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Stargate Reunion and A.I. Experiment | Companion Update 12

The road to a new Stargate series is a bumpy one, and a lot longer than co-creator Brad Wright probably envisaged when he put fingertip to key. First, there was Covid-19 turning the world into a Zoom-fixated ghost town, and then, more recently, MGM was purchased by Amazon. Obviously exciting times, but as a corporate acquisition survivor – it’s usually a period of intense restructuring as the new owners discover things aren’t as they imagined and it’s an entire person’s entire job to allocate parking spaces. Good luck with that guys.

All that’s to say giving us the new Stargate series we deserve is probably further down Amazon’s agenda than fans would like.

That’s where we come in.

So far Brad has caught up with SG-1 stars Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, and Michael Shanks for his Companion podcast, Brad Wright’s Conversations in Sci-Fi, and one theme has come to dominate. That’s right, his tremendous affection for Apple TV’s Ted Lasso. A close second, however, is the eagerness of his guests towards getting the old gang back together.

They also share our frustration at the lack of new Stargate. So Brad came up with a plan and announced it on Twitter…

As the chief says, we’re going to get a cutting-edge artificial intelligence to generate a new Stargate script, and then we’re going to ask the cast to perform it. It’s not canon, obviously, and it’s no substitute for a new show but it will see the stars in character, reading new material, for the first time in over a decade. If the script is surprisingly coherent, it’ll be amazing. If it’s incoherent, it’ll be hilarious.

Either way, it’s an event no Stargate fan can afford to miss.

We’re planning on livestreaming the performance in Fall 2021. The exact details – as well as the confirmed stars – to be revealed in due course.

To answer the question you haven’t asked yet: existing members – YOU – are guaranteed a place at the livestream performance. Of course you are, we love you more than we love even overly ambitious cast reunion projects incorporating artificial intelligence.

We Want You To Be Involved

This project needs a name right?! Let’s get the ball rolling in the comments below to see what we can all come up with.

Over the next few weeks, we will be providing regular updates on our progress with the A.I., the script, who is going to be involved from the cast, and fun behind-the-scenes stuff. Keep a lookout for a dedicated app feed too, this is where we can keep all the updates in one place.

Another way you can help us with this is simply by spreading the word. We’re working tirelessly to deliver the interviews, analysis, and podcasts that Stargate has been crying out for. Tell a friend, show them the Free Feed, and give them a nibble of what we do.

Something To Mark The Occasion

We are going to be producing a limited edition hand-numbered (by Ben with a gold pen) print of the final project’s Script Title Page. This, as well as any other reward or perk we reveal over the course of the project, will be available for existing members to buy. Would look ace up on the wall we reckon.

Look, we even did an Ikea catalogue-style mockup to prove it.

This is just the beginning folks, there’s much more to come and we’re going to keep you in the loop every step of the way.

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