I gave it a chance last year and ended up calling it "the dullest, most uninspired science fiction show ever made." I had problems with its pacing and weak stories, and especially took to task the series' creator Robert Cooper's ludicrous implication that a character-driven story meant forsaking plot, and that previous incarnations of the Stargate franchise may have been "cartoonish" or less appealing to adults.
Cooper apparently is not the only one to put his foot in his mouth. Stargate Universe's executive producer and co-creator Brad Wright fell into the unfortunate practice of blaming the fanbase instead of acknowledging that the show itself may have had insurmountable weaknesses in its premise and execution. Wright said, "The fact that some of the fans that liked SG-1 and Atlantis were so angry that they have deliberately hurt us...is unfortunate."
Stargate Universe seemed to want to be a spin-off of Battlestar Galactica rather than the Stargate franchise. Its "lost in space" premise seemed more like Star Trek: Voyager than Stargate: SG1 or Stargate: Atlantis. So when many Stargate fans tuned in to the new show and were disappointed by what was delivered, how is that the fault of the fans? The showrunners wanted the benefits of the brand without delivering some of the key factors that attracted fans to the previous series in the first place.
Despite an excellent cast that included Robert Carlyle, Ming-Na, and others, the show was doomed from the beginning by its unimaginative writing and deadly pacing. Some fans, like myself, tried to be patient and give the series a chance, but after a while, it became obvious that it was an "emperor without clothes."
While I hate to see any science fiction show go off the airwaves, maybe the failure of Stargate Universe will teach others a lesson and lead to better shows in the future. Yet, as long as the show's creators continue to point the finger of blame at others rather than themselves, they run the risk of continuing to make the same mistakes again.