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Stargate Infinity: The Complete Series
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Inspired by the blockbuster feature film and its two popular television spinoffs: Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Infinity further explores the universe through the eyes of those few who are brave enough to venture through the mysterious Stargate.
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.
All 26 episodes from Stargate Infinitys single season (2002-03) are included in this four-disc DVD package, and although it bears only a passing resemblance to the feature film, television series, and made-for-TV movies that share its name (in fact, it apparently isnt even considered an "official" member of the Stargate universe), the show boasts enough good qualities of its own to make for perfectly serviceable animated entertainment. Of course, the Stargate itself, the alien device that creates "wormholes" through which characters travel to different worlds, is still front and center; indeed, the visual effects used to depict the contraption are very similar in both animation and live action. But pretty much everything else about Infinity is different. It takes place years after the adventures chronicled in the long-running Stargate SG-1 TV show (in this world, the existence of the Stargate is now common knowledge), which means that all of that series familiar characters are long gone. In their place are Major Gus Bonner (a salty, irreverent leader somewhat in the mold of SG-1 main man Richard Dean Anderson) and a team that includes a couple of teenagers, a half-human, half-alien brainiac, an empathic Native American, and weird creature who may or may not be one of the highly evolved "Ancients" familiar from the live action series. The villains have changed as well: principal among them are the huge, lizard-like Tlak'kahn, whose agenda, like all bad guys of their ilk, appears to be nothing less than total domination of the cosmos.
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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What hasn't been discussed much is the actual design and production of the DVDs. The packaging is fine, and much more sensible than the mess that is the complete SG1 set. It's just two slim-profile DVD cases with two discs each.
The discs themselves, however, feel sloppily thrown together. The first disc in the first season pushes ads in your face when first read. It, the second disc, and presumably #s 3 & 4 both lack chapters. Each episode is one chapter, one title, and completely lacking the ability to navigate between scenes. For the publisher of the series to go to the trouble of designing the relatively high-quality menu for the series and insert the ads but not put in the trivial effort to put a chapter break at the over-the-air commercial breaks is more than a little strange.