Stargate - The Ark of Truth
by Robert C. Cooper (director)
Review by Charles Mohapel
MGM DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B0010YSD7M
Date: 30 March 2008 List Price $26.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: IMDB Entry / Show Official Info /
Whether you choose to watch Stargate: The Ark Of Truth with or without the prelude, it's nice of MGM to offer you that option. Curious as to what the difference between the two was, I chose with prelude and it was the right choice to make since it takes you back to Season 9 where we first encounter Col. Cam Mitchell and follows the entire Ori timeline to the end of Season 10.
Next is a flashback to a time millions of years ago where we see a small group of Alterans discussing how they can fight back against the more numerous Ori who threaten their very existence and whether they should use the Ark to "brainwash" the Ori.
Cut to present day, where SG-1 is searching for something in the ruins of Dakara when a detachment of Ori soldiers led by Vala's husband, Tomin, arrives and attacks them. Trapped and badly outnumbered, SG-1 accepts Tomin's offer and surrenders peacefully. The prior accompanying the soldiers was the village holy man who burned Vala to death once before and now orders Tomin to kill SG-1. When Tomin argues that he gave his word, the prior becomes enraged. Taking advantage of the distraction, Mitchell grabs an Ori weapon and kills the prior. Tomin stops his men from killing Mitchell, after which everyone stands quietly, letting the reality of the prior's shocking death slowly sink in.
The next scene begins in the SGC where Tomin is now their guest, having surrendered to SG-1, and is cooperating fully with them. Marrick, the new IOA representative, arrives and informs them that Wolsey is now occupied full-time with Atlantis, and that he has been assigned to replace Wolsey to provide oversight of the SGC. In an attempt to show Mitchell that he knows what Mitchell has gone through, he says, "I used to do what you do" and exits the room. Puzzled Mitchell turns to General Landry and asks him about it. Smiling wryly, Landry informs Mitchell that Marrick used to be CIA black ops. Marrick is slimy, unctuous, and reminds me of the stereotypical used car salesman. And he has secret orders from the IOA.
Tomin provides SG-1 with a vital clue as to where the Ark may be hidden.
To avoid giving away all the secrets and ruining the story, I'm stopping now, at the 20-minute mark in the film. If you want more, you'll just have to buy the DVD.
Audio Commentary with Writer, Director, and Producer Robert C. Cooper, Actor Christopher Judge, and Director of Photography Peter Woeste (on/off during movie)
We hear Cooper say that he has always felt that the musical score is 50% of the final product, telling the audience how to feel as much as the faces of the actors, the dialogue, or the action.
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