Sunday, June 24, 2007

Stargate Sg-1 - The End of an Era

Sadly, Stargate Sg-1 ended its 10 year run on Friday, June 22nd here in the US.

The show was a bit shaky in the beginning of season 9, with the departure of Richard Dean Anderson and the additions of Ben Browder and Claudia Black to the cast. The Goa'uld had been defeated, and the major storyline seemed complete. The show improved after the first few episodes of season 9, and - with a couple of exceptions - managed to have strong episodes thereafter.

Personally I am sad to see it go. I felt they could have gone at least another year with the current storyline, perhaps two. I will miss my Friday night appointment with the Gate that I have enjoyed so much over the past few years.

I did feel, however, that they should have done something special for the end of the series. A message from the cast and crew, an added half-hour or something. Instead the episode ends with the team going through the gate again, like the series is continuing on. I realize that they will be doing movies now, but it just isn't going to be the same.

A few good things about the end of the series do stand out for me though. First and foremost, Ben and Claudia will now be free to hopefully work with Brian Henson and crew again on another Farscape project. Amanda Tapping will be appearing on Atlantis and Sanctuary. Michael Shanks is on 24 currently, and he and Chris Judge will be working on another sci-fi show that sounds interesting. And lastly, a new Stargate show is scheduled to appear next year sometime. Hopefully it will avoid doing time-travel as its regular schtick.

Goodbye, SG-1, and thank you for 10 years of the best Sci-Fi on television!

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