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  • Very few TV shows based on films are ever good, this one is. Very few TV shows can maintain their pace and originality over the years, this one has. I've just watched the first 6 episodes of season 4 and each and every one of them has been a cracker.

    This show has lots going for it; intelligent and convincing plots, great multi-dimensional characters, superb actors (both major and minor players), expert direction (hats off to Peter DeLuise), continuity of story, consistent use/appearance of sci-fi technology, witty but subtle dialog and almost as an aside, stunning FX.

    The only thing left to say is that I feel sorry for people that haven't been watching up till now. Please, it's not too late.
  • Perhaps to the chagrin of some but the joy of others Stargate refuses to die, with yet another season being signed on for.

    What was once signed on for as a four year deal Stargate Sg-1 has went from strength to strength. With memorable episodes sometimes poignant and heart rending like season ones 'Singularity' and season six's 'Meridian' and the hail to the real heroes of the military 'Heroes parts 1 & 2',to the hilarious laugh your ass off episodes like @urgo' and the classic and fans favourite groundhog day episode 'Window of opportunity'. Special fx and great stunt work provide some great action episodes like 'Full Circle', 'Heroes 1&2' and 'The Lost City' Stargate keeps producing. There are numerous fans of every genre it represents whether it be the science, the characters, the adventure, the romance or lack between every type esquire relationship, shippers can imagine.

    Stargate SG-1 also has one of the biggest fanfiction bases, with quality writing of every genre produced by numerous writers willing to write about their favourite show and put it out there on the net for people to see.

    And now with a widening franchise, from books about the shows best scripts to extended universe and SG Atlantis, it shows it has the staying power that another popular Sci-fi series once did, Star Trek.

    If you've never seen it, give it a try, either from the first season or the current eight. Stargate has something which appeals to everyone, whether it be humour, action, or the fact that the characters are so likable and more so drop dead drooling gorgeous. And if that doesn't impress you, take a look at the great amount of stars wanting to be on the show, it's an impressive list.
  • Ten years after Emmerich & Devlin showed the world how it SHOULD be done, the TV spin off of their (still) greatest achievement has finally proven itself to be the best franchise in existence today.

    For those unfamiliar with the original film, the Stargate is a device found buried in the Giza plateau of Egypt in 1928. In 1994 (or 1996, if you follow the chronology of the series) the United States Air force has come into possession of the gate and recruits radical Egyptologist Dr. Daniel Jackson (then played by James Spader) to translate the runes found alongside it and activate the gate.

    Sure enough, Jackson opens the gate and a reconnaissance team led by the stoic Colonel Jack O'Neil (a dour-faced Kurt Russell) is assigned to survey the world on the other side, later to be known as Abydos. Jackson too, is sent along with the goal of reopening the gate on the other side. Once on the other side though, the team come across a civilisation being ruled over by the mythical god Ra and come to discover the truth behind both the Abydonians and the Ancient Egyptians - that thousands of years ago a dying alien parasite came to Earth and took a host in the form of a primitive human boy (Jaye Davidson). Using his advanced technology, the alien - now in human form - masqueraded as the god Ra, conquering the planet and using the Stargate to transport thousands of humans to Abydos to mine the minerals needed to sustain his technology.

    Needless to say, O'Neil and Jackson see to it that the Abydonians are shown the truth about their god and rebel against him. Jackson stays behind on Abydos with his new wife Sha'uri (later changed to Share) and O'Neil's team returns to Earth.

    The series picks up one year later, when the now dormant Stargate is reactivated unexpectedly and a hostile alien force seemingly under the leadership of Ra launches an attack on the base, taking a hostage in the process. In response, the base's new CO, General George Hammond (the superb Don S. Davis) calls on the now-retired Jack O'Neill (who, as well an extra 'L' in his name, has also become the much-lighter Richard Dean Anderson) to lead his team back to Abydos and determine the nature of this new threat. Back on Abydos however, Daniel Jackson (now played to perfection by Michael Shanks) shows O'Neill and scientist Captain (later Major) Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) that the Stargate can evidently open doorways to more planets than simply Abydos and that whoever attacked Earth did not originate from Abydos.

    The situation becomes more critical though, when the same force attacks Abydos and both Share and her brother Ska'ra are taken. Jackson immediately returns to Earth, where the President authorises the creation of nine teams to uncover what lies through the Stargate on each different world - O'Neill's team (including Jackson and Carter) being designated SG-1.

    Following the Stargate address seen during the attack on Abydos, SG-1 travel to a planet known as Chulak where they discover the true origin of the enemy force - another alien masquerading as a god, this time as the god Apophis. The situation worsens when both Share and Ska'ra are revealed to have become hosts to the aliens, known as the Goa'uld. Imprisoned on Chulak, SG-1 must rely on Apophis' head guard when he turns traitor and agrees to help the team escape. The alien, Teal'c (the impeccable Christopher Judge), leads the team to the Stargate, all the while fighting a bloody battle in an attempt to recover Share and Ska'ra.

    After the rather breakneck pilot, season 1 of SG-1 falls into a rather repetitive pattern pretty quickly - the team shows up at a planet looking for advanced technology to fight the Goa'uld, stumbles across a problem with either the locals or said technology and spends the rest of the episode solving that problem. Although the episodes aren't really that lacklustre, they do serve to remind you that the Star Trek franchise has existed for years on pretty much the same recurring `planet of the week' plot. It's not until the season's final three episodes that the show shows even any sign of promise.

    The season closing trilogy however, rejuvenate the series back to the strong form it displayed in the pilot, when Apophis finally launches his ships against Earth and SG-1 alone must prevent the planet's destruction. Although the story is concluded in the second season premiere, the main plotline picks up tremendously from there. By two-thirds of the way through it's sophomore season Apophis is gone and the scope of the show is revealed - there was never only two aliens to fight, there are in fight a large group - all masquerading as gods - known as the System Lords.

    The show from then on deals largely with defending Earth against these enemies, although at the midway point in season three Apophis returns as the series' biggest foe and takes much of the play until the season four/five two-parter. It is in Apophis' aftermath that a new foe is revealed : Anubis. Once a powerful and sadistic Goa'uld System Lord, Anubis was banished when even the other Goa'ulds objected to his activates.

    Mastering the technology of the Stargate builders (known as the Ancients), Anubis takes the tension to a whole new level when - by the close of season seven - he shows up in orbit of Earth with an armada waiting to destroy the planet.

    The beauty of the series is simple : it never slumps unrecoverably. In every instance of a slightly dull episode, the following episode will undoubtedly show itself to be one of the best pieces of television you'll ever see. On a story-arc level alone, the series beats genre shows like Deep Space Nine and The X-Files hands-down almost simply because the arc stays consistent, there are no ludicrous changes of pace, no unexplained leaps that need to be taken and no confusion over the eventual direction of the story.

    The evolution of the show is also a high point. By season six, technology recovered in the preceding seasons have been mastered and put into practical use. Characters show bonds that grow with time, even enemies become fleshed out and changed allegiances (for the first time I can remember on television) are actually plausible.

    The two biggest selling points of SG-1 are it's writing and it's performances. In Anderson, the show has a leading man that fits every bill perfectly. The character - although admittedly a big leap from Russell's performance - grows incredibly to the point where every nuance is golden. In the confines of the Stargate universe, O'Neill has basically two roles - comedian and action hero, both of which are superbly portrayed. Shanks begins the series by essentially playing Spader playing Jackson and then evolving the character to the point that you forget Spader ever filled the role in the first place. Tapping - although irritating as hell in the initial episodes - eventually becomes intensely loveable, mainly serving as both the frustrated emotional core of the team and the brains of the outfit - coming up with a plan for every alien threat that comes their way. Judge is also spot-on, taking the kind of stoicism earmarked by Michael Dorn for all those years and graduating it to a level of pure awe. Teal'c is a character that in the hands of an other actor could have been a disaster, but with Judge you actually find yourself revelling in the character's highs and lows as much as he himself does. Obviously the character fills the role of the team's muscle, but his level of comic relief is superb - not just on a level of writing, but also on a level of deadpan and delivery.

    This show launches it's first real spin off in July (US) and September (UK) in Stargate : Atlantis, and with a proposed movie on the horizon the future is looking rosy. Above all, this is a franchise that deserves it's endurance and widespread appeal.
  • johndec21 November 2004
    The movie was groundbreaking, and its ideas had great potential for further development. Usually, sequels are made to continue the story on the big screen. Creating this excellent series was a much better decision than producing lousy sequels for the masses.

    Fans of the movie get to further explore all the ideas: The Stargate system, used by humans to travel the galaxy for thousands of years; Egyptian, Norse, and alien mythology; true science fiction - with fictional devices and concepts based on current science; and human exploration of our known universe – part of what made Star Trek so popular.

    You see the characters develop over time, the quirky unexpected humor, the use of an alien who doesn't fully understand American English (like Data), the struggle of the oppressed, the lengths humans go in order to survive, politics and government bureaucracy, and the underlying tenet that there is more to human life then our brief appearance on planet Earth.
  • I think this show is great. A great strength is that it doesn't go into special effects a lot (except for the gate, of course, and the staff weapons/guns). Some compare it to Star Trek (which is unfair, seeing that they are very different) but where a lot of Star Trek plots fail this succeeds.

    There are a dozen ways this series can go. It doesn't have a spaceship to fly around in, but rather beams right to an alien planet and gets down to business. Another plus is that it happens NOW, as opposed to a few centuries from now. Area 51 has been mentioned a few times, and the SG site being dubbed Area 52. The actors deserve their share of congrats on the good performances shown, and the writers for coming up with inventive story lines. Some may be recycled or resemble other movies/shows of the past, but they put a special original twist on them that makes it even better. Certainly 'MUST SEE' TV.
  • A magnificent program which shows just how imaginative and professional TV can be when the director, cast, crew and screenwriters all work to the best of their considerable ability. The simple fact that it doesn't play like the film over and over again (Something which has plagued many film-cum-TV-shows of late) shows how original it really is and though yes, I admit, the first series was very 'Star Trek' in its recycling of the same story types it always remained somehow different.

    Congratulations must primarily go to the cast as they are all incredibly believable and easy to relate to. Richard Dean Anderson is excellent as the hard-bitten, cynical soldier, Michael Shanks plays the James Spader role to perfection, Christopher Judge is fantastic as the Moses-like Teal'c (His range of facial expressions is unparalleled) and Amanda Tapping is possibly the best of the bunch simply because she makes her character so believable as the tough female soldier/scientist (Denise Crosby in Star Trek:TNG is a good example of how NOT to do it).

    The show looks fantastic, the special effects are great and look exceedingly expensive but no show can survive on sfx alone and fortunately a masterful screenwriting crew keep the stories exciting and thought-provoking (You don't get much of that these days) and the blending of so many different story arcs is a great achievement. All in all a brilliant show and long may it continue.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This series is set a year after the mission to Abydos in the movie Stargate. It explains a lot of the stuff that the movie neglected to mention. Such as, how was the Stargate activated without a human computer? Where did the Goa'uld (Ra's race) come from? How many are there?

    The first episode has a retired Jack O'Neill (spelled with 2 Ls) recalled to active duty by General George Hammond due to an attack by the shut down Stargate from Apophis, a powerful Goa'uld who killed four men and kidnapped one woman. We meet Samantha Carter, a brilliant scientist who claims that she should have gone through the Stargate the first time, and is determined to go through now. We find out that Daniel got married on Abydos, and that there are hundreds of Gate addresses that they can dial. Then Daniel's wife gets captured by Apophis and becomes his new queen.

    It continues in the second episode where General Hammond announces the formation of the SGC which includes nine teams, in which Jack's team will be SG-1 which consists of Jack, Samantha and Daniel. They go to Chulak, a Goa'uld homeworld to rescue Daniel's wife and another one captured at Abydos named Ska'ra. They get captured, and just as Apophis gives the order to kill them and many other prisoners, a Jaffa named Teal'c, First Prime of Apophis, saves them and goes to Earth with them, where he is made part of SG-1.

    That was only the beginning of the adventure. In the course of the show they have gone to the past and future, gotten transported to alternate realities, swapped bodies, grown old, met alien races which include a rebel alliance of Goa'uld called the Tok'ra, in which Samantha's Dad becomes a member, the Asgard, a cute little race in which we see Thor most often (he's Jack's buddy),and avoid global disaster by the skin of their teeth countless times.

    The show was recently canceled, but lasted ten seasons. In season nine, a new enemy called the Ori came in flaunting brand new powers, new dangers and bringing to light new mysteries surrounding the Stargate and its creators, the Ancients. Season nine and ten also saw the introduction to two new characters, Ben Browder as Cameron Mitchell, the new leader of SG-1 and Claudia Black as Vala MalDoran, a female human from another world who brings a new sense of fun to the team.

    Very well-produced, interesting characters, fantastic Special effects and a subtle love interest between Samantha and Jack, this one has it all. A different way of travelling the galaxy, and different kinds of adventures, this is one show you don't want to miss. Unlock the gate and step through. You won't regret it!
  • I nominate this and BABYLON 5 as the best television sci-fi series made. Both stand out in my mind because unlike early STAR TREK series, there is a consistent evolution of plots and characters. If you look at the original STAR TREK and STAR TREK:TNG, they were fine shows, but there was no overall theme or plot that connected all the episodes. In many ways, you could usually watch the shows totally out of sequence with no difficulty understanding what is occurring. This was less the case with DEEP SPACE 9 (with its giant battles that took up all of the final season) and the other TREK shows, as there was more of a larger story that unified them. This coherence seems to have developed as a concept with BABYLON 5 and saw this to an even greater extent with SG-1. The bottom line is that in many ways this series was like watching a family or a long novel slowly take form. Sure, there were a few "throwaway" episodes that were not connected to the rest, but these were very few and far between and were also usually pretty funny.

    And speaking of funny, I loved that SG-1 kept the mood light from time to time and wasn't so dreadfully serious. In this way, I actually enjoyed it more than BABYLON 5. Jack O'Neill was a great character with his sarcasm and love of Homer Simpson--it's really too bad he slowly faded from the series in later seasons.

    To truly appreciate SG-1, you should watch it from the beginning and see how intricately the plots work. This coherence gives the show exceptional staying power. And, if you don't like SG-1 after giving it a fair chance, then sci-fi is probably NOT the genre for you.
  • My mom was the first in our family to watch Stargate and I'd make fun of her. I'd call her a Sci-Fi freak or a Stargate loser! Then, I watched it and now I'm hooked. As some other people say the show is predictable...this is not completely true and when it is you know how it'll end up it's just how they get there that's interesting! This show is well written and preformed amazingly, plus they have extraordinarily talented actors. If you don't like Sci-Fi you won't like this show, but if you do you'll love it(plus there are hot guys in it too). Richard Dean Anderson is brilliant and extremely funny, since his character O'Neill is so cynical, sarcastic, and kickbutt (Amanda Tapping is also kickbutt)-which he says is a lot like himself. Even though this is just a Sci-Fi show the special effects look amazingly real and all of the costumes are amazing. This is a top of the line show...I totally recommend getting in the gate!
  • The 1990's was a mediocre time for sci-fi series in my opinion. Stargate SG-1 was one of the few good series.

    Like so many good shows what helped Stargate SG-1 was it's awesome cast; Richard Dean Anderson as Col. O' Neill, Amanda Tapping as Captain/Major Carter, Michael Shanks as Dr. Jackson, Don S. Davis as Major General Hammond and Christopher Judge as Teal'c.

    All the characters are brilliant. The chemistry between them is great. Some of the Stargate SG-1 plots have been a little bit weak but you wouldn't notice because of the brilliant cast. The SG-1 team kind of remind me of The A-Team from the 80's because they stick together, they're good friends outside work and they always do the right things.

    The villains in this series could rival many of the villains from Star Trek. We have had the SG-1 team fighting the likes of the G'ouald and the replicators. The storylines have been consistently good throughout.

    All in all, this is a good series. My only criticism is the fact that the talented Teryl Rothery who plays Dr. Frasier hasn't had any good storylines of her own.
  • Its getting old, but remains my most favourite tv show.
  • As a science fiction fan, I find it hard to be surprised by a TV series. But I have to say that having watched this whole series way later than what it was supposed to (2018) I was lucky enough to come across it! Being able to watch it virtually every day without having to wait for the new episodes (I practically watched the first two seasons in only a couple of days) made me better grasp the whole story and realise how consistent and amazingly written / interpreted everything is.

    I liked the humour, the banter between members of the team, and how the SG1 team is made of such different people that they actually complete each other. The casting was therefore simply perfect, and I think that the casting alongside the story made the show not only a hit back in the day but also worth watching today for those who for some reason didn't catch it.

    Season 1 to 8 were my absolute favourites and understand why some say that the show should have ended on the final episode of the 8th season. But I faced season 9 and 10 as some extra goodies, not necessarily related to what happened until them, and that made me appreciate them more.

    The new science fiction writers would learn a thing or two if they watched this.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Erm...yes. Richard Dean Anderson's departure could have mortally wounded the show but along came Ben Browder and saved the day. He does not try to duplicate the performance of RDA but simply carve a whole new character. But I am not just focusing on season 9 and how the show pulled its tail out of the fire. Sure season nine had everyone on the edge of their seats but we must not forget the other eight seasons Stargatey goodness. People say that with a single "big bad" running through the series (the Goa'uld) every episode is the same. Shame on them. The writing manages to maintain variety, you never know what those slimy galaxy dominating people possessing little critters will do next. People said the Ori are basically the Goa'uld spelt differently, I am not going to argue, watch season nine and you will find they are completely different in every way (the whole false god thing aside). I just have one thing to say, don't do a Star Trek, this show has another season or two left in it, but when it starts to flounder, don't do it a disservice by squeezing every last penny from it.
  • To me there are two SG-1's. Seasons 1,9, & 10 should have been lost in some distant galaxy and forgotten ever existed. The other seasons are cherished campy fun Sci-Fi at its best. Which is probably why you see so many reviews with extremely different opinions. If you can, breeze quickly through some of the first season to get the story plot and ignore the filler episodes and ignore anything after season eight, then you will appreciate the show much better.

    As a quick guide for the first season, just skip episodes 3,4,5 and 11. These are really bad filler episodes that skipping will not hurt future viewing at all. You could skip 14 and 15 but it does have some backstory to it. If I had to rate this show overall it gets a seven. However it would deserve a none or ten if they never did season 1,9, & 10.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    I LOVE Jack's jokes like 'The cliché is...' or "Over the top cliché guy, black, oily skin, kinda spooky...". He is just hilarious! Daniel's starting to catch up on him to! Good thing Jack's not on the team anymore (in a way) or else it would have been sarcasm mania!!!!I just love all the plots (season 8, a little less, I have to admit), the characters are great, the actors are great, I'm starting to pick up facial expressions (and more) from Jack, Daniel and Teal'c...It just all theoretically possible and exciting...oops! Their I go again!!! Sorry, I'm also starting to pick up traits from Carter, and all of this is driving my parents NUTZ!!!!!!! Well, to conclude, I think it's good for another three seasons or so, especially if they keep on packing the episodes with all this humor, drama, action and so forth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I love this series, and every one of the Stargate series. I started watching in season 7, but quickly went back and binged every episode on DVD (netflix wasn't a thing yet). I now own all of SG1 and SGA. I've watched every episode of SG1 at least 5 times, SGA about 3 times, and SGU about twice. I think I'm pretty much obsessed with this series.
  • Most believe Stargate SG-1 to be better than the movie it spawned from. Perhaps that is so. But I believe being a series it can also expand on a lot of things the movie didn't have time for.

    A plot, characters, and humour add the entertainment factor to the StarGate, which in it's movie phase was just a concept thrown into a film.

    However being a series the writers often seem to write episodes which diverge from the main plot and end up looking like a traditional science fiction story, or an episode entirely focused on developing a character. I despise this, but many people to enjoy a break from the fate-of-the-world type hype that happens in most episodes.

    Personally I think this is the greatest show to ever hit the screens, and a lot of people agree with me. A lot of sci-fi fans love this one. I am not a sci-fi fan, but this very concept has always been with me even before I saw the Stargate film, so I was very interested in this whole phenomenon. A lot of history buffs watch this one, as most races of people on the show are decendants from ancient Earth civilisations. A lot of people watch it because the cast is just so sexy! (Go Amanda and Teryl!)

    It really is a truly fantastic show! I recommend everyone watch it, no matter what your impression was when you first heard the title etc...
  • samba-9791328 October 2018
    I'm watching the series for the second time. There's still plenty to love-interesting stories, great and often funny dialogue, drama, political intrigue-but my critical eye is seeing things I didn't notice before.

    Michael Shanks rattles off his lines at top speed and without feeling, almost as if he's being paid by the word. I can accept a bit of bad acting, but the character of Jack O'Neall is really problematic. The leader of off-world missions will constantly find himself or herself in first-contact situations, where diplomacy will be absolutely essential. Yet the Air Force chose O'Neall, who's about as xenophobic and disrespectul of other cultures as they come. He deliberately substitutes Earth words for alien words he encounters and even calls aliens by American first names instead of their actual (and easily pronounced) names, for example substituting Marty for Martouf. He also uses racial slurs in describing aliens, e.g., calling the Goa'uld snakeheads. He also appears to have no compassion; he often has to be talked into doing the right thing. I still love the show, just liking this character less and less.
  • lopster_e22 October 2018
    By far the best science fiction series . starts off close to the ground taking you step by step explaining along the way . sure there are some things wrong with effects but only in the first seasons . beautifully backed up by science . Definitely worth your time .
  • I had only seen a few random episodes now and then back when it first started but I never managed to start following it properly. I always knew I would like it, but the whole 10 seasons (+ 5 seasons of Atlantis and 2 seasons of Universe) kind of scared me, such a huge undertaking to start. But then, about a year ago I finally started the journey. And I must say, I had a blast. I laughed, I cried, I was at the edge of my seat, I was transported across the universe through the stargate.

    The cast is brilliant and their friendship is what makes it so great. There is the same kind of friendly chemistry as in Star Trek TOS and TNG. There is this warm feeling of familiarity, and everyone gets along well.

    The story and character arcs are brilliant. The slow buildup and learning about the Ancients etc. Brilliant. And it is intriguing to take notice that this series could be almost seen as a documentary. It tells things that are extremely similar to things you hear about in various disclosure events. From the very basic idea of Ancient Aliens visiting primitive humans and seen as Gods, the Ancient builder race, a base in Antarctica, Atlantis etc. This show seems to have been made as part of a long-term soft disclosure to get us used the concepts. Which it has done extremely well.

    In the first season, I was slightly disappointed in the basic format of going to yet another forest planet with a primitive society of humans. I remember that was a joke that originally made a lot of people not want to watch it properly, "every planet looks like a canadian forest", but I am glad I stuck with it, because you could see the budget increase as it went along, and we got more and more impressive places.

    I loved it when they finally got the Asgard-assisted Starships, then it truly stepped into a Star Trek-like world.

    I have just finshed SG-1 and am now starting season 4 of Atlantis, where the journey goes on. This is one for the history books people. 10/10 brilliant and fantastic in every way. Bravo! Bravo!
  • prjct17 August 2018
    Warning: Spoilers
    It's kinda a throw away episode I admit, which is probably the only reason I don't give it 10 stars. Michael Shanks gets to play two characters in two different bodies so he's almost playing four characters. Richard Dean Anderson and Christopher Judge get to play each other which is a total delight! It's sad that Amanda Tapping didn't get in on the fun but it's understandable why they had to leave her out. Even though the events of this episode are brought up once or twice after, it's mostly useless to the overall arc of the series, but it's a great character episode. You get to see the 3 male characters in different form and see how Sam is both abused and concerned by the situation while she acts as the teams rock. Overall I think that I like this episode better than most in what has always been one of my favorite series. It's fun but has tender moments and helped showcase the main actors range. Good watch!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    It may be all science fiction, but the way the show works you'd swear it was real. Unlike most science fiction shows, this happens in our own time, with an Earth very recognizable to the viewer. It's not the future, it's not another galaxy. It's Earth, the way we know it. The only difference in the beginning is the Stargate, a portal to other worlds all across the galaxy. And through it, we are introduced to societies not so different from our own at various points in time. From the legend of King Arthur, to the pyramids of Egypt and Greek mythology, the cultures of our planet are revealed to be quite literally out of this world.

    The show started out exploring this in great depth, covering all sorts of ancient cultures. It added a scientific twist to it all, and even explained why all these people were spread across the galaxy. About halfway through its life, the series shifted to a more story-driven, typical sci-fi show centering around saving the world and fighting aliens. And it pulls off both versions quite well.

    Another MAJOR turning point came in Season 9 (airing as of this writing), when the main character played by Richard Dean Anderson was written off the show (at his own request). Many of the major plot lines were finally sewed up and ended to facilitate the new leading man, Ben Browder. Not being a fan of Farscape, I was originally skeptical, but he has proved himself more than worthy to fill Anderson's shoes. Still, you can't replace MacGuyver. You will be missed, Jack O'Neill.

    The characters are ever evolving, bonding and getting deeper as the show goes along. Samantha Carter has had some of the most interesting developments, with her father becoming a major envoy with an alien race, and her brother setting her up with a boyfriend--a move so controversial, fans sent mail asking for the guy to die.

    Teal'c, the usually grim-faced yet somehow always optimistic alien of the team, also tends to surprise in his plot lines, with family and friends scattered around the galaxy and popping in the most unexpected places. Daniel Jackson, the linguist, archaeologist and humanitarian of the bunch has probably evolved more than the other characters, casting off his once shy and unsure demeanor for a more confident, aggressive (but no less caring) persona.

    Jack O'Neill always remained essentially the same guy. And that's why we loved him. Sarcastic, brave, and never willing to leave a man or woman behind, he was the quintessential sci-fi leader figure. Ben Browder has filled the shoes admirably, though I still maintain that Jack is simply irreplaceable (like Scotty from Star Trek; bite me, Laforge).

    The visual effects never disappoint and although the "save the world just in the nick of time" premise seems to be used more and more as the show goes on, it inexplicably seems compelling all the time. We've seen Earth evolve from a simple exploratory entity to a major power in the galaxy. We've seen empires rise and fall. And most importantly, no matter how strange and exotic the situation might be, there's always an underlying sense of science. From bending space to Hyperspace, the show does its best to tell us what's going on and how it works. The backbone of any sci-fi show is to make the fiction sound believably scientific.

    I love Stargate SG-1. It's my favorite show, currently. I hope it stays on for years to come, but at least we'll always know it has beaten the X-Files as longest running sci-fi show on TV. Believe me; there's a reason.
  • Why can't all sci-fi shows be this much fun? SG-1 has become one of those world wide phenomena like soccer that is loved more out of the US than in the US. We missed the point but the SG fans are hardcore (sans simbiote) and love this show with much admiration. -It deserves it. Where most "sci-fi" shows on TV/cable have come and gone (and those last awful Star Trek series for that matter) SG1 has stayed true and continues to be entertaining, smart and clever after completing its 7th season on the Sci-Fi channel. Smart writing and great production only fall second to the terrific cast that seem to savor every minute. Who can blame actors that get such great material to work with for such a long time? Various writers and stellar FX set it apart from past shows in terms of aesthetics but the imagination and humor of the writing is such a joy. Quite frankly, I've never laughed so hard at a science fiction show that actually is SUPPOSED to be funny. Richard D. Anderson is an absolute riot as Colonel 'Neill. Michael Shanks plays the goofy dork to the T (drop the fake glasses though) and the stunning Amanda Tapping (droooooling...) plays the super sexy scientist better than anyone whose had to play a sexy scientist (and who really knows hows to hold/fire a weapon). Christopher Judge plays everyone's favorite golem warrior valiantly with a twist of tongue-and-cheek in every drowsy stare. Don S. Davis as General Hammond is like the perfect father figure and is played justly with a heart of gold. Teryl Rothery as Dr. Frasier completes the SG circle. She may be petite, but she stands tall and firm (mouth to mouth please!). SG1 stands alone because the people involved with SG1 love it. They take great care and love in creating a fun show that never takes itself seriously and has a fun, almost child-like quality in its execution. I hope in the future that there are many new Stagates to visit with more fantastic adventures to come... :D
  • I created this account only to address the three main complaints the SG-1 naysayers, haters, and otherwise completely ignorant individuals and their raucous babbling keep griping about. Most, if not all, of the negative reviews are composed by those who have only a residual amount of higher-order thinking. With that said, critical thought for these poor souls is a sort of brownish-yellow after-birth, useless; base; and pitiful. So, lets get down to brass tacks, separate the wheat from the chaff, and yolk this contemptuous beast of non-sense. I took the liberty of quoting three "prolific" authors in order to showcase, in their own words, how ill-founded and otherwise illogical their reviews really are.

    MAIN COMPLAINT #1: "How is it that everyone can understand each other perfectly without devices like universal translators or translator microbes? Did the creators of this show realize that people who were taken from different parts of the earth, in different time frames (Attilla the Hun wasn't a contemporary of preliterate Hellenic cultures, nor were the Vikings contemporary to the Pyramid builders) speak different languages and can never develop a language so similar to modern day English(except for the inflections they "do not" use), which has been influenced by Latin, ancient Greek, Danish and French?" - Aaron Driessen

    RETORT #1: Given the average episode length of roughly 44-45 minutes, having to establish new methods of communication every time the SG-1 team encounters a new race would consume significant portions of time, time better spent establishing and adding to the plot. The creators do acknowledge, several times through character dialogue in-fact, that different human cultures have been taken at different times throughout the course of earth's history. Dr. Jackson, the linguist, frequently comments on the language differences, as well as pointing out many root words that have similarities to Latin, Greek, and Mongolian. Also, the Hellenistic cultures were not pre-literate, they were arguably one of the most influential cultures in terms of advancing mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, and literature.

    MAIN COMPLAINT #2: "What bothers me the most, is that the show was shot in Canada. I know it's cheaper, but they should have shot it in California, so we could have had scenes in the desert. That would have been more true to the movie. The first scene where they are outside in another world is in the mountains, with lots of pine trees where it looks cold. That does'nt feel very Egyptian. What worked so well in the movie was that it felt like you were in the ancient Egypt. Here it feels like they're running around fighting aliens in a Canadian forest. And it's so lame that apparently, on other planets, the fall comes as well. You can see leaves on the ground in the forests that all look like forests outside Vancouver. It just makes the show even more unbelievable and dumb." - krycek19

    RETORT #2: Krycek, you are either incredibly stupid, or possess an impressively short attention span. The episode you're referring to is the pilot, where the team travels to the planet "Abados", a desert planet, where they meet up with Daniel Jackson and subsequently Skaara is taken by Apophis. Unfortunately, you must have been playing with yourself when they left Abados to travel to Chulak, an entirely different planet, where yes, evergreens along with a different climate exist. Furthermore, why would you argue against fall existing on another planet?! It's a completely logical assumption that, due to the axial tilt of the planet, certain hemispheres could easily experience what we call "fall". Krycek, I advise you stick to shows that require minimal effort on your part, like Bad Girls Club or Pawn Stars.

    MAIN COMPLAINT #3: "I have to admit that my review is based only on the first half of the first season… Who said that all planets should have a breathable atmosphere? How come all the "military" personnel, besides saying sir, do not behave like, or take any decision like a military man would? How come they are so reluctant to use advanced "alien" weapons, which are scattered everywhere because the race that conquered hundreds of planets cannot hit four poorly trained and armored soldiers." - Andrei A

    RETORT #3: Since you didn't watch the whole show, you missed out on the numerous occasions in which the SG-1 team encounter atmospheres and climates that are not breathable, in fact there is one where they almost die from narcoleptic induced sleep by a hostile airborne bacteria. This is why writing a review on something without knowing anything about it makes you look like an ass. Concerning your military question, how would YOU have them act then? Are you some military expert? Furthermore, it's a show for TV, of course not everything is going to be entirely realistic, so unclench your butt-hole and enjoy the show for what it is, space exploration, not military imperialism. They are neither reluctant to use advanced alien weapons and technology. Again, countless times throughout the show, they request to use, borrow, and have many different technologies encountered throughout the series. In fact, the whole point of SG-1 is to discover new cultures and acquire new knowledge and technologies for Earth, so your question is entirely irrelevant.
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