90s and 2000s sci-fi fans might be delighted or horrified to learn that MGM is making a new Stargte animated series. The news came out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The original show, based on the Roland Emmerich movie that wasn’t Independence Day, ran from 1997-2007.
The star bound adventures of Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, and Michael Shanks had a cult following that earned the show three spinoffs and several direct-to-video films. Although it was a little too caught up in its lore at times (and seriously, “Goa’uld” does not roll off the tongue), the franchise always offered up solid sci-fi plotlines with a military angle.
The new animated series, Stargate: Origins, follows the original discovery of the Stargate in the 1920s. Archaeologist Catherine Langford, who figured prominently in the backstory of the original series, travels to distant planets in order to save Earth from impending invasion.
Sadly, this is just a web series at the moment. Similar to Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, each episode will be quite short at 10 minutes long. They’ll air exclusively on MGM’s new Stargate Command website, which is (somewhat bizarrely) intended as a new hub for all things Stargate.
This is the first new “thing Stargate” since Stargate: Universe went off the air in 2011. Is Stargate Command a sign that they’re hoping to revive the franchise?
Stargate: Origins won’t be the first Stargate animated series. Stargate Infinity ran from 2002-2003, and featured a futuristic take on the setting. It took place 30 years after the original series, with a new generation of recruits on the run from a new alien threat. It was later rendered non-canon by Stargate: Atlantis, but it was still a fun ride.
Anyway, look for Stargate: Origins on a computer screen near you. No firm release date yet, and no voice cast. There is, however, a trailer.