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shelly v
shelly v
2 months ago

I read some of these articles today. It’s been a long time since I had my antitrust law class in law school but I have to agree that there’s no legal rationale or precedent for the sale not going through. I do think like Jenny Stiven said that a large part of this is anti-Amazon sentiment, particularly from the unions. Speaking of, will there be any new talks with Jenny given the latest news on this?

RamblerReb
2 months ago

Frankly, I hope the deal is stopped and there are no new series or films. I have nothing to say to anti-trust concerns, but I strongly feel that the shows themselves will be terminally infected with current-year identity politics, as Amazon is presently using to destroy the LOTR franchise and insure future generations think Tolkien is trash. Amazon will ruthlessly kill any affection for the Stargate IP the way Universe started to and Origins nearly completed.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago
Reply to  RamblerReb

Sadly, you are spot on Correct!

There is no CHANCE AMAZON won’t “Woke” the Stargate until it is unrecognizably Terrible!!!

As a life Long Fan …. I’ll Never Watch it!

John VanOrder
John VanOrder
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I really hope you are right and I like the optimism! NO ONE wants to see the StarGate universe (No pun intended) turn in ST:Disgracery, Wotino, or Lotrino and I would HOPE after those disaster dumspterfires that the stockholders would start to realize there really is something to the Get Woke, Go Broke Senario.

Simon
Simon
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Pft! What made SG1 and other 90s ish scifi great was exactly how “woke” it was. Women with character, thoughtful politics, personal responsibility, and an aspirational future for our species working in harmony with others.

Sexist, bullish, teenage angst and the jocks beating on the nerds is where it went all downhill…. and whilst I’m afraid we might get more of that from Amazon, we can always hope :)

stikves
stikves
2 months ago

MGM is going bankrupt.

Unless FTC is proposing some miraculous way of new funding, stopping this merger means MGM assets will be liquidated at auction.

Then Amazon can pick up the pieces at even lower prices, but there will be more damage to the brand.

Last edited 2 months ago by stikves
DrMcKay
2 months ago

Honestly, I don’t know if I would find this a bad thing if the deal got cancelled. And just like those FTC members, I guess my opinion is partly inspired by my absolute distaste of everything Amazon stands for: large tech company striving towards a monopoly, while having their employees working in bad circumstances in their warehouses. And let’s not get started about Jef Bezos himself… On the other hand, another reason why I rather not see Stargate on Amazon Prime: it will be the same streaming story all over again, as we see with Netflix, Prime and the rest.… Read more »

Brent
Brent
2 months ago

double post

Last edited 2 months ago by Brent
Steve
2 months ago

I thought the deal had already been finalized. Hmm.

shelly v
shelly v
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

The purchase agreement between the parties (MGM and Amazon) has been finalized, however, anytime a giant conglomerate wants to buy another large corporation, the government has to approve the deal to make sure they’re not breaking anti-competition and antitrust laws which is what this article is about. Till the sale gets that approval from government agencies, it’s not a done deal.

SCOTT
2 months ago

I’m not sure how to feel about this, for the exact same reasons other people have said below. I would love to see a brand new Stargate series. With that said, after seeing how CBS and Klutzman have ruined Star Trek, how Disney and Kathleen Kennedy have ruined Star Wars, and how the BBC and Chris Chibnall have ruined Doctor Who, it’s hard to be optimistic. I don’t want Stargate to be the next science fiction franchise that dies because of identity politics, virtue signaling, massive profanity, etc. The last thing I want is to watch an episode of Stargate… Read more »

John VanOrder
John VanOrder
2 months ago
Reply to  SCOTT

Absolutely agreed. 100% spot on.

shelly v
shelly v
2 months ago

If you ever want to talk to an antitrust expert about this deal, perhaps on Dial the Gate, I’d suggest talking to Professor Mary Ramirez, professor at Washburn Law School. She used to work for the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division and she taught my antitrust class at law school:

https://www.washburnlaw.edu/profiles/ramirez-mary.html

shelly v
shelly v
2 months ago

By the way, all articles I’ve read say the deadline for regulators to decide whether to approve this deal is mid-March, March 15. The EU regulators have already given it the go-ahead so we could be getting the answer about the US’s decision very soon, maybe as early as tomorrow.