There’s a small but extremely vocal minority of fans who are unhappy with the new direction of the “Stargate” franchise. This group of fans have been extremely critical of “Stargate: Universe” since its debut a month ago.
Now an actress and a writer on the series are responding via their blogs.
Actress Julie Benson, who plays 2nd Lt. Vanessa James on the series, has started a blog and has responded to the critics.
“As an actor, Stargate Universe has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. The producers have created the best atmosphere! I love going to work. I love the character I get to play, I love the people I get to act with, and I love the crew. I am now introduced to the fans. What an amazing franchise that so many people out there are so passionate about our show. It is a gift to be involved in something that people have opinions about,” she writes.
Benson goes on to address a certain controversy among fans about whether or not certain parts of her are real or not.
“For all the talk about my natural (and believe me they are 100%) assets I promise you that there is much more to my character. Who knew that a tank top could cause such a stir. LOL!! Our show is about people and people have sexuality. The creators are not exploiting it, they are exploring it. That is what writers, actors and directors do,” she writes.
In fact, the scene in question is raising such a furor among fans that producer Joseph Mallozzi wrote a post responding directly to the fans.
“STOP MAKING IDIOT COMMENTS. Note I didn’t say idiotic comments because that would imply that the lion’s share of the idiocy lies with the comment itself rather than the commentator. No, I mean: STOP MAKING IDIOT COMMENTS,” he writes in his blog, responding to some fans who keep posting negative comments.
“For example, say you have a problem with the James scene in Darkness in which she threatens Riley and Eli after they try spying on her with the kino. You can go ahead and make an argument for the scene being sexist (although I’d argue that there’s a difference between the scene being sexist and the characters in the scene acting inappropriately, especially given that a clearly disappointed Young admonishes both men), but if, in the body of your comment or any subsequent comment, you refer to the James character as Lieutenant Rack or McBoobs, then you’re a hypocrite who has successfully undermined their argument by demonstrating you can’t be taken seriously. Also, you’re an idiot,” he continues.
Mazolli went on to say that the huge amount of negativity being leveled at the show is causing many of the series producers and stars to shy away from the Internet and the fans, something stars and producers of other incarnations of the series openly embraced.
“Sadly, the negativity has also taken its toll on one-time regular Sherry, proud mother of actor Brian J. Smith, who, surprised and saddened by some of the hostility here, has elected to no longer read the blog,” he said. “Also, after several months of connecting with fandom online, Brian is stepping away from his popular twitter account for much the same reason. Some of the very same fans who he was kind enough to open up a dialogue with in the run-up to the premiere started leaving him nasty comments as though he was responsible for the show’s creative direction… [R]ealize – if it hasn’t become apparent by now – that we love our cast and are very protective of them. Trust me when I say that there’s no better way to guarantee a character’s long and fruitful stay on a show than to insist we get rid of them.”
Mazolli had one final thing to say to the fans.
“SGU is NOT SG-1 or Atlantis. It’s a different show in terms of tone and characters. If you’re expecting flawless people, square-jawed heroes, and stories that set up and deliver all the answers over the course of a forty-five minute episode, you WILL be disappointed. And DON’T expect that to change,” he writes.
“Stargate: Universe” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on SyFy.