Well folks, we're here again. Once again MGM has announced a new entry into the Stargate franchise, and once again fandom is in an uproar. We have people who apparently have enough information to condemn the show. We have people who have the clairvoyance to see just how it'll work out. We even have people who think that axing this new entry will somehow bring the old one back, or at least give them some smug sense of satisfaction. Heck, we're also watching people recycle the same old complaints about the previous new show and applying them to this one. Yes, my friends, history is repeating itself.
How many of us remember the complaints before SGA launched? Remember the whole "I don't want Voyager again!" cry? If you don't, just watch the anti-SGU folks. If it didn't work for SGA, maybe it'll work here. You have to give them points for persistence. If you did that, though, you'd probably also have to give them to the guy who thinks that if he beats his head hard enough on a brick wall he'll eventually break through. People are once again attached, and in the absence of any real information they're doing their best to make sure that you possess the same warped view of the unaired, unwritten, and unproduced show that they do. Yes, history is repeating itself.
How many of us remember watching these very boards while people brought out the boycott calls? Many of us do. We remember when fans thought that their voice was the only one that mattered. They acted as if they were the sole purveyors of what was good for the franchise. A team cut off from Earth, but with space vampires?! BOYCOTT! How many of them ended up watching SGA? I'm not packing numbers, but I'm willing to bet enough people gave in. They may or may not be the ones e-picketing and demanding that this show not go forward, or at least hope it tanks, but a new generation has taken that up. Once again, history is repeating itself.
How many of us remember growing attached to the previous entry in the franchise, only to feel that the new kid on the block took all the focus? You felt that your beloved show would suffer or be canceled to make room for the shiny new toy. The doomsayers were convinced that SG-1 took a hit in early S8, and here they are blaming the new show for the demise of SGA. Do I even need to say it? History repeats itself.
This isn't anything new for people who've been around GW and the Stargate franchise for a while. It always happens. Somehow, against all the odds, life goes on. If/when they decide to add another show sometime down the line, we'll have legions of fans protesting once again. SGU will be the new baby for fandom, and it has to be protected from the evil parents (TBTP) and their desire to crank out a new child to focus on.
So what am I getting at? Get used to this now, folks, because it keeps on happening. Your reactions are not new, revolutionary, or terribly effective. To borrow a phrase from the show that truly sets the bar for contemporary science fiction storytelling, "All this has happened before, and will happen again."