Stargate SG-1 (season 9)

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Stargate SG-1 (season 9)
Stargate SG-1 Season 9.jpg
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Country of origin United States
Canada
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network Syfy
Original release July 15, 2005 – March 10, 2006
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List of Stargate SG-1 episodes

Season nine of Stargate SG-1, an American-Canadian television series, began airing on July 15, 2005 on SCI FI. The ninth season concluded on March 10, 2006, after 20 episodes on the same channel. The series was originally developed by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, and Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie served as executive producers. The season arc centers on the new threat of the Ori, a race who Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) and Vala Mal Doran (Claudia Black) unleash in an unknown galaxy, and who are threatening to prepare for a crusade into the Milky Way galaxy to convert the beings to their religion called Origin.

Season nine regular cast members included Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Beau Bridges, and Michael Shanks. Claudia Black appeared in a recurring role for eight episodes. The ninth season begins with General Hank Landry (Beau Bridges) having assumed command of Stargate Command, and newcomer Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell (Ben Browder) trying to regroup the SG-1 team after the events of the eighth season.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The burning of Vala in "Avalon (Part 2)" was a challenging sequence for safety reasons and for still making it believable. Stunt people stood in for the fire scenes that Claudia Black couldn't film. Locked-off cameras and different "plates" were later combined to so-called VisFX compshots.[1] The episode "Crusade" was Robert C. Cooper's first time directing on the show. All of Vala's voiceovers in that episode were filmed beforehand so that the director could pick which parts would be voiceover and which parts would be shown.

Since the environment of Vancouver, Canada, where SG-1 and Atlantis were primarily filmed, was being developed, shooting locations were getting rarer for new offworld stories. The producers countered this with a new reusable village set, with almost 280 feet (85m) in length and 12000 sqfoot (1100 m²) in area, the biggest they ever built. It was an interior and exterior practical set on an effects stage. Three weeks passed between initial conception until building began, although portions had already been built the previous year. Two further weeks passed before filming began. The inspiration for the set were medieval villages, Japanese homes, and Italian structures and buildings.[1][2] "The Ties That Bind" marks the first appearance of the Atlantis-style wormhole effect on the actual series, rather than in just the opening credits.

Cast[edit]

Ben Browder and Beau Bridges joined the main cast in Season 9, as Cameron Mitchell and Hank Landry, respectively. Richard Dean Anderson had left the main cast after Season 8 due to the personal wish to spend more time with his young daughter in Los Angeles.[3] Despite being listed in the cast credits for the whole season and short scenes in Avalon (Part 1), Amanda Tapping as Samantha Carter is absent during the first five episodes as she was in the last stages of pregnancy at that time. Her empty spot was filled by guest star Claudia Black, who would leave in "Beachhead" and return for the last two episodes of Season 9, which involved her real-life pregnancy. Another new recurring actor was Lexa Doig as Carolyn Lam, Landry's daughter and the new doctor at Stargate Command.

Writing[edit]

After writing the end of Season 8 as the third series finale in a row and having a positive creative experience with the first season of Stargate Atlantis, the producers considered starting a new spin-off show called Stargate Command, but the Sci Fi Channel chose to renew the series into a ninth season.[4][5] With the departure of Richard Dean Anderson, the producers then decided to start a new chapter and introduced new elements into the series. A major change was the departure from Egyptian mythology and the Goa'uld Empire which had found its climax in the season 8 episode "Threads", and the introduction of Arthurian mythology.[1] "Avalon" was treated like a pilot film, consisting of originally two episodes, but a long script resulted in the extension of the story into the episode "Origin", in which the Ori make their first appearance as new antagonistic race.[4]

The title of the episode "Ex Deus Machina" is a hyperbaton of "deus ex machina" (literally "God out of a Machine", meaning "God appearing on a crane", a literary device for a kind of turn of events) after he jokingly suggested to his writing partners a plot about Ba'al working undercover as a mechanic on Earth. The title also makes a reference to Ba'al as an ex-deus (a former god).[6]

The episode "Ripple Effect" was overly long and had many scenes edited and cut for time. Writer Joseph Mallozzi later posted script sections of all cut scenes online.[7] Asked what the cryptic remark by Black Mitchell meant when he left through the gate at the end of the episode,[8] Mallozzi answered the meaning of this remark will not be revealed in the series but might come up in the Stargate SG-1 sequels, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.[9] "Camelot" was the first Stargate SG-1 season finale since "Revelations" that was not intended to be the SG-1 series finale, and the first one since "Exodus" that was a cliffhanger. The episode was written without the knowledge that Stargate SG-1 would be picked up for a tenth season.

Release and reception[edit]

Promotional image for season nine. From left to right: Amanda Tapping as Samantha Carter, Michael Shanks as Daniel Jackson, Christopher Judge as Teal'c and Ben Browder as Cameron Mitchell

The Sci Fi Channel cut the opening sequences of the first ten episodes of the season from sixty to ten seconds for the original broadcast. The sequence only displayed the "Stargate SG-1" logo and a "Created by" credit, main cast credits were displayed during the teaser. Fans had been very negative about this move.[10] British Sky One only aired the first part of "Avalon" with the short opening sequence.

The highest rated Season 9 episode was the season premier two-parter "Avalon" with a household rating of 2.1 each,[11] and held steady between 1.8 and 2.0 until the midseason finale "The Fourth Horseman", which finished with 1.8.[11] The second part of the season oscillated between 1.6 and 1.9 and finished with a household rating of 1.9.[11] The season rating average was 1.8. A review in TV Guide Special #67 considered Mitchell's introduction in "Avalon" still too reminiscent of the production team's own efforts to turn around the Season Eight finale. Although the review embraced Black's "sparky, sarky characterization of Vala" during Amanda Tapping's absence, the renewed encounter between former Farscape cast members Ben Browder and Claudia Black was "oddly ... underplayed". The review found a strong similarity of the last ten minutes of "Avalon" (Part 1) to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and the set of the beginning of Part 2 as a "god-awful Merrie Olde England pastiche straight out of Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Plotting and technobabble were mentioned as other detrimental facets of Part 2.[12]

The ninth season of Stargate SG-1 was nominated for several awards in 2006, but won none. "Origin" was nomininated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Achievement in Make-Up", while both "Beachhead" and "Camelot" were nominated for "Best Visual Effects". "Camelot" was also nominated for a Gemini for "Best Sound in a Dramatic Series". Director of Photography Jim Menard was nominated for a Leo Award in the category "Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series". Ben Browder and Claudia Black were nominated for a Saturn Award in the categories "Best Actor on Television" and "Best Supporting Actress on Television", respectively. Stargate SG-1 was also nominated in the Saturn category "Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series", but lost to Battlestar Galactica, then in its second season.[13]

Main cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episodes in bold are continuous episodes, where the story spans over 2 or more episodes.

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
175
176
1
2
"Avalon" Andy Mikita Excerpts Starring: Wendy Russell, Claude Knowlton
Excerpts by: Robert C. Cooper & Brad Wright
Written by: Robert C. Cooper
Robert C. Cooper
July 15, 2005 (2005-07-15)
July 22, 2005 (2005-07-22)
2.1[14]
2.1[15]
177 3 "Origin" Brad Turner Robert C. Cooper July 29, 2005 (2005-07-29) 2.0[16]
178 4 "The Ties That Bind" William Waring Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie August 5, 2005 (2005-08-05) 2.0[17]
179 5 "The Powers That Be" William Waring Martin Gero August 12, 2005 (2005-08-12) 2.0[18]
180 6 "Beachhead" Brad Turner Brad Wright August 19, 2005 (2005-08-19) 1.9[19]
181 7 "Ex Deus Machina" Martin Wood Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie August 26, 2005 (2005-08-26) 1.9[20]
182 8 "Babylon" Peter DeLuise Damian Kindler September 9, 2005 (2005-09-09) 2.0[21]
183 9 "Prototype" Peter DeLuise Alan McCullough September 16, 2005 (2005-09-16) 1.8[22]
184
185
10
11
"The Fourth Horseman" Andy Mikita Damian Kindler
Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
September 16, 2005 (2005-09-16)
January 6, 2006 (2006-01-06)
1.8[22]
1.9[23]
186 12 "Collateral Damage" William Waring Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie January 13, 2006 (2006-01-13) 1.7[24]
187 13 "Ripple Effect" Peter DeLuise Story: Brad Wright & Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
Teleplay: Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
January 20, 2006 (2006-01-20) 1.8[25]
188 14 "Stronghold" Peter DeLuise Excerpts by: Robert C. Cooper, Martin Gero, Brad Wright
Written by: Alan McCullough
January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27) 1.8[26]
189 15 "Ethon" Ken Girotti Story: Damian Kindler & Robert C. Cooper
Teleplay: Damian Kindler
February 3, 2006 (2006-02-03) 1.6[27]
190 16 "Off the Grid" Peter DeLuise Alan McCullough February 10, 2006 (2006-02-10) 1.6[27]
191 17 "The Scourge" Ken Girotti Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie February 17, 2006 (2006-02-17) 1.6[28]
192 18 "Arthur's Mantle" Peter DeLuise Alan McCullough February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24) 1.7[29]
193 19 "Crusade" Robert C. Cooper Robert C. Cooper March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03) 1.8[30]
194 20 "Camelot" Martin Wood Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie March 10, 2006 (2006-03-10) 1.9[31]

Home releases[edit]

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Stargate SG-1 Season 9 October 3, 2006 February 5, 2007 August 16, 2006
Volume 44 (901–904) March 27, 2006
Volume 45 (905–908) April 24, 2006
Volume 46 (909–911) May 22, 2006
Volume 47 (912–914) June 19, 2006
Volume 48 (915–917) July 17, 2006
Volume 49 (918–920) August 14, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c SG-1: Directors Series – ep 901 & 902 "Avalon" feat. Andy Mikita
  2. ^ DVD featurette: "It takes a crew to build a village – The building of Stargate's new standing set". Season 9.
  3. ^ Spelling, Ian (April 28, 2006). "SG-1's Anderson Like Old Times". SCI FI Wire. Sci Fi Channel. Archived from the original on March 12, 2008. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  4. ^ a b Audio Commentary 901
  5. ^ TV Zone Special #64. July 2005.
  6. ^ GateWorld – Stargate SG-1 'In the Making': "Ex Deus Machina"
  7. ^ GateWorld – Stargate SG-1 'In the Making': "Ripple Effect"
  8. ^ Black Mitchell in "Ripple Effect": "When the time comes, cut the green one."
  9. ^ Thoughts and Tirades, Rants and Ruminations: January 13, 2007
  10. ^ "SCI FI to reinstate full-length openings". gateworld.net. September 1, 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  11. ^ a b c GateWorld – Stargate SG-1 Season Two: Ratings
  12. ^ Graves, Stephen (December 2005). "Reviews – TV Zone's reviews of the first part of the season". TV Zone (Special #67). pp. 20–21. 
  13. ^ "Stargate SG-1" (1997) – Awards
  14. ^ Sumner, Darren (July 18, 2005). "Season premiere ratings fail to impress". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ Sumner, Darren (July 27, 2005). "SG-1 ratings steady with 'Avalon, Part 2". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  16. ^ Sumner, Darren (August 2, 2005). "SCI FI Friday ratings a dead heat". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ Sumner, Darren (August 8, 2005). "'Ties' ties previous week's ratings". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  18. ^ Sumner, Darren (August 15, 2005). "'Condemned' nudges ratings win for Atlantis". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  19. ^ Sumner, Darren (August 22, 2005). "Galactica retakes SCI FI ratings lead". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  20. ^ Sumner, Darren (August 29, 2005). "Atlantis leads August 26 ratings". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  21. ^ Sumner, Darren (September 14, 2005). "Close ratings for September 9 SCI FI Friday". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Sumner, Darren (September 21, 2005). "SG-1 finale falls to season low ratings". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  23. ^ Sumner, Darren (January 11, 2006). "Ratings steady for SCI FI Friday premieres". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  24. ^ Sumner, Darren (January 19, 2006). "SG-1, Atlantis fall to season lows". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  25. ^ Sumner, Darren (January 25, 2006). "Ratings level off for January 20 episodes". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  26. ^ Sumner, Darren (February 1, 2006). "Atlantis leads January 27 ratings". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  27. ^ a b Sumner, Darren (February 27, 2006). "SG-1 ratings rebound slightly". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  28. ^ Sumner, Darren (March 6, 2006). "'Coup D'etat' turns in series-low rating". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  29. ^ Sumner, Darren (March 13, 2006). "Ratings for 'Arthur's Mantle' and 'Michael'". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  30. ^ Sumner, Darren (March 20, 2006). "Ratings back up for 'Crusade,' 'Inferno'". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  31. ^ Sumner, Darren (March 28, 2006). "Ratings rise for SCI FI Friday season finales". GateWorld. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 

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