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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I purchased Seasons 1-3 on DVD and while the show itself is fun in an exploritory space/off world way, there is but one very lacking entity in this series...Richard Dean Anderson. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2007 by Reviewer
Most TV shows spun off from movies are uninvolving and uninteresting ("Blade," anyone?), and hopefully die and are forgotten. Read morePublished on June 14 2007 by EA Solinas
This show had a great idea to have a stargate that let's you travel through many dimensions and galaxies. The unusual storyline and cast is excellent! Read morePublished on May 6 2007 by D. Landry
Ithink that all of the stargate seasons are great but this one takes the cake
It is the best out of all of them, but all of them are still realy good movies
Well the Stargate idea works a bit better as a TV show then it does a movie. The casting, writing, visual effects, production design, cinematograpghy, and types of stories that... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by D.W. Smith
SG-1 is the greatest SciFi show ever made. It has everything, good guys, bad guys, some characters you aren't sure of who's side they might be on. Great aircraft and weapons. Read morePublished on June 29 2004
Since tv channels don't like science fiction shows anymore (as we see with the cancellation of shows like Farscape and Firefly) it's nice to see at least ONE scifi show remain, and... Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by djhexane
The complete chronological release of season one of the highly-rated television series Stargate SG-1. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Denny Vu Quach