Received the following news update regarding Stargate Command, the streaming platform dedicated to all things Stargate…
Alas, while sad in principle that a site dedicated to Stargate is shutting down, I think the big picture offers a more positive message. Much of the exclusive content (interviews, behind the scenes videos, etc.) will be moving to YouTube meaning:
The content will now be free.
The content will now be available worldwide.
Respectfully, cost and accessibility were two of the biggest concerns I heard fans express regarding the site. Either they were interested but couldn’t afford it, or they were interested but unable to stream it in their region. Well now, they can. And while the original episodes won’t be available (They’ll no doubt land somewhere – but you would be paying a subscription fee to view them regardless UNLESS you already own the shows.), new Stargate-related material will be made available to all.
Of course the question on everyone’s mind is – how does this affect the Stargate franchise?
Bottom line: it doesn’t.
Stargate is one of MGM’s flagship assets, its most popular television franchise, and, as I’ve been saying for a while now, it’s not a matter of IF we get a new Stargate series, but WHEN.
And, yes, it’s frustrating watching news break of that Lizzie McGuire revival, leaving you wondering: “But when IS when???”. Well, the truth is that Stargate’s value, while ensuring its inevitable return, also ensures that the studio is going to be very careful about HOW they bring it back. And, ultimately, there are a couple of ways to go with that.
They could do a reboot that would essentially wipe out 17 seasons of canon – which, I’m pretty confident, is NOT going to happen…especially after last year’s tweetstorm reminded MGM there are A LOT of very passionate Stargate fans out there (And, yes, I’m sure they got the message).
They could gamble on some outsider to create a new series, someone with no connection to the television franchise, its fans, and, by extension, the characters and stories that made it such a huge success.
OR they could entrust a new series to someone who created, wrote. produced, and oversaw 17 glorious years of Stargate – who has enough television savvy to create a new series that serves as a jumping on point for new viewers while, simultaneously, honoring what has come before. In short, a win-win that makes so much sense that my head hurts trying to imagine why it wouldn’t make sense to anyone else.
Hmmmm. You know what I think we may need? A good old-fashioned tweetstorm!