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Initial impressions of Stargate: SG1 
19th-Oct-2009 08:51 pm
Open Road!
 I'm currently watching Stargate: SG1 from the beginning (I've never seen it before, haven't seen the original movie either). I'm only up to the second season so far but I'm enjoying it so far.

Among my reasons for appreciating the show is that there have already been examples of the "science" being internally consistent [Aside: I did kind of know this was coming thanks to some enjoyable conversations with dalekboy and shazgirl.

Even better are the examples where the science is being applied consistently enough to be a reasonable approximation of the scientific method. eg "Condition A seemed to cause outcome B X months ago." in one episode might be referenced as "We've just seen an example of X, lets look for evidence of A". In a later episode it might be referenced again as "We need to cause X to happen, how do we reproduce A?"

I'm also liking the balanced representation of multiple disciplines being needed in this sort of exploratory scenario (science and humanities presented as needing to work together is always good in my mind).

The military aspect is less convincing but you can't have everything. And to be honest a realistic military aspect would have been much harder to manage dramatically. After all bigger teams with more variation in ranks means more characters that need to be written for. But... too many characters can be the kiss of death for a TV show (eg: I never actually finished watching the second season of Heroes and haven't bothered getting the third) so the smaller tighter group works better for dramatic purposes.

I may just have to watch another episode tonight and see if the standard keeps up. :)
19th-Oct-2009 10:33 am (UTC)
I think the standard was terrific for the first 6 seasons or so. From then on there is a decrease over time, but there are still gems that make it watching. Not sure abut the last seasons. I should rewatch those and consider if it was a bad move :)
19th-Oct-2009 11:05 am (UTC)
Oh good, I think I've got a while to go then... :)
19th-Oct-2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Prequel movie to the series with different actors... 10 seasons of SG1, 5 seasons of Atlantis that are in some ways concurrent and overlapping or at least alluding to events in the sister series... two (so far) movies post season 10.... one or two more movies to come apparently, one for SG1 and one for Atlantis to tie up loose ends...

and now... Stargate Universe... which is so far actually quite good.

Yes, you gotta long way to go boyo :D
It's worth it tho.
19th-Oct-2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Well, nothing there to complain about as far as I can tell. :)
20th-Oct-2009 10:32 am (UTC)
Peter DeLuise directed a number of them and always had a cameo (a la Hitchcock). And most of them were very funny.

I introduced L and R to SG1 via the season 4 episode Window of Opportunity.
20th-Oct-2009 11:08 am (UTC)
It'll be a while before my completist self gets that far though.

Having said that the fact that such a (relatively) late episode worked as a starting point strikes me as a good sign.
20th-Oct-2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Window of Opportunity, that was the groundhog day ep, yes? :D

Gotta love the cry of O'Neill.. "...right in the middle of my backswing!"

Only those who have seen it will understand the reference and much lols will be had :D
20th-Oct-2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
OI! No spoilers in the discussion! :)
21st-Oct-2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Trust me, it's not a spoiler, just something funny that's scene related so you won't understand 'til you see it anyways. :)

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