Recently, I’ve been asked my thoughts on the immediate future of Stargate. Specifically, with the release of the Stargate: Origins web series (you can check it out here at StargateCommand) fans want to know: “Where do we go from here?”

Well, to be honest, my opinion hasn’t really changed since I wrote this blog entry back in 2013: Whither Stargate?

With the launch of its new streaming platform and this prequel digital series, MGM is essentially testing the market, checking to see if Stargate fans are still out there and hungry for content.  The answer, it would seem, is yes and YES!  And while this could very well signal the possibility of an additional web series or two, it’s more likely a step toward the production of an all-new Stargate series.  Which then begs a few more questions: What kind of direction will this new series take?  Who will be involved? And when will it drop?

I, like you, am an outsider.  I have no idea what the studio has planned.  That said, I have no doubt they are looking to produce a show that would be a perfect jumping-on point for first-time viewers unfamiliar with the franchise, yet possessed of the many elements that longtime fans will rally around.  However, this may be easier said than done.  A full reboot of the series. which on the surface seems like the easiest way to go, wipes out 17 seasons of Stargate television history and risks turning off a significant portion of the existing fanbase.  In addition, I would argue that a true reboot would be very, VERY difficult to pull off.  Over the course of those 17 years of Stargate history, mythology was crafted, rules established, and characters brought to life.  Could an all-new, all-different Stargate avoid making even tangential use of any of these elements?  If we go by Origins as an example, the answer would be no.  Somewhere along the way, any new series – reboot, remake, or reimagining – will make use of these story-building elements whether subconsciously, deliberately, or as a result of some grand osmosis of creative conception which, let’s face it, is all one and the same.  So if you’re going to end up there anyway (which, believe me, you will), why gamble such a valuable franchise when you can roll with a sure thing?  Trust the ones who got you there – and by there, I mean an enormously successful, incredibly lucrative scifi television franchise that has spawned three shows and 340+ episodes.

I’m talking about two individuals intimately familiar with the entire canon, proven commodities who have demonstrated an ability to create scenarios, stories, and characters that resonate with audiences worldwide AND yielded massive profits for the studio. Storytellers. Moneymakers.  Individuals capable of creating a fresh new series that makes use of the rules already in place but free of the burden of heavy backstory or mythology.  No prior Stargate knowledge required!  Just watch and enjoy!  The beauty of such a scenario is that the rich canonical history can still exist but be rediscovered, piecemeal, through the eyes of our new characters. Viewers unfamiliar with the franchise will be getting in on the ground floor while fans who have been along for the ride since Russel and Spader traipsed through that off-world desert, can be rewarded with the occasional appearance of a notable enemy, ally, or a variation on a familiar tale.  Walking that fine narrative line between past and present, strange and familiar, new fans and established fandom, would be a daunting challenge for any outsider.  But I know just the guys who COULD pull it off.  I am, of course, referring to Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper.

Want a show that gets you the best of both worlds?  Something unique and accessible yet sure to fire up the existing fanbase?  Talk to Brad and Rob.  Get them started on that new Stargate series.  Yesterday.

It’s tough to argue with 17 seasons of scifi television.

Great things await!

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StellaByStargate
StellaByStargate

From your keyboard to MGM’s ears….

KathyC
KathyC

Amen!

mazlumaltun
mazlumaltun

Careful joe, you can’t post stuff like this without making some of us cry. I see hope where there once was none.

maggiemayday

As long as Syfy isn’t involved ….

PBMom

Whoop! Whoop! Can I get an amen? I agree!

Laura
Laura

Just out of curiosity, why

Sparrow_hawk

Amen!

Ponytail
Ponytail

I second that!

gforce

I couldn’t agree more. When that abortive movie reboot trilogy was announced, my first reaction was why would they want to start over when they have a fully established fan base for the *original* version? It would mean trying to attract a whole new fan base and just hoping that the original would jump on board. So very risky.

Needless to say, I would trust Brad and Rob implicitly to handle any new entry with in a way that would be new and groundbreaking and yet well within the established canon.

I really hope it comes to pass.

KathyC
KathyC

I’d love more Stargate, but it’s got to be done right.

Jayenkai [JNK] (@Jayenkai)

I still think a better idea would be to restart on a different planet. That way you still get all the familiar elements for the viewer, can still meet up with old faces along the way, but it’s new to the characters.

cudaker
cudaker

Whither Stargate :just read this and agreed.
Do we need a reboot ..No ! You can Start a new Branch like you did with SGU and SGA.As stated on Twitter about the Great Pyramid ..you can revisit all the SG series with a new Serie concept Pleasing old and new SGaters it’s the magic of Time traveling and SyFy.And who knows may be an encounters with Dark Matter Crew ;)A new SG team with a different Mission from a secret place and a different time Guarded by The Pyramid Keepers That make sure the chamber will never be uncovered …ahh my imagination start again :)))
We’re ready for it Joe ,Bring a Cool concept ,level up the Stories ,Dare to Push the stories to greather stuff

SG Day Dreaming
SG Day Dreaming

Cudaker says:
A new SG team with a different Mission from a secret place and a different time Guarded by The Pyramid Keepers
That make sure the chamber will never be uncovered …ahh my imagination start again :)))

Caroline Hjort says:
I think there should be a new serie about the children of the other members rescueing them.

JM says:
My first and probably best thought on this is go next gen style….not present day anymore, say 50/60/70 years in the future….

Yippers. I’m more than inclined to agree! I’m pretty sure that mad old traveling magic act, Cooper & Wright,
havent quite, just yet, discovered “everything” the stargate can do?

Could be a whole lotta fun dreaming up new SG portal capabilities and scenarios for series 4

Maybe? There can be a scenario in the new story where as the stargate was at some point hooked up to a deep learning independent AI program for
scientific research purposes and as a long term, inadvertant, consequence, the stargate now thinks for itself
and dials up whatever addresses it wants, whenever it wants, because the AI somehow managed to instill it with artificial intelligence of its own
and no one understands what it did, how it did it or how to undo it.
Thus, the SG base crew is forced to frequently deal with the result/consequence of the gate dialing itself up to all these strange places.
Many that arent even on anyones star map!
Oops. So terribly sorry General But the researchers in charge of the original AI neglected to mention to SG command that their AI had developed an awful habit
of randomly self replicating/creating offspring and had been acting kinda like a cat in heat of late,
hooking up with any Tom, Dick, Harry or Washing Machine that stumbled into its path!

*Maybe the stargate can now easily bring you to any dimension you want, without fail and at any precise point in time, spanning billions of years.
Need to ‘instantly’ reach a higher plane of existence without consequence whenever you want? No problemo. Just dial this address!
Need an evil twin to come help on a mission. They reside in xx alternate dimension at this gate address.
Your eveil twin a bit too psycho to be of use? Theres a slightly less evil twin residing at XX gate address.
Want to go explore a weird anti dimension wedged between two physical planes?
Yep. There’s an address for that too! ooooh! There’s some really cool supernatural ‘non’ creatures residing there! Check em out, ay!
*Maybe the gate can now *Render the traveler and any objects that go thru, invisible on command
via a simultaneous dialing of xx address from a remote gate.
Or remember on the Star Trek series how Dr Crusher could quickly transform the physical features of crew to look like whatever
race of beings they were visiting on a planet?
*Maybe the stargate could do that as you travel thru?
You will phyically resemble whatever civilization you just travelled to by the time you reach their world.

Anyone else got any fun imaginative ideas for Stargate capabilities we can add to this?

Dan Heaton
Dan Heaton

I’m so on board with your sentiments here about both a reboot and involving Brad and Robert. They’re the architects (along with so many others) in making the franchise so incredible. I’d love if there was a way to move the show forward, incorporating both new faces and past cast members from all three series, and really expand this world in a way that fits in our modern TV era. It would be amazing!

sylvia
sylvia

OH YES….please, bring it on! Will be getting snack supplies for the premieres.

MaggieL80
MaggieL80

Lots of snacks!! Maybe a few Heinekens in honor of Jack O’Neill…

Jon Hrubesch

It will be nearly impossible to surpass the original Stargate series as it had the perfect mix of seriousness with a sense of humor. It’s the only tv series I can say that I have re-watched all the way through and loved it even more the second time around.

I would love to see another Stargate but, yes, it would be nice to see it guided by the same hands has the original.

I just watched the first webisode of Stargate Origins and found the acting to be a little wooden. It honestly had more of a fan film vibe to it. A fan film with a budget that is.

Jérémie Faucher-Goulet

Oh my Joe… This sounds so overly positive to my ears… Please don’t give me false hope, I’m getting all excited now!

Caroline Hjort
Caroline Hjort

I think there should be a new serie about the children of the other members rescueing them. It should begin with a big celebration or birthday where everyone from O’Neill to Sheppard to Rush and all of their families are. Then something happens to the original cast, they get kidnapped by anything from a tiny replicator Baal that survived somewhere to the Russians. And then the children (who are grown up), have to search for them trough the galaxies and through the Stargate. They could be led by Sam and Jacks kid, by Ryac or maybe by Teylas son Torren. It would be new, good for new wievers since you don’t have to know anything about the previous show, just a bunch of people saving their parents. It’s set later so there could be newer technology, and the fans would automatically love the characters since they loved their parents!

Nadia
Nadia

Yes I agree with you!.. I would go crazy if Stargate returns BUT the same people must have a hand in it for it to be great again.

NellumNai
NellumNai

I had actually had an idea myself sometime prior to Origins being announced which I too, funnily enough, had named “Stargate Origins”. I’m a complete nobody really in terms of the TV universe so I wouldn’t have a clue how to get anything done about it but if you, in your busy life, ever have time to lend an ear, I would love to share it. I just have a brief outline of the idea and it’d be up to those who know the ins and outs of everything Stargate, ie Brad, Rob and yourself, to expand on that but my idea builds on the existing television franchise without erasing what’s already happened but also without leaning on it for support.

I get MGM are testing the waters but they really needed something perfect to do that and they’re totally wide of the mark. If you go to a restaurant and get a sample platter, that food needs to be perfect if it’s going to convince the customer that they want more. Origins isn’t perfect. It’s not even close. It’s bad. It’s like going to a Gordon Ramsey restaurant and being served food from McDonalds.

arcticgoddess

I do hope it happens sooner, rather than later. I would also like to see them open it up to some new writers. Maybe hold a competition so fans could create an episode or two.

Nekomajin

“Talk to Brad and Rob. Get them started on that new Stargate series. Yesterday.”

Is this a cryptic announcement of something is happening right now behind the curtains, or just a campaign?

Larry D.
Larry D.

Couldn’t ask for better than Brad and Rob. Not holding my breath though. Isn’t Brad kinda busy with Travelers?

jimfromjersey

Well said, sir! I’m in complete agreement. And where did you get those great Gate images? I’m viewing them on my phone, but they look like cgi (?)

rsanchez1990

https://www.shipbrook.net/jeff/raytrace/index.html

Jeff Lee on that web page says they’re generated on a raytracer program, so CGI. I’m gonna assume that’s where Joe got those gate images.

David Kirby

I would love to see more Stargate, but let’s let Brad do another season (or four) of Travelers first.

Vladi
Vladi

Stargate should be rebooted with these characters!! – Jack” O’Neill clone made by Asgard!! As we know younger copy of Jack” O’Neill decided to study science!! It would be interseting to see this combination of scientist Samantha Carter and soldier Jack” O’Neill in one person!! Next main character in new Stargate should be Cassandra – the sole survivor from the planet Hanka!! Teal’c son – Rya’c of Chulak could be part of new Stargate as well!! Some Tok’ra or Tollan character could be part of new team of Stargate as well!! New story should be conitnuing with exploring new regions of Milky Way galaxi where in some region still danger and enemies are still hidding and plannig attack and conquere Earth and its allies!! For example – some small region of our gallaxi still can be under control of remnants enemies like bad Asgard,Goa’uld or Ori!! Also in the new Stargate there should be the Furlings and the Nox more involved!! Obvieusli Ancients with they mysteries,technology wich they left after they ascendent into higer dimension!! Continuing threat from the Wraith vampiric rase of the Pegasus Galaxy.. And plus secret of Atlantis city which most of city is still locked and unexplored!! I would be happy to see the new Starget to be created this way!! What do you think??

JM

My first and probably best thought on this is go next gen style….not present day anymore, say 50/60/70 years in the future….when a new threat emerges…..and would still be possible to eventually work in some kind of resolution to Atlantis and Universe….you can’t just leave Eli hanging like that! Although I know it’s a big problem now as the sets no longer exist…..but if Atlantis is still on Earth it would be logical to be using that as a main base of operations? Nor would you need to rebuild ALL the sets for Destiny….

Laurie
Laurie

I like your thinking!!

Tam Dixon
Tam Dixon

That would be a challenging project! However, it seems the networks love reboots these days. So you don’t they think a reboot like Star Trek’s alternative time line would work? Or maybe taking it in another direction and with another branch…

JM

personally, i hate the abramms alternative timeline version sad there’s certainly no need to wipe out decades of hard work for sure….love parallel universe versions but surely they best kept as shorter stories within the overall framework?

Sherri
Sherri

Is it streaming or regular TV?

coveredincathair

Yes. In New York, it’s airing on El Ray Network Tues thru Friday at 12 and 1pm. Stargate Atlantis follows from 2 to 4 pm.

Unending One
Unending One

The odds of MGM bringing back Brad and Rob are slim to none. In MGM’s eyes they muffed the punt with SGU (in my eyes SGU was just as good as SG-1 and SGA, but half the fanbase wanted more of the same old Stargate). MGM may bring them in as consultants, maybe writers, but I don’t see them picking up where they left off.

JM

personally, in a lot of ways, I thought SGU was best yet….if only they could have added Rodney McKay to it then it wd have been perfect…

MaggieL80
MaggieL80

This couldn’t have been worded any better. Take the existing knowledge, mythology, story line progression and RUN with it! I can think of another long standing, enthralling tv series that introduces “new” audience members to this world through the eyes of a “companion”. This seems to be working pretty well for them. Us “old” fans seem to be sticking around too.

I think Brad & Rob need to be dusting off their keyboards….