SG-1 was, to my mind, one of the four greatest Television series ever made. It had bad episodes like every other programme. But ever since the series was syndicated half-way through series five, the sheer number of half-baked, cliched and 'Filler' episodes per series has grown beyond all belief.
This trend has peaked with series ten and left me feeling bitterly disappointed. I loved the previous series so much that I wish I could give it five stars. But remember, a TV series is not a work of art, it is a cash-cow designed to earn revenue through syndication, advertising and merchandising fees.
One minor story line during the ninth and tenth series' was that Stargate Command's funding had been cut by 70% to free up more resources for the Atlantis project. And having sat through the vast number of 'Filler' episodes in this series, I'm almost entirely convinced that this storyline was based on fact.
All of the writers' and producers' attention was entirely focused on SG Atlantis, because they'll need good ratings to push the programme to series five and beyond. The cross-over episode was yet another attempt to 'Net' the hardcore SG-1 fans. And whilst the six or seven episodes that actually followed the Ori plotline ran the gammit from great to incredible, the rest of the series was mediocre at best, and there was no 'Ending' of any kind.
Don't get me wrong. The final episode of series ten was excellent to say the least. But having spent the whole series longing for another 'Grand Finale,' the storyline simply tailed off and left me feeling bitterly disappointed. And so whilst "The Ark of Truth" was an incredible film that rounded off the storyline very nicely, in the end, the tenth series only really deserves three stars.