Mar 222014

avatar2 SG1 return to the SGC unexpectedly but during their debriefing some of their knowledge of events is out of sync with what we know and then the gate is activated and another SG1 returns. Confusion is the order of the day until it dawns on the General that the first SG1 are not really “his” unit but the same people from another reality, this is made clear when more SG1 units begin to turn up a few with team members who have long since died in this reality.
Multiple Samantha Carters come up with a potential solution and our SG1 along with the first unit head out on the Prometheus towards the black hole they believe is at the root of the problems. Then the fun begins…

Face Off !

Face Off !

Ripple Effect was intended to be a bottle show making use of all the existing standing sets with limited expense on outside talent, as it turned out having Teryl and JR reprise their roles couldn’t have been cheap and there is no getting around the complexities of body doubles, split screen and the rapidly progressing motion control camera techniques for having multiple versions of the same character on screen at the same time. As it’s been said the story may have been sacrificed to the altar of technical achievement but if you believe that is the case then maybe the guest stars and yes the production quality more than makes up for it, this time. I’ll admit seeing Janet and Martouf again put a great big smile on my face and having the variants of SG1 using a lot of the older costumes and props were well worth the admission price. I’m not sold on Cameron in his undies but the dressed in black “bad” SG1 were fun and at the end of the day they were
doing pretty much exactly what any SG1 would do if their Earth was in danger.

Thank you to everyone that tweeted and posted on Facebook and Google+ over the last week, Epiphany didn’t set the groups on fire but no question that MALP on a Stick was well received. Kudos to Brad for once again recording a voicemail while on the road, always appreciated as is any feedback in any form especially ratings and reviews over on itunes and Stitcher. This weeks promo is for The Sci-Fi Movie podcast and next week we return to Atlantis for the episode Critical Mass.



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Sep 152012

 Stargate Command is still in shock over the events that occured on P3X-666 and even though SG team members, scientists and other personnel have been lost before both by accident and in combat this time one so close to the heart of the SGC has rocked the foundations. The cost in life is also being used by the NID through Woolsey to make their move against Hammonds Command. Emmett is still digging and looking for the truth behind the events offworld and he learns there was a death and one witness indicates O’Neill was brought back unmoving on a litter with Carter visible shaken. Daniel he learns has a recording of the events and through both reasoned argument and impassioned pleas gains access to the footage but is then as shocked as most viewers would be with the events as they play out. Ultimately the documentary is produced and presented to Hammond who complements Emmett on a job well done, it may never see the light of day but chronicles a time when the SGC suffered but pulled together through bonds of family, duty and loyalty.

A solemn as the unmarked grave

The second episode in the Heroes two parter is far slower paced relying just as much on speeches and one on one dialogue to tell it’s story as the first part revolved around some good location set pieces. What really adds the icing to the wonderful dialogue is one the best battle sequences filmed for the show shown after the events which transpired in the first episode. All the cast excel but Saul easily stakes his claim as the most impressive guest performance on the show and is the key element to this story working, everyone else works around his characters actions and motivations. It was certainly a ballsy move by Rob C Cooper to write this epsiode and also from other producers and the studio to allow the two parter to be made, the result is some of the finest Stargate ever made.

Sit back and be amazed.

I really don’t think much more needs to be said, the events in the story have been experienced for the first time by every fan of Stargate SG1 each of which have had their own reactions to the story. Heroes Parts 1 & 2 are a truly magnificent piece of science fiction entertainment and were nominated for a Hugo award but it had some serious competion that year with the Lost pilot, Angel’s “Smile Time” and the winner being BSG’s “33”.

Many thanks to Dan for his voicemail and don’t forget to vote in the season 7 poll.




Sep 082012

 Through an executive order from the oval office the Airforce have been forced to open up the doors of the SGC to a film crew who will document the day to day operations and provide a third party overview of the project for use as and when the Stargate programme becomes public knowledge. The General knowing this is just as much about the current President trying to tag his name to and ultimately share the limelight when the secret is revealed is playing along but only to the written wording of his orders. The result is that some of the SGC personnel are willing to talk candidly while others stonewall the film make Emmett Bregman and his airforce assigned film crew but events conspire to give him a glimpse of the true reality of day to say operations at the edge of the known and unknown universe.

Trust me I am a journalist..

Heroes was originally intended to be a single bottle show episode but the addition of some high value location scenes and a monumental battle sequence gave us this two parter considered by many to be a flagship production both infront and behind the camera. Saul Rubinek really gets a work out bringing his character to life playing against existing characters we know and love with at Amanda, Janet and Michael getting the most out of the interaction which when you think about it are the three characters most open while Don gets to play the General to the max dancing around his orders. RDA and Christopher are it seems both having fun taking their roles up a notch as Teal’c is stoic as ever and Jack showing his displeasure and irritation with the film crew and those that tag along like Senator Kinsey.

Obsessive Finger Pointing Disorder

We have a guest host this week, Helen a friend of Alan’s who has only recently joined the Stargate family thanks to her fella. We also had some audio feedback from Dan which is fantastic and I’ve included a small review of the Big Finish SG1 audio drama “Gift of the Gods”. The promo this week is from the Scaper Chronicles and it’s no surprise that next week we’ll be covering Heroes Part 2 the conclusion to this story so be prepared with the tissues:)
The Gatecast website and RSS feed are stable and again submission to itunes is being held unto Alan is back from his holiday in the states, the season 7 poll is still active and ticking along nicely but if you haven’t voted then please do us, results are for the wrap up show.





Jul 232011

  Dr Fraisers adopted daughter the “alien” Cassandra is celebrating her birthday but has adapted to human female teen traits and wants to spend more time with her friends and her fella. That special kiss on the front porch however goes awry and she ends up unconscious along with exploding light bulbs, mighty fine kisser that boy will become. Anyhow back at the SGC the team explore the possibility that her planet holds the key and they do indeed find a mysterious and hidden lab in the forest which leads to a discovery that becomes a minor part of the mythology of the Goauld.

Ikea’s new range

It’s always tricky to have a teenager in this type of show and balance an interesting character with all the stereotypes you may expect from such a person and they just about pull it off. The big plus point for this episode is the callback of Cassie and her continued life with Janet so that strengthens the appeal of the Doctor as a series regular. The second benefit is to tie together another System Lords antics with the long term goals of the SGC which opens up more extensions to this storyline, always a good thing.

All in all Rite Of Passage is a fairly good episode, it lacks a little in the script department and has a lot of scenes which rely purely on the onscreen action (or even lack thereof) with just the soundtrack but it did go by quickly which speaks volumes.

That’s a big one!