Stargate SG-1

Season 5 Episode 21


Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 10, 2002 on Syfy

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  • The Star of Stargate ascends to the Stars

    A sad day for fans of Stargate.

    As anyone who saw the seminal film Stargate knows, the geeky Dr. Daniel Jackson was the lead character.

    James Spader may not have been the lead actor. Kurt Russell was. But Spader's character was the lead character. The plot of Stargate revolved around him, not Jack O'Neill. Jack O'Neill was a supporting character. He was almost a space opera "spear carrier."

    Stargate SG-1 attempted to reverse the emphasis, but with only partial success. To the extent that it succeeded, it merely reduced a plot of ideas to a plot of action. The best episodes of Stargate SG-1 were about conflicting moral and ethical values, Jackson's domain.

    That is why so many fans of even the TV series consider the Daniel Jackson oriented episodes the best.

    Actually if truth be told, Michael Shanks was too "hunky" for the role of Jackson. His performance was too much that of a conventional handsome leading man. In fact, he could have been cast as O'Neill. The glasses always looked like a prop on him.

    James Spader, with his smaller physique, and more nuanced performance, made for a far more convincing geek. The glasses looked like his own, as if Spader put them on that morning and wore them onto the set.