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The end of a fun-filled Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con was a real highlight for me, and no doubt for more than a hundred Stargate fans who assembled for a special premiere screening on board the U.S.S. Midway! Docked in San Diego Harbor, the Midway now serves as a museum home to numerous military aircraft (including the SH-3 Sea King, a helicopter that recovered astronauts for five different Apollo missions).
Gathering on the deck of the ship before sunset, fans had the opportunity to meet one another, take pictures, and mingle with the cast of Stargate Origins. On hand for the premiere screening of the feature cut (Stargate Origins: Catherine) were Ellie Gall (“Catherine”), Philip Alexander (“Beal”), Aylam Orian (“Brücke”), Shvan Aladdin (“Wasif”), Daniel Rashid (“Kasuf”), and Sarah Navratil (“Eva”).
SG-1 favorite Tony Amendola (“Bra’tac”) was also there for the show, fresh from the Stargate panel event earlier in the day. And turning up in style was Christopher Judge — Stargate SG-1‘s Teal’c — who chatted up fans and posed for pictures.As the sun set behind the horizon our MGM hosts were ready to spin up the show. Stargate Command editor Kieran Dickson welcomed the crowd and the cast, emphasizing that the execs at MGM love the fans and want to support the Stargate franchise. “They are in this just like we are — just for the fans,” he said. “They love Stargate, they believe in Stargate, and they want to bring it back.”
It’s been 10 years since the movie Stargate: Continuum also premiered on the Midway (in the very same spot!), so next Kieran invited Chris Judge up to speak about his experience in Continuum — including why he refused to go to the Arctic with the rest of the cast. (Long story short: He didn’t want to be eaten by a polar bear!)
Judged thanked fans for sticking with the franchise for so long. And “it’s heartwarming to have all the people at MGM, all the executives there now, that really believe in the franchise — and like the franchise, and love the fans — is such a great atmosphere to be around,” he added. “It really does feel like a great start to something new.”
With the sun down now the screen lit up, as MGM presented never-before-seen footage from the Stargate: Continuum premiere — featuring Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, and the rest of the cast and crew of the 2008 film.
Stargate Origins rolled next, and I have to say that it holds together a whole lot better as a single, continuous story in the “feature cut” format. And it was also a unique experience to enjoy the production alongside the cast.At the end of the night we posed for pictures with the Origins cast, who have really bonded with one another since the fall 2017 shoot. Fans lined up to receive Stargate Origins posters autographed by the cast … and the night was over.
On Friday morning I’d have the chance to join Kieran, Chris, and Tony on a live-streaming conversation with Sam Maggs at the Nerdist House. And of course there’s lot of time to be spent wandering the Exhibit Hall, hanging out with friends, standing in lines, spotting actors and creative talent (I met Farscape‘s Gigi Edgley!), and hitting the town at night. But Thursday was our big “Stargate Day,” and it was incredible fun with some tremendous people — fans, actors, and those who work day-in and day-out behind the scenes, and who really love Stargate and want to see it return in its full glory.
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