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Stargate SG-1
Volume 30

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge & Corin Nemec
MGM
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Certificate: PG
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General Hammond and the Pentagon are forced to reveal the existence of the Stargate to other world governments. Playing off fears that the U.S. military has too much control, Senator Kinsey suggests that General Hammond be relieved of his command and that the civilian-run NID oversee the Stargate program...

Disclosure has to be about the worst episode of Stargate SG-1 so far. Basically a clips show, it has obviously been included to bring those members of the floating audience who have not being paying attention up to date. Bit of a strange time to do it really, especially after a run of episodes that have required the viewer to remember events that happened a few years previously.

None of the regular crew appear (other than in flashback sequences lifted from old episodes) apart from Hammond and the tension that is supposed to build, as we are unsure what will happen to the Stargate programme, is weak. Add to this the lamest ending you could imagine and you have the worst Stargate SG-1 episode ever.

Truly awful.

1


Exploring an off-world planet, SG-1 discover a crashed ship and three human survivors who claim to be under constant attack by hostile aliens. While Carter helps repair the ship's computer, she learns that the survivors are hiding a secret and things may not be all they seem...

Forsaken is not the most original of premises. The aliens that SG-1 first encounter seem good, but they could be bad... but then they might be good? Who knows? Well, you find out after 44 minutes, but is it really worth it? This episode also starts of good, but quickly turns bad, redeems itself a little towards the end and by the time the credits roll you'll be uncertain whether it was good or not.

5


Teal'c mysteriously begins to lose his grip on reality and is haunted by visions of an alternate existence where he is a normal human being. As his paranoia deepens, Teal'c must rely on the help and comfort of his old friend Daniel Jackson to determine where his dreams end... and his reality begins...

The Changeling has to be my favourite episode so far in season six. In fact, it might even be the most enjoyable episode of the show's entire run. The idea, and subsequent script, for this episode was the brainchild of Christopher Judge (who plays Teal'c) and while it's not exactly original (the basic idea has been done to death in Star Trek) the execution is faultless. And the conclusion isn't the usual: "Oh! It was only a virus" or "Phew! It was all part of an alien race's plan to read our minds and learn about us."

As Teal'c moves from one reality to another his disorientation becomes our disorientation. This episode also shows that Christopher Judge has a wider acting range than his character has previously allowed - indeed it does.

The music for The Changeling is also worthy of merit as is the fact that Michael Shanks turns up... yet again (I'm sure he's had more to do in this season than he ever did when he was a regular cast member - and he certainly has more to do than poor Corin Nemec.

10


SG-1 accompanies the X-303 on its maiden voyage into deep space. When the ship suddenly drops out of hyperspace, SG-1 is stranded with no means of getting back to Earth. Their only option lies in exploring a nearby planet where a Stargate is thought to be located. But O'Neill must first convince its inhabitants that they come in peace - a debate that could mean the end of SG-1...

The basic premise behind Memento is hardly original. SG-1 find themselves stranded in deep space and approach the nearest (and only reachable) planet to ask its inhabitants for their help. The aliens have never encountered species from other worlds and the outcome is that the two main leaders are split on whether to help. The diplomatic leader is willing to risk everything to help SG-1, whereas the army general is more inclined to capture them and discover why they have really arrived at their planet.

No, it's not an original idea, but it is a very good one. And it works well too. Although, and I don't want to spoil anything, but the way the military leader backs down at the conclusion is a little bit of a cheap ending.


This disc is very mixed - including the very best and worst SG-1 has to offer. Although, all in all, it's worth trudging through the bad to appreciate the good. The usual extras are here but I strongly advise you not to watch the "spoiler" for the last episode of the season as it will literally spoil things for you.

Darren Rea

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