Stargate Sg-1: Season 2
Each Stargate SG-1: Season Two episode includes the television preview and five chapter cues. Three of the discs offer brief featurettes about specific elements of the series. Disc one features a seven-minute profile of production designer Richard Hudolin, which combines quick interview clips with footage. While unfortunately being too short and promotional, this piece does nicely present Hudolin's ideas and their incorporation into each story. Disc four contains a nine-minute feature on Michael Shanks and his character, Dr. Daniel Jackson. Backed by the usual narrator, we learn about the character's beginnings and his progression, with shots from later seasons also presented. Disc five includes a similar ten-minute profile of Teal'c and actor Christopher Judge. It follows the promotional route, but does provide some interesting tidbits from the well-spoken actor. Stargate SG-1 originally aired on Showtime in a full-frame format, but these episodes utilize a 1.78:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer. Even considering its television origins, certain shots are just too hazy and lack the pristine clarity of the better transfers. The digital effects and outdoor scenes are often impressive, but too many subpar moments exist. This release offers a simple but effective 5.1 channel Dolby Surround track that presents the powerful score nicely through the front speakers. The credits sequence sounds excellent, and the explosions and Stargate effects spring well from the transfer. Limitations do exist due to the television source material, which prevents a more complex presentation from the rear sections.