Stargate Continuum is about a hundred times better than Stargate The Ark of Truth. But this may have something to do with my love of all things Time Travel and a very literal take on the Grandfather Paradox in Stargate Continuum. It is also worth noting that Stargate Continuum is the first Stargate to be released on Blu-ray.
The old Stargate gang is here, watching as Baal-or one of his many clones-has his symbiont removed. Baal stops them and says-I am not the Last of the System Lords-Muhahaha-as members of SG-1 start to vanish into thin air.
Stargate Continuum has Baal go back in time and erased the timeline where he was defeated. Our heroes, well, three of them anyway, manage to jump through the StarGate back to Earth just as the Universe is realigning itself.
As with Star Trek movies, all the fans really want is a long episode, and that is what we have with Stargate Continuum. Sure the world as we know it is destroyed is Stargate Continuum, but it’s not like that hasn’t happened before. SG-1 is always saving the world, or destroying the world, or trapped in some other timeline where things have gone a bit wrong. Baal is a fun bad guy, as he is more of a rouge and a scoundrel than a blood thirsty bastard like Apophis-who makes a brief cameo appearance in Stargate Contiuum. Of course, Baal is still a bad guy.
Stargate Continuum is like all time travel shows, the main characters are killed off-the world is destroyed-everything goes wrong. But you have a time machine-so no worries. The fun, of course, is seeing how they save the day in Stargate Continuum.
There is a stretch in Stargate Continuum where our heroes have a year to kill and aren’t allowed to do anything with each other. As a fan of Stargate SG-1 for lo these many years, however, I couldn’t help but wonder why they didn’t seek out some of the many aliens living on Earth. It could have helped to pass the time while they were waiting around for Baal to come and kill them. Of course, the whole point of Stargate Continuum is that this is not their world-but wouldn’t one or two of the aliens be here anyway?
Stargate Continuum was a lot of fun, lots of stuff blowing up, lots of wise cracking, lots of neat sound effects. But like Biff in Back to The Future II, even knowing what is going to happen is not enough for the Baal-he really was too nice a guy to be a System Lord.
Stargate Continuum was so good I am actually look forward to next Stargate Direct to DVD Movie.