Stargate SG-1
Volume 28

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge & Corin Nemec
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: PG
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Fleeing a Goa'uld attack, the Tok'ra must take refuge at the SGC Alpha Site occupied by rebel Jaffa. Centuries of bad blood between the two races begin to boil as an unseen assassin wreaks havoc on the camp. Can O'Neill stop the bloodshed before the assassin escapes with the Alpha Site's co-ordinates?...

Allegiance sees the first real signs that the Tok'ra and the rebel Jaffa have a few problems with one another - neither fully trusting the other. This, on the surface, seems a little odd as they both have a common enemy - the Goa'uld. The only real problem that I had with this episode is that it plays as a stand alone episode, but there was so much referring to previous episodes of SG-1 and I couldn't fathom why. What is the point of confusing the audience unnecessarily, especially when the result is that a great episode becomes an average one?

SG-1 visits Pangar, a planet inhabited by humans who have developed a drug that makes their immune systems perfect. Unknown to SG-1 is the means by which the drug is produced, a startling discovery that may hold the key to the origins of the Tok'ra!...

Cure has an interesting beginning which sees the inhabitants of Pangar waiting expectantly for their first contact with aliens. The planet has assembled its top people to welcome the visitors and are greeted by SG-1 - a bit of a let down.

Another interesting point to make about this episode is that while everything seems to go pear shaped, and it would be quite easy for different races in this episode to blame each other for the mistreatment of other races (I won't explain to much or it will spoil the episode) the reality is no one is to blame - everything that happens was all one big misunderstanding. It's good to see that this didn't turn in to an episode which had SG-1 smugly frowning upon another race who had been keeping some evil secret from them.

Rogue NSA officers hijack the top-secret X-303 spaceship with Carter and Jonas on board and demand that Adrian Conrad be brought to the ship. Using his Goa'uld knowledge, Conrad activates the X-303 and takes the ship light years from Earth, as O'Neill and Teal'c attempt a rescue not knowing if they will be able to return home...

Prometheus sees our first glimpse of the X-303 spacecraft - and hopefully not the last as the director's commentary reveals that the set was still standing when they wound up season six. The set designer is obviously a huge Star Wars fan as some of the lighting strips and doors look very similar. There is also a great A-Team/ McGuiver moment where Amanda Tapping is trapped in a room with nothing and ends up escaping by using the things she finds in the room.

An excellent episode that acts as the first of a two-parter.

When SG-1 is marooned in deep space, Thor and the Ancients come to their rescue seeking O'Neill's help to combat the Replicators who have overrun their home world. Convinced they will attack Earth if not stopped, O'Neill stages a daring mission to stop the Replicators once and for all...

Unnatural Selection is another Replicator story, but with an unexpected twist. The Replicators have progressed evolutionary since SG-1 last met them and now look exactly like us.

Michael Shanks returns as the voice of Thor and Richard Dean Anderson seems to be back on form with some cracking one-liners. This also helps to offset the cold side to his character that is displayed towards the end of the show.

The disc comes with the usual collection of extras. But, sadly only the first commentary is worth listening to. Another point worth making is that the "Behind the Scenes" segments seems to have been recorded by the world's rudest man. He openly insults the director of Cure on more than one occasion and is finally told to leave the set.

Darren Rea

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