Our sister site TheAlphaGate is moving to the AO3

The Alpha Gate is Moving to the AO3

The Alpha Gate archive header

The Alpha Gate (fanlore), a Stargate SG-1 fanfiction archive (TheAlphaGate site) is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

Opened in 2002, the Alpha Gate Archive is a repository of Stargate SG-1 fanfiction, and was originally composed of writers from The Alpha Gate’s active Yahoo! Group. The archive has been host to over 3,800 works for the past 15 years, and is making the move to the AO3 because its hosting software, eFiction, is no longer supported.

Open Doors will be working with Biblio, PhoenixE, Babs, Devra, Sideburns, Sallye, Imagine, and Michelle to import The Alpha Gate into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from The Alpha Gate to the AO3 after September.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on The Alpha Gate?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We’ll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. Open Doors will then set up the URL redirects, and we will permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your Alpha Gate pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You’d like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Alpha Gate account, please contact Open Doors and we’ll help you out. (If you’ve posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they’re yours, that’s great; if not, we will work with The Alpha Gate mods to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on:

If you still have questions…

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

We’d also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of The Alpha Gate on Fanlore. If you’re new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We’re excited to be able to help preserve The Alpha Gate!

– The Open Doors team and The Alpha Gate mods

New Stargate Series! Stargate Origins

MGM has announced they are creating a new Stargate series called Stargate Origins. It will be a digital-only series consisting of 10 short episodes that together would form sort of a movie. The focus of the series will be on the early life of Catherine Langford and her early experiences with the Stargate.

The series will be offered on a new MGM portal called Stargate Command. Some of the content will require payment.

These articles provide the MGM press release and a trailer, which is all from the original movie:





This article in Vox has a lovely description of Catherine Langford, including Daniel’s attendance at her funeral.



See also our wiki article about Catherine! 

Lexa Doig Wins Role on Arrow

Stargate alum Lexa Doig has been cast in CW’s Arrow as Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul. This is a recurring role, and Lexa appears to already be doing archery training for it! See her twitter feed for lots of reaction: https://twitter.com/lexashmexa/

For more details:



The timing may be convenient, as her husband Michael Shanks’ show Saving Hope has just wrapped production in Toronto.


Michael Shanks’ Saving Hope to End After Five Seasons

Saving Hope, the medical drama with a supernatural twist, will end after five seasons. Starring Michael Shanks and Erica Durance, the show filmed in Toronto.

Saving Hope showrunner Adam Pettle discusses the decision to end the series

Michael lived there, away from his home in Vancouver, for more than half the year. The show wrapped production this week, so there were many sad goodbyes.

Canada will see Season 5 this winter. In the US, Ion TV is still showing Season 4.

Congrats to Michael on a five-year run, and welcome back to Vancouver!


David Hewlett Doing “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit 1/23/14

DHewlettRedditDavid Hewlett (Dr. Rodney McKay) is doing an Ask Me Anything (AMA) over at Reddit at 7 pm EST on 23 Jan 2014. For those who don’t know, Reddit is a general discussion forum that often hosts AMAs by famous people, who must verify they are ‘them’ by taking a picture referencing the AMA. Any user can ask a question, and the guest answerer can choose which ones to answer.

Anyone can read the AMA, but to ask a question, you need to be a Reddit member.

The producers for State of Syn have provided a how-to for the AMA over here: Instructions

According to his twitter, David is quite nervous about the AMA. So head on over and offer some love to the man who brought us McKay!



Stargate Alums Attached to Bell Media Projects

Canadian multi-media company Bell Media has announced 29 new drama projects in development. Several Stargate alums from in front of and behind the camera are ‘attached’ to the projects, meaning they have agreed to participate in the project if it goes forward. This includes one in which David Hewlett and Kate Hewlett would once again ‘play’ brother and sister! Stay tuned to see which projects make it all the way to the small screen, in Canada and elsewhere. Here are the projects with Stargate folks attached:

A serialized drama about a woman with the perfect life – and a dark secret that could change everything.

  • Thunderbird Films
  • Paul Mullie and Joseph Mallozzi (STARGATE SG-1)

Serialized series in which Earth becomes the battlefield for two warring extraterrestrial species, and humanity struggles to survive.

  • Don Carmody Productions

After literally making a deal with the Devil, a young woman must capture 100 escaped souls and return them to Hell in order to get her life back.

  • Thunderbird Films
  • Robert C. Cooper (STARGATE SG-1)

When an estranged brother and sister inherit their mother’s sci-fi-writing empire, they learn the truth behind some surprising lies.

  • Pier 21 Films
  • David Hewlett (STARGATE SG-1), Kate Hewlett (INSECURITY), and Craig Wallace (TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL)


Hewlett, Staite’s ‘State of Syn’ Debuts on Hulu Plus

State of Syn, an unconventional sci-fi series, is now available for viewing on Hulu Plus! Starring Stargate alums Jewel Staite and David Hewlett, State of Syn is set in a corporate-ruled world of 2043. Its first season consists of 10 seven-minute episodes and is described by USA Today as a ‘futuristic motion comic’. Staite plays the main character, investigating the mysterious death of her father. Hewlett appears to be her nemesis, as he is her father’s former business partner and head of a corporation producing a highly addictive new drug.

As the preview below shows, the series is not filmed as conventional action, but rather a hybrid of motion and comic-like still images, with narration. It looks very interesting, and we hope it earns a following on Hulu Plus!

Michael Shanks Projects Nominated in Canada

Mr. Hockey movie poster
Mr. Hockey movie poster

The 2014 nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards (CSA) were announced today. The CSAs honor movies, television, and digital media created in Canada. We are very happy to see that Michael Shanks is nominated, and projects he has worked on in the past year are also honored with nominations. Here are the nominations for Michael and his projects (here is the full list):

Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story

  • Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic
  • Program or Mini-Series: Michael Shanks
  • Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series: Andy Mikita (also a Stargate director!)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series: Kathleen Robertson

Saving Hope

  • Best Original Music Score for a Series, Episode: Wishbones
  • Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series, Episode: The Face of the Giant Panda
  • Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series, Episode: Wishbones
  • Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, Episode: Wishbones
  • Best Achievement in Casting, Episode: I Watch Death

Saving Hope is currently airing its second season in Canada. Unfortunately, it is not airing in the US or most other countries. We are hopeful it will be released on DVD or on-line media for non-Canadian viewers very soon.

Congratulations to all of the nominees, and good luck at the awards events from March 3-9, 2014 in Toronto and Montreal!


Follow Goings On at Chicago Con

This weekend is the annual Stargate convention in Chicago, run by Creation Entertainment. This year as always features many of the Stargate actors, including Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Amanda Tapping, Ben Browder, and many others! To see all the great photos and very abbreviated con reports, check out the #sgchi tag on twitter:

#SGChi on twitter

Also be sure to follow @dhewlett, who has been tweeting funny tidbits as well One definite highlight was the lady who got Joe’s permission to touch his hair while David looked on. It looks like she took full advantage of the opportunity!

Here is a brief report on the panel Joe and David did together: http://journal.joe-flanigan.info/2013/joe-flanigan-at-2013-stargate-chicago-creation-con

Their page seems to indicate that next year, 2014, will be the last Stargate convention by Creation.

7:30 pm UPGRADES for 2014: THE LAST OFFICIAL STARGATE CONVENTION AUGUST 15-17, 2014 IN CHICAGO AT THE WESTIN O’HARE: Here’s where folks who signed up for next year get to try to get an even better seat! You See next page for details.

A rather sad statement on the passing of an era, we suppose. 🙁

Watch Michael Shanks As Gordie Howe This Week!

Mr. Hockey movie poster
Mr. Hockey movie poster

Michael Shanks’s new movie, Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story, is finally premiering in Canada and the US in the coming week! Michael plays the title role in the story of the comeback of one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Gordie Howe.

In Canada, the movie airs on the CBC (channel 13) on Sunday, April 28, at 8 pm.

In the US, the movie airs on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, May 4 at 9 pm/8 pm central.

The DVD, including Blu-ray, first becomes available at Walmart stores in the US on May 7 and then expands elsewhere on July 9.

Michael has been featured in several fun interviews about the roles:

And some very nice reviews have already come in:

So, show your support for Stargate alum Michael Shanks, and watch the movie!