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on May 7, 2004
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".
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on February 26, 2010
During this season many of the storylines planted in season four begin to bear fruit. Some of these ideas will actually become the basis for the rest of the TV series both SG-1 and it's spin-offs. It is during this season that we first learn about "Ascension" and learn that not all of the Ancients follow the rules of non-interference. We revisit Casandra who has entered puberty and is manifesting some very powerful abilities. Carter is kidnapped by forces unknown and technology is developed that will ultimately make Baal a very potent enemy. Other stories revisited include the Tolians, the Unas Chaka, the NID and a sequel to 2010. The last few episodes of this season bring forth Anubis, a system lord like no other, who employs both brute force and guile becoming the SG team's number one adversary. We also learn that the replicators orginated in a most unexpected way. And of course the penultimate episode of the season includes a heroic death. Overall quite an enjoyable season.

There were a few standalone episodes that could be watched by the general viewing public, but this really is the point where the series mythology starts to require: "previously on SG-1" to bring a new viewer up to speed. This is also the season where we realize that the characters in SG-1 (unlike say Star Trek) are really making it up as they go along and they may be overmatched by their latest enemy.
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on March 7, 2004
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.
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on March 4, 2004
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.
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on January 27, 2004
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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on December 6, 2003
The 5th Season of Stargate was a solid, strong, team oriented season. When I watched it first on Showtime, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed but as I watched them again in repeats and then syndication, I found it to be a very well thought out season as a whole and find myself looking forward to the episodes in repeats on Sci-Fi.
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on August 10, 2014
Great for older kids.
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