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Stargate SG-1

A movie directed by Mario Azzopardi

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Wonderful Ensemble Piece

  • May 13, 2000
Pros: Good story, good values

Cons: Richard Dean Anderson's acting

It's been a long time since a cast of a television show played together as such a strong ensemble as the cast of Stargate SG 1. The characters represent such a wide range of personalities and the actors demonstrate a wide range of talent.

The movie Stargate SG 1 is actually a pilot for the television series. The show is a spin-off of the popular movie Stargate starring Kurt Russell. It is currently in production by Showtime where it is shown first run. It also appears in syndication in many markets.

I wasn't sure how I would feel about Richard Dean Anderson filling the role of Colonel Jack O'Neill, but I think he's managed to well replace Kurt Russell in the role. The story line revolves around an ancient device called a Stargate that allows travelers to go to distant worlds and interact with numerous alien cultures. It does this by creating an artificial wormhole. The different locations are reached by "dialing" locations using symbols to indicate a position in space. The Air Force has gotten involved and formed assorted elite SG teams. This show revolves around the first team-- SG 1.

SG 1 looks for technology and other races to help face a common enemy of the galaxy the Goa'uld--a race of parasites that inhabit human hosts. Much of the dramatic conflict in the series has to do with situations with the Goa'uld. The team encounters several superior races. Some are willing to share their knowledge, some are not.

The team is made up of: Richard Dean Anderson — as Col. Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill; Michael Shanks — as Dr. Daniel Jackson; Amanda Tapping — as Maj. Samantha Carter; Christopher Judge — as Teal'c; Don S. Davis — as Gen. George Hammond; Teryl Rothery — as Dr. Janet Fraiser. I wish I could say that Richard Dean Anderson was a great actor, but after McGyver, I think it's pretty obvious that he's not. He does very well in this part and as executive producer of the series, I think he has a lot of fun. He comes off very smart-alecky, but perhaps this is some of his charm. Michael Shanks has done a wonderful job as nerdy linguist Daniel Jackson. He provides a strong counterpoint to almost anything O'Neill's character thinks or does. Amanda Tapping as Sam Carter has in my opinion shown the widest range of talent in this series. She is tough or soft as occasion warrants and delivers a tremendous performance week after week. I've really enjoyed Christopher Judge as Teal'c. His character of a former enemy turned close friend adds still another dimension to this show. He's very constant and serious and can be counted on to act with honor. Don Davis and Teryl Rothery provide support to the SG 1 team and almost come off as parents to the team.

Underlying all of the adventures, Dr. Jackson seeks his wife who was taken and made to host a Goa'uld. Although she was killed in an episode, I have faith that somehow a way will be found to bring her back.

This show has made me laugh and cry. It makes us examine our relationships with those who are close to us. It makes us look at ourselves and our motivations. Although a high-tech fantasy, it is not so strange as to seem out of our reach. Still in production, I hope it goes on for a good long while. This is the one show I try not to miss every week.


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February 12, 2011
This review is for the television show Stargate SG-1. The movie has just the title Stargate.
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On a special mission to distant Planet Abydos, retired army hero Colonel Jack O'Neill is reunited with a scientist with a controversial and dangerous discovery: a map of the galaxy's various "Stargates," or portals through which travel is possible. The pilot episode of the television series based on the 1994 Roland Emmerich film.
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Cast: Gary Jones
Director: Mario Azzopardi
Release Date: 1997
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: MGM Home Entertainment (February 29, 2000)
Runtime: 1hr 37min
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