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Sadly, the fifth season of Stargate: SG-1 broke the streak of progressively better seasons that had been going on ever since the first season. The year began with a cool premiere, "Enemies", but the next couple episodes sucked. For example, the episode "Beast of Burden", which deals with Daniel Jackson's (Michael Shanks) Unas friend, Chaka, was...
Published on May 7 2004 by Andrew
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3.0 out of 5 stars Death of Friendship
Season five could have been so much better. The writers had so much to work with, and instead chose to fall back into old story lines. For me, a long and faithful SG-1 fan, it was a bitter disappointment, especially Meridian. It had such potential to be the best Stargate episode ever, if only they'd paid a little more attention to the emotions involved. I mean, the SGC...
Published on Sept. 30 2005 by Foreverwolf
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3.0 out of 5 stars Death of Friendship,
Season five could have been so much better. The writers had so much to work with, and instead chose to fall back into old story lines. For me, a long and faithful SG-1 fan, it was a bitter disappointment, especially Meridian. It had such potential to be the best Stargate episode ever, if only they'd paid a little more attention to the emotions involved. I mean, the SGC was losing a valuable player. Jack O'Neill was losing his best friend. Daniel was there, then he wasn't, and then he was forgotten, essentially. And for what was to be Michael Shanks last season, at the time, he did very little throughout the season. One liners are hardly laying the ground to such a shattering moment. I'm sure most Stargate fans were deeply grieved at Doc Jackson's loss... and we seem to be the only ones! Definitely not one of the better seasons. Whether it was a season finale, or a series finale, as rumoured at the time, it was simply crushing all the way around. A friendship that most of us have watched and enjoyed for years simply slipped away with barely a whisper. Really, guys. You could have done better!
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Sadly, the fifth season of Stargate: SG-1 broke the streak of progressively better seasons that had been going on ever since the first season. The year began with a cool premiere, "Enemies", but the next couple episodes sucked. For example, the episode "Beast of Burden", which deals with Daniel Jackson's (Michael Shanks) Unas friend, Chaka, was terrible. Personally, I also hated the episode "The First Ones" from last year which began the Chaka thread. I mean, I haven't seen episodes this bad since Season 1 (many of the Season 1 episodes, while good, are far inferior to the episodes of Seasons 2-4). Once you reach the third disc, beginning with the episode "Between Two Fires", the episodes become good again. However, the bad episodes weren't the only problems that this season faced. Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) seemed to regress a little bit because he seemed a lot less tolerent of Daniel than he had been in the last two years (he does, however, reveal his true feelings about Jackson in the episode "Meridian"). Teal'c (Christopher Judge) and Dr. Janet Frasier (Teryl Rothery) were underused, as were the Asgard, who seem to have put politics ahead of real problems.
However, when this season was good, it was REALLY good. There were some amazing story developments this year, beginning with the final demise of Apophis (Peter Williams), the Goa'uld System Lord who has been making life difficult for the SGC ever since the first season. Next, the Tollan, an extremely advanced race of humans who are allied with Earth, begin acting suspiciously, the SGC begins recruiting new officers, the motives of the Aschen from last season are revealed, the Tok'Ra are nearly destroyed, and the Jaffa rebellion begins to truly become a problem for the System Lords. And then, Daniel is brought to a System Lord summit where he has the chance to wipe out the Goa'uld threat forever, that is until he learns of the return of Anubis, an ancient System Lord who was banished for his horrific crimes. Also, we finally learn the origins of the Replicators. Finally, SG-1 must endure a change that they never thought would happen in the episode "Meridian", and then, Anubis and Osirus (Anna-Louise Plowman) reveal plans to attack the Asgard. But the most pivotal plot twist involves the new series-within-a-series, WORMHOLE X-TREME!!! Just kidding.
This is a very important season, so despite its poor opening, I still reccomend it. Just be ready to be underwhelmed by the first few episodes. But after you get past those, enjoy! Some good episodes include: "Enemies", "Threshold", "Between Two Fires", "2001", "Wormhole X-Treme", "Proving Ground", "Summit", "Last Stand", "The Warrior", "Menace", "Meridian", and "Revelations".
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my personal favorite seasons,
I know this isn't everyone's opinion, but for me, each season gets better and better. Writers and actors get to know the characters and a story more when they've made over 100 episodes with them. (Episode 100 is included in this set, an episode where the writers just decide to mess around and have a good time)
Season 5 introduces some very key characters and situations:
--Colonol Frank Simmons
--Explanation of the ascended being ("Ascention" and "Meridian")
--The jaffa rebellion ("The Warrior")
--Further Russian entanglements including the fate of the Earth DHD ("48 Hours")
--The introduction of Anubis ("Last Stand," "Revelations")
--The fate of the Tollan ("Between Two Fires")
--The temperary departure of Michael Shanks ("Meridian")
--The method of Asguard reproduction ("Revelations")
--Jonas Quinn ("Meridian")
All of these situations play key in the epic saga of the Stargate universe, providing for plot variations and new ideas in later seasons. The new ideas are still there. The humor is still there. Over 100 episodes in, Stargate is still going strong in this collection.
I am looking forward to adding this 5th boxed set to my other four boxed sets.
I enjoyed Season 6 even better. Season 7 is still blowing my mind. Let's have those as boxed sets soon as well.
2.0 out of 5 stars Rewatch the first 3 seasons instead,
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I've watched all seven seasons of stargate, and season 5 was abysmal. Michael Shanks(Daniel) and Christopher Judge(Teal'c) were completely underused, which is tragic because these two men are such good actors. Forcing Carter and Jack into a relationship just feels awkward - both from the 'it's against regulations' aspect, and the 'no chemistry' aspect. Yes, there were a few good episodes - menace, threshold, 2001, between two fires. but you had to wade through some boring shows to get there. The fact that so many old characters keep getting killed off is annoying. (spoiler) killing daniel off in the end felt rushed, ruined season 6, and didn't allow everyone to mourn him as fully as they should have (jack was just too stoic. his previous reactions to Daniel's 'death' in Fire and Water or Serpent's Lair show how he should have reacted.)
Your best bet is to buy one of the first 3 seasons(two's my favorite) and watch it again. At least the storylines are good, everyone's in character, and daniel and teal'c have more than 1 line per episode.
5.0 out of 5 stars OKAY - I'M OFFICIALLY A GEEK,
I have always enjoyed scoffing at those that enjoy cheesy science fiction television. Star Trek - crap, Babylon 5 - junk, the "rest" - horrid! Despite my smugness, nearly all of my close friends are consumed with some stupid space series - maybe I was the problem. To satisfy my curiosity I decided to start my experiment with SG1 Season 1 because I actually enjoyed the movie. I was completely confident that it would be un-watchable and I would be able to crow to my clutch of close nerds that not only was it bad, I could actually tell them why. Episode 1 was awful, episode 2 was miserable (still feel that way), episode 3 better, and end of season result...hmmm, better check Season Two just to make sure. Well, I just finished the brilliant Season 4 and Season 5 in a one week marathon - I'm hooked! What's the point of this aimless review you ask? If you're a dedicated snob such as I was (and am now to a smaller degree) and you lump all shows like this into the genre of the original Star Trek (still crap by the way) I just want to say that Stargate is really good, well written, and amazingly original. Give it a shot - you don't have to tell anyone.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment Value, BUT....,
Stargate SG-1's strength is its characters and humor. After two episodes, you really begin bonding with the SG-1 team and Air Force Gen. Hammond. Imagine a stargate buried under 28 levels in a highly fortified Cheyenne Mountain. Imagine stepping into the gate and going to any one of hundreds of planets where everyone happens to speak perfect 21st Century English. Talk about a universal language! (And some people wanted me to take Spanish!) Good writers could have used some creativity to get around this, but though all the aliens speak English, their written language is markedly different. On one planet the residents even had lapels and their jackets and those little holes on the left side (never knew what they were for).
But once you jump that yawning chasm of suspension of disbelief, SG-1's exploits are well written, though like most sci-fi episodes written around children, you have to take the lumps.
The price is right on this series and watching the beautiful Amanda Tapping alone is worth the price of admission. But the best part is, when we finally do travel to other worlds, we won't have to learn a new language.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sci-fi, moderate Stargate SG-1,
While there were several gems, I find most of this season lacking the flair and style seen in previous seasons. The cast seems rather tired in this season, almost defeated. They go through the paces, but seem to be grudgingly doing so. Episodes such as "48 Hours" and "Failsafe" only served to humiliate the cast and writers who, up to this season, seemed to pride themselves on original storylines.
Daniel's departure is handled adequately for his character in terms of how he is retired, but the story feels quite too sudden and contrived. His storyline is almost entirely forgotten by the next episode, especially in terms of the civilization he saved.
The remaining story lines depend too heavily on previous stories from as far back as season one. It was rumored that this would be the last season of the show, and the writers wanted to tie up the loose ends of the series. Fortunately (or unfortunately), the show wasn't canceled, leaving the cast with few allies or enemies. Because of this, the season finale feels weak and ultimately ends up being the worst yet.
Collectors should purchase this item to complete their set. Newcomers to the show may feel best skipping this season.
3.0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH hurts...,
I was hooked from the very first Stargate movie, which I have and I have collected every season so far. I must say that overall, I am pleased.
While the storyline is engrossing and the stargate makes for possibilities limited only by one' imagination, this series was not up to the usual standard.
The truth is that the first 3 or 4 episodes do not hold one's attention. They are in fact outright boring. Mind you there are some really nice episodes in this season and the sound is fantastic with great picture quality.
This series overall, was not as attention holding as the last one. The opening episode, which concluded the previous cliffhanger, was a disappointment. Much could have been done instead it seems to have been rushed to a conclusion.
Then we have the SG team bringing back a robot to SGC to almost cause doom. Really now. Why couldn't it have been studied somewhere else? Mysteriously, the Asgard [our Ally] who are usually at our heroes beck and call, were nowhere to be found. I found this episode particularly illogical and irritating. The ultimate insult was Daniel Jackson's reaction at the end. Tears? I was disturbed to hear Dr. Daniel Jackson call Colonel O'Neill [ TWO l's] a SOB. Hey, I watch this show with my 5 year old who enjoys it immensely, the whole family does! This is supposed to be television! No need to sink to this level. Sad.
I suggest that whoever is writing the episodes, if they are out of ideas, do what Startrek did; ask the fans to submit ideas for the shows!
AT least the ending episode in this series was exciting with the possibilities.
Having said the TRUTH, the show is overall still very good. It is just that this season was not up to the usual HIGH standard that I have come to expect.
I look forward to the release of season 6!
5.0 out of 5 stars SG-1 is still TV X-treme,
Although I totlly understand the awkwardness fans felt over Daniel Jackson's (Michael Shanks') departure and the impact it had on the show, I think that the most objective opinion still ranks Stargate SG-1, season 5 as some of the best TV out there. Having said that, I had already grown fond of Jonas Quinn (Corin Nemec) in the role of Jackson's replacement on the SG-1 team by the middle of season 5.
Without giving away too much for those who haven't yet seen season 5, I would like to say that I think fans will like season 5 for the development of new metaphysical themes and the emergence of a major new bad guy to fill the vacuum left by Apophis.
The DVD set also comes with some pretty nice featurettes, including cast diaries, photo galleries, audio commentaries for each episode, and a "tribute", of sorts, for Daniel Jackson (which may turn out to be a little premature).
My copy of the DVD set also came with a complimentary copy of the premiere episode of "Jeremiah", an apocalyptic sci-fi TV series, which appears to have just finished one or two seasons on cable. I have yet to view it, but the price is right. There was another neat little flier enclosed in the DVD case granting the owner to "SG-1 bucks" that may be redeemed at the online SG-1 store. Maybe I'll get one of those neat ball caps or a pair of sunglasses the team wears when they're off-world...
4.0 out of 5 stars Very hard to beat for television SciFi,
I haven't seen this set yet so I can't really judge the extra's except to say that if past history is any example they will be worth watching/ listening to.While it may be right that the season took a dark overall tone so many episodes stand out to me as being good television.
I kind of liked 2001, it's sort of a sequel to season 4's 2010 in that Stargate Command obeyed O'Neill's warning to stay away from a certain world coordinate and then inadvertently run into the Aschen anyway on another world. The biggest flaw in this story is that the primitive locals once had a written language, Welsh, which I don't think really existed until the 1870's or so. One of the high points was when SG-1 used the Stargate to turn the Aschen's own weappon against them.
Other good stories include Red Sky, Proving Ground (will any of the young recruits be in the new series Stargate Atlantis?),Summit, where Daniel Jackson runs into Osiris again, and Fail Safe. Fail Safe is sort of a take off on Armageddon or Deep Impact in that a huge asteroid is headed towards Earth and only SG-1 can stop it. They fly out in their Goa'uld cargo ship to blow the thing up but Carter discovers just in time that the thing is booby trapped by the Goa'uld in such a way as to escape detection by the Asgard, she out smarts them of course.
Wormhole X-treme! was intended to be a fun episode and pokes a lot of fun at the show and everyone & thing involved with it. I've seen it a few times and still haven't picked ot all of the inside jokes.
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