By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
There is something that happened back in 2012 that felt like a misstep we’re reliving all over again and that misstep was called Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. It was touted as a prequel film for a Battlestar Galactica reboot released as a webseries — but what it really was was a low budget, half-hearted attempt at continuing the franchise. It didn’t work out very well.
When it came to rebooting the Stargate series, it feels like MGM decided that this was the perfect template to follow with Stargate Origins. Unlike most streaming services, such as Netflix Originals or CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery, MGM decided that a webseries of shorter, ten minute episodes (which will almost certainly be packaged as a single 90 to 100 minute film) was the way to go. They released three episodes (now five episodes) of ten so far which gives us a good gauge as to what we can expect from the series… and it isn’t very good.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty, I should preface that I loved the movie when it came out and was a fan of Stargate SG1. I couldn’t stand Stargate Atlantis whlie Stargate Universe had some potential but felt like they were trying to be dark because Battlestar Galactica pulled it off so well. So I’m a fan of the franchise but not the biggest fan.
Stargate Origins makes me want to watch Stargate Atlantis. The franchise can be cheesy and they knew it which gave us some hilarious tongue in cheek episodes (Wormhole X-Treme, anyone?) and Origins seems to fit right in there. But the cheap production quality, terrible acting, and the flat attempts at humor really sinks the franchise. Catherine’s father’s fake moustache is something to behold and I can’t — for the life of me — figure out how it got past the costume department.
There was a scene where the actors were walking around and the loud sounds of footsteps on a wooden set was so distracting because I had to wonder if it was on purpose or that they couldn’t get ADR for the scene. There are floating lights where you can see the nylon string holding them. I don’t mind a cheesy, low budget sci-fi series but I want to be entertained by it rather than being so bored that I’m actively looking for the nylon string.
All of this is a complete shame because I really like the concept. Stargate in the 30s with Nazis sounds like a winner of an idea but the execution is lacking and the budget is non-existent. I can’t help but feel like MGM should have really given this series a serious shot rather than a half-hearted attempt. Especially since they expect fans to pay for it.
1 star out of 5 stars.