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Hey Netflix! Save Stargate Universe! Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1955 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
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  • Publication Date: October 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GA658Y6
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By UCJD2011 on November 1, 2013
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I was surprised at this book. Whilst short, it has been excellently researched and makes compelling arguments that are presented in a logical, concise and structured manner.

If I were in the TV business, I'd make everyone of my executive team read this book. Beyond the narrow issue of saving a specific TV show (the much vaunted SGU) it is a glimpse into the rapidly changing nature of TV and what the future holds for an increasingly fragmented TV market.

In terms of the subject matter, the author makes a very compelling argument, backed by impeccable research and snappy quotes from key industry insiders that clearly demonstrate the strength in the idea of Netflix producing another season of Star Gate Universe, or at least a straight to DVD movie to finish of the cliff hanger that was the end of season two.

But the book goes beyond that, and makes the creative, ingenious and strong suggestion that Netflix could effectively reduce the financial risk of producing a new season of SGU to zero by adopting a crowd-sourcing approach to funding production costs. If successful, such an approach could be a new model for continuing other popular series (such as SGU, but think also Futurama, Caprica etc). In short, the authors suggestion that the fans step up and fund a season - at first a somewhat idealist notion - clearly links with what research tells us about the SGU demographic and would appear to be a very solid business proposition.

If you are a fan of SGU, this book will inspire you to get involved in the on-going campaign to have the series completed. Hopefully with the combined work of fans, and a little foresight on the behalf of Netflix, SGU will become the next Star Trek story: coming back from an early demise to be a success story.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Donald on November 9, 2013
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A very well written essay book if you like articulating the myriad of reasons why the series didn't appear to be as popular as it actually was and why Netflix or another media entity based around online distribution is best suited to this show

In essence Stargate Universe SGU suffered firstly because of the way it was introduced, there were perceptions it was a direct replacement for Stargate Atlantis (SGA), whatever the degree of truth in this there was a committed faction of the wider Stargate fan community that were actively against the show. In hindsight perhaps the way it was introduced could have been better namely the same way as SGA was introduced running in conjunction with the final seasons of SG1

Another issue is that there is a break from the style and focus of the earlier franchises. As the book refers to SG1 and SGA were "plot-driven" and procedural (could easily be watched from one episode to the next) whereas SGU was "character driven" and is rather more serialised.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cklevzell on November 4, 2013
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Hey Netflix! Save Stargate Universe! is much more than just listing reasons to save a television program. Much more. It just so happens Stargate Universe is a perfect example. Mr. Linton’s respectful, engaging, appealing and balanced logic is clear: *Television as we knew it has been forever changed.* Network executives at the very least should consider the arguments of what constitutes a viewer or a fan and the lengths they will go to accommodate their entertainment habits and schedule. There are too many variables and too many options to be tied to a cable company or the whims of a network anymore. They no longer own us. We are not at their mercy. Fans of SGU recognized and used this to their advantage early on.

The depth of detail that Mr. Linton exposed is nothing short of astonishing. Hey Netflix! is extremely well-researched, well-written and informative short book on not only why a television series should be resurrected but how the benchmark of Neilsen ratings is sadly inaccurate and outdated, among many other examples. The author has left no stone unturned in uncovering the truth about networks and their archaic methods of what constitutes a series worth saving and gives solid irrefutable arguments on how SGU and, honestly, any fan-supported series, can and would be profitable. Not just Stargate Universe.

One must applaud Mr. Linton’s research, resilience, determination and thoughtfulness. He has done much to keep the spark alive for the fans of this outstanding and much-loved series, and Hey Netflix! does not disappoint. If you’ve thought you heard all the arguments before, no, there is more and it is a well-worthwhile read.

For as interesting as Hey Netflix! was, the most interesting read was the last chapter entitled: For All Mankind.
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