Sunday, July 26, 2009


Talk about the little franchise that could. Stargate began life as StarGate, an entertaining enough seen-and-forgotten MGM action pic from '94 brought to us by the pre-Independence Day team of director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin.

In 1997, the TV series Stargate SG-1, without Devlin and Emmerich but with MacGyver, hit Showtime, and a decade-and-change later, the brand is still chugging merrily along on Sci-Fi (sorry, SyFy) even after the cancellations of both of its TV appendages (SG-1 in '07 and Atlantis last season).

The newest round in the chamber is Stargate Universe, for which the network has just released this new promo. Taking the franchise in a somewhat different direction, it appears (at best) influenced by Battlestar Galactica (RIP), and at worst by Star Trek: Voyager. For the show's sake, I hope it's more the former than the latter.

From the promo, you can see The Fully Monty's Robert Carlyle is the lead, as well as blink-and-they're-gone appearances by Lou Diamond Phillips, Christopher McDonald, and 'gaterfamilias Richard Dean Anderson cameoing as Major General Jack O'Neill. This doesn't look bad at all, and I'm suddenly a lot more optimistic about checking it out when it hits this fall.

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