I am/was a huge Caprica fan. Look at my post archive, look at my Twitter feed. It’d make my week and maybe my month if Syfy resurrected Caprica. It’d make my day if they actually aired the final episodes or put them on hulu. So I don’t say this as a dilettante, I say this as someone whose favorite tv show of 2010 has been Caprica.
Boycotting the good stuff on Syfy is a frakking stupid way to try to save Caprica.
I get it. You’re angry. I’m angry. We loved a great show and it was not only taken away but taken away in a way that felt like a slap to fans. It’s even more infuriating to see that instead of letting us watch the final episodes, they’ve replaced them with Star Trek: The Next Generation reruns.
Just writing that made my blood pressure go up a little, but let’s pull ourselves back to the idea of a boycott. Some people have suggested that we boycott Syfy until they bring back Caprica. Others have said they’re leaving the channel for good. If Caprica was the only thing you liked on Syfy, then by all means boycott. Otherwise, consider for a moment.
Syfy has a lot of programming that makes you ask what channel you’re really on. Most striking is the wrestling…completely out of place on a channel called “Syfy” or one whose tagline is “Imagine Greater.” But there are also some good shows on there. Offhand, I can think of Eureka, Haven, Sanctuary, SGU, and Warehouse 13.
If you watch and like one of those shows, then for frak’s sake take a moment to think about it before boycotting Syfy as a whole. If the show is good, if you like the actors/writers/directors, don’t do to it what happened to Caprica. Don’t let its viewer numbers drop so badly that it gets canceled too.
What good does that do anyone? Now you don’t have the show you love (and neither do the people who felt about it like you do about Caprica), now the actors/writers/directors have to find another job, and all the potential of the show just bleeds out on the pavement like the gunshot wound victim in yet another procedural. Do you want that for a show you like?
That said, for frak’s sake do boycott the bad stuff on Syfy and by boycott I just mean don’t watch it. That’s it. Don’t watch wrestling. Don’t watch the “reality” stuff. Write Syfy a letter, if you’d like, telling them what you will and won’t watch on their network and what you want to see as a viewer. Send them an apple if you want to make that kind of statement. Tweet #SaveCaprica if you like.
I don’t watch shows I don’t like. I do watch shows I do like. Don’t punish a good show because the network canceled a better show. And don’t watch a show if you don’t want to watch it.
So if you never tune into another Syfy show again, fine. But do it because you don’t like what they’re offering, not because they’ve nipped something we loved in the bud. Caprica deserves better than that. And, who knows, maybe some of the actors we love will pop up on another Syfy show.