||I can't conceal the truth; the record is there for all to see. Long, long ago, way back before the Stargate SG-1 television series had achieved success and longevity, I panned the movie that started it all. And if you'd asked me back then whether it was likely to amount to a reasonably successful big-screen movie, a ten year run as a series, a spin-off of a new series, and a smattering of television movies to follow, I likely would have scoffed. Either that or made some cynical comment about what it takes to succeed in Hollywood...While I stand by my criticism of the original movie, I certainly can't deny the success of Stargate. So it's no surprise that the entertainment franchise built on a single gimmicky premise -- that of a portal through which it's possible to travel to all sorts of alien worlds that look an awful lot like earth at various stages of its history -- has come up with another movie, and another gimmick. Oh, the portal still exists, and now there's also the ark of truth, an ancient technology capable of wiping out the brainwashing of those who follow the dastardly Ori -- the current Great Threat to earth...Like with so many series and movies that are either long-running or based on other media, those who sit down to this movie as fans of its predecessors are likely to be happy with what they see, but those who are new to it are more likely to feel like they're sitting in on a private party. There's plenty of generic interstellar conflict and simplistic-character scene-chewing, but not a whole lot that's likely to win new viewers over...While it's been a long time since I trashed the original Stargate movie, I must say that this latest incarnation leaves me about equally cold.