Sunday, April 19, 2009

Stargate SG-1: Continuum

Continuum is the second direct-to-dvd film produced after the cancellation of the series, Stargate SG-1.

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.

While the first DVD film, Ark of Truth, was a movie that resolved the open storylines that were left open at the end of the series, this film is a completely stand alone film, that requires “no” knowledge of the series plots that have come before it.

The film follows a tried and true (or overused) "alternate reality/time travel" story that is used numerous times throughout the series. Nothing really new here.

While technically the film does not require viewing of the series beforehand, I would say that the experience would be greatly enhanced if the viewer actually watched the series, as the impact of character actions might feel hollow if there is no knowledge of Mitchell, O’Neill, or Jackson is present. Also, the main villain of the film, Ba’al is a reoccurring character in the series (first appearing in the 5th season) would not be so menacing if the viewer had no previous “contact” with him.

*** out of *****

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