Has Stargate ever jumped the shark? Pt 1

Stargate's thrown a lot of things at its viewers over the years, many of which could have been the death of it. So did it ever quite make it all the way over that big ol' shark?

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Has Stargate ever truly jumped the shark? Should it have ended long ago? Should it never have begun in the first place? Here’s a rather weighty spoonful of the pros, cons and near shark jumps that everyone should know about before the second spin-off hits our screens in 2008…

That’s right, fans and haters: rejoice and groan in unison. The second (technically, the third, but who counts Infinity?) spin-off of Stargate SG-1, itself a spin-off, is being spun as you read this.

And now so is my head.

It’s been named Stargate Universe and is believed to have no actor connections to SG-1 or Atlantis, which could either be its saving grace or its downfall. There’s one question that I’d like an answer to: is there any call for it, or should they just keep Atlantis now that SG-1 is done and dusted?

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Let’s face it; Stargate is solid gold property. There are an infinite number of possibilities that could occur. Just barely scratching the surface, the ten years and thirteen seasons of Stargate have included:

  • Countless false Gods taken down, in some cases more than once
  • At least three different kinds of cloning
  • One main character died, and then came back a year later
  • Travelling to two different galaxies
  • A black hole sucking time through a Stargate
  • A nice little trip to 1969, and then into the future
  • Messages through time
  • Alternate dimensions
  • Some of the best, strangest and mind-boggling guest stars ever (Isaac Hayes, Louis Gossett Jr., Willy Garson and Dan Castellaneta to name a few)
  • Oh, and Stargate in Supermarionation.

The idea of this series of articles is to highlight where Stargate is going right (and wrong) from a viewer’s perspective. I’m not calling myself a fan, as I’ve left the show behind and returned to catch up on many occasions, without ever being truly ‘hooked’. So let’s not dilly-dally, and get down to the true nitty-gritty…

The movie: I saw the movie when it first hit terrestrial TV, probably in 1997, and was wowed by the spectacle of going to other planets, as any 10-year-old might be. It didn’t last long, as I probably later forgot it while doing something else.

So when it came around again the next time, I really got into it, and I enjoyed lots of things about it. Yes, Daniel Carter was geeky looking and the one I could probably most connect with, but I didn’t. I connected with the guys on the planet, the kids who didn’t know what fighting for your rights was like. They learned this in the movie and in turn earned my respect. Of course I was about 11 and it was just a movie, but still.

Of course, the real big thing in the movie was Kurt Russell, the big muscle man of the military. I was never a fan of his in the movie; he was a bad guy, but I do think he served as a counter-acting force for Daniel Jackson. This worked in this medium, but if they were to keep this up for years, I don’t think it could have worked, which is why I love the fact they gave him a creamy centre. In essence, the movie worked as a solid base for the series to take off from, but apart from that is a completely different entity.

(Interesting factoid: the creators of the movie have been writing scripts and looking at ways to continue the movie franchise, with Kurt and Spader on board, from the end of the Stargate movie.)

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