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Many people undoubtedly have seen the cheesy science fiction film Stargate, which seems to have been far from a box office smash. The film basically involved discovery of a mysterious metallic gate which seems to be the conduit for a wormhole which leads to a planet light years away. The action heroes of the film, military men and a nerdy Egyptologist, go through the gate, only to find themselves on a desert planet that looks a lot like ancient Egypt. Sure enough, on this planet seems to be a race of people who live in terror of an extraterrestrial overlord which seems to have been taken by the ancient Egyptians as their god Ra. As in any typical Hollywood film, the good guys triumph over the nasty Ra and send his pyramidal spaceship packing.
Deep questions seem to be raised by the film, such as an extraterrestrial origin for Egyptian culture, but they are quickly shucked in favor of typical popcorn fodder - lots of explosions and Arab-looking extras getting blown to smithereens. The film seems to have lent itself well to its low-budget TV serialization, which involves the actor (Dean Anderson) who played "MacGuyver" in the lead role. Neither the film nor the TV series ever seem to get very deep - they focus too heavily on sci-fi shoot-em-outs to probe into the deep philosophical and esoteric terrain of the current fascination with ancient Egypt, and such mysteries as the age of the Sphinx or the Pyramids.
Originally posted by jinj
well i didnt no aboat the iraq thing but i was refering to the sphinx and the facts u mentioned...aparently there is a door in the sphinks and in the year 2000 it was opened by the government and ''things'' were taken out dont no wat but wen asked the egyption government denided all off it.
im interested in ur veiws on the iraq issue uv got me interested!!!