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Continuum Expands SG-1

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Brad Wright, writer and executive producer of Stargate: Continuum, told SCI FI Wire that making a Stargate feature film is very different from making series episodes. "We've done so many two-parters, you'd think it would be easy to just make it longer," said Wright, who spoke to SCI FI Wire following a press screening of the direct-to-DVD film in Vancouver, B.C., on May 14.

But a feature, Wright explained, has a very different structure.

"It's much more fun in some ways to do a movie, because the story can evolve the way it's supposed to. It doesn't have to owe anything to the episode before or the episode after. That was the fun part, to actually write a movie and not just a long episode."

Wright took that opportunity to have some fun and ran with it. Stargate: Continuum features the return of beloved series actors such as Richard Dean Anderson and Don S. Davis, as well as fan-favorite villain Ba'al, played by Cliff Simon. Fans of Claudia Black's Vala will see a whole new side of her character as well.

But perhaps the biggest difference is the chance to take a deeper look into the personalities of the main characters, made possible by the more luxurious running time. Even amid all the action, one of the film's highlights is a sequence in which Mitchell (Ben Browder), Carter (Amanda Tapping) and Jackson (Michael Shanks) return to an Earth where the entire Stargate project never happened.

In this timeline, Jackson's still a lone crank writing about pyramids, Carter was an astronaut who died in a shuttle accident and Mitchell never existed at all. The current government doesn't want to hear about restoring the timeline, as they're quite happy with the one they've got. And so the remaining members of SG-1 are retired and must struggle to adjust to new lives in a world that isn't their own.

The film includes a scene in which Carter goes shopping and Mitchell returns to a farm he visited as a boy. Wright said he couldn't have gotten away with such character drama in an SG-1 episode.

"[There] are things that I could type in an episode of television, but would be the first things to go once I got in the concept meeting because I just wouldn't have the schedule for it," he said. "That's time-eating material. You have to move a whole unit to a location and shoot what is ultimately three seconds or five seconds of film."

With more time and more resources to work with, Wright and the producers and cast of Stargate: Continuum have taken their world and characters in new directions. They've also pushed the envelope for what the Stargate franchise can do as MGM considers whether to do more movies or create a third series. Stargate: Continuum launches on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 29. --John Sullivan

Looks like Ark of Truth sold good enough for the second movie to get made. Sounds like this might be good.


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They actually went to Antarctica to film since Ba'al moved the Stargate there in the alternate time line. They end up walking along the tundra for a while before being saved by a Navy submarine. Great stuff! Interestingly, they weren't allowed to leave the camp without a specialist to defend them from the very territorial polar bears. As far as I know no polar bears were injured in the endeavor.


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This movie was pretty good. Just like Ark of Truth tied up the Ori plot line, Continuum tied up the remaining Ba'al plot line. This movie is a good end to the SG1 series as it finishes up pretty much all the remaining issues the series left open when it came to a (in my opinion) abrupt conclusion. The acting was great and I think this was a better movie than Ark of Truth.


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