Before I get started, I just want to be clear – I’m a huge Stargate fan. I’ve watched every frame of every iteration multiple times and raised two daughters on it. They both went on to excel in STEM fields. I credit the writers for making meaningful and downright lovable characters; Samantha Carter being the standout for my girls. I will always love Stargate for these, and many other, reasons. So before you read my first impressions of Stargate Origins I wanted you to know I’m still a huge fanboy. This will color my perception, but nobody’s making you read this so we’re even. Shut up.
In case you’re not familiar with this latest entry in the Stargate franchise, here’s a series synopsis from Stargate Command:
In 1939, Professor Paul Langford and his daughter Catherine are still grappling with the mysteries of the ancient relic they discovered in the Egyptian desert more than ten years ago. With war looming in Europe and funding running out, these brilliant minds are approaching their lowest ebb. Little do they know, answers are about to present themselves in a dangerous form, when the Nazi Occultist Dr. Wilhelm Brücke approaches their facility with a sinister motive.
Enlisting the help of two young soldiers, Catherine must use all of her wit and nous as she and her new allies embark on an adventure into the unknown to rescue her father, and save the Earth from an unimaginable darkness.
I know they made Stargate Origins on a low budget, but it looks pretty great. A solid story and fun, interesting characters capture the tone of the franchise perfectly. Having Conner Trinneer (Professor Paul Langford) back in the Stargate universe is a nice touch. He was wonderful as Michael on Stargate Atlantis and does his usual superb job in embodying Langford the Elder. Ellie Gall makes a great Catherine Langford, bringing both fierceness and warmth to the character – it almost feels like we know her already. I mean, we kind of do, but Gall feels like she was born for the role. And honestly, the entire cast is top-notch. My one complaint is I want more!
This is a story all Stargate fans know – to a point. We were given glimpses of the gate’s discovery in the feature film and much has been mentioned in the series. Catherine Langford has popped up a number of times, both in the feature film and in the TV series. Both of these things offered hints about the gate’s backstory, but Origins is giving us the rest of the story. This is a web series on a budget, so don’t expect huge, expensive sets or scenes, but you’ll quickly find the characters and the story make all that pretty much irrelevant. Besides, wouldn’t you rather have a good story with characters you care about instead of a Transformers-like explosion of expensive VFX where the characters have about as much depth as a birdbath in the desert?
This season, hopefully the first of many, consist of ten approximately ten-minute episodes, the first three of which have just been released. Sure, that’s short, but the story is really meant to be binged. What we’ll have when all the episodes are released is an approximately 90 minute long feature-length film. The goal here is to springboard the Stargate franchise back into our lives, but it depends on you and everyone you know who claims to be a Stargate fan. You really should go to Stargate Command and become an All-Access subscriber. Besides having all the Stargate, there’s a ton of BTS videos about Origins that are fun to watch. The future of this really depends on fans subscribing and proving they want this. I know you do, so join me and bring all your gate-loving friends.
Now don’t have a conniption, they aren’t charging a monthly fee to get this access yet. A one-time fee of $20 allows full access to the web series Stargate Origins and the entire Stargate library. Think about it: A single twenty dollar bill gets you unfettered access to all things Stargate on basically any device. Pretty good deal, huh? This pass expires on May 15, 2018 at which time I assume a monthly pricing plan will be introduced. I kind of hope they do something like a really cheap annual fee until they get more projects rolling. If this is a success, expect more Stargate Origins and even more Stargate series. Chris Judge has been talking up an idea which sounds like it could happen given the right home. Stargate Command is (hopefully) that home.
So sign up at Stargate Command and don’t think of it as yet another streaming service fee, think of it as an investment in the Stargate universe. Honestly, this really is our chance to have authentic, authorized Stargate stories told by creators who understand that world and can work without network interference. It’s a TV nerd’s dream and it really is downright cheap to realize that dream, but they need every fan’s help.
While a lot of this post might sound more like an advert for Stargate Command, I assure you these are my own personal opinions and genuine reactions to what I experienced. I received no compensation, nor was I coerced against my will with pointed sticks. No compromising photographs were used to force me to write this, nor was I plied with offers of free bacon. I did this because I loved what I saw and want you to see the Stargate double rainbow, too. Now stop reading my nonsense and Get Your Ass To The Gate!
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