A little while ago, a buddy of mine forwarded me an old article he came across while clearing out his place. Titled “Winning the Space Race”, it was a piece on Stargate: SG-1. The article intros: “It’s slammed by critics and sci-fi diehards, but Stargate: SG-1 has become the little show that could, staying on the air even longer than the X-Files or any of the Star Trek series.”
Reading the article took me back to those glory days – and, strangely, made me realize that, after all these years, my situation hasn’t really changed. Specifically, I refer to the parallels between my old show, Stargate: SG-1, and my new one, Dark Matter. Sure there are the obvious similarities – the fact that Paul Mullie and I played a significant role in the creative of both, the underlying humor and sense of fun shared by SG-1 and Dark Matter, the fact that at the heart of both shows is the family unit and the bonds forged by loyalty, love, and camaraderie.
And then, there is another comparison to be drawn, neatly summed up in that article’s leading: “the little show that could”. The sad truth is that Stargate (SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe) faced long odds throughout its impressive run. It was never a media darling. It didn’t have the cachet of other shows. It didn’t have the money of splashier SF productions. Every season looked to be its last and yet, amazingly, it came back, again and again, defying those long odds. What was initially supposed to be a two year gig when I joined SG-1’s fourth season turned into a glorious twelve year ride. And why? Well, the fans spoke. Loudly. And the network listened.
Fast-forward to now and I find myself in a surprisingly similar position – anxiously awaiting word on a pick-up for a show that isn’t a media darling, doesn’t have the cachet of other shows or the money of splashier SF productions. They’re long odds, but we defied them to get seasons 2 and 3, and now we need our fandom to to help us secure season 4 because season 4…well, I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the season 3 finale opens a new chapter in the Dark Matter pentalogy, one that will reward the scifiest of scifi fans.
If Season 1 was Secrets and Surprises.
And Season 2 was Risks and Redemption.
And Season 3 is Victories and Vengeance.
Then Season 4 is A… and A…
Care to hazard a guess? I promise you, it’s going to be HUGE.
Then, as always, it all comes down to you. Help Dark Matter get that fourth season. MAKE SOME NOISE!