MGM, title holder of the Stargate franchise, having teased scifi fans with the promise of 3-movie series revival, announced the launch of a prequel streaming series, originally titled "Stargate Origins".
It's an excuse for producers to spend lots of money on a period piece set in the 1920's, instead of scifi visuals and makeup. And oh yes, it makes plenty of sense.
Available exclusively on www.stargatecommand.co (please don't forget to remove the "m" at the end else you'll be confusing it with the private gamer club on Star Citizen), this 10-episode digital series will focus on the character of Catherine Langford discovering the alien construction with her father in Eqypt, up until she recruits Daniel Jackson to assist with decrypting its secrets.
Watch the teaser below:
And in true fashion, here's 6 reasons why they should be making a prequel to a franchise spanning films, books and three very expansive series:
- They will beat everyone to the punch before the Game of Thrones prequel comes around.
- We don't really need a new vision of the scope of amazement and wonder in a far-flung galaxy we could never reach in our lifetime.
- Human emotion under amazing odds is far more thrilling to watch if the scene is set with frilly petticoats and period racism.
- Like 30 years in Jesus's life, we don't know why the Stargate was hidden and unused, and how the US AirForce obtained it. And we really need to know now.
- The franchise is lacking a female lead, which Star Trek not only achieved before with Voyager but will again through Discovery.
- Richard Dean Anderson has become fat, and they'd be obliged to feature him in a sequel.
But while I await the new movies that reboots the franchise, I'm happy to lap up the origins series and see how they represent the beginning of a wonderful canon.