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Updated and re-edited version of the original feature-length pilot episode of the sci-fi action series, with a new score and added special effects. When an alien similar to Ra appears out of the Stargate, killing five soldiers and kidnapping another, a new team is put together to search for the missing soldier and to find out how Ra could still be alive.
Eclipsing many of the rival shows it pitched itself against, Stargate SG-1 went on to become the longest-running North American science fiction show in history, with ten seasons and 214 episodes in all. This new release of Children Of The Gods, however, offers a chance to see where it all began.Spun out of the 1994 movie, Stargate, Stargate SG-1’s story picks up events a year afterwards, which is where Children Of The Gods kicks in. Originally broadcast as a two-part pilot episode, this new DVD release has been recut into movie format, with freshly added material, and brand new special effects. And a nice job has been done, too. Not that it detracts greatly from the adventure. It still acts as the kick-starting of the Stargate programme, as Colonel Jack O’Neill leads a team to the planet of Abydos, but while on his mission, stumbles across what turns out to be a map of Stargates around the galaxy. Yet, without spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it, Children Of The Gods takes this as a starting point for things really going wrong… Children Of The Gods is sometimes a little uneven, and for purists, it lacks the full frontal nudity that was shown when the episode was first broadcast, but has never been seen since. But no matter: the work done on boosting this opener into a TV movie has paid off, and it’s a handsome way to check out where such a long-running TV show got started… --Jon Foster
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The first episode has always been a bit hit and miss for me as Teal'c's introduction wasn't all that great and there was the odd nudity and excess blood - not that I've got a problem with either but it doesn't flow with the rest of the season. This Final Cut fixes a lot of the issues and adds some nice touches.
There's a bit more banter between the troops, Carter's embarassing introduction is re-cut and Teal'c gives a proper explanation as to why he switches sides because of the things he has seen (it seems way too easy in the original cut).
I was a bit wary when I read that the effects had been updated. Sure, they do look outdated, but there was a chance they'd look ridiculous on such an old episode so I was pleasantly surprised that they worked well, the glider sequence at the end receiving a decent update to add something more to the climactic battle.
All in all, worth it if you're a fan and/or if you want to let your kids get into Stargate without the full-frontal nudity of the original version!
The whole thing came together to give the pilot a bit
There are subtle differences to the actual forst two episodes in season one and this splicing...in this some scenes have been cut and some scenes originally cut from the original edit have been restored...it's bascically the same with a difference.
I'm sure all Stargate fans whio have this edition to there collection will love it and for those of you as yet haven't bought it - give it go...recommend.