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Stargate SG-1 - Season 1: Volume 2

2 Ratings: 4.5
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Step through the portal and find yourself someplace, or sometime, far far away from the here and now. Join Colonel Jack O'Neill and his secret organization that explores the mysterious Stargates, dimensional doorways that can take them throughout … see full wiki

Release Date: 1997
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Stargate SG-1 - Season 1: Volume 2

Cavemen, Nanites, Crystals, and Norse Gods. Awesome.

  • May 3, 2007
Rating:
+5
Pros: Introducing Doc Fraiser! Love episode #7's planet

Cons: Cons? What?

The Bottom Line: Back for more? I knew you would be. I know I am!

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Here’s the rundown. Stargate was a movie many years back in which we found a large circle in Egypt that essentially lead to wormhole travel to other planets. Cool – except with space travel comes aliens. All the time. These aliens are the Goa’uld, nasty weird sort-of-snake-like creatures that do the usual burrow inside your body and initiate mind control thing. So after picking up where the movie left off, we now have the Stargate program inside Cheyenne Mountain where various Stargate teams visit different worlds. SG-1 is the first team to go through the gate, consisting of Colonel Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), Captain Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), and Teal’c (Christopher Judge).

With hundreds of worlds to explore, the Goa’uld seeking our destruction, characters you’re bound to love, and good effects, music, and plotlines, you’re sure to enjoy this series. Of course, it’s always much easier to just crack and buy the whole season instead of going volume by volume. (We’re on volume 2 by the way).

Episode 4: The Broca Divide It’s just a regular day in the lives of SG-1. Suit up, go through the gate, visit a planet that has cavemen-like people on one side and a more civilized society on the other. You’ve got to be careful, or you never know who will be struck down with a virus next…and turned into club-wielding primitives.

Ok, so I got overboard with the club-wielding thing. This was a fun one because we get introduced to Dr. Fraiser who is like Sam – cute but smart and useful (aka she’s not just eye candy for the boys). And Richard Dean Anderson is a mean and scary guy when he’s gone back a few eras. I always love some of the science stuff behind the episodes as well. I mean, I don’t really know if something like this could happen, but hey, at least is sounds plausible.

Episode 5: The First Commandment The SG-9 team is overdue, so now it’s SG-1’s job to go after them. They realize that SG-9’s captain thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips due to the people treating him like a god. Now they’ve got to get him off his high horse with as little fuss as possible. Good luck with that.

I actually haven’t seen this episode either, now that I think about it. No, I take it back; I’ve seen parts of it. We never really get a straight answer as to what happened to the loopy captain to make him completely loopy. Something else I didn’t get – some of the people seemed all extra-tribal with the spears and makeup and such, but then the other people seemed like regular non-tribal style people. It just didn’t make sense to me. And I wished they couldn’t speak English either. I’d rather have Daniel communicating in an obscure dialect to them than everyone chatting in English. That’s my only pet peeve for the show from time to time. Maybe I never should have taken that Origin of the English Language class in college…

Episode 6: Brief Candle SG-1 visits a team of happy people who eat, drink, and are merry – for only 100 days and then they die. Bummer. They think there must be something to this. Whatever the cause, they need to find out because ever since O’Neill hopped into bed with a girl named Kynthia, his lifespan has just been cut short. So short, he’s set to die in a few weeks time.

Lesson learned here? Don’t have sex with strangers. And watch out for date rape drugs..or food. I don’t quite get how Jack will go back to being normal after Carter figures it out (because you knew she would), but oh well. Suspension of disbelief, don’t fail me now!

Episode 7: Cold Lazarus On a planet filled with blue and yellow colors, along with some impressive looking crystals, O’Neill gets a nasty shock. They return to the planet, except there is one more individual in tow – and it looks exactly like O’Neill. Hoping to heal the Colonel, the being sets off to try and make right O’Neill’s pain, but it isn’t meant to hang around on our planet. Time to get it home before more damage is done to everyone.

I seem to have a problem when it comes to seeing the beginnings of episodes. Not sure why, but it happens a lot. I absolutely love the planet they end up on here, as well as those vibrantly blue crystals. It’s just nice to see them on a weird planet instead of a forested one for once. And I always like it when they bump into aliens that aren’t human/oid.

Episode 8: Thor’s Hammer The Goa’uld don’t like us. At all. So we have to find people who will help in our fight against them. It seems like a positive thing when they visit Cimmeria where the good Norse gods are still pleasantly revered for their goodness. Whoever these Norse gods were, O’Neill and Teal’c are faced with some big problems when they end up in a cavern stuck between rocks, an Unas, and Thor’s Hammer.

Of course, a humanoid alien can be cool too. By the way, the Unas creature is voiced by James Earl Jones. How cool is that?! My actual reaction to this was a squeal followed by, “No way! That kicks so much *ss!” I just think it’s awesome, that’s all. I mean, how do you get James Earl Jones to mosey on over and do the voice of some random alien?

I think some of the effects jumped up a notch here, what with the crystals imitating faces and the makeup required for the Unas. I mean, that’s the kind of stuff that takes a lot of work. Sometimes the music can be a little overdramatic I think, but they’re getting the hang of it and it goes nicely. They’re still sticking with David Arnold’s original theme (as they will for, well, as long as the series runs) which is good because he did a fine job the first time (though it was kind of funny recognizing a tune from Arnold’s Independence Day theme).

Acting is the best, characters are great, and to think it was my parents that got me hooked on this series. What can I say? It’s your turn now. ^_~

NT

Stargate Season 1:
Stargate SG-1: Volume 1
Stargate SG-1: Volume 3
Stargate SG-1: Volume 4
Stargate SG-1: Volume 5

Stargate Season 4:
Stargate SG-1: The Complete 4th Season

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV

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