- "Prepare for an X-Treme adventure. Four X-cellent heroes in an X-traordinary new sci-fi series! Starring Nick Marlowe as the wry Colonel Danning [...] Yolanda Reese as the brilliant Major Stacey Monroe [...] Raymond Gunne as Doctor Levant [...] And introducing Douglas Anders as Grell the Robot. "Wormhole X-Treme". Coming this fall..."
- —TV announcer
Wormhole X-Treme! was a campy, cable television show created by Martin Lloyd, who subconsciously based it on the actual Stargate Program. He originally wanted to call the series Going to Other Planets, but changed it after research suggested that having "X" on a series title would get higher ratings.
The series depicted a secret government team from Earth traveling though ring-shaped devices called Starportals, whose wormholes take them to other various planets, and encounter several alien species, including a seemingly hostile race, who are green-skinned, and another whose skulls are transparent.
|Colonel Danning||Nick Marlowe||Colonel Jack O'Neill|
|Major Stacey Monroe||Yolanda Reese||Major Samantha Carter|
|Dr. Levant||Raymond Gunne||Dr. Daniel Jackson|
Unable to deal with his entire planet being wiped out, Martin Lloyd took pills to suppress his own memories. He later thought of the idea for a story that he didn't realize was actually based on fact. When he couldn't get the story published, he had it turned into a television series, when someone displayed some interest. Lloyd originally wanted to call the show, "Going to Other Planets", until research suggested that a series with the letter "X" would cause higher ratings. Lloyd would become the series' "Creative Consultant". The series was filmed in Bridge Studios, Vancouver. Although the SGC were initially concerned about the possible security leak, once they confirmed that Marty legitimately didn't do anything on purpose, they decided to allow the show to continue, reasoning that its existence would allow for plausible deniability if anyone found out about the real Stargate Program, as authorities could then claim that they had simply been watching too much TV. (SG1: "Wormhole X-Treme!")
Due to predictably low ratings, the show was canceled after a very short period of time (the number of episodes that were released is conflicted; Joe Spencer stated that only one episode aired before its cancellation, however Dr. Daniel Jackson said it was cancelled after three episodes). However, it performed well enough on DVD that the studio decided to produce a feature film based on the series. Ultimately, the plans for a film were scrapped in favor of renewing the series, after which it ran for at least ten years and two hundred episodes. (SG1: "Citizen Joe", "200")
Behind the scenesEdit
- The director of the series was played by Peter DeLuise, who is also a main director for Stargate SG-1.
- One of the main writers was played by Robert C. Cooper, one of the head writers of Stargate SG-1.
- Several other crew members involved in Stargate SG-1 also made cameos as the crew for Wormhole X-Treme!
- The series parodied several aspects of Stargate SG-1, and its mysteries as to such things as aliens speaking English, alien planets carrying Earth fruit, alien soldiers not wearing camouflage uniforms, the Stargate SG-1 producers' thinking that three shots from a Zat'nik'tel would disintegrate a victim as "stupid", and why a phase shifted person who could walk through walls didn't fall through the floor.
- It was filmed in Bridge Studios, the same studios in Vancouver, Canada where Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate Universe are filmed.
- "I'm Christian Boucher, I'm portraying the character of Raymund Gunn who portrays the character of Doctor Lavant who is based on the character Daniel Jackson portrayed by the actor Michael Shanks, originally portrayed by the actor James Spader in the feature film. Are you okay?"
- Among a vast number of in-jokes for Star Trek fans, Gene Roddenberry originally pitched that show as "Wagon Train to the Stars", very much in the "Going to Other Planets" vein.