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Stargate SG-1 – Season Nine


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C



After looking at the original Stargate film on Blu-ray recently, Stargate SG-1 – Season Nine is so far away from the original idea and there is even the second Atlantis series (pilot reviewed elsewhere on this site) that had its moments.  The shows are not even as interesting as the film was, but since I had not been paying attention, a great thing happened:  Richard Dean Anderson left!


Yes, MacGyver got bored and departed.  As a result, these later shows have a better pace and the kind of intelligence the Battlestar Galactica revival keeps getting credit for.  Though this is still a militarized space opera not-so-cleverly disguised as smart Science Fiction, it is not that smart since any science is incidental to the soap opera and melodramatic elements.  With that said, the show and its unknown cast still seem to have more naturalism and energy than most of the TV shows in this cycle and there are even new characters.


Maybe all felt they had to work extra heard to keep the show going, but whatever the motivation, this was much more watchable.  Unfortunately, it is the same type of formulaic stories (nature and primitive society worshiping fake gods versus the “Civilized” military in touch with reality/science) and the idea this would be The U.S. Air Force of all things never gels.  Like the recent motion picture disaster Stealth, we have yet to see a great piece of Science Fiction that would be realistic enough to believe it would be that branch of the military.  Like the original film and up to now, there are just too many fantasy elements here to suspend disbelief, but the 20 shows are watchable for consistent light entertainment.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad, but it has so much digital work that it is both dated-looking on arrival and is also like watching yesteryear’s forgotten videogame.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes are decent, but nothing exceptional like a few TV shows have delivered.  The combination is adequate for a TV action series, but don’t expect much more.


Extras include Director’s Series featurettes, a producer profile, four making of featurettes, audio commentaries on all episodes and photo/production design galleries on all five DVDs.  That is not bad, but the TV franchise has its own following and that is why MGM would go out of its way to load up this set.  It did not last over a decade as filler.  It may not be for everyone, but you get plenty for your money with this Stargate SG-1 – Season Nine set.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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