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MGM has just released the entire
third season of the cult hit, "STARGATE SG-1." This is one of the few sci-fil
series which actually improves upon its source. While the original film offered
some great moments, and a generally entertaining atmosphere, the series
accomplished the rare feat of bettering itself over each season.
As fans of previous seasons will know, the Goa'uld lords are aliens bent on
dominating earth as well as other planets. The US airforce, however, has the "Stargate,"
a transportation device, originally controlled by the Goa'uld. With it, the
military attempts to explore other worlds, with the intent to find a way to
defend against the Goa'uld's desire to enslave them. There are various Stargate
teams working to further this cause, but it's the "SG-1" team that puts themself
in danger's way, the most.
As with previous seasons, the writing is excellent! Sure, there are some shows
less entertaining than others, but, the series is generally addictive! Even
though we're fairly certain which specific characters will make it through, one
can't help but to get caught up in the suspense of finding out just how the team
will accomplish what typically ends up being a hair-raising mission.
Richard Dean Anderson stars as Jack O'Neill, and he's actually improved over the
past two seasons as well! His sarcasm and general bravado give the show an
atmosphere, lacking in almost every other series out there. The other
characters, while at times 2 dimensional, are given more to do with this season
"STARGATE SG-1" certainly owes a lot to the original "STAR TREK" episodes, in
the way each episode has the team encountering new worlds or problems, but it's
actually better! Star Trek geeks were generally the ones responsible for
finding characters and plot device connections bridging one episode to another.
But, in "STARGATE SG-1," the writers carefully bridge select plot elements to
future episodes, when helpful. It's never used to simply endear the die-hard
fans, as each episode stands on its own.
MGM has provided an excellent slipcase for this boxed set. The series is
presented with the original 1.78:1 aspect ratio and 16:9 enhancement. The
picture quality is great! Colors are solid and even vibrant at times. Contrast
is generally impressive, offering deep grays and blacks in darker scenes.
Fleshtones appear natural throughout.
MGM has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this release, and it's aggressive!
There are plenty of directional/surround effects, and music is used with great
impact as well.
MGM has also included some extras! There are three featurettes, each running
under 15 minutes. The best of them,"STARGATE UNIVERSE," offers terrific
background information for those just wandering into the series for the first