Ten Utterly Random Observations from a Sporadic Re-Watch of Later Stargate: SG-1

  • Do you know there’s an episode where Teal’c basically gets knighted by Isaac Hayes? In no way am I exaggerating any part of that.
  • ‘If you already know the candlelight is fire, then the meal was cooked a long time ago’.
  • Remember that time SG-1 tied up its eight year run with a six-hour extravaganza that aired over five weeks (‘Reckoning’, Parts I & II; ‘Threads’; and ‘Moebius,’ Parts I & II) and then had the audacity to come back for two more seasons? That’s television!
  • I wish Claudia Black was in more of this show.
  • The post-Richard Dean Anderson era of SG-1 takes a lot of undeserved slack. Season 9 is well worth watching despite basically repeating the story-beats of the Goa’uld mythology (unstoppable alien ‘gods’, and anti-‘god’ underground, a victory assured by one ascended being battling another, etc.). Moreover, new series regulars Ben Browder and Jeff Bridges’s brother were always good fun.
  • There are some very solid episodes in Season 9 (‘Avalon’, ‘Beachhead’, ‘Prototype’, ‘Ripple Effect’, ‘The Scourge’, to name a few. Some genuinely shocking moments too, as when an Ori weapon destroys the much-loved Prometheus in ‘Ethon’, or the final minutes of ‘Crusade’ which supplied one of the show’s best end-of-season cliffhangers.
  • While ‘Crusade”s conclusion (‘Flesh and Blood’) was not very good (and in fact Season 10 in general was never very hot), the series finale, ‘Unending’, really was great. Don’t pretend you didn’t have a tear in your eye during the ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain’ montage.
  • Teal’c, P.I. That is all.
  • ‘You are the Fifth Race. Your role is clear. If there is any hope in preserving the future, it lies with you and your people.’
  • I’m glad we never really saw a Furling.

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