You know that “we come in peace” business? Bite me.’
Stargate SG-1 has, like a fine wine, matured over six seasons from a basic movie spin-off into the best science-fiction show on television. And one that includes, within its impressive arsenal of strengths, a sly and laconic humour – heavily pushed by the personality of its leading man and executive producer, Richard Dean Anderson.
The series is witty, inventive, surprising in all sorts of ways, and massively popular across the globe. It has tackled some very serious issues, but it’s also loads of fun – full of pithy dialogue and knowing winks to its audience.
In Beyond the Gate, an indispensable unofficial and unauthorised guide to the Stargate universe, acclaimed author Keith Topping breaks down each of the series’ first 100-plus episodes, analyses the elements and recurring themes that make it so popular, uncovers possible influences, acknowledges the moments when logic simply flies out of the window and provides trivia for use at dinner-parties and conventions.
Published 1 November 2002
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rockin’ Keith Topping is an extremely freelance journalist and author whose previous work includes co-editing two editions of The Guinness Book of Classic British TV. He’s also written numerous guides to television series as diverse as The X-Files, The Sweeney, Doctor Who and Roswell for Virgin Books. He’s responsible for four novels, (including the award-winning The Hollow Men), and a novella (Telos’s own Ghost Ship), the Stargate SG-1 guide Beyond the Gate, and the best-selling volumes Slayer, Hollywood Vampire and Inside Bartlet’s White House. He has contributed to numerous genre magazines, including TV Zone and Shivers, and is a former Contributing Editor of DreamWatch specialising in coverage of US television. Keith was born on Tyneside on the same day in 1963 that his beloved Newcastle United lost 3-2 at home to Northampton Town. Things haven’t improved much since. He regularly appears on local radio and also contributed to the BBC television series I Love the ’70s. His hobbies include socialising with friends, foreign travel, loud guitar-based pop music, trashy British horror movies of the ’60s and ’70s, football, comedy, murder and lots of other stuff.