Jim wrote:I think it was more for the reason I said. Naturally there were the hard-core fans that loved the show, but I think it was getting too... "artsy". I think it was loosing a lot of it's casual fans as well as it's front office support. When it starts to feel like every other episode is basically an Alice in Wonderland episode, you are not long for this world.
If I'm understanding your term "Alice in Wonderland episode", there were only a handfull of episodes that really fit that discription. Many more others were strong. The three that involved Crichton getting back to Earth, and the last eight episodes. Especially the last trilogy. And the season finale.
And, the outcry from the fans after it was cancelled was enough for Sci-fi to bring it back as a miniseries to wrap it up.