Hard to believe that eight years ago was the last time a new episode of Stargate aired. On May 9, 2011 Stargate: Universe’s “Gauntlet” closed out an incredible unbroken 364 episode, two movie, 17 season, 14 year run. Back when my former writing partner and I joined the franchise for SG-1’s fourth season, we assumed we were jumping aboard near ride’s end. We were told the show would go one more year before ending with its fifth and final season. Oh, how wrong they were.
Of course, in t.v., things have a way of changing. Usually for the worst but, occasionally for the better. Much better. We got another season. Then another season after that. And then one more. And another one. And another. And one more. Then five seasons of Atlantis. And two of Universe. Why? Well, credit the cast and crew and writers but, mostly, credit the fans who kept us going and, who made clear during last year’s tweetstorm, that they’re still around and hankering for an all-new series. As I’ve often said, it’s not a matter of if and but when. It doesn’t make sense for MGM to sit on this valuable franchise for too long, and I’m sure they just want to make sure they’re going to do it right. And by right, I mean offering a new series that can serve as a jumping on point for new viewers while rewarding longtime fans protective of the franchise, its characters, and canon. Yes, I know, it would seem the way to go is obvious, so I’m going to assume they’ll figure it out sooner than later and reward long-suffering Stargate fans with their equivalent of a Star Trek Picard revival series rather than, say, that 2001 Planet of the Apes reboot.
Man, nothing hurts a franchise like an ill-advised reboot. Am I right?