This is Everything We Know About Stargate Origins So Far

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After approximately too long, Stargate Origins has been announced. Here’s what we know about the show so far.

It’s been 20 years since Stargate SG1 first worm-holed its way onto our screens, and another 10 years (plus a handful of accolades) since it departed.

After its conclusion we were treated to a further two SG1 movies, the five season run of Stargate Atlantis and the two season catastrophe that was Stargate Universe. Still ruminating on a cliff-hanger that one, and who doesn’t love that?

Since then, fans have been chomping at the bit for more content. Show runners Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner have been trying to breathe life into the franchise with a reboot of the original movie with enough failed starts and stalls to rival NASA’s launch program. But now, we have arrived: Origins.

Stargate Origins
Will Stargate Origins join the already successful franchise? Source: redcarpetrefs.com

Plot

The series, announced earlier this year at Comic-Con, is set up as a prequel to everything we’ve seen thus far. It will focus on the character Catherine Langford, who fans may remember as the daughter of the man who originally discovered the Stargate in Giza, and who dedicated her life to solving its mysteries.

She featured in the original film, and popped up infrequently in SG1. Specific details about the project are as vague as Yoda trying to write an advice column, but we can glean a little from the IMDB released summary. It hints at an ‘unexpected adventure’ in order to ‘save the Earth from darkness’.

Format

For those looking for a new series that features the same format we’ve come to know and love, get prepared for a disappointment greater than that time you watched Stargate Universe.

The series will spread across ten webisodes, but will only run for around ten minutes a pop. This means the whole show is more like an hour and a half long movie given to us in irritatingly tiny spoonfuls.

It will also be featured on the brand new streaming service Stargate Command. The service will have paid and unpaid content (presumably ad-free watching if you fork out) and will be available internationally. All past Stargate content will be available through the service, which means they’re likely pulling their shows from other services like Stan. So get binging while you can, unless you’re like me and own every single one on DVD.

However, early information has stated that Stargate Origins will be ‘affected by viewers’ through the streaming service – whatever the hell that means. But now that they have their own streaming service, it means that the success of this series could pave the way for more origin stories or tandem shows.

Cast

Cast details are still in the early stages of reveal, with a full set of actors and very few characters. There will be no spoilers here. This, however, is what we do know.

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Ellie Gall will star as Catherine Langfield. Source: darkhorizons.com

Ellie Gall will play the series’ protagonist Catherine Langford. She hasn’t been on the scene long, but is best known for her roles in Puberty Blues, A Place to Call Home and A Midsummer’s Nightmare.

Stargate Origins cast
Conner Trinneer will star as Professor Langfield, Source: redshirtsalwaysdie.com

As the esteemed Professor Langford (Catherine’s father, and the man who discovered the Stargate) we have Connor Trinneer. Fans of Atlantis welcome back a familiar face, as Connor played the human-wraith hybrid character ‘Michael’ for some time. He is also known for his roles in Star Trek: Enterprise and American Made.

The rest of the cast are thus far unattached to characters, but we can assume – judging by the ages of a lot of them – they’re taking a more youthful approach to the series. Other cast members include Salme Azizi, Philip Alexander, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Daniel Rashid, Sarah Navratil, Shvan Aladdin, Tonatiuh Elizarraraz, Derek Chariton, Justin Michael Terry and Lincoln Werner Hoppe.

Theories

Because the show will be joining the existing canon, not rebooting it, there is much discussion over how the characters will interact with the legacy of the Stargate.

  • The show could potentially revisit one of the existing plots from SG1, as the gate had been experimented upon and opened a few times before the first film. One example of this is in the early stages of researching the gate when Ernest Littlefield (Catherine’s boyfriend) disappeared through the Stargate, not to be seen for fifty-two years.
  • The initial description of the show talks about Catherine fighting off a ‘darkness’, which means it would either have to come from where the gate was buried, or from through the gate. The idea of some kind of trap or hidden source of darkness has been parried about, and lines up with the idea that some artefacts were left behind on Earth.
  • It could focus on the journey of the Stargate from its home in Giza to America aboard the ship.
  • Potentially they could give time-travel another go, though this story has been done to death many, many times in the show’s history. There are suggestions that the show could, however, cross over with and potentially cameo with characters who went back in time during other series.

Whatever the case, arguably one of their biggest tasks will be explaining and justifying how and why Catherine is ignorant of gate travel once time catches up with the first movie. All I can say is, better not be memory-modification-ex-machina.

Stargate Origins will be directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan, an up-and-coming director whose work on Virtual Morality, FANtasies and Antidote 15 has piqued the interest of MGM studios executives. Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry (who is also on the cast list) are onboard as writers. Filming has already begun and release is currently slated for a fall 2017 release – or sometime this spring for Australians.

The series looks to have some potential, but is manned by a cast and crew of relative unknowns. Whether this will be the refreshing reboot the franchise needs, or the shiny new nail in its coffin is yet to be seen. I for one, will definitely be watching.

Looking for other excellent TV programming? Check out this article on Marvel’s The Punisher, or check out the first look at The Orville.

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