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Published:April 12th, 2007 03:57 EST
The adventure begins with Stargate SG-1: Season One on DVD

The adventure begins with Stargate SG-1: Season One on DVD

By Garrett Godwin

Every legend has a beginning, with the first season of Stargate SG-1 on DVD. Based on the 1994 movie Stargate, the series picks up where the film left off.  Richard Dean Anderson takes Kurt Russell's role as Col. Jack O'Neill.  However, whereas Russell's portrayal of the character is stoic and distant, Anderson makes him more human, yet heroic as well as has a sense of humor.

Stargate SG-1 finds O'Neill being called out of retirement by Gen. Hammond (Don S. Davis) to lead a new team that travels to other worlds and explore new galaxies through a wormhole known as the Stargate while protecting humanity from the Goa'uld.  O'Neill's team consists of Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), expert of ancient civilizations; beautiful and brainy Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), and Teal'c (Christopher Judge), a Jaffa who joins SG-1 and hopes one day to free his people from the enslavement of the Goa'uld. 

Episode highlights this season includes the series opener, "Children of the Gods", "The Enemy Within", "Broca Divide", "Brief Candle", and "Hathor".

Season one still provides time for character background and development:

"Cold Lazarus" finds O'Neill cloned by a blue crystal from another planet, and his double vests his ex-wife and becomes filled with memories of their young son, Charlie, who died accidentally from Jack's gun.  This episode provides Jack proper closure of his son's death and gives the strength to go on.

"The First Commandment" is a Carter-focused episode, as she and SG-1 comes face-to-face with her former love that has gone insane when he's being declared as a god when he stepped into the Stargate.

The final three episodes are filled with emotion and action:

"There but for the Grace of God" finds Daniel in an alternate reality where Earth is being attacked by the Goa'uld.

"Politics" marks the debut of reoccurring character Robert Kinsey, an ambitious yet morally ambiguous politician.  His mission is to shut down Stargate Command and have the gate buried, as Jackson tries to warn him and the team that the Goa'uld is coming to invade Earth.

"Within The Serpent's Grasp" finds SG-1 putting their careers and lives on the line as they prepare to save Earth from the Goa'uld, setting up for season two.

Debuted on Showtime in 1997, season one is available on DVD with a 22 episodes loaded with extras. 

Watch as heroes are being born with Stargate SG-1: Season One, available on DVD.