February 25, 2018: SciFi Fandoms United!

Stargate was a fantastic 12-year experience for me.  I learned a lot from showrunners Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, the cast, the crew, and fandom. Among the greatest takeaways from my time on the show is this oft-repeated (by me) nugget: "Fans tune in for the hook, but they stay for the characters".  To that,…

February 20, 2018: Okay, Stargate fans – Let’s do it!!!

Well, this is impressive.  The @StargateNow twitter home of the "#DriveToRevive the Stargate we know and love" has amassed over 1100 followers in less than 24 hours.  If you're interested in seeing a new in-canon Stargate series created by Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, one that is highly accessible to new viewers yet rewards longtime…

February 17, 2018: Stargate possibilities

I know, I know.  You're sitting there, re-reading yesterday's blog entry, thinking to yourself: "Surely rebooting the franchise wouldn't be that big a deal.  The longtime fans who invested so much in those 17 seasons of television history - the characters, the technology, the worlds created for SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe - would get over it.…

February 10, 2018: The Stargate Concept Art of James Robbins!

So the other day, I came across an old hard drive containing a slew of Stargate-related visuals: concept art, designs, previs.  It's actually about 0.5% of the library of BTS pics and vids sitting in my storage unit, much of it somewhat inaccessible due to the fact that the technology is incredibly old and lacking…

October 12, 2017: How MGM Almost Saved Dark Matter – And How Close We Came to a Dark Matter/Stargate Crossover!

In truth, pretty damn close. So often, you'll hear stories long after the fact.  Like how Apple almost brought Stargate: SG-1 back for an iTunes exclusive 11th and final season.  Or how Canada's Space Channel attempted to save Stargate: Universe.  But in this case, the events are fairly recent  - a last ditch effort to…

August 18, 2017: Dark Matter and Stargate – the parallels!

Viewers tune in for the hook, but they stay for the characters.  It's a lesson I learned working on Stargate.  As much as fans enjoy the sense of adventure, the action, and the dazzling visual effects, it's the characters at the heart of each show that draw them back, week after week.  Whether it's SG-1, the…

August 6, 2017: Dark Matter Episodes 310 and 311!

ScreenSpy: "Holy twists, Batman. This episode had a little bit of everything—insight into Android’s creation was a given, but the glimpses into the crew’s past interactions really sealed this episode emotionally." SciFiMoviePage: "An excellent episode that answered a lot of question about the characters in the show." Geeksiders: And what did the AfterBuzz team have…

August 5, 2017: Dark Matter! Stargate! The results are in!

Whew!  What a night!  Dark Matter fans had us trending before, during, and long after Episode 310, "Built, Not Born" aired.  We were all out in force, including cast members, to live tweet one of our biggest episodes yet.  And, while all the tweeting was going on, I was rewarding lucky fans with all sorts…

August 4, 2017: Tonight on Dark Matter…prepare yourselves! 9/8C on SYFY! Vote for your favorite Stargate Cast Member! Win some swag!

First of all, I want to take everyone who took the time to submit their request for the Which Stargate Cast Member You'd Like To See On Dark Matter? impromptu poll.  The response has been - well - overwhelming, but I've got our Top 13!  And this is how it's going to work... You have…

August 3, 2017: Stargate and Dark Matter (and, apparently, Farscape) Fandoms Converge!

Well Holy Smokes!  When I composed yesterday's blog entry and asked fans to select a former Stargate cast member to guest in Dark Matter's fourth season, little did I realize the deluge I was in for.  Between this blog, reddit, Facebook, google, and twitter, I've received over 1000 responses.  And counting!  Requests have ranged from the expected (Amanda…

August 2, 2017: Which Stargate cast member would you like to see on Dark Matter?

In yesterday's blog entry, I mentioned the similarities between Stargate and Dark Matter, but one of the parallels I failed to mention was the talent, both behind and in front of the camera.  Former Stargate Executive Producers Robert C. Cooper and Martin Gero consulted and wrote for Dark Matter, former Stargate directors Amanda Tapping, Andy Mikita, Will Waring, Martin Wood,…

August 1, 2017: The Stargate/Dark Matter Connection!

A little while ago, a buddy of mine forwarded me an old article he came across while clearing out his place.  Titled "Winning the Space Race", it was a piece on Stargate: SG-1.  The article intros: "It's slammed by critics and sci-fi diehards, but Stargate: SG-1 has become the little show that could, staying on the…

July 31, 2017: Reflecting back on Robert C. Cooper’s directorial debut way-back-when!

Well look who dropped by the comments section.  None other than Robert C. Cooper.  I mentioned his upcoming miniseries, Unspeakable, in yesterday's entry and, today, he left the following message: "Thanks for the shout out Joe! If you’re interested in following the progress then head on over to http://www.unspeakableseries.com and please like us on Facebook…

June 22, 2017: From Window of Opportunity to All The Time In The World!

About 18 years ago, my writing partner, Paul, and I landed staff positions on a little scifi series called Stargate: SG-1 (You may have heard of it!).  With one script under our neophyte belts, we were given the green light to start work on our second.  It was based on a pitch that involved the…