Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Captain's Log Stargate 101607

Blogspace: The final frontier. These are the musings of a self-professed, unabashed Sci-Fi Fanatic boldly going where just about every man and woman has gone before but what the heck. A five year mission? We'll see. Maybe I'll make 5 months.

I thought it appropriate even fitting to kick off my very first post with classic lines from Star Trek's opening theme.


I am a collector of Stargate autograph cards among many other things. It is an insane passion and one that can be altogether expensive. Not only does it have an adverse affect on the bank account but it tends to affect the nerves and mind as well as one jockeys for position to win on ebay just prior to the end of an auction. Then comes those harrowing days praying for the safe arrival of said MINT card. We fear their journey through the massive, untrackable, unmerciful US Postal network. I actually like them generally speaking, but it's scary out there. We all simply sit back and pray the cards find their way.

In the meantime, this is one of my own personal classics, an official Richard Dean Anderson auto. His John Hancock was the first to grace the ongoing Stargate card series by Rittenhouse.

That's right, Richard Dean Anderson [MacGyver- though that show never really did it for me], the epitome of hero on Stargate SG-1. In fact, as much as I love Farscape's fantastic Ben Browder as a semi-Anderson replacement in Season 9 of Stargate SG-1, Anderson is still the MAN in that series in much the same way William Shatner was the MAN for Star Trek. The two men are the faces for their respective franchises [topics for another day perhaps].

Star Trek and Stargate respectively, clearly are the respected powerhouses of science fiction franchises as of this writing. We have not crossed those fragile lines of debate on the subtleties, nuances or even broad statements of fact as to which is clearly the better show. Obviously the success of Stargate Atlantis in the footsteps of SG-1 continues to prosper [sorry Spock] in much the same way Star Trek's many variations of its storied franchise prospered. So which science fiction program is better, Stargate or Star Trek and why? Let the debate begin.

Stay tuned for more from Musings Of A Sci-Fi Fanatic. We're just getting started.... indeed.

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6 comments:

Troi said...

as for the debate, i will only say that Star Trek opened the path to the stars for all the other shows! Kudos to Gene Roddenberry for the guts to get Star Trek on the air!!! and kudos to those early Trek fans with the mail crusade to the television gods....

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

Sweet! Okay, so in other words without Star Trek maybe there isn't a Stargate. Hard to argue against that. Now which is better based on substance.....we'd have to hold an all day conference.

bobc4012 said...

re: your poll.

You need to provide for more than just the 5 shows listed for your poll. My favorite show was Babylon 5. While I also rate StarTrek (Original Series - Deep Space Nine and Voyager - in that order) along with SG-1 and SG-A plus Farscape. There have also been numerous others.

Dorfus Dunkin said...

Glad I found this blog, must admit, the debate is a continuing never ending one which I think will continue for all eternity (seeing as there will always be fans of both shows....Trek and Gate will never die!)

I look forward to the ensuing debate/argument/hair wrenching 'trying to get your point across' views.

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

I have to admit, funny bobc4012 mentioned Babylon 5. I would completely agree. I had gone back to the poll to add that VERY show and was unable to add it since voting had already commenced. Sorry for the oversight and I will be sure to make those modifications next time around. Frak!

As for dorfus dunkin, I hope to provide some interesting commentary from an article from one of my favorite books in the next few weeks....stay tuned...

Troi said...

Congrats on Season 5!!! One would hope that the sci fi channel could recognize quality shows :o)