Now, this is an interesting post. I haven’t written anything in a while and now I find that WordPress is totally different. Updates are good perhaps but there’s something to be gained from recognizing yourself also. It’s the same thing with a series like Stargate SG1. You need to recognize yourself to be able to fully enjoy it. I guess that is true för most series though.
There’s a problem with being too familiar though. It’s easy to get bored if you see the same thing over and over again. Honestly, a series that bases itself around exploring alien worlds with the premises that most life in the universe originates from earth is a dangerous thing is that sense. It’s ao easy to repeat yourself in the scripts. Well, it happens from time to time too. And it’s not only repetitive from the series itself but also from other sci-fi series such as Star Trek.
There are major differences though. In Star Trek, the mission was to explore strange new worlds for knowledge. The operative here is to find civilizations that the human race can benefit from in their war against the Goa’uld, a race of parasites that infest human hosts. In this quest, I often notice that less than moral decisions are made to benefit. I think this is one of the major differences from Star Trek. In Star Trek, there was a thing called the prime directive. Which stated that it was forbidden to meddle with alien races business. We wouldn’t want to influence them with our technology or knowledge. In Stargate this is different though. As I said, the prime directive here is to find means to defend against the Goa’uld.
The pilot of Stargate follows the original film pretty good. They go through the portal and after things get out of hand, Daniel follows them back to earth. Remember that he stayed behind to study the civilisations in the original film. The pilot reaches full length and I think that is nessecary to get everything in place. We need to establish some characters and we need to get interested in what’s happening. Ra dies in the movie so we need another enemy. This is provided för us.
After that… well, the series has a pretty slow start if you ask me. Episode after episode is pretty similar to each other. The team go to a different world and find some civilization that resembles something in earth ancient history. It gets almost a little annoying after a while. It would be much more interesting to follow the antagonists and see what they’re up to. Or future conflict perhaps. And guess what?! Stargate changes and becomes much more interesting along the way. I really like the series now when I’, in the middle of season 4. Now we’ve reached so far as we know about some of the races in the galaxy and when they’re reoccurring there’s a reason for it. It’s not just isolated episodes anymore, it’s series with a continues storyline.