Gate Geek: Stargate Rewatch prewatch

In order to get over our depression celebrate the awesomeness that was Stargate (well, most of the time), GateWorld is starting up the Stargate Rewatch project in which the community works its way through every single Stargate episode as a group.

As a sort of practice run, they are doing a community viewing of the Stargate movie that started it all, this week.

So dry off your tear-soaked DVDs and start reliving the fun and agony that was Stargate with your fellow fans.

Hopes for Stargate movie gone

Stargate Creator and Executive Producer Brad Wright announced at Creation’s Stargate convention in Vancouver that attempts to finance ongoing movies for the franchise have fallen apart in the wake of the Stargate Universe cancellation.

Given the amount of time that this has been dragging out, it’s not entirely surprising, but still a little sad that the final decision has been made.

Still, you have to give props to a franchise  that lasted fifteen years and produced some truly iconic episodes of sci-fi brilliance out of a movie that didn’t exactly tear up the box office. And there is surely precedent for a franchise to be revived after time has rendered many nostalgic. (Can you say Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica, anyone?)

So dust off those DVD’s and give a salute to a great franchise. See you on the other side of the ‘Gate!

Gate Geek: Comings and goings

After 14 years, the much-beloved producer/writer/director Robert Cooper will be leaving the Stargate production house.  Cooper is responsible for the much-beloved episodes “200,” “Vegas” and “Unending;” to name just a few.

In other goings, the Official Stargate Magazine will be closing down in September.  (Its publisher, Titan, is the same company that puts out Star Wars Insider.)  Given the changes in the publishing world where fan magazines can’t pass on news anymore, this is kinda not surprising.

In happier news, fans of Richard Dean Anderson will be pleased to learn that he’s coming out of “retirement” (has he ever really stopped working?) for a recurring role on USA’s “Facing Kate.”

GateWorld declares “no more” for the haters

In a move long overdue for those Stargate fans who have long avoided the Wild West atmosphere of the GateWorld forums, founder Darren Sumner is making some changes.

  • The forums will be more distinctively split between series to better coral the fans of each.
  • Moderators will be less tolerant of disrespect and those who just appear to be wanting to pick fights to see how much they can get away with.
  • Some articles will not allow comments.

As someone who ran from those boards a long time ago because of this kind of behavior, I’m glad to see this move.  Here’s hoping it’s enforced well so that people who, oh, actually like the show, can gather with others who feel the same.

Bravo, Darren!