Stargate SG-1

Season 11 Episode 2

Stargate SG-1: Continuum

17
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 29, 2008 on Syfy
9.4
out of 10
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Stargate SG-1: Continuum
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While attending the execution of the last System Lord, Ba'al, SG-1 escape to Earth when Teal'c and Vala disappear. They soon realize that their timeline had been altered after a fleet of Goa'uld motherships have closed in on Earth led by none other than Lord Ba'al, his Queen Quetesh and First Prime Teal'c.moreless

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  • The best Stargate SG-1 episode since the original Stargate feature film

    10
    The best Stargate SG-1 episode since the original Stargate feature film, bar none. Flawless in every way.



    The reason is no mystery. The writers of an ongoing TV series cannot afford to give each episode all they've got. If they do, they're going to run out of material in short order, They know this. So they pace themselves. So they "milk it."



    But Stargate Continuum was the capstone of the entire SG-1 series. The writers knew this in advance. They knew it was a case of "That's all, folks!" Therefore the writers knew they could afford to write to feature film standards, rather than mere TV episode standards. So they did.



    The result speaks for itself.moreless
  • Mixed feelings

    8.0
    This second movie since the end of the great SG1 series was clearly more hyped than the first one. Two major reasons for this were the return of the Goa'uld, who the fans always prefered to the Ori and of course, the presence of Richard Dean Anderson, back as the one and only Jack O`Neil.

    I was exicted with Jack`s return but it turned out to be a major dissapointment for me. He was in the movie for some 10 minutes..we had some classic Jack one liners and that`s it. We never got to see him in action..dissapointing given that they did much promotion around RDA`s presence in this movie. I wanted to see Jack- Ba'al/Teal`c/Sam/Daniel interactions..got very few of these.

    I usually ignore some flaws here and there and just enjoy but some here were difficult to overlook. Daniel is one legged at a point and all in form with two legs by the end?? Another dissapointment was Baa`l getting killed by Quetesh rather early and without a fight.

    But other than that, the movie was a fun adventure. It was great to see the team again..the cast is still doing great. Having the whole Goa'uld thing again was nice. Also great to see Cliff Simons (Baa`l) again as well as the General Hammond (RIP Don S Davis). Special effects were good. Story itself was solid. They did a good job with Vala..having Quetesh back was the most effective way to use her. Interesting to see Teal`c as first prime again even if he was nowhere near as "bad" as he was when first prime of Apophis (nice to see him too), but it was actually good cause the "bad Teal`c" and Baa`l just killing everyhing to conquer was done before but here it was a little different.

    We didn`t get closure. There is still room for more stories. I want more SG1 movies but new adventures. I don`t want to see a fight agaisnt the Goa'uld or Ori again..give us fresh stuff. Hopefully there will be more movies...featuring RDA, much more this time.



    Overall Continuum was a fun ride with some dissapointments. I think Ark of truth was actually better which is ironic because Goa'uld storylines were always better than Ori storylines..not really the case here. Still worth having and fingers cross for more.moreless
  • Another time bubbling mind thumping (episode)/movie!

    8.5
    First the bad: While i do enjoy my take on this whole time distortion and time machines and past/present/future SG1 mixing together one way or another it was used so very often during the series that it kinda got old by the time the idea "reached" Continuum. Then we got a whole hour of...i dunno what to call it, gibberish, yeah that's the word. Except seeing some interesting twists, nothing interesting happens, i mean nothing i've been used throughout all these over 200 episodes of SG1. Now the good: Everything is kinda forgiven when finally we get to see a glimps of optimism, and eventually the kind of action and heroism i want to see in such a movie. Needles to say, Ba'al the last of the System Lords eventually gets his, and the past/present/future are once again restored to it's previous, otherwise normal order. As a movie overall i really liked it, i found it rather entertaining and enjoyable, and finally Jack O'Neill stars in this one, this possibly last movie regarding SG1 in particular (except Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods - Final Cut 2009) which is a remake. It has been an awesome 11 years with these guys and let's hope some new blood will live up to reach the same heights. Enjoy!moreless
  • Every ten minutes of this installment had me saying out loud, "That was awesome."

    10
    Minus a handful of cringe-worthy moments, I wished that every episode of the show could have been 2 hours long instead of 46 minutes, if these are the kinds of stories they could create from the simple time-travel plot device they used multiple times before.



    Most sci-fi tends to ignore human nature when doing things like traveling through time and sliding between realities. This was the first time I have ever seen a story portray what would most likely happen in the actuality that someone from another timeline appeared out of nowhere and treated it realistically. We take for granted after a decade of outrageous tales in scientific impossibilities happened all of the time, we just believe it and we're right there with SG-1 in their insistence that the Air Force let them correct the flaw with their own timeline. Alternate General Landry finally put them in their place the way no one has ever done before. It's just a shame that they wrote the lesson out of existence.



    All of that aside, the acting was above bar, even for a big budget film. The direct-to-DVD status allowed the actors to act unrestrained, without self-imposed TV regulations, the dialogue was just a brilliant as ever, not only in the clever writing but the carefully crafted alternate timeline with the newly rewritten history and the way it not only showed us something new, but it also meshed perfectly with and even augmented established canon, ex: The 'Gate in the end is transported to the United States with a hole in the box that helds it, as well as the hull of the boat that carried it. It could explain everything from why Dr. Littlefield first activated and stepped through in 1945 to why experts like Captain Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson were sought out and brought in, in the first place. Much like the two part Season 8 finale "Moebius", while the events of those episodes are ultimately nullified by the end of the episode, the story told along the way was one of best.



    My only complaints were Michael Shanks overuse of profanity and attitude (he seems to have forgotten about his fake leg in the final 30 minutes) and the return of the "Hey you, SG-1, save us please" mentality of the Air Force the moment aliens appear in orbit above earth. After Alternate General Landry's speech to SG-1 about 45 minutes in, I was disappointed to see the Air Force just hand over a wing of F-15 fighters to the people who appeared out of nowhere with strange tales of aliens just a year before. In real-life, if someone magically appeared in the Arctic, accessible only by nuclear submarine and came to the government and told it of an impending alien invasion the government would interrogate the hell out of them and lock them up forever. And if aliens did start invading, the people who knew about it would be in even bigger trouble than before.



    None of that was enough to detract from this installment however. I've watched it 3 times since I bought it and I want to watch it again right now. If only because it's the last time I get to SG-1 save the world for a while.moreless
  • One of the best Stargate SG-1 stories. Ever.

    10
    I will start by saying this. Stargate: Continuum does tread on very familiar ground. The movie borrows elements from episodes like "There But for the Grace of God", "2010", "Lost City", and "Moebius". And yet, even though the story is not the most original or unique, it is somehow one of (if not the) greatest Stargate stories of all time.



    Keep in mind, this review does have spoilers, but I'll try to avoid any major ones. The movie begins with an amazing single shot that travels through most of the SGC compound. It is very "Children of Men" as it starts by going through the gate, up to the control room, over to the elevator (where we see Major Davis!), then to SG-1 who returns to the control room. It's a great intro and shot with good music to boot.



    I'll do my standard review now by going through the individual parts. This movie has a lot of weight and gravitas to it. There is a lot of death and destruction throughout the movie, both with unknown faces and with very familiar faces. I don't want to say who dies, and even though some of these people have died before, there's something very different about the way it's handled here. After the death of one major character and getting stuck in the Arctic with a badly frostbitten foot, Daniel sums it up best, saying, "Oh, ****." This really helps the tone of the movie, as does the tagline. "History may never repeat itself again." Even though SG-1 has faced similar threats, this feels different from the average "Save the Galaxy" tour.



    The acting in the movie is quite good. Richard Dean Anderson is definitely back as Jack O'Neill, even though he does not have a major role in the film. Ben Browder finally (after three years) comes into his own as Cameron Mitchell, and it can now be said that he serves as a suitable successor to O'Neill. Amanda Tapping is great with her character moments, as Sam has to deal with being a famous dead person in the alternate timeline. There are also great character moments for Michael Shanks in the movie, especially in a scene where he makes a phone call to himself. Christopher Judge and Claudia Black are not as big of a presence in the movie, but both of them are still excellent. Cliff Simon is also great as Ba'al, and it's also great fun to see General Hammond and President Hayes again.



    The special effects are, on the whole, quite good for a direct-to-DVD movie. The scenes on the Tok'ra planet, the shots of Ba'al's massive fleet, the barrage on Earth, and the time machine scenes all look absolutely amazing. The only shots of the movie that kinda suck are the 1939 sequences and the boat sinking in the Arctic. These effects do not look very good. But they're also redeemed by the epic shots of Carter and Mitchell trudging through the Arctic.



    The music of the movie also greatly assists the creation of the mood of the movie. The orchestrated music is suitably epic in nature and really helps give the movie even more weight. It's also not quite as over the top as Ark of Truth's soundtrack, which got a little heavy-handed and overdramatic. Continuum's soundtrack is certainly grand in nature, but it isn't overdone.



    Overall, this movie is an absolute blast to watch for seasoned SG-1 fans. It feels very familiar, but it's amazingly done. It is great fun to see everyone in the movie, and the movie itself is excellent. It's also a lot heavier than the typical Stargate story, as the threat in Continuum feels real and tangible. It doesn't just feel like something that they can snap their fingers and get out of. Maybe it's Daniel getting his leg cut off. Maybe it's seeing Washington, D.C. bombarded from orbit. But there's something majorly different about this. And it works. It truly works. 10/10.moreless
Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

Claudia Black

Claudia Black

Vala Mal Doran/Quetesh

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Captain of the Achilles

Guest Star

Jacqueline Samuda

Jacqueline Samuda

Nirrti

Guest Star

William Devane

William Devane

President Henry Hayes

Guest Star

Cliff M. Simon

Cliff M. Simon

Ba'al

Recurring Role

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Lt. General George Hammond

Recurring Role

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

General Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Teal'c: (about Ba'al) He lies.
      Jack: He does that, you know.

    • Sam: If we're gonna freeze to death, here is as good a spot as any.
      Mitchell: (looks around) Nah... I don't like this spot.

    • Daniel: (in 3rd day of interrogation about SGC) Seriously, who would make this shit up?!?

    • Mitchell: I guess that was worth seeing.
      Daniel: What? That's all you have to say?
      Mitchell: Well, you guys made it out like it was this big deal. I expected something more, spectacular.
      Jack: Nope. That's pretty much the extraction ceremony, right there. Yep. So, lunch anyone? (they look at each other) I'm buying?
      Mitchell: I'm in.

    • Apophis: May your reign last days, and your death years.
      Ba'al: That's actually rather good. Isn't it? Did you plan to say that when you walked in? (slices open Apophis' skull) Or was it just off the top of your head?

    • Sam: I've got another contact! Six bogies dead ahead, coming right at us!
      Mitchell: Sorry, Sam, we're kinda busy right now.
      Sam: I don't think they're gliders - they're MiGs!
      Mitchell: Jackson! Get on the radio!
      (Daniel starts speaking in Russian over the radio)
      Mitchell: What the hell did you just say?
      Daniel: "We're Americans, please shoot the people chasing us!"

    • Sam: What further instructions can there be, except "kiss your ass goodbye"?

    • (Sam, Daniel, and Mitchell get off the ship)
      Daniel: The ship was warmer.
      Mitchell: Do you want to go back?
      Daniel: No, I'm good.

    • President Hayes: So what's coming next?
      Daniel: Death, slavery. More slavery, more death.
      President Hayes: Look if you want to say "I told you so" go ahead and get it off your chest. But then you can do one of two things; you can help, or you can leave.
      Daniel: Okay, bye!
      (starts to walk away)
      Mitchell: Jackson!
      Daniel: Right! I forgot to say, "I told you so!"
      President Hayes: Now are you going to help or not?

    • Jack: And who are you?
      Daniel: Daniel Jackson. Um, in the timeline where we come from we've actually traveled to several hundred planets together.
      Jack: We? As in you and...
      Daniel: Yeah, in fact in our timeline I'm the closest thing you have to a best friend.
      Jack: Yeah. Yeah I'd buy that.

    • Daniel: Seriously, did anyone see where Vala went?
      Sam: Maybe extractions bring up too many bad memories.
      Jack: Hey, have you ever tried to find a bathroom in a pyramid?

    • Jack: Never in the history of boredom, has anyone been more bored than I am right now.

    • General Landry: I take it that in your timeline you're not a discredited whackjob living on the fringes of society?
      Daniel: That really depends on who you ask.

    • (Ba'al has just told members of SG1 that he may not be the last clone)
      Jack: Mmmm. Mitchell...
      Mitchell: We tracked them all, sir. This one is the last one.
      Jack: You're sure? That is, after all, why we've come. Why we had to endure all of that singing. Get rid of the last bad guy and then there's cake.

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