“What do you know, Joe?”fans have started asking, given the timing of my recent blog posts.
To be honest, I just know – and can infer – only as much as you. The launch of stargatecommand.co and the production and premiere of Stargate: Origins is, clearly, the first step in the return of an all-new series that will follow in the footsteps of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe. How quickly this proceeds, and what creative direction it will take is, really, up to you, the fans. There’s hope that many of you have checked out Origins and weighed in with your thoughts because the decision-makers want to know there’s an audience out there. And they’re going to gauge the potential interest in a new Stargate series not merely by the number of eyeballs but the multitude of voices generating online buzz.
The challenge is that fandom is disperse and unfocused. Many who may be reluctant to subscribe to stargatecommand.co right now will no doubt have a change of heart when the streaming platform becomes the home of the entire franchise library, a new Stargate series, hundreds of hours of exclusive never-before-seen behind-the-scenes videos from the sets of SG-1, SGA, and SGU as well as (I have no doubt, eventually) numerous other new SF shows. Somewhen down the line, it will become the premiere home of science fiction.
But I get a little ahead of myself. Right now, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to let MGM know you want more Stargate. While their numbers people analyze the burgeoning interest in stargatecommand.co let’s give their social media experts some impressive stats to chew on.
And how are we going to that? Well…
Step #1: Start by spreading the word and rallying the troops! Hit up every Stargate fan page and community site (facebook, tumblr, etc.) out there and let them know: We’re doing this and we need every Stargate fan onboard.
Step #2: Join twitter. It will be the launch point of this fan drive and, when the time comes, you’ll need to be active and noisy.
Step #3: Stay tuned while I consult and hand off to The Stargate Initiative, a group of longtime fans who will be leading this campaign.
Agree? Disagree? Let’s hear ya!