from that decision. And even though Syfy’s decision will mean the series may never get a real conclusion, actor Brian J. Smith insists that Syfy is the only home for shows like “Stargate: Universe.”

“It definitely hurts to have shows you like get cancelled and it really sucks when it’s a show you’re working on,” he said, according to Red Eye Chicago. “But there is nowhere else that you can get 40 episodes of ‘SGU,’ or [a show like] ‘Caprica’ on, other than a boutique-type, specialized, genre-based network.”

The series returned on Monday night picking up exactly where it left off in the ratings. “Deliverance” was watched by just over 1 million viewers (and a 0.5 rating in the crucial 18-49 demographic) and matches the average set by the first 10 episodes that aired last year.

Despite recent news that there is hope for a continuation of the story through television movies, the only way the series has any hope of continuing is if fans tune in and support the show … and that is something SGU has struggled with since its premiere.

To some, the series has landed too far from the rest of the Stargate franchise and the storytelling is just too dark to follow. However, the fans that have stuck with SGU insist it is a more grown-up and more sophisticated arm of the greater franchise.

And Smith agrees.

“In my eyes, it’s better to lay out the case for the characters, [to] say, this is who this guy or girl is, and this is what the issue is, and this is what is going to be haunting them throughout the series,” he said. “I think you should really establish that first. So I applaud the writers for doing that.”

In the remaining 9 episodes, fans will be treated to more action oriented storylines with more battles and intrigue thrown in … and that will only help tell the story of the characters stranded on Destiny.

“It’s exploration like crazy. We shot more days on location for those last five episodes than I think we had combined for that whole year,” he said. “I think people are really going to enjoy these episodes. It has a lot to do with the team coming together, and you really see the team dynamic improve; these people become a well-oiled machine.”

“Stargate: Universe” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.

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