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4.0 out of 5 stars A good enjoyable start to SG-1, but DVD set lacks any extras, 8 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: Stargate SG-1 - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Episode quality...
Well, it's the season where it all began. For the most part the season is consistent in quality. It's not brilliant, but it's certainly not bad. A few episodes drag in the early part of the season but most strike a nice balance of watchableness. However, the season starts to kick into a higher gear in the last five episodes. "Solitudes" is a very enjoyable episode, and a welcome break from yet another episode in Canadian woods (a problem which blights Stargate SG-1). More importantly it provides some interesting character interaction and a genuinely surprising outcome. The episodes that follow take on a stronger sci-fi theme, a move which benefits the show greatly. Stories start dealing with age-old sci-fi themes of "Who am I?", mirror universes and alien invasions.
Sadly, the final batch of episodes is positively derailed by a dreaded clipshow, which is even more tedious if you've just watched the episodes recently on DVD. So, the fast forward button was utilized a lot within this episode. Over the season the writers managed to occasionally give nods towards previous episodes (for example returns of friends and foes) which ultimately for a more rewarding viewing experience, but a clip show is never welcome. But it's not a major problem, as the season gets back on its feet with the season finale.
Overall the season could have done with some bigger arcs, and the "threat" of the government interfering never quite works and gets tired quite quickly. If the government gets Stargate Command shut down or replaced the show is over, and if they don't succeed then the government just looks silly and doesn't become a credible threat. But overall it's an enjoyable first season and of surprisingly even quality considering they were just getting started. Many shows' first seasons are a lot more uneven than what is offered here.
Quality...
The film quality is quite poor. The grain is very noticeable, particularly on dark scenes. But, I didn't find it was bad enough to spoil my enjoyment of the quality. Hopefully future seasons will improve, perhaps when the show gets a better budget (Buffy the Vampire Slayer was similar, switching to better quality filming in season three). It is presented in widescreen though, which is a definite thumbs up.
Sound quality is serviceable but unremarkable. It's Dolby 2.0, and there's not a lot more to say!
Extras...
This is the worst part of the set. There are NO extras at all. Nada. Zilch. There aren't even subtitles, whether they be English or other language. Menus on the DVD set have had effort put into them, but they are a bit drawn out and thus an annoyance. To play each episode you also have to see four scene shots from episode, so if you a new viewer be sure to be careful as you will see some moderately spoilerish images when starting the episode.
Overall...
Episode wise it's a great start to Stargate SG-1, with very few down episodes. It's not demanding TV, it's not particularly exciting. But if you want to sit back and watch uncomplicated yet ultimately good hearted fun then SG-1 is for you. The production qualities aren't great at this point (but should improve with future seasons) and the lack of any extras is a definite downfall. But it's a good price for the entire first season, and is obviously the best place to start watching the show.
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