In 1994, James Spader Entertainment Weekly revealed that his new movie was just awful, and that kind of interested me.
He goes on to say that it’s not the type of film he would ever see personally and that he decided primarily to shoot in the Arizona desert.
Little did Spader know that he would also endorse a major sci-fi franchise.
Though not exactly words that you want the star of your new film to say on promotional tours, Spader had a point.
Roland Emmerich (who also directed) and Dean Devlin is awful, riddled with cliches about the bad scientists and the white people who saved.
It is a movie that shows all the ridiculous excess of the blockbuster film of the 1990s, but offers ideas that promises enough to spawn over fifteen years and 300 episodes of content.
But before diving into the show, there is still a chance to see Stargate on Hulu before it departs on September 30.
What do we do here? Guy, what are we doing here?
Stargate is in some sense about the stargate.
The linguistic translator Daniel Jackson (Spader) is brought in for a secret military discovery: an ancient Egyptian structure that resembles a traveler.
This is a great point.
Travel is one of the foundations of society exchange and sudden travel to a distant part of the universe provides mystery, promise and the challenge of the total unknown.
It’s possible this is an idea suitable for a TV show that can explore various regions and how this new form of travel affects people.
It’s what worked for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Stargate: SG-1 which was able to investigate the rise and fall of races like Goa ‘uld and Orio.
The Richard Kind episode of Stargate: Atlantis is able to name a strange character and learn what makes him tick.
Stargate does not offer any of these charms.
Instead, Jackson is paired with a rather aggressive Kurt Russell, a military commander with a buzz cutter straight out of Street Fighter.
Russel’s only thought about Jack O’Neill is that his son accidentally killed himself – and that’s a wealth of information compared to what the audience learned about his mostly anonymous soldiers.
On Stargate’s soundtrack, Kurt Russell looked cool with a beret.
A portal to the other side of the universe is only as useful as what is on the other side of it.
What the soldiers and Jackon find is a pyramid, similar to Egypt, underneath three moons.
This picture looks very cool.
Jackson is happy because this confirms his theory that the ancient Egyptians weren’t the sole occupants of the ancient structures.
They also find human beings whom they learn have been forced by aliens there.
This new idea finds Stargate: what if the ancient Egyptian society, at its time magnificently advanced, was allowed to build and flourish on its own, uninterrupted by the Roman Empire, climate change, famine or that led to the collapse of Egypt’s Old Kingdom.
In that era, having been technic innovation, where did it go in the future?
But Stargate is not really interested in this experiment.
The pyramids were built by evil aliens, and the aliens control everything and ban writing and oppress every one of us.
It will be not until the U.S. military shows up.
Only then can revolution start.
Cool Special effects are not enough to make Stargate entertaining for today s audience, if it was a big hit in 1994.
However, the uncannyness of the film left space for the general comedy of the TV series, which turned out to be a much better use of the concept.
Stargate is the beginning of a story demonstrating how a movie concept can be twisted every way until it finds a setup that works.
Stargate plays online on Hulu until 30 September.