The biggest change for Stargate SG-1's sixth season was its move to the Sci-Fi Channel. Financial rescue or genre haven from cancellation? Whatever the behind-the-scenes politics, the departure of Daniel Jackson (actor Mic... more »hael Shanks) the previous year most certainly contributed to the need to run a tighter ship somewhere. With the addition of his replacement, Jonas Quinn, the new show dynamic (hinted at by the new title theme) meant far more convolutedly involved story arcs and less individual focus. One of very few solo spotlights came from Christopher Judge writing his own show, when "The Changeling" saw Teal'c act out a life as a fireman. One reason for its being a fan favorite was the cameo from still-alive-after-all Daniel Jackson. There'd be several more through the year, culminating in a finale that relied on how much attention you'd been paying to that all-important back-story. Other kooky cameos included Dean Stockwell in one of the many spotlights on the energy resource n'quadria, Ian Buchanan as one of the devilish Replicators (and hopefully the end of that plotline), and regular spots from John DeLancie, Ronny Cox, and Tom McBeath as the Earth-bound series bad guys. More pertinently, we also saw The X-Files' Byers (Bruce Harwood) as a scientist involved with the Antarctic Gate. Lest we forget, there are other portals on Earth. Is that an already planned spin-off on the horizon? --Paul Tonks« less
Awesome show! Recommend to all science fiction lovers! =)
Stargate SG-1 Season 6
cyclista | the Midwest | 01/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Another great Season of Stargate SG-1. If you are here, then I don't have to tell you that! I always search everywhere on the internet and try to get some advance notice about DVD releases. As with the prior seasons, the format is Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1 and the audio is Dolby Digital 5.1. Disappointingly, MGM's site had very little information. I especially wanted to find out what the "Director Series" is in the extras. I could not find out too much. Only one website had this description: The Director Series features give insight into the working day of the director on issues such as script development, prop and set creation. Here is an episode guide, with a tiny description.1. Redemption - Part 1: The Stargate malfunctions and threatens to destroy all life on Earth.2. Redemption - Part 2: Teal'c and Ryac decide to destroy the weapon that has turned the Stargate into a bomb. 3. Descent: After being ambushed, Carter and an SG-1 team crash into the Pacific Ocean.4. Frozen: A woman who has been frozen for thousands of years is thawed and returns to life, infecting the others with a deadly virus.5. Nightwalkers: Immunitech is implanting Gou'ald symbiotes into the citizens of an Oregon town.6. Abyss: Jack is captured and tortured by the Gou'ald. Daniel Jackson's ghost returns to help him.7. Shadowplay: The Kelownans, who are from Jonas's home planet, negotiate for Earth's superior military technology. Dr. Kieran, a Kelownan scientist, tells Jonas that he is part of a resistance movement trying to save the planet. 8. The Other Guys: Felger and Coombs try to rescue an SG-1 team, who was taken captive by the Gou'ald.9. Allegiance: Artok is suspected of Ocker's murder, and then is murdered himself.10. Cure: The Pangerans offer to trade the secret of a miracle drug for instruction in how to use a gate. However, there is a problem with the drug.11. Prometheus - Part 1: Operatives posing as camera crew hijack a new spacecraft that combines human with alien technology.12. Unnatural Selection - Part 2: Replicators have overrun an Asgard world and created a time distortion there.13. Sight Unseen: An ancient artifact from another planet is responsible for the spread of a contagious "disease" on Earth.14. Smoke and Mirrors: Senator Kinsey is assassinated by a man who looks like Colonel Jack O'Neill.15. Paradise Lost: Colonel Maybourne and Colonel O'Neill end up on a planet that Maybourne says is a secret alien paradise.16. Metamorphosis: Gou'ald queen, Nirrti, may be creating a race of super human warriors through the manipulation of DNA.17. Disclosure: The U.S. and Russia disclose the existence of Stargate to the United Kingdom, France, and China.18. Forsaken: SG-1 finds three human survivors on another planet that are under attack, seemingly without a reason.19. The Changeling: Teal'c believes he has lost his symbiote.20. Memento: The SG-1 team hear of a mythical Stargate on an inhabited planet.21. Prophecy: The citizens of an alien planet believe that the SG-1 team have arrived to fulfill an ancient prophecy to free them from tyranny.22. Full Circle: The ghost of Daniel Jackson tells O'neill that Anubis is scheming to steal the Eye of Ra."
Hello, Stargate SG-1, Good-bye Star Trek
John Michael | Dorr, MI United States | 01/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having grown up with the original Star Trek TV series, plus all of the subsequent movies and other Star Trek television series, I must say that the storyline in the Stargate SG-1 episodes puts Star Trek to shame.Can any Sci-Fi afficionado not be impressed by the originality of the entire Stargate setup, from the effect of seeing a starship come out of hyperspace to the warm feeling one gets when the Asgard (usually represented by Thor) show up and that special music starts playing?This is probably the only TV series in which I'll purchase every season's DVD boxset."
Still the Best SciFi, despite getting off track
cyclista | 06/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Stargate SG-1, to me, wasn't exactly what I'd come to expect from my favorite show. The loss of Daniel Jackson was, of course, a large part as was the way the introduced Jonas Quinn. Throughout the season they kept telling us point blank how great he was and how he was needed. That, in itself, made me dislike the character just like O'Neill did.But the real disappointment for me was the dark, X-Files-like direction the show took. Gone was wonder of the 'Gate and the excitement of new worlds and cultures. It became too mottled down in Earthbound stories of corruption and conspiracies.Abyss was an excellent episode for the fact that Richard Dean Anderson and Micheal Shanks share a rare chemistry. It's apparent they enjoy playing off one another. That's SG-1 at its best. The byplay between the characters, with cool special effects thrown in!Changeling was also a great episode because it dealt with the interaction of the characters trying to help each other.With Richard Dean Anderson decreasing his part, and with Micheal Shanks absent, it fell to Amanda Tapping and Chris Judge to carry the season. They did an admirable job, but the team dynamics are what made this show what it was and you can't keep those dynamics with only 50% of said team.I have all the seasons, so I had to have this one, But I'm anxiously waiting for Season 7!"
Can I give 5 stars to 3 episodes?
Mother Goddess | Kentucky | 08/28/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a purist. I don't apologize for that. For me the sixth season of Stargate wasn't Stargate SG1. I own three disks containing the episodes Abyss, Changeling, and Full Circle. The team of SG1 isn't a team without the four characters of Jack, Daniel, Teal'c, and Sam. Season six failed to capture my interest with the rebuild of the team. There simply wasn't any chemistry to get me past the weaker episodes or to allow me to ignore the hole where Daniel belonged. The hammer to the head push of the new character just made things worse. So, for me, season six consists of three episodes where SG1 was all present and accounted for."
Another excellent season, only with a number of significant
Robert Moore | Chicago, IL USA | 07/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first five seasons of STARGATE SG-1 were notable for their remarkable consistency not only in quality but in style and substance. There was, in fact, little actual variation. But Season Six brought some major changes. First, Michael Shanks took a year off from the show to pursue his own projects, though he did reappear in a few episodes either as Daniel Jackson or as the voice of Thor. Second, Daniel Jackson's place was taken by Corin Nemec as Jonas Quinn, who had appeared in a Season Five episode as a denizen of another planet. Third, for much of the season the show abandoned episodes that involved them exploring new planets. They didn't completely skip visiting other worlds, but they did far less than in previous seasons.
Despite these changes, though certainly not because of them, the show remained steady and solid throughout the season. There were a number of truly superb individual episodes and the show generally maintained the quality that had distinguished it for several seasons. Corin Nemec did the best he could to fill the gap left by the departure of Daniel Jackson. To compensate for his lack of education compared to Daniel, the writers gave him an unusual ability to absorb new knowledge. There were also hints that his physiology was unique in some way that felt as if it would have played a major role in future seasons. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I suppose), the return of Daniel Jackson to the show precluded the need for Jonas, and he was with only a tiny bit of ceremony shipped back to his home planet very early in Season Seven. I personally had mixed feelings about Jonas's presence and departure. He never really meshed with the other characters and never seemed to be a part of the team the way that Daniel had, but on the other hand the way he was so obviously just jettisoned the second he was no longer needed was rather bothersome. As it was, any attentive fan could sense the abandonment of future plot lines.
The absence of Daniel Jackson in Season Six was definitely felt. Daniel functioned as the conscience of SG-1, the unapologetic idealist. He adhered unrelentingly to classic liberal ideals of fairness and justice and was unsparing in his efforts in support of those ideals. Without him, the team sometimes seemed to be without the focus they had had earlier. Not that the show ever flagged in quality or interest. It just felt like a different show. In many ways, the show felt his absence more than it would feel the absence of other characters who left in Seasons 8 and 9. There were many good things in Season Six, but Daniel Jackson's absence defined it as much as the more specific things that happened. The season also increased the number of references to the Ancients, which would lead to major things in subsequent seasons.
No fan of SG-1 would want to miss this season, but it was the harbinger of things to come. Namely, each season from here on out would bring major changes in the show, with at least one major character disappearing in each of the next three seasons. The uniformity of Seasons One through Five would give way to an evolving cast of characters. In a way, one could divide the series into Seasons One-Five and then Six onwards. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just very different."