This post might belong in my Swedish 'TV&Film' blog, but I've already made a post there, and this time I felt like writing it in English!
The fact is: I've become completely addicted to Stargate SG-1!! Just accept it, because that's the way it is!
I started watching it this summer, since there was nothing else on TV and the weather forced me inside a lot, and I did enjoy it pretty quickly. Coming in late in the series made certain things quite difficult, but the more I watched it, the better I liked it.
Now I ordered the first season on dvd, it arrived a few days ago, and what can I say? Watching this show from the beginning made me completely addicted! It's actually quickly becoming one of my very favourite TV shows and I can recommend it to anyone!
I haven't seen the original movie, and I guess I should have done that, because the series really picks up where the movie left off, but it's still not a problem to follow the storylines, even though you sometimes get the feeling that had you seen the movie, it would add another dimension to the series.
Thus far (having seen about 8 episodes of the first season) I have to say that I think I'm mostly impressed by the writing of the show. The dialogue is absolutely fantastic and the mix of drama, sci-fi and comedy is extraordinary! I think one of the things that made me watch this show in the first place was the relationship between the four main characters: Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) and Teal'c (Christopher Judge), and I was thrilled to discover that this relationship somehow exists even in the beginning of the show, even though the characters have never met.
Their first meetings really set the tone of the show and does so in an outstanding way! For those of you who have seen the Pilot ("Children of the Gods") - isn't the way O'Neill and Carter meet for the first time absolutely outstanding!
I have to say that I really do love the "mix" of the show. It's sci-fi, sure, that's the genre of the series, but it's sooo much more than that. First of all, I do like this type of sci-fi as well, because it is very real. It is not set in some unimaginable future, where people and cultures and settings are totally different, it is set here and now. For all we know, there really is an existing and working Stargate burried inside a mountain somewhere, right?! This also makes the characters a lot more believable, since they more or less could be anybody!
I also like the fact that it is not only a sci-fi series, it has so much more to offer. I quickly picked up on the comedy aspect of the show, the glib remarks between the characters, the typical O'Neill one-liners, but I was surprised to see the amount of drama and emotion shown in the series - another thing that makes it all the more believable!
Thus far, this has mostly been seen with O'Neill (remember, I've only seen the first 8 episodes or so), where one episode deals with his family and background, and in the Pilot it is wonderful to see his relationship with the young boy Skaara!
Have to finish off with some funny trivia ... I could write a whole book about it, but I'll just take some of them as they come to mind.
** The first one is actually from the Season 7 episode "Chimera", where Carter is seeing a cop, named Pete. She's quite happy about where their relationship is going when she returns to SGC and she ends up in an elevator with O'Neill, and she starts humming. The song she is actually humming happens to be the Stargate SG-1 theme song! *lol*
** I just love the end of episode 2, "Emancipation", when SG-1 is bringing a new drug back for study, and realizes they will never get credit, should it be a miracle drug, since they cannot speak of where it came from.
O'Neill: Damn. Guess I'm going to have to cancel that Operah interview.
Teal'c: What is an Operah?!
Gotta luv Teal'c! :)
** Finishing off (like I said, I could go on forever!!) with something quite funny from the Pilot - "Children of the Gods". O'Neill and Carter have just arrived at Abydos, and Carter has found the Dial Home Device. She states: This is how they controlled it. It took us 15 years and three supercomputers to McGyver a system for the gate on Earth.
As most of you know Richard Dean Anderson was McGyver some years ago, and according to a rumour, Amanda Tapping ad-libbed the line while reading for the part of Carter ... and this was supposedly one thing that made her get the part!
At last, two graphics! I haven't had much time, but I've at least managed to make caps from the Pilot episode, and I have a strong feeling you will see more graphics here in the future!
My Life At The Moment!
Currently reading: Det sårbara livet, Fredrik Lindström
Currently watching: Stargate SG-1 (season 1)
Currently listening to: Min Astrakan, Kristina från Duvemåla
My Plans for tomorrow: Major study session, cleaning, maybe grocery shopping