Thursday, 26 January 2012

Stargate SG-1

Smell the Movies
Smell the TV

Transmitted:July 1997 - June 2007
Country of origin:USA
Genre:Exploration, Star Trek clone, Ensemble cast
Starring:Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, Don S. Davis
No. of seasons:10, plus 2 TV movies

In the first of the spin-offs from the original movie we see the team who first travelled through the Stargate reunited in the shape of Dr Daniel Jackson and Colonel O'Neil, joined in their quest by Major Samantha Carter, the requisite 'totty' for the TV show.
As the budget for a television programme is significantly less than that for a movie, Kurt Russell and James Spader had to go, to be replaced by Richard Dean 'MacGyver' Anderson and Michael Shanks respectively and both are more than competent.
The initial part of season one is made up entirely of stand alone episodes with the occasional nod to a backstory which is fine, though it sometimes backfires spectacularly by delving into mawkish territory, oozing sentimentality and overly emoting, Cold Lazarus being the standout in this regard which expands on the O'Neil / dead son trauma, an episode so appallingly bad I was laughing out loud at its worthlessness.
That criticism aside, this is efficient stuff, coming across as somewhat Star Trek-lite; the plotlines will almost all be familiar to Trek-heads, similarly the concept of exploring for explorings sake, but that's no bad thing.
Things pick up a bit towards the end as something of a plot arc develops involving the Goa'uld heading to Earth to eradicate humanity.
All in all, an enjoyable, oft times quirky series with real potential.

Find an episode guide here:

No comments:

Post a Comment