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June 13th, 2007, 04:57 PM

Media Advisory: SPACE airs the Canadian premiere of the STARGATE SG-1 series finale

(WebWire) 6/13/2007 6:49:53 PM

WHAT: After 10 seasons, the show that made television history as the longest running science fiction series in North America comes to an end. In the highly anticipated finale titled “Unending,” the Asgard, allies to the SG-1 team, find out they have developed a rapidly progressive disease leaving them only weeks to live. Fearing their knowledge might fall into the wrong hands, they plan to end their lives after handing over their entire knowledge base, technology and history to the SG-1 team. But before everything is installed on the ship the Odyssey, the Ori attack and the only way for the SG-1 team to survive is to trap themselves inside a time dilation field, slowing down the blast from the Ori. Trapped aboard the Odyssey and moving forward 50 years, the teams relationships develop and evolve in many ways, representing one possible future given a certain set of circumstances. The finale was written and directed by executive producer Robert C. Cooper. The series stars Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Claudia Black, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge and Beau Bridges.
WHEN: Canadian Television Premiere – Thursday, June 21 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT


NOTES: Although the series is coming to an end, Stargate SG-1 is not completely dead. MGM has given a green light for the show’s creators to produce two direct-to-DVD movies, Stargate: Continuum and Stargate: The Ark of Truth, which are currently in production in Vancouver and will eventually air on SPACE.

SPACE will continue to air the earlier seasons of Stargate SG-1 in a strip run, Monday to Friday at 8am ET / 5am PT, 1pm ET / 10am PT and 8pm ET / 5pm PT.


June 13th, 2007, 06:50 PM
Wow! They don't hold back anything in that article do they? Things like surprising plot points?

(Just so you know, I'm not upset. I already knew what would happen. I'm just surprised they would say that much in a review article. Do they always spill everything like that?)

Ugly Pig
June 18th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Stargate: Continuum and Stargate: The Ark of Truth, which are currently in production in Vancouver and will eventually air on SPACE.

The first mention of a specific network actually broadcasting the movies?

June 19th, 2007, 04:11 AM
gathering of snippets on the final episodes of SG1, etc.

Beacon Journal
Friday: After 10 years of adventures in deep space, Stargate SG-1 finally wraps up its prime-time expedition with tonight's series finale. But fans don't need to shed too many tears as a Stargate TV movie is already in the works. 8 p.m., Sci Fi.

Sci-Fi's longest-running original series comes to a close after 10 space-tastic years. Fear not, sci-fi lovers; the whole crew will be back next year for a pair of direct-to-DVD movies.

Glenn Falls Post
* After 10 seasons and more than 200 episodes, "Stargate SG-1" (Sci Fi Channel) marks its series finale Friday at 8 p.m. With extinction imminent, the Asgard hand over their knowledge and technology to the SG-1 team. At 9 p.m., "Stargate: Atlantis" marks its season finale as a Replicator attack forces the team to sink back beneath the ocean.

Stargate SG-1 (Friday, 8 p.m., Sci Fi): After 10 seasons, TV's longest-running sci-fi series blasts off for good.


June 20th, 2007, 04:07 AM

For this Friday

Stargate SG-1 8:00 PM - SCI FI

Live long and prosper ... oops, wrong sci-fi show. But "Stargate" is saying goodbye as the series wraps up a decade on television. Original "SG-1" characters Sam, Daniel and Teal'c (Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge) continue to the end, as the Asgard decides to pass on all its knowledge and technology to the SG-1 team. Ben Browder, Claudia Black and Beau Bridges also star

June 20th, 2007, 12:51 PM
Two more...


"Stargate SG-1," 8 p.m., Sci Fi. After 10 years of adventures in deep space, this show finally wraps up its prime-time expedition with tonight's series finale. But fans don't need to shed too many tears as a "Stargate" TV movie is already in the works.


Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis
Series Finale/Season Finale: If only Studio 60 could manage to even be half as funny as Stargate SG-1—observe this brilliantly subtle jab at the Sci-Fi Channel from an episode a few weeks ago: Sam: “The Stargate program just doesn’t get the support it used to from the people in charge.” Jasec: “Why not?” Scientist working in background: “Eureka!” Ha! See, Sci-Fi has canceled the decade-old SG-1 but kept on fluffier fare like Eureka … never mind. Geek territory. Atlantis will, however, remain. No, I don’t know why, either.

June 20th, 2007, 01:53 PM
SG1 - MultiChannel News: TV Crush: Stargate SG-1 Series Finale:

From Mary McNamara's Blog at MultiChannel News:


(Please follow the link for the complete article.)


Stargate SG-1 Series Finale: Poignant End to a Cable Record Breaker.

June 20, 2007

Stargate SG-1 is cable television’s longest-running scripted series. For ten seasons, the ensemble team has gated to new worlds to battle an assortment of villains and protect planet earth from invasion. But after more than 200 episodes, the stargate shuts down on this MGM-owned series for the last time.

Leading up to the series finale (Friday at 8p.m. on Sci Fi Channel) we're celebrating this record breaking show with exclusive interviews with showrunner Robert C. Cooper and Richard Dean Anderson, who for eight seasons starred as the crusty General Jack O'Neill. (The Cooper chat was conducted on set during the 200th episode shoot; Anderson's was by phone shortly after.) The interviews will be posted tomorrow and Friday.


The series finale, Unending, is unheralded for the most part and Sci Fi appears to be letting go quietly. After the excessive hype surrounding The Sopranos end, which ultimately left the audience holding the bag and starving for closure, the producers of Stargate instead honor their audience and reward their ten-year loyalty with a poignant and satisfying conclusion.

**major snippage**

June 20th, 2007, 02:01 PM

Stargate SG-1 Series Finale: Poignant End to a Cable Record Breaker.
June 20, 2007

Don't forget:

Leading up to the series finale (Friday at 8p.m. on Sci Fi Channel) we're celebrating this record breaking show with exclusive interviews with showrunner Robert C. Cooper and Richard Dean Anderson, who for eight seasons starred as the crusty General Jack O'Neill. (Simpsons clips here and here!) The Cooper chat was conducted on set during the 200th episode shoot; Anderson's was by phone shortly after. The interviews will be posted tomorrow and Friday.

OOPS. WARNING! The article does contain spoilers, so read after the episode airs if you don't want to know the whole plot.

June 20th, 2007, 05:47 PM
SG1 - Chicago Tribune: Stargate SG-1 signs off:

From the Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL):


(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

'Stargate SG-1' signs off

Published June 22, 2007

Time's up for "Stargate SG-1" (7 p.m. Friday, Sci Fi).

Or is it? The outer-space staple, which has had 10 seasons on two networks and has its series finale Friday, will keep the wormhole adventures going via two DVD movies that will come out later this year. And the spinoff series "Stargate Atlantis" will employ some "SG-1" cast members, including Amanda Tapping, whose character, Lt. Col. Samantha Carter, will be a series regular on the fourth season of "Atlantis," which also arrives in a few months.


And here's hoping the solid "Stargate Atlantis" will fill the Friday night space-adventure gap nicely. I'm also hoping that having only one show to write will lead the "Stargate Atlantis" creative team to employ fewer recycled plots and story lines. Anyway, it's not goodbye for "Stargate SG-1," but just "see you later" to the wormholes, the aliens, Walter the Gate Tech, the zat gun and the staff weapons and the mysterious hieroglyphs and the goofball wit. We'll meet again soon.


Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune

June 20th, 2007, 08:50 PM
SG1 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Article & Audio Downloads - Brad Wright:

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA):


(There's a photo of Sam and...Thor (?) at the site. Also, some audio clips of Brad Wright. Please follow the link for the complete article.)


'Stargate: SG-1' signs off, but we haven't seen the last of it

Thursday, June 21, 2007

By Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Brad Wright left the 1994 feature film "Stargate" and knew he had seen his future -- in television.

"That was my first feeling as I walked out of the theater: That was a pretty good movie, but it will make an excellent television series," Wright said by phone from Vancouver, home of Sci Fi Channel's "Stargate SG-1" and its spin-off, "Stargate: Atlantis."

Wright is an executive producer of both series and was there from Day One, 10 years ago, when "SG-1" made its debut on Showtime, the paid-cable channel where it spent its first five TV years.

On Friday, "SG-1" exits as, by most accounts, the longest-running sci-fi series in television history ("X-Files" ran nine years). But that doesn't mean we've seen the last of it. The series that could also be called "Stargate: Survivor" defied its pink slip and is now in production on two straight-to-DVD movies, one written by Wright.

The title of the TV finale, appropriately, is "Unending."

**general snippage**

June 21st, 2007, 04:13 AM
Since Canada is airing it tonight...



Hard to believe Stargate SG-1 lasted 10 seasons. Nobody seemed to like it but the fans; it somehow always slipped under the radar of most TV critics. The very last episode, "Unending," is a model of tight writing. It has tension and drama but doesn't play like the last of the series. And MGM has since announced the movies Stargate: The Arc of Truth and Stargate: Continuum to continue the profitable franchise (Space at 10).



The end is near for 'Stargate SG-1'
Alex Strachan, CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2007

Stargate SG-1 calls it a night after 10 years -- a whole decade -- of sci-fi hijinks and jumping through space portals. The finale, wryly titled "Unending," won't mean much to the uninitiated, but longtime fans of the made-in-Vancouver saga will be apt to shed a tear or two, even though it's been two seasons since Stargate's original heart and soul, Richard Dean Anderson, bailed ship.
Stargate devotees familiar with such sci-fi references as Sodan cloak devices and lemniscates -- the symbol for infinity, don't you know -- will likely be clinging to every word of the finale, which airs in Canada a night before it ends on the U.S. Sci Fi Channel.

Click on link for full article

Originally posted: June 21, 2007

Time's not on the side of "Stargate SG-1," which ends Friday

[link posted yesterday but article now up with photos, etc.]

June 21st, 2007, 08:11 AM

One last trip through the star portal
Stargate SG-1 had what it took to be a real sci-fiseries
Rob McKenzie, National Post
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2007

Dear Stargate SG-1, We didn't meet you until the final hour of your life, and that is to our unending regret. But as you embark on your journey into the hereafter, let us eulogize you both as we knew you and as others did.
You had a rich life. You were born and raised in Vancouver, which explains all the Starbucks in outer space, and by the time of your ascension to a higher plane, you were the longest-living sci-fishow in the annals of North American television.

Regrettably, we had chances during the early years to make your acquaintance-- yet foolishly, we passed. We hung around with Star Trek: Voyager because she came from a good family, though she would squander her inheritance. More recently, we were sucked in by the flashy charms of Studio 60, which, though born nine years later than you, would suffer its sunset a mere fortnight after yours.


June 21st, 2007, 11:52 AM
At least it's getting some press in the US now. But how high will the ratings be?

June 21st, 2007, 12:36 PM

Stargate SG-1 Finale Focus: Robert C. Cooper, showrunner
June 21, 2007

These never published grafs are lifted from the rough draft of story written April 2006 from the set of Stargate SG-1 during the filming of the 200th episode. Also, following is the raw transcript of the Rob Cooper interview which contains insights into the series and the background of Robert C. Cooper, long-time Stargate executive producer, writer and showrunner.


Robert (Rob) C. Cooper, executive producer and Stargate SG1’s showrunner, says the series is a “feather in the cap” for [MGM] international distribution. According to reports he was privy to at the time of the sale, the Stargate franchise was touted “as one of MGM’s single biggest assets.”

From his second floor office overlooking the studios, Cooper has seen Stargate through many iterations. Only 37 years old, he started as a story editor and sat in on the read through of the pilot 10 years ago. But he had his eye on the ball. “I measured the office,” he quips.

By season seven he ascended to showrunner, taking the reigns from Brad Wright, who shifted to Stagate Atlantis. (Wright shared SG-1 showrunner duties with Jonathan Glassner until season four.) Cooper has written 40 to 50 of Stargate SG-1’s 200 episodes and an additional 50 drafts with other writers’ names on them.


June 21st, 2007, 12:39 PM
SG1 - MultiChannel News: Stargate SG-1 Finale Focus: Robert C. Cooper, showrunner:

From MultiChannel News:


(Please follow the link for the complete interview at MultiChannel News.)

Stargate SG-1 Finale Focus: Robert C. Cooper, showrunner

June 21, 2007

by Mary McNamara

These never published grafs are lifted from the rough draft of story written last April from the set of Stargate SG-1 during the filming of the 200th episode. Also, following is the raw transcript of the Rob Cooper interview which contains insights into the series and the background of Robert C. Cooper, long-time Stargate executive producer, writer and showrunner.


**colonel snippage**

[Q: When did you feel that you’d finally hit more of the big time?]

We had our first cover on the TV Guide in season seven. It felt like our coming out party. On the other hand, Showtime and the business plan put in place initially helped us to find our legs creatively and to develop an international fans base.

The fans have always responded to the interpersonal aspects of the team. There’s almost a soap-opera way in which people cling to the camaraderie, the team/family dynamic among the four leads and their chemistry. [Tapping, Shanks, Judge and Anderson] It just feels there’s a magical quality that regardless of the story is that week that makes you want to spend an hour with those people. We work very hard coming up with interesting stories, moral dilemmas, metaphors for important issues. Then it comes down to ‘did you see the way Teal’c looked at Carter in this scene?’ or ‘Did you see how O’Neill patted Daniel on the back?’ That’s something that makes you a fan of the show. I think people will tune out eventually to plot-driven shows that reset to zero at the end of every episode. But when you have a show with characters that you love, that you want to spend time with that evolve and change, that makes you fan. Not every fan has been happy with the changes over the years. But the creative people do pay attention to what came before.

**major snippage**

June 21st, 2007, 01:41 PM
SG1 - Star Tribrune: Closing the hatch:

From the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN):


(Please follow the link for the complete column.)


TV Critic's Choice for Friday: Closing the hatch

Closing the hatch

Last update: June 21, 2007 – 3:43 PM

One of sci-fi's most popular series heads into a black hole as "Stargate SG-1" (7 p.m. today, SCIFI) ends one of the longest space journeys in TV history. It's enough to make even James T. Kirk sleepy.

June 21st, 2007, 03:11 PM
SG1 - MultiChannel News: Stargate SG-1 Finale Focus: Robert C. Cooper, showrunner:

From MultiChannel News:*

Don't forget to double-check the thread first to avoid double posting of info, otherwise we could end up with twice the amount ;)

June 21st, 2007, 04:38 PM
Stargate jumps to the endless rerun plane

Alex Strachan
CanWest News Service

[same article as Montreal Gazette but with these two new paragraphs]

Stargate wound down its last two seasons with two actors from Farscape, interestingly enough, Ben Browder and Claudia Black. True Farscape fans never warmed to the show they considered an interloper on their domain, though. No matter. Stargate has made history of a kind. It retires as the longest-running consecutive-years sci-fi series, and is listed as such in 2007's Guinness World Records. The "consecutive" qualifier is a nod to Doctor Who fans, who insist their fave is the true leader in the longevity sweepstakes.
Stargate SG-1 may be ending tonight as a series, but executive-producer Robert Cooper has hinted in interviews that the story may continue in a yet-to-be-decided form, perhaps as a series of TV movies. In the meantime, Stargate fans have the spinoff series Stargate Atlantis to get excited about. (10 p.m., Space)

June 21st, 2007, 05:02 PM
SG1/SGA - USA Today: What to watch June 22nd:

From USA Today:


What to watch this weekend

By Robert Bianco, USA TODAY

•After a 10-year run, Stargate SG-1 (Sci Fi, 8 ET/PT) closes tonight, though not necessarily for good. While SG-1 was never a great series, it was an entertaining one, particularly in its latest cast incarnation; apparently that's enough to earn it a future life in made-for-video films. The farewell is followed by the finale of Stargate Atlantis (Sci Fi, 9 ET/PT), which will be back next season.

June 21st, 2007, 05:13 PM
SG1/SGA - USA Today: What to watch June 22nd:

From USA Today:


What to watch this weekend

By Robert Bianco, USA TODAY

•After a 10-year run, Stargate SG-1 (Sci Fi, 8 ET/PT) closes tonight, though not necessarily for good. While SG-1 was never a great series, it was an entertaining one, particularly in its latest cast incarnation; apparently that's enough to earn it a future life in made-for-video films. The farewell is followed by the finale of Stargate Atlantis (Sci Fi, 9 ET/PT), which will be back next season.

Tiny addition (thanks to Google): The article also said "(Story, 17D)"

June 21st, 2007, 05:18 PM
For those who want it all in one lump, all the current links (to be updated tomorrow in another post, I hope!)) to reviews/articles on end of SG1 plus “Unending” are now at:


Also has four photos from SciFi’s ‘rotating’ series finale ad on their site, as they’ll be gone very shortly :(

Photos of SGA’s ads are at http://wraithfodder.livejournal.com/67806.html

A Rabid Asgard
June 21st, 2007, 05:55 PM
I don't want the last episode to have Vala to trying to seduce Daniel into doing it again...what a bad ending.

June 21st, 2007, 08:42 PM
SG1 - USA Today: 'Stargate SG-1' ends its TV odyssey tonight:

From USA Today:


(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

'Stargate SG-1' ends its TV odyssey tonight

By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY

Think of Stargate SG-1's finale as the short goodbye.

The Sci Fi Channel program ends tonight (8 ET/PT) as U.S. TV's longest-running science-fiction series, after 10 seasons and 215 episodes. But it will return in direct-to-video film form in 2008.

The series, a descendant of the 1994 movie Stargate, follows a present-day elite team traveling the cosmos via a network of mysterious wormholes, or "gates."

The finale title, "Unending," suggests the real resolution lies in a wormhole yet to be discovered. The episode follows the series formula — a mix of sci-fi adventure, relationships and humor — hinting at how the team members' lives might play out while positioning them for future adventures.


Stargate's cancellation after a drop in ratings (averaging 1.8 million viewers this season) led to a fan outcry, an indication that a devoted audience remains. Based on that popularity, two direct-to-video films, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum (the latter featuring Anderson), are due in less than a year, and more are possible, Wright says.

"I don't like to actually call the series (finale) an ending. I prefer to call it the ending of a weekly check," Judge jokes. "But it was time for us to take this next step. We have been looking forward to doing movies for five years now."

Copyright 2007 USA TODAY


[And on the same page]


Many viewers know Richard Dean Anderson as Stargate SG-1's Jack O'Neill. But the actor gets more fan shout-outs for MacGyver, an earlier series in which he played a secret agent and science whiz who could disarm a bomb with a paper clip.


June 21st, 2007, 08:52 PM
SG1/SGA - Various Sources: More snippets on June 22 episodes

From TV Now (SG1 made the front page!):



"Stargate SG-1" ends on Friday ... The series began on Showtime in 1997. It comes to an end after ten seasons of action. Don't fret. There are several movies being planned for the future to please fans. The Asgard want to transfer their vast wisdom to SG-1 before they die. The Ori want to destroy all things. And the crew gets stranded for decades. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks, photo) and Vala (Claudia Black, photo) must survive. SciFi Channel at 8pm.


(Please follow the link for the complete column.)

Other Prime Time Shows of Note by Time

"Stargate SG-1" ends its ten year run on SciFi Channel at 8:00pm. Details are on TVNow's front page.


From IGN:


(Please follow the link for the complete column.)

What 2 Watch: 6/22/07

Stargate SG-1 series finale, Stargate Atlantis season finale, Standoff and more!

by Staci Krause

June 21, 2007 - Welcome to IGN TV's What 2 Watch -- your guide to what's noteworthy on TV each night. You may notice we'll point out shows worth watching that air at the same time -- it's up to you to make a choice or fire up a DVR.


Stargate SG-1: "Unending" -- 8:00pm ET/PT on Sci-Fi. SERIES FINALE. With their extinction imminent, the Asgard hand over all their knowledge and technology to SG-1 — but then the Ori launch an attack to prevent humanity from inheriting the Asgard's legacy.

Stargate Atlantis: "First Strike" -- 9:00pm ET/PT on Sci-Fi. SEASON FINALE To prevent a Replicator invasion of Earth, Sheppard and Weir risk the destruction of Atlantis.

June 21st, 2007, 09:56 PM
SG1- Various Sources #2 - More snippets June 22 episode:

From 411mania (TX):


(Please follow the link for the complete column.)

Guess I Just Don't Feel Much Like Bad News Today, Goodbye's All We've
Got Left To Say

Stargate SG-1 signs off tonight after a ten year, two network, one
spin-off run. Debuting in 2007 on Showtime, the series jumped to Sci-
Fi halfway through the run, making it one of the few series ever to
switch networks with successful results. While tonight's episode will
be the last of it's kind for SG-1, two direct to DVD movies are
planned for release in the next 12 months, and the show's producers
are developing a new series, Stargate Universe, with the possibility
of it hitting the airwaves next spring.

While I have never seen a single episode of either of the Stargate
shows I know how hard it is when a show you love signs off, so my
sympathies this week to all my Gate-Head readers. It's pretty amazing
that the following is so strong that they already have the two movies
in the pipeline (one due to hit stores this fall) as well as a
potential new series in the works. What's also amazing is that the
majority of TV viewers have no idea this show is still on; I don't
mean that as a dig but rather one of my frequent raves about what is
so great about television – there is something for everyone if you
look for it.


From the New York Times (New York, NY):


(Please follow the link for the complete column.)

What's on Tonight

Published: June 22, 2007

8 P.M. (Sci Fi) STARGATE SG-1 Over and out: Sci Fi's longest-running
original series comes to an end after 10 seasons, leaving the SG-1's
(played by Beau Bridges, Ben Browder, Lou Gossett Jr. and Amanda
Tapping, among others) to explore galaxies we earthlings can only
imagine. For mourning viewers, two "Stargate SG-1" films are
reportedly in the works. Tonight, the Asgard, facing extinction,
decide to hand over all their knowledge and technology to the team.
But will there be time enough to stop the Ori?


From Cable360 (NY):


(There's a photo of Amanda and Teal'c from the episode at the site.)

June 22, 2007

What to Watch: Coming Up on Cable

Seth Arenstein on the finale of SCI FI's Stargate SG-1 — can it
really be the Unending? — and other weekend programming highlights on

Tube Stake: Programming Reviews by Seth Arenstein


Stargate SG-1, series finale, 8pm, SCI FI. Here's a series finale
(followed by the season finale of Stargate Atlantis) that
legitimately could have faded to black, but didn't. Instead we get a
thriller of an episode (titled, appropriately, "The Unending") where
SG-1 is bequeathed the entire knowledge and tech base of the Asgard,
before that entire species is to die of a rapidly progressing
disease. Unfortunately, the technology is also the source of problems
for the Odyssey, which is being bombarded by ships of its bitter
rival, the Ori. Just as the Odyssey is about to be demolished (and
with it, the Asgard's knowledge and tech) Lt. Col. Carter is able to
place the ship in a time dilation bubble, suspending time. While the
rest of the crew is beamed to a safe planet, the SG-1 core group
remains on board as Carter attempts to figure out how to evade a
fatal destructive beam from the Ori. Originally Carter said it should
take her 90 days to accomplish the task. It doesn't quite work that
way. Fortunately, things ultimately are resolved, allowing the viewer
to see the future, although all but one of our SG-1 mates are spared
any memory of what happened. While it's not clear whether and how SG-
1 will continue—online? in movie theaters?—Carter (Amanda Tapping)
will live on, appearing in Stargate Atlantis in the fall.


From the Nashville City Paper (Nashville, TN):


As `Stargate SG-1' fizzles, `Atlantis' gets another year
By Ron Wynn, rwynn@nashvillecitypaper.com
June 22, 2007

Not many programs make it through a five-year run, let alone last a
decade on two different channels.

But Stargate SG-1, which debuted on Showtime in 1997, wraps at 7
tonight on the Sci-Fi channel with a story that shows four key
characters aging 50 years together in a time-dilation field (whatever
that is). Stargate SG-1 flourished as a property that wasn't quite as
ponderous as the Star Trek franchise and could sometimes get rather

But while the original is departing, spin-off Stargate Atlantis
continues. The third season finale at 8 p.m. spotlights the return of
the Replicators, who are responding to a preemptive attack on their
homeland from Earth.

Incidentally, we're still getting periodic e-mails from members of
the "Save Carson Beckett" campaign, determined to see his character
(played by Paul McGillion) restored to the show. While they've
achieved a partial victory with the recent announcement that Beckett
would be back in two episodes of the fourth season, the coalition
remains determined to get him back on board full time. Those who want
to either participate or monitor the status of their efforts can
check the Web site at SaveCarsonBeckett.com.

June 21st, 2007, 11:23 PM
SG1 - TV Guide Online: Sci Fi Send Off:

From TV Guide Online:

Sci Fi Send Off

Stargate SG-1 closes its doors for the last time with some shocking finale surprises


(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

Friday, June 22, 2007

Finale Preview: Why Stargate SG-1 Was Out of This World

by Ileane Rudolph

As Sci Fi Channel's Stargate SG-1 signs off this Friday at 8 pm/ET, TV Guide explores the secrets behind TV's longest-running galaxy quest.

Nothing Could Keep Stargate SG-1 Down

Based on the campy movie about a team of Earth-saving scholar-soldiers, the series launched its 10-year mission on Showtime in 1997. In its sixth season, SG-1 teleported to Sci Fi Channel. Along the way, the show survived several near-cancellations and the exit of star Richard Dean Anderson."I agreed to do the show because I knew the movie had great potential for a franchise,"says Anderson, who's returned several times this season as Jack O'Neill, the wisecracking team-leader turned general. "The movie had a cult sci-fi base, and since MacGyver was a globally popular show, my presence apparently helped kick-start the whole thing. Plus, there was impeccable casting." Ben Browder (Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell), who came over from Sci Fi's Farscape in 2005, agrees: "You can't actually kill Stargate. It's a vampire that keeps rising back out of its coffin.”


Let our new Online Video Guide serve up some Stargate SG-1 clips for you.


Send your comments on this feature to letters [AT] tvguide.com.

June 21st, 2007, 11:35 PM
SG1 - Various Sources #3 - More snippets:

As always, please follow the link(s) for the complete column(s)/article(s).

From the Los Angeles Times Calendar Live (Los Angeles, CA):



Friday's Highlights

Far out: "Stargate SG-1" (8 p.m. Sci Fi), the galaxy-hopping drama based on a hit 1994 movie, presents its series finale.

Under attack: "Stargate Atlantis" (9 p.m. Sci Fi) is threatened by a Replicator assault in the drama's season finale.



From the Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT):


'Stargate' signs off

By Scott D. Pierce
Deseret Morning News

Stargate SG-1" has survived through 10 seasons, 214 episodes, two TV movies, two networks (Showtime and Sci Fi) and myriad cast changes.

But it's all coming to an end tonight as the series signs off with its final episode. It's an episode that sort of, kind of wraps things up. But not really.

"SG-1" fans will be able to imagine their heroes are still traveling across the universe fighting the good fight.

There's some grumbling out there among the show's fans, but 10 years and 214 episodes is an incredibly long run for any series, let alone a science-fiction show. To put that in some perspective, "Stargate SG-1" has outdistanced any individual "Star Trek" series by a minimum of 36 episodes. (The original series ran 79 episodes; "Next Generation," 178; "Deep Space Nine," 176; "Voyager," 172; and "Enterprise," 98.)



From TV Guide Online: Hot List for Friday, June 22


The Shows We're Watching Tonight

Stargate SG-1

8 pm/ET SCI FI New

Fans, keep your tissues handy. Like the Bunkers, Keatons and Sopranos before them, another beloved TV family is saying farewell. It turns out to be quite a long good-bye, too, as the SG-1 team slows down time to prevent an explosion from consuming them and the Odyssey, resulting in a swan song that takes the characters decades to sing.

— Michael Chant

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Stargate Atlantis

9 pm/ET SCI FI New

The team is testing the concept that security can be achieved through preemptive military strikes as the third season comes to a close. Those pesky Replicators get caught building a fleet (presumably not for peaceful intentions), and the decision is made to give them a thumping before they can become dangerous. The plan, however, leaves a real threat neglected: a weapon of mass destruction orbiting Atlantis.

— Michael Chant

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June 21st, 2007, 11:50 PM
SG1 - Kentucky.com: 1 Portal Closes; Others Open:

From Kentucky.com and the Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, KY):


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June 21, 2007

When Stargate SG-1 ends its 10-season run tonight, it will do so with an episode titled 'Unending.'

It's an appropriate title for a show that overcame enormous roadblocks and, despite being canceled, has been greenlit for two direct-to-DVD films.


The show's fans say Stargate's unique take on mythology and relatable characters can be credited for its success.

The show centers on the use of stargates, devices that are shaped like rings and were placed on numerous planets in ancient times. They allow for travel among one another via wormholes. A team from Stargate Command, part of the U.S. Air Force, learns that a parasitic alien race has used the stargates and spaceships in the past to take humans from Earth and use them as slaves. The evil race, the Goa'uld, posed as humanity's deities such as Ra, the Egyptian sun god, and Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead.

'It provides a really nice hook into things that people already know and are already sort of fascinated by,' said Lisa Dickson, co-editor of the book Reading Stargate SG-1 and an English professor at the University of Northern British Columbia.

The show also has utilized Arthurian mythology, explaining that Merlin was from the race of people that built the stargates.

'It's about now and here, but it also has the way that it looks back into our past and into our future,' Dickson said of the series.


June 22nd, 2007, 01:29 AM
SG1 - New York Daily News: The 'Gate' is closing on a Sci-Fi fave:

From the New York Daily News (New York, NY):


(The author gave 2.5 stars out of 4 for the series finale. Please follow the link for the complete article.)

David Bianculli

Television Review

The 'Gate' is closing on a Sci-Fi fave

Friday, June 22nd 2007, 4:00 AM


Tonight at 8, Sci-Fi Channel

After 10 years and a couple of networks, "Stargate SG-1" ends its run tonight at 8 on Sci-Fi Channel - finishing its reign as the longest-running continuing TV series in science-fiction history.

And it ends up the way "The Sopranos" did, by stopping suddenly and without warning.

In the case of "Stargate SG-1," though, it's not an unexpected cut to black. It's a desperate ploy by the Stargate crew to avoid imminent death aboard a newly souped-up spaceship - by freezing time for everyone but them.

Journey isn't singing "Don't Stop," but there's the same sense of playing with time. And the clever thing about Robert C. Cooper's script is that this sudden stop, on the finale of "Stargate SG-1," is only the beginning.


June 22nd, 2007, 01:55 AM
SG1 - StarNewsOnline: 'Stargate SG-1': Series finale airs tonight:

Star StarNewsOnline (NC):


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'Stargate SG-1': Series finale airs tonight

Contributed by Jeff Hidek - Posted: June 22, 2007 3:07:04 AM

After 10 seasons and two networks, Stargate SG-1 will take one last jump through hyperspace tonight. And let me first say, if you are hoping for some resolution to the Ori-armies-taking-over-the-universe plot, you'll be disappointed. That will be resolved in a direct-to-DVD movie later.


The theme of the episode is that "life is too short," which echoes what plenty of SG-1 fans must be feeling now that the end is finally here. True, 10 years is a long time for any TV show, and no American sci-fi program has lasted longer, but Stargate could have lasted a few more seasons, and the cast, crew and fans all know it.

June 22nd, 2007, 05:01 AM
Best bet on cable: Sci Fi, “Stargate SG-1,” 8 p.m. Series finale. The show ends its 10-year run tonight, although the characters will be back next year in two TV movies.


After 10 seasons, the 'gate is officially closed. The series finale of "Stargate SG-1" (Sci Fi at 8) airs tonight.

sci-fi fanatic
June 22nd, 2007, 06:28 AM
Here's an article from Stltoday.com in St. Louis, MO:

'Stargate SG-1'

7 p.m. on SCI-FI

During an era in which TV shows are as fleeting as Cardinal starting pitchers, a decadelong run has to be viewed as more than a triumph. So, hats off to "Stargate SG-1." The 10th and final season of the science-fiction series concludes tonight, with one plot twist finding several of the cast members aging 50 years after being subjected to a time-dilation field. (Don't ask me, I can't even set my digital alarm clock.)

For those craving a bit of "Stargate" dessert, the Season 3 finale of "Stargate Atlantis" immediately follows the "SG-1" send-off. And don't forget, some "Stargate" movies are in the works. "Stargate": It's the sci-fi gift that keeps on giving.

June 22nd, 2007, 07:07 AM
What's on tonight: Friday, June 22

Oh, "Stargate: SG-1" (6, 9 p.m., Sci Fi), just when I found you, I lost you.
OK, I found you three years ago, but still, our time together has been much too short. We could have had a "Dr. Who"-like relationship where the show and I grew old together.
Alas, it was not meant to be. The Sci Fi channel canceled the long-running series, kind of at the last minute, forcing the writers to come up with a series finale that isn't exactly final.
The show sort of concludes with those precious alien Asgards trying to transfer the fruits of their vast wisdom to humans before their entire race dies.
As the SG-1 team installs untested Asgard technology on its ship, the Odyssey, the evil Ori attack. Every time SG-1 tries to flee through hyperspace, the Ori stalk them, until resident genius Sam Carter (Amanda Tapping) finds a way to slow time way down.
Trapped on the Odyssey, the members of SG-1 must live out the rest of their lives together hoping Carter can figure out a way to save the ship from destruction.
No pressure there at all.
Like every other "Stargate" episode involving time travel, time stoppage or time loops - and in 10 years, there have been a few - this one managed to make me laugh, and almost cry, too.
Let's all have a moment of silence in honor of my canceled homies.
Sniff, sniff.

SCI FI CLOSES THE 'GATE': "Stargate SG-1's" tour of time and space is coming to a close tonight, at least on television screens. The Sci Fi Channel program, which was based on the 1994 film, "Stargate," has the distinction of being the longest-running science-fiction series on TV, after 10 seasons and 215 episodes. USA TODAY reports that "Stargate's" cancellation after a drop in ratings (averaging 1.8 million viewers this season) led to a fan outcry, indicating that a devoted audience remains. Based on that popularity, two direct-to-video films, "Stargate: The Ark of Truth" and "Stargate: Continuum," are due in stores within the year, and that more are possible. "I don't like to actually call the series (finale) an ending. I prefer to call it the ending of a weekly check," actor Christopher Judge reportedly told USA TODAY. "But it was time for us to take this next step. We have been looking forward to doing movies for five years now."

June 22nd, 2007, 08:35 AM
SG1 - Various Sources # 4 - More snippets:

From Plastic:


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Seventh Chevron Locked — One Last Time

found on any planet you damn well please!!

written by SacredGroundChuck, edited by Michael (Plastic)

Equally loved and despised for ten years on two networks, Stargate SG-1 ends its run on The SciFi Channel on June 22, with a continuing spinoff (Stargate Atlantis) still going and another one (Stargate Universe) on the way, plus two direct to DVD films that finish up the adventures of the SG-1 team for all time. But these days, with some shows not lasting long enough to fill up one DVD, ten years and a thriving franchise deserves some attention.


Fans say they enjoy the camraderie between the characters and their depth of characterization plus the action, while detractors dismiss the pedestrian plots, bad acting, and unabashed fandom - so either the show has been a colossal mistake from day one or it taps into something for enough science fiction fans to enjoy. Now with the show's end, the post-mortems begin."


From the Kansas City Star's TV Barn (Kansas City, KS):


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Friday, June 22, 2007
TV Barn's TV Picks for June 22-24


8 p.m.


The Asgard hand over the keys to the kingdom to "Stargate SG-1" (Sci Fi).

9 p.m.


* "Stargate Atlantis" (Sci Fi) sinks back beneath the sea. Give our best to Patrick Duffy.

June 22nd, 2007, 11:56 AM

Note: apparently part 2 went up before part 1. Update:


Stargate SG-1 Finale Focus: Richard Dean Anderson, Television Icon
June 22, 2007

While executive producer and series lead Richard Dean Anderson was filming Stargate SG-1's 200th episode (April 2006) he took time out between takes to chat. He was self-effacing and ended the interview by asking me a little bit about myself and saying, 'bless your heart.' RDA is one of the most gracious celebrities I've interviewed.

So, in honor of Stargate SG-1's series finale tonight, on Sci Fi Channel at 8p.m., here's an unpublished snippet, some of which is straight from notes jotted down while watching takes of the 200th episode wedding scene.
The raw transcript from the RDA interview follows.

CLICK ON LINK ABOVE for full article which leads also to below...

Stargate SG-1 Finale Focus: Richard Dean Anderson, Television Icon

Note: only the second half of the Q&A is up so far, so hopefully the first part will be up on the main site soon :)



Stargate SG-1 Finale Focus: Richard Dean Anderson, Television Icon
[Q: did you ever have a sense that this was a series that would eventually hit 200 episodes.]
"I have a tendency not to think in those terms. My thought process is generally week to week and, if I’m really feeling racy, it’s month to month. There are so many factors that can undermine your best laid plans. It’s better to just do the job as best you can and I think part of our success is due to the fact that we just continue to put out a quality product and that we have a very cohesive and synchronistic cast. It’s the combination of all the elements along the way.As far as my expectations, our pick up was for two seasons from Showtime originally. Before the first season was halfway over, we had gotten a another two year pick-up. So before we finished our first season, we have four seasons, an 88 episode commitment, to look forward to. The rest is kind of history. We just kind of keep getting picked up. Showtime didn’t want us beyond the original order But syndication came in and Sci Fi picked us up. You can’t foresee the future."

June 22nd, 2007, 01:57 PM
SG1 - The TV Addict: Stargate Closes For Good:

From The TV Addict:


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Stargate Closes For Good

Hard as it is to believe, STARGATE SG-1 — one of the longer-running offerings in the sci-fi universe - has been airing for 10 years.

However, that all comes to an end tonight with the series finale (airing at 8 p.m. ET on the Sci-Fi Channel), titled, appropriately enough, “Unending.”

We say “appropriately enough” because the title works on several levels. First, to anyone not enamored of the series, the episode certainly feels as if it will never reach a conclusion. The plot might best be summed up by a line Lt. Colnel Cameron Mitchell (aka Ben Browder, who seems to still be playing Crichton, his role on the far superior FARSCAPE… and that’s a good thing): “It only sounds ridiculous until you hear yourself say, ‘I am stuck on a spaceship in a time dialation field.’”


June 22nd, 2007, 03:00 PM

Stargate SG-1: Time Traveler Team Says Goodbye, for Now

Tonight's episode of Stargate SG-1 marks the end of an era. It's the last of a series that has lasted 10 seasons and 215 episodes on two cable stations. Though there won't be any new weekly SG-1 adventures on Sci-Fi, the team will be jumping through wormholes for some time to come.
The series finale is entitled, appropriately enough, "Unending." Without giving too much away, Major General Landry and the Stargate team find themselves trapped onboard a ship in deep space. We get to see the familiar characters age and deal with decades worth of stir craziness. There's even a bit of romance. Recalling a hint of Star Trek: The Next Generation's fond farewell, it' a nice way of giving viewers a taste of what the characters' futures could hold.

Sad as the farewell might be, fans are in the unique position of knowing that their characters will continue past tonight's episode. Sci-Fi cancelled SG-1 last August, within hours of airing the 200th episode but Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (who owns the franchise) knows they have a good thing going and have made plans to continue the SG-1 story.


June 22nd, 2007, 03:37 PM
well, adding to any gripes from disenchanted viewers, about how tonight's advertising is being done elsewhere...
here's one from NJ-

For weeks now, the Sci-Fi network has been declaring tonight's "Unending" episode as SG-1's SERIES finale (the end of an era - yes, but not the last episode ever!).

The New Jersey (Newark) Star-Ledger seems to be siding with Sci-Fi
or else they're getting their advertising sent to them incorrectly.
Based on what the actual TPTB from SG-1 have been saying for months now, the blurb in the paper is a definite piece of *misinformation*.

SG-1 is NOT calling it quits, as TPTB creating it have already put 2 eps of Season 11 (per say -actually declaring them as *movies* under the SG franchise name, which I'm guess is equivalent to 4 standard eps, if they were "episodes") into operation.
more edit- ..alright, technically, not under the SG-1 banner name, but it's still the SG1 Team, and Stargate - in general. ;)

The *blurb* in the NJ Star-Ledger about the tonight's "FINALE" episode goes sort of like this--

posted in the paper version of the New Jersey (Newark) Star-Ledger newspaper
Friday, June 22, 2007, see page 60 (far right column next to the TV table)
"1 down"
8 P.M. (Sci-Fi)

Say goodbye to "Stargate SG-1," but hold off on the farewells for Amanda Tapping. "SG-1," the longest running continuous sci-fi series in American TV history, calls it quits with a finale at 8. However, cast member Tapping won't be collecting unemployment. Next fall she'll be joining "Stargate Atlantis"...

that should be understood as a *wow!??* reaction?
not sure what to make of both the blurb title and the "unemployment" number the news folks did on the rest of the cast and crew. Sounded rather *snarky* to me.

anyone figure out what the "1 down" translates as?
someone suggesting.. the Sci-Fi network channel wants to rid itself of SG-Atlantis too???
(grrrrrrrrrrr! ..hey!)
watch out Atlantis and anything else new out there... sounds like with
"1 down"
there's a bunch more programs on that *HIT* list.

June 24th, 2007, 09:49 AM
SG1 - Families.com: 1997-2007 - The Gate Closes:

From Families.com:


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1997-2007 - The Gate Closes
by Heather Long | More from this Blogger

This is a bit of an off the cuff blog, but last night on the Sci Fi channel, they aired the last first run episode of Stargate SG-1. The show premiered in September of 1997 and was a follow up to a 1994 film. I have some nostalgia related to Stargate SG-1 because it premiered the first year my husband and I lived together. We weren't huge television watchers, but we'd been big fans of the movie when it came out.


We're going to miss SG-1. I know they are making a couple of movies to follow it up and we'll likely enjoy them too - but after ten years of sojourning wherever the gate deposited us - it's sad to see the gate close. We still have Stargate:Atlantis - but it's just not the same.

So thank you to Robert C. Cooper, Brad Wright, Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Claudia Black, Ben Browder and so many, many more - we can't say thank you enough for the last ten years.

June 24th, 2007, 10:48 AM
SG1 - Kathleen David's weblog:

From Kathleen David (puppet master, artist, editor and wife of scifi writer Peter David) weblog:


June 23, 2007
Stargate SG-1

Stargate was one of those series that I picked up when I could. It was a show that I liked but I didn't have to see very episode of it. I was more of a regular watcher once it was on Sci-Fi and I have seen most of the spin off. Last night I sat down and watched the last episode of SG-1. Without spoilers (which are allowed in the comments so you have been warned), I can see the comparison with the end of the Sopranos but I thought of the two the SG-1 ending was better. Overall I thought it was a good episode to go out on. Enough questions answered and it was a character driven episode which tended to be their better episodes any way. Stargate Atlantis ending was about where I expected them to end it. I think that the focus will be better now that they are down to one series to deal with. Also Jewel is now a regular cast member so you know the David Family is going to watch it.

June 25th, 2007, 06:30 AM
Shaun O'Mac Radio: Talking SciFI:

From Shaun O'Mac Radio:



Here's something...different. An audio review of "Unending," from a fan in Las Vegas, who has his own internet radio show. Play from the site or download to your computer. Unfortunately, Shaun's every third word is "ah."

June 26th, 2007, 09:53 AM
SG1 - Bella Online: “Stargate SG-1” Ends—Long Live “Stargate!” :

From Bella Online:


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SciFi TV Site

Helen Angela Lee
BellaOnline's SciFi TV Editor

“Stargate SG-1” Ends—Long Live “Stargate!”


The final episode, “Unending,” was a disappointment to some. Fans have expressed that it seemed like a fine season finale, but did not live up to expectations for a series finale. The plot consisted of the Stargate team getting trapped on an intergalactic ship for decades. At the very end SciFi Channel aired a thank-you message, which struck some as hypocritical since it was basically SciFi’s decision, and no one else’s, to cancel the show.


June 28th, 2007, 12:13 AM
SG1/SGA - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life - Stargate finales:

From the blog KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life:


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Stargate finales

What follows is not only a review of "Unending" (the tenth-season and series finale for SG1) and "First Strike" (the third-season finale for Atlantis), but also thoughts on the fourth season of Atlantis.

One of the big conundrums that likely faced the producers of Stargate SG1 was that they'd already done the perfect series finale: "Moebius" at the end of the eighth season. But Sci-Fi wanted another season, so they retooled the show with some new characters (Mitchell, Vala, Landry) and a new threat (the Ori) and went on.

Luckily, they were spared having to do a true ending ending. SG1's going to continue in at least two straight-to-DVD movies (The Ark of Truth and Continuum), so it's not like they had to bring about closure or anything.

Ultimately, what made the show entertaining was the relationships among the characters. So they chose to end the regular run of the show with an episode that focuses entirely on the characters, stranding them in a time dilation field for 50 years before Carter finally pulls a rabbit out of her hat.


As for the fourth season of Atlantis, I'm, frankly, completely displeased with the decision to reduce Weir's role, because it comes about due to the writers' appalling inability to write properly the character they created. Weir was established on SG1 as a diplomat and leader, and when they put her on Atlantis, they gave her entirely the wrong role. She should've been Daniel Jackson -- instead, they made her General Hammond/O'Neill/Landry. That's entirely the wrong role for her, and it's telling that she shone most when she was allowed to be the character they created instead of being Generic Leader Person.


June 28th, 2007, 12:39 PM
SG1/SGA - Amazon Screening Room: Stargate is Dead; Long Live Stargate!:

From Amazon Screening Room:


Stargate is Dead; Long Live Stargate!

10:43 AM PDT, June 28, 2007

The last episode of the longest-running sci-fi show in U.S. history -- Doctor Who has that distinction world-wide, of course -- is in the books (and available for download). Yes, Stargate SG-1 season 10 ended last Friday ... but that doesn't mean Stargate is over.

For one, there's Stargate Atlantis, which will feature SG-1 character Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) next season. And the SG-1 story will continue with direct-to-video movies: Ark of Truth, which resolves the Ori storyline, and Continuum, a "free-standing" adventure involving time travel and all the wonderful havoc that can wreak.

The first film was originally supposed to be out this fall. We learned this week, however, that it will be a bit longer than that: more like early 2008, with the second film coming sometime after that. But here's some good news, fans. Michael Shanks says in his blog that if you devour these movies with enough gusto, you'll get even more of them.

-- Stephanie Reid-Simons, TV Freak

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June 28th, 2007, 05:49 PM
SG1 - The SciFi Blog: Review of "Unending":

From The SciFi Blog:


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TV Review: Stargate SG1 Series Finale Episode, Unending

Thursday, June 28th, 2007 at 3:02 am by TheSciFiBlog.com

Obviously this review for the Stargate SG1 series finale, “Unending” is kind of late. Well, nearly a week late, actually, but nevermind that. It took me a while to get the blog back up and running, so this will just have to do. And anyways, it’s not like anyone has been clamoring for it… But where was I? Oh, right, my review of the Stargate SG1 series finale. Where to start? Here will do: The series finale ended the way the show went about business for the last 10 years: without fanfare.


Well, I won’t spoil the episode in case some of you haven’t seen it. There are some nice moments, but minus Richard Dean Anderson’s Jack O’Neill, the episode doesn’t quite have the impact that it should have. I suspect that had RDA came back for the series finale, the storyline with Daniel Jackson and Vala might have been intended for Jack and Carter. Of course I could be wrong, but a consummation (of sorts) of Jack and Carter’s relationship made more sense.

“Unending” does prove one thing: THIS IS WHY I LOVE SCIENCE FICTION.


July 3rd, 2007, 12:49 AM
SG1 - Uncorrelated Blog: What Am I Going to Watch?:

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What Am I Going to Watch?

There are a lot of jokes made at my expense about my limited taste in television shows. My wife and kids mock me openly.

To hear them tell it, all I ever watch is the History channel and SciFi shows. That's somewhat exaggerated--I do appreciate the original CSI show and in spite of the pathetic liberal monologues, I rather enjoy Boston Legal.


Which brings me to my sentimental favorite--Stargate SG1 which doesn't actually qualify as a space ship series, although they make occasional contributions to the plot-lines.

Last Friday, I watched the series finale, the final episode of a ten year run---well not really. The mercenary producers at SG1 figured out that they could film the finale for a straight-to-DVD release and make a bunch more money. They're absolutely right. There are actually two DVD finales in the works--one to wrap up their conflict with God, and the second to resolve their differences with the Devil.


Each of the main characters is immensely appealing, if not more than a little strange. The very attractive Amanda Tapping has somehow managed to go ten seasons without creating any believable sexual tension on the show....

**snippage**... Richard Dean Anderson took some real risks with General Jack O'Neil, playing both the hero and the comic relief. **snippage**

... Michael Shanks plays an equally contradictory character--a pure scholar who can hold his own in a fire fight and it way too good-looking to be believable as a nerd--except that he's believable as a nerd. In a move that demonstrated awareness of the contradiction, writers made Dr. Daniel Jackson the focus of Vala's (played by Claudia Black) attentions. Not since Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller has there been such an unlikely couple.

Finally, Teal'c, as played by Christopher Judge is the indispensable character. The show has survived temporary absences by both Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks--I doubt the should could have survived without Teal'c. Judge has an interesting look due to his Cherokee and black heritage. That coupled with a massive physique and a dry wit makes for a very memorable character--think Spock but way more imposing and charming...


July 3rd, 2007, 11:22 AM
SG1 - Newsvine: Series Finales Aren't So Final These Days:

From Newsvine:


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Emotional Resonance & Rocket Launchers: Series Finales Aren't So Final These Days

by Scott Nance

The the finale of the 10-year-old Stargate SG-1 is just the latest not to offer much closure.

What happened to the good ol' days when folks understood a TV finale was supposed to be, well, final?

The not-so-final finale reached a crescendo this summer -- most famously with the cable-outage-like ending of HBO's Sopranos crime drama.

That series ends with nothing more than a dark screen as crime boss Tony Soprano goes to munch an onion ring.

Then there was the finale after 10 seasons of Stargate SG-1, titled, what else? "Unending." The episode, very much by design, feels much more like a season finale -- not the last episode of the entire series.

Don't get me wrong. I wasn't eager to say "goodbye" to either series -- especially SG-1, which is one of my favorites of all time.

And although Sopranos creator David Chase seems to have precluded any future installments of that series, the same cannot be said of Stargate and its producers who very much want to keep that franchise alive.

But I say if a finale is going to be a finale, there has to be some finality to it. As "Unending" concludes with our heroes climbing the 'Gate ramp to embark on "just another mission to save the universe," it appears as if we'll see the SG-1 team again real soon.


The Gate Room closed entirely and solely because of finances. While maybe in a business sense, that's a good reason to end a series, for us viewers it stinks. And it's worse that because the finale was "Unending," we can't really say goodbye.

All we're left with are fond memories and a Gate-shaped hole in our hearts.

July 7th, 2007, 08:14 AM
I like how the writers and producers stuck it to SciFi when they are for a finale that had finality to it...Screw SciFi...They deserve nothing...I'm looking forward to the movies and beyond...

July 11th, 2007, 09:20 AM
SG1 - Best Seller DVD: Season 10 Review:

From Best Seller DVD:


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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Stargate SG-1 - Season 10 (1997)


Although STARGATE SG-1 was noted for its huge, epic, cliffhanging finales, the series finale was surprisingly subdued and quiet. But also, I thought, remarkably appropriate. I'm sure there was the temptation of a "Big Ending," but instead they decided to focus instead on a relatively unspectacular, intimate episode in which time is essentially frozen for a few decades. The main five simply spend some time together, while Vala and Daniel actually live a life of romantic bliss. Typically, they manage a brilliant scientific solution to their dilemma at the end, with only Teal'c retaining any memory of the preceding decades. As the show ends he smiles bemusedly as Vala and Daniel fall into their bickering ways. But we know the potential that remains.

So, a classic series comes to an end. It wasn't the best Sci-fi series ever. It wasn't the most ground breaking. And it isn't likely to be one of the more influential. But it was the longest running uninterrupted Sci-fi series in the history of Sci-fi and introduced us to a host of memorable characters. Yeah, it had some unpleasant quirks. It used "Science as Magic" to such a degree that it almost became a parody of itself. It reused plots endlessly. I mean, just how many alternate universe episodes did we really need? And how many times were there multiple copies of the same character? (I suspect that BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's refusal to use the same plot device twice or to EVER employ science in magical fashion owes a great deal to the abuse of both by SG-1.) Still, the show took us to a host of wonderful places, introduced us to some wonderful enemies, and continually managed to entertain and delight. And we got to know the core group of characters quite well. Not many shows get ten seasons; even fewer manage ten seasons so well. The show was starting to seem a bit old by the end, but it managed to do what almost no series ever gets to do: last ten years and still have something left in the tank at the end.