Christopher Judge, Stargate Atlantis
Less than a year after Stargate finished its 10-season run, Christopher Judge — who plays the muscle-bound alien Teal'c — is returning to the franchise on Stargate Atlantis (tonight at 10 pm/ET, Sci Fi). Judge talked to us about keeping up with a kid half his age, getting "back in the sandbox" and his new project.
TV Guide: So how did your visit to Stargate Atlantis come about?Christopher Judge: It's something that the fans have talked about for a long time — probably since the Ronon character [played by Jason Momoa] first appeared. When they approached me about it, I said, "Sure." Then they said, "You'll have a few fight scenes with Ronon, because the fans would love that." And I said, "Well, you know Jason is almost 20 years younger than Chris." I had seen his previous fight work and I did
Stargate courtesy MGM
Fans of Stargate SG-1 will get the long-awaited series' finale on March 11, 2008, when MGM Home Entertainment releases Stargate: The Ark of Truth. "We wanted to end the show without really ending it," says the movie's writer/director/producer Robert C. Cooper. "Even if the series is no longer on Sci Fi [Channel], we want it to continue, so we decided to make a movie that wraps up a lot of the big loose ends." The DVD (suggested retail price is $26.98), which winds up the war between Stargate and the world-gobbling Ori, includes commentary by Christopher Judge (Teal'c) and Cooper, as well as a featurette. A second movie is due out on DVD later in '08. Ileane Rudolph
Spike Lee on Tuesday announced his plan to make a World War II film based on the novel Miracle at St. Anna, which focuses on the contribution of African-American soldiers who fought and died to liberate Europe.... A Dog's Breakfast, a comedy directed by David Hewlett and featuring fellow Stargate players Christopher Judge and Rachel Lutrell among its cast, will premiere on iTunes and Amazon's Unbox this Tuesday, before arriving on DVD in mid-September.
Well, its all come down to this: 10 seasons. Over 200 episodes. Adventure. Laughter. Tears. And as this is the last episode of our journey together, I will make this my last TV Guide blog entry.Thanks be to all of you who have grown with us over the years. It has been a true pleasure, and one Im sure I will not see the likes of again. The years have gone by so fast
so fast. So much has changed, in my life, and in the lives of those around me. And Im sure of yours too.I was reminded as recently as yesterday how much can happen in 10 years. I shared a conversation on the plane with Katee Sackoff (of Battlestar Galactica fame — for those living under boulders) who enlightened me that she used to watch the early seasons of Stargate with her father
when she was 17. Holy crap. That aged me.I was a single boy of 26 years when we took our first steps through the gate, and now I speak to you as a father of three at 36 years old. It really does fly, doesn...
Wow. I have not gotten into so much trouble for not completing my homework assignment since grade 9. You have no idea how many people have been riding me like Zorro for not keeping up with this blog. Thanks for caring. "I'mmmmmm back!" Well, not to make any excuses, but we have been shooting the second SG-1 movie, Continuum, for the last three weeks and things have been a bit hectic. Not to mention the fact that the first shooting week overlapped with my wife's last week of filming her movie on Vancouver Island, so I was working during the day and being both mother and father at night. This wouldn't have been that much of a chore if my daughter Mia hadn't gotten a bad cold in Victoria, and happened to keep both her and I up through the entire first night before filming. Zero sleep is not the best way to kick off the work week. "Tough darts, Batman." Anywho, the filming for Continuum has been great: frozen sets, Air Force F-15s and Richard Dean Anderson's return all crammed inside tw...
Stargate SG-1 by Eike Schroter/Sci Fi Channel Photo
Farscape, I got. Farscape, I liked. Farscape, I miss. But Stargate SG-1? Um, no. Nonetheless, MGM Television has given the green light to a pair of TV-movies based on its hit sci-fi series. The first, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, will wrap up the main story line from the show's last two seasons. The second, Stargate: Continuum, will kick off a new adventure. On board are leads Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge and Michael Shanks, and Farscape alumni Ben Browder and Claudia Black. I'll say it again: Farscape, I miss.
Stargate SG-1I can't remember anything so poignant on SG-1 as Sam doing the puzzle with youthful Orlin (Cameron Bright) in the hospital (mental facility?). The poor sod sacrificed his memory to help curb the Ori plague, and for what? To end up in a rec room at Bellevue. My gut told me Orlin's fate would be sad, but the way it played out was especially moving. Indeed, the second half of the "Four Horseman" story arc was one of the best and most touching stories of the entire SG-1 saga. Everyone had a chance to shine in scenes of wit, courage and compassion. Not many actors can do righteousness as well as Louis Gossett Jr., but Christopher Judge comes close. Listening to Gerak and Teal'c roar imperiously at each other before the Jaffa council was a blast and a