Sometimes, science fiction and fantasy shows are mistreated. The past is littered with casualties of war that have been scheduled badly or cancelled abruptly. Doctor Who in 1989, Firefly in 2002 and Angel in 2004 (which creator Joss Whedon astutely likened to “a healthy guy dropping dead of a heart attack”).
It seems that the problem can stem from a lack of faith in the program in question, plenty of channels are guilty of jettisoning what they feel is a dead duck but this week the channel that has caught the attention of i09 is Syfy.
Formerly the Sci-Fi Channel, it has been partly responsible for keeping an interest in the genre and also for making some “odd” decisions.
Some of these errors of judgement include not picking up Firefly when it was on offer, cancelling Farscape and Eureka and not picking up the revived series of Doctor Who as quickly as possible. The last one is surely the worst of the crimes!
For those of you that haven’t seen Firefly, Farscape or Eureka, you are nicely but firmly asked to go and seek out the DVD’s. These shows were bright and original and should have been given greater room to grow.
The real oddity is what seems to be the lack of faith that the channel first seemed to have when Doctor Who returned to the screens on 2005. The channel only managed to start showing the Ninth Doctor’s adventures from 2006. Even then, they were heavily cut down. Then they let it go off to BBC America where it’s gone from strength to strength. Odd behaviour for a channel that launched itself with repeats of classic Who. Where’s the love?
A full list of Syfy/ The Sci-Fi Channel’s atrocities can be found at io9.com…