It’s just a few days until Stargate Command celebrates its 1-year anniversary. The official Stargate platform launched the third week of September last year, and this month the service will enter its second year with plans for new content, improved functionality, and access for more Stargate fans.
“We are creating another All-Access Pass,” MGM Editorial Director Kieran Dickson told GateWorld. “With that All-Access Pass is going to be even more content. We really want to drill down on making Stargate Command the ultimate Stargate library of content.”
In addition to interactive features and a new Stargate merchandise store, expanding Stargate Command in Year 2 will include telling brand new stories in a variety of media.
“[We’re] taking in all of your feedback and making sure it’s not just a community tool but we want Stargate Command to be a storytelling tool, as well,” Dickson said. “I’m really excited about what we’re working on. Whereas Stargate Command currently mainly just is content and video content, we’re looking to layer in books and comics, and a whole new raft of video content for fans to engage with.”
ALL-ACCESS IN MORE PLACESIn addition to creating new content MGM is hard at work expanding the availability of Stargate Command’s All-Access Pass to more countries. The paid subscription offers access to all of the site’s premium content — including Stargate Origins, the “Dialing Home” interview series, on-demand access to every Stargate film and TV episode, and more. But it is currently limited to fans in the United States and Canada, the U.K., Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.
“We’ve been working really, really hard to try and expand the reach of the All-Access Pass to more territories,” Dickson said. “But it takes time to build up these networks. We’re really excited for more people to be able to engage with the All-Access Pass.”
“That was one of the reasons we were so excited about Stargate Origins: Catherine, the feature cut — because that enabled us to get the Stargate Origins story out to an international audience. And you know Stargate is a legacy franchise, and it’s got [contractual] relationships built up over years. It takes time to figure that out.”
Though a list of countries to be included in the expansion of All-Access was not available as of press time, details will be forthcoming once the deals are done. But the studio’s goal is to maximize availability for the Stargate audience — which is truly worldwide. “We want to get to as many territories as possible,” Dickson said, “so we can really create a truly global community.”
NEW CONTENTAll of the platform’s existing content will stay put — including 354 episodes of SG-1, SGA, and SGU, plus the original Stargate film, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, Stargate: Continuum, and Stargate Origins.
And while MGM hasn’t announced its next live-action project yet, Dickson emphasizes that live-action will continue to be a central part of how Stargate stories are told.
Production, of course, takes time — so meanwhile other sorts of new, original stories are also in the works.
“As well as a streaming library we’re also going to be bringing in stuff that you can read: comic books and e-books,” Dickson said. So new Stargate stories will be told on Stargate Command “through a number of different mediums.”
“Dialing Home” will also continue with brand new behind-the-scenes video features, co-hosted by Christopher Judge (“Teal’c”) and David Read. This year viewers will get to go on a tour of familiar locations in and around Vancouver, British Columbia.
“We’re going to be creating a new stream of ‘Dialing Home’ which will, instead of focusing on the actors, [will] be focusing on the real-life locations that helped bring the show to life,” Dickson said. “So it’s going to be a bit like a Stargate travel show.”
TIME TO RE-ENLISTThough the dates for the roll-out of new content are still to be determined, the Year 2 All-Access Pass is available right now. As with last year, fans can get in on an entire year of Stargate content for an annual fee of $20 (U.S.).
Current All-Access subscribers will be offered a special package as an incentive to renew before October 20. The “Founding Member Pack” includes some special perks, including three additional months of service (15 months in total) and a “S.G.C. Founding Member” patch.
“We really want to say a big ‘Thank you’ to all of the folks who were there with us for phase 1,” Dickson said.
Pass holders in the U.S. can renew starting today. The renewal window for members in Canada, the U.K., Germany, Australia, and New Zealand opens September 20.
Keep your browser locked on GateWorld for more on Stargate Command’s expansion plans, and head over to StargateCommand.co to visit the official platform.