Jun 222013
 

avatar2 After the discovery of three Wraith Hive ships heading towards Atlantis the expedition sends
out a jumper to intercept the fleet and to gather reconnaissance data in the hopes of finding
a weak spot. Of course the original Atlantians were unable to fight off the Wraith so there
is little hope for the survival for the city and it’s single ZPM but we humans are a stubborn
bunch and that may just save the day.
John and Teyla observe the Wraith fleet and are shocked to see the three huge hive ships
along with smaller cruisers and hundreds of darts engulf the planet and with the gate engaged
they are unable to escape and have to cloak and watch the planets people be culled.
Meanwhile back on Atlantis McKay has created a compression algorithm to allow the bulk
of the discovered Atlantian database to be sent back through a 1.3 second duration
wormhole and just as importantly personal messages to friends and family. We see a number
of personnel record messages, some formal, some casual, some full of themselves but they
all open up the respective characters.
When John and Teyla return to Atlantis with a handful of survivors the final task is for John
to record the message about the death of Colonel Sumner and then the message is sent,
maybe the first and final call from Pegasus to the Milky Way.

Party Time, Wraith Style

Party Time, Wraith Style

Letters from Pegasus combines the action and drama with the very dangerous covert mission
to observe the Wraith fleet with the talking heads fun and games back on Atlantis, for me there
is really no separating them in terms of quality and entertainment, both are excellent for very
different reasons. It was interesting to see the military aspect of John’s training come out when
it came to choosing between saving Orin and his family and reporting back but Teyla wasn’t
made at him too long. It was also fun watching everyone record their messages especially
Kavannagh who still has not forgotten being dressed down by Weir and maybe McKay after
all he posturing offer up a simple message to his sister about the value of family.

So Close...

So Close…

We got a little Facebook feedback and some twitter interaction during recording of which we
are thankful for, the same for Jeff who joined us for this episode. The audio quality is a bit
hit and miss as volume levels were variable and it picked up a little echo on occasion. This weeks
promo is from The Saturday B Movie Reel and next week we are back with part two of the
Stargate SG1 episode Reckoning.

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Mar 162013
 

avatar2 A mist shrouded world may hold the key to gating back to Earth from the Pegasus Galaxy, it’s risky as the one and only control crystal will have to be used but McKay is convinced it will work but then again how often does he doubt his own abilities.  When the wormhole is established the SGC reveals that the Prometheus is being fitted with an Asgard hyperdrive engine which will allow a swift return to Atlantis when required so the decision is made to return and report on the expedition and the threat of the Wraith.

Sir!

Sir!

Home is a well told story with a twist in the tail and on rewatching the clues are all there but how many of us on first viewing picked up on them and realised what was going on, of course the first is the presence of General Hammond, granted as part of homeworld security he has the right to debrief them but alarm bells should have been ringing. The various tales weaving around the core story provide some character development for Weir, Sheppard, Teyla and McKay not so much Ford so even though the episode is standalone we do get something out of it not least the one and only visit to Atlantis for Don S. Davis and Garwin Sanford returning to the Stargate family.

He looks familiar

He looks familiar

Next week we are thrown back into the Trust storyline in the SG1 episode “Endgame” with plenty of action and intrigue. This weeks featured promo is from Hexed and as always many thanks for the support, feedback and simple chat on the various social media portals the Gatecast is carried on (Facebook, G+, Twitter, Itunes, Stitcher). We would love to hear from you so by all means make use of the contact forms on this site or any of the listed social sites we are currently using, twitter seems by far to be the most popular means but Facebook is the more verbose as you would expect.

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Jan 262013
 

avatar2 The virtual reality chair from the planet of the Gamekeeper has been developed to provide a total immersion combat simulator for SGC personnel but when given to Tealc to test he is unimpressed, it’s all too easy to defeat so it is back to the drawing board and the programme is tweaked and it becomes all too real to such an extent that the computer believes he would never surrender and thus he can never leave the game until all the enemies are defeated.

Yes we’ve all had games like that, they get deleted pretty quickly.

We’ve got to say that the stunt teams, pyro and weapon masters really went to town in this episode, the action is fast and furious with everything looking spectacular, no short changing with CGI bullets etc in this show. Teal’c motivations and inner doubts are exploited and examined which does beg the question when he truly believed that the Jaffa could over come their Lords, quite late in the game it seems at least according to the computer when keeps racking up the bad guys with Kull, Gou’ald and even mixing in cloaking tech and infiltration. It’s also entertaining to see Teal’c getting killed in many many ways but also the rest of SG1 and the SGC getting mowed down sometimes very cheaply. Bill Dow had a good role in the episode as the harried Dr Lee and a good guest spot for Andrew Airlie playing a specialist brought in to over see Teal’c as his mind and body are put through the shredder.

Somedays you should have stayed in bed.

Some days you should have stayed in bed.

Behind You!!!

Behind You!!!

We did have some audio issues this week, the raw wav file was missing some of it’s left channel which meant filling gaps with a lower quality mp3 and new audio, hope it’s not too bad for you all.

This weeks promo is from Flash Pulp a podcast responsible for original audio drama published multiple times per week with a very healthy online community and next week we return to Atlantis for the episode “Childhoods End”. If you want to get in touch with us then we have a presence on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter as well as this dedicated website and listings on Stitcher and Itunes plus the good old fashioned email which Brad once again made use of to send us some voice mail.

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Oct 062012
 

  A new President in the White House requires an ultra top secret briefing from the Joint Chiefs. President Hayes who has been elected along with Vice President Kinsey is read into the secret of Stargate Command and despite at first thinking he is having his leg pulled handles the revleations and pressures from vested interests very well. Kinsey with his lacky Woolsey attempts to spin the recent investigation their way citing numerous incidents pulled from the mission reports but the SGC have their own champions.

Inauguration is a clip show produced to save money which is required to fund the CGI budget of the season finale. In some cases this tends to provide us with a weak episode but a number of factors exist which makes this episode something of gem in an already strong season. This episode had it’s roots many years previously when the obvious need for a new commander in chief was first considered and this was an ideal time given that initially this was meant to be the last season of SG1 before becoming a feature. The biggest plus point for the episode is the casting of William Devane as the President, he plays the part magnificently and balances the wonder of learning of the Stargate as well as the determination required to handle the political aspects, we also have Robert Picardo back as Woolsey, James McDaniel as General Maynard and of course Ronny Cox spitting nails as Kinsey.

You’re kidding, right?

They really did pull a rabbit out of the hat with Inauguration, it could so easily have been a total lemon but turns into a very useful breathing space between the Heroes two parter and the Lost City two parter, it has humour, drama and top notch performances.

There’s no one there Richard…

This weeks promos are from Pulp Audio Weekly and The Scifi Diner and next week we’ll be covering the first part of the season finale “Lost City Part 1”, we are always interested in your thoughts on this and previous episodes as well Stargate and our show in general so keep in touch via the usual means.

On the news front the wesbite has been running on it’s new host for a week and seems stable which is good and we are also now back in the itunes store which is better, lots of people do rely on Apples methodology.

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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.

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Jul 192012
 

The new Stargate Command app is out now for the Apple devices via the usual methods, I got mine via the ipad app portal and it’s currently free which is fair since it’s still a basic product but has huge potential, loving it:)
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Jun 052010
 

Over riding the Iris a young boy steps through the gate and soon we learn he is not human but an envoy from a race called the Reetou and brings a dire warning. Faced with enemies they can not see the SGC call in help from the Tokra and prepare to battle for the future of the base and the world.

Show and Tell was a decent episode, the Reetou to me anyway seemed very Starship Troopers like which isn’t a bad thing as the CGI effects worked well enough. There was a lot of angst as Jack bonded with the boy who took the name of Jacks dead son and that emotional aspect didn’t seem out of place.

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