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STARGATE SG-1 THE COMPLETE TENTH...
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Various

Starring:
Ben Browder
Amanda Topping
Michael Shanks

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What's it about
The crew of Stargate: SG-1 continue to learn and fear the Ori, a group of Ascended beings separated from the Ancients way back when. And when Vala gives birth to a new leader for the feared beings, the ones who need to be worshipped become a deadly enemy.
Is it good movie?
I am familiar, and a fan of the SciFi series Stargate: Atlantis which is a spin off of Stargate SG:1 which came from the motion picture… I’m sure you all know what it’s called. I love the characters in Atlantis, the humor, smart storylines and a pretty creepy enemy. But for some reason, I never tuned into the original series. I had seen a few of the folks on the SG-1, including Carter played by Amanda Topping and I liked her. Yet it stopped there. So here I am, taking on a show in it’s tenth and final season that I only have a slight knowledge of. And guess what? It’s some damn fine entertainment.

I won’t get into too much of the history of SG-1, but I will say that with this season, two fine actors from Farscape became full-fledged regulars in the final few seasons. Ben Browder who joined the fleet in 2005 and Claudia Black who only recently became a regular this season. Truthfully, Mr. Browder is fine as Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell, hell he’s pretty good. But the real star of this season is Ms. Black, who adds grace and humor as Vala Mal Doran. Albeit she showed up in season nine, she is given a whole lotta love in the final season. Both her and Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson have terrific chemistry together. Also on board are series regulars, Amanda Topping (who I mentioned earlier) and Christopher Judge. Each one of the actors seem to work incredibly well together. They make a very believable team. Plus, add Beau Bridges and you’ve got quite a cast.

Now as for where we are in the series, this is it… the final season. The crew and mankind’s latest enemy, the Ori, are spreading their love. They are ascended beings who thrive on the worship of others, and if those who should be kissing their feet don’t… they must be killed. At the beginning of the season, Vala Mal Doran is giving birth to what we witness as the child who will lead the Ori to their success. The child grows up quickly (like, within a few hours) and looks a whole lot like that girl from Serenity (Morena Baccarin). The problem with the Ori is that they are destroying those who don’t believe in their ways and take the truth from the Ancients. And to make matters worse, it’s pretty damn hard to kill an ascended being, so what can you do?

If you are a fan of this show and you know it’s mythology, then you will know what all this means. Including a powerful weapon that can kill ascended beings built by the guy who put the sword in the stone, Merlin. But if you haven’t seen this, I recommend it. It seems that the best television is on the cable channels and much of it is genre, mostly science fiction. I love the history of Stargate and how they try and find all the other Gates in the universe, stumbling on different worlds and such. But the episode that really sold me is appropriately titled “200”. It’s the 200th one and it’s a blast. We’re talking zombies, The Wizard of Oz and Team America: World Police. The puppets are awesome.

The creators of this show knew that this would be the final season of SG-1 (aside from a few TV movies) so they have fun with it. I never felt as threatened by the baddies as they would have liked. The Ori are an interesting villain but not really that villainous. Yet I loved Morena Baccarin as the bad seed to her mum. Claudia and her have some terrific scenes together. I also feel that some of the effects are not quite up to par… not all, but some. Yet I still feel this is one of the most entertaining shows on television and I applaud it’s creators for keeping it fresh for so many years. Stargate: SG-1 has a great mix of humor, science fiction and Claudia Black. And don’t worry, even though the story lines may sound complicated… it’s not really. So take a walk on the wild side and see what Stargate has in store for you.
Video / Audio
Video: This 1.78:1 Widescreen transfer is fantastic. The show is represented well with a clear and clean look.

Audio: Also quite good is the 5.1 Dolby Surround. It seems that the Stargate series really attempts to put together a terrific package.
The Extras
Once again, the Stargate franchise offers up a marvelous collection with it’s Season 10 DVD box set. These people really know how to release a DVD. For starters, each and every episode has Commentary except one, but don‘t worry, the 200th episode has 2.

Disc 1 includes, “Flesh & Blood” with Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper, Director William Waring and Director of Photography Jim Menard, “Morpheus” with Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi and Director Andy Mikita, The Pegasus Project” with William Waring and Jim Menard and “Insiders” with Writer Alan McCullough and Director Peter F. Woeste.

Disc 2 includes, “Uninvited” with William Waring and Jim Menard, “200” with two commentaries, one with Executive Producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper and the second with Director and Supervising Producer Martin Wood. It also includes “Counterstrike” with Joseph Mallozzi and Andy Mikita and “Memento Mori” with Executive Producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie

Disc 3 includes, “Company of Thieves” with William Waring and Alan McCullough, “The Quest Part 1” with Joseph Mallozzi and Andy Mikita, “The Quest Part 2” with Paul Mullie and “Line in the Sand” with Alan McCullough and Amanda Tapping.

Disc 4 includes, “The Road Not Taken” with Andy Mikita, Alan McCullough and Amanda Tapping, “The Shroud” with Robert C. Cooper and Andy Mikita and “Bounty” with Jim Menard. The only episode missing a commentary track is “Bad Guys”.

And finally, with Disc 5, we get “Talion” with Andy Mikita and Christopher Judge, “Family Ties” with Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, “Dominion with Alan McCullough and William Waring and “Unending” with Robert C. Cooper, Jim Menard and Amanda Tapping.

Thankfully, most of the commentary tracks are entertaining and enlightening. Occasionally, there are quiet moments, especially with some of the Executive Producers. But I really enjoyed the single episode that Martin Wood gives. I also found both Amanda Tapping and Alan McCullough to be fun to listen to. Still, to have every single episode to have this kind of track is worth buying alone. Especially when they are for the most part, entertaining.

Also included with each disc is a Director’s Series featurette that includes Peter F. Woeste for his episode, “Insiders”, Peter DeLuise for “Memento Mori”, William Waring for “Company of Thieves”, Andy Mikita for “The Shroud” and Robert C. Cooper for “Unending”, the final episode of Stargate SG-1, at least in this carnation. All five of these give the viewer interesting perspective into the making of the show, and how all the directors work. I always find Peter DeLuise to be fun to watch. These are all terrific additions to this set.

A couple of interesting featurettes include, The Ori: A New Enemy (18:11) which explores the story arc, and how the new villain came to be. Even though I didn’t feel this enemy was as creepy as they could have been, I did like the idea of people needing to be worshipped to gain power. I’m guessing some kind of statement on society going on with these folks.

Stargate SG-1: Behind the 200th (18:00) is by far the best of the features. This may well be because this is one of the best episodes of the season. I laughed so hard when they talked about the “puppet” section of the episode, and yes, it was inspired by Team America: World Police. An excellent watch.

Next up is Setting the Mood with Jim Menard (22:18) offers up an introduction to Jim Menard, the DP. And he gives some insightful knowledge on how he creates the look of Stargate SG-1.

Another fantastic extra is Life as a Tech with Gary Jones (19:47). This dude plays the recurring character C.M. Sgt. Walter Harriman. He was original called “Technician” but he has graduated and continued to be a part of the show as a one of the crew. Funny stuff.

And finishing up, Disc 5 we have a few Deleted Scenes with an Introduction by Joseph Mallozzi (22:41) and you can watch it with or without commentary. Although the thing that surprised me is that he mentions they did a poll to find out what fans would want on the disc and what most people wanted was a Blooper Reel… really?? I don’t know, those things can be funny but oftentimes they aren’t. But no blooper reel, we get this instead for some reason. I personally think this is more interesting.

And just in case you thought there was nothing left, you can point that remote and look at Photo and Production Design Galleries on each of the five discs. Groovy!
Last Call
So there you have it, a TV show box set that is absolutely worth buying. Stargate SG-1 Season 10 is an entertaining blend of SciFi, comedy and a few well told tales. The baddies aren’t all that scary, but the crew, new and old, are very comfortable and are able to have fun with their roles. Especially notable is the charming Claudia Black. And even if you kind of like the show, the extras are phenomenal. The end of Stargate SG-1 as a weekly series is a must see DVD.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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