An alien similar to Ra appears out of the Stargate, killing five soldiers and kidnapping another, a year after the original Stargate mission. A new team is assembled, including some old ... See full summary »
Richard Dean Anderson,
In 1928, in Egypt, a strange device is found by an expedition. In the present days, the outcast linguist Dr. Daniel Jackson is invited by a mysterious woman to decipher an ancient hieroglyph in a military facility. Soon he finds that the device was developed by an advanced civilization and opens a portal to teletransport to another planet. Dr. Jackson is invited to join a military team under the command of Colonel Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil that will explore the new world. They find a land that recalls Egypt and humans in a primitive culture that worship and are slaves to Ra, the God of the Sun. But soon they discover the secret of the mysterious "stargate".Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The early pre-release screenings of the movie were disastrous. The percentage of the audience who liked the movie fell into the mid-30s, and Executive Producer Mario Kassar realized the main problem was that the plot made zero sense. His solution: have the Ra character's dialogue subtitled, and made into information that presented a clear storyline. When these changes were made, the subsequent test screenings produced an overwhelming majority of positive reviews, and this carried the movie into becoming one of the surprise hits of fall 1994. See more »
The premise is that the glyphs represent star constellations which are used as a kind of coordinate system. If that were so, then the problem on the other side would not be to find some tablets to help decipher the symbols. The actual problem would have been that the star constellations look completely different when seen from a different planet thousands of light-years away. In fact, with changes of magnitude, some stars might not be visible at all, while other stars form completely different constellations when watching the night sky from the remote planet. So you would have to observe the night sky until you found all the constellations used on the remote gate, but even if you identified them, you would have no clue where Earth was in that second coordinate system.
However the Ancients seem to have already taken this into account, with the stargate addresses being specific to each stargate (As Daniel points out when they see video of the other stargate from the probe footage "These markings are different. They don't match the symbols on our gate."). Therefore, all they would need is the cartouche on the Abados cover stones in order to have the location of Earth ... which they had, but what they DIDN'T have was the symbol for the point of origin, Abados (the pyramid with 3 moons).
With a one-to-one relationship, stargate addressing wasn't an issue with this movie, however it BECAME an issue when they made the movie into a TV series (SG1), with Abados having multiple addresses it could dial to. See more »
Stargate is a terrific movie that has produced 2 hit TV shows, conventions and fans from all over the world. This movie started it all. I found it in my Uncle's basement and decided to watch it. It has an interesting storyline tying in Ancient Egyptian Mythology to make it even more interesting. It's about a struggling archaeologist with strange ideas about the gods and rulers of Ancient Egypt. Only one person is willing to believe him, and recruits him for a translator. What they find is even more amazing than they expected.
It's a highly underrated movie, in my opinion it's better than most sci-fi movies and very interesting.
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