Saturday, April 11, 2009

Stargate SG-1: The Ark of Truth

Stargate SG-1’s 10 season was not meant to be its last. The network the series aired on, Sci-Fi decided to cancel the series. MGM, the company that produced the series did not take the news kindly. The series ended, without a real resolution to the current plotline. Without a network to air, the production company turned to the DVD market for an outlet.

The movie stars Ben Browder as Cameron Mitchell, Amanda Tapping as Samantha Carter, Christopher Judge as Teal'c, Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson, Beau Bridges as Hank Landry and Claudia Black as Vala. Morena Baccarin, Tim Guinee, and Julian Sands also star.

From Wikipedia:

The movie covers SG-1's attempt to recover the "Ark of Truth", an Alteran device designed to brainwash whoever looks into it. Even though the Ori's promise of Ascension is a lie, the Ancients believed that people should be free to believe it if they wished.
For Stargate, the story itself is okay, though the movie’s only purpose is to wrap up the outstanding plot threads that were not wrapped up in the series. As a stand-alone film, it’s useless. Even with the 15 or so minute recap, there is no way that someone who is not up to speed with the happenings of the previous two seasons would be completely lost.

So thanks goes out for MGM's support of the franchise, since we would never have seen a resolution to the Ori arc if not for them. I stopped watching Stargate Atlantis, a spin-off of SG-1, in the middle of the third season, but I'm not surprised they're taking the same route of "we didn't finish the actual story arc so buy our glorified 2-part episode made into a DVD-film for $15.99"

*** out of *****

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