The Stargate franchise may be making a comeback, as the popular science fiction series now has its own digital platform, which launched on Wednesday. Stargate Command is the new home for the franchise, including its latest series, Stargate Origins.
The franchise started with the 1994 sci-fi film Stargate, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Kurt Russell. In 1997, the movie was reimagined as a TV series on Showtime as Stargate SG-1 for five seasons before making the move to the Sci-Fi Channel. The series, which lasted for 10 seasons, developed a loyal fan-following and spawned two movies, a short-lived animated series, and two spinoffs, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe. Atlantis ran for five seasons while Universe ended in 2011 after only two seasons.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Stargate SG-1, MGM announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that the franchise would receive another spinoff, Stargate Origins, which would air on a digital platform developed exclusively for the franchise. The platform, Stargate Command, is now available and features plenty of content for fans.
Stargate Command offers a free membership and an All Access paid membership. All members receive a newsletter, can access forums, polls, and quizzes, while All Access members will be able to view even more content, including "an incredible lineup of insider content and unprecedented access to the production of 'Stargate Origins.'" All-Access members can also stream new episodes of Stargate Origins, as well as episodes of Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, Universe, and the movies. The All-Access package has a one-time fee of $20 which will last until May 15, 2018.
Stargate Origins will consist of 10 episodes, with each episode lasting 10 minutes. The series will explore the beginnings of the Stargate program in 1928. The protagonist of the series is an established character from the franchise, Dr. Catherine Langford, the daughter of the man who discovered the Stargate. Stargate Origins will present to fans a much younger version of Langford as she tries to unlock the mystery of the Stargate in order to save Earth from "unimaginable darkness."
Stargate Command is available on iOS, Android, and online in the United States at stargatecommand.co. All Access will be available for purchase through app stores in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
More news on Stargate Origins is expected to be announced on Friday, September 22 on Stargate Command. The series will debut on the digital platform later this year.