Review: Stargate – The Ark of Truth

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Hi all…

Those of you who know me will know that I am a big science fiction and fantasy fan. When the original Stargate movie came out in 1994 with Kurt Russell and James Spader, I loved the concept immediately. The setting had an immediate depth to it that I hadn’t seen in a new movie universe since Star Wars and Star Trek — the whole Chariots of the Gods idea taken to a whole new level.

When the series came out in 1997 (yes, it’s been on that long — 10 seasons is a long time!) I watched a bit and then quickly lost interest. The scriptwriting wasn’t all that good. And though I like Richard Dean Anderson (who doesn’t remember MacGyver from the 1980s?), even his sarcasm couldn’t get me to watch.

A few years later I started watching again once the stories and writing improved and really enjoyed it for the most part. It was fun and engaging science fiction. Bubblegum, but everybody needs their sweets now and then, right?


So when the first of the two straight to DVD movies came out for Stargate after season 10 wrapped up, I of course I had to get it. Stargate: The Ark of Truth picks up where season 10 left off with SG-1 and Earth fighting a losing battle against their latest opponent — the Ori.

GateWorld has a great synopsis of the movie along with some cool shots from the movie here (the image above is also from GateWorld).

So was it worth a watch? You bet.

Mitchell, Carter, Teal’c, Jackson, and Vala pick right up where they left off — trying to find Ancient artifacts to help them battle the Ori. Though they’d slowed them down by the end of season 10, they hadn’t stopped their armies from attacking Earth.

If you enjoyed season 10 with Mitchell in command of SG-1 instead of O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) — and he did grow on me — you’ll most likely enjoy this DVD, which wraps up the Ori saga. It has the same irreverent humor and sarcastic comments you’d expect from a Stargate TV-related effort. And the quality holds up from single episode to full length movie.

It does get a little preachy in parts, but if you’ve watched SG-1 over the years you’ve come to expect that at points too. So though it did bug me a bit, I got over it. 🙂

What’s to like? There is a TON of sarcasm in this movie. You could tell the actors and scriptwriters had a lot of fun with it.

What’s not to like? Well, the preachy nature of a couple of scenes got me out of the moment, but it sucks you back in just as quickly.

So I’m giving this one a solid 3 out of 4 stars. I liked it. And I’m glad we’re done with the Ori. Can’t wait for the next one to come out in July 2008 — Stargate: Continuum!!

Until next time… Enjoy!

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  1. O’Neil is supposed to be in the next SG-1 movie coming out this summer I believe, so we’ll all get our MacGuyver fix then. 🙂

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