Stargate SG-1 - Season 9 [DVD]
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Join Colonel Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) and the SG-1 Team in the complete ninth 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 comprise: 'Avalon: Part 1', 'Avalon: Part 2', 'Origin', 'The Ties That Bind', 'The Powers That Be', 'Beach Head', 'Ex Deus Machina', 'Babylon', 'Protoype', 'The Fourth Horseman: Part 1', 'The Fourth Horseman: Part 2', 'Collateral Damage', 'Ripple Effect', 'Stronghold', 'Ethon', 'Off the Grid', 'The Scourge', 'Arthur's Mantle', 'Crusade' and 'Camelot'.
Considering most television series tend to fizzle out in their first few seasons, for Stargate SG-1 to have endured so long is no small feat at all. For it to have endured, and still be able to throw up convincing new ideas and surprises even at season nine is really something special.
But thats just what Stargate SG-1 does. And in spite of the fact that Richard Dean Andersons ONeill had moved on, and despite the fact that Ben Browders Mitchell valiantly tries but ultimately fails to fill the gap left behind, the show still has plenty of gas in the tank. There are some very strong episodes here, and while the season as a whole does take a little time to get going, the likelihood is that, come the customary end-of-season cliffhanger, youll have enjoyed a very good series of a rightly long-lasting show.
Season nine, though, marks the penultimate series of Stargate SG-1, which finally ends with its tenth run. And, to be fair, there are a few signs littered throughout this ninth series boxset that theres only so much left in the well for the shows creators to explore. Yet this is still very good, highly enjoyable science fiction entertainment, and one thats leaving quite a void behind it now its left our screens. --Jon Foster
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By M. Shortland "mikeyboy214" (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
The ninth season of SG-1 sees our guys heading down a bold new path. In a neat twist to real life, with the discovery of Atlantis, much of SG-1's budget has gone to the new expedition. (Unfortunately, this was also the case behind the cameras. Many of the episodes are earthbound, but when the effects are used, as in the season finale, all I can say is Wow.) Daniel, Sam and Teal'c have moved on to other projects, as has Jack, now succeeding Hammond at Washington. Command of the base has been given to General Landry, who receives Colonel Cam Mitchell("Mitch") as the new team leader of SG-1, at Jack's request. Cam's back story is that he was a pilot in the season 7 finale "Hidden City" during the battle with Anubis,and being decorated for valour, was promised any assignment, and chose this.
This season also introduces the new bad guys, the Ori, bent on domination using their Priors as missionaries. Although the season takes a while to kick in, due to the inevitable reset required to establish the new team, it's still an engaging romp, with Ben Browder as Mitchell capably stepping into Jack's shoes. Claudia Black also returns as Vala Mal Doran, and although the sparks are between her and Daniel, rather than Mitch, which would have neatly mirrored their previous roles on "Farscape", there's still some great one liners, excellent SFX and continuing plot lines. As mentioned above, the season finale is excellent, and sets up Season 10 neatly, which would prove to be the last, as we are now promised straight to DVD movies.
All in all, a very good reset for the long running franchise. The new themes are engaging and Browder and Black fit seamlessly into the family. Roll on Season 10 and the movies!
Some of the changes were so overwhelming. Carter was initially not involved, apparently assigned to Area 51, Then there is the mischievous but intriguing Vala. Plus the departure from the Egyptian mythology to the Medieval King Arthur mytho. Then the new bad guys, the Ori, what an interesting change, but it did not feel like the Stargate I had come to love.
But they did it again, I was won over and again found myself wanting for more, in fact despite my attempts to apply a certain reserve I finished watching the whole season within a week. The quality has not only been sustained, but actually gradually improved throughout the season. The season ends off with again a spectacular cliff-hanger which really impressed me.
And then off course I did not have season 10 as yet, to see the conclusion to the seemingly devastating invasion at the end of season 9, I highly recommend for you to have the season 10 on hand to avoid screaming at the top of your voice like a 6 year old girl when the credits come up.
Thankfully we did see a Jack o' Neil cameo at the beginning of the season and I also happy to again see General Hammond, the late actor Don S. Davis in cameo appearance. It sort of created the impression that their lives continued on even outside the SGC. And it was good then to see Carter come back and the team felt more whole again. Plus Mitchell grows on you. He does bring that familiar Jack o' Neil humor, though not quite the same, still very good.
All in all, a good quality product.
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