Before I discovered Stargate nothing really inspired me besides horseback riding. Nothing else really excited me and made me feel good about who I am and what I can do, and I had very little self esteem for many reasons. For me, Stargate became more than just entertainment. When I found Stargate it opened up a whole new world for me, literally.
I’m a nutter. I started watching Stargate SG-1 just before Season 7 arrived on Sci-Fi (curse them!) and I’ve been hooked ever since. My dad started watching it before I did. Before long I was watching SG-1 all the time, and my dad was asking me to explain things to him because he missed the episodes that I saw as re-runs. I started buying the DVDs, and they got top priority when I packed up for college. Next thing I new I was inspired. Fan art, music videos, reading fan fiction, writing fan fiction, the works!
When I saw my first Stargate episodes, I had no clue what was going on but it didn’t matter. I recognized the show as something new and unique. It’s hard to explain what got me hooked on Stargate because there’s so many aspects about the franchise that I love. Its humor, its heart, its smarts, the use of mythology (particularly Egyptian mythology, which is something else I geek out for), and the fact that it’s set in our time, not centuries into the future like so many other scifi series. The stories told are relatable and thought provoking. They burrow into your mind and make you really think about them rather than just sit back and blindly absorb them. You can’t help it. You get attached the characters. They are heroes, but they are real people. They aren’t perfect. They are just human. So I guess you could say I geek out for humans!
Since I went nuts I have gone to eight Stargate Creation Conventions here in Chicago and I’m already registered for the next one. I have gone to Atlanta for Dragon*Con 3 times now, Wizard World Comic Con once, and CyphanCon twice. In April of 2009 I made a trip to the Stargate Mecca itself: Vancouver British Columbia for the big convention! I have met Michael Shanks, who brings my favorite character of the show to life, 9 times.
I have two copies of the entire series on DVD, along with both SG-1 movies. I own all five seasons of Atlantis, and both seasons of Universe. My love of the characters extends to the cast, so I’ve followed them in their new projects. My dorm room in college was plastered with posters and packed with memorabilia that my mom refused to let me display at home – she thinks it’s very anti-feminine. Now I’ve decked out my wardrobe/TV closet with everything that will fit in it – the DVD’s, my books, action figures, magazines, pictures both signed and not, cards, replica props, Daniel’s actual sunglasses that I won in an auction, and a random pin and badge. When I heard that SG-1 was canceled on August 19th, 2006, I cried my eyes out and then joined my fellow fans on the front lines to defend its right to continue. . . Did I already mention that I’m a nutter?
I have never held back on my geekiness for Stargate. I wasn’t worried whether or not anyone else thought I was a geek or a nerd. I didn’t care! I had spent too long unhappy with how everyone perceived me to let them prevent me from enjoying my geek epiphany. I embraced that new creative side of myself, and that love of writing has led me to co-found Spacegypsies.com. Stargate has made me so happy, and because of it I have made many awesome lifelong friends that I cherish, and I have more self esteem and confidence in myself than I ever had in my childhood. My geekiness changed my life forever, and I can’t imagine going back. Never be afraid to raise your geek flag high because you never know what good things may come your way. It’s good to be a geek!