Stargate SG-1, Season 7
MGM Home Video
Those of us that love this series endure many a snicker at our expense, mostly followed by “You mean that horribly silly movie with Kurt Russell?” No, we most definitely do NOT mean that silly movie. Repeat after me, Stargate SG-1 is to Stargate (the silly movie) as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series) is to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (silly vampire movie). Whether it’s because you like the acting, writing or overall style of the show, it’s clear that SG-1 has a certain something and for me it’s the merging of humor and action, a time honored tradition in science fiction literature and film. SG-1’s cast, including Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge and Don S. Davis all appear to be both game for serious sci-fi and not at all afraid to poke a little fun at themselves. There’s nothing worse than science fiction that takes itself too seriously.
I mean, can you really deliver lines like the following with a straight face and stake yourself seriously?
Daniel Jackson: She’s Hathor, the goddess of fertility, inebriety, and music.
Jack O’Neill: Sex, drugs, and rock & roll?
Jack O’Neill: We brought pizza and a movie.
Teal’c: Star Wars.
Jack O’Neill: He’s seen it, what? Eight times?
Jack O’Neill: Nine times. If Teal’c likes it, it’s gotta be okay.
Sam Carter: You’ve never seen Star Wars?
Jack O’Neill: Well, you know me and sci-fi…
Like most good science fiction, SG-1 uses the form to express thoughts on human relations and grander themes like war and peace, relationships and of course, why all aliens that come to live on earth among humans have such a difficult time appreciating humor.
Truthfully, SG-1 is not ground breaking. It’s not Star Wars or Trek and it won’t change your life. However, it’s far more interesting and well done that the majority of the dreck out there. 8 years and counting is impressive, even for a show on pay and then basic, cable.
The discs here are excellent and both the 5.1 audio and the widescreen video are superb. Listening to the quality of these discs will make fans of the Buffy DVDs even angrier that those weren’t re-mixed to 5.1 channel sound. The video is crisp and clear, among the best I’ve seen in a TV series DVD. Also, this set is simply loaded with commentaries. Every episode, to be exact! The underlying humor continues in these voiceovers, with the clear understanding that none of these people take themselves or the show too seriously. Also included are several featurettes and production galleries. What’s missing, given the playful nature of the series and its cast, are some more behind-the-scenes looks. Gag reels, maybe. The Sci-fi channel has aired several docs about the series and all have some great behind-the-scenes clowning around from the cast. Those would be very welcome indeed. Maybe on Season 8’s set?
Show: 4 out of 5
DVD Quality: 5
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