Some decent storylines, acting and a nice humorous touch on the special features.
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Some decent storylines, acting and a nice humorous touch on the special features.
They get a little too zippy with the dialogue that needs to be slowed down a lot at times, the humor mostly doesn't work and a lot of the stuff I just plain didn't understand.
This is the last season of Stargate SG1, and the first time I've ever watched it. I'm not much into sci-fi stuff, or even TV, really, for that matter, so this show just didn't really appeal to me at all in the 10 seasons it aired, which ended earlier this year. It turned out to be not terribly bad, but not terribly good either.

They start the season off nicely with Vala (Claudia Black), captured by the Ori last season, giving birth to a fatherless child. She learns she was a pawn of the Ori, somehow used to give birth to this Orici, a child who grows even faster than The Fly and will lead the Ori into victory, and stuff. The team from Stargate, badly crippled from their last battle with the Ori must form a new plan of attack, but first must get their leader Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) back from an Ori ship. This leads us into 19 more decent episodes that take us to many different worlds and many different battles in this series final season.

The acting isn't too terrible here. Michael Shanks can be a little too snarky at times as team leader Daniel Jackson, but Claudia Black does a nice job as the new mommy Vala and Christopher Judge has quite a screen presence as the bulky Teal'c. Amanda Tapping is decent as Major Carter, but I did like Ben Browder as Lieutenant Colonel Mitchell and Beau Bridges as Major General Landry. Also look for a guest appearance from Fred Willard, who plays Vala's father in Episode 18.

The writing here references pop culture and history a lot, which I liked, but they don't have a real flare for dialogue, as far as I'm concerned. A lot of their attempts at humor fell flat and it seems like the actors are trying to speed through their lines as if an homage to Sorkin, or something. The writing doesn't really reflect that sort of cadence anyway, so it doesn't work out that well. Still, as far as the storylines go, they do a decent job on plot for each episode, it just seems that the dialogue flubs it up a bit.
This is a five-disc set and each disc has basically the same special features, only each disc is modified some. Each disc has a Photo and Production Design Gallery and then there is a random featurette that's different for each disc and a Directors Series feature for each disc also, featuring a director breaking down his episode. The galleries are nothing to write home about, really, but the Directors Series really gives you an in-depth look into many aspects of that particular episode. They dish on both the creative and the technical sides of their episodes, and they're all pretty cool to watch.

The other random featurettes give you a glimpse into different areas of the show. The Ori: A New Enemy, which gives you a detailed rundown of how they came to be for about 18 minutes. Behind the 200th, which talks about the unconventional way they went about their 200th episode which was a rather humorous spoof-ish episode. Setting the Mood with Jim Menard is about Menard, the director of photography, and his job and such, and this one is fairly boring and fairly long at 22 minutes. Life as a Tech with Gary Jones is the last one (there isn't one on Disc 5) and it's a pretty cool feature with the guy who plays Walter Harriman, the tech who opens the gate, who rose up the ranks from having a role just named Tech to having an actual name. It's a funny little featurette, spoof-ish again, and shows him trying to get some respect from everyone else. It's the best one on here, and a great way to end out the special features.
The episodes are presented in the widescreen format, in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio.
The sound is handled through the Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound format.
Nice work here. The five discs are held in three mini-cases that all fit nicely into this big blue sheath. The front of the sheath just has a shot of the four main leads, Christopher Judge, Amanda Tapping, Ben Browder and Michael Shanks with some weird symbols as well. The back gives us a complete episode list, a brief synopsis of the show, a small special features box and the tech specs. The mini cases each have random pictures on the front, and a more detailed episode rundown for each disc on the back. Good job here.
If you're really into this show, you'll be pleased as punch to know that a spin-off movie is in the works called The Ark of Truth and there is a little teaser for this on the first disc. I'm not really into the show, but it wasn't something I minded watching, although I won't be rushing out to pick up the first nine seasons on DVD either...

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