‘Stargate Origins’ Today

(Above: YouTube screenshot)

Stargate Origins, the fourth TV series in MGM’s venerable Stargate sci-fi franchise, debuts today on streamer Stargate Command.

This prequel, consisting of 10 episodes, each 10 minutes long, stars Ellie Gall as a young version of the character Catherine Langford, who “embarks on an unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save Earth from unimaginable darkness.” Langford was played by Viveca Lindfors in Stargate (1994), the movie that launched the franchise, and then by Elizabeth Hoffman in several episodes of Stargate SG-1, the first Stargate TV series (1997-2007).

Connor Trinneer plays Catherine’s father Paul Langford. Trinneer previously played Michael in Stargate Atlantis (2004-2009), the franchise’s second series.

Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and the third series Stargate Universe (2009-2011) ran originally on Showtime, Sci-Fi, and Sci-Fi’s successor SyFy. You can now see them all (nearly 400 episodes) on Stargate Command, along with Stargate and two movies originally released straight to video: Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum (both from 2008).

You get all this for a $20 “All Access Pass,” available at  stargatecommand.co and lasting through May 18, 2018. MGM has not said what will happen after that date.

You can see the first three episodes of Stargate Origins free, however, just for registering at stargatecommand.co.

Stargate newbies can also sample earlier portions of the franchise’s repertoire elsewhere to decide if it’s worth spending the 20 bucks.

Hulu subscribers can stream the three previous series in their entirety.

You can also see Stargate Atlantis for free Mondays through Thursdays at 11 pm ET/PT over Comet TV — which you can stream online, via Roku and Apple TV apps, or watch over-the-air (enter your zip code at comettv.com to find your local station).

Starz subscribers can stream the Stargate and Stargate: Continuum movies.

And Stargate: The Ark of Truth is available to subscribers of the Comic-Con HQ Amazon Prime add-on channel.

Finally, executive producer Brad Wright provides a franchise primer in this 2010 short video:

 

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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