2020-09-02

Stargate SG-1 TV show

I have spent the last five months rewatching the entire series of Stargate SG-1. For the third time. My conclusion is that I am incredibly satisfied. The show kept exploring new and really good ideas over its ten year period, so it never felt old. (It also copied ideas from other science fiction shows, but it did it in a good way with some originality. For example, almost every single science fiction show has done a version of "The Magnificient Seven" or "Enemy Mine", the latter of which is a 1979 science fiction novella I read decades ago.)

It is also interesting how well the stories tie into mythology. One of the main premises of the show is that ancient mythical beings and gods were actually aliens from other worlds.

Some shows have great characters and it is these great characters that make the show. After a few years, I find myself wanting to see those characters again because they feel like friends that you have not seen in years. If the stories are good, then the series is worth watching again.

The first season is a little rough around the edges, but the show mostly improved for all ten seasons. Seasons 6 and 7 had a slightly lower budget after a switch to the Sci-Fi network, and these two seasons were not the best but are still okay. However, seasons 8 through 10 were fantastic. Seasons 8 and 9 especially blew me away. Then the series concludes with two very good made for TV movies.

Stargate SG-1 is a big step up from the 1994 movie Stargate. Although some people hated this movie, it had mixed reviews and I felt like it was interesting enough to watch. It serves as a good introduction to the series.

The 200nth episode, called "200", tries to do a parody of both itself and other science fiction shows, and for me, this mostly falls flat. I have noticed that many science fiction shows fail when they try to be funny.

Stargate SG-1 inspired two spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis which was excellent, and Stargate Universe which wasn't great at first but ended up very good.

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Best wishes,

John Coffey

http://www.entertainmentjourney.com

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