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Fun show nearly 20 years later
on October 31, 2016
This show is really fun Sci Fi.
It's got comedy from Jack as he handles tough situations with grace and jokes. It's got drama. It's got action. It's just good all around entertainment.
I didn't watch this show when it originally aired. I am seeing it for the first time now, in 2016. That's significant because there have been a lot of changes in television over the past 15 years that could have easily made this 1990's show outdated and unwatchable. Namely the advent of HDTV. Sci Fi in HD is a different experience than Sci Fi in standard definition.
I am happy to say that Stargate SG-1 works despite being a 4:3 aspect ratio (bars on the sides) standard definition presentation. The thing about sci fi is that everything centers around a good story. If you have a good story, older special effects don't matter. That's why the original Star Trek series is still watchable despite the low quality effects and Shatner's acting.
SG1 is a great story. It's fun. It's entertaining. And it takes Gene Roddenberry's approach to sci fi, which is that the story should be about the people, not about the science. The science should be a plot element, not the entire story. That's what made Star Trek work, and it's what makes SG1 work. SG-1 goes pretty light on actual science with all the spaceships that look like Egyptian pyramids, for example. But that makes the story fun.
Each episode is about the people interacting with other species or other branches of humanity. The result is that the cast learns about itself and what it means to be human. Just like Star Trek had Spock and Data and 7 of 9 type characters who were emotionless people that served to highlight the humanity in the rest of the cast, Stargate has T'ealc who's character serves a similar purpose.
It's a very entertaining show and you don't have to have enjoyed it when it originally aired to pick it up and start liking it now.
Watching it on the Amazon FireStick I find the video quality to be good. Again, it's standard definition. There is nothing they can do to increase the resolution. But the color depth is good. The clarity is good for SD.