Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Stargate SG1 - Christopher Judge - Monte Carlos Film Festival '08

From TV Fest '08:

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Whether you prefer "Battlestar Galactica" or "Andromeda," there is no disputing the fact that Christopher Judge and Michael Shanks are the absolute mainstays of "Stargate SG-1," a sequel that is far better than original, 1994 movie. The two guys, one from LA, the other from Vancouver - are best mates and prove killing each in one sf show or another!

While guesting on "Andromeda," Michael knocked of Chris. And in their own stargated galaxy, Judge's mighty Teal'c killed Michael - several times - in at least two episodes. ["Avatar," and "Moebius, Part One."]

Then again, everyone gets to kill Mike's Dr. Daniel Jackson, archaeologist and linguist (speaking more than 20 tongues, including Ancient Egyptian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and, of course, Goa'uld, Ancient, and Unas (which he decoded).

In some 197 episodes since 1997, Shanks was killed about 20 times from radiation poisoning to having his head blown off. In fact, he's had fewer women than deaths - and Dr. Dan is quite a ladies' man: Adria, Hathor, Ke'ra, Samantha, Sarah, Sha're, Shyla, Vala Mal Doran. And Leda (but not the swan).

That explains the "Heroes" episode where a scientist examining some ancient ruin said: "Dr. Jackson is gonna die when he sees this." Came the obvious response was: "What? Again?"

On "Stargate," the two pals enjoy near-instantaneous interstellar travel via ancient alien devices called Stargates connecting us to the far reaches of the Milky Way, Pegasus, and Ori galaxies...Christopher Judge has appeared in more "Stargate" chapters than any of the show's stars - 207. We can now add two more. Chris stars (with Michael) in two Stargate telemovies.

He is Teal'c (born 1899), is a Jaffa, who once served the System Lord Apophis, indeed, in the capacity of First Prime. He then, indeed, joined SG-1, believing that, indeed, the "warriors" of the Tau'rio (we poor humans) could, indeed, help topple the Goa'uld. Chris is also the voice of Magneto in the "X-Men Evolution" toon series. His other work ranges from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" to "A Dog's Breakfast."

He once his inspiration in life and career were his mother; Sidney Poitier and Muhammad Ali. "He put his beliefs above any monetary value. That's why his celebrity has never waned. Movies, TV, sports, come and go, but what you stand for is what people remember. Mandela, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy are people who really stood for something and were willing to die for it. You don't see a whole lot of that any more."

Except in TV series.

-- Tony Crawley

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