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Stargate: SG-1 - The Ark of Truth, Review

The Ark of Truth is the first direct to DVD adventure for Stargate: SG-1. The 102 minute long (so says the back of the DVD) picks up almost directly from where the tv series finished and finally presents us with a conclusion to the Ori story arc which ran for the last two seasons of SG-1.

Almost the entire cast returns for the story with Michael Shanks, Claudia Black, Christopher Judge, Amanda Tapping, Ben Browder and Beau Bridges all present.

As a stand alone story, The Ark of Truth doesn’t do so well, but fortunately the DVD includes a quick recap of key events from the previous two seasons. Though really it’s unlikely that someone new to SG-1 would be picking this up anyway.
Season 10 cast of SG-1Image via Wikipedia
The larger budget available for this DVD release is obvious from the opening moments. Presented in widescreen with surround sound, it’s certainly nice to be able to appreciated Stargate: SG-1 without all the usual SciFi Channel bugs and advert breaks. However I can’t quite rid myself of the feeling this is just a two parter with a slightly bigger budget.

The cast chemistry is clearly still there as demonstrated by the bickering between Daniel and Vala, but how many times must we see SG-1 find a piece of alien technology and promptly find themselves unable to open/use it? We also get the IOA interfering with Stargate Command (again). It’s almost like an SG-1 greatest hits compilation.

Having previously plundered Egpytian and Arthurian mythology for their stories, Stargate: SG-1 now seems to be loosely borrowing from the Bible as the SG-1 team star searching for “The Ark of Truth” which seems a little similar to the Ark of the Covenant.

SG-1 always seemed to have a fondness for medieval styled societies and the trip to the Ori galaxy means seeing yet another one which seems a bit of a waste of the new budget. On the plus side it does mean we get Claudia Black in a bodice.

Nice touch bringing back the old style (and much creepier) replicators as a possible weapon against the Ori. The visions that Daniel keeps having on the other hand, just seem like a lazy device to move the plot forward.

All in all it was a great end to the Ori arc and if it had been on TV I wouldn’t have had any issues with it at all. It’s great to see these characters again, they are almost like old friends. But I do wonder, if I’m going to have to pay a significant amount of money, should I not expect something a little more… epic? Something a little more original?

Certainly if they want to keep doing these DVDs then Continuum has to offer something more to justify the cost.

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Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his personal website

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