A ninth season that shows that Stargate SG-1 is still strong with clever dialogue and entertaining storylines.
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THE GOOD
A ninth season that shows that Stargate SG-1 is still strong with clever dialogue and entertaining storylines.
THE BAD
The only bad thing I can think of is that non science fiction fans most likely won't like this show.
THE FEATURE
Jumping right into the second to last season of a ten season show when you haven't seen any episode prior is almost always a tough thing to do, but that's what I've had to do with this ninth season of Stargate SG-1. I had heard of the show before, but had never taken the time to watch it until now for this review. The first episode was a bit hard to follow at the beginning, but once I started picking up on the characters and back stories, then I was able to understand, mostly anyways, what was going on.

Several new characters have been added to the cast to successfully make the show feel fresh. Two of the big additions are that of Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell and Vala. Mitchell has been hired to take control of the Stargate squad since Daniel has planned to leave for Stargate Atlantis. Mitchell is basically a smart-ass a lot of the time, but he doesn't come off as arrogant. He's just a funny guy that keeps the feel of the show light, yet he also has a great solid composure. The other major addition to the cast is Vala who comes to Stargate promising a great discovery of a ancient treasure. Vala is a sexy and mischievous woman who leaves her mark on all of those she encounters. Everyone she has met in the past seems to want her dead and just their reaction to her name is enough for them to cringe.

Season 9 is a solid entry into this series. Fans of science fiction will no doubt enjoy this wonderfully written and highly engaging show. This may not be the best place for newcomers to start with the show, but it certainly isn't a bad place either.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary

Each and every episode on this DVD set features a commentary. That's right, all of them. They're not as easy to find as commentary tracks on other DVDs seem to be, but all you have to do is go to the Languages section on each individual episode screen and then you'll be able to access the commentary on the following screen that appears. The commentary varies for each episode, but usually features the director and writer for that specific episode.

Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes

There are three of these behind-the-scenes features that basically goes inside three different teams involved on the Stargate SG-1 set. We get inside looks on the prop department, special effects crew, and the set crew who helped create and build the "Village" set from the first episode "Avalon."

SG-1 Director's Series

This is basically a behind the scenes series that features the directors of certain episodes discussing the scenes being shown and how they were filmed and created. There are a grand total of 5 of these Director's Series and each are lengthy and rich with great information.
THE VIDEO
1.78:1 Widescreen. The special effects are great for a TV show. The aerial battle scenes during the opening scene for the first episode are exciting and could certainly match a lot of movies in terms of quality and look. The sets for the Stargate main area look very good and certainly aren't cheesy in any way like they could have been.
THE AUDIO
5.1 Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitled in Spanish, French and English.
THE PACKAGE
The packaging is the same as previous seasons of this show with a big box that has, in this case, three thin sleeves on the inside that carry a total of 5 discs. The front cover is also the same as previous seasons only with the color-scheme changed.
THE FINAL WORD
This Season 9 DVD is not only great episode-wise, but it's also packed with lots of special features that will make any die-hard fan go crazy over. For fans of the show, this is a great buy.

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