Stargate: Universe (Syfy)
I figure most of you won’t agree with this choice but I’m a huge Stargate fan. I’ve seen every episode of all three Stargate series: SG-1, Atlantis and Universe. I was extremely disappointed when SGU was canceled. Not only was I going to be left without a Stargate series to watch for the first time in over ten years but SGU was a huge departure for the the Stargate series that came before it. The Producers didn’t want to retread the formula they had used in the past with the snarky military leader, the geeky scientist and the warrior alien. They wanted SGU to be a darker chapter in the Stargate saga.
The reason I loved this show was because of the care and amount of time the writers and producers put into building the characters. You didn’t know a character’s full story and personality after watching just one episode like you do with so many tv shows. The characters were more mature and that meant more mature story-lines. Not only did they have to deal with the fact they were lightyears away from home but they all had person issues as well: loosing a father, a failing marriage, pregnancy, and leaving behind a dying mother were just the tip of the iceberg for some of these characters. Most of them weren’t good or bad, they lived in a gray area that allowed them to make decisions that may help the group or may help only themselves. No two represented the drastic change in tone better than Colonel Young and Dr. Rush. Young was in charge of this group of survivors on board an ancient ship they had almost no control over. His choices sometimes cost lives but he did what he had to do to protect his people. Dr. Rush was the brilliant scientist of the group but you never really knew if he was making choices for himself or for what he believed was the greater good. In the second and final season you had the feeling that both Young and Rush were losing touch with reality as the show went on.
The second season ended on a cliff-hanger and a TV movie was planned to wrap it up. Still waiting for that to happen, Syfy! Jerks.