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Stargate: Continuum -- The crew of SG-1 battles an adversary who alters the history of the Stargate.
Stargate: Continuum -- An elite military unit (SG-1) must flee back to Earth when two members of their team inexplicably disappear into thin air.  But they return to a world in which the Stargate - an Ancient device which allows them to travel to hundreds of planets - was never discovered, and their own history has been erased.  Now they must convince a dubious government and military that the timeline was altered by a powerful Alien enemy (Ba'al) in order to conquer Earth, and time is not on their side...


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History may never repeat itself again
Ba'al travels back in time and prevents the Stargate program from being started. SG-1 must somehow restore history. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ben Browder ... Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell / Captain of the Achilles

Amanda Tapping ... Lt. Col. Samantha Carter

Christopher Judge ... Teal'c

Michael Shanks ... Daniel Jackson

Beau Bridges ... Mjr. Gen. Henry 'Hank' Landry

Claudia Black ... Vala Mal Doran / Quetesh

Richard Dean Anderson ... General Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neill

William Devane ... President Hayes

Cliff Simon ... Ba'al

Don S. Davis ... Major General George Hammond

Steve Bacic ... Camulus

Gary Jones ... Chief Master Sgt. Walter Harriman

Jacqueline Samuda ... Nirrti
Peter Williams ... Apophis

Darcy Cadman ... Russian Officer

P.J. Prinsloo ... Alex (as Peter John Prinsloo)
Jean Daigle ... Bosun
Corey Turner ... Helmsman

David Ingram ... Air Force Major

Dan Shea ... Siler

Martin Wood ... Wood
Derek Peakman ... Tokra Elder
Juan Llorens ... Cab Driver
Ron Halder ... Cronus

Alison Matthews ... Interviewer

David Kaye ... Interviewer
Osmond L. Bramble ... Jaffa Leader (as O.L. Bramble)

Reese Alexander ... Jaffa Pilot

Mark Pawson ... Jaffa Pilot

Tracy Trueman ... Neighbor
Jason Benson ... Officer

Kirsten Alter ... Officer (as Kirsten Williamson)
Campbell Lane ... Older Man
Vince Crestejo ... Yu
Jay Williams ... Ra
Lebrone Flippin ... Ba'al's Jaffa
Duke Shoebotham ... Ba'al's Jaffa
Michael Roselli ... Quetesh's Jaffa (as Mike Roselli)
Rob 'Sluggo' Boyce ... Quetesh's Jaffa (as Rob Boyce)

Colin Cunningham ... Major Davis

Adrian G. Griffiths ... Peltac Jaffa (as Adrian Hughes)
Jacqueline Becher ... Lady Shopper
Michael Bernacchi ... Commanding Officer (as CDR Michael Bernacchi USN)
Wesley K. Koshoffer ... COB (as CMDCM [SS] Wesley K. Koshoffer USN)
Jason M. Geddes ... Officer of the Deck (as LCDR Jason M. Geddes USN)
Alan M. Roche ... Officer on Guard (as LTjg Alan M. Roche USN)

Barry Campbell ... Crewman on Sail
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Cohen ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Brad Wright ... F-15 Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Wood 
Writing credits
Brad Wright (written by)

Jonathan Glassner  originally developed for television by (uncredited)
Brad Wright  originally developed for television by (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert C. Cooper .... producer
John G. Lenic .... producer
N. John Smith .... executive producer
Allison Volk .... associate producer
Brad Wright .... producer
Original Music by
Joel Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Peter F. Woeste (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Brad Rines 
Casting by
Paul Weber 
Production Design by
James Robbins  (as James C.D. Robbins)
Art Direction by
Chris Beach 
Thom Wells (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Mark Davidson 
Robert Davidson 
Costume Design by
Christina McQuarrie 
Makeup Department
Charmaine Clark .... assistant hair stylist
Lyn Defehr .... second assistant makeup artist (as Lyn De Fehr)
Dorothee Deichmann .... first assistant makeup artist
Rachel Griffin .... effects makeup artist: MastersFX LA/BC
Rachel Griffin .... second assistant makeup artist
Christine Hackman .... effects makeup artist: MastersFX LA/BC
Richard Kohlen .... hair stylist
Sharon Markell .... second assistant hair stylist
Todd Masters .... prosthetic effects creator: MastersFX LA/BC
Todd Masters .... prosthetic effects designer: MastersFX LA/BC
Jan Newman .... key makeup artist
Sarah Pickersgill .... effects makeup artist: MastersFX LA/BC
Nicholas Podbrey .... coordinator: MastersFX LA/BC
Brad Proctor .... effects makeup artist: MastersFX LA/BC
Jamie Salmon .... effects makeup artist: MastersFX LA/BC
Jackie K. Seo .... effects makeup artist: MastersFX LA/BC (as Jackie Seo)
Kyla Rose Tremblay .... effects makeup artist: MastersFX LA/BC
Production Management
George Horie .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Graham Cairns .... third assistant director
Steven Catlin .... third assistant director (as Steve Catlin)
Ryan Kosmynka .... second assistant director
Gordon MacDonald .... first assistant director (as Gord MacDonald)
Alex Pappas .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gerald Abrams .... scenic painter
Keith Arbuthnot .... model maker
Andras Bagoly .... assistant property master
Tom Baleshta .... property truck supervisor (as Thomas Baleshta)
Cal Barnett .... best greens
Chris Barrett .... scenic carpenter
Lyle Barwick .... scenic carpenter
Tor Baxter .... lead carpenter
Bryan Beckett .... lead laborer
Gordon Bellamy .... head model maker
Brent Berg .... scenic carpenter
Robert Berthelet .... scenic carpenter
Patrick Booker .... lead carpenter
Dave Boulier .... scenic carpenter
Troy Brolly .... scenic carpenter
Loree Cameron .... sign painter fabricator (as Leree Weshler)
John Cau .... lead carpenter
Linda Chiz .... scenic painter
David Clarke .... assistant art director
Scott Clatney .... scenic artist: set
Ron Clifford .... scenic carpenter (as Ronald Clifford)
Kevin Cockell .... props buyer
Rick Colledge .... set painter
Peter Christian Combe .... scenic artist (as Peter Combe)
Stephen Coutu .... scenic artist
Steve Craine .... paint coordinator
Rick De Coine .... scenic painter
Pieter B. De Neeve .... lead carpenter (as Pieter de Neeve)
Jay Delbeke .... model maker
Paco Don .... model maker
Raymond Don .... model maker
Paxton Downard .... model maker
Bill Earle .... lead carpenter
Troy Eirich .... assistant property master
John Fedorek .... scenic carpenter
Tony Fiorese .... lead metal fabricator
Bill Forster .... lead carpenter
Ward Galvin .... construction foreman
Roy Gervais .... lead carpenter
Kenny Gibbs .... property master (as Kenny L. Gibbs)
Boyd Godfrey .... sign painter fabricator
Rocky Guttau .... laborer
Neall C. Halingten .... lead carpenter (as Neall Halingten)
Sandy Hegyi .... computer numerical control operator
Peter Hickey .... sign painter fabricator
Tim Higgins .... lead dresser
Christopher Hunt .... scenic painter
Martin Hunter .... model maker (as Martin Hunger)
Kyle Irwin .... laborer
Douglas Jang .... construction foreman (as Doug Jang)
Dave G. Jones .... paint foreman (as David Jones)
Aaron Jordan .... sculptor
Iesza Jessica Jordan .... sculptor (as Iesza Snowdon)
Kevin Kasper .... lead dresser
John B. Keys .... lead painter (as John Keys)
Jennifer Kidd .... art department assistant
Rick Kramer .... best greens
Ken Laderoute .... scenic carpenter
Eric Langstroth .... lead metal fabricator
Dave Laprise .... scenic carpenter
Tyler Lavoie .... scenic painter
Tracy Licenik .... model maker
Philip Lunt .... greensperson (as Phillip Lunt)
Tracy Lynch .... sculptor
Omar McBride .... scenic carpenter
Mark McDermott .... scenic carpenter
Jason McKenna .... lead carpenter
Jerry McLaughlin .... scenic artist
Mark McQuillen .... scenic carpenter
Sheila Millar .... assistant art director
Michael Molson .... assistant set decorator (as Mike Molson)
Darren Moore .... best greens
David R. Murray .... scenic carpenter (as David Murray)
Rob Nicholson .... scenic carpenter (as Bob Nicholson)
John Noel .... lead carpenter
Patrick O'Connor .... laborer
Siobhan O'Toole .... scenic carpenter
Mario Orologio .... lead metal fabricator
Mike Osborne .... lead carpenter
Henry Parker .... lead carpenter
Yvonne Peddemors .... scenic artist
John Pesklewis .... sculptor
Daniel Pokorny .... model sculpturing
Mathew Pooley .... scenic artist (as Matt Pooley)
Mark Rathgeber .... scenic carpenter
Jarami Reid .... model maker
Ian Reiman .... lead carpenter
Dale Renker .... laborer
Dale Renker .... plasterer
Jason Renker .... painter
Chris Richardson .... scenic carpenter
James M. Richardson .... scenic carpenter (as James Richardson)
Jo Riley .... scenic artist
Al Schedler .... set buyer
Chris Schifferns .... model maker (as Christopher Scheffern)
Doug Schmidt .... lead carpenter
Roger Schultz .... scenic carpenter (as Rodger Schultz)
Russell Shiels .... lead carpenter
Judy Siver .... best greens
Anya Slade .... sculptor
Sal Sortino .... laborer (as Salvatore Sortino)
Claes St. Cyr .... plasterer
Spencer Stevenson .... lead carpenter
G. Scott Stewart .... construction buyer
Cary Taylor .... scenic carpenter
Dave Tennant .... best greens (as David Tennant)
Claude Turcotte .... best greens
Joel Turner .... head greensperson
Stephen Vance .... paint foreman
Roger Ventura .... model maker
Shane Wanless .... on-set dresser
Steven Webb .... lead carpenter
Scott Wellenbrink .... construction coordinator
Aaron Wells .... additional carpenter
Colin White .... lead carpenter
Scotty Whittman .... best greens (as Scott Whitman)
Vernon Winn .... scenic metal fabricator
Shaun Witte .... scenic carpenter
Darren Wright .... model maker
Kevin Yanciw .... additional carpenter
Donald Yanko .... scenic carpenter
Gary York .... lead carpenter
Scott Young .... model maker
John Yoxall .... lead metal fabricator
Darcy Yurchuk .... lead painter
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Jay Cheetham .... backgrounds editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... dialogue supervisor
Dario DiSanto .... foley editor
Cameron Foodikoff .... sound assistant
Vince Gutierrez .... adr supervisor: Los Angeles
Graeme Hughes .... re-recording mixer
Kirby Jinnah .... dialogue editor
Devan Kraushar .... sound designer
Jim Lacamel .... boom operator
Laurie Melhus .... audio post production coordinator
Iain Pattison .... re-recording mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Shane Shemko .... foley artist
William Skinner .... production sound mixer (as Bill Skinner)
Elaine Stef .... foley artist
Janice Thompson .... assistant dialogue editor
James Wallace .... sound designer
Matt Dawson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Glen Noseworthy .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Belinda Pattison .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Wray J. Douglas .... special effects supervisor (as Wray Douglas)
Nick Lawson .... special effects shop coordinator
Glen Marinello .... special effects crew
Bill Pankiw .... special effects best boy
Greg Pyne .... special effects crew
Scott Stofer .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Stephen Bahr .... visual effects coordinator
Michelle Comens .... visual effects supervisor
Natalia Diaz .... junior compositor
Carina Dielissen Hunt .... playback artist
Carina Dielissen Hunt .... visual effects artist
Rob Fitzsimmons .... junior compositor
Janice Groom .... in-house visual effects coordinator
Erica Henderson .... lead compositor
Tia Hoshizaki .... roto artist (as Tia Drakes)
Viv Jim .... compositor
James Kawano .... visual effects artist (as James Yukio Kawano)
Brett Keyes .... visual effects artist
Michael Lowes .... visual effects artist
Kodie Mackenzie .... compositor
Billy Martin .... junior compositor
Billy Martin .... on-set playback technician
Krista McLean .... digital matte painter
Krista McLean .... playback supervisor
Julia Oya .... playback artist (as Julie Oya)
Jose Perez .... visual effects artist
James Raiz .... visual effects artist
Jesse Rieger .... visual effects IT support
Shareef Shanawany .... visual effects artist
Christopher Stewart .... in-house digital supervisor
Craig Van Den Biggelaar .... digital effects supervisor: Darkroom (as Craig Vandenbiggelaar)
Blair Walters .... on-set playback technician
Dylan Yastremski .... roto artist
Gordon Bellamy .... digital scanning: polymorph3d (uncredited)
Justin Brekke .... digital film i/o technician (uncredited)
Andrea Chlebak .... visual effects colorist (uncredited)
Peter Hart .... lead matchmove artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
Sam Nixon .... senior matchmove artist (uncredited)
Lee Pierce .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Drew Shields .... senior matchmove artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
Curtis Tsai .... data I/O: Rainmaker (uncredited)
Luke Vallee .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mike Washburn .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Lloyd Adams .... stunts
Fraser Aitcheson .... stunts
Ed Anders .... stunts
James Bamford .... fight coordinator
Loyd Bateman .... stunts
Lou Bollo .... stunts
Lauro Chartrand .... stunts
Bruce Crawford .... stunts
Tommy Europe .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunts
Adrian Hein .... stunts
Trevor Jones .... stunts
Brad Kelly .... stunts
Ken Kirzinger .... stunts
John MacDonald .... stunts
James Michalopolous .... stunts (as James Michalopoulos)
Tony Morelli .... stunts
Efosa Otuomagie .... stunts
Rick Pearce .... stunts
Darryl Scheelar .... stunts
Dan Shea .... stunt coordinator
John Ulmer .... stunts
Hugo Steele .... wire technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven A. Adelson .... Steadicam (as Steven Adelson)
Steven A. Adelson .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Steven Adelson)
Artino Ahmadi .... second assistant camera
Richard Boisvert .... lighting board operator
Anthony Creery .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Sean Davis .... best boy electric
Matteo Di Lorio .... camera trainee (as Matt Diorio)
Stan Dim .... grip lead hand set-up
Damon Faulkner .... best boy rigging grip
Dave Ferreira .... key grip (as David Ferreira)
Dean Friss .... first assistant camera
Scott Gray .... grip
Cory Hodson .... chief lighting technician
Mark Leiterman .... grip
Brian Lymer .... generator operator (as Bryan Lymer)
Terry McEwen .... first assistant camera
Mike Mossman .... best boy grip
Christian Rayner .... rigging gaffer
Eike Schroter .... still photographer
Paul Sheridan .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Andrew D. Wilson .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Andy Wilson)
Keith Woods .... rigging best boy
Thomas Yardley .... second assistant camera
Ken Young .... key rigging grip
Justin Bergler .... second assistant camera: Arctic unit (uncredited)
Amie Gibbins .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Keith Mukai .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Jason Tidsbury .... light balloon technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Elisa Bayley .... casting associate: Canada
Sean Cossey .... casting: Canada
Sandra Couldwell .... extras casting
Jennifer Lurey .... casting assistant: US
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nora Bautista .... seamstress
Gloria Chan .... seamstress
Barbara Gasior .... seamstress
Slavica Grkavac .... cutter
Lana S. Krause .... costume coordinator (as Lana Krause)
Julia Linn .... cutter (as Julia Lin)
Joan Lovett .... costume breakdown
Laurel Morgan .... extras costumer
Kieu Nguyen .... cutter
Jody Leanne Petford .... costumer: performers (as Jodie Petford)
Elizabeth Raap .... assistant costume designer
Nicola Ryall .... costume set supervisor
Meg Schmon .... extras costumer
Debbie Winston .... seamstress
Roma Wnuk .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Michael Eliot .... post production consultant
Adrian Green .... colorist: dailies
Achim Kapitza .... colorist
Greg Krantz .... on-line editor
Doug Oke .... assistant editor
Marcus Onischak .... post production assistant (as Marcus Todd Onischak)
Greta Schell .... post production assistant
Music Department
Neal Acree .... composer: additional music
David Arnold .... composer: original 'Stargate' themes
James Baxter .... chief engineer: FreeClyde Studio
Tim Boyle .... recording engineer
Rick Chadock .... music editor
Josh Evans .... scoring stage assistant
George Gallegos .... music coordinator
Lord Hillary Grogsweed .... conductor (as Sir Hillary Grogsweed)
Lord Hillary Grogsweed .... orchestrator (as Sir Hillary Grogsweed)
Simon James .... music contractor
Devan Kraushar .... music sound designer
Kory Kruckenberg .... engineer: staff
David Sabee .... music contractor
Jon Schluckebier .... scoring stage manager
Severin Schultze .... assistant engineer (uncredited)
Brian Valentino .... engineer: Pro Tools
James Wallace .... music sound designer
John Winters .... scoring stage assistant
Robert Puff .... music librarian (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Charlie Brown .... driver
Matt Brown .... transportation co-captain
Len Chan .... transportation coordinator (as Lennard Chan)
Don Dykens .... transportation captain
Harry Hachey .... driver
Dixie Halldorsen .... driver
Gary Horn .... driver
Kim Howes .... transportation security captain
Dale Johnson .... driver
Dave Kvasheninikoff .... driver (as Dave Kvasheninkoff)
John G. Oliver .... driver (as John Oliver)
Steve Symchyck .... driver (as Steve Symchyek)
Other crew
Carole Appleby .... promotions coordinator
Tanja Balic .... production office coordinator
Lawren Bancroft-Wilson .... assistant to producers
Will Baum .... catering: Star Lit Catering
Kathy Candiago .... accounting clerk
Nathan Conchie .... office production assistant
Mary Danner .... technical advisor: US Air Force (as Captain Mary Danner)
Lorne Davidson .... location manager
Chris Deaver .... assistant chef: Star Lit Catering
Shelly Devuyst .... stand-in
Herbert Duncanson .... stand-in
Nicole Forest .... production accountant
Janet Glowa .... assistant production office coordinator
Meaghan Goldstraw .... key location production assistant
Carol Horn .... legal counsel: Heenan Blaikie LLP
Laureen Hui .... assistant accountant (as Loreen Hui)
Tony N. Kung'u .... assistant to executive producer (as Tony Ng'ung'ui Kung'u)
Lem Le Mercier .... armorer (as Lem Mercier)
Alex Levine .... script coordinator
David Magee .... first assistant production office coordinator
Dominic Main .... assistant location manager
Finn Michael .... stand-in
Anthea Morrison .... assistant chef: Star Lit Catering
Glenn Mowatt .... craft service
Glenn Mowatt .... first aid
Terry J. Murray .... script supervisor (as Terry Murray)
Brigitte Prochaska .... unit publicist
Steve Risa .... chef: Star Lit Catering
Kinnon Ross .... trainee assistant location manager
Nicole Rudell .... stand-in
Trudi Thorwaldson .... co-accountant
Molly Clayton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nadine Moser .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ryan Steacy .... armorer (uncredited)
D. Aubrey White .... production assistant (uncredited)
Carl Binder .... the producers wish to thank
Barry Campbell .... the producers wish to thank
Charles Cohen .... the producers wish to thank
Joshua Dishmon .... the producers wish to thank (as LT Joshua Dishmon USN)
Martin Gero .... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Gosset .... the producers wish to thank
Mike Hacking .... the producers wish to thank
Ed Hassel .... the producers wish to thank (as Capt Ed Hassel)
George Hunt .... the producers wish to thank George Hunt USN) (as ETCS(SS)
Anthony Huntrod .... this film is dedicated to the memory of: who lost their lives during an accident under the ice cap on a Royal Navy submarine at the time of filming
Jeffrey Jones .... the producers wish to thank Jeffrey Jones USN) (as SK3(SS)
Fred Karig .... the producers wish to thank
Travis Major .... the producers wish to thank
Joseph Mallozzi .... the producers wish to thank
Paul McCann .... this film is dedicated to the memory of: who lost their lives during an accident under the ice cap on a Royal Navy submarine at the time of filming
Alan McCullough .... the producers wish to thank
David B. Meadvin .... the producers wish to thank David B. Meadvin USN) (as ETC(SS)
James Alfred Menard .... the producers wish to thank (as Jim Menard)
Paul Mullie .... the producers wish to thank
Jeremy Paplior .... the producers wish to thank Jeremy Paplior USN) (as MM1(SS)
Lewis J. Patterson .... the producers wish to thank (as LT Lewis J. Patterson USN)
Tyler Plansker .... the producers wish to thank Tyler Plansker USN) (as MMFN(SU/DV)
Randy Ray .... the producers wish to thank
Frank J. Saviano .... the producers wish to thank Frank J. Saviano USN) (as FTC(SS)
Eric W. Terry .... the producers wish to thank Eric W. Terry USN) (as ET1(SS)
Jeff Yackeren .... the producers wish to thank (as Lt. Jeff Yackeren USN)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Continuum" - USA (short title)
"Stargate Continuum: The Movie" - USA (promotional title)
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USA:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Surround)

Did You Know?

Writer/Producer Brad Wright has a cameo as an F-15 pilot.See more »
Continuity: Dr. Jackson is seen walking into his apartment with his pants pinned such that his leg appears to be amputated close to the knee. Later his prosthetic leg can be seen with a long below knee socket.See more »
Ba'al:There is a god standing here with wet hands!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Command & Conquer: Stargate Universe (2012) (VG)See more »
Stargate ThemeSee more »


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61 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Thoroughly entertaining story concludes Goa'uld plot arc with finesse, 4 July 2008
Author: Virgil Ierubino (Aquillyne) from United Kingdom

You may find reviews of 'Stargate: Continuum' inflated because of its contrast to the preceding 'Ark of Truth'. Whereas 'Ark' was in many ways, but not completely, a huge disappointment, 'Continuum' is and does everything 'Ark' failed at: the plot genuinely grips you, and is in no way linear; it surprises you, twists unexpectedly, rolls back on itself and weaves several arcs together, just like any good story should; there's genuine, fantastic character development; and a deepened attention to detail and realism. Take your pick on one of the best ever 'Stargate SG-1' episodes, and imagine it being given the royal, feature-length treatment. 'Continuum' finally realises this notion without the symptoms of a clumsy transition between 42-minute episodes and an attempted epic that 'Ark' suffered from.

For any of you who are new to the Stargate franchise, I will provide a brief explanation – but thankfully 'Continuum' doesn't make 'Ark's mistake of being incomprehensible for someone who hasn't watched Stargate for 10 years. The Goa'uld are a snake-like race of aliens who implant themselves inside humans, thereby taking total control of their bodies. Some of these aliens have amassed huge power, controlling vast fleets of ships and armies of "Jaffa" warriors, by using various technologies to give the impression that they are gods. Known as the System Lords, they have been conquering the galaxy for millennia. Near the end of 'Stargate SG-1', the System Lords were all but defeated – except for the most cunning, Ba'al, who managed to clone himself in an attempt to render himself unstoppable. 'Continuum' picks up after our heroes, SG-1 – the primary five-strong team taking orders from the U.S. Government to counter such inter-galactic threats – believe they have the last Ba'al remaining.

But Ba'al is tricky as ever and, as ever, Cliff Simon plays him with a delicious mix of scheming genius, elaborate malice and exuberant vanity that has made Ba'al the villain we love to hate and hate to love. Indeed, Cliff Simon gives his singularly best performance of Ba'al to date, and is without a doubt the star of the show. In one dedicated, extended, excruciatingly well written and delivered sequence, Ba'al's character is really given a playground with the feature-length treatment he's always deserved: if you know Ba'al already you won't be able to stop grinning; if you don't you will fall hopelessly in love. This scene is rivalled only by one of the tensest hostage sequences I've ever seen on a film.

In 'Continuum' SG-1 probably faces the toughest trials it ever has, causing the usually gentle-mannered Daniel Jackson to exclaim in profanities twice throughout the film. Initially this shocked me, as care is usually taken to ensure Stargate productions can be watched by all ages – but actually this elevation of maturity really added some welcome grit to the story, and is matched by a handful of graphic, gory killings. This grittiness is enhanced by the aforementioned attention to realism that a full-length movie allows time for. In your typical Stargate episode, being stuck in an ice cavern isn't all too bad – you'll find your way out soon enough. In 'Continuum' this entails that there's no light, you can't light a fire, your fast, hard breaths billow visibly through the air, you're shivering uncontrollably and eventually you'll get frostbite with dire consequences.

At its heart, 'Continuum' is a time-travel story – a staple of science fiction and certainly of Stargate – but handled much better than usual. Whereas the 'SG-1' episode 'Moebius' thought it could hush the time paradoxes it generated aside, 'Continuum' deals with them head-on. However, like the best sci-fi, it doesn't attempt to deliver you pseudo-scientific explanations, it just highlights the puzzles for your attention – they're interesting issues as questions alone. Of course, the time-travel itself is no real focus of the film, but more of a device to shake things up; in a sense, 'Continuum' is one, big, Stargate-themed "What if?" Characters are tested to extremes, are forced to interact with completely different roles, and the opportunity is seized to throw in more guest appearances of old characters than you can count.

Besides all this praise there are some things 'Continuum' really lets itself down with. Some very awkward dialogue between the SG-1 members at the beginning reeked of the writer not really knowing what else to say – although there is an extremely bold speech from Vala, which is impressive purely on account of the boldness of writing it in. Some crucial plot moments are swept over far too quickly – how quickly do you think you could be persuaded that your mortal enemy is actually your friend if you'd never met him before? Well, pretty damn quickly, 'Continuum' seems to think – although again there is enough material for the hardcore fan to "explain away" this kind of problem. It was also disappointing that Joel Goldsmith's score was disappointing – many scenes that really needed a strong sense of drama are overplayed by bright, bouncy music, which slightly jars; one thinks, "Aren't people dying here?" That said, it equally has its moments of grandeur.

'Continuum' seems to have proved that both Stargate, and science-fiction as a whole, have moved on for the better. Whereas 'Ark' was written and directed by veteran Robert C. Cooper, 'Continuum' was the work of original developer Brad Wright, with the direction of the more recent Stargate talent Martin Wood. And it really shows - watch out for an extended tracking shot in the first few minutes of the film that climaxes with the entrance of the heroes, and which would give 'Atonement' (Joe Wright, 2007) a run for its money. Whereas 'Ark' doesn't at any point seem to know quite what it's doing, 'Continuum' really takes you for a ride, with perfect pacing and just the right emphasis placed on every part of the plot: the people behind this were right on the cutting edge of what Stargate is today.

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