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Stargate SG-1 Season 1 Box Set
cover Like the very best of Sci-Fi TV, Stargate SG-1 began very simply. Of course it had the benefit of a movie preceding it, in which the stargate, its rules and its characters were largely established, so this premiere season was therefore able to concentrate on good storytelling.

In 1997 one-off episodes were the way of things, exploring interesting scenarios and conundrums. Naturally there were allusions to the feature film, but most were subtle and inspired. For example, a trip to retrieve the trapped professor who'd worked on the Gate decades ago was an unusual way of tying up loose ends. Some groundwork was laid for continuation should the show be renewed into an ongoing series. Knowing that these elements were pure wishful thinking at the time makes the tapestry of System Lords and the interlinks with our history and mythology all the more enjoyable in revisiting the show from its beginnings. With Richard Dean Anderson, leading the team in a far more charismatic and empathetic way than Kurt Russell in the movie, the series also benefited from some spot-on casting that instantly won audiences over. Special effects and use of studio sets may be less dazzling in these initial shows, but its solid grounding in old-fashioned Sci-Fi won for the show a loyal audience.
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Stargate SG-1 Season 2 Box Set
cover The success of the first year meant that Stargate SG-1's second series could afford to spread its wings. In only the second episode, Carter is temporarily possessed by a good Goa'uld. This immediately allowed for both any amount of quick fix inside knowledge as well as story off-shoots.

There appeared to be information overload (splinter group Tok'ra, Earth's second Gate, Machello, endless Apophis encounters), as the finely interwoven threads of alien histories and inter-relationships were developed. But thankfully, SG-1 never lost sight of the need for great individual stories. There was a planet of Native American Indians; a planet on the edge of a Black Hole; a planet of aliens sensitive to sound. Better still, they found time to have fun with their universe, too. "1969" remains one of the best comic romps the series has enjoyed, and is a near-perfect self-contained time-travel story to boot.
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Stargate SG-1 Season 3 Box Set
cover Stargate SG-1 now had a well-established fanbase worldwide and the ratings didn't slip even while ancient gods kept appearing and reappearing. Daniel Jackson could always be trusted to illuminate any relevant myth or legend (or find them in five minutes on the internet), while Carter's memory download from last year supplied the necessary ties with the rebellious Tok'ra. Away from the story arc the show's all-important stand-alone tales gave some thorny old subjects a new SF spin, including organised religion, the use of children in the passing on of knowledge, and leading an alternative life. O'Neill's sarcastic wit went into overdrive this year and Teal'c could be relied upon for a sneer or fish-out-of-water joke. Further comic relief came from Sam "Flash Gordon" Jones and Dom DeLuise, but perhaps the funniest thing of all was the wig Carter would apparently be wearing in an alternate universe.
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Stargate SG-1 Season 4 Box Set
cover It wasn't until the beginning of Stargate's fourth series that fans knew to take The Replicator threat seriously. The spidery nasties had only seemed like one of many new enemies introduced in previous years. But when the one seemingly omnipotent backbone of the galaxy was asking Earth for help, clearly we were in real trouble! In fact, the team's list of enemies expanded and got far more complicated this year. Proving without a shadow of a doubt that this is science fiction, the Russians reveal they have their own Stargate programme and ask the Americans for help. This twist allows for exploration of all the political machinations occurring behind the scenes of the SG-C, all of which appear to stem from the embittered Senator Kinsey (Ronny Cox).

There were quite a few Earth-based stories in the year, but not all the new enemies were originally local. Willie Garson comically guest-starred as Martin, a geekily suspicious guy with too much knowledge of the Stargate. More sinister was an old flame of Daniel's turning into something far more painful than an old wound (thanks to an ancient Egyptian curse). Thankfully, the writers hadn't forgotten the importance of one-off storylines too. In "Upgrades" the team learns a lesson in abuse of power. In "The Other Side" (featuring DS9's Rene Auberjonois) they learn about blind trust. In "Scorched Earth" a dangerous claim for a planet's ownership means they learn to value Daniel's contribution to the group dynamic. If only this last lesson were learned better, Series 5 might not have ended up as muddled as it did.
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Stargate SG-1 Season 5 Box Set
cover It now seems clear that year five of Stargate will be remembered as the one where something went awry with Daniel Jackson. Lots of behind-the-scenes rumours fuelled the idea of cast tension, but whatever the problem, his sudden departure from the show was obviously via a hastily contrived scenario. In retrospect, there must have been a problem for some while before the weird penultimate episode ("Meridian"). Michael Shanks looks frequently bored in his rare moments of individual screen time as he infiltrates a Goa'uld meeting and even when making friends with a creature everyone else wants dead. In fact, there's only one point when everyone really seems to be having fun, and that's in the spoof 100th episode "Wormhole X-treme!"

Most shows go through a run-around, skin-of-their-teeth period awaiting renewal and it certainly seems to have affected storylines this year. For example, a next generation of younger SG teams is introduced. Replacements? The most unfortunate aspect of things however was that not a single episode managed to stand alone on its own merits. Every single story was dependent on a part of the greater interwoven warring species threads. Some of the one-off tales were terrific in and of themselves, but it was as if the writers fell into the trap of having to refer to as much backstory as possible, perhaps to ensure loose ends could be easily wrapped up? Ultimately none of this mattered since the show went on for quite a while
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Stargate SG-1 Season 6 Box Set
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Episode titles:

Redemption Part One, Redemption Part Two, Descent, Frozen, Nightwalkers, Abyss, Shadow Play, The Other Guys, Allegiance, Cure, Prometheus, Unnatural Selection, Sight Unseen, Smoke And Mirrors, Paradise Lost, Metamorphosis, Disclosure, Forsaken, The Changeling, Memento, Prophecy, Full Circle.

Special Features:

The Director Series. SG-1 Video Diary. Still galleries. Fan club spots. Episode previews. Trailers. Audio commentaries.

DVD Technical Information:

Certification: 12 | Region Code: 2 | PAL | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen

 

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Stargate SG-1 Season 7 Box Set
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Episode titles:

Fallen: Daniel Jackson returns to human form and is discovered by Stargate SG-1.

Homecoming: Daniel Jackson rejoins Stargate SG-1 and helps the Stargate SG-1 fight Anubis.

Fragile Balance: A young boy claiming to be Jack O'Neill shows up at the Stargate SG-1.

Orpheus: Teal'c is seriously injured on a previous mission. And oh, did we mention Teal'c's son Ry'ac, and Bratac, are prisoners at a Jaffa death camp? Basically, an all around bad day Stargate SG-1 style.

Revisions: The Stargate SG-1 team encounters a planet with a society that has lived for centuries within a computer-controlled bubble environment. Unfortunately, the computer tends to lie--a lot.

Lifeboat: Daniel is overtaken by some of the stranded crew members of an alien ship that crashed on a planet.

Enemy Mine: Chaka returns to assist Daniel Jackson in a negotiation with Unas found on a mining planet.

Space Race: Sam Carter joins an intergalactic space race.

Avenger 2.0: An Stargate SG-1 scientist, who has a crush on Sam, accidentally shuts down the Stargate system with his new software.

Birthright: Stargate SG-1 gates to a world populated by female Jaffa. (This episode is written by Christopher Judge.)

Evolution Part 1: Daniel Jackson and another scientist are taken hostage in South America. O'Neill teams up with an operative from his past to rescue them. Meanwhile, Carter and Teal'c investigate rumors of a new Jaffa super race.

Evolution Part 2: Daniel Jackson and Dr. Lee are taken hostage in South America and tortured for information on an ancient goa'uld artifact. O'Neill teams up with Burke (an operative from his past) to rescue them. Meanwhile, Carter and Teal'c investigate rumors of a new Jaffa super race.

Grace: Carter is besieged with hallucinations of the Stargate SG-1 team and a mysterious little girl as she tries to retrieve the lost Prometheus.

Fallout: Jonas Quinn returns to seek Stargate SG-1 help in saving his planet from a naquadria disaster. Carter and Teal'c head out to help while Jack, Daniel, and General Hammond negotiate with Jonas' argumentative leaders about rescue plans.

Chimera: Daniel is haunted by dreams of an old flame, Osiris. Meanwhile, Sam meets a new beau.

Death Knell: Major Carter goes missing after the Goa'uld discovers Earth's top secret off-world base.

Heroes Part 1: A film crew records a typical day at the SGC, getting more than they bargain for when Stargate SG-1 is sent on a mission.

Heroes Part 2: A film crew records a typical day at the Stargate SG-1, getting more than they bargain for when Stargate SG-1 is sent on a mission.

Resurrection: Stargate SG-1 Season 7 episode details TBA

Inauguration: Stargate SG-1 Season 7 episode details TBA

The Lost City Part 1: Stargate SG-1 Season 7 finale 2 parter.

The Lost City Part 2: Stargate SG-1 Season 7 finale 2 parter.

Special Features:

Commentaries for each episode by the directors, cast, and crew.
SG-1 Director's Series featurettes: Fragile Balance, Space Race, Avenger 2.0, Death Knell, Lost City.
SG-1 Beyond the Gate featurettes: Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping.
Photo galleries.
Fan club spot.
Limited-time offer: bonus disc with two featurettes related to the new series Stargate Atlantis.

DVD Technical Information:

Certification: No Rating | Region Code: 2 | PAL | Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Pre-Order: Available February 28, 2005

 

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