The adventures of Elida (Adriyan Rae), Amae (Alex McGregor), and Isaac (Tim Rozon) have come to an end.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Syfy has cancelled Vagrant Queen. The freshman series, based on Vault Comics title by Magdelene Visaggio and Jason Smith, told the tale of a queen in exile — who was quite happy to be in exile, thank you very much — whisked back into interstellar intrigue when her sometimes friend (Rozon) alerts her to the possibility that her mother might still be alive. Meanwhile, the Imperial forces in control of her former kingdom would love nothing more than to eliminate her even as loyalists hope to convince her to stage a counter-revolution.
Despite these heavy ideas, Vagrant Queen was a funny, scrappy show with great leads in the form of Rae, Rozon, and McGregor. It also reveled in the cheesy cliches of space opera; which made it a sort of cousin to a show like Killjoys. Unfortunately, it could not find an audience, even with Syfy quickly moving from Fridays at 10pm to Thursdays at 11pm after the third episode in the hopes of grabbing the Adult Swim crowd. As THR reports, the show “averaged 417,000 total viewers and a mere 131,000 in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo when factoring in seven days of delayed viewing.” Ouch.
Nonetheless, the series does have a small cult following and may be worth your time if you like the tone of shows like Killjoys or Wynonna Earp.
The cancellation seemingly follows a trend for Syfy: a general inability to find a large following for spaceship shows. Though Killyjoys ran for five season and ended on its own terms, the channel has found it difficult to sustain the most instantly recognizable of science fiction programs. Indeed, it walked away from The Expanse after three seasons only to see that show surge in popularity after Amazon picked it up. Dark Matter ended after three seasons with its story incomplete. Making it all the stranger: Syfy had a huge spaceship show in the form of Battlestar Galactica a decade ago. It is unclear why Syfy has more success with supernatural shows like The Magicians — which just finished its run — and Wynonna Earp, but those old enough to remember the channel’s days as “The SciFi Channel” will no doubt chuckle at times like these.
But for those who found something to love in Vagrant Queen, the program’s short life will no doubt be a disappointment.