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Stargate SG-1 (S1)
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10.08.2004 By: Scott Weinberg
Stargate SG-1 (S1) order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Richard Dean Anderson
Michael Shanks
Amanda Tapping

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A bunch of high-flying adventures surrounding the mysterious Stargate and the small crew of explorers who get to visit all sorts of wacky planets.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I have a spotty history with Stargate. I thought the original film offered a great set-up and paltry execution. Kurt Russell and James Spader were as strong as ever, but (even after repeat viewings) I just can’t get past the woefully predictable third act. When a friend offered to lend me his Season One set of the Stargate SG-1 series, I was a little less than thrilled at the prospect. But this is one of those friends who actually knows what kind of entertainment I enjoy, and he persisted. “Watch four episodes,” he said, “and if you don’t like it by then, just give up.” I watched that entire five-disc set in a matter of one week. The creators of the spin-off show seemed to have an infinite number of directions to go, in that the Stargate could now (on a weekly basis) visit entirely new locales! Not content to remain entrenched in the “ancient Egypt” conceit delivered (and beaten to death) in the original film, the producers of Stargate SG-1 seemingly reveled in the ability to go different places.

As is often the case with quality TV programs, the plots are always important, yet the characters and the chemistry between them is of paramount concern. In this respect, Stargate SG-1 is a rousing success. Those new to the series may take a while to get used to Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver himself) in a “Captain Kirk” sort of role, but Anderson nails the role perfectly with a cool blend of tough-guy machismo and a taciturn sense of humor. Michael Shanks brings a lot more to the party than simply “smart boy babble”, and Amanda Tapping (who I nearly disliked in Season 1) grows into her character quite capably by Season 2. Fan-favorite Christopher Judge is a lot of dry, droll fun as former Stargate enemy turned compatriot Teal’c. I could go on and on about which episode I like best, and blah blah blah. Let me just wrap up by saying simply: if you’re a fan of science fiction and you’ve somehow thus far avoided the SG-1 series, these superlative DVD sets leave you no excuse. Like my good buddy Josh says: Watch four episodes, and then see if you feel like watching a few more. I bet you do.

Season 2 episodes:

The Serpent's Lair, In the Line of Duty, Prisoners, The Gamekeeper, Need, Thor's Chariot, Message in a Bottle, Family, Secrets, Bane, The Tok'ra Part 1, The Tok'ra Part 2, Spirits, Touchstone, A Matter of Time, The Fifth Race, Serpent's Song, Holiday, One False Step, Show and Tell, 1969, Out of Mind
THE EXTRAS
Features are fairly sparse, but at least you have 22 full episodes to sit through (in Widescreen yet!) There’s a collection of 22 TV spots, which are more like “Next week on Stargate SG-1” spots, and three brief featurettes: one focusing on the program’s impressive production design, one an interview segment with Michael Shanks, and one a similar segment with Christopher Judge.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Rare is the TV show that’s actually better than its feature-film inspiration, but Stargate SG-1 easily falls into that category.
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