As much as the post-cancellation resurrection of shows like Family Guy, Futurama, and Arrested Development have been great for fans of those shows, they’ve also had a down side. Namely, it’s given fans of every deceased show on the planet hope that their favorite series could and should rise from the dead. The preferred new home for these dead shows these days is Netflix, thanks to their strong commitment to original scripted programming and their rescue of Arrested Development. Most of the time, cancelled shows are destined to remain cancelled, but that doesn’t stop the fans from trying. Case in point: now fans are petitioning Netflix to bring back Stargate Universe. You can read and/or sign the petition right here.
SGU was shuttered in 2011, after two seasons aired on Syfy. The show took a decidedly darker approach that set it apart, tonally, from the other Stargate series, striving to follow in the footsteps of Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot. Arrested Development was cancelled back in 2006, so SGU being off the air a comparatively short two years theoretically wouldn’t be an insurmountable obstacle. On the other hand, Netflix just recently shot down the prospects of a Netflix Firefly resurrection, so that probably means SGU is likewise not going to happen.
Still, I have to give the fans who put together the petition credit. They don’t just limit their argument to “OUR SHOW IS AWESOME RENEW IT DO IT NOW.” They instead make the case that SGU’s fans are likely to fall into the technologically savvy demographic that is more likely to watch things on their computers, tablets, game consoles, etc., rather than on a regular TV/cable setup, and that this group of die-hard SGU fans were thus underreported by traditional ratings measurements. It’s a valid argument, and something that we see all the time among both “geek” audiences and the younger generation who have largely never known a world where you couldn’t watch everything on your computer. The question, however, is whether that group accounts for enough people to make an SGU revival worth the financial investment, and the sad truth is…it probably doesn’t.
Still, you never know. As of this posting it has 26,334 signatures, and they’ve got a long way to go to reach their goal. You can watch Stargate Universe online via Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.