In our ongoing “That’s Entertainment” series, this time we take you back to somewhere over the worm hole with one of the best sci-fi movies to come out of the ‘90s, “STARGATE!”
The film premise takes us back in time to the Giza Plateau in 1928 where a monolithic structure from a time long forgotten was unearth. This 1994 movie is still fantastic and fun all these years later and explores the origins of modern-day humans.
Fast forward to 1994, where Egyptologist and linguist, Doctor Daniel Jackson (played by James Spader) is approached to decipher the language of the ancients straight from the stargate tablets. Jackson had an unpopular theory about the origins of mankind, this opportunity would prove his theories to be correct.
Jackson was able to decipher the language and fill in the dots to the “STARGATE” and the team would soon navigate the star charts. The ancients created this stargate that would create a wormhole that allows interstellar travel to other stargates in the universe. The military gets involved when they find that the stargate is connected to ancient Egyptians and aliens! Damn stuff just got real!
With the cast of Kurt Russell as (Colonel Jack O’Neil), John Diehl (Lieutenant Kawalsky), French Stewart (Lieutenant Ferretti), Viveca Lindfors (Catherine Langford), Jaye Davidson (Ra), Alexis Cruz (Skara), Mili Avital (Sha’uri), and more, the cast literally brings this epic film to life.
This film takes from earth to the stars where we confront our past and befriend people from the other side of the Milky Way Galaxy. These people turn out to be part of our own human ancestry. Being the good guys in this film (the humans), we help them free themselves from the grips of the evil God Ra! With stunning visual effects, artwork and that iconic music, Stargate is still fun and, in my opinion, holds up as a science fiction and action movie. It’s just some good fun, so give it a watch again (or for the first time).
The fandom this film created is unreal. The film itself was supposed to be the first part of a trilogy, but the follow ups didn’t happen. It did spin off to create the TV series “STARGATE SG-1” which also led to “STARGATE Infinity,” “STARGATE Atlantis,” and “STARGATE Universe.” There have been talks of series re-boots and maybe even a Stargate feature film, but nothing concrete just yet. For now, the future is not sunset on this dynasty. To look forward, we definitely need to look back to where it all started, I highly recommend checking out the film that started it all, “STARGATE!”