Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald
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[REVIEW] Stargate SG-1

Excluding episodes watched half-attentively and accidentally on the television, last night I got my first Stargate SG-1 episode, the very first one, the pilot "Children of the Gods." I was favourably impressed: cute leads, good acting, interesting storyline. I will have to watch more, and in order.

What particularly struck me, as I sat on the futon next to bonoboboy, was the very American nature of this science-fiction show worked for me. Too often, televised science fiction takes American cultural icons--political figures, historical events, et cetera--and positions them as transcendant values, something that everyone can take for granted to the exclusion of icons from every other culture. Not that this is really such an issue, since Americans often appear to be the only national population that survived to develop interstellar travel. This America-centric perspective works rather nicely on Stargate SG-1, simply because it is, in fact, set in the United States of America. Image and reality match up.
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