Ruminations on TV Shows, Comics, And Music
While I was living in the intolerable flesh oven of Mesa, Arizona, I worked for a family who obsessively watched Stargate. I liked the family, and I liked the episodes, but it was the fifth or sixth season, and things were constantly being explained to me. Things I probably didn't need to know.
I'm not sure what possessed me to trackdown the movie, and start to watch the series it inspired, but I've decided to do another condensed series chronology a la my Star Trek and Doctor Who recommendations. I'm aiming for ten seasons of ten episodes each, but there's always some wriggle room.
Stargate is basically Star Trek where Earth is the ship most episodes originate from. There's a ton of classic sci-fi tropes, conspiracy theories, and completely incorrect science. For this chronology, I'm focused on interesting character studies, cool (even if technically incorrect) science, and drama that isn't quite melodrama (despite the swelling Stargate theme). I've left out some major episodes that introduce characters and plots that come up later because I care more about where a story goes than when it begins. But each of these episodes should be easy to follow,even if you've never seen any previous episode.
Season one was full of Goa'ulds, Jaffa (Goa'uld slaves and incubators), and Tokra (basically just polite Goa'ulds), with the end of season introduction of the Asgards. Season two gives us a few new recurring races while still focusing on the excalating war of the Asgard/Tokra/Humans vs. The Goa'uld/Jaffa.