To resolve the season 2 cliffhanger, General Hammond rounds up every conceivable ally to rescue the SG-1 team from Hathor's clutches and gets a much-needed field trip in the process. "Into the Fire " is actually a weak ope... more »ning for the new year, but does boast some impressive visuals as Hammond and Brat'ac pilot a shuttle through an open Stargate (euphemistically called "threading the needle"). In subsequent episodes, Daniel Jackson is intrigued by the planet Orban's scientific advances over only a few years. An exchange of knowledge is agreed and the precise "Learning Curve" of their children is revealed. Still recalling the original movie, O'Neill is concerned for the siblings because of the loss of his son. In "Demons" some serious lambasting of organized religion occurs in a storyline concerning a medieval Christian village that's being terrorized by a giant Goa'uld servant creature. This episode both brings to light and questions each of the principal characters' beliefs. "Forever in a Day" begins an important storyline about Daniel's wife Sha're's stolen child who is a "Harcesis," an illegal breeding between Goa'uld hosts. Then an earlier thread is picked up in "Past and Present" on planet Vyus whose people all suffer amnesia. Their leader Ke'ra (played by Megan Leitch who's portrayed Mulder's missing sister in The X-Files) is a link to the earlier "Prisoners" episode and the dangerous "destroyer of worlds". In a two-part cliffhanger, Sam must attempt to rescue her father, face Satan himself on a prison moon, and resurrect "Jolinar's Memories" from the Goa'uld she was briefly possessed by, then "The Devil You Know" reveals an embarrassing secret that could allow the team to escape the clutches of Satanic Sokar. "Pretense" is one of those sci-fi series staples as a character is put on trial to prove their guilt on behalf of another. "Urgo" expands the general sardonic humor with a little pathos for the guest appearance by Dom DeLuise. Lots of slapstick ensues. "A Hundred Days" is the three months O'Neill spends stranded on planet Edora by the fire rain of a passing asteroid belt. Then in "Shades of Grey" he appears to suffer a total personality switch when he steals technology from the Tollan and is insubordinate in the extreme. Both these are terrific concepts but are scarcely enough story to have stretched across more than one episode. --Paul Tonks« less
David T. Read | DuQuoin, IL United States | 03/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first two seasons of Stargate SG-1 were really the pace-setters for the rest of the series. In the first season we were introduced to the main characters and several ongoing plot threads. In season II we were given the Tok'ra, as well as the beginning of the end for Apophis, plus got a smattering of very good episodes. Now, with season 3, everything in Stargate is in full-swing! With old enemies revisited, two primary plots resolved, and a plethora of new ones introduced, Season 3 really has it all. The relationship between Jack and Thor starts to develop, Daniel learns to move on with his life, Carter learns more about Jolinar and becomes closer with her father, and Teal'c, well, Teal'c ROCKS! I cannot say enough about episodes like "Forever In A Day," "Legacy," "Point of View," "Jolinar's Memories," "The Devil You Know," "Pretense," "NEMESIS" and others! The writers became more seasoned with story plots and the actors dove into their roles head-first, not afraid to give us some of the best science fiction material I've ever seen! I 100% reccommend this DVD boxed set. It is worth every dollar!"
A necessity for Stargate fans eveywhere.
qu0s | NSW, Australia | 03/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's been a long time, but Season 3 is finally coming to DVD. Arguably the best season of Stargate SG-1, there is a balance of dramatic and lighter episodes, as well as continued development of the overall story arc. The Goa'uld become a little nastier this season, and Earth finds itself in need of some powerful allies. We get to see alternate Earths, watch Jack go bad, meet Oma Desala, and get introduced to the Replicators. There is also a lot of character development over the season, and a resolution to several ongoing stories, including Shau'rae's and Ska'ara's. Very much a season of 'the team', SG-1 are at their best here and their interactions show the sense of team spirit that is lacking in later seasons. With episodes like 'Fair Game', 'Legacy', 'Forever in a Day', 'Urgo' and 'Shades of Grey', I cannot recommend this season enough to either long time fans, or those looking to get into the Stargate SG-1 world."
The Star Trek of the 21st Century
Jimmy C. | 05/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have already pre-ordered Stargate SG1-Season 3 Boxed Set because I find this sci-fi adventure series to be the best sci-fi series since the original Star Trek series of the 1960's. Please don't misunderstand me, I'm not a Trekkie or one who attends conventions. However I do enjoy well written and well acted science-fiction and Stargate SG1 is such a series. I already own the first 2 boxed season series collections and what makes this series so great is the writing and the characters themselves. The stories are smart and thought provoking and are not overwhelmed with special effects but add only enough special effects to enhance the stories themselves. The characters, like in the original Star Trek series are written to be loyal, likeable and honorable friends willing to lay down their lives for what is morally right and true as well as for each other, values that have seemed to long disappear in most television series today. Richard Dean Anderson,(formerly of Macyver), Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge and Don S.Davis have great chemistry as they work together to solve problems in a very real and human way,with both a dramatic and humorous sensibilty to whatever confronts them in each episode. Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright, who are the executive producers and the ones who developed Stargate for television have seemed to capture the "Gene Roddenberry" magic with stories that draw the viewer in with characters that seem real and honest. If you enjoy well written sci-fi stories with characters that seem very real, very human and people you find to be extremely likeable, then Stargate SG1 is a series you will definitly enjoy."
StarGate SG-1 Season 3: It's about time.
Dave Mersky | Philidelphia, PA USA | 04/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been waiting for months... And now I get a chance to pre-order this great season. This is where the action gets intense. As you all know; season 2 left off with Hathor about to implant one of the members of SG-1 with a Goa'uld. For those of you just waiting to see the conclusion, you'll find it very action packed with a good story to go with it. As this season progresses, you will see further development on the story of Dr. Jackson and his wife Shaur'e. It will feature much of Daniel Jackson. You will get over 25 hours of media from this boxed set. There are usually 5 episodes per disc and 5 discs. It will also have bonus material: featurettes and episode previews. This, with the first two seasons is in my top pick list. So pick up a copy on Amazon.com and get ready for a great action/sci-fi adventure!"
Old Endings and New Beginnings
Andrew | Chicago, IL, USA | 04/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many people believe that subsequent seasons of Stargate: SG1 get progressively better. So far, no arguement from me. Season 1 was good, 2 was better, and this has been the best so far. Col. Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), and his SG1 team of the now Maj. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), and Teal'c (Christopher Judge) continued their adventures through the Stargate to various old and new planets. The team, as well as the SGC in general, were tested in many more ways than ever thought possible. The team went to "Hell" in order to save Sam's dad, who is still a member of the Tok'Ra resistance, Daniel suffered a major loss, and O'Neill was blended, albeit briefly, with a Goa'uld.
One of the reasons that I personally liked this year was that many of last year's conflicts were resolved (Lenea, Destroyer of Worlds), which made room for new plotlines (the Replicators), as well as continuing old ones (the search for the Harsesis child). Also, this season revitalized a Season 1 plotline that had been falsely ended in Season 2.
This is also the season when SG1 truly realizes that they truly have allies in their fight against the Goa'uld; the Asgard helped form a treaty between Earth and the Goa'uld (though it is not likely to be followed by either party due to some of the clauses), the Tok'Ra continue to offer their assistance and wisdom, the Nox have begun to reestablish contact with the SGC, and the Tollan, who are also human, now have reason to truly dislike the parasitic alien race. Speaking of which, I really liked the episode "Pretense", because it gave large roles to the Tollan and Liah, who is of the Nox. I mean, if the Asgard had made an appearance in the episode, then it would have really been a party.
Other good episodes include "Into the Fire", "Fair Game", "Legacy", "Learning Curve", "Point of View", "Past and Present", "Jolinar's Memories", "The Devil You Know", "Foothold", "Urgo", "Shades of Grey", "New Ground", and "Nemesis". Judging by the increase in quality each season, I can't wait to see Season 4."