On the DVD: Episodes: The Curse, The Serpent's Venom, Chain Reaction and 2010.
It's five years after the Stargate movie saw Dr. Jackson's theories professionally debunked. In "The Curse", he finally finds short-lived vindication with a few of his old archaeological colleagues. Unfortunately, one of them is more interested in the recently discovered Osiris Jar than is healthy. The birth of a powerful new Goa'uld God is sure to spell trouble for the SG team soon. "The Serpent's Venom" is the strongest test of Teal'c's loyalties anyone could have imagined. Betrayed and captured on homeworld Chulak, the "sholvah" is tortured to the point of death. In fact, it is his willingness to accept death that convinces his captors that perhaps his rejection of Apophis has meaning for them too. This is a powerful episode with strong violence and performances. When General Hammond announces his resignation on the grounds of disliking sending people into danger, the team know something's wrong. A "Chain Reaction" of events and clues leads O'Neill to the recently incarcerated turncoat Maybourne. Suddenly with this episode, all the previous references to the sinister NID agency make worrying sense. As Hammond explains, they're "above the law". That doesn't stop Jack from MacGuyvering a way out of the clutches of Ronny Cox's double-dealing Senator Kinsey though! Inexplicably, we're then presented with a future vision of the year "2010" where Kinsey has become President. Here we see Earth in peaceful alliance with the Aschen race. But Jack is sulking in secluded retirement. Sure enough things aren't at all idyllic--just as he forewarned--and in typical style for the series, an engaging time-travel plotline unravels to safeguard the past from this imperfect present. --Paul Tonks
All the actors are clearly comfortable in their roles and the willingness to show the heroes as less than perfect shines through in all the episodes. As long as they can keep this standard up we have a lot to look forward to.
This disk contains three excellent episodes ("Secrets," "Bane" and "The Tok'Ra (Part I)"), and the mystic-primitives-know-best "Spirits". I personally grow a little weary of the Romantic Savage storyline that comes out of Hollywood--you know the one: the people living in simplicity are much happier and living in tune with their environment until some modern people turn up with our evil technology. I just wish the writers would forget Rousseau and remember Hobbes. Most people in our modern society live longer, healthier lives than ever, thanks to our technology.
Despite this handicap, "Spirits" has redeeming features that make it worth watching, and it becomes important in several later episodes, so it is a must watch for those hooked on the series.
Enjoy! I did.
Window Of Oppinutiy is my favourite. It is funny. The story line acout sam and Jack is great. Read more