Daniel Jackson (James Spader) is homeless, out of work, and a complete dweeb that most shake their heads at for his outlandish theories. He’s also an amazingly talented linguist with ancient languages. He’s the one they get to decipher the unknown writing on the artefact excavated in 1928 at the foot of the Great Pyramids. He does it and the US military are finally able to use the “stargate” to see what it does and where it leads.
Jackson talks his way onto the team to investigate what’s on the other side of the “stargate”. The team of highly trained military men, led by Colonel O’Neil (Kurt Russell) are far from happy to have a dweeb and even less happy when he says he can’t send them back to Earth straight away once they find themselves in this other place.
And now for the shit to hit the fan. Alien species who rule like a god, enslaved humans that don’t speak English, lots of sand, a bomb, and possibly no way to return home.
But Jackson does find himself a cute wife.
Story wise, this is interesting. The different elements that have been woven together to create this surreal world shouldn’t work together, but they do, and they are perfect. So many times writers struggle to get history to work alongside science that it ends up being a mess. You can see why there were different television series from this one idea.
I love the actors. Kurt Russell is adorable in part he plays. But it’s James Spader who shines. He has great timing and is the perfect geek who is consumed by his work and forgets how to function as an adult. I love him. You just want to give him a hug. And for him to find a wife on another planet was just so sweet. I’m pretty sure, many geeks have wondered if their true love lies far away in another universe.
The graphics are so close. The software was almost at that point where it would’ve looked seamless, except it wasn’t quite there yet. Very good for the time, but really creepy with eyes that glow and a little too bulky with the retracting headdresses.
I’m going to have to do more research because I think this might have been based on a book. Somewhere near the end of the credits it mentions a novel.
Definitely a must watch for all history buffs, sci-fi lovers, action addicted people. And of course, the fans would already know about this and have done more in depth reviews (wouldn’t expect anything less).