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26 November 2010 @ 08:47 am
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I was surfing around, looking for any online deals for Christmas when I came across more recent SG-1 covers.

Now, I'd only seen the old covers, so the redesign to these gave me a shock. But they are neat. They have more of a sleek, stream-lined feel, and a sci-fi edge.



I'm not into the franchise anymore, but these brought a smile to my face. I'm happy with my old ones though :)
 
 
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Autumn Dandelion: Stargate - Daniel handautumndandelion on November 26th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm all for collect-them-all, but I am so burnt by this franchise. I feel like it became all about the money to TPTB a long time ago.
Working for the Mandroid: archaeologistmoonshayde on November 26th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I stopped with this franchise ages ago. I will always love me some classic SG-1, but I don't need new covers or new extras or anything. I don't watch the new show either. It lost its heart and soul ages ago.
Autumn Dandelionautumndandelion on November 26th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
I don't want to give that franchise any more money. I haven't even bought the tenth season of SG-1.
jessm78: Stargate: tiny SG-1 team (Singularity)jessm78 on November 26th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Me neither. One of my friends wanted to get me season 10 for my birthday a few years ago, but I told her not to bother. My heart just isn't in it anymore.
jessm78: Stargate: tiny SG-1 team (Singularity)jessm78 on November 26th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. That is pretty awesome looking. I'm kinda burnt out on Stargate now, though. The only way I'd buy anything new is if they released gag reels from the early seasons (although I know that's basically impossible), just 'cause I'm a sucker for behind-the-scenes stuff.

Every so often I like to watch the classic season reruns on SciFi or my old DVDs, but I'm not as into it as I used to be.
Working for the Mandroid: Spotlightmoonshayde on November 26th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm the same. I still love the old episodes, but I'm not into it anymore. It happens.

Though, my SG-1 love was mainly eroded by the direction the show took in the later seasons. I know many disagree with me, and that's fine, but I could only try to convince myself for so long. It's the early seasons I can still look back fondly on.
jessm78: Stargate: Spacemonkey Hugjessm78 on November 26th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
You know I feel exactly the same way about that. I still get nostalgic for the early seasons. :)
Seisachtheiaclaudiapriscus on November 26th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, where do you see the tipping point? (I'm thinking of discussions about the x-files I've had with people, and they said they didn't like the 'later seasons' and I agreed - but they meant after season 3, and I meant after season 7, hah.)
Working for the Mandroid: Pondermoonshayde on November 26th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
It's a good question and my answer for it does change. I sort of see SG-1 in three stages.

The early seasons (1-3 or 1-4, sometimes 5 if I feel like it) were top notch for me. I especially liked 1-3 because of the team feeling, though S4 was hilarious and full of some good conflict.)

I enjoyed S5-7. Season 8 was pretty awful, but if I would have ended it, I would have ended it there. I liked how they ended on a team note.

There were aspects of Season 9 and 10 I liked, but they strayed too far from the basis of the show. The actors seemed to not really be offering their best performances. And it just didn't make much sense - so much tell and not enough show.

If you watch the series as a whole, you can see a definite decline.

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X-Files:

This was my fave show ever until SPN surplanted it.

I have the same feelings with this show. I found the early seasons (1-4) to be pretty solid and interesting, where the character felt real and the stories were intriguing. The mythology didn't bog down the series.

In season 5-7, they allowed themselves to experiment more and some of my fave eps of the series come from this time. (Same with SG-1, actually.) However, the characters started to loosen up too much where I started seeing more of the actors than the characters.

S8-9, not my thing. I watched S8 and I rather enjoyed Doggett but S9 was so bad (in my eyes) that I quit and only came back for the finale.

How about you? You brushed upon it in your comment.
Seisachtheiaclaudiapriscus on November 26th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Well, I started watching the x-files in season 6, so that really set my view of the show. It's what hooked me. I don't know if I would have gotten hooked on it for the myth-arc- I never really liked it- but on the other hand, I started watching at a point where it was pretty obvious that that the myth-arc was never going anywhere.But what I did like was the brilliant mix of horror and humor, and the easy, comfortable relationship between the leads. You know, two people who knew each other really well- both the strengths and the weaknesses- and who have gone through so much together that there's this solid if unspoken trust and reliance between them.

So basically, I really loved every season up until 8, minus the myth-arc episodes. Season 8 was bad. Season 9....was not as good as the the others, but better than 8. And it had some decent episodes of its own, though lesser. I liked the follow up to "The Lone Gunmen" though the ending was kind of petty. I also liked the episode in which Burt Reynolds is God.

Season 6 is my favorite, so to speak. It's not anything about it in particular, it just contains a lot of my favorite episodes.

And ditto on SG-1. Some of my favorite episodes too are in that season 5-7 period. Though I do think that the earlier seasons were a bit stronger. 8 and 9 were just sad, though I do love Ben Browder, and I liked Vala as a foil for Daniel.
Working for the Mandroid: Light and Shadowmoonshayde on November 26th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I definitely think when you jump into a show can pattern how you view the show.

With X-Files, I started in S1, gave up after a bad episode, but came back in S2. So I watched it as it aired for most of the series. My fave seasons are easily S1-4. But some of my fave episodes aired in S5 and S6.

I started watching SG-1 in S7, but I was watching the reruns at the same time. S4 in reruns is what hooked me, so I have a fondness for it. I do love the early seasons best, though.

I wish I could have liked Vala. I hate her character, LOL. I really liked Cameron though. And Ben Browder is mighty fine to look at.

I think maybe if they hadn't kept changing Vala to suit the story and left her as an antagonist/gray character who was recurring and had introduced Cameron a bit different AND not had such a crappy plot, the later seasons of SG-1 might have fared better with me. Alas, they did not and the overall story and writing just was too bad for me to denial it anymore :(

Funny, with Smallville, another show I watch, the show was pretty good in the early seasons, became remarkably terrible in its middle seasons, and I find it once again very strong and compelling in its final season. But that might be the nature of a show where you know how it ends.

I know SPN is pretty divided right now on that show, but I'm loving this season. I could do without soulless!Sam, but everything else is fascinating me :)

Then again, I love monsters and they were my fave part of XF :)
Seisachtheiaclaudiapriscus on November 26th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
I love this season of SPN, too. I mean, it's not perfect, but I'm interested in seeing where they go with it. And hell, they seem to have discovered a good balance with plot progression. There's actual forward momentum, and resolution of smaller mysteries before they go on to the next one.

I'll be happy when we get regular Sam back, but I have to admit that now that Souless!Sam is out of the closet, I kinda like him. (Maybe it's just my allergy to angst).
Working for the Mandroid: Dusty Brothersmoonshayde on November 26th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm not against Soulless!Sam as part of the plot, since the pacing and story this season have been so good. I'm just to the point where I want real Sam back. So I hope he shows up soon :)
MegTDJ: SPN - Rob mouth of a goatmeg_tdj on November 26th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Mmm... those would look so much better on my shelves than those ugly big boxes. I wish they'd designed them like that in the first place!
Working for the Mandroid: Got Your Backmoonshayde on November 26th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
They look so sleek and polished, yes? The old ones are so bulky.

But I am not obsessed enough to buy the WHOLE thing just for snazzy looking covers LOL
MegTDJ: SPN - Castiel whatevermeg_tdj on November 26th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
If I had a million dollars...

...nah, I'd still want to spend it on something more useful. :P