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Stargate SG-1 Season 1, Vol. 1: Episodes 1-3 (1997)

Richard Dean Anderson , Michael Shanks  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Don S. Davis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM Domestic Television Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792843622
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stargate SG-1 Season 1, Vol. 1: Episodes 1-3" on IMDb

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  • Includes three episodes: Pilot Episode: Children of the Gods, Episode One: The Enemy Within, Episode Two: Emancipation

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Episode #8.1: New Order Part 1 - When Carter and TealÂ'c fly to the Asgard world of Hala in hopes of finding a way to revive OÂ'Neill, they are attacked by Replicators, who take Carter prisoner. Meanwhile, Dr. Weir and Daniel Jackson attempt to negotiate a treaty with GoaÂ'uld System Lords who wish to unite against a common enemy. Episode #8.2: New Order Part 2 - The GoaÂ'uld send a mothership to Earth, demanding that it prove its superior defenses. As Dr. Weir applies her most expert diplomatic tactics, Daniel and the still unconscious body of Colonel O'Neill are unexpectedly beamed aboard ThorÂ's ship, where Thor tries to access the knowledge of the Ancients. Episode #8.3: Lock Down - When Jackson contracts a mysterious illness from a Russian colonel, OÂ'Neill is convinced that a contagion has infected the base and orders a lockdown. But when Jackson reveals that he was actually possessed by Anubis, who is now loose on the base, OÂ'Neill must discover the identity of the new host! Episode #8.4: Zero Hour - OÂ'Neill finds his plate full with a visit from the president and negotiations between two warring tribes from the planet Amra. But when SG-1 is captured by a GoaÂ'uld System Lord and heÂ's forced to choose between the safety of the team and the fate of an entire planet, OÂ'Neill begins to question his competency!

The Showtime cable series Stargate SG-1 turns the premise of Stargate into a surprisingly viable formula, with former MacGyver star Richard Dean Anderson assuming Kurt Russell's role as Air Force hero Jack O'Neill. Michael Shanks inherits James Spader's role as archeologist Daniel Jackson, and the series' 1997 pilot, "Children of the Gods," reunites the adventurers when the Air Force's Stargate facility on Earth is attacked by sentries from Abydos, the distant planet on the other side of the space-warping Stargate. Faced with a new nemesis from Abydos, O'Neill and the fresh recruits of Unit SG-1 must return to the planet and close off the Stargate to prevent further attacks on Earth. It's a pretty standard adventure, with brief, gratuitous R-rated nudity not seen in the original cablecast, but Anderson's an appealing leader of the well-chosen cast (including Alexis Cruz, reprising his role from the film), and the show's production values are consistently high. Taking logical steps from Stargate, series developers Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner have managed an admirable feat, creating a spin-off that doesn't feel like a rip-off.

Episode One, "The Enemy Within," continues the SG-1 pilot, with the discovery that officer Kawalsky (Jay Acavone) is now the enslaved host of a Goa'uld larvae--a snakelike parasite from Abydos that has seized control of Kawalski's nervous system. Only an elaborate surgical procedure can save Kawalski's life, and the SG-1 loyalty of Teal'c (Christopher Judge)--a former enemy from Abydos who is also a Goa'uld host--is put to the test.

Episode Two, "Emancipation," guest-stars Soon-Tek Oh as the leader of the Shavadai, a Mongolian-like tribe on the planet Simarka, where the SG-1 Unit has arrived via the Stargate to begin their first expedition. The Shavadai view women as subservient and submissive, so the presence of SG-1 Captain Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) causes an instant--and, for Carter, potentially deadly--uproar. This episode offers an enjoyable balance of humor and suspense, and establishes Tapping as a witty sparring partner for Anderson. --Jeff Shannon

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best SciFi show on television. March 15, 2000
If you saw the movie Stargate and felt left out in left field, don't let that stop you from seeing the series on Showtime. If you don't mind the commercials, Fox is syndicating it and is a season behind Showtime. Richard Dean Anderson adds a personality that for some reason Kurt Russell left out. IMHO, Michael Shanks does a lot better Daniel Jackson. It's fun to watch a show that gives female leads a strong character as in Captain [now a major] Samantha Carter. As far as matters dealing with the "how to's" of the stargate she's much smarter than O'Neill. Teal'c played by Christopher Judge is incredible in his depth of character and his ability to do other things in the show. He's done several voice overs for other characters. If you've already seen the first few episodes, I can only repeat the old worn out cliche that says, "you ain't seen nothin' yet." They just keep getting better and better. Heavens, I can't forget General George [Don S. Davis] Hammond. A real "by the book" General that can actually have a softer side. BTW, this show is the only program being made today that has the USAF approval and they oversee all scripts dealing with military activities and protocols. What you see is the real deal, folks. Well, the gate is fiction. But, the rest is watched closely. The show actually rates 11 stars if I could give it to them. The SG-1 team really deserves a LOT of kudos for this one.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Ba-a-a-ck! January 5, 2000
Forget eBay. If you've been trying to get the 1997 movie that kicked off the television series, this is it. Apparently "Children of the Gods," the movie considered "rare" by fans, has been re-released with this new box cover. It is, however, definitely the same as the movie listed by Amazon as "currently unavailable." Thought those of you pining over it would want to know. The only place the actual title appears on the box in on the back. Way to go, MGM--and Amazon!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good background movie if you like the series.. October 7, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This made-for-television movie takes place about a year or so after the Stargate movie and it is a good introduction to the series, Stargate SG-1, but it doesn't deliver the action and special effects it promises and that we have come to expect in the series. Sadly, the producers found it necessary to add nudity that is nothing short of gratuitous. While I'm not against nudity if it contributes to the story, I do oppose it when it occurs in a movie that is the precursor to a series that is popular with children. The writing was good, Richard Dean Anderson is a better o"Neill than Kurt Russell, and Amanda Tapping as Sam Carter is able to deliver all of those quantum physics phrases with credibility. While the series definitely does a better job of character development, this is a must-see for the SG-1 fan.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Really Stargate 2 January 15, 2000
It's good. You don't need to see the movie to understand this pilot episode. It sets up everything for the first season. The acting is on the money. (in fact at first it's hard to tell Shanks from Spader). Anderson plays O'Neill much better than Russell. I kinda wish they re-made the orginal Stargate with these two.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's children of the gods! January 7, 2000
By A Customer
The "rare" movie children of the gods is back! The only difference is the cover. This is a great movie! I recommend this to any sg1 fan. Since it is unedited, beware: there is some nudity. I was surprised because the tv version cut the part out.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!Keeps with the Movie July 10, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
StarGate SG-1 has kept to the mthyos of the original Stargate.Richard Dean Anderson has portrayed Col.O'Niell as good if not better than Kurt Russell.The conflct with the Gau'loud system lords was a great way to expand the plot,and the storyline of Daniel tring to find his wife is the most dramatic part of the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wormhole Has Been Established! March 7, 2000
By IM35461
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very well done MGM Domestic Television. 16x9 Enhanced - Very Good. Picture Quality - Could Be Better. Program Content - Fantastic. On Screen Logos - None (Really Great). Commercial Breaks - None (Really Great). I have only seen this series on TV in the UK, of course minus the nude sequence. Also on UK TV, the episode titles are different! We only see the actors name e.g. Don S. Davis, but not his image. I hope MGM make the rest of the series available and with 3/4 episodes a DVD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stargate sg1 / available on DVD in England ........ August 30, 2000
By A Customer
It must be a first to have the series available over here before the States gets it ,my collection is so far up to volume 7 . We get 4 episodes per DVD . I have to rate the whole series ,as 10 out of 10 ,enjoyable to watch ,well put together ,Richard Dean Anderson is well cast as a bolshie troop ,adding an angle to the show that other programs fail to do . We are just about to start the 4 th series ,over here . I hear through the grapevine that the 5 th series is due to start filming in 2001 ,in Canada ,could we be in for the STAR TREK experience ,where it just goes on and on ,I hope so ! A warning to the writers and producers ,your fans are not stupid ,don;t allow the program to deteriate , as is the case with other sci-fi series as they get older please ,we like it the way it is ......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by JUAN CARLOS GARCIA CRISTOBAL
5.0 out of 5 stars The way it was meant to be seen.
I bought this VHS because it is the only version that was originally broadcast on Showtime. The DVD, special edition included is syndicated TV edit. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Philip Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Damn Sci-Fi seies, hands down, bar none
I have seen the movie, and the series only provides an increase in the depth of the characters that began in the movie. Read more
Published 19 months ago by NickDick
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed.
I got my order
in the mail today, And could hardly wait to see the pilot episode. its been so long since SG1came out. Watching this was like seeing it for the 1st time.
Published on April 5, 2012 by C. Willey
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sci-fi adventure!
This DVD includes the original two hour pilot "Children of the Gods" along with "The Enemy Within" and "Emancipation".

"Children of the Gods" kicked but. Read more
Published on May 13, 2010 by Jero Briggs
4.0 out of 5 stars When fair movies become great TV
Most TV shows spun off from movies are uninvolving and uninteresting ("Blade," anyone?), and hopefully die and are forgotten. Read more
Published on August 18, 2006 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars stargate sg1
In a deep planet faith is waiting for them to save there world. But now they have to stop aboydos the sun godes of egypt from forcing people to work... Read more
Published on August 4, 2005
This version-the VHS-DOES NOT INCLUDE THE SECOND EPISODE. It only includes the pilot, Children of the Gods. Read more
Published on February 1, 2005 by killbarney
5.0 out of 5 stars A decent movie is turned into a pretty good TV series
I have stumbled across "Stargate SG-1" on cable television from time to time and so it was a real treat to go back to the beginning and see how Showtime was able to turn a... Read more
Published on July 18, 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a must
If you love stargate, you must own this DVD with the pilot. What more is there to say?
Published on May 30, 2003 by Sherrie I. Zoook
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