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|Stargate SG-1 - Season 10|
Actors: Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Claudia Black
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
The final Season comes to DVD! In season 10, Vala, a former Goa'uld host turned freedom-fighter, joins SG-1 in their battle to defend the galaxy from the holy war of the Ori. Meanwhile, relations between the Jaffa and E... more »
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A fun and dignified final season to Sci-fi longest continuou
Robert Moore | Chicago, IL USA | 05/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Warning! Many spoilers!
Additional Warning: Thanks to Canadian and British television, the final episodes of STARGATE SG-1 have already been shown through much of the world. The following review is based on having seen everything including the series finale.
And so after an amazing ten year run, STARGATE SG-1 comes to a dignified end. Sorta. Plans for a couple of TV movies are already in the works, so the plot ends that are left somewhat open at the end of the series will probably be resolved at that time. It is hard at this point to know what the show's legacy will be. It never received the critical acclaim that series like FARSCAPE, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, FIREFLY, or even BABYLON 5 received, and one can't point to specific ways that it has altered or molded other Sci-Fi series, but simply being around for a decade is unprecedented in Sci-fi. Yeah, DR. WHO has been around longer, but its presence has been far more episodic and it has sometimes been prey to a budget smaller than a kids' show (though certainly this is not the case for its present incarnation). It certainly did a number of things right. The writing remained strong throughout. The production values were strong from beginning to end. And if it never scaled the peaks of brilliance of other series it still managed to produce many memorable moments. Perhaps its legacy is something to be set aside for a decade or so.
What is amazing is that the tenth season was a largely successful effort at self-recreation. Season Nine had been plagued by pregnancy. Both Amanda Tapping and Claudia Black (and some of the outfits Ms. Black wore in Season Ten reveal that she has fully recovered from having given birth--the highlight of Season Ten might have been the outfit she wore in the high school reunion episode from near the end of the season) had children during that season. I'm a huge fan of kids and having babies, but it doesn't mesh well with making TV shows. Tapping was missing for the early part of the season and Black for most of the middle. Both were present for the entirety of Season Ten. Black's real life pregnancy fed into the plot of Season Ten, with her giving birth to a mystical child who became the super-empowered leader of the Ori. Adria (played by Monica Baccarin, Inara from FIREFLY) grew into a full-grown woman with overwhelming powers in a matter of weeks. Throughout the season SG-1 has to struggle against their most powerful foe yet, who nonetheless harbors affection towards her mother, hoping to convert her to a belief in the Ori.
What makes Season Ten work for me above all else is Claudia Black as Vala. Although I have long been a fan of the show, I've long felt that there was a central problem in the core cast. Though Richard Dean Anderson's Jack O'Neill was ever the wise cracker, there was a lack of genuine humor at the core of the show and despite the implied attraction between O'Neill and Samantha Carter, no real romantic chemistry. But Vala is really, truly funny and a real sex post as well. And it was brilliant to team her with the wound-too-tight Daniel Jackson rather than Col. Mitchell (which would have been expected, since Black and Ben Browder portrayed what was perhaps THE great romantic couple in all of TV Sci-fi, Aeryn Sun and John Crichton on FARSCAPE). Vala and Jackson are great together, with the unconventional and free-spirited Vala both appealing to and threatening the Boy Scout Jackson. As a huge fan of Claudia Black's Aeryn Sun, who was a stern and serious character, it was delightful seeing her be such a goofball on this show. All in all, her character brought a bit of anarchism that was frequently lacking on the show. If I have a regret with the series coming to an end, it is in not knowing what happens to her next. In one of the most endearing touches of the season, the Stargate program only very gradually decides to allow Vala to become a part of the SG-1 team. The season's opening credits start off with the main four marching through the gate, but the week after she is allowed to join, just as the four start to walk through, Vala scampers up to join them.
The main plot for the final season focused on the ongoing struggle against the Ori, a group of ultra religious fanatics. With religious fundamentalism dominating both domestic and international news, with both Christian fundamentalists in the US trying to force public opinion to conform with their beliefs and Islamic fundamentalists trying to force the rest of Islam to conform with their violent and intolerant readings of the Koran (readings that the vast majority of Muslims do not agree with), nothing could be more relevant than intolerant religious zealots who are willing to kill those who do not agree with them.
There were some significant farewells in Season Ten. Samantha's father, who had seen his life extended several years by accepting a symbiote and becoming a member of the Tok'ra, finally did die. And not only Thor, but also the entirety of the Asgard died as well.
Although STARGATE SG-1 was noted for its huge, epic, cliffhanging finales, the series finale was surprisingly subdued and quiet. But also, I thought, remarkably appropriate. I'm sure there was the temptation of a "Big Ending," but instead they decided to focus instead on a relatively unspectacular, intimate episode in which time is essentially frozen for a few decades. The main five simply spend some time together, while Vala and Daniel actually live a life of romantic bliss. Typically, they manage a brilliant scientific solution to their dilemma at the end, with only Teal'c retaining any memory of the preceding decades. As the show ends he smiles bemusedly as Vala and Daniel fall into their bickering ways. But we know the potential that remains.
So, a classic series comes to an end. It wasn't the best Sci-fi series ever. It wasn't the most ground breaking. And it isn't likely to be one of the more influential. But it was the longest running uninterrupted Sci-fi series in the history of Sci-fi and introduced us to a host of memorable characters. Yeah, it had some unpleasant quirks. It used "Science as Magic" to such a degree that it almost became a parody of itself. It reused plots endlessly. I mean, just how many alternate universe episodes did we really need? And how many times were there multiple copies of the same character? (I suspect that BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's refusal to use the same plot device twice or to EVER employ science in magical fashion owes a great deal to the abuse of both by SG-1.) Still, the show took us to a host of wonderful places, introduced us to some wonderful enemies, and continually managed to entertain and delight. And we got to know the core group of characters quite well. Not many shows get ten seasons; even fewer manage ten seasons so well. The show was starting to seem a bit old by the end, but it managed to do what almost no series ever gets to do: last ten years and still have something left in the tank at the end."
The End of an Era
MagicBill | Abingdon, MD USA | 07/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember the original Stargate SG-1 movie and while it was good, I think Richard Dean Anderson and Daniel Shanks made a better team than Kurt Russell and James Spader. Stargate offered an exciting journey to distant lands in a blink of an eye and the journey was usually quick, saving more time for adventure.
But after season 8, Stargate got too familiar, always fighting the Gu'ald. The addition of Ben Browder and Claudia Black seemed too reminiscent of Farscape. But the addition of the Ori as a new formidable opponent made the series sizzle again!
Season 10 continues Stargate SG-1's battle against the Ori, one of the most powerful enemies ever concocted. The search for Merlin's weapon against the Ancients that would also destroy the Ori leads one on a quest where even the Gu'ald team up with the SG-1 team to help defeat the Ori. The Ori can transform humans into their oracles and spokesmen and it is interesting to see Daniel Jackson as an Ori. But buy the DVD and see what happens next!
Stargate SG-1 may not be the cleverest series, but it offered quality entertainment to the family for 10 years. I doubt if StarWars could continue as good a series for 10 years. Even though the 100th and 200th episodes were campy and goofy, the 200th episode did have references to Farscape and a tongue-in-cheek view of the show. Stargate offered a look inside each character and although we hoped something would happen between Jack O'Neal and Samantha Carter, it was nice to see Daniel Jackson and Vala as a couple. The show's ending was bittersweet but it's nice to know that there will be movies following.
The series finale did not go out in a bang, or a whimper. It was tastefully done and unexpected. There was a LOT of loose ends and I hope the movies will resolve these. I will get Season 10 to finalize my box set collection. You should too because it will become a SciFi classic!
Wistful that a great series is ending.
L. Smith | Ill | 07/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The series was getting to seem a bit long in the tooth but features solid writing, great characters and the usual stellar production values. I'll of course own this DVD and will continue to enjoy the series, a fine blend of pulp sci fi and space opera that always surprised, entertained and will never get old. I'm glad to see that the story lines will hopefully be wrapped in the movies to come. I look forward to a more focused writing team for future SG Atlantis seasons and some interesting evolution's of SG in the future."
Spectacular final season of a great series
Jonathan Griffith | Owensboro, KY USA | 05/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season 10 marks the final trips through the Stargate for our beloved characters. Season 9 marked a change to the series with the departure of a major cast member and the addition of three. As well as a new enemy. It's a shame we won't have any more regular adventures on Fridays with SG-1 but you won't be disapointed in these final 20 episodes. Many series arent given a proper ending, (Farscape anyone?) but SG-1 got it. You won't be disapointed. It has been one hell of a ride."