The film revolves around an ancient Egyptian artifact, excavated in Giza during the 1920s. The American government takes possession of the mystical round object and soon begins experimenting to see how they can activate this device they have discovered…
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Having seen it in between Stargate SG-1, I can't wrap my mind around Russell as O'Neill. I got so used to Dean Anderson's irony and to his sarcastic one-liners that now I just can't image him being any different. RDA's touch to the character makes it feel effortless and so much more enjoyable too. Also, I missed a Sam & a Teal'c :s still, I loved going back to where it all started & seeing Spader in it!
An intriguing premise starts off as cheesy entertainment, but then just gets so dopey and ridiculous that it actually gets boring. James Spader and Kurt Russell are fine in their cartoonish roles, and the special effects are alright - but it surprisingly drags on for much of the time before exploding into its predictable action climax. Much more could have been done with such an inventive premise.
Unique concept with infinitive potential with a portal taking explorers anywhere in the galaxy - and we go to a boring desert planet that looks like Egypt? Kurt Russell and James Spader make two good leading characters, but much of the film is an overlong snorefest taking forever to become interesting and takes itself all too serious. I would never have thought that it would lead to a much better TV series later on.
A DECENT move that feels a bit rushed at times, but ultimately conveys some good idea and has some really good set designs, costumes, and lighting. Some of the things portrayed touch on a very real and psychedelic level, but it is hidden within the Hollywood stage of film. It's also (supposedly) and probably not a coincidence that the lead singer looks Identical to Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane. Google it.