It’s safe to say that it was only a matter of time before I felt compelled to send a letter to Syfy. You know, that channel with the stupid name. The one that is apparently synonymous with wrestling, paranormal reality shows and cheap thrillers like “Frankenfish” and “Mega Snake”. It’s that same channel that used to be associated with Science Fiction.
Well, their great offense this time was the cancelling of Eureka. This is a problem for me since we just discovered Eureka last year, after diligently avoiding it, because well… the show seemed really goofy. I have to say that over this past year the show has really grown on me. It is definitely goofy, but it’s my kind of goofy the kind that makes me feel like an overgrown lab puppy clumsily frolicking about after just discovering their tail and since you’ll normally find me watching shows like Dexter, or Shameless, or The Wire (well, not so much any more), it provides a fun mental break.
My simple understanding of what happened was that Syfy ordered up a 6th season, waited until Comic Con was over and then said “nah, seeing that you’re our number one scripted show at the moment, we’ve decided not to do that 6th season thing”.
When I read the article I knew I would end up writing them a letter. Why you’re hearing about it is that Dad suggested I make it a blog entry after I made him snicker a bit.
I won’t actually post the letter, but I’ll share some of the highlights. My thought process when I composed it went a bit like this: I could write something quite eloquent, carefully lay out a well-crafted argument pointing out their obvious mistake and I will be rewarded for that effort by receiving a form letter thanking me for my feedback – something about how my input as a viewer is valued and then perhaps directing me to a survey to reflect on what I thought about their response OR I could write what I was thinking and get the exact same thing only I would get the added bonus of feeling that certain condescending smugness I get when I’m being kind of rude to people I think are stupid. Either way, no one would care what I said, but at least if I was a jerk, I’d make myself giggle a bit. Giggling is always good.
I started out being reasonable. I pointed out previous beloved Science Fiction shows that were wrongfully cancelled. I mocked several of their new shows as well as the aforementioned wrestling and paranormal reality shows. Then, I kind of asked them if the reason they seemed to hate Science Fiction so much was because geeks were mean to them at school – I even listed a few things that geeks might have done to them to make them feel small and miserable and suggested that getting rid of quality Science Fiction programming was their way of lashing out at all of the geeks. I also mentioned that in their attempt to get new programming they had to rip off shows from the BBC (ok, so far it’s just the one, but I see a pattern emerging – a pattern of one, but still). I tried to help by further suggesting that they should continue to troll around the BBC for new shows, since they do have better programming, and I steered them towards Dr. Who where I recommended they call the American version Dr. Huh and the doctor could drive around in a gas guzzling Cadillac that was “…bigger on the inside”. Brilliant! When that series comes out, I’m watching it and I want credit.
Anyway, it’s safe to say that Eureka won’t be extended because of my tirade, but I did feel better after writing it. I am a little sad, though. I have yet to receive a note back thanking me for my valued input and I’m pretty sure that once they read it, it was valued.