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Stargate SG-1: Season Five

In the last exciting episode of Stargate SG-1: Season Four, the SG-1 team were trapped in a damaged ship, floating in a far away galaxy, as Apophis (Peter Williams) and his evil fleet of Goa'uld ships were closing in. Eek! In Season Five's opener, a ship arrives to help them out just in the nick of time (of course), but Teal'c (Christopher Judge) is nabbed by Apophis and the team must battle to save him. Season Five was chock-full of such derring-do, with the SG-1 gang engaging in Jaffa rituals, the System Lords fiddling with the order of things by negotiating an alliance, those pesky Replicators still scuttling about, Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) dying only to be reborn as a higher being (allowing Shanks to leave the show and be replaced by new cast member Corin Nemic) and "Star Trek"'s Q, John de Lancie, popping in for a couple of episodes. Season highlights include "The Fifthe Man," in which O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) fights side-by-side with a soldier who, it turns out, doesn't really exist, "Red Sky," with the SG-1 team visiting a world in which the Amish-like inhabitants have been forsaken by the Asgard, "Beast of Burden," with O'Neill and Daniel Jackson working to free the enslaved Unas and threatening to bring a civil war to their home world, and the hilarious "Wormhole X-treme!" (the show's 100th episode) which brings back season three's Martin Lloyd, who's now working as a scriptwriter for a sci-fi TV show whose plot is suspiciously like Stargate SG-1. The now-obligatory season-ending cliffhanger finds Thor kidnapped by Osiris, who's closing in on a top secret Asgard laboratory. MGM's boxed set of Stargate SG-1: Season Five includes all 22 episodes on five discs in crystal clear letterboxed widescreen (1.78:1) with rich Dolby 2.0 Surround audio. Extras include optional commentaries on each episode by directors and crew as well as — finally — cast members, with Amanda Tapping offering comments on "Ascension" and "Red Sky," and Christopher Judge yakking on "Threshold." Also on board are short "video diaries" (each about ten minutes long) by Tapping, Judge and Shanks, offering behind-the-scenes looks at stunts, sets and more; "Inside the Tomb," (6 min.) with director Peter Deluise showing off one of the show's more elaborate sets; and "Dr. Daniel Jackson: A Tribute," an homage to fans' favorite now-he's gone, now-he's back, now-he's gone-again character. Five keep-cases in a paperboard slipcase.
—Dawn Taylor

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