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SDCC 08: The Stargate Panels

First up for Stargate fans on Friday morning was the “Continuum” panel. “Present at the panel were Brad Wright, Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Michael Shanks, Ben Browder, Christopher Judge and Beau Bridges. The highlight of the panel was a moving video montage to the fallen general, Don S. Davis. It was evident that Davis was very much missed by the cast and crew of the show and the video was a very touching tribute to a very wonderful man. The big news of the panel was from Executive Producer Brad Wright, who announced that MGM has given the word to start on a story for next SG-1 movie. He added to this elation by revealing that a new spin-off series Stargate Universe is nearly a done deal. The rest of the panel was devoted to answering fan questions and also the very funny antics of Richard Dean Anderson. Anderson was very happy to be up in front of a Stargate crowd once again. Don’t forget to check out our coverage the the “Stargate Continuum” premiere by clicking here and check back Tuesday for our review of the DVD.

Next was the Stargate Worlds panel. We’ll have more about the upcoming MMORPG tomorrow as we’re getting a preview of the game with the developers where we’ll be able to get a lot more details. From the demo footage that was shown, it looks to be shaping up into a terrific game. One thing of note is that while the developers certainly plan on feeding off of characters and situations from the TV series, the producers of the show would also like events that are triggered in the game to pay off in episodes and/or DVD movies.

Lastly was the Stargate Atlantis panel. Taking the stage were Martin Gero, Jewel Staite, Robert Picardo, Joe Flanigan and Brad Wright. After the promotional reel for the new season of the show, the panel mainly consisted of a Question and Answer session. Jewel Staite revealed that her character, Dr. Keller will choose between Ronan and McKay as far as a steady love interest in an upcoming interest. Also, Robert Picardo talked about the possibility of his character, Woolsey, softening up a little during the course of the first few episodes of the fifth season. We were able to talk further about these two points with both of the actors after the panel as well have a chat with Joe Flanigan. Look for these conversations in the next few days. Also talked about was the fact that Atlantis has a lot of life left in it and won’t be going away anytime soon.

That’s all the big Stargate news out of San Diego. As mentioned, stayed tuned for our conversations with the Atlantis cast that were here as well as our interviews with Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne about their new show Sanctuary. Thanks to Bob Alpi for his assistance on this story.

SDCC 08: ‘Stargate Continuum’ World Premiere

Thursday night was the world premiere of the new Stargate SG-1 movie, “Continuum.” Not only was this the premiere, but it was held on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Midway. Things kicked off with a red carpet press junket with the cast, writer and director of “Continuum” and, of course, Pop Culture Zoo was there. In attendance was Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Ben Browder, Michael Shanks, Beau Bridges, Cliff Simon, Martin Wood, Brad Wright, Martin Gero, Jewel Stait, Robert Picardo, Lexa Doig and, from the upcoming “Stargate Worlds” MMORPG, Dan Elggren. Due to time considerations, we only got to talk to some of the cast, but it was very cool. By the way, this film really does deserve a big-scale premiere. The only reason it isn’t being released into theaters is because the makers of the original Stargate film have options for further sequels with a condition being that MGM can’t release anything Stargate related theatrically.

Anyway, back to the premiere, the first person up was Dan Elggren and I asked what could be expected from Stargate Worlds as far as what environments we could expect to see in the game. Dan replied that certainly we would see Stargate Command and worlds that were familiar from the show, but also new worlds that the game developers could create as fairly alien without the constraints of a television show budget.

Next was the ever-entertaining Richard Dean Anderson. Since Comic Con originally began as a comic book convention, I asked him who his favorite super-hero is. After taking a few moments to think about it, he answered Stewie Griffin, followed closely by Brian. Obviously, Rick has expanded his love of animated TV shows to include Family Guy.

I then asked Brad Wright how much enjoyed writing a script which included killing off all his main characters. He reminded me that he had already done that with the season four episode “2010,” but that is part of why you do a movie like “Continuum”, to make your characters go to the extreme of sacrificing themselves. He also said it was MGM’s decision whether or not to release the upcoming remastered and updated version of the Stargate SG-1 pilot episode will be released straight to DVD or included in the current syndication package.

Cliff Simon, aka Ba’al, was much less evil and much more charming in person. He talked to us about how happy he was to keep coming back on the show and the challenge of playing a room full of Ba’al clones. He also brought up the fact that all the characters he portrays are a part of him so it’s not that difficult when, for instance, there is a gap of time between appearances, getting back into the role. Cliff is currently working on writing and, hopefully, filming a biographical film on Charles Chapman, Jr., an amazing athlete who swims incredible distances using only the butterfly stroke. He also mentioned his motivational CDs, his work with the troops in Iraq and what a fantastic country the US is.

Then along came Christopher Judge. Chris is amazingly friendly and very funny. I asked him what he thought of seeing himself as an action figure and he said it was kind of a surreal as he leaves the character at work, so getting a box of actions figures of Teal’c is sometimes surprising. He said his youngest child thinks it’s cool, but his oldest children use it as fodder to heckle him. Chris relayed how it’s just amazing all that has happened to him because of Stargate over the last twelve and a half years and that it is gratifying to him that science-fiction shows are much more mainstream now instead of being thought of as a joke.

Lastly, and definitely not in any way least, was the one and only Ben Browder. I asked Ben the favorite super-hero question and that got him thinking. He said when he was a kid, it was Spider-Man and probably has become Batman lately, but that he would really rather be the Joker. He said his answer would be he would rather be a super-villian. He then did a fantastic imitation of Syndrome from “The Incredibles”, which he claims to be one of his top five favorite movies now.

And then the main event. There was a huge screen set up against the control tower on the flight deck with plenty of seats for everyone, plus popcorn and soda. The film itself is fantastic and extremely fun. We’ll have our review of it up on it’s release day, Tuesday the 29th. Suffice it to say, it played to the crowd as all present greatly enjoyed it. After the movie was over, things continued below on the hanger deck with a post-film party. The highlight of the party would have to be the flight simulators that were operational for attendees. These were fully enclosed simulators that rotate in full 360 degrees. I’m not sure who was doing the driving, but when Brad Wright and Richard Dean Anderson were in one of the simulators it was doing some pretty crazy things.

Of all the cool ways to see the premiere of a film, on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is most definitely near the top of the list. It was a stellar bash, and I want to thank MGM and Fox Home Video, as well as the cast and crew, for an amazing time. We’ll have more Stargate news from the panels for “Continuum”, Worlds and Atlantis on Friday, so check back throughout the day!


Click here to check out our photo gallery from the event.

Sci Fi Announces Summer Premieres

The SCI FI Channel has announced the summer premiere dates of four returning series, Sci Fi Wire reported today. The shows include Stargate Atlantis, Eureka, Ghost Hunters International and a new version of Scare Tactics.

Stargate Atlantis– a 20-episode fifth season begins July 11 at 10 p.m. Not only will this season introduce a powerful new race and feature the show’s 100th episode, but in an interesting twist Robert Picardo (as Richard Woolsey) will be taking command. As well, Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) returns for five episodes, while Amanda Tapping (Col. Samantha Carter) and Michael Shanks (“Stargate SG-1″‘s Daniel Jackson) will also appear as special guest stars this season.

Eureka – the show’s third season premieres July 29 at 9 p.m. This season digs deeper into the inner workings of Global Dynamics and will feature new characters, including Eva Thorne, aka “The Fixer” (Frances Fisher), whose mission will be to clean up Global Dynamics.

Ghost Hunters International – is returning with seven new episodes beginning July 9 at 9 p.m.

Scare Tactics – kicks off its third season on July 9 at 10 p.m. with two back-to-back episodes. This season Tracy Morgan (NBC’s 30 Rock) joins the show as host.