In just one week’s time Stargate SG-1 celebrates its 20th birthday.
Yep, it’s been 20 years since the day “Children of the Gods” first aired on Showtime — July 27, 1997! To mark the occasion MGM has released the remastered edition Children of the Gods: Final Cut for fans to watch for free on the studio’s official Stargate Command YouTube channel.
It’s only available for a limited time, and from the looks of it it’s not available in some countries.
The 2-part episode was re-edited in 2009 under the direction of Stargate SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright. In addition to updating the visual effects, re-editing key shots, and eliminating some story inconsistencies, Wright had actors such as Christopher Judge (Teal’c) and Peter Williams (Apophis) re-record some or all of their dialogue.
Sha’re’s infamous nude scene — demanded by the network at the time — has also been excised, making Final Cut as family-friendly as the rest of the 10-year television series.
The result is a show that is more cinematic, visually interesting, and in keeping with the texture of the universe that would be built in subsequent years.
Check out GateWorld’s full review of the DVD release, including an index of all the changes and VFX improvements made to the original broadcast edition.
[UPDATE: Video has been removed]
as we celebrate 20 years of Stargate SG-1!