Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods - final cut
  • The problem is that people really do use that term
  • The FX changes and enhancements were, overall, good, though not always appropriate in my opinion
  • There are little things I don't like, such as the reduction of the scene with Daniel trying to find the Gate address


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      In 2009, Brad Wright decided that the original movie pilot for Stargate SG-1, called Children of the Gods, wasn’t good enough. There were a lot of things he didn’t like about it, so MGM gave him the green light to re-edit the film, giving us this final cut version that was released to DVD.

      While there are some nice editions, I am one who prefers the original. For example, they took out the MacGyver reference that Sam Carter makes when she first arrives on Abydos and looks over the DHD. Wright explains this as an unneeded reference, that series star Richard Dean Anderson is now Jack O’Neill and not MacGyver. The problem is that people really


      do use that term. They talk about MacGyvering this or that. It’s part of the culture, so removing it takes out some fun. Plus, it makes Anderson’s facial reaction nonsensical.

      While the removal of a much maligned remark by the Carter character in her very first scene at Cheyenne Mountain is hard to argue with, at the same time, taking it out made the reactions of the others in the scene seem forced and illogical. The Kawalsky and Ferretti characters joke and tease antagonistically without any build up. It stood out like a sore thumb. There’s so much editing that it feels choppy to me.

      I did enjoy the added scene of the briefing when ...


      • the team first returns from Abydos. There is a line by General Hammond to Daniel Jackson that is so funny. Poor Daniel. I laughed out loud and wondered why they had taken that scene out in the first place.

        The change in the music score is pretty good. I don’t have much argument with what was done there. The FX changes and enhancements were, overall, good, though not always appropriate in my opinion. New doesn’t always mean better. The re-cut ending is does do what Wright wanted, which is to make this a self-contained movie and not a movie pilot. However, in doing so, it would confuse anyone who proceeds to the

        next episode — The Enemy Within. Per this ‘final cut’, that story would be impossible.

        There are little things I don’t like, such as the reduction of the scene with Daniel trying to find the Gate address. That was cute and adorable, and it’s been relegated to nothing. The same holds true for the moment when they enter the Cartouche on Abydos. There’s a line change that also takes away some of the charm.

        By the same token, some of the additions, choice of cuts, and revisions do work nicely. I’m especially happy that the nudity is gone. It never belonged there. However, I do prefer the original. It’s the magic that started it all.


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