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Stargate SG-1 Season 1 Boxed Set
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Stargate SG-1 Season 1
Hollywood's film archives overflow with the carcasses of dismal movies based on lame '60s and '70s television shows, a syndrome that shows no sign of abating. But here's evidence that the reverse effect, turning a movie into a TV series, can have surprisingly positive results. Indeed, based on the 21 episodes produced for the first season of Stargate SG-1, it could be argued that this show is significantly better than the 1994 feature it's derived from.
The central conceit of the original Stargate--the existence of an artificially created "wormhole" through which one can travel to different worlds light years away from Earth--was an intriguing one. In seizing on the obvious possibilities for expanding on that premise, series executive producers-writers Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright have smartly retained some of the film's basic elements (its amalgam of myth and theoretical hokum, or the ongoing clash of wills between scientists and soldiers), while adding a variety of fresh ideas (including new characters, new locations, and a welcome dose of humor, much of it supplied by Richard Dean Anderson, MacGyver himself, who replaces Kurt Russell in the central role of Colonel Jack O'Neill). The result is a show with multidimensional heroes and villains and consistently compelling story lines (many of them introduced in the pilot and carried forward through subsequent episodes) balancing excellent special effects and production values. All this and full frontal nudity, too (at least in the aforementioned pilot). Who can resist?
The first season is spread out over five DVDs; the 100-minute pilot shares the first volume with two other episodes, while discs 2 to 5 contain anywhere from three to five shows each. Sound and visuals (in widescreen format) alike will take full advantage of any home system's capabilities. But aside from language and subtitle options, bonus features are limited to brief featurettes that play like commercials and provide little in the way of background information or insight (there are no features at all on the first disc). Then again, if you really want to know what that symbol on Teal'c's forehead means, or why the nasty, parasitic Goa'ulds look a lot like the fledgling stomach monsters in the Alien series, there is no doubt a Web site out there just for you. --Sam Graham
- Behind-the-scenes featurettes with cast members
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It is sad amazon won't be keeping it on prime. Everyone here who is leave negative reviews because of the removal of prime needs to calm down. Yes, it sucks, but amazon is a business...business' are around to make money. I too don't like the idea of not being able to see it at will just because I'm a prime member...but I'll, and so will you, get over it. I got a great idea, if you want to watch it so bad...then buy it! Or download it illegally. Regardless, stop getting pissed at amazon for selling a product which you paid for when with your prime membership.
(I do not work for amazon, I'm just an old retired military guy that understands how commerce works)
The production value of the show leans on 90's quality CGI at times which gives the show a retro look and feel. It's not poorly made by any standards, but it's not theatrical release quality that you see with cable Sci fi series today (12 Monkeys / Falling Skies / Stuff like that) But the writing is good. And with Sci Fi, writing is the most important thing. If you have a good story that's well told you can make up for any lack of production value. (Original Star Trek / Early Doctor Who / etc)
The acting is decent, as is the playful banter between the characters. It's just a fun show. Each episode if them visiting some new planet and dealing with some new problem. It's kind of like Star Trek in that regard, just with no space ship.
It's fun Sci Fi that focuses on the characters more than the science, which makes it watchable for a wider audience.
All in all I am enjoying this and am glad I checked it out even if I am two decades late.
If my review helped you, please click the helpful button. Or comment if I can answer any other questions <3
As I mentioned briefly above, it takes a while to get into. In fact, I gave up after a few episodes, but at the urging of my brother-in-law, I persisted through a few more episodes and got hooked.
If you like sci-fi that doesn't take itself too seriously, you should love this show! (Stargate Atlantis, a spin-off, starts up after SG1's seventh season finale - http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Stargate:_Atlantis. I didn't like like it quite as much, but it is also a great show. Make sure you check it out when the two shows start to crossover.)
NOTE: This is NOTHING like Stargate Universe, which in my opinion strayed too far away from the original feel of the series and was way too dark. SG1 is not dark at all.
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