Sci-fi adventure set featuring the SG-1 crew. The film begins with SG-1 attending the execution of Ba'al (Cliff Simon), the final Goa'uld System Lord. When Teal'c (Christopher Judge) and Vala (Claudia Black) suddenly disappear into thin air, Carter (Amanda Tapping), Daniel (Michael Shanks) and Mitchell (Ben Browder) travel back to Earth to discover that history has been altered, and, in this new timeline, the Stargate programme has never been discovered. When they try to convince the military that the timeline has been altered and that Ba'al is responsible, hundreds of Goa'uld ships suddenly arrive in orbit, led by Ba'al, his queen, Qetesh (Vala), and his first prime, Teal'c. It's now up to O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) and the rest of the crew to find the Stargate and set things right before the Goa'uld take over the world.
A feature-length adventure that bases itself around the universe of Stargate SG-1
makes the most of the increased budget clearly available, and serves up a hugely enjoyable, action-packed slice of science-fiction that makes you wish theyd all hurry up and make the next instalment.
Stargate: Continuum follows on from the earlier feature-length The Ark Of Truth, and it focuses on a staple storyline of science fiction television, the alternate timeline. In this instance, its an Earth where the Stargate simply hasnt been discovered, and nobody has any knowledge of the crews adventures.
Wisely using this story mechanic as a basis rather than the main thrust of Stargate: Continuum, the action soon focuses on a well-realised attempt by the Baal to conquer Earth. Its exciting stuff, and while the credits arguably roll a little too early, its very welcome work from the SG-1 favourites that builds up to a strong outing for all concerned. And in the midst of them is the returning Richard Dean Anderson as ONeill, and very welcome he is too.
Stargate: Continuum makes good use of both the extended running time that a feature offers, as well as the extra resources that were clearly available in front of and behind the camera. Its inevitably going to be enjoyed most of all by SG-1s fanbase, but theres plenty in here too for the casual science-fiction enthusiast. --Jon Foster
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