That was the title of the email I received from Brad Wright late yesterday, an email confirming the worst.  Despite his best efforts and a situation so fluid it vacillated from “almost yes” to “probably not” and back to “almost yes” on any given week, final word had come down.  There would be no SGU movie. Stargate, that had spanned fourteen years, 354 episodes, two DVD movies – that had helped build a network and establish itself as a studio’s most successful television franchise was coming to an end.  It was a terrific ride and, while it would have been great to give the fans that final chapter, that last crossover movie in which Brad had envisioned incorporating elements from all three shows (SG-1, SGA, and SGU), the truth is television is a fickle business.  When it comes down to decision time, it’s less”What have you accomplished?” and more “What have you done for me lately?”.  Sad but true and still, I look back on my 11+ years on the franchise as some of the best years of my life in that I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people, writing for shows I truly loved.  It wasn’t always easy, wasn’t always fun, but they were happy times and I can’t say enough good things about the people who made it happen – from Exec. Producers and Series Co-Creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper who gave us the opportunity to all the cast, crew, and production personnel who made it happen.  I look forward to working with them again eventually.

Especially if this comic book project goes as planned.

And so, SGU episode #220, “Guantlet”, will mark the end of this chapter of the franchise and, while it’s an awesome episode, it’s a heartbreaker all things considered.  Before sitting down to watch it, I’d recommend watching the pilot first – if not the three parter then, at the very least, that first episode.  It won’t offer closure but does deliver a bookend of sorts.

Given the circumstances and all things considered, probably the most touching episodes the franchise has ever produced.

Once that final episode airs, I’ll take to this blog to answer any and all questions you may have and dedicate at least one entry to discussing aspects of the franchise I’m sure you’re all curious about.  “Given the show’s ratings, why didn’t you wrap up the series in the event you WERE cancelled?”, “What stories did you have planned for the show’s third season?”,  and “Tell us all about Stargate: Extinction”.  Okay.  Will field these queries and many more once “Gauntlet” airs.

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Scigirl
Scigirl

Nothing ever really ends in the science fiction world…the spirit always lives on…

fsmn36
fsmn36

It’s a sad day for Stargate fans. But I can hold onto faith still. I’m stubborn like that. Again, if X-Files got a major motion picture 10 years after the first and 6 years after the show was over…Stargate has time. smile

But thanks to you, Brad, Robert, all the amazing actors of three shows, and the dedicated crews/writers/producers for some of the best TV I’ve ever watched and had the fun of participating in.

Wayne Hughes
Wayne Hughes

I am reminded of a quote by Carl Sagan, “We’ve recently lost a close member of our family. It was very difficult, and this system of belief I’ve adopted offers little in the way of comfort. In fact, it offers none. While this seems like a recipe for despair… in fact, it instills in me a love and respect for life. This life we live that clings as a film to the surface of a rocky ball that orbits an unremarkable star in the suburbs of an average galaxy. It’s fleeting, and the people in it need to be appreciated. We may not be the center of this Universe, but the fact that we exist at all in an environment so hostile is amazing enough!”

Take care Joe, and thank you.
Wayne Hughes

Tammi K
Tammi K

Wow, hard to believe that news about a television show/movie would make me feel sad. I guess the positive benefit here is that any wishful ideas we chose to explore in our own imaginations can never be contradicted. That is consolation of sorts. Pale, sad consolation….but still….

sparced
sparced

Had a feeling considering how long it was taking to decide. MGM is focused on making the quick easy bucks right now.

I feel without a good ending to SGU it really leaves the stargate franchise a little damaged. Really too bad it had to end on a low note.

I’m thinking the stargate movie ends up getting rebooted 5 or 10 years from now and MGM starts all over.

Good job to all the cast and crew over the years for producing three great shows!

Jeffrey Simmons
Jeffrey Simmons

im sad there will be no more new stargate sad

look forward to watching the final four episodes of sgu!

Jack Toner
Jack Toner

Hi Joe:

This was expected, but it always hurts when the nail is hammered in the coffin. This was my favorite TV franchise by far and I am going to miss it.

1) Will there be any type of epilogue after or at the end of the last SGU ep? Or will we be wondering until the end of time about the cliffhanger.

2) Can you tell us what exactly the crew of the destiny would have found at the end of their journey if you had another season or 2?

3) Is it possible that MGM will sell the Stargate franchise like it did the Bond series?

4) Yes or No, in your opinion: Is this the last of Stargate we will see on TV?

5) What would have been the story line of the SGA/SG1/SGU movie if it would have went through?

Good luck with all your future endeavors!

Carlos
Carlos

A sad day indeed.

Best case scenario it will re-appear in a few years on the big screen Star Trek stylie.

Was it just a spooky coincidence that French Stewart appeared a few weeks back after being in the original film all those years back. Any more spooky coincidences to look forward to ???

jojo
jojo

I’m so sorry to hear this news. While Stargate has and still does via DVD provide me with a sense of hope in a culture of bad news, I know how the financial culture today has affected not only consumers but business decisions. Even though we the fans know how much we want a movie and believe it would sell well enough to merit the investment, it is hard for executives to take a chance. they see the history and think it is old news, and new shows are “hot”. Hmmm. I know in my work that executives there think the same thing and they will push us to come up with new products instead of making the investment to market the current ones. ‘then they cut the current products for the new ones, and I am the one fielding the calls for customers wanting the old products. Yes, unfortunately, it happens. I’m sorry about this news, Joe, but you and all Stargate cast and crew have a rich history of great work to be proud of. thanks.

Randomness
Randomness

I’m sad for Stargate yes, but more for the SG1/SGA movies not being made.

As much as I loved Stargate Universe, the low ratings worldwide, poor sales, and the fanbase being split over the show pretty much confirmed once Syfy had cancelled the show, this was well and truely the end.

I think you, Paul, Brad, RCC, those that joined Sanctuary, those left behind, and those that joined random shows once their services wern’t required did an incredible job on the francise as a whole.

On the plus side Joe, if The Transporter series proves to be a success, you, Carl, RCC, and Paul would have a job there for a while, and if Echoes proves to be a success the SGU remnants will have a good little show for years, and as Sanctuary looks like its not going anywhere soon, everyone involved with the three shows mostly has a happy enough ending. Just not the ending we all wanted.

Randomness
Randomness

Forgot to add, in a way I am kinda dissapointed in MGM for not giving people an ending, they were happy enough to take the money of loyal fans wanting to support their favorite show be it by Itunes, DVDs, Blu Rays, and when the fans really need them, they’re not there.

Sg1efc
Sg1efc

Yes it is a very sad day in the StarGate Universe. But a great big Thank You to everyone who helped create the StarGate franchise, and to those who tried to keep it going.

Ummm… if you had the chance to write a real ending for Universe, what would a summary of it be like?

Best wishes to you Joseph Mallozzi for a bright future. smile

PJR
PJR

Bitter-sweet. Great tales from a great bunch of professionals, and now the verdict is final from the money folks. At least these ones. For now. For a while. And that’s fine. Down the road, well…fiction tickles the mind, tales touch the heart and the pulse of a mythos doesn’t fade. Sometime, as with so much else…

Meantime – what’s the latest state of play on your own, other, projects, comic book and all?

And, on the comic book, what might be the fit for the gang?

Thanks for your stories.

best, PJR

slamaina
slamaina

I am a realist and I know, as you said, “television is a fickle business” but I was still holding out hope. What I sad day. I was a fantastic ride. I have been hooked from the very start.

Thank you again for keeping us informed.

Slam

BMc
BMc

Thank you very much for letting us all know, it is appreciated.

I’ll look forward to the post-Gauntlet “wrap-up” columns.

Most of all – THANK YOU to everybody involved for all the great times!

woody

I must say that I’m truly saddened by this. I’ve never missed an episode or movie. I started out with the original movie. Wishing that Gate travel would be discovered to actually exist. Who would not be thrilled to the bone to take that first step into the horizon? The “Stargate” franchise filled many hours for my son and I. And now. Now I must say goodbye to any new adventures for the friends (Characters) I have come to know and love. Thankfully we are left with memories and syndication. Thank you my friend for sharing your stories with us, the fans.
woody

wraithfodder
wraithfodder

Sucks to hear the news, but in a way, not a surprise with the economy, the Bond franchise ramping up, and well, scifi has always been the stepchild in the TV industry.

Question: what will become of the Extinction script for Stargate Atlantis, as well as anything else written for SG-1 and Universe? Any chance for them to go to novelization form?

Thanks to all the cast/crew of the Stargate franchise. It’s been a wild ride! Good luck in the future.

Arctic Goddess

Joe, is there any way that you or someone connected to SGU
could provide closure with some kind of written information about the episodes for the next seasons via a script to wrap it up or a book that would give us closure for the franchise? I know it would sell well.

Thank you to you, Carl, Brad, Robert and the cast and crew of all three series for such an amazing run. You guys are the best. For the nay sayers who had nothing else to say but unpleasantness about the shows, “careful what you wish for, you may get it”.

Patricia

Maddog316
Maddog316

I’m so sad…..a part of my life ended…. Been a fan of the Franchise since the ’94 movie….Best of luck to you Joe, I will still continue to read your blog cause the things you blog about are fascinating. Thank to all the Stargate actors and Crew for the best years of my life! You taught me humor, humanity, about relationship issues, and stimulated my imagination to wondrous possibilities.
Thank you!!!
Jeremy Maddock

DALLAS MARSHALL
DALLAS MARSHALL

Thank you, Sir. For Everything.

Eugenia

I hope there’s a book deal somewhere. Not sure I’m a comic book person myself, I think I prefer 2-3 novellas to finish up the story of SGU. But I really, really would love an ending nevertheless.

If nothing happens at the end, maybe a few years later, you would write a blog post to us about how SGU was supposed to end (unless you can write that this summer, but maybe NDAs would prohibit you from doing that).

One way or another, books, comic books, napkin drawings, or just a plain blog post, I still want to know how SGU was supposed to wrap up, how it ends. Thx.

Tim Hendrix
Tim Hendrix

You can never really say never in this business. In a few years there will be a group of desperate people sitting around a table brainstorming ideas for a ‘new’ reboot of a perviously successful series and someone will say ‘Hey, remember that Stargate stuff that was on once?? That was pretty good TV.’ And another one will say ‘Yeah, wonder why such a great series disappeared’ and they’ll all agree they’re geniuses and Stargate will return in some form. Hopefully with the same kind of dedication, wit, intelligence, heart and soul that the original cast and crew provided for the ‘original’ Stargate franchise.

Nekomajin

I’m in the second half my second all-Stargate marathon, and the episodes for tonight are The Return, parts1-2. Isn’t it ironic?

Lewis
Lewis

Hey, Joe!

So sorry to hear the bad news! Thank you though for all you’ve added to the Stargate cannon… you put your heart & soul into the shows & characters and it really showed. The SG-1 character dynamic really picked up once you and Paul came on board. Thanks for your hard work and devotion… and also for your blog. You’ve always kept fans in the loop, which is so rare. Passionate fans will always follow passionate creative teams of their favorite shows, so although Stargate may be over at this time, don’t worry, we’ll still follow ya. Except to Toronto maybe. smile

Aaron H
Aaron H

It goes without saying, you and and all of the SG staff over the last fifteen or so years have done an amazing job bringing the universe of SG into our living rooms and hearts.
It is sad that we won’t have weekly adventures into the unknown, but as they say “all good things…”. I hope that one day the pieces can be dusted off and we can once again travel through the gate.
If I could ask one question; what comes of the Destiny crew after the finale? I point to what Joss did after Firefly was canceled, he released notes about what happend to the crew. Just a paragraph or so would be nice.
Again, thank you for our many, many adventures…it sure was fun.