I find it sad to report that the awesome and amazing television show known as Stargate SG-1 has left the building.
Oh sure, there’s still a show filling the time slot with the same name, but Stargate SG-1 it ain’t, and my entire family is in mourning. :-(
The first sign of Sci Fi channel trying to milk the Stargate cow dry was last season’s premiere of Stargate: Atlantis. It’s not bad, per se, but the only character that’s really captured me and become a favorite is Dr. Rodney McKay (played by David Hewlett). Other than that, eh. And now that it’s looking like they’re going to try to hook up Col. Sheppard with Dr. Weir instead of Teyla, I’m going to start to get annoyed with the show.
With this season of SG-1 there is more milking evident. Richard Dean Anderson has left the show (for the record I commend the man for dropping out to spend time with his family), Amanda Tapping is yet to be seen beyond a brief video-monitor cameo in the season opener, a younger replacement for O’Neil has been brought in who is (who would have guessed) also irreverent and to the point. There’s also a new female character whose name escapes me but is infinitely annoying, and one of the Bridges’ brothers as the new general. And oh yes, those great opening credits and music have been cut down to just 10 seconds in order to make more time for… extra commercials.
It seems like Christopher Judge (Teal’c) and Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson) are just there as window dressing.
Anderson did make a brief appearance in the Season 9 opener, but I swear that he looked like he was either drugged or senile. It was bizarre, to say the least. And for some reason Shanks is delivering his dialogue so quickly this season that I can barely understand what he’s saying. Maybe he gets paid by the word this season?
So far the Gould are nowhere to be seen and we have completely new villains who seem to be fanatical religious extremists from another galaxy whose religion you must join or die (make your own connection).
This show should have ended at the end of Season 8, changed a bit to tie up loose threads and either lay the whole thing to rest or replace it with another spinoff. As it stands it’s a completely new show masquerading as Stargate SG-1, which it no longer seems to be. That’s both sad and a disservice to the fans.
At least I still have SG-1 reruns and Battlestar Galactica…