I recently played a “Stargate Scenario” in paintball hosted by my friend Mark at ThePaintballProfessor, and was reminded how much Stargate has permeated our culture.
Some of the most popular science fiction shows took our world by storm. From Battlestar Galactica to Stargate, popular culture has been forever changed by the values and lessons that we have learned from these shows. Stargate is a film that has inspired quite a cult following. The franchise began as a film in 1994 and from then spawned books, comics, games, and three different television series.
Stargate takes the ideas of an Egyptian myth and turns it into a science fiction show that tests the ideas of time and space travel while still uses bits and pieces of the lore of the Egyptian myths. It has quite a few million dedicated fans that were heart broken when the shows were cancelled. This is one of the most popular franchises in science fiction history and the television show was on for longer than any other science fiction show in North American history.
With rumors constantly swirling around about a possible film version of the three series coming out, fans were truly excited. These rumors however, seem to have only been just that. Many of the fans are still patiently waiting for this alleged film release. Although, many science fiction websites have suggested that the Stargate story will begin again with a new television series to be released that will start at the very beginning of the legend. Fans keep holding on to that idea in hopes that they will see their favorite characters on the screen again.
All of these ideas can also be seen in popular culture. With the great amount of fans of Stargate, we can see examples of Stargate everywhere. One of the most recent examples of Stargate showing up in popular culture is on the television show, the Big Bang Theory. The characters on the show are science fiction fans to the fullest. They are constantly talking about shows like Battlestar and Stargate and at least once an episode one of the characters will mention these shows in reference to real life situations. The characters also use different characters from the show as references and one would say it is a hard show to watch unless you are a fan of Stargate and other science fiction shows.
There are many references to September 11th in a few episodes of Stargate and books have even been written about these references in popular culture. One of those books, “September 11 in Popular Culture: A Guide” lists many science fiction shows and how they took on the tragedy of September 11th. Stargate and Battlestar Galactica both took on the rulers and government on the shows and put their own little twist on them as a dedication to September 11th.
Stargate is always in the press and still seen as a very prominent force at comic conventions today. At pretty much any of these conventions, you can find fans dressing up as their favorite characters and members of the show and movie appearing on panels for fans to interview and chat with. This show has put its name in popular culture and will be around for a long time to follow.