A head-on view of the Earth Stargate,
as seen in Stargate SG-1.
|Creator(s)||Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright|
|Company||Showtime, Sci-Fi Channel|
|Run dates||July 27, 1997 - March 13, 2007|
|Genres||science fiction, action, fantasy|
|Country of origin||USA|
Stargate is a military science fiction franchise, initially conceived by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. The first film in the franchise was simply titled Stargate. It was originally released on October 28, 1994 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco, and became a worldwide hit grossing nearly US$200 million worldwide.
In 1997, Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright co-developed Stargate SG-1, a television series intended to continue the story laid down by the original film. Several roles from the film were reprised, including the main characters Daniel Jackson and Jack O'Neill. The Stargate Command setting is located in the Cheyenne Mountain military complex.
Stargate productions center on the premise of a "Stargate", a ring-shaped alien device that creates a wormhole enabling personal transportation to complementary devices located cosmic distances away. Under the control of the United States government, the Stargate discovered on Earth is kept a secret from the public.
Many ancient Earth mythologies are shown to be the result of aliens who had visited Earth posing as gods by using their technology to give the impression of deific power. While some of these aliens had benign intentions, a race later known in Stargate SG-1 as the "Goa'uld" used Stargates to move slaves from Ancient Egypt to other habitable planets, simultaneously being responsible for the Egyptian religion and culture. Following a successful rebellion, they fled Earth, and the Stargate was buried and forgotten until modern times, when the United States acquired it following an archaeological dig. Rediscovering the function of the Stargate, the galaxy is begotten as a source of knowledge, as well as threats, and the attention of the Goa'uld is drawn once more to Earth.
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article on Stargate.