Stargate Infinity: The Complete Series
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This animated series chronicles a generation after the SGC first stepped through the alien device known as the Stargate. The war with the evil parasitic Goa uld is won. The once top-secret Stargate Command and its work have been declassified, and beings from other worlds are living among us.
But now there s a new threat and Major Gus Bonner must lead a group of young SGC cadets through the Stargate to protect the life of an Ancient from hostile new enemies.
Despite the inherent limitations of television cartoons (principally the lack of a big enough budget to animate both characters and settings convincingly), Stargate: Infinity has all of the elements designed to appeal to its young (and presumably mostly male) audience, like cool aliens (Gigantic bugs! Slimy monsters!) and constant high-energy action sequences. This being a childrens show, it also has a mandated educational element (we learn about everything from the difference between stalactites and stalagmites to the kind of arches used in Roman architecture), as well as various life lessons (believe in yourself, dont judge others by appearance alone, etc.); to the shows credit, the latter tend to be laid on with a trowel instead of a shovel. Bonus features include an "Animated Stargate Effects Test" and original concept art. --Sam Graham
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The writers and producers of Stargate SG-1 and the main canon of the Stargate franchise were not involved with Infinity, and neither MGM (producers of the Stargate franchise), the production teams nor the fans of Stargate consider Infinity to be an official part of the Stargate universe.
The Stargate is an alien device discovered in Egypt, in 1928. Its purpose is to create wormholes to similar devices across the universe, allowing near instantaneous travel to distant planets and galaxies. Stationed at Stargate Command ("the SGC"), a top-secret military base located inside Cheyenne Mountain, teams of explorers (know as SG teams typically assigned numerical designations like "SG-1" "SG-3" "SG-12" etc) go on missions through the Stargate to find new technology and make allies to help defend Earth from alien threats.
Stargate Infinity is set 30 years after the Tau'ri (which literally means "the first ones" or "those of the first world" in the language of the alien race known as the Goa'uld) first used the Stargate. According to this show, by this time the Stargate has become public knowledge, and some aliens have become citizens of Earth.
In this series, a veteran member of the SGC, Major Gus Bonner, leads a team of young recruits through the gate after being framed by an alien infiltrator from a hostile race known as the Tlak'kahn (the Goa'uld having long since been defeated; this was written years before their defeat was even conceived on SG-1 TV series).Read more ›
Truth be told, I, like MGM, came away from the first motion picture quite convinced the franchise was going to die within the same project that birthed it and who knows, it certainly looked to be the case for the three years that followed until Stargate SG-1 hit television airwaves as an official sequel to the film. I'll be quick to admit that while SG-1, in my opinion anyway, improved upon the movie's promise, there was still an undeniable degree of quirkiness, some plot hole issues, and just enough fluff to prevent it from hitting full geekdom supremacy. From there was born what I've considered the most impressive of the live-action shows, 2004's Stargate Atlantis followed by the most recent and perhaps darkest incarnation of the mythos, 2009's Stargate Universe.
What a lot of Gate aficionados ("Gaters") don't realize however is that amidst all of the live-action success enjoyed by the franchise, MGM and DIC teamed up in 2002 to produce an animated version of the license that we'll be taking a look at in the following critique.
Stargate Infinity premiered in September 2002 as part of 4Kids Entertainment's FOX BOX Saturday morning line-up and went off the air June of 2003. It ran a fairly impressive 26-episodes but unlike most animated efforts, which consist of 13-episode seasons, Infinity is considered a single season.Read more ›
A new set of monsters and a new adversary makes sense, new characters and a different storyline is also understandable, but this drivel wasn't worth my money. I instantly gave the set away to an avid Stargate collector who didn't care about the actual content but rather liked to complete his collection. A preview or sample of one or more episodes would have discouraged me from spending my money.
For those who enjoyed this series, have fun...
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Good quality - really bad series. Hahaha... Takes itself WAAAYYY too seriously.Published 13 months ago by Micheal D. Frantz
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