We’re sad to report the passing of Cliff Simon, the actor who brought one of SG-1’s archenemies, Ba’al, to life.
Simon passed away in a kite boarding accident on March 9, 2021, in Topanga, California.
He was born September 7, 1962, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and began his acting career in 1991. His Stargate debut was in the Season 5 episode “Summit, Part 1” (2001) and he last appeared in the movie Continuum (2008).
Pay tribute to Simon in our comments below and share your favorite Cliff Simon/Ba’al moments with us.
Stargate SG-1 premiered to Showtime viewers on July 27, 1997! The show set a few records and gave its fans a decade of sci-fi enjoyment as they followed the adventures of Jack O’Neill and Daniel Jackson, joined by Samantha Carter and Teal’c, as they formed the first SG team and visited each Stargate address discovered by Daniel on Abydos.
It seemed just like yesterday, didn’t it? Did you catch the premiere or did you pick up the adventures when the show went into syndication? What were your favorite adventures? Does the show stand up to the test of time?
We’ve heard talks about a reboot or continuation of the original Stargate movie from Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin for several years, but now it appears that MGM will be going forward with it!
According to this article at Deadline Hollywood, Emmerich and Devlin stated, “The Stargate universe is one that we missed terribly, and we cannot wait to get going on imagining new adventures and situations for the trilogy. This story is very close to our hearts, and getting the chance to revisit this world is in many ways like a long lost child that has found its way back home.”
This new arrangement will not include Kurt Russell or James Spader as Col. Jack O’Neill and Daniel Jackson. Instead, MGM is teaming with Warner Bros. to produce a “re-imagined trilogy” based on the Stargate. Whether or not this includes Jack and Daniel, we can only speculate at this time, but the production’s goal is to introduce the franchise to a new generation. It would be hard to imagine Stargate without these two legendary characters.
As SG-1 fans we can celebrate the enduring attraction that is Stargate, but it will be hard to let go of our preconceived notions of who Jack and Daniel are and how the Stargate was discovered and used to take them on new adventures. How do you feel about the reboot of Stargate and who would you like to see portray Jack and Daniel?
Stargate star JASON MOMOA can be seen in the Sundance Channel’s The Red Road, scheduled to premiere February 27 at 9 PM (Eastern). It’s set in a small New Jersey town, where cultures collide. Momoa plays Phillip Kopus, an ex-con and Native American.
To Stargate SG-1 fans, he was the young Mitchell in the “young, hip SG-1 team” vignette in the iconic episode “200,” but guest star Cory Monteith made his mark as Finn Hudson in the hit musical show Glee. He was 31.
The actor was found at noon Saturday on the hotel’s 21st floor, Vancouver police said in a news conference. He checked into the hotel July 6, and was expected to check out Saturday. When Monteith missed his checkout time at noon, hotel staff went to his room and discovered his body.
Police said Monteith was with other people Friday night. An examination of hotel video footage showed him returning to his room alone early Saturday morning. Police believe he was alone when he died. No cause of death was given and no foul play is suspected, police said. Police are questioning the people he was with Friday night. It was unclear if he was with any Glee castmates or his longtime girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
We at Solutions extend our condolences to Monteith’s family and friends.
Stargate star MICHAEL SHANKS returns to our television screens tonight on CTV at 10PM ET with the Season 2 premiere of Saving Hope, “I Watch Death.”
Shanks was recently awarded Canada’s Leo Award for “Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series” for his portrayal of Dr. Charlie Harris, the former Chief of Surgery at Hope Zion Hospital. In the first season, Charlie spent his time in a coma after the taxi he and his fiance Dr. Alex Reid is hit hard at an intersection while en route to their wedding. While Alex tried everything she could to get him back, Charlie roamed the hospital in spirit form, caught between the living and the dead. He was able to see and talk with the spirits of other coma patients and the recently deceased and offered some kind of support in their journeys. At the end of the season, Charlie awoke, hoping to pick up where he left off and marry Alex, but he’s distracted by the realization that he can still see the spirits of the dead.
Season 2 will pick up a little while after the end of Season 1 in tonight’s premiere, described by The Examiner: “In the Season 2 premiere, entitled ‘I Watch Death’ (Tuesday, June 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV), Alex (Erica Durance) and Charlie (Michael Shanks) are caught in the middle of a shooting on their way to their first shift back at Hope Zion. It’s all hands on deck when the victims of the shooting end up at Hope Zee. In the midst of the commotion, Alex treats a bullied teenager and deals with her own emotions about everything that’s happened in the past year. Meanwhile, Charlie is caught off guard when he realizes that he’s still able to see the spirits of deceased patients. As well, new Chief of Surgery Joel (Daniel Gillies) works alongside Charlie’s ex-wife Dawn to perform an intense surgery.”
The original SG-1 team is back for another adventure! This time in Stargate SG-1 Unleashed, a tablet game to be released on iOS and Android platforms. “Episode 1” is slated for release this coming March. Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, and Amanda Tapping have all tweeted about doing voice work for the game (we’re hoping that Christopher Judge recorded for the game, too, so that the original team is reunited once more)!
Embedded below is the teaser. What do you make of it? Will you be playing this adventure game from MGM and Arkalis Interactive? What season do you think is the setting and who is that Goa’uld that is threatening Earth? Make sure to register to leave your comments below (if you’re on LiveJournal, we’ve got a thread going there as well).
STARGATE star JASON MOMOA co-stars with Sylvester Stallone in the testosterone-filled action movie Bullet to the Head, opening tonight in American movie theaters. Make sure to check your local listings for times (click on the image to get to IMDb’s listings).
SGU’s BRIAN J. SMITH is making a guest appearance on tonight’s episode of Syfy’s Warehouse 13. The episode, entitled “Personal Effects,” airs at 9/8c.
In “Personal Effects,” there are artifacts from Sykes’ arsenal that the team needs to track down. From invisible man to weather control, the use of these artifacts brings about several degrees of chaos.
Catch a glimpse of Smith in his guest role in the following embedded preview: