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Stargate SG-1: Season Two

Season two of MGM's Stargate SG-1 kicked off on June 26, 1998 and the series continued to tell rich, smartly written stories about the SG-1 team, led by Col. Jack O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), Dr. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) and T'ealc (Christopher Judge).Throughout the season, the SG-1 gang adventured throughout the universe using the alien-built stargates in both stand-alone episodes and tales that continued the saga of the battle against the evil Goa'uld. Notable episodes include "In the Line of Duty," in which Carter is briefly taken over by a Goa'uld — an incident that would affect the story in later seasons; "The Gamekeeper," where an odd fellow called The Keeper (Dwight Schultz) forces the team to relive pivotal moments of their lives as part of a virtual-reality entertainment; "Family," where Te'alc's mentor, Bra'tac (Tony Amendola) comes to him with the shocking news that not only has the vengeful alien/god/borderline transvestite Apophis (Peter Williams) survived the destruction of his ship, but Apophis has kidnapped Te'alc's son; the team travel back to Abydos in "Secrets" to find Daniel's assumed-dead wife, Sha're (Vaitiare Bandera) is pregnant with Apophis' child, while on Earth O'Neill is approached by a reporter named Armin Selig (Chris Owens) who claims to know all about the stargate; Tea'lc is bit by a giant insect then goes on the run from government scientists who want to study him in "Bane"; team members inadvertently swap bodies in "Holiday"; and the team gets groovy when they're inadvertently propelled back in time in "1969." The season cliffhanger, "Out of Mind," finds O'Neill awakening in a futuristic version of the SG headquarters, surrounded by doctors who tell him that he's been frozen for 79 years and the rest of the SG-1 team are long dead. Claiming to need help in their own war against the Goa'uld, the doctors hook O'Neill up to a machine that turns his memories into holographs as they question him, but when he overhears the doctors speaking in Goa'uld voices, he knows he's been set up. The season ends with O'Neill, Daniel and Carter attempting to escape the elaborate, fake SGC before one of them is implanted with a Goa'uld larva. All 22 episodes in MGM's Stargate SG-1: Season Two box set are presented in letterboxed widescreen (1.78:1) with audio in Dolby 2.0 Surround. Extras include a featurette on production design, plus one each on Christopher Judge and Michael Shanks. Each disc also includes the "Next week on Stargate SG-1..." promotional teasers from the episodes' original run on Showtime. Five keep-cases in a paperboard slipcase.
—Dawn Taylor

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