Stargate (Stylised as STARGᐰTE) is a science fiction media franchise based on the film written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich.
The franchise is based on the idea of an alien Einstein–Rosen bridge device (the Stargate) that enables nearly instantaneous travel across the cosmos.
The franchise began with the film Stargate, released on 28 October 1994, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco, which grossed US$197 million worldwide.
In 1997, Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner created a television series titled Stargate SG-1 as a sequel to the film. This show was joined by Stargate Atlantis in 2004, Stargate Universe in 2009, and a prequel web series, Stargate Origins, in 2018.
Also consistent with the same story are a variety of books, video games and comic books, as well as the direct-to-DVD movies Stargate: Children of the Gods, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, and Stargate: Continuum, which concluded the first television show after 10 seasons.
In 2011, Stargate Universe, the last Stargate programme on television, ended its run. Brad Wright announced that there were no more plans to continue the same story in further productions.
In 2016, comic publisher American Mythology acquired the rights to publish new Stargate Atlantis stories set within the established franchise canon. This was expanded in 2017 to include new Stargate Universe comics as well, resolving the cliffhanger that ended the show.
The predominant story arc thus ran for more than 15 years, including 18 seasons (364 episodes) of programming, and 22 comic book issues as of January 2020. However, a variety of other media either ignore this main continuity or resets it, while maintaining essential elements that define the franchise (mainly, the inclusion of a Stargate device). These include the 2002 animated series Stargate Infinity.
In 2017, the franchise was revived with the announcement of a new prequel web series, Stargate Origins. Episodes premiered on a central “fan hub” for the franchise called Stargate Command, with a first season of ten 10-minute episodes.
Stargate TV Series
- Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007).
- In 1997, Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright co-developed Stargate SG-1, a television series intended to continue the story laid down by the original film.
- Although new actors were cast, several roles from the film were reprised, including the main characters Daniel Jackson and Jack O’Neill (which was re-spelled to include an extra “L”).
- The Stargate Command setting was transferred from a fictional military facility located in Creek Mountain, to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex.
- Other variations and differences between the original film and SG-1 mostly concern the location of the planet Abydos, the alien Ra, the race of Ra’s underlings (Jaffa), and Stargate travel.
- Stargate: Infinity (2002-2003).
- Stargate Infinity is an American animated science fiction television series created by Eric Lewald and Michael Maliani as a spin-off from its sister show, Stargate SG-1.
- The story arc in Infinity is set 30 years into the future and follows Gus Bonner and his team.
- Bonner’s team was created after he was framed for a crime he did not commit. He escaped from Stargate Command (SGC) after the hostile alien race Tlak’kahn attacked the SGC to find the chrysalis. Together with his team he escapes through the Stargate with the chrysalis.
- From that point forward they go from planet to planet until they find the evidence to clear their names while learning about the unique cultures in the galaxy, so that they can one day return to Earth.
- The story arc was never resolved because of low viewership ratings and the show was cancelled in 2003.
- Stargate Infinity premiered in September 2002 as part of 4Kids Entertainment’s FOX BOX Saturday morning line-up on FOX and went off the air in June 2003.
- Due to its lack of popularity the show is almost completely unrecognised.
- The series was cancelled before any of its story arcs could be resolved.
- The show was of low budget, which was constantly noted by the media.
- DIC Entertainment released a 4-episode DVD on 07 October 2003 in Region 1. MGM Home Entertainment released a five disc season box set on 13 August 2007 in region 2.
- Shout! Factory, a company known for releasing cult animated series, acquired the rights to the show and released the entire series to DVD on 13 May 2008 in Region 1.
- As of 2009, there is yet to come a release of Stargate Infinity package in Region 4, namely Oceania and Latin America.
- The writers and producers of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe and the main canon of the Stargate franchise were not involved with Infinity, and neither MGM, the production teams nor the fans of Stargate consider Infinity to be an official part of the Stargate universe.
- According to Stargate SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright, the animated series should not be considered official Stargate canon. Commenting on it, he stated, “I don’t have a problem with it. I’m just not involved.”
- Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2009).
- The Stargate Atlantis series follows the adventures of the “Atlantis expedition”, a combination of military forces and civilian scientists that travel to the Pegasus Galaxy in search of the Lost City of Atlantis, left behind by the most powerful race known to ever have lived, referred to as the Ancients, also known as Lanteans and Alterans.
- The finding of the city had been a plot arc for most of SG-1’s Season 7, and the Ancients themselves had been a long-running facet of the SG-1 setting.
- Arriving at the City, the expedition discovers Atlantis rests at the bottom of an ocean, protected by shields keeping the City habitable.
- As the Atlantis Expedition Team explores the myriad corridors and equipment, they quickly drain the already nearly depleted power source (known as a ZPM) allowing the shields to hold and Atlantis remain watertight.
- As an emergency default “programme”, Atlantis detects this sudden power drop, activates a failsafe, the City surfaces, and appears as an island in the middle of an ocean.
- Stargate: Universe (2009-2011).
- Stargate Universe is the third live-action Stargate series, and premiered on 02 October 2009.
- The series was pitched to the Sci Fi Channel in the fall of 2007, just before the writer’s strike – which put a hold on the project.
- “The pitch was received very well,” according to Stargate Atlantis co-creator Brad Wright. Sci Fi Channel ordered Universe after announcing the cancellation of Stargate Atlantis.
- Syfy announced on 16 December 2010 that they would not pick the show up for a third season.
- The final episode aired 09 May 2011.
- After the events of Stargate Atlantis, research into the Stargate’s 9th and final chevron leads to an expedition being stranded several billion light years from earth on board an Ancient ship called Destiny which has been travelling through the universe unmanned for millions of years.
- The show follows the crew as they struggle to survive on board Destiny with no apparent way home.
- The show was intended to have a darker tone than its predecessors and delve more into the humanity of the characters and their relationships with each other.
- Stargate: Origins (2018).
- In July 2017, a web series called Stargate Origins was announced at a San Diego Comic Con Panel celebrating the franchise’s 20th anniversary.
- It focuses on the character of Catherine Langford and is a prequel to both the television continuity and the original feature film.
- Shooting began in August 2017 and series premiered online at the Stargate Command website on 14 February 2018.
- The cast includes Ellie Gall as the young Catherine Langford, Connor Trinneer as Catherine’s father, Professor Paul Langford, Aylam Orian as Dr. Wilhelm Brücke, a high-ranking Nazi officer, Philip Alexander as Captain James Beal, British officer stationed in Egypt, and Shvan Aladdin as Wasif, a native Egyptian and a lieutenant in the British army.
Future TV Series
On 17 November 2016, Devlin told Empire Online that the plans to make a reboot and potential new series are stalled.
Production & Filming Details
- Creator(s): Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich.
- Original Work: Stargate (1994).
- Owner: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
- Release Date: 28 October 1994 (original film).
- Country: US.
- Language: English.