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Then there are the bad guys. With longtime nemeses the Goa'uld having essentially been eliminated, we now have the Ori, whose agenda of domination through religion provides the season's principal story arc. They're certainly a timely addition. With their "Book of Origin," rejection of free will, and goal of subduing all heretics and "unbelievers," the Ori resemble extreme fundamentalists of various stripes; on the other hand, when the U.S. military talks about crusades and "ridding the galaxy of evildoers," parallels to the Bush administration's war on terror are obvious and unavoidable. Problem is, while we know that the Ori are relentless, devious, and bloated with the pride that always attaches itself to false gods, we can't actually see them. They have semi-human apostles, called Priors, who spread "enlightenment" and bad mojo (not to mention plagues of carnivorous bugs) all over the universe. They have mighty ships that that leave the good guys in dire straits in the climactic battle that ends the season (typically, little is resolved, leaving viewers to salivate for Season 10). But the Ori themselves are kin to the all-knowing Ancients, who exist not in recognizable physical form but as energy; unlike previous villains, from the Goa'uld to the Replicators to Stargate Atlantis' Wraith, when it comes to the Ori, there's no there there. Meanwhile, the writers' replacement of the ancient Egyptian iconography used in earlier seasons with various aspects of Arthurian legend (Merlin, Knights of the Round Table, sword in the stone) is sometimes cool, sometimes merely hokey.
As always, Stargate SG-1's production values and effects remain first-rate, even as the stories become more character-driven and less dependent on spectacular action sequences. The DVD transfers are excellent. Special features are similar to previous box sets: audio commentary on all episodes, featurettes focusing on sets, props, and special effects, and five "directors series" entries devoted to particular episodes. --Sam Graham
- 20 episodes on five discs
- Commentary on each episode
- "SG-1 Director's Series" featurettes on the episodes "Avalon," "The Powers That Be," "Prototype," "Ethon," and "Crusade"
- "SG-1 Beyond the Gate" featurettes "It Takes a Crew to raise a Village," "Inside the Stargate Props Department," "Inside the Stargate Special Effects Department," "An Introduction to Ben Browder," and "Profile on Brad Wright"
- Photo and production galleries
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For most STARGATE SG-1 fans, Season Eight was something of a disappointment. It was no secret that Richard Dean Anderson was burnt out and wanted to leave the show. When SG-1 went into the field it was as a trio and not as a quartet, and Anderson's anarchic sense of humor was severely missed. The show clearly needed to change if it was going to continue to be worth watching. When Anderson left the show at the end of Season Eight, some fans lost all interest in the show. But Ben Browder in replacing Anderson brought some fan interest of his own, having starred in the critically acclaimed, fan favorite, and tragically cancelled FARSCAPE. Although for many fans Browder could not fully replace Anderson, he definitely brought a great deal to the show. And most important, he helped restore some balance to the cast by injecting some of the same irreverence that Anderson had.
Season 9 was unfortunately interrupted by real life concerns. Both Amanda Tapping and newcomer Claudia Black had their participation in the show interfered with by pregnancy.Read more ›
It is hard to let go of Richard Dean Anderson, he is a great actor and played a great character, but I think the Ori, being led by Vala's daughter, are a more than worthy adversary and they have given the show some foes that seem impossible to kill/eliminate. This is what true sci-fi needs an unatainable goal. And Season 9 is the starting point for understanding the new path of the show. Season 9 is not for those who are unable to accept change, but in my opinion change is necessary in the real world and that of Stargate. Go team!!
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It's not the best season of SG-1--that would be season 6, but it's still SG-1 and the entire series, and the made for TV movies are well worth the time of ANY SciFi/Fantasy fan.Published 2 days ago by Michael Galletly
The concept of ancient aliens posing as gods is fascinating, and probably real. Re-reading ancient texts from the prospective of modern technology gives insight that many of the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by A. Scientist
This is by far my all time favorite TV show but season 9, along side season 10, is one of the very best seasons. It makes me so sad that this show could not go on forever.Published 6 days ago by Bennett Dabb
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Good news, I just saw a commercial about a week ago (and yes, I do believe it was on SciFi) saying that they will at least complete the next episode to finish the cliffhanger that they started. I also read that MGM has given the budgetary "okay" to film a 2 hour movie for SG-1. Now is... Read More
Jan 9, 2007 by Amazon Customer | See all 3 posts
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Aug 26, 2006 by Mr. B. Mckenna-smith | See all 4 posts
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I just got Season 9 yesterday. It is in the thin pack. I was disappointed. I wish they would have given the option of which format we wanted. I know it takes up less space, but it doesn't match.
Oct 5, 2006 by anonymous review | See all 12 posts
i think you're thinking of season 10 which isnt realeased yet.
Apr 3, 2007 by J. Sellner | See all 2 posts
|Can I start watching the show at the beginning of season nine?||
I think you can and still enjoy it but going back to the beginning would be better because there are references to things that happened in previous episodes also you will get to know all the characters as they joined the show rather then having to figure out who they are and what roll they are... Read More
Aug 19, 2008 by Ephraim Abdella | See all 4 posts
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