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Stargate SG-1: Season 4
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on June 4, 2003
I must say that Stargate SG-1 Season Four is, by far, my favorite season of them all. The year opens with a terrific conclusion to the climactic cliffhanger. "Small Victories" shows us just what a mess the Replicator bugs can be for Earth. "Window of Opportunity" is a delightful tale of time-travel with a unique twist where Jack and Teal'c can't get out of the same ten-hour cycle! "Tangent" shows us just what we get if we "slap a USAF sticker on the side of a death glider" and call it ours. Great acting by Richard Dean Anderson and Christopher Judge, though they are sitting down most of the time. Other top episodes from this season include "The Curse," "The Serpent's Venom," "Chain Reaction," "The First Ones," "2010," "Absolute Power," and the ultimate blowout for Apophis in "Exodus," which sends our heroes hurtling into their next adventure for a new year! Season Four is a definite triumph for the Stargate legacy, where stories are followed up and new ones are born. At this point the show had totally come into its own, and it is shown in the development of the characters, the top-notched scripts, stomach aches of laughs, and a plethora of absorbing and entertaining plot threads that will have viewers drooling for the next season. Plus, this is the first boxed set with commentaries! Hours of entertainment right there! Plus the usual special features. So fork over that tad bit of cash and plug in for Season four. Get ready for Sci-fi at its finest hour!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2004
While perhaps not as strong as season three, season four promises to entertain. I felt that there were very few episodes in this season that could be considered "okay" - most of them were either excellent or pathetic. Nothing in between. Fortunately for the viewers, most of the episodes were excellent.
New to the sets are director commentaries for each episode! While the extras on these boxed sets continue to disappoint, there is at least a little more to be found.
Definitely a must buy for both fans and newcomers to the show.
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on April 18, 2004
The Replicators. The Russians. The Aschen. These are only a few of the new enemies presented this year, in Stargate: SG-1 (okay, so technically, the Replicators were introduced last year). These new baddies made a lot of trouble this year for the SGC in what is definitely the best season yet. We learn more about the Replicators this year when Sam (Amanda Tapping) is brought to an Asgard-controlled planet to help defend the O'Neill, the Asgard's newest and most advanced ship ever. Also, the Russians retrieve the Giza gate from the bottom of the ocean from when Thor's ship, the Beliskner, crashed, while the SGC is now using the Antarctica gate. And, 10 years in the future, an advanced race, known as the Aschen, are quietly wiping out the human race by making humans infertile.
These are just a handful of the amazing new stories that occurred this year. It seems that Col. O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), Maj. Carter, Dr. Jackson (Michael Shanks), and Teal'c (Christopher Judge) can never catch a break. This year, not only have their alien enemies become more powerful than ever, especially Apophis (Peter Williams), their enemies on Earth have truly become a threat. Senator Kinsey (Ronny Cox), the man who tried to shut down the SGC in Season 1, has been linked to the rogue sector of the NID, the civillian organization responsible for the theft of numerous alien technologies over the last few years.
The stories this year are better than ever, especially with an increasing number of arcs occurring. Episodes like "Crossroads" and "The Serpent's Venom" were expertly executed, and had immense emotional effects on our heroes. However, I have to praise the stand-alones this year, especially "Window of Opportunity" and "The Other Side", which have never been better.
I guess the only thing that I didn't like about this season is that the Asgard were only in one episode, and the Tollan and the Nox were nowhere to be found. Oh well.
If you have seen the previous three seasons and are still skeptical about this show, I urge you to watch Season 4; I guarantee your interest in this show will quickly increase.
Some other great episodes are:
"Small Victories", "Upgrades", "Watergate", "Point of No Return", "Tangent", "The Curse", "Chain Reaction", "2010", "Absolute Power", "Double Jeopardy", and "Exodus".
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on November 23, 2003
The fourth season of Stargate was the first season I had watched. It is a little confusing at first but after a few episodes you can figure it out, and then surprisingly find yourself hooked (be prepared to purchase every season after this one!).
What this DVD is offering is unique in that it gives you commentaries for every episodes. What ever advice they told these writers, directors and others before the commentary should be extended to the rest of the entertainment industries. The lively banter is entertaining and makes you wish you could have been there to lend a hand. Peter Deluise (who if you are a certain age will remember his stint on 21 Jump Street) was particularly entertaining in his commentaries as a director and creative influence to the series. In the episode Prodigy he even goaded his fellow commenters to sing the lyrics to the theme song which might not be up for any awards but was a perfect example of the fun they had creating this series.
This was a great season for any science fiction series, and although one might blame them from ripping off from other plots scattered through out time such as Window of Opportunity which was groundhog day in space, or Beneath the Surface which resembled Metropolis with some dirt they added their own panache.
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tappings and Christopher Judge are a each pretty fun to watch. Shanks shined particularly in 'The first One' (enemy mine with an even greater language barrier) and 'the Curse'.
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on September 1, 2003
I've been waiting a long time for season 4 to come out and here it is. I believe this is the best season of all. I have seen every episode at least 3-6 times and I am quite an expert when it comes to SG-1. Also, I do own all the other 3 seasons on DVD. Season 1 was ok, it was well thought out and original. Season 2 was better, however some of the episodes get painful after watching them more than 3 times, but it did have some extremely good episodes like 1969, The Fifth Race, A Matter of Time, and Secrets. Season 3 might not have episodes like the 4 I mentioned above, but I think almost all the episodes were good, which makes it even better in general. Season 4 Is the best seeing it has memorable episodes like Upgrades, Window of Opportunity, 2010, and Exodus. Plus all the other ones were good. Now with season 5, there were quite a few episodes that I absolutely loved like Enemies, 2001, 48 Hours, The Tomb, Failsafe, and Between Two Fires. To tell you the truth season 5 might be the best, or at least a really close tie with 4. In 6, there were a few episodes I liked, Jonas sucked but you gotta give him credit and I missed Daniel. Season 7 so far is Great!
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on September 28, 2003
Overall, I think Stargate SG-1 is some of the best TV ever made. Having said that, the season 4 dvd also has many of its own merits...
I think season 4 is a crossroads between where Stargate SG-1 is coming from (original team, Apophis is the major bad guy, etc.) and where it is going to (different bad guys, metaphysical themes, etc.). As such, it is highly recommended for fans and longtime viewers. I don't want to give away material in this review, in case you haven't seen the series, but I think you'll enjoy a few of the surprises and the season finale which will require you to get the season 5 dvd also.
I like a few of the featuretttes on the DVD box-set, esp. the special effects and "legacy of the gate" featurettes. Every disc also features an audio commentary option as part of the "Special Features" menu, which is also good for committed fans.
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on May 6, 2007
Being a huge fan of Stargate SG-1 since the beginning, I had to purchase this season to add to my collection.

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! Whether you like sci-fi or not, this is fun to watch since it touches a lot of issues such as dealing with different kinds of nations and their beliefs, friendships, enemies, adventures and even comedy.

You will see the characters develop over time, the quirky unexpected humor, the use of an alien who doesn't fully understand human life on earth, the struggle of the oppressed, the lengths humans go in order to survive, politics and government bureaucracy.

This show is awsome on many different levels. On top of it all, they always keep the price very affordable. Money well spent.
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on September 8, 2003
I say that about almost all of them. I think they just get better every year, (except maybe season 6)but this season has my favorite episode of all time, Window of Opportunity. I like episodes like that because you get to see the characters get a little silly and it's fun to do that every now and then. There are also several earth episodes which I really enjoy. My favorite thing about this new set is that they've finally decided to include audio commentaries with the episodes. These are my favorite DVD feature of all time. It doubles rewatchability and can be extremely fun and interesting. I loved that about the Simpsons and Futurama DVD sets and I am extremely thankful to see that they've decided to include it here.
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Season two was the best season ever, Season five is the second best, Season four is third. Season three and six are the weakest of the lot but lets be honest this is the best show of televison bar none. I would never tarnish a show for a couple of weak episodes, when there is a bigger picture to look at. This is the first series since X-Files where i wanted to see how things turn out (I just hope it doesnt take the road that the X-files took, though it kinda does with season six(bar the finale which is probably one of the greatest SG-1 episodes of all time). I am just glad to see MGM getting on the ball with releasing the series quickly.
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on September 15, 2003
I has been great going back and watching these older episodes. I didn't start watching until season 5 on showtime. I saw a few season 4 reruns and was glad to get season 4 just to seem them all in order. I'm keeping my fingers crossed now that it's moved to Sci-Fi. I think Sci-Fi has a bad track record, but the 1st Sci-Fi season wasn't too bad. I've been a little disappointed in season 7 so far. Jack's missing too often and all the majors seem to be off a little. I guess it happens to all shows. A few more years before we his rock "star trek" bottom. These early years are worth ten times their weight in gold.
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