Richard Dean Anderson
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