For a science-fiction show in its eight season, Stargate SG-1
clearly still has a lot of gas left in the tank. Its especially surprising, considering that this is a season that effectively was never meant to be, as spin-off series Stargate: Atlantis
was due to take the reigns. Yet someone in power relented, and the further adventures of Jack ONeill and his team are the result.
Accepting that there are one or two bumps across the season, the standard though remains steadfastly high for the bulk of the episodes here. Youll find no spoilers here, short of to say that some of Stargate SG-1s long-running narratives are developed satisfyingly well.
Whats also pleasing is that theres a nice cocktail going on here. A gentle, welcome sprinkling of laugh-out loud moments compete with a good mystery or two, and some terrific action. Granted, sometimes you feel youve seen bits before, and its a shame that the series ends on arguably some of its weaker episodes. But this is countered nonetheless by some terrific individual programmes, with plenty youll find yourself rewinding back to once youve reach the end.
Whats most pleasing though is that for a mature show of any genre, its tricky to keep producing good quality TV. In the sci-fi genre in particular, theres a veritable graveyard of shows that never made it this far. Thus, to see Stargate SG-1 is such confident form is much to its credit. --Jon Foster
Join Colonel Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) and the SG-1 Team in the complete eighth season of the hugely popular US sci fi series. Continuing it's blend of sharp wit and cool adventure, 'Stargate' delivers all the action adventure you desire as the crew battle against old foes and face new dangers in amazing but ever more hostile worlds. Episodes are: 'New Order (Part One)', 'New Order (Part Two)', 'Lock Down', 'Zero Hour', 'Icon', 'Avatar', 'Affinity', 'Covenant', 'Sacrifices', 'Endgame', 'Prometheus Unbound', 'Gemini', 'It's Good To Be King', 'Full Alert', 'Reckoning (Part 1)', 'Reckoning (Part 2)', 'Threads', 'Citizen Joe', 'Moebius (Part 1)', 'Moebius (Part 2)'.