Peter and I have spent the last 7 and a half months watching Stargate SG-1 on Netflix. It has been a most glorious experience spending our time together in the world of Stargate!!! I immediately enjoyed the show from the beginning, but I fell deeper and deeper in love with the series as the seasons progressed. The show is a science fiction adventure about a group of military personnel who travel throughout the galaxy by means of a Stargate. It is basically a giant ring that contains a wormhole to other planets. It’s nerdalicious and I love it!
Please note: This post is LONG and could contain spoilers for those who have not seen Stargate SG-1.
This show had me on an emotional roller coaster throughout the entire series. I don’t ever remember going through so many emotions while watching a TV show before. I laughed, I cried, I was enraged, I was confused and most time I was unbelievably happy. As the show lasted 10 seasons, that gave me a lot of time to fall in love with all the characters. I felt as if they were my friends. Even though they weren’t even real people. The portrayals of these characters was amazing. The writers knew what they were doing when they put pen to paper. Sure, there were some story-lines that I wanted to kick the writers for, but I am still thrilled that I got to experience such a wonderful bit of science fiction.
After we finished the whole series, there were 2 movies to finish the story off. During the final episode of the show, I honestly felt empty. There wasn’t really a resolution and some story-lines had not been finished off. I thank the science fiction gods that they decided to make the movies. Most story-lines were finished up and the characters went along their way. I am content and happy with how the series ended, albeit very sad that it is over.
Throughout the series, some characters left the show. When Daniel Jackson left at the end of season 5, I nearly gave up watching all together. He was my favourite character and the real reason the show was so successful, in my opinion. I kept watching because I knew he would return, as Peter had mentioned it years ago before I was even interested in the show. He returned for a few cameos in Season 6 before fully rejoining the cast in season 7. As the seasons went on, Daniel (portrayed by Michael Shanks) became more and more attractive to me. Season 1, he was just this geeky archeologist who was the smart guy of the group. By season 10, I was wishing that I could jump through the TV and have his babies. Seriously. It’s something about growing attached to the personality that makes a person more attractive. Needless to say, I have spent some time watching some of Michael Shanks’ other work besides Stargate. He currently stars in a Canadian medical drama called Saving Hope. It’s a lot like Grey’s Anatomy, but with a little twist. It’s very good actually and I recommend it to anyone looking for a new show to watch.
Anyway, back to Stargate. The next character that left was Jack O’Neill (portrayed by Richard Dean Anderson) and the shock I felt during the first few minutes of season 9 was horrible. I had no idea he had left the show and then all of a sudden the opening credits rolled and his name was gone. That was it. One second he was there and the next he was gone. I couldn’t believe it. He was the leader and most important part of the Stargate program. Also, there never was a good resolution for the relationship between Jack & Sam and that made me really sad. They skirted around it for years, but nothing happened in the end.
I was initially excited for when Ben Browder joined the cast in season 9. I loved him in Farscape, so I had high hopes for him in SG-1. Sadly, when it came that time, I was of two minds. He was replacing Richard Dean Anderson as the leader of SG-1 and I had some bitter feelings toward him. Basically, I am still not over the fact that Jack left and never returned in a leading capacity. He appeared in maybe 4 episodes total in seasons 9 & 10. He also briefly appeared in the final movie, which made up for a little bit of lost time. I still get a twinge of sadness when I think about it. See what I mean about the intense emotions I went through and am still experiencing. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.
One more actor that joined the show in seasons 9 & 10 was Claudia Black. She starred with Ben Browder in Farscape as well. I really wanted to see what their chemistry would be like as completely different characters. It was super weird to see them on screen together and not be in love like they were in Farscape. They managed to pull off completely different performances and I was eventually convinced that they weren’t John & Aeryn. They basically exchanged personalities. In Farscape, Ben was goofy and Claudia was serious. However, in SG-1 Ben was serious and Claudia was the goofy one. It was weird, but I got used to it eventually.
There is one more character that I want to mention briefly. When Daniel left for season 6, they replaced him with a character named Jonas Quinn (portrayed by Corin Nemec). I didn’t want to like Jonas at first because he replaced Daniel and that was a horrible thought. However, Jonas’ character was so loveable! He was so innocent and quite amusing. I enjoyed following his story almost as much as the rest by the end of the season. Sadly, they kicked him off the show when Daniel returned. They spent a whole season getting the fans used to a new character and when we finally did, they got rid of him. Very upsetting. Oh well, Jonas was great for as long as he lasted!
Now that we have finished with SG-1, Peter and I are going to start watching Stargate: Atlantis. We already watched that series together when it began airing back in 2004. He had seen SG-1 already, but I hadn’t. So this time around, I feel as if I will have a whole new perspective watching Atlantis than I did before. I will understand a lot more about the Stargate world. I am also looking forward to seeing some of my favourite characters from SG-1 returning for a cameo!
I think I will venture out to say that Stargate SG-1 is my favourite TV show, at least at the moment. I realize that I am still coming down from the high I’ve had for the past 7 months, however I am still putting it near the top of my list. It is such an engaging and clever show. I could watch it over and over. Since it was a very long running series, by the time I reached the end, I forgot things from the beginning. I think I’ve decided to start over from the first episode. I will be watching by myself this time, so I will be able to go through it a lot faster. I am sure I will pick out things that I didn’t catch the first time. So excited.
Unfortunately, I am a year too late in entering the world of Stargate. The two actors that portrayed my two favourite characters, Michael Shanks as Daniel Jackson & Richard Dean Anderson Jack O’Neill, came to the Calgary Expo in 2013. I only wish that I had been a fan back then because I could have met them. I highly doubt that the two of them will be back in Calgary together any time soon. I wouldn’t mind spending the money to get a picture with the best members of SG-1! I will keep wishing and hoping that they will come in the upcoming years!
My thoughts have been all over the place for the post and I don’t even know if I was able to cover everything I wanted to say. I have been mentally preparing to write this post for months. I probably should have jotted a few notes down so that I didn’t forget anything I wanted to say. In any case, it is mostly fan girl nonsense and probably isn’t all the interesting. However, I have finally got these thoughts out of my head and I know that I can look back on this post any time I want. I can remember the fond times I had while watching this show for the first time. After all, there will only be one first watch through and my experience was marvellous.
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