Stargate SG-1 : season 1 review


22 50 minute episodes

SF elements

hostile alien contact; FTL travel


This TV series is a spin off from the film Stargate , where it was discovered that the Egyptian gods were hostile aliens, plundering Earth for slaves. Different actors portray some of the same characters in a "what happened next?" follow-up. The US Government has taken over the Stargate, and is sending specialist teams through to explore all the various worlds populated from Earth stock millennia ago -- the series follows one of those teams: SG1.

The format allows almost any story: the team visit worlds based on various early Earth civilisations [all of whom talk 20th century American English, of course], and have various adventures. Yet the underlying arc of the hostile Go'ulds is ever present, leading to the end of season cliffhanger. Many of the episodes are interesting in their own right, and the interplay between the four team members is every bit as important as the lost civilisations being explored.

Rating: 3

[ unmissable | great stuff | worth watching | mind candy | waste of time | unfinishable ]

reviewed 29 December 1999