Ten years is a very long time for any science fiction TV series. Such was the case of the original Stargate SG-1 series.
True, being on the air from 1997-2007, is dwarfed by the mighty Doctor Who, SG-1 could still hold the bragging rights for being the longest running show in the North American continent. It was also decided, like many SF series are these days, to end with some televised movies. The first of them would be entitled The Ark of Truth.
For those who don’t remember, the last regular episode left with a lot of concerns. Entitled “Unending,” it was your basic time pocket story with the main cast trapped outside their dimension and trying to get out. By the time it was done, all it basically did was give one the central characters, Teal’c, white hair. There were still three primary sets of enemies, the Ori, Goa’uld and the Replicators, to be taken care of. As it turned out, Ark would center on the Ori.
Ark of Truthmade a lot of fans feel a lot better. It tackled the bigger issue first. Yes, it involved an ancient relic with incredible power, but that’s not the only new twist the SG-1 had in store for fans. Best of all, they are all nicely resolved at the end of the DVD, which is something one couldn’t say about “Unending."
Did the Replicators and Goa’uld need to be tackled? Well, that was the reason for the second movie, Continuum, which would tackle the god-faking Goa’uld. The Replicators would be left, no doubt to give the cast of the spin-off Stargate: Atlantis something to fret over besides the Wraith.
What’s also satisfying about Ark of Truth is the producers didn’t decide to skimp on the production. They were actually given a budget of $7 million, nearly double a usual episode. One can see it on the screen, especially in the new Blu-ray format. The space scenes have much more depth and the special effects contain more, for lack of better term, “snap.”
As for the extra content, the new Blu-ray doesn’t come with anything new. The disk comes with the same four documentaries the original DVD did. As it turns out, it’s probably just enough, as cast and crew summarize their feelings and motivations for Ark. It’s all one really needs.
In the meantime, the last episode of Atlantis just aired last week. A new series, subtitled Universe is apparently slated to start airing shortly. So while the original series, SG-1 may have ended with Ark and Continuum, there’s still plenty of Stargate Universe left to explore.