Being a huge Stargate SG-1 fan, it was quite an honor to have the opportunity to attend the premiere of the upcoming direct to DVD movie Stargate: Continuum. I’m still enough of a fanboy to geek out at the opportunity to meet the actors from one of my all time favorite TV series… PLUS I’m happy to report that the movie was excellent! Far better than the previous SG-1 DVD film Stargate: The Ark of Truth.
This was our first “red carpet” event and although the press was pretty crammed together, we had the opportunity to chat with some folks from PopCultureShock.com and they were very cool. You can thanks Screen Rant contributor Bruce Simmons for all the great pictures from the event, BTW.
The red carpet event was held on the deck of a retired aircraft carrier, the Midway – and the film was shown on a huge outdoor screen just after the sun had set.
I could think of worse ways to spend an evening.
Truth be told I was jazzed just to be there and hadn’t really thought up any decent questions to ask, but I figured something would come to me as each person came by. I think my best question was asked of writer/director/producer Martin Wood. Since Martin directed the episode I asked him the very important question: Will the giant wrench be making an appearance in the film?
Sadly, he said, the wrench has vanished from the lot, so no… Stargate SG-1 fans will know exactly what I’m talking about.
The first person I had a chance to speak to was the man: Richard Dean Anderson. He’s just a genuinely funny and warm guy. Not thinking of any Stargate-related questions, I asked him whether he was considering or had been approached regarding a new MacGuyver movie. He stated that he HAD been approached a while ago, but he thinks that the character is best left behind and was a great fit for the time period in which it aired. We also joked about the mullet he wore back then and he said he didn’t think he could even grow it back if he tried.
Cliff Simon who played Ba’al in the series and in this film was on hand – Didn’t ask him a question, just enjoyed being around the guy. He talked about how great it is to live in the U.S. with the opportunity for success.
Here I am chatting with Ben Browder – the man is very gregarious and answered the question that the woman to my left asked EVERY single person “How do you feel about this going straight to DVD?” with a “Hmm, it doesn’t matter to me – I’m ok with it.” She was actually quite annoying… not her fault I suppose. She was sent there by some publication, knew nothing about the show and decided on this one single question to ask every single person. Yeesh.
Ah… Amanda Tapping. Yes, she is every bit as cute in person as she is on the show. Her goofy personality was in evidence and it was almost jarring to witness such a comedic personality coming from such a beautiful woman. I asked her about the upcoming Sci-Fi Channel series Sanctuary and why it had been changed from a web-based series to a TV series. She said that she actually would have preferred that it saty on the web due to the interactivity with the fans, but it just wasn’t financially viable. Also, the budget for the series will now be higher and they’ll be able to do more visual effects-wise.
I didn’t get a chance to talk to the rest of the cast, but here are a few more pictures from the event for your pleasure.
Christopher Judge, who laughed all the way through the line.
Beau Bridges chatting with the press.
Another pic of Ben Browder.
Michael Shanks answering a question on the red carpet.
Screen Rant photographer/contributer Bruce Simmons.
A look at the USS Midway as we came upon it.
There I am making my way to the flight deck.
Oh, and the movie was excellent – great topper to a great evening.
Stargate Continuum will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 29th.