As a fan of Stargate SG-1
, here's how my Gate series would've gone.
Pilot Episode - Under the Fourth Moon
Professor Charles Basildon is a renowned British theortical mathmetician working at the Royal Leeds Institute of Aerospace Sciences. He's selected 10 students to help him work on "Project Gateway", a secret research effort into building 'portals' that will allow instantaneous travel across the world. The top student of the group, 19-year-old Nigel Archer.
One day Nigel and another classmate, Ibrahim Nabul, complete their prototype "portal". They are completely unaware that they've accomplished a historic feat, the first Man-made Stargate, and only the second one in the galaxy not built by the Ancients. They send a camcorder through, but instead of it ending up in Creydon, the camcorder sends back an image of a green alien sky with four moons. Before the boys can recover from their shock, an alien spaceship (unknown to them to be a Ha'tak) blasts the camcorder to pieces.
Nigel demands answers from Professor Basildon, but Basildon tells him nothing. When Nigel tries to alert the authorities, both he and Ibrahim are arrested as terrorists. In jail, Nigel is informed that "certain parties" want very much for Project Gateway to succeed and that they can make life unpleasant for all involved if he doesn't cooperate.
The two boys rejoin their classmates as Professor Basildon reveals that they have built their very own key to "unlocking the Universe". Another student, Philippa Howell, asks if they've discovered a way into space. Basildon doesn't answer.
It is at that moment that MI-5
agents, SAS operatives, and US Marines storm the school's lab where they are working. Over the loudspeaker, the government agents accuse them all of terrorist activities and order them to surrender. Professor Basildon realizes that the secret is out. While Nigel wants to turn themselves in, Professor Basildon tells him that doing so will only result in him going to jail, and his family suffering. Their only hope is to journey through their homemade Stargate. The matter becomes moot, when a Ha'tak attacks the school (it's an attack from the Lucian Alliance, who want the homemade Stargate for themselves). Just as the entire school is destroyed, the surviving members of Project Gateway journey through to the planet found on the camcorder.
And so their odyssey begins. Without the equipment, training, or tools of a standard Stargate team, this Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
; will journey through the universe, trying to survive on alien worlds, taking on hostile enemies, and battling distrust and dissent among themselves, even as they are wanted criminals back home.
Professor Charles Basildon
: With a mind as brilliant as Colonel Samantha Carter's and a Machiavellian streak that would put Nicholas Rush to shame. A renowned mind in Britain, he caught wind of a top-secret American program using a round portal to generate wormholes through space. He, and his shadow group, select 10 brilliant student at his university to actually build their very own Stargate. While charismatic and charming, he frequently resorts to bullying and outright abuse to cow the students into carrying out his bidding.
: Think of him as a young Rodney Mc Kay
, or Eli Wallace but smarter. Nigel comes from a long line of Royal Army officers, including his father Colonel Harry Archer. Due to difficult relationship with his abusive father, Nigel refuses to join the military and instead dedicates his life to science. It is his ultimate dream to one day be as brilliant a scientist as Professor Basildon, but the professor's frequent bouts of abuse remind him of his father and strain their father-son-like relationship.
: Considered the weak link of the group, it is an uncomfortably known fact that she had an affair with the married Professor Basildon. While many think she slept her way onto the project the truth is she has a knack for picking up things the others might miss. She forms an attraction to Nigel Archer, which sets up a really tense love triangle and power struggle.
: The son of a Syrian businessman and an English actress; Ibrahim is a somewhat standoffish young man. Just as brilliant as Nigel, but undone by his constant need to prove himself. The prevailing public opinion about Arabic people don't help. Unlike Nigel, he absolutely despises Basildon and deeply resents him for their predicament.
- Tom Squires, the obligatory geek who always wanted to travel through space and is actually enjoying their situation.
- Gerard Wiltshire: aristocratic snob who nevertheless imparts semi-helpful archaelogical info. He's The Kirk of this bunch, always trying to get with the alien women they meet.
- Sylvia St. John, a brilliant mathmetician who will do anything, including selling out the group, to get home.
- A Stargate Marine team assigned the task of tracking down the "Project Gateway" fugitives and bringing them to Earth
- Major Diane Van Der Brook: 30-year-old SG-team leader. A remarkably compassionate woman, she has doubts about whether or not the group they're chasing are criminals.
- Staff Sergeant Michael Burke: 33 year old Marine. Tough as nails and ruthless but loyal in a Saul Tigh kind of way. Team's tough guy.
- Warrant Officer Dr. Benton Fisk: The smart guy, but he's all business, very professional, and an occasional snarker. Think Rodney Mc Kay without the Jerk Ass.
- Agent Walter Hemdall, MI-5: British agent that joins the team in it's effort to recover the fugitives. Is generally distrusted by the Marines, who feel he knows more than he's letting on. Has an unrequited crush on Major Van Der Brook.
edited 17th Jun '10 1:29:02 PM by TheStarshipMaxima