It’s been a long time since new Stargate graced our television screens, but now fans have a chance to catch up on the efforts to jump-start the franchise in 2018.
The film tells the story of a young Catherine Langford (Ellie Gall), whose father (played by Connor Trinneer) first discovered the Stargate buried near Giza, Egypt, in 1928. Now Catherine is a young woman, whose world is turned upside down when a Nazi scientist named Wilhelm Brücke (Aylam Orian) kidnaps her father and takes him through the Stargate.
The project was originally released as a 10-part Web series, exclusive to subscribers at MGM’s official Web site StargateCommand.co. It was released over the course of three weeks in February and March of 2018, then recut as a single feature-length movie (with a few added visuals). Stargate Origins: Catherine was then sold via digital storefronts starting in June of that year.
The project carries the subtitle “Catherine” because it was intended to be the first of multiple series created for the Web. Fan reception was somewhat cold, due in part to the lower budget and the lack of ties to the long-running TV universe. MGM appears to have opted not to make any more “Origins” series (at least for now), shifting gears instead to developing a project from Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe co-creator Brad Wright. (Stargate Command itself was subsequently closed, at the end of 2019.)
Because Stargate Origins was only available online, and behind a pay wall, the project flew under the radar for a lot of Stargate’s long-time viewers. Anecdotally we’ve heard several people say over the past two and a half years that they had only just found Stargate Origins and had not heard about it while it was streaming on Stargate Command.
Our take: Origins is a fun romp, taken for what it is and the resources that the crew had available to them. Watching the feature cut all at once definitely makes for a better viewing experience. If you haven’t seen it this way before, or if you’re just looking for another excuse to go through the gate, check it out now on Amazon Prime! Then come back here to listen to GateWorld’s exclusive interviews with:
- Ellie Gall (“Catherine Langford”)
Philip Alexander (“Captain James Beal”)
Daniel Rashid (“Kasuf”)
Salome Azizi (“Aset”)
Mark Ilvedson (Co-writer)
Mercedes Bryce Morgan (Director)
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