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1. Stargate SG-1 Season 1, Vol. 1: Episodes 1-3
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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3-0 out of 5 stars Videophile Bonus
All 3 episodes on DVD are actually high resolution, anamorphic/ 16:9 widescreen enhanced - the preferred format for High Definition TV sets. This was a special treat, as the storage case does not even list this! (the "technical info" notes here at Amazon incorrectly lists it as 4:3 aspect ratio).

The films themselves are a "must-have" for any Stargate or SG1 fan, & are a good way to introduce non-fans to the series.

The Jack O'Neil & Daniel Jackson characters are portrayed especially well, & are far more satisfying than their counterparts in the original 1994 movie. Richard Dean Anderson in particular brings a welcome bit of humour to the role - O'Neil isn't the one dimensional semi-suicidal tough guy of the 94 movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars StarGate is right up there w/ X-Files!
I also have to admit that I haven't bought the video, but I have seen this 2 hr. episode. It was such a turn in Sci-Fi television for Showtime, that I haven't missed an episode since it's air date on June 27th, 1997! If you enjoy this movie, be sure to check out the rest of the series!! Their ideas are fantastic. Great add-on to the movie, with a stellar cast of WONDERFUL people, including Mr. Anderson, Michael Shanks, Chris Judge and Amanda Tapping. The only reason I haven't bought this video is the price. Mind knocking it down about $20?! What's the big deal w/ it?!? Is it imported?

5-0 out of 5 stars A decent movie is turned into a pretty good TV series
I have stumbled across "Stargate SG-1" on cable television from time to time and so it was a real treat to go back to the beginning and see how Showtime was able to turn a moderately successful science fiction film into a very good science fiction television series. There is a special edition version of the 1995 theatrical film starring Kurt Russell and James Spader so even if you have seen it before you can refresh your memory as to what happened and get some added scenes as well.

The pilot movie, "Children of the Gods" (Written by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright, Aired July 1997) has General Hammond (Don S. Davis from "Twin Peaks") dragging Colonel Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson in the Russell role) back for one "last" mission through the Stargate. Since the huge, shimmering ring of glowing matter that allows instant transportation between different worlds could be used by the evil Egyptian-like aliens to use to Earth, it was supposedly destroyed. But there is now evidence that Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks in the Spader role) might still be alive (a great use of Kleenex by the way). The pilot takes O'Neill and his team back to Abydos, where they have a confrontation with the Goa'ulds, who are now led by Apophis (Peter Williams), a Ra-wannabee. What makes this a good pilot is that not only does it assemble what will be the SG-1 team, adding Captain Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), a theoretical astrophysicist, and Teal'c (Christopher Judge), a high-ranking Jaffa for Apophis who defects to the humans, but it establishes several elements for the series that can be exploited down the line. 5 Stargates.

Consequently, the first season of "Stargate SG-1" offers a blend of episodes that have the quartet visiting new worlds through the Stargate and those that deal with the continuing evil efforts of Apophis and the Goa'ulds. Many times, even if the Jaffa are not running around, the have had an impact on the planet being visited.

Episode 1, "The Enemy Within" (Written by Brad Wright, Aired August 1, 1997) is basically a continuation of the pilot with one of O'Neill's officers and friends, Major Charles Kawalksy (Jay Acavone), the host of one of the Goa'uld larvae. The contrast here is between a friend being turned into a traitor against his will by one parasite while Teal'c has to prove his loyalty. The attempt to get the larvae out of Kawalsky continues the theme in the pilot of making the conflict with the Goa'uld extremely personal for O'Neill. 5 Stargates.

Episode 2, "Emancipation" (Written by Kathryn Powers, Aired August 8, 1997) sends the SG-1 crew back out through the Stargate and makes it clear that each trip to a new planet is usually going to confront them with a people who are not as technologically advanced (there are a couple of key exceptions in season one). This episode also establishes that most of the people they are going to encounter come form Earth stock, such as the Shavadai, a tribe related to the Mongols, on the planet Simarka. The Shavadai consider women to be inferior, which means Carter is in for a series of rude shocks. The plot is rather predictable, but the episode does have its comic aspects and shows that Carter can hold her own with the boys both in terms of cracking jokes and fighting her way out of duel to the death. 4 Stargates.

Even if you never saw or were not overly enamored of the original "Stargate" film, if you make it through these first three episodes (keeping in mind the pilot is basically a movie) you will be impressed enough to move on to the next volume. I would encourage you to keep going because you should get seriously hooked on this series by the time you get to the fourth volume, let along the season-ending cliffhanger in volume five.

Let me put it to you this way. The first season of "Stargate SG-1" is a lot better than the first season of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and you know how good that series got. It is also helping me avoiding suffering serious withdrawl from the end of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

5-0 out of 5 stars a must
If you love stargate, you must own this DVD with the pilot. What more is there to say?

3-0 out of 5 stars A Must See for Late Comers
Not everyone who loves Star Gate has watched it from the begining. If you're one of those late comers then this DVD is a must-see. It answers numerous questions of the who-how-whys behind the characters and especially the ever-mysterious Te'alc. While none of these episodes are ones you'll want to see more than once, everyone needs to see them at least once.
1) Children of the Gods, the made for TV pilot, brings back Daniel's wife Shar-rae and O'Neill's (with 2 L's) friend Scara, and sets the stage for the Daniel's constant search in later episodes for his lost wife.
2) The Enemy Within, answers more questions about the symbiote/host relationship.
3) Emancipation, a typical shallow 1st season episode, assumeably meant to build up Capt(Maj) Carter's character. Good casual watching & one of the rare episodes that is safe for younger viewers. Bonus points if you can identify the actor in this episode who later played a major voice character in a Disney animated classic. ... Read more


2. Smallville - Pilot (Mini DVD)
Director: Paul Shapiro, Terrence O'Hara, David Carson, William Gereghty, Pat Williams (III), Michael W. Watkins, Jeff Woolnough, James A. Contner, Chris Long, Thomas J. Wright, John Schneider, Craig Zisk, David Jackson, Rick Wallace, Jeannot Szwarc, Kenneth Biller, Greg Beeman, Steve Miner, D.J. Caruso, James Frawley
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4-0 out of 5 stars Smallville ROCKS!
The first episode of this series, also known as a pilot, is by far one of the best in the series. Before Superman became the Man of Steel we are all familiar with, he had to deal with his adolescence and the discovery of his super powers.This is his story.

The story begins with a shot of space. A meteor shower and a spaceship are headed towards earth.

Next, a married couple named Jonahtan and Martha Kent drive into town, where the Crows, the local sports team are celebrating a recent victory. They both want a baby but unfortunately are unable to have one. Jonathan buys Martha a lovely bouquet of flowers. They get in their truck and drive away.

In another part of town multi-millionaire and corporate titan Lionel Luther, is trying to make his young son Lex conquer his fear of heights by forcing him to open his eyes while in the air in a helicopter. After landing, Lionel is trying to close a deal while, Lex is playing in a nearby cornfield. Lex is frightened, drops his inhaler and has an asthma attack (more on this later).

Suddenly, the meteors come crashing to earth wreaking havoc on the picturesque city of Smallville, Kansas. As John and Martha are driving back home, the space ship crash lands in front of them destroying everything in its path including the road they are on. Their truck is turned upside down, and out of the corner of her eye, Martha Kent sees a boy coming out of the space ship.

Meanwhile, as young Lex Luther plays in the corn field a meteor hits the area and a cloud of dust engulfs everything in sight. We see Lex after the blast, his hair is gone and his father looks disgusted by it.

Back at the lonely road, the young couple decides that they can't just abandon the boy they discovered. So they act fast and decide to claim the child as their own adopted son and hide the space ship in their cellar.

The meteor shower not only causes destruction, but also shatters many lives. This is the case of Lana Lang, her parents are killed in the meteor shower.

As a teen Lana Lang becomes the object of adopted Clark Kent's affection.We are also introduced to Pete and Chloe, Clark's friends and aspiring journalists.

This is a lot of material to tackle for just one episode, but the direction is kept tight and there's plenty of action to keep you entertained. The special effects are well done with the exception of the first shot which could have used some work, but overall a really solid entry into this new series. I'd also like to add that it's thrilling to see Clark discover a new super power, it's as if he's one step closer to becoming SUPERMAN.

I would have given this episode five stars, except for a sub-plot involving a man who is comatose for years and suddenly wakes up, not having aged a day, wanting revenge on those who caused his coma. Clark Kent a.k.a. Superboy must save his friends at the school dance and gets even with the school jock, and a good time is had by all.
All in all, Smallville Rocks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Smallville is a must see
Here we have the release of the Pilot Mini-DVD release. I must say Smallville is an AMAZING show. The Legend of Superman you've never seen. Smallville is a show that has been running for four years on the WB network. No, it's not Superman and other heroes flying around saving each other. Smallville is a show of surprises, action, adventure, suspense. 'The boy he thought he was and the man he is destined to become' is still the show's core, as we tag along with future-Superman Clark Kent and future-Arch-enemy Lex Luthor, and many other cast members including Lana, Chloe, and Jonathan and Martha Kent.

The first season begins and unfolds as Clark learns his true origins, and faces many meteor-infected meteor freaks. (Pilot) As the season ends, a disaster tornado heads right towards Smallville, and leaves Lana trapped in the vortex... (Tempest)

Season two begins as Clark rescues Lana, and Lex's father, Lionel, becomes blind by the twister. (Vortex) This season progresses as Clark learns more and more about his destiny. Christopher Reeve makes an unforgetablle appearance, as Dr. Virgil Swann, a high-tech scientist, who tells Clark about Krypton, his home world. (Rosetta) The season ends with a shocker as Clark and Lana finally get together, Chloe is jealous and turns to Lionel to investigate on Clark, Martha, who was pregnant, looses her baby, Lex gets married, but his jet falls from the sky and crashes into the ocean. But Clark turns to Red-Kryptonite (which makes him a bad boy) after he caused his mother's miscarrage by blowing up his rocket ship so his biological father, Jor-El, cannot send him destiny messages. He rides to Metropolis, the big city north of Smallville, on his Harley and in his leather jacket, turning to the life of crime. (Calling, Exodus)

Season 3 opens as Clark (now known as 'Kal') is in Metropolis and wrecking havoc. Jonathan Kent makes a deal with Jor-El to bring Clark home. (Exile) But when he returns, Clark pays the price as a crime boss named Morgan Edge comes back, looking for a vial of blood Clark should've stolen for him in Metropolis. (Phoenix) Season 3 continues with many interesting storylines such as: Lex going crazy and getting himself into an insane asylum (Shattered, Asylum), Jonathan having a heart attack (Hereafter), Clark giving up his relationship with Lana, Lana getting a call from the future (Crisis), and Pete Ross, Clark's best friend, leaving Smallville, burdened by Clark's secret. (Forsaken) Season 3 ends with a bang as Lionel is in jail for murder, then getting his head shaved, Lana leaving for Paris, Chloe entering a house that explodes, Lex has been poisened by his brandy, Jonathan's braindead in the caves after Clark was mysteriously sucked into the Phantom Zone, and the Kent Farm is on fire... (Covenant)

Season 4 begins as Clark is reborn as his alter-ego Kal-El. Lois Lane comes to town, Lex is in Egypt searching for a mysterious crystal, Lana has a new love, Jason Teague, in Paris, and she also gets a very strange mark on her back, Chloe is still presumed dead, Martha is alone on the farm, and Lionel is still in jail. (Crusade) Later, Lois and Clark investigate Chloe's death, and find her, alive, in an abandoned warehouse. (Gone) More highlights: the future Flash comes to Smallville (Run), Lionel and Clark switch bodies (Transference), Mikhail Mxyzptlk (My-kal mix-yez-pittle-ick) jinxes everyone in Smallville (Jinx), Chloe, Lois, and Lana become possesed by 17th century witches (Spell), Lex is accused of killing a woman he slept with (Bound), a virus enters Smallville and everyone thinks their worst nightmare is a reality (Scare), Clark's former-flame returns (Unsafe), someone learns Clark's secret (Pariah), Clark heads to Metropolis on a college football recruiting trip (Recruit), Clark finda a super-powered dog (Krypto), Lex, Jason, Lana, and Clark head to China in search of a Kryptonian crystal (Sacred), Lois Lane's younger sister, Lucy, comes to Smallville (Lucy), Lex gets split in two by Black Kryptonite (Onyx), a girl who can enter people's bodies does on the night of the prom (Spirit), a boy who can wipe out memories clears out Clark's mind (Blank), Lana and Clark find an abandoned baby in a cornfield (Ageless), a boy who doesn't want high school to end has the ability to make his own fake world kidnaps high schoolers and traps them in his world (Forever), and a mysterious meteor shower strikes Smallville... again. (Commencement)


I hope you enjoyed my season reviews of Smallville! Season's 1-3 are now available on DVD. Season 4 comes to the stores on September 13, 2005. Don't forget to buy 'em! ... Read more


3. Stargate SG-1 Season 1, Vol. 2: Episodes 4-8
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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You have to love a TV program whose titles alone manage to evoke the Oldand New Testaments ("The First Commandment" and "Cold Lazarus," respectively),Shakespeare ("Brief Candle"), Norse mythology ("Thor's Hammer"), and more--andthose are just four of the episodes contained on this, the second disc ofStargate SG-1's first season. Yet, while stories dealing with the natureof fear ("Thor's Hammer"), the value of enjoying life, no matter how short("Brief Candle"), and other weighty issues certainly offer the potential forpretension, these largely manage to steer clear of it. As usual, the creatorshave spent their money on special effects rather than a lot of elaborate sets orenormous action pieces; there's also a refreshing emphasis on the stories, withtheir elements of humor, suspense, drama, and emotional resonance. Each episodehas a menu for selecting the different scenes; DVD bonus features are limited tolanguage and subtitle choices, along with a very slight, self-serving cast andcrew featurette. --Sam Graham ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Do NOT have secon thoughts about it...
Just think about it, you ae looking at a 6 stargate spisoides DVD with two of the most espectacular episoides ever shown in TV. With an outstanding storyline, audio, video and acting, the Stargate Series are becoming the next TV cult. This DVD in particular contains the episoides THE BROCA DIVIDE, THE FIRST COMMANDMENT, COLD LAZARUS, THE NOX, BRIEF CANDLE and THOR'S HAMMER. All Stargate Fans know that THE NOX and THOR'S HAMMER are two classics on the Stargate Series (crucial for the future development of the series), and if you don't know the story, this is your chance to understand why Stargate is becomming the next Star Trek (but far more better). Stargate is not only a grate "sience fiction advnture", but it also has done its reserch. Mithology and sience convine with an explosive outcome. This MGM TV Serie, goes beyond the unspectable, with more quality than series such as MGM's The Outer Limits or Poltergist. I seriously advice that you see first the Stargate SG-1 Season 1, Vol. 1: Episodes 1-3 (1997) DVD, which includes the episoides CHILDREN OF THE GODS, THE ENEMY WITHIN and EMANCIPATION, for a complete understanding of the story. You may understand it anyway, but I promise you will enjoy it better.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great DVD for a great show.
Stargate SG1 is a great Science Fiction Adventure series featuring a great cast led by Richard Dean Anderson. Michael Shanks is actually better in the role of Daniel Jackson than James Spader was in the original movie. The special effects in the series are all top notch, and the scripts are well written. Stargate SG1 is closer in spirit to the original Star Trek series of the 60's than any of the recent Star Trek shows (that's not comparing quality, just style - although SG1 holds up very well to them quality wise). That sense of adventure from the original Star Trek series is present in SG1, but SG1 just has more modern sensibilities. The episodes on the DVD Vol 2 are all good, with Brief Candle and Thor's Hammer as standouts. This DVD is well worth buying, and I highly recommend it, but you may also want to consider the Box Set of season 1. That's a great package. But you get great value with Vol 2 on its own as well (5 episodes on this disc). Either way - BUY IT! You will not regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars SG-1 Box sets
great show, great special effects, great stories, great actors!
my only GRIPE, being hearing impared is that there are no english subtitles for the hearing impared!!!This is a real bummer of an oversight as most dvd's have this feature and that is the reason most hearing impared people buy dvd's. please correct this deficency promply and if possible exchange the deficient sets for us. thanks for listening.

4-0 out of 5 stars Richard Dean Anderson proves (repeatedly) that he can act
I think it is useful to remember that when you are looking at the first season of any series that the writing staff spends a lot of time getting everything set up in the pilot and then off of the various premises they have established they start spinning off stories. This means that everybody is writing episodes without having seen any, which explains why it takes a show a while to get going after a strong pilot. You will see that this is the case in the five episodes from Season 1 of "Stargate SG-1" that are collected here on Volume 2. The results are certainly not bad as they explore some ideas basic to the premise of the series, but this series really hits stride in the second half of this first season and finishes very strongly. The biggest common denominator for this set is that most of the episodes showcase the acting ability of Richard Dean Anderson, who gets to do a lot more than crack jokes in a sardonic manner. So just keep in mind that the pilot was good, that the best is yet to come, and that these are still enjoyable episodes and one of them is very good:

Episode 4, "Broco Divide" (Written by Jonathan Glassner, Aired August 15, 1997) has SG-1 visiting a planet when the people are divided into the "Touched" and the "Untouched." When the team returns home they discover that they have contracted the disease of the "Touched," which has General Hammond (Don S. Davis) and Doctor Frasier (Teryl Rothery) in a state of near panic. Although the problem of contagion is rarely as "real" consideration in these shows, this episode does deal with the problem and gives Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) an opporunity to get primitive. 4 Stargates.

Episode 5, "The First Commandment" (Written by Robert C. Cooper, Aired August 22, 19977) has SG-1 going off on a rescue mission for a pair of members from SG-9. The planet has sunlight that is practically lethal and has caused Captain Jonas Hanson (William Russ) to go insane. Hanson has declared himself a god and is working the natives to death in a quest for something he insists will save them all. This is one of those episodes where the idea is something that "Stargate SG-1" wants to get around to, but the fifth episode is a bit early to play this card. 3 Stargates.

Episode 6, "Brief Candle" (Story by Steven Barnes, Teleplay by Katharyn Powers, Aired September 19, 1997) is one of those episodes when our heroes show up in a paradise and discover the place is more of a hell. On this planet people live at an accelerated rate and live their lives in terms of days and not years. O'Neill becomes afflicted by the nanocytic virus that afflicts the local populace and begins to age rapidly. The question of why some aliens would think this was an ideal way for people to live becomes secondary to Anderson's performance. 4 Stargates.

Episode 7, "Cold Lazarus" (Written by Jeffery F. King, Aired August 29, 1977) is the best episode on this set. After O'Neill is injured touchign a blue crystal on a mission an alien comes through the Stargate impesonating the Colonel and goes to see his ex-wife (Harley Jane Kozak). This is one of those episodes where you wonder what is going on and the payoff to the mystery is worth the wait. 5 Stargates.

Episode 8, "Thor's Hammer" (Written by Katharyn Powers, Aired September 26, 1997) takes SG-1 to the planet Cimmeria (where Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian hailed) where they encoutner a Viking-like culutre that worships Thor, god of thunder, and his big hammer. Meanwhile they meet a woman who once had a Goa'uld but it now free of the parasite, which might have some significance for Teal'c (Christopher Judge), who has an encounter with Unas, the first Goa'uld. This is an episode where the stuff about the Goa'uld is interesting but the Viking stuff is rather unnecessary. But, again, remember this is the first season and the idea that the people on the planets you can reach through the Stargate originally came from Earth thousands of years ago has all the writers picking their favorite ancient cultures. 4 Stargates.

You will notice that the airdates are out of order. I have no explanation for why this does not jive with the episode numbers presented here, but I will offer the observation that the obvious result is to put three solid acting performances by Richard Dean Anderson on this one DVD. Of course, this makes it seem like the whole point of "Stargate SG-1" is to see what they new makeup job they can make their star endure each week, but I can assure you that is not the dominant theme of the first season. I would rate this disc 4.5 stars if they would let me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good disc, but loses points for no extras
I won't go into a rehash of the series plot, but this disc sets up some of the later storylines. If you are a fan of the series, you need this disc. If you are just getting into the series, you need this disc.

The video quality is good, everthing looked sharp and clean when I was watching it. Likewise audio is good, but is you have a good setup you might be disappointed in only having a Dolby 2.0 audio track.

What disc fails at is in the extra's department. Having only a featurette on the disc just isn't enough anymore. Maybe a episode with a commentary track would be good, or a who's who of the universe. Something other than a long commerical for the series. One other thing that bothers me is the lack of subtitles. The only way to have them is to turn on closed captioning which is kind of annoying.

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4. Stargate SG-1 Season 1, Vol. 3: Episodes 9-13
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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"The Nox," considered a classic by Stargate SG-1 devotees, is the centerpiece of this, the third of five discs comprising Stargate SG-1's first season. It's not hard to see why; with its combination of theme (the futility of fighting), characters (including Apophis, the recurring Goa'uld villain, and the appealing, fairylike title race), and the usual special effects wizardry, "The Nox" has all the elements that make Stargate SG-1 a superior sci-fi/adventure show. But the other episodes included have merit as well, including "The Torment of Tantalus," about a young professor who went through the gate 50 years ago, and "Bloodlines," in which Teal'c, the former SG-1 adversary, reveals the existence of the family he left behind when he joined the good guys (the other episodes are "Fire and Water" and "Hathor"). Once again, the only disappointment is the DVD bonus features, here limited to a profile of SG-1 big shot General Hammond (played by Don Davis). --Sam Graham ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars no problems for me
i did not have problems with the set it all worked fine also the episodes are great ones i highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great series of personal episodes for the SG-1 crew
Volume 3 of Season 1 of "Stargate SG-1" offers up episodes 9-13 from the inaugural 1997-98 season, as the science fiction series starts to hit its stride. You will notice that one of the recurring themes in this episode is the quest of technology and/or knowledge from advanced civilizations and that several of the episodes have to do with the revelation of deep dark secrets:

Episode 9, "The Torment of Tantalus" (Written by Robert C. Cooper, Aired October 3, 1997) uncovers a story about the early days of the Stargate Project. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) is going over all the old records about the Stargate when he discovers footage of someone going through the Stargate in 1945. Confronting Catherine Langford (Elizabeth Hoffman) about the incident, the SG-1 team learns that Ernest Littlefield, Catherine's fiancé, went through the Stargate and never returned. Using computer enhancements SG-1 is able to go re-dial the location and go there, with Catherine, to see if they can find out what happened to Ernest. What they find is Ernest (Keene Curtis), which is good news, and a broken Stargate that will prevent them from returning, which is bad news. Meanwhile, Ernest shows Dr. Jackson the marvelous wonders left by alien races. 4.5 Stargates.

Episode 10, "Bloodlines" (Story by Mark Saraceni, Teleplay by Jeff King, Aired October 10, 1997) has Teal'c (Christopher Judge) revealing to his SG-1 teammates that he left a family behind on Chulak when he joined them. He kept the secret because he did not want them to doubt his loyalty. But now his son, Rya'c has reached the age at which he will be given his Goa'uld larva, and Teal'c wants to stop this from happening. General Hammond (Don S. Davis) allows SG-1 to go to Chulak, with the provision that they bring back a Goa'uld larva that can be studied. When they get to Chulac they discover that Teal'c's family has been declared outcasts and the news just keeps getting worse from there. Certainly a very personal story for Teal'c, it only heightens the sacrifice he made in betraying Apophis. 5 Stargates.

Episode 11, "Fire and Water" (Written by Brad Wright, Aired October 17, 1997) finds SG-1 returning from the planet Oannes almost immediately after leaving on a mission, but without Dr. Jackson, who was apparently consumed by flames. While Stargate has a funeral service for their friend, Jackson is being held captive by a creature called Nem, who is looking for information about his partner, who apparently lived in ancient Babylon. Daniel learns he and Nem have something important in common while the rest of the SG-1 team cannot shake the feeling that Jackson is not really dead. The only real problem with this episode is that it suffers in comparison to the rest of what is on this DVD. 4 Stargates.

Episode 12, "The Nox" (Written by Hart Hanson, Aired September 12, 1997) has the government really pushing the Stargate Project to show results in discovering and bringing back superior alien technology. Teal's suggests they visit a planet where the locals, the Fenri, have the power of invisibility. But when they arrive there they find the Goa'uld are there for the same reason, led by Apophis (Peter Williams) himself. Colonel O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) tries to ambush the Goa'ulds, but only succeeds in getting the SG-1 team killed. However, this does not prove to be a problem to the Nox, the strange creatures who also live there and whose leader Anteaus (Armin Shimerman), seems totally unconcerned by the threat of Apophis and his warriors. This is simply a classic episode, although I have to admit you would think O'Neill had watched enough "Star Trek" episodes to know that simple folk on alien planets are not always simple folk. 5 Stargates.

Episode 13, "Hathor" (Story by David Bennett Carren and J. Larry Carroll, Teleplay by Jonathan Glassner, Aired October 24, 1997) has everyone going back to their Egyptian mythology to recall that Ra had a wife named Hathor. In this episode she shows up in the flesh (Suanne Braun), discovered in a sarcophagus covered in Egyptian hieroglyphics found in a Mayan pyramid in Mexico. Making her way to the Stargate Project where she proceeds to quickly set herself up as a queen bee. While O'Neill, Jackson, Hammond and the other boys turn into dutiful and obedient worker bees and soldier bees, Captain Carter (Amanda Tapping) and Dr. Frasier (Teryl Rothery) have to come to the rescue the base from the evil seductress, aided by Teal'c. I really like the Girl Power aspects of this episode, which benefits from having a pretty good villainess. 5 Stargates.

These five episodes continue to prove that "Stargate SG-1" was one of the finest first seasons for a science fiction series in television history. The writers do a great job of taking the initial premises and key elements of the series and coming up with good plot lines to play out in each episode. By the time you get to Volume 3 from this first season you will be hooked big time (especially since Volume 4 is even better).

3-0 out of 5 stars How do I get a replacement for Volume 3?
I have nothing but good things to say about Stargate SG-1. My gripe is the missing voice of Aphophis in the episode "The Nox". Can anyone out there tell me if there is a way to get a replacement for it? I can afford to replace it, but why should I have to pay for something that should have been right to start with.

1-0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't even play
I love the series and would love to see these episodes again. Unfortunately the DVD wouldn't even play. I tried it in three different players and it didn't work in any of them. The only signal I got was a "no disc" signal after the disc supposedly got done loading. I have the other four DVDs from Season 1 and have problems with Vol. 5, also.

4-0 out of 5 stars The best sampling from Year One
If you are not very familiar with Stargate SG-1, you may not want to splurge on the whole boxed set. If you just want to dip a toe in the water, this individual DVD is probably the best of the group. "The Nox" is considered a classic, but I always thought "Torment of Tantalus" had a good story and good guest actors. "Fire and Water" seemed a little hokey with the alien makeup, but repeat viewings have shown me that the character studies of the SG team are quite good. "Hathor" is an unconventional baddie who will recur in the future. It lets the doctor step out of her bedside manner role. "Bloodlines" not only provides good background for the Goa'uld culture; it lets Christopher Judge do more than arch an eyebrow.

You'll need to buy the boxed set to get the whole pilot-thru-cliffhanger experience (recommended!), but as a sampler, this one probably the best example of how the series makes good use of the stargate premise and lets the team members have real dimension. ... Read more


5. Stargate SG-1 - The Complete Seasons 1-7
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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Hollywood's film archives overflow with the carcasses of dismal movies based on lame '60s and '70s television shows, a syndrome that shows no sign of abating. But here's evidence that the reverse effect, turning a movie into a TV series, can have surprisingly positive results. Indeed, Stargate SG-1 is not only significantly better than the 1994 feature it's derived from, but arguably the best-made, most compelling sci-fi program on television.

The central conceit of the original Stargate--the existence of an artificially created "wormhole" through which one can travel to different worlds light years away from Earth--was an intriguing one. In seizing on the obvious possibilities for expanding on that premise, series executive producers-writers Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright smartly retained some of the film's basic elements (its amalgam of myth and theoretical hokum, or the ongoing clash of wills between scientists and soldiers), while adding a variety of fresh ideas (including new characters, new locations, and a welcome dose of humor, much of it supplied by Richard Dean Anderson, MacGyver himself, who replaces Kurt Russell in the central role of Colonel Jack O'Neill). The result is a show with multidimensional heroes and villains and consistently compelling story lines (many of them introduced in the pilot and carried forward through subsequent episodes) balancing excellent special effects and production values.

In the second season, "The Serpent's Lair" concludes the cliffhanger from the end of the first season in a rollercoaster of wit, plot twists, and cutting-edge special effects as the SG-1 team resign themselves to a suicide mission. In the two-parter "The Tok'ra," Sam's estranged father is dying of cancer, but her obligations sway her toward saving a member of the Goa'uld renegade Tok'ra who is also dying. In "Show and Tell," the central story arc takes a dramatic turn when a child arrives to warn that some survivors of a Goa'uld attack are determined to eliminate anyone who might host their enemy--which means Earth as a whole.

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. In subsequent episodes in season 3, Daniel Jackson is intrigued by the planet Orban's scientific advances over only a few years. 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.

It wasn't until the beginning of the fourth season that fans knew to take the Replicator threat seriously. The spidery nasties had only seemed like one of many new enemies introduced in previous years. But when the one seemingly omnipotent backbone of the galaxy was asking Earth for help, clearly we were in real trouble! In fact, the team's list of enemies expanded and got far more complicated. There were quite a few Earth-based stories in the year, but not all the new enemies were originally local. Willie Garson comically guest-starred as Martin, a geekily suspicious guy with too much knowledge of the Stargate. More sinister was an old flame of Daniel's turning into something far more painful than an old wound (thanks to an ancient Egyptian curse). Thankfully, the writers hadn't forgotten the importance of one-off storylines too.

It now seems clear that season 5 will be remembered as the one in which something went awry with Daniel Jackson. Lots of behind-the-scenes rumors fueled the idea of cast tension, but whatever the problem, his sudden departure from the show was obviously through a quickly contrived scenario. Most shows go through a run-around, skin-of-their-teeth period awaiting renewal, and it certainly seems to have affected storylines this year. For example, a next generation of younger SG teams is introduced. The most unfortunate aspect, however, was that every single story was dependent on a part of the greater interwoven warring-species threads. Some of the one-off tales were terrific in and of themselves, but it was as if the writers fell into the trap of having to refer to as much backstory as possible, perhaps to ensure loose ends could be easily wrapped up? Ultimately none of this mattered since the show went on for quite a while.

The biggest change for the sixth season was its move to the Sci-Fi Channel. Financial rescue or genre haven from cancellation? With the addition of Daniel Jackson's 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. There'd be several cameos through the year, culminating in a finale that relied on how much attention you'd been paying to that all-important back-story.

A gradual shift in overall style, character homecomings and departures, and evolving on- and off-screen roles for the major players are among the attractions of the seventh season. Perhaps most noticeable is the reduced role of star Richard Dean Anderson, who opted to limit his number of trips to Vancouver, where Stargate SG-1 is filmed. But that's not a bad thing. The show's ability to poke fun at itself has always been a strong suit, and while Anderson still brings a welcome sense of humor to his portrayal of wiseacre and loose cannon Col. Jack O'Neill, his act is getting a little smug by now. What's more, the other principal cast members have taken up the slack, both behind and in front of the camera: The seventh season also finds the series somewhat more earthbound than in the past; indeed, there are episodes in which the Stargate (the "wormhole" our heroes use to travel to different worlds) doesn't appear at all. On balance, the stories are more personal, and more political--especially the final two, with the newly elected U.S. President (William Devane) struggling to decide the fate of the Stargate program (and, of course, the fate of the entire known universe as well!). And then there's the ultimate villain, Anubis, who makes perennial nemeses the Goa'uld (of which Anubis is one... sort of) look tame. --Sam Graham and Paul Tonks ... Read more


6. Stargate SG-1 Season 2, Vol. 5
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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"One False Step" gives the SG-1 team a guilt trip for accidentally infecting a race with a disease. Then in "Show and Tell" the central story arc takes a dramatic turn when a child arrives to warn that some survivors of a Goa'uld attack are determined to eliminate anyone who might host their enemy--which means Earth as a whole. Episodes 21 and 22 finish season 2: there's great fun to be had in "1969" and a time-travel plot that loops many aspects of the show's story lines together. The cliffhanger finale, "Out of Mind," has Colonel O'Neill experience an Aliens-style awakening 79 years into his future. What the hell happened? And why is he being asked so many questions about Earth's defenses? --Paul Tonks ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A humorous review
I really just bought this DVD for the one episode, 1969, where Teal'c gets hair and they meet hippies. Fun times. But there's a hidden gem in here: "One False Step" is a real cracker-upper. Those aliens look like teletubbies!! watch for it and you'll see what I mean. The early episodes of this show are so fun to make fun of! Here's another question to giggle over: why do they never leave Canada? Ever considered it? Announcer: "Meanwhile, back in northern canada, our crew was facing some mighty opposition..." ... Read more


7. Stargate SG-1 Season 3, Vol. 4
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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8. Stargate SG-1 Season 1, Vol. 4: Episodes 14-18
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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Scattered through the five episodes contained on this fourth DVD from Stargate SG-1's first season are echoes of such science fiction classics as The Terminator (the cyborgs in "Tin Man"), Aliens (Carter's maternal instincts in "Singularity"), and Planet of the Apes (the story twist in "Solitudes"), along with such popular themes as cloning ("Tin Man" again) and the might-makes-right preoccupation of the military ("Enigma"). So the show is derivative. Stargate SG-1 still does a better job than most of creating engaging stories--such as "Cor-ai," which deals with issues of retribution and forgiveness when Teal'c (Christopher Judge) is put on trial for his actions when he was still a Goa'uld henchman. And let's face it: the effect of going into and through the gate itself never gets old. What is lacking are superior DVD bonus materials; here they include a featurette spotlighting Carter (Amanda Tapping) and an overview of the show that provides more promo than the promised behind-the-scenes insights. --Sam Graham ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The apex of the first season of "Stargate SG-1"
Volume 4 is the best single DVD out for Season 1 of "Stargate SG-1," which you will discover in due course after you have gone through the pilot movie and the episodes on the previous three discs. When the series begins its 8th season next year it will become the second longest running science fiction television series in the history of the universe (people keep guessing "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is number one but the answer is "The X-Files"), and such longevity is not a surprise given how great a first season they put together:

Episode 14, "Cor-ai" (Written by Tom J. Astle, Aired January 23, 1998) finds O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) and the SG-1 team traveling to P3X1279, which Teal'c (Christopher Judge) announces is Chartago, one of the favorite worlds from which the Goa'ulds like to gather human hosts for their larvae. Unfortunately, one of the locals, Hanno (David McNally) recognizes Teal'c as the Jaffa who killed his father. For this crime Teal'c stands trial. O'Neill and Carter try to defend their friend, but Teal'c freely admits to having killed Hanno's father and seems resigned to his fate. The outcome is rather predictable, but the key conflict here ends up being not between Hanno and Teal'c but between Teal'c and O'Neill. 4 Stargates.

Episode 15, "Singularity (Written by Robert C. Cooper, Aired October 31, 1997) has the SG-1 team traveling to P8X987 where another SG team had been getting ready to observe a black hole. But when they get there a strange disease has killed everyone on the planet except for a little girl named Cassandra (Katie Stuart ). Carter (Amanda Tapping) brings Cassandra back to Earth and the two quickly establish a strong bond. That is why Carter is upset when they learn that Cassandra's chest pains are caused by a metallic device growing around the child's heart. The device was planted by the Goa'uld to destroy the Stargate on Earth and as the bomb counts down to detonation Carter has to make some tough choices. This is a gut wrenching episode that gives Tapping a chance to shine as her character's emotions and intellect come colliding together over a frightened little girl. The resolution of this episode does justice to both. 5 Stargates.

Episode 16, "Enigma" (Written by Katharyn Powers, Aired January 30, 1998) sends SG-1 to Tollan, a planet with an erupting volcano and dead bodies all around its Stargate. The team rescues the few survivors they can find but back on Earth the Tollans are not at all grateful. Omoc (Tobin Bell), their leader, dismisses Earth as a primitive society and wants to be sent to a suitably advanced world. He also refuses to say anything about his people's advanced technology, which is a constant source of pressure from above on General Hammond (Don S. Davis). It seems that once upon a time the Tollan shared their technology with a planet like Earth, which then destroyed itself. SG-1 has encountered relatively few advanced races on its trips to date, so dealing with the Tollan is a welcomed change of pace and underscore the pressures from up high that will set up the cliffhanger to the first season. "Enigma" offers up another satisfactory resolution and shows that the story editors are paying attention to what has been going on. 4.5 Stargates.

Episode 17, "Tin Man" (Written by Jeff King, Aired February 13, 1998) begins with the members of SG-1 being dropped by an electrical charge as soon as they arrive on PX3989. They wake up to find Harlan (Jay Brazeau), a strange little fellow who claims to be 11,000 years old and is the only one of his people left in this giant underground lab. SG-1 returns home, over Harlan's objections, and are stunned when Dr. Frasier (Teryl Rother) finds they are all machines. O'Neill finds this particularly hard to swallow because he still thinks he is himself. To make things worse, they have to return to Harlan's world before they run out of power or end up dead. Back on PX3989 they discover that Harlan is also an android (or robot or whatever) and that he has done this to help him take care of the lab and to ease his loneliness. This is another episode where I am impressed by Richard Dean Anderson, who brings some nice nuances to O'Neill as a robot (or android) that thinks he is human. The final scene on this one is a hoot. 4.5 Stargates.

Episode 18, "Solitudes" (Written by Brad Wright, Aired February 6, 1998) finds the Stargate malfunctioning when SG-1 is retreating from a shootout on a hostile planet. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c make it back home, but O'Neill and Carter end up in an icy cavern on an unknown planet. O'Neill has suffered a broken leg and punctured lung, which means it is up to Carter to find and repair the Stargate so they can get back to Stargate Command, where Dr. Jackson is trying to narrow the odds on where rescue teams should look to find their comrades. Another classic episode with Tapping and Anderson working off each other all alone somewhere out there. 5 Stargates.

The common denominator on these episodes is that with the exception of the first one they all over very impressive resolutions to the dilemmas confronting our band of adventurers. I especially liked the twist on the last one. If Volume 2 showcased the acting talents of Richard Dean Anderson, then Amanda Tapping is the one who has the two standout performances in this quintet (and we still have the cliffhanger for the first season left to go).

5-0 out of 5 stars Another must see for late comers
All of these episodes are winners & are great viewing. In addition, three of the episodes on this DVD contain background stories of characters who have shown up in more recent seasons. With 5 episodes on this DVD you can't go wrong buying it! Lots of good viewing for the money.
1. Cor-ai - Teal'c on trial for war crimes. An interesting plot & good story line.
2. Singularity - the background story of Cassandra, the girl who shows up in season 6 as a telepathic teenager.
3. Enigma - introduction of the Tollan people & Nareen, who figure prominently into later episodes.
4. Tin Man - Harlan, a lonely sole survivor of an alien race transfers the SG-1 team into androids. Harlan & the androids also show up in a later season.
5. Solitudes - Carter & O'Neill are trapped inside an "ice planet" when the gate malfunctions during their return to Earth. "Cool" ending, (pun intended), and an enjoyable episode. Also introduces some possibilities for other stories that haven't been explored yet.
Featurette on Capt. Carter was typical "bonus material." No real insights or new information. Behind the Scenes Feature was some better. Don't buy it for the bonus material, buy it for the shows.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Cast & show
This has been a great series cant wait for the rest of the seasons to come out. ... Read more


9. Stargate SG-1 Season 3, Vol. 3
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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10. Stargate SG-1 Season 3, Vol. 1
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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4-0 out of 5 stars More headaches fro the Goa'uld for Jack and the SG-1 team
At the end of Season 2 of "Stargate SG-1," Hathor (Suanne Braun) was holding out a parasite to the human members of SG-1 and wondering which one of them was going to be the new host for this Goa'uld. Volume 1 of Season 3 resolves that cliffhanger and then gets the SG-1 gang back to the normal Stargate range of problems:

Episode 1, "Into the Fire" (Written by Brad Wright, Aired June 25, 1999) finds things getting worse for SG-1 as Hathor decides Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) should be the host. Meanwhile there two ongoing efforts to rescue SG-1. The first is on Earth with General Hammond (Don S. Davis) and Colonel Makepeace (Steve Makaj, while the other is on Chulak, where Teal'c (Christopher Judge) has joined forces with Bra'tac (Tony Amendola). Obviously the idea is to get the show back to "normal" by the end of this season premier episode, and while this was an interesting cliffhanger, it pales in comparison to what we had a season earlier. Solid but not specatular. Four Stargates.

Episode 2, "Seth" (Written by Jonathan Glassner, Aired July 2, 1999) has Jacob Carter (Carmen Argenziano), Sam's father and Earth's liaison to the Tok'ra, visiting SGC to report that the Goa'uld Seth (Robert Duncan) has been hiding out on Earth ever since the Stargate was buried in Egypt several thousands years back. Apparently Seth has managed to keep on being worshipped as a god having formed the Cult of Seth. Meanwhile, Jacob has some unresolved issues with his son. The idea of a Gao'uld doing a cult is a good one, but over thousand of years he has never tried to go global? I do not think so, Jack. 4 Stargates.

Episode 3, "Fair Game" (Written by Robert C. Cooper, Aired July 9, 1999) starts off with Carter (Amanda Tapping) finally being promoted to Major and O'Neill being whisked away in mid-sentence by the Asgard. It seems the Gao'uld thinks that killing Hathor makes Earth a threat, so the System Lords want to pay a visit. However, the Asgard want to mediate a non-aggression treaty between the humans and the System Lords to that Earth is one of the planets protected by the Asgard (and you thought intergalatic treaties were confusing in the "Star Trek" universe). The negotiations are compounded by the fact that apparently some System Lords are more trustworthy than others. I am not sure what the point is in trying to suggest the Gao'uld are not the bad guys of the series, so this one comes with a grain of salt. 4 Stargates.

Episode 4, "Legacy" (Written by Tor Alexander Valenza, Aired July 16, 2003) is where Daniel (Michael Shanks) goes insane and SG-1 has to deal with Ma'chello's anti-Goa'uld technology. Of course, Daniel is not really insane and there is a tangible threat to Earth behind what is happening. This is the best episode in Volume 1, mainly on the basis of Shanks' performance and the way in which the truth slowly emerges. We know he cannot really be insane, but figuring out what is really going on is difficult. 5 Stargates.

Although she is not the focus of any of these episodes, Sam Carter is showing some interesting abilities off of the Goa'uld protein marker left by Jolinar of Malkshur. These are all solid episodes but none of them qualify as "Stargate SG-1" classics and the best of Season 3 is yet to come. ... Read more


11. Stargate SG-1 Season 1, Vol. 5: Episodes 19-21
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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This fifth and final DVD from Stargate SG-1's first season contains three episodes that, unlike the rest of the show, are intended to be viewed in sequence. In the first, "There but for the Grace of God," Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks, a dead ringer for James Spader, who played the role in the feature film) finds himself in a parallel reality in which the dreaded Goa'ulds are attacking Earth. In the second episode, "Politics," the SG-1 team goes head-to-head with a sardonic, ignorant senator bent on closing the gate down; numerous flashbacks from earlier shows are included. "Within the Serpent's Grasp," the season finale, has the Goa'ulds actually on their way to Earth, with our heroes the only ones capable of stopping them. But be warned: this episode is a cliffhanger as well, so those who missed the second season when it aired will just have to wait until it's released on DVD, too. However, we're guessing everything turned out OK. --Sam Graham ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Stargate SG-1" ends Season 1 with a great cliffhanger
I suppose you could complain that there are only three episodes on Volume 5 of the "Stargate SG-1" Season 1 DVD collection, but that seems a minor matter given we are talking about the final three episodes from the best first season of a dramatic science fiction series ever (as in way better than "Star Trek: The Next Generation," better than "Farscape" and "Star Trek: Voyager," and even slightly better than season one of "The X-Files"). Besides, there is a thematic unity to this trio of episodes:

Episode 19, "There But For the Grace of God" (Story by David Kemper, Teleplay by Robert C. Cooper, Aired February 20, 1998) has Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) stepping through the looking glass he finds in an alien Stargate complex on P3R233. When he returns through the Stargate he finds himself in an alternative reality on an Earth where the Goa'uld have killed millions and are about to take Stargate Command. This is a world where Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) is the general and George Hammond (Don S. Davis) the Colonel at Cheyenne Mountain. But Dr. Jackson is able to convince Elizabeth Hoffman (Catherine Langford) that he is speaking the truth and as the base is attacked by Teal'c (Christopher Judge), who is still the head Jaffa of Apophis it is clear it is too late to save this Earth. But there happens to be another one out there to which the Goa'ulds are also on their way. This episode gives you all of the fun elements you expect to find in an alternative reality program (Samantha Carter with long hair), but it also provides the first half of the equation for the first season's cliffhanger. 5 Stargates.

Episode 20, "Politics" (Written by Brad Wright, Aired February 27, 1998) has Senator Kinsey (Ronny Cox) showing up with Lt. Colonel Samuels (Robert Wisden) in toe, ready to bring his righteous legislative fury down on the heads of Stargate Command. Dr. Jackson warns that the Goa'ulds are on their way, but the Senator only wants to talk about how wasteful and dangerous (in that order) the Stargate program has been. This is one way of reviewing the highpoints of the first season and we all know that Ronny Cox can play a powerful jerk as well as anyone (remember him on "St. Elsewhere"?). Yes, the ending is rather predictable, but clearly the point is to set in place the season finale. 4 Stargates.

Episode 21, "Within the Serpent's Grasp" (Story by James Crocker, Teleplay by Jonathan Glassner, Aired March 6, 1998) ends the first season with a pretty good cliffhanger. The bad news is that Stargate has been ordered shut down, but even worse a pair of Goa'uld ships are on their way to Earth. SG-1 intends to go down fighting and goes through the Stargate on a final, unauthorized mission to the location that they think is the point of origin for the attack. But they are in for a major rude awakening and O'Neill in particular is going to be stunned by what they find. I really do not want to spoil the rest of the fun for you. Is this as great a cliffhanger as "The Best of Both Worlds, Part I"? No, but nothing is so that is a moot point. The only problem is that "SG-1" is going to have a hard time topping this one (or maybe not; these writers are pretty good). 5 Stargates.

True, there are minimal DVD extras in this series, even on this volume where there are only the three episodes and plenty of space. But the good news is that Season 2 of "Stargate SG-1" is available so you do not have to wait a long time to find out what happens next. This series is going to become the second longest running science fiction television series of all time, behind "The X-Files," when it starts its eighth season. However, that is not all that surprising when you see how the solid premise for this series was developed during this great first season.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! This DVD ROCKS!
If you can only have 1 DVD from the first season, THIS IS IT! Don't let the low number of episodes on the disk fool you, this DVD is well worth buying. The 3 episodes are not only meant to be viewed in order but they are also carry a very intertwined and on going story line.
Episode #19, There But For The Grace of God, is about Daniel's trip to an alternate universe where he gets a glimpse of a possible future for his universe. It is helpful if you had seen the previous episode, Torment of Tantulus, but not required. Very action packed episode.
Episode #20, Politics, takes up literally where #19 leaves off, with the SG-1 team cleaning up from the previous mission. An evil budget cutting senator is out to get the Stargate program and the team must justify it's existance in a hearing. Ends as a To Be Continued.
Episode #21, Within the Serpent's Grasp, is the season finale and begins with the SG-1 team AWOL in an attempt to thwart the Goa'uld attack against Earth and justify the existance of the Stargate program. Another "To Be" episode that leaves you hanging and wanting more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally
I love this show. It took them long enough to put this out though. ... Read more


12. Stargate SG-1 Season 2, Vol. 4
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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Prepare for a science lesson (one of the series' strengths) in "A Matter of Time" as the gang ponders how to resist a black hole's pull. A voice from the past demands to be heard through Colonel O'Neill's lips in "Fifth Race." "The Serpent's Song" is a cry for help from the team's nemesis--Apophis--who they've been fighting since the beginning. It's a morality showcase all-round. While attempting a vacation in "Holiday," the team just can't leave alien artifacts alone, which gets them into all kinds of trouble playing with Ma'chello's body-swapping machine. This episode gives everyone a fantastic opportunity to impersonate one another. --Paul Tonks ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SG-1 saves the world (again) but will they save Apophis?
Somebody asked me the other day what my favorite television show was and I had to stop and think for a moment because the answer I have been given for the past six years, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," ended its run. So I went through all of the shows I watch regularly and found that the one I enjoyed the most, season after season, episode after episode, has probably been "Stargate SG-1." This DVD offering up Volume 4 of Season 2 provides evidence of the quality of this science fiction series and why Richard Dean Anderson turns out to have one of the drollest sense of humor seen on this planet or any other:

Episode 15, "The Fifth Race" (Written by Robert C. Cooper, Aired January 22, 1999) begins when a probe comes back from P3R-272 showing characters carved into the wall resembling one of the four languages inscribed on the wall of Heliopolis, the great meeting place of the four ancient races. This means Daniel Jackson is all excited since this could well be a clue to contacting one of those great races to help in the conflict with the Goa'uld. However, when they investigate, an alien device grabs O'Neill's head, and he collapses. Back as SG-1 O'Neill checks out but then starts acting weird: he starts speaking words in an ancient, alien language and then moves on to adding new Stargates into the computer database. Eventually these strange new abilities will lead O'Neill to an encounter with the Asgard and the identity of the fifth race. Obviously this is an episode with profound implications for down the road, but watching O'Neill use 90 percent of his brain is a hoot as well (5 Stargates).

Episode 16, "The Serpent's Song" (Story by Misha Rashovich, Teleplay by Brad Wright, Aired January 29, 1999) is where SG-10 dials up a real wrong number on their first mission when they gate to a world on the edge of a black hole. Unable to disengage the Stargate, the time-distorting gravity field threatens to destroy the earth as well. In addition to the threat to all life on the planet, there is the grim fact that even if earth is saved, nothing can be done for SG-10. Meanwhile, the black hole has enveloped SCG in a time bubble a lot slower than the rest of the world. Meanwhile, O'Neill has to put up with an unexpected visit from an old "friend." This is one of those episodes where the human drama is better than the imminent crisis (5 Stargates).

Episode 17, "Holiday" (Written by Tor Alexnader Valenza, Aired February 5, 1999) SG-1 discovers a room filled with advanced technology presided over by Ma'chello, an elderly scientist who has devoted his life to developing weapons to fight the Goa'uld. Ma'chello uses one of his devices to switch bodies with Daniel Jackson, however this turns out to be just the first in what eventually becomes a comic series of body jumps. This is one of those episodes where the comic contrivances are more enjoyable than the crisis, as the members of SG-1 take turns acting like each other (4 Stargates).

Episode 18, "Serpent's Song" (Written by Katharyn Powers, Aired February 12, 1999) takes an unbelievable turn as Apophis asks SGC for sanctuary from Sokar. Because he was defeated in his attempt to take over the earth, Apophis lost his status as a System Lord. Unable to regenerate in a sarcophagus, Apophis is dying in the infirmary and willing to bargain for his life. This engenders a big debate regarding Apophis, the Tok'ra, Sokar, and even the Egyptian host that Apophis has been using for all these centuries. Each of the SG-1 members gets a chance to spend a little personal time with Apophis, rehashing some shared memories. Then Sokar attacks through the Stargate and things become more urgent. "Serpent's Song" is a surprising episode, given that none of us ever thought the Apophis plot line would end with a whimper and not a bang (4 Stargates).

These four episodes are a good indication of the strength and scope of "Stargate SG-1." You have a couple of episodes dealing with the big picture regarding the Goa'uld, a couple of episodes emphasizing comedy, and several nice examples of pathos. This is just one of these series that you need to watch from the beginning because context means a lot in your enjoyment of these episodes. ... Read more


13. Stargate SG-1 Season 2, Vol. 3
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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Teal'c gets stung by a giant insect in "Bane," and Colonel Jack O'Neill is crippled in "Spirits." The best episodes are the two parts of "The Tok'ra." Captain Samantha Carter's estranged father is dying of cancer, but her obligations sway her toward saving a member of the Goa'uld renegade Tok'ra who is also dying. Although the resolution may seem apparent a mile off, the series takes one of many brave steps in not chickening out at the last moment. There may only be preliminary goodwill established between Earth and the rebels, but the dangling thread bodes well. In "Touchstone" the team is accused of stealing a gem from the planet Madrona that controls its climate. The revelation of who really stole it causes ripples in the pond back on Earth. --Paul Tonks ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Carter's relationship with her father comes to a head
You have to take the good and the bad with Volume 3 of Season 2 of "Stargate SG-1," which has already convinced me that when I start naming the best shows on television it should be included in the fingers on the first hand that I use. The good has to do with Captain Carter and the bad has to do with Colonel Maybourne:

Episode 10, "Bane" (Written by Robert C. Cooper, Aired by September 25, 1998) is the one where Teal'c (Christopher Judge) gets stung by a giant insect and starts turning into something else. To make things worse, Colonel Maybourne (Tom McBeath) takes Teal'c away from Stargate Command because he wants the infection or whatever it is to run its course, so that means SG-1 to the rescue. Unfortunately "Bane" has a couple of mine, the first being that Jack has not decked Maybourne yet, and the second being any episode of any science fiction series where the characters start mutating. I buy the mutating part, but the getting back to genetic square one at the end of the episode always bothers me. Three Stargates.

Episode 12, "Spirits" (Written by Tor Alexander Valenza, Aired October 23, 1998) finds SG-1 visiting a planet inhabited by Native American Indians, who claim to be protected by spirits who turn out to be advanced alien shapeshifters. To make things more interesting, O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) gets hit by an arrow shot through the Stargate, so Captain Carter (Amanda Tapping) gets to be in charge of the mission. This episode has some interesting ideas but when General Hammond (Don S. Davis) decides to repeat history and advocates taking the trinium they want, that seems a bit much. Fortunately, the spirits are a lot stronger this time around. Four Stargates.

The relationship between Samantha Carter and her father, Jacob (Carmen Argenziano), who is dying of cancer, is at the emotional heart of the two-parts of "The Tok'ra." For the first half of Season 2 there have been several awkward encounters between Carter and her father, with him trying to pull strings to get her into the astronaut core and her refusing to give up her work without being able to explain she to her father that she has already done more than all of NASA's astronauts combined. In Episode 11, "The Tok'ra, Part 1" (Written by Jonathan Glassner, October 2, 1998) SG-1 makes contact with the Tok'ra, the Goa'uld resistance movement that opposes the System Lords, and tries to make an alliance. However, the Tok'ra not only reject the idea, they will not let SG-1 and SG-3 return to Earth, where Sam's father is dying. Pretty good, and it gets better. Five Stargates.

Episode 12, "The Tok'ra, Part 2" (Written by Jonathan Glassner, October 10, 1998) centers on trying to resolve the impass between the SG teams and the Tok'ra, which comes down to Carter finding out that the symbiote can cure cancer. Besides having a rather satisfying emotional payoff to the relationship between Carter and her father, there are some long range implications to the conclusion of this one. This was is more an important episode than a classic "Stargate SG-1" episode, but there is nothing wrong with that. Five Stargates.

Episode 15, "Touchstone" (Written by Sam Egan, Aired October 30, 1998) has Maybourne back causing trouble again for the second time on this DVD. SG-1 is accused of stealing an weather-controlling device that is wrecking havoc on a planet, but it turns out that whoever did it went through the other Stargate on earth. Gee, whoever could be doing that? Even on the dark side of U.S. policy the government has to go behind its own back. Another episode that has long range implications for the series. Five Stargates.

Overall this volume has episodes that are clearly more important in terms of Stargate's mythology than being classics per se, but there are some important things that happen here, especially for Captain Carter.

5-0 out of 5 stars great stories, great DVD
I bought this disk just to have the 2 episodes about the Tok'ra but it has some other great episodes too.
Ep. 10, Bane, is about Te'alc being stung by a giant insect. Yeah, right, sounded hokey to me too. But the NID twist & the ever resent Col. Mayborne makes this a good story.
Ep. 11 & 12, The Tok'ra parts I & II. More information on the mysterious, good-guy Gou'alds. But more importantly the story behind Capt Carter's dad, Jacob Carter, becoming a Tok'ra host.
Ep. 13, in Spirits, Native Americans on another world have been adopted by aliens impersonating the spirits of the native american religion. A mediocre story line with a weak ending.
Ep. 14, Touchstone. The Touchstone, an alien weather controlling device, is stolen by someone impersonating the SG team. Don't let the title fool you, the real story is less about an alien device and more about mystery & intrigue. Spies, espionage and that pesky Col. Mayborne again make this episode a favorite. It also continues the story of the 2nd stargate discovered in the Antartic in the Season I episode, Solitudes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Entertainment
I have the Stargate SG1 DVDs for both season 1 and 2 and I am eagerly, if not impatiently, awaiting the release of the other seasons.

I have had them now for about 3 weeks and have watched all of them at least 3 times.

I highly recommend this series to everyone. The storylines, the cast, the props and the presentation are all excellent.

I am hoping that the producers will produce some feature length movies with the same cast and characters (with some new story lines of course).

I have some favorite episodes: The Nox, The Enigma, etc. ... Read more


14. Stargate SG-1 Season 3, Vol. 5
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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15. Stargate SG-1 Season 2, Vol. 1
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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Concluding the cliffhanger from the end of Stargate SG-1's first season, "The Serpent's Lair" is a rollercoaster of wit, plot twists, and cutting-edge special effects as the SG-1 team resign themselves to a suicide mission. Then it's a case of ignorance of the law being no excuse in "Prisoners," as they wind up in a penal colony striking a deal with someone who will have a far-reaching influence on their future. In "In the Line of Duty," Sam is stalked by an assassin after a rescue mission. She saves someone in the most unique of ways--by taking over as host of their Goa'uld symbiont. This introduction of Jolinar is a key to much of the continuing story line. Dwight Schultz guest stars in "The Gamekeeper" in a garden that forces the team to puzzle their way out of reliving secrets of the past. But all is not what it seems. --Paul Tonks ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bra'tac
This set is a must for all Bra'tac fans - and people who think
Jack could use a sock in the mouth for some of his uppity
behavior :) Bra'tac in "The Serpent's Lair" pretends to capture
the team then reveals himself and chews them out.
They come up with a plan, or as Bra'tac would say,
"You will do as I tell you".

The other episodes on the dvd are great as well, we get
introduced to Jolinar and the idea of a Tok'ra, and get to
see the group get tormented in The Gamekeeper.

But basically - get this dvd if you are a Bra'tac fan!
*does Bra'tac glare*

5-0 out of 5 stars A couple of new plot threads and two great guest stars
When last we left our heroes SG-1 was on a Goa'uld warship heading for Earth and with that rather dramatic cliffhanger we begin Season 2 of "Stargate SG-1." Adding insult to injury, the ship is commanded by Klorel, the "son" of Apophis, who possesses the body of Skaara (Alexis Cruz). By the end of the DVD it is clear that the series that had the best first season in the history of science fiction television is going to be even better:

Episode 1, "The Serpent's Lair" (Written by Brad Wright, Aired June 26, 1998) the SG-1 team is now on a suicide mission having planted explosives on the warship. Unfortunately, there is more than one Goa'uld ship on its way to Earth. Then they are captured by Bra'tac (Tony Amendola), Teal'c's Jaffa mentor who also wants to free his people from the control of Apophis (Peter Williams). Bra'tac has a plan to stop both warships but the SG-1 crew will still end up just as dead and Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) still wants to free Skaara from Klorel's control. Meanwhile, back at Cheyenne Mountain there is a frantic effort to save part of American culture by sending people through the Stargate to an Alpha Site. General Hammond (Don S. Davis) is also preparing to defend the base as long as possible and is finding lots of subtle ways of telling Lt. Colonel Samuels (Robert Wisden), "I told you so, you arrogant jerk." Just because we have ever reason to believe the Earth is not going to be conquered at the end of the episode does not take away from the fun. 4.5 Stargates.

Episode 2, "In the Line of Duty" (Written by Robert C. Cooper, Aired July 3, 1998) introduces a major new element into the series. SG-1 is sent to Nasya to rescue survivors of a Goa'uld attack. When she resuscitates a wounded man Dr. Carter (Amanda Tapping) is taken over by a Goa'uld and the only one who notices when SG-1 gets back home in young Cassandra (Katie Stuart). Eventually O'Neill catches on and we learn that the Goa'uld in Carter is Jolinar of Malkshur, a leader of the Tok-ra Goa'ulds, a group in rebellion against the system lords. The threat, he tells them, comes not from himself but from an assassin who will kill him by killing Carter. Clearly in this second season there is an emphasis on expanding the show's roster of good Goa'ulds. An above average episode involving paranoia at Stargate Command with long-range implications for the season and the series. 4.5 Stargates.

Episode 3, "Prisoners" (Written by Terry Curtis Fox, Aired July 10, 1998) are exploring a planet when a frantic fleeing man begs to be saved from his pursuers. However, the man turns out to be a murderer fleeing justice and by helping him the SG-1 team is judged guilty of the same crime and receives the same punishment: life imprisonment on the prison world Hadante. Oddly enough, the person who appears to be in charge in this brutal environment is Linea (Bonnie Barlett), an old woman who actually strikes fear into the hearts of the prisoners. Linea is a scientist and if she can power the Stargate with a cold fusion power source, then SG-1 will help her escape with them. This certainly sounds like a good deal, especially since General Hammond is making little progress in negotiating the team's release from their captors. However, things just do not add up and the question is whether SG-1 can rework the math in time. Hopefully down the road there will be a sequel to "Prisoners," but even if there is not it will remain a classic episode with a great payoff at the end. 5 Stargates.

Episode 4 "The Gamekeeper" (Written by Jonathan Glassner & Brad Wright, Teleplay by Glassner, Aired July 17, 1998) offers the comic relief on this volume with guest star Dwight Schultz who plays the Keeper. The SG-1 team travels to P7J989 where they find a beautiful garden and a dome containing metallic chambers housing unconscious humanoids. While inspecting some empty chambers the team is ensnared. The next thing we know O'Neil and Teal'c are reliving a mission Jack had in his younger days where he lost a man. One of the members of his team was Captain Kawalsky (Jay Acovone). Meanwhile, Dr. Jackson and Captain Carter relive the accident that killed his parents. As soon as each scenario ends it restarts as if nothing had happened. Both O'Neil and Jackson try to change "history," but nothing works and eventually they both decided they do not want to play this sick game anymore. That is when the Keeper (Schultz) shows up and explains they are being given a chance to make things right. But the more the Keeper explains the situation and the rules, the more it becomes clear he is hiding something. I can only imagine how many times they had to reshoot scenes because the cast was breaking up at Schultz's vocal affectation. Even the most innocent lines become a real hoot with that voice he created for this character. There is a slight hole in the episode in terms of the inability of O'Neill and Jackson to save these lives (O'Neill's soldiers apparently do not know how to do a standard reconnaissance of a building they want to attack), but Schultz's performance redeems such problems. 4.5 Stargates.

One classic episode and three above average adventures is pretty good for a single volume of "Stargate SG-1" episodes, but if you have been working your way diligently through the first season and beyond then you should be completely hooked on this intelligently crafted science fiction series. I am most impressed by the effort to work in new elements right from the start of Season 2 to set up some important moments down the road. You also have a pair of excellent guest stars in Barlett and Schultz.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Great Episodes From Season 2
Another great set of episodes from the 2nd season. The Serpent's Lair is of course the 2nd part to first season's cliff hanger finale. You'll love this episode even if you didn't see the first half of it. They also do a terrific job of filling you in on the previous episode so you don't feel lost.
In the Line of Duty is the introduction of the Tok'ra and specifically Jolinar who is mentioned repeatedly throughout the duration of the series. The episode itself it kind of thin, but it introduces and lays a foundation for later story lines.
Prisoners is more intense & will keep you guessing until the end. The crew is stranded on a prison planet because of crimes they unknowingly committed. They manage to rescue themselves by befriending another convict who was also seemingly misconvicted. Exciting end and lots of potential for future plots.
The Gamekeeper episode is rather shallow & not up to usual Stargate standards. Once again I felt like I was watching a take off on an old Star Trek episode. Still a couple of good episodes and one outstanding one make this DVD well worth the money! ... Read more


16. Stargate SG-1 Complete Seasons 1-6
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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17. Las Vegas: Then & Now
Director: Peter O'Fallon, Greg Yaitanes, Paul Shapiro, Tucker Gates, Frederick King Keller, Guy Norman Bee, Perry Lang, Peter Markle, Craig Zisk, David Solomon (II), Daniel Sackheim, Kevin Hooks, Timothy Busfield, Robert Duncan McNeill, Michael Grossman, Michael W. Watkins
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5-0 out of 5 stars Las Vegas: Then And WOW!
This DVD has three separate sections, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. "Stories From The Strip" begins with a brief history of Las Vegas, from the legalization of gambling and prostitution, to the era of Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel and the Flamingo Hotel. This is followed by the arrival of Howard Hughes, which began the era of the corporate takeover of the casinos. Steve Wynn began buying properties and opened the Mirage in 1988, among the first of the hotels with a specific theme. Later he opened Treasure Island, a more family friendly casino. Steve Wynn's latest creation is the beautiful Bellagio, the most opulent casino in the current era of the megaresort. Speaking of megaresorts, the Venetian hotel is also profiled. A brief mention of adult entertainments and the proliferation of wedding chapels nicely completes this section.

"Destination: The Strip" also beings with a brief history of Las Vegas. This is followed by a brief history of Sin City's world class entertainers, including the always popular showgirls. The swinging era of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. (the Rat Pack) is followed by the greatest entertainer who ever lived, Elvis Presley. Wayne Newton, Siegfied and Roy, Lance Burton (an excellent magician) and Danny Gans (a great comedian and impressionist) are also mentioned. The Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Circus Circus and the Rio Hotel are featured for their unique offerings to visiting tourists. A visit to the natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon makes a nice contrast to the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas. "Thrill Rides, Las Vegas Style" is the bonus feature. It shows the Big Shot ride on the top of the Stratosphere tower, as well as the roller coaster outside of the New York, New York casino. Bungee jumping, water slides and helicopter rides are among some of the other thrill rides featured in this section. It's an interesting extra to go along with the main sections of this well made DVD. ... Read more


18. Stargate SG-1 Season 3, Vol. 2
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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19. Stargate SG-1 Season 2, Vol. 2
Director: Martin Wood, Mario Azzopardi, Amanda Tapping, Jim Kaufman, Ken Girotti, Dennis Berry, Andy Mikita, Chris McMullen, William Waring, Jeff Woolnough, Peter F. Woeste, Jonathan Glassner, Peter DeLuise, Allan Eastman, Allan Lee (II), Charles Correll, Duane Clark, Brad Turner, David Warry-Smith, Bill Corcoran
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5-0 out of 5 stars developing story lines
Five great episodes on this DVD develope some of the existing story lines and explore new territory.
Ep. 5, Need, is about chemical dependancy and overcoming a god-complex.
Ep. 6, Thor's Chariot, is a great episode and further developement of the story of the alien race that protects Earth. One of the 2 episodes that make this disk worth buying.
In Ep. 7, Message in a Bottle, the team brings home an "artifact" that decides to take over Earth.
Ep. 8, Family, revisits the planet Chulak in order to save Teal'C's son. Unfortunately he doesn't want to be rescued, and endangers the team and the planet Earth.
Ep. 9, Secrets, is a double plot episode that brings back Daniel Jackson's wife as he attempts to save her from the Goa'uld that has taken her for a host. At the same time Carter & O'Neill are off in Washington to receive a medal for what they did in Ep. 1, The Serpent's Lair. While there O'Neill is confronted by a reporter who threatens to blow the cover on the Stargate program, and Carter is confronted by a dying father who wants her to quit what she's doing to pursue her dream of becoming an astronaut. Key points of this episode are the introduction of Jacob Carter who plays prominently in later episodes, and Daniel finally getting to see his wife again. This episode is THE reason to buy this disk.

I highly recommend this DVD for anyone who wants some good basic episodes for viewing, or for those who want to revisit the history behind some of the current season's stories. ... Read more


20. Smallville - The Complete Fourth Season
Director: Paul Shapiro, Terrence O'Hara, David Carson, William Gereghty, Pat Williams (III), Michael W. Watkins, Jeff Woolnough, James A. Contner, Chris Long, Thomas J. Wright, John Schneider, Craig Zisk, David Jackson, Rick Wallace, Jeannot Szwarc, Kenneth Biller, Greg Beeman, Steve Miner, D.J. Caruso, James Frawley

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2-0 out of 5 stars Wrong turn for a great series
Season 2 & 3 are fantastic and worth owning and you should view these in order before watching anything from this season.Unfortunately, the show definitely went south this season.Nearly all of the elements that made the series entertaining, fresh, and compelling were no where to be found.Instead we were treated to a plethora of desperate and embarrassing gimmicks in a race to the bottom to get viewers.Amped up sexual content, blatant thematic rip-offs from other programs, and the retreading of stale ideas plagued this season like a bad case of diarrhea.

If you've seen seasons 1-3, do not expect the same quality here.Most of the episodes were "stand-alones" contributing nothing to any sort of developing plot or saga; this season thoroughly lacked season wide developments.All you need to know is that Lana became possessed by the spirit of an ancient witch evidenced by a supernatural tattoo on her body (they'll still be scrubbing off the stink from this idea next year) and everyone was busy chasing after three mystical "stones" connected to the caves in Smallville (there was zero information as to what or why, therefore no viewer interest could develop behind this story).That's about all the background you need.With that, go rent the discs necessary to watch the following episodes--avoid the rest.

Crusade (***--) resolves last season finale; mediocre.

Run (****-) 2nd best episode this season.

Transference (*****) best episode of the season.

Bound (***--) Avoidable stand alone, but well crafted.

Unsafe/Pariah (***--) an important development occurs that will carry over into season 5.

Krypto (***--) Avoidable stand alone, but well crafted.

Onyx (****-) strong dialogue and developments emerge only to be ignored in subsequent episodes.

Commencement (****-) sloppy, but introduces enough intriguing elements to make you want to see season 5.


If you must get an idea of how low the show fell, watch any one of the following:

Gone (*----)
Spell (*----)
Recruit (*----)
Lucy (*----)
Spirit (*----)
Ageless (*----)
Forever (worst episode ever made period.)

5-0 out of 5 stars The 4th Season HAS TO COME OUT ON DVD!!!
I just recently bought the 1st season of Smallville, and when it had left me hanging with the season finale, I had to buy Season 2 and 3, and finished all in 1 week. This show is pretty addicting, and after reading all these reviews, I realized I had missed the entire 4th season, so I hope it does come out on DVD soon.

4-0 out of 5 stars A cool season
I liked this season, there's a lot of solid episodes but the Premiere and Finale are no doubt the best episodes. I think those were the two best episodes of the season. In the season premiere Clark comes back from inside the cave walls but not as himself. Jor-el took over his body and is using it to collect ancient stones for the cave. While in Clark's body he meets Lois Lane (Erica Durance, who I hope becomes a full time cast member in season 5). She thinks he's just someone who lost his memory and brings him to the hospital. There he's reunited with Martha Kent who's there visiting Jonathan Kent. Jonathan is still unconcious after Clark's disapearence into the walls in season 3.

Anyway while there Jor-El saysthat he's not meant to live on the farm and that they aren't his parents and...flys away. Seeing Clark actually fly on the show is awesome whether he was doing the flying or not. Martha finds a way to save Clark and make him...Clark again.. Soon after that Clark is at the pronounced dead Chloe's grave where he meets Lois Lane. He uses his x-ray vision to discover that Chloe is not in her grave. So in the second episode he goes looking for her. He finds that, yes she didn't die and that Lex put her in hiding.

Besides that Lana comes back to Smallville but with a new mysterious mark. She also has a new b/f named Jason that follows her back to Smallville. At first they hide their love because he becomes a new assistant football coach and will be fired if it's discovered that he's dating a student. Anyway Clark starts playing football as well and has to figure out how to play the game and be there to save people at the same time. Also how to use his powers without hurting people.

A lot happens, Lana's mysterious tattoo turns her into a ancestor that looked like her. One that just happened to be a witch and burnt at the stake "or hung, I can't remember". When she's a witch she causes havoc in Smallville and is almost even too much for Clark to handle. In one Lionel trys to do a body switch into Lex's body and vice versa. So Lex sees what it is like in prison and feels his pain but Clark gets in the way. Lionel gets in Clark's body and learns all his secrets. Disapointenly he has no memoryof it conveniently at the end of the episode. He is no longer dieing though, Clark being in his body healed him. He then changes and has a new outllook on life.

There's also a cool appearence by the Flash as a punk teenager who likes to steal. When the stealing gets him in deep trouble, Clark trys to get him to use his powers for good. It's cool to see the two race to see who's the fastest. As the season goes on it turns out that Jason was sent to spy on Lana by his mother. So she also wants the stones that Jor-El, Lex and Lionel all want. I guess she thinks Lana will some how lead her to them. In a cool episode Clark and Lana go to Japan to follow Lex and Jason "who works for Lex for awhile after Lex gets him fired as a coach". Lex and Jason are there looking for stones. While there Lana turns into the witch and her and Clark fight over the stone.

Plus Chloediscovers Clark's secret when she sees him using his powers. Clark doesn't know this though but surprisingly Chloe is cool with it and keeps it a secret. In another great episode Lex gets split in two. His bad side takes over his life and puts a "Man in the Iron Mask" type of Mask on Lex and locks him in the basement. No one knows that there's two of them, not even Clark. Bad Lex bad mouths Lionel and gives him what Lionel calls a wake up call when he becomes evil again. In one of the best episodes Clark loses his memory and we discover who he can trust and not trust. Chloe makes Clark believe that he trusted her with his secret and that she always knew. She confesses to him that she thinks he got his powers from the meteor rocks. Lex though shows he can't be trusted. He tells Clark that they worked on the cave walls together and gets Clark to tell him things he wouldn't normally tell him.

In the episode before the season finale, some strange kid makes the inside of a building look exactly like Smallville High. There he captures students and makes them make believe they're having a normal school day. He never wants things to change and doesn't wanna ever leave high school. If the kids don't go by his rules he freezes them with some sort of mold. In one of the most violent and shocking scenes ever. He freezes a pretty girl and throws her head down the stairs which then breaks into a million pieces. That episode is kinda creepy.

The best episode ever! I think is the season finale though. Clark's graduation is shortened when it's announced that a meteors are gonna hit Smallville. Clark talks to Jor-El and finds out that not even he can stop them. He tells Clark that he needs to find the missing stones. He tells his parents that he can't go with them in the truck and they say their byes. He doesn't know though that shortly after leaving, Jason stops their truck with a shot gun looking for Clark. He makes them go back to the farm and holds them hostage. After killing Jason's mom out of self defense Lana gets help from Lex.

Lex sends Lana on a helacopter when the meteors are about to hit. The helacopter goes down and Lana crawls out of it bloody. She finds a.... space ship and I can't wait to find out who or what is inside. A new villain hopefully. Anyway a meteor hits Clark's house with his parents and Jason inside. So we also have to wait to next fall to see if they're alive. Clark puts a stone in the cave wall which sends an energy wave to the Stone in Lionel's pocket. It knocks him out cold and it looks like it some how puts krypton knowledge into him. We'll have to wait until he wakes up to find out.

Anyway Clark steals the stone from Lex's vault "who locked it there when it flew out of Lionel's pocket". The vault had krptonite in it though and Chloe finds Clark passed out and drags him out of it. Lex just catches Chloe there and is pretty pissed at her. He drags her to the caves where Clark is there adding another stone. Chloe knocks out Lex though so he couldn't see Clark. Clark gets telaported to a snowy area and the episode ends with Clark throwing a crystal like stone.It also ends with so many questions having to be answered and die hard fans like myself not being able to wait until season 5.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good season, but certainly not great...
Smallville is my favorite show on television. I have been a loyal fan since the Pilot, and enjoyed each season more than the last. You would expect the show to continue this tradition and offer an amazing fourth season. Especially since it was Clark Kent's senior year, and presumably the year that he would begin to grow into the man that he would become down the road in Metropolis. Unfortunately, the momentum that season three delivered did not carry over into the fourth season. If anything, I would have to say that it was the show's weakest season overall. However, the reason I feel that it still deserves a four star rating, is because it did have some of the best episodes of the entire series in it.

The season opener Crusade featured the introduction of Lois Lane, played wonderfully by the beautiful and talented Erica Durance, as well as getting to see actual flight on the show. When you combine the two, it means you are in for one amazing episode. That is what we got. It is funny, because I was just as skeptical as anyone about Lois being in Smallville during Clark Kent's teen years, and she turned out to be the bright spot of the season in my opinion. Run, featured the introduction of a teenage Flash, and this has to be my second favorite episode of all time. It was extremely well done. Other episodes worth mentioning are Tranference, in which Clark and Lionel switch bodies, Jinx, in which a teenage version of comic villan Mxyzptlk is introduced, Pariah, in which Chloe discovers the truth about Clark, Blank, in which Clark loses his memory and musy re-discover himself all over again, Onyx, in which we get to see the evil side of Lex when an experiment causes his evil half to come alive, and the great season finale Commencement.

If one were to look at the fourth season on an invidual episode basis, it was a great season. A lot of enjoyable episodes were in season four. But where season four ultimately failed in my opinion, is with its continuity and overall storytelling. We were introduced to many different storylines that never really got any resolution over the course of the season, and they managed to come up with the least popular storyline in the show's history regarding Lana and her connection to a witch named Isobelle that was after three Kryptonian relics. Also, Lex Luthor was always a central character in each of the first three seasons, and his screentime was cut short severely in this season. This also affected the quality of the season, as Michael Rosenbaum is the best actor on the show.

So for the most part, I still enjoyed season four. It had some truely great episodes, the introduction of a great character in Lois Lane, and a wonderful season finale that left us with some interesting things to come for season five. Unfortunately, season four still manages to fall short due to the lack of screentime for Lex, and the lack of overall continuity.

4/5

5-0 out of 5 stars Smallville : Best Season To Date
While every season so far of the WB show have all been good, I find the current, and fourth, season of the hit to be the best one yet. Some agree, some wholeheartedly disagree. Season 4 is a transformation year. Maybe not as big as season 5 will be, but a transformation year nonetheless. Season 4 was an astonishingly fun and entertaining year and it is my favorite so far. Why?. The show seems to of gotten a spark, a spring in it's step, and just an overall freshness to it this year. A lot of it has to be contributed to the addition of the fabulous Eric Durance as the new Lois Lane. She is the best thing to of happened to this show. She's feisty, spunky, funny, gorgeous, sexy, and just brings a lot to the show that the series was lacking in before. The producers need to do everything they can to secure her for as long as the show runs. More on that later. Season 4 is senior year for our Smallville friends, and the show took on a more lighthearted approach this year which resulted in the show having more fun, while not losing any of it's edge or losing it's way in the Superman mythology. If anything, it only enhanced the series. The premiere, "Crusade", is a smashing season opener. Chloe's demise is still a mystery, and Clark tries to regain his memory. It's also special for Clark flying for the first time, and the appearance of Margot Kidder, filling in for the late Christopher Reeve. "Gone" finally lays to rest what happened to Chloe. It is a dynamic episode with a pretty cool villain. Clark(Tom Welling)wants to make the most of his senior year, and he joines the football squad in the 4th episode, "Devoted". Some think this is recycling a story from season one. It isn't. It's continuing the story and let Clark grown and do something he wanted to do a few years ago. Finally being able to enjoy his last year in high school and being somebody. More superb episodes include "Run", where Clark makes contact with another meteor infected kid, Bart Allen, with the ability to run fast. He will later become The Flash. "Transference" is the old switched bodies standby played to the fullest effect with Clark and Lionel switching. It has a lot of fun and teriffic performances by Welling and John Glover. An arc this year deals with Lana getting a strange tattoo on her back while in Paris. We find out that the tattoo is connected to an old witch, and this plays into her relationship with new beau Jason Teague(Jensen Ackles) and his mother Genevieve, played by Jane Seymour. The character of Jason is weak, and Ackles loses his welcome pretty soon during the run of the series. "Scare" is a solid hour of thrills as everyone's nightmares come to life after an explosion at the Luthor Plant. "Unsafe" and "Pariah" see the return of Alicia Baker. There are some flawed eps here, like "Krypto" and "Facade", but nothing too bad. The extended finale, "Commencement", is the biggest and best finale to date. The biggest this show has seen. I won't say any more. There are a few running story arcs for the season, and all are quite effective. Lana and the witch(which comes to bigger light in the silly, but fun, "Spell"), Chloe finding out about Clark, and the mystery of three sacred stones that come into play in the beautifully atmospheric and fantastic episode, "Sacred". "Onyx" is a brilliant episode with Lex being split in two and becoming the good Lex and the bad. The bad showing what Lex will become in the future. It's a superb ep showcasing what kind of person our friend Lex will become. There is a lot of good stuff for season 4, and it's unfortunate for the ones blasting it. It's a fun season for the final year of high school. Like I said before, Durance as Lois was the best thing to happen. Her humor is so welcomed(and was something lacking in the series). Her inneraction with Clark is teriffic and is something else that brings a lot to the show that it didn't have before. The show brightens up whenever she appears. The season continues to expand on and explain more in the rich Superman mythology, and there are plenty of great moments of that here, and they promise more great things in future seasons. With it's fun eps, some classic episodes, a more lighthearted approach, and the great addition of Durance, season 4 of Smallville has proved to be the best season to date. ... Read more


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