Even More Stargate
Stargate: Atlantis failed because there was no overarching plan for the series, and one way or another the same old stories were used as filler. Pretty much the same reasons the most recent versions of Star Trek failed, actually.
Exactly who is responsible and who is to blame – writers, directors, executives, or the network – isn’t really important. What is important is that the basic premise of the new Stargate: Universe series seems to have been cribbed from Star Trek: Voyager.
I’m confident that there isn’t truly copying involved. There are only so many basic premises you can work with, after all. But it’s not an auspicious new beginning.
Look, eventually I wasn’t willing to watch Atlantis even to kill time, and for free. There was no long-term structure to the show, no consistent antagonists (and the ones that were there were fairly silly), and they messed up the mythology of the show quite badly. Many of the characters were never properly used, and the ones who were used well were used too much and too often.
I’m not hopeful that the SyFy network (long, tedious story there) can raise another Stargate series out of the ashes. I’ll probably watch the pilot, though.