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  1. Nekomajin
    February 16, 2018 at 5:42 am |

    @Darren, what is your point regarding the subscription limits?

    I mean, instead of the current 2 levels, there could be 3. The free, and two premium. One for people in the US, Germany and the other few countries, and one for all the countries outside of the current restriction. I understand why they can’t stream the old stuff to everyone, but we should still be able to access Origins and the Dialing Home series. Even for half the price, it would mean more money than nothing. They had months to make it work, and they did not.

  2. MichaelAC
    February 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm |

    Spoilers ahead:
    It is baffling to me that MGM and the people behind this are funding this like it is an unknown story instead of a franchise with decades of multiple profitable shows and legions of fans. This format reminds me of what they did to star Wars in the early 80’s, trying to cash in on the movies with cheap animated series and cheesy Christmas specials. The idea behind this show is great, with a great Indiana Jones vibe, but the acting (especially the boyfriend and sidekick) seems very inexperienced at the least, and the budget must be laughably small, considering the compact sized “throne room”. Also the 10 min format is really a bad idea, as the only stories you can tell are short skits, which rules out good stories, unless the writing is way better than is typical for tv. Even Sanctuary which was an unknown story with just a couple of known actors, felt way more committed than this, and it was a web series too. At least they made good use of CG sets to make a larger world. The thing that is really puzzling to me is: What do they hope to get out of this? They can’t be looking to see if there is a audience, as the multiple successful previous shows have already proven that. The only thing I can figure is they want to see how little money they can spend and still have people willing to watch it.
    They just need to start again, preferably with at least 3 previous cast members and some writers from the previous series, and go big, not small, maybe starting with a 2 hour movie to kick it off.

  3. Nekomajin
    February 17, 2018 at 3:50 am |


    I don’t think profit is an issue here. I don’t know how many subscribers they have (@Darren, any info?), but I think it’s only enough to cover the costs of Origins and the new web portal. Continuum and AoT was made from 7 million each, with roughly the same length, and the quality is well, not the same. I would say Origins was made from around or under one million, props and sets included. I would say 50 thousand subscribers (for 20 dollars) is a good guess. And then, I can be completely wrong. This is purely speculation, but still, one thing is clearly visible: Origins won’t bring BIG money, even on the long run.

    What is more important IMHO, is the social media buzz. Reddit has exploded, GateWorld has been reborn, online magazines have started to write about the franchise. People talk about Stargate. Basically for free.

    I think this is what’s behind the 10 minute format as well. A movie is a one shot opportunity. Releasing the third or fourth of the movie every week is a month long event. More talk, more buzz, more time to decide in the office what to do next. If they really want to do another full length series, they have to make people talking about the franchise for a long time.

    And the quality may be low, but I am still optimistic, that the story will turn out to be great. If it does, there will be a huge hype. If not, the guys at MGM can still say “sorry, the next one will be better”.

  4. Nekomajin
    February 17, 2018 at 8:09 pm |

    I agree. This is a very logical explanation of what’s happening.

    And I will quote your comment on Reddit, with your permission, because many people still don’t want to see the big picture.

  5. Nekomajin
    February 18, 2018 at 3:43 am |

    Of course. It’s my opinion, you have just reinforced it.

    By the way, what do you think about Mr. Mallozzi’s recent campaign? Do you think it would be best to bring in the old team or hire someone else with a fresh mind? I think the old team could make wonders with some fresh blood in the writer’s room.

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