Originally Posted by archiguy
To the contrary, some of them - 'Stargate: Universe', 'Dollhouse', and 'Flash Forward' come immediately to mind - were pretty good and had potential to get even better.
Well in the case of all those three they all started poorly. Dollhouse in particular had some horrible early episodes (the pop star episode was atrocious on every level) and only became good shows when they started embracing their potential and trying to be better.
If SF fans just accepted what was given to them SGU would have continued to be 40 minutes of emo and Flash Forward would have continued to be a horrible soap opera that went nowhere for weeks.
It's the same thing with Fringe. If viewers had watched the first season and all just said "Yeah, this is fine because there isn't much sci-fi on television" then it would still be pumping out the same old cloned X-Files storylines instead of not settling to be just that and becoming one of the most original science-fiction shows on television.
Sci-fi fans shouldn't settle, because then the genre becomes just like all the other identikit procedural on television. A sea of poorly written mediocrity week after week that the audience laps up. Sci-fi fans should want more and push for more. If the writers cannot be bothered to think about the script and details in a genre that is grounded in imagination and detail then they don't deserve to be applauded.
I would rather have one Inception every ten years than 52 SS Doomtroopers every year and one good sci-fi show on air than a thousand poorly made clones churning out the same thing week after week.