Stargate SG-1 Season 7
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A boxed set of Stargate SG-1 Season 7
A gradual shift in overall style, character homecomings and departures, and evolving on- and off-screen roles for the major players are among the attractions of the seventh season of Stargate SG-1. Spread out over five discs, these 21 episodes are ample indication that changes notwithstanding--and admittedly, not all of them are for the better--the series remains arguably the best-made, most compelling sci-fi program on television.
Perhaps most noticeable is the reduced role of star Richard Dean Anderson, who opted to limit his number of trips to Vancouver, where Stargate SG-1 is filmed. But that's not a bad thing. The show's ability to poke fun at itself has always been a strong suit, and while Anderson still brings a welcome sense of humor to his portrayal of wiseacre and loose cannon Col. Jack O'Neill, his act is getting a little smug by now. What's more, the other principal cast members have taken up the slack, both behind and in front of the camera: Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson, who rejoins the cast in episode 1) wrote one episode and co-wrote another; Christopher Judge (Teal'c) wrote one as well; Amanda Tapping (Lt. Col. Samatha Carter) directed episode 19, "Resurrection"; and even Corin Nemec (Jonas Quinn, who appears in just a few episodes) contributed one story.
The seventh season also finds the series somewhat more earthbound than in the past; indeed, there are episodes in which the Stargate (the "wormhole" our heroes use to travel to different worlds) doesn't appear at all. On balance, the stories are more personal, and more political--especially the final two, with the newly elected U.S. President (William Devane) struggling to decide the fate of the Stargate program (and, of course, the fate of the entire known universe as well!). And then there's the ultimate villain, Anubis, who makes perennial nemeses the Goa'uld (of which Anubis is one... sort of) look tame. He's a combination of Star Wars' Darth Vader and evil Emperor, but hey, at least these guys borrow from the best.
Stargate SG-1's production values remain first-rate. The bonus DVD features are also much better than they once were, with audio commentary (mainly by directors and writers) for every episode, as well as director profiles and "Beyond the Gate" featurettes focusing on individual characters. --Sam Graham
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My point here is about the "Olden Gods", those first given names, personalities,relationships with each other, and with Mankind, their own histories, inter-relationships, origins, celestial/solar system creation epics,, etc....Just as new System Lords pop up in this show, so would "Gods" take leadership of particular area and it's people. The point I wanted to make about episodes 11 and 12, as in other parts of this series, the Goal'uds may take the names of Egyptian(as with Sumerian, and the Gods of the rest of the ancient world, and actually straight up till the present world)but they do not take on the personalities,roles, and relationships of those deities. Anubis was known for his role in the rituals related to death, mummification, and the trip to the afterlife....he may have been the Sumerian Nergal, King consort of Ereshkigal. But, Thoth was known to be one of the most brilliant son's of the Sumerian/Anunnaki's premiere scientist, the leader of the first group of those who travelled and began to settle on Earth. He was one of the two powerful son's of King Anu(hence the name Anunnaki), known first as EA, "he whose home is water", he was a master of water, and everything related to it. Once he began the colonization on Earth, he was given the name Enki, "the Lord of Earth". Enki was a known to be a great scientist, and his many epithets include references to his unique ability to solve puzzles and mysteries. Enki's eldest son was/is Marduk/Ra, also know as Amon Ra(the unseen Ra). If you are a Stargate fan, you are familiar with the name Ra....but there is a lot more to his real persona than what we see in the early Stargate film. The son of Enki who has been attributed with the same brilliance of his father, and has also been said to be very powerful in numerous regions of our world, in Sumerian he is known as Ningishzidda, in Egyptian, he is Thoth, in Greece, and later civilizations he was called Hermes, and has been known to be the founder of Alchemy as Hermes Trismegistus( Hermes Thrice Great). Around the world in MesoAmerica, he was known as Quetzalcoatl. Thoth ruled Egypt for a while, during the time that Marduk/Ra was banished from Earth. Of the great pantheon, Thoth, Marduk, their father Enki, his brother Enlil, and his sons Ninurta, and Nannar Sin were the main male players. Not any mans wife, but the mother of Ninurta, and the head of the Medical Corps, and the scientist who worked with Enki and Ningishzidda, in the Humanity project, was the very beautiful, brilliant half sister of Enlil and Enki, Ninmah, who was also known as Ninti(lady life), and later Ninhursag(the lady of the mountain, or mountain peak. She was a peacekeeper between her two half brothers and their progeny. There was a lot of infighting, and thus a lot of peacekeeping to be done. Of all these Gods, the same individuals, with various names(mentioned above, Thoth clearly holds a higher rank, and is part of the main royal/noble deities. Anubis has a role important to pharaohs and nobles, but Thoth is a prince. He is certainly not an employee of Anubis.
I loved all 10 seasons of this series, and have enjoyed many episodes more than once, so it was only logical to purchase the entire set to watch again in the future. It's an excellent sci-fi series with immersive plot arcs embedded across the series combined with well-done, entertaining individual episode plots that are easily able to stand on their own. The characters and the story are equally compelling, due to both quality writing and great acting.
If I could make one change about the series, I would have kept Richard Dean Anderson's character in a more prominent role throughout, but I recognize that actors sometimes have to move on. While Ben Browder took some getting used to (mostly just because I missed Anderson's presence), he filled his role well and the series continued to thrive as a result.
As for the show though, the discs all worked okay at least and this is a fun series to watch. If you are reading this review trying to decide if you want to get this though, be sure you start from Season 1 and watch all the seasons as it is a long complete story (better yet, start with the original Stargate movie so you know the backstory as well).