Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods – Movie Review
This film is a re-cut, shut and mastered version of the original Stargate SG-1 series pilot. The 90 minute feature length pilot has been lovingly restored and enhanced to bring consistency with later episodes of the show. Voices have been re-dubbed and GGI has been replaced, enhanced and added too. Music has been re-scored and the film has been cut to widescreen. Does this mean it has been Lucas-ised?
Brad Wright, co-creator of the franchise, wanted to go back and make the pilot tighter and bring it up to the glorious sound and look it deserved. The story is the same; there isn’t any “Han shot first” type of changes and the re-mastered version is beautiful to be behold. Before we move on, I better give you the overview of the story.
Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods picks up from a bit over a year after the events depicted in Roland Emmerich’s original Sci-Fi Classic Stargate. The gate has been housed at the bottom of Cheyanne Mountain and abandoned. Some military personal use the room as there poker room but this was a poor choice of locale when the gate activates and some egyptian-looking people come though and blow them to pieces and conveniently kidnap the only female solider.
The military seek out Colonel Jack O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), now retired, to come and explain how this could happen since he supposely blew up the only other gate in the mission that was over a year ago.
Jack is caught in his lie but stops General Hammond from sending a nuclear bomb thought the gate, which would have killed countless innocents on the other side. Jack is recalled to active duty and leads a team though the gate to find out who came through the gate and how they can stop the threat.
The most notable thing about the pilot was its scale at the time. The producers tried really hard to keep the look and feel of the original movie and the writers had to flesh out more of the alien backstory. A sticking point was the re-casting of Jack from Kurt Russell to Richard Dean Anderson who was famous for his best known role as MacGyver. I have to say, the now 10+ years on, I love Richard more as Jack than McGyver.
So does the Children of the Gods hold up as a stand alone film? Yes! It is surprisingly strong and not looking like a dull-colour TV episode really helps.
Would I warrant buying this if you already have season 1 boxset which contains the original version? Before I was given this review copy I would have said no. My cynical side told me this was a grab for more cash while waiting for Stargate: Universe to start. Now I can say yes, this is worthy of some coin. The biggest issue now is that if you watch this film, skip the original version and proceed to episode 2 of season 1 there is going to be the biggest audio/visual jarring you could experience since trying to watch your favorite tv shows in YouTube.
I give this a cool and a must for any Stargate fan. This is also a great way to bring people into the franchise that like the original Roland Emmerich film.
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Thanks to 20th Century Fox and Mark Communications for supplying the review copy.
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