Stargate - The Ark of Truth
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Blasting off where the Sci-Fi Channels longest running show, Stargate SG-1, left off, this thrilling feature thrusts the Stargate team Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), Vala (Claudia Black), Tealc (Christopher Judge), Sam (Amanda Tapping) and Cam (Ben Browder) into their biggest challenge yet. In search of an Ancient artifact they hope can defeat the oppressive Ori, the team not only learns that the Ori are set to launch a final assault on Earth, but a double-crossing I.O. operative is aboard the Odyssey! Also starring Beau Bridges, this pulse-pounder is loaded with enough suspense, humor and action to fill a galaxy!
Fans disappointed by the demise of the Stargate SG-1 television series after ten fruitful seasons will delight in The Ark of Truth, the first full-length movie to follow in the show’s wake. In fact, some will be more than pleased--they’ll be relieved. For not only does the 102-minute film offer an opportunity to enjoy the same likable characters, reliable effects work, superior writing, and other elements that made the series so appealing, but after season upon season in which viewers were left wondering how everything turned out, The Ark finally brings at least one cliffhanger to a conclusion: the storyline involving the villains known as the Ori, who dominated SG-1’s final two years. Our heroes (including Ben Browder as fearless leader Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell, Amanda Tapping as the intrepid Lt. Col. Samantha Carter, Christopher Judge as the implacable alien Teal’c, Michael Shanks as the ever-resourceful Dr. Daniel Jackson, and Claudia Black as the irreverent Vala) have long known that the Ori are perhaps the most irresistible force they’ve ever encountered, in part because they are "ascended" beings who don’t exist in recognizable physical form (their spaceships do, and they're huge). But now the team faces an even greater threat: the Ori have set their sights on good ol’ Planet Earth. That’s where the Ark comes in; if the good guys can just get their hands on it, they hope this ancient artifact will effectively put the big, bad Ori, their minions, and their entire religion (known as "Origin") out of business. Of course, it ain’t easy. Both collectively and individually, the team will be severely tested, their task complicated not only by the Ori but by an arrogant, clueless government official whose meddling results in the return of the metallic, insect-like Replicators. There’s little doubt about how it will all turn out--after all, there’s at least one more movie already in the pipeline--but it’s all about the ride, and despite a few flaws (as was sometimes the case with the series, the script leans a bit too hard on exposition and techno babble), this one is lots of fun. Bonus features include commentary by writer-director Robert Cooper and others, a lengthy "making of," and a helpful "prelude" to bring the uninitiated up to speed. --Sam Graham
Beyond Stargate - The Ark of Truth
Stargate SG-1 - The Complete Series Collection
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- Commentary by Robert C. Cooper, Christopher Judge, and Peter Woeste
- The Ark of Truth: Stargate at Comic-Con
- Uncovering the Ark of Truth featurette
- Stargate SG-1: The Road Taken--Prelude to Stargate: The Ark of Truth
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Ark of Truth as a series finale is fair. Not nearly the best adventure finale for the series by any stretch but it did have some great moments. Just don't pay too close attention to the details. Several characters are dropped in with little more than exposition for dialog. And many coda of the series are simply ignored in order to move the plot along. Also, there are a lot of drawn out scenes that just take up time and budget - an extended fight that involves Mitchell and a trek taken by Teal'c together eat up 10 minutes of this 90-minute film.
However as lazy as one of the major plot points is, it is a great twist and you don't see it coming. The overall suspense is just doom-y enough to carry you through to the end so it is worth it, but just barely.
I wish I could give it 3 1/2.
I really enjoy Stargate SG-1, and enjoy all of it, including this film. My only two issues...
1. The score is excessive. I get it. It's a movie. It's going to get a movie score. But after 10 seasons of the television show without one, you'd think they could have made an exception. It's always in the background. It's constant. It actually is distracting.
2. The replicator story arc is also extremely excessive. It's unnecessary. The story of the Ori was perfectly sufficient. The story arc with the replicators leads me to believe that the writers were unable to come up with enough on the Ori side to actually make a full length feature film. If that's the case, they shouldn't have made it. Not only does it feel cheap, but it feels poorly done.
Nonetheless... It's still a fun way to kill some time. And for SG-1 fans, still worth the watch.
So every year, SG-1 always wrapped up their main plotline... because they always figured they'd be canceled. And every year they were pleasantly surprised when they weren't canceled.
When they were finally actually canceled, they weren't expecting it. So they made two movies to tie up the plotlines that Season 11 would have wrapped up. Ark of Truth is the better of the two.
No spoilers from me, but you get pretty much what is expected including great special effects, a lot of action, close calls, and Teal'c being ever so... well Teal'c like :-)
It is a good wrap-up to the outstanding series Stargate SG-1 - The Complete Series Collection, and I also recommend Stargate: Continuum for those that want a little more.
Highly recommended for Stargate SG1 fans!
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I will watch them all the time just wish they
Would start making the series again.
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