Hello my fellow sci-fi fans.
Thank you for joining me last month as I paid homage to my other love, Poetry.
For the next several weeks, I will be doing a series on the movie and later multiple television series, tv movies and games for the phenomena which we know and love, called Stargate!
Gen. O’Neill: [smugly] My, this is an occasion. You know that bitter taste in your throat? It’s kind of wrapped around your uvula? That’s what’s left of your pride. — from Reckoning, Part 1 (Season 8, ep 16)
On October 28, 1994, this movie debuted in theaters which fused archaeology and alien technology to bring us a fresh perspective on the galaxies around us.
Written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, this new tale brought to the big screen some of the ideas put forth by Erich von Däniken, which stated that the pyramids of Egypt were not, in fact, created solely by the Ancient Egyptians, but by Aliens. von Däniken stated that the pyramids, Stonehenge and other ancient creations were so complex that they had to have been influenced by alien technology.
Very loosely based on the 1989 Twilight Zone episode The Wall, this tale stars Kurt Russell, (Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Backdraft) as Colonel Jack O’Neil and James Spader (The Blacklist, The Office, Boston Legal) as Dr. Daniel Jackson.
The movie tells the story of an ancient alien who visited earth thousands of years ago. This alien, looking for a way to prolong its life, stumbled upon our ancestors, enslaved them and took them to other worlds. Utilizing technology far advanced of our ancestors, the remaining humans of earth saw these aliens as gods and thus the Egyptian god Amen Ra (and all the others) was created.
After many centuries, the conveyance–the Stargate–that the alien used to take our people was found by archaeologists, and decades later activated. Soldiers and one scientist stepped through the gate to a world much like our own. And there, they found an alien menace more powerfully advanced than they could have imagined.
The movie grossed over $196,000,000 and while more serious than the SG-1 series, many reviewers found much of the plot inconsistent. An advanced alien race which purposed to enslave humans to do their bidding seemed inconsistent. However, if you really think about it, the Goa’uld, as they are known, were quite afraid of their human slaves. So, they did their level best to keep humans ignorant and subjugated. By not allowing humans to have advanced tech, the aliens thought they were assuring their continued reign.
Boy were they wrong. The later franchise series’ show that humans don’t back down from a fight. We fight back and we bring the pain.
Join me next week as we continue the journey through the Stargate. I will introduce you to the first series which premiered three years after the movie and the team which moved into our homes and hearts for 10 years–Stargate SG-1.