Just as Stargate Universe started to get better, so did its future. Syfy has decided that SGU should stay around for another season, along with Sanctuary. But will this next season hold a better future for the women of SGU?
Right now, SGU is on a break after its midseason finale two weeks ago, and leaving us all with a giant cliffhanger. The first season will pick back up in April. And now that Syfy has announced that they will be ordering another 20 episodes, the second season of SGU will take off in the fall of 2010.
Sanctuary has also been given another 20-episode order for its third season, thus keeping Friday nights happily full of new SF television.
But will SGU begin to treat its female characters better? There appears to be hope, judging from a new interview with Executive Producer Robert Cooper, who owned up to the fact that the women on SGU are completely underutilized and underdeveloped. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cooper addressed the show's female problem, and while he focused more on the sexualization of Stargate, we're happy he at least copped to keeping the women aboard Destiny in the back rows for far too long.
There's been criticism about the female characters. Some of it seems to suggest that having characters who are at all sexual automatically makes a show sexist, that anything less than a neutered "Star Trek" ideal is somehow bad.
Cooper: I think our female actors are playing strong female characters and they are proud of the characters they're playing. We didn't do a good enough job establishing them early on, it took too long for those traits to come to the forefront, and I think people are recognizing that in the later episodes. But that's the other big hot button — whether sex belongs in sci-fi. It's a huge deal with our fan base and I think its bizarre to ignore sex as a part of translating the human condition to fiction. If we're going to try and tell a more realistic character story we need to include those things.
Also, one comment, as a fan: a little bit of Kino-vision goes a long way.
Cooper: It's part of the language of TV now, that reality TV point-of-view that you're just sitting with those people and it helps bring reality to sci fi. I don't think we over-use it; I directed the Kino episode.
So hopefully merely realizing this problem means that they will make a conscience effort to tell us all who T.J. actually is, along with all the other background women aboard Destiny. So our final question, will you tune in for another season?