Stargate SG-1
Season two box set

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping & Christopher Judge
RRP: £59.99

Certificate: 12

The second series of Stargate SG-1 can now be purchased as a box set. This six disc collection is packaged in a rather attractive box, but the contents of that box simply house the same discs - including sleeves - that were available from the episodes original release. This now means that this collection starts with disc 2 (disc one in the original release housed the pilot episode and a number of season one episodes). Would it really have been too much trouble to reprint the spines?

Also, no attempt has been made by MGM to delete the season one episodes which are still tagged on the the final disc in this collection. So if you have bought the season one box set you will now have two copies of some episodes.

One good thing about this collection is that fans of the series won't feel obliged to rush out and buy the episodes again hoping for more extras (Star Trek movie DVD releases are notoriously bad for ripping fans off with this little scam) there are plenty of extras but no additions to the original single disc releases.

The series really starts to gather momentum in the second season, although it only really starts to shine in season three. But there are more than a few episodes which help to pave the way for future plot developments. Secrets sees Sam's father coming to terms with terminal cancer - a plot device which is carried through into The Tok'ra two-parter. The Fifth Race also examines the Nox, Asgard, Ancients and Furlings relationship and examines the building of the Stargates.

If you don't already own these episodes then it is well worth the £60 asking price but you can pick a lot of these single discs up for £10 a disc if you look out for high street offers

Darren Rea

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