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STARGATE SG-1 – Season Three
8: Demons
Written by Carl Binder • Directed by Peter DeLuise
Showtime • August 13 1999

2-star rating

SG-1 arrive on a world and discover what appears to be a church, leading them to realize that they have come across the first culture they have found whose basis was in Christianity. However, the locals haven’t evolved as far as the team, and are delivering sacrifices to a creature SG-1 recognize. But the first task on their agenda is to put Teal’c through tests to prove his demonic nature.

The SG-1 team confront their DemonsA worthy idea from new writer Carl Binder and a new one for Stargate SG-1, Demons is very well executed by director DeLuise with help from the medieval atmosphere evoked by the sets and costumes, but it is lacking in several areas. These include well-developed subsidiary characters, certain aspects of plotting that could explain how the world reached this stage, and any real excitement. SG-1 spend the majority of their time chained or locked up, which isn’t conducive to furthering the story. The ending is also rather anticlimactic, and Teal’c’s demise not played to its full potential.

All that is provided by Demons is the return of a rather uninspiring old enemy (last seen in season one’s Thor’s Hammer when Unas wasn’t significantly more threatening) and a look at just how unpleasant the Middle Ages were. It’s just not enough to gain this particular viewer’s enthusiasm.

Paul Spragg

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US: August 6 1999 • UK: November 5 1999
Rated: R • Directed by M Night Shyamalan • Stars: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment
4_star rating

What's that noise? wonder Kari Wuhrer and Cleavant DerricksDon’t be mistaken into thinking that this is ‘A Bruce Willis Movie.’ He’s merely a supporting player in an intelligent, gripping, and occasionally damn scary supernatural drama that’s dominated the late Summer US box-office. And justly so.

Aptly described by writer-director Shyamalan as ‘Ordinary People meets The Exorcist,’ Cole (Osment, who may just be the greatest child actor who ever lived) is a boy with an unwanted ability that has others labelling him a freak. His mother (Collette) can’t fathom out his seemingly inexplicable bouts of terror and inability to mingle with others. It’s only when a sensitive child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Willis) – who has his own emotional problems – begins to break through the boy’s stern defenses, that Cole reveals his secret. He can see ghosts.

Shyamalan doesn’t put a foot wrong in a meticulously-crafted gem of a movie and expertly handles the shifts from goosebump-inducing chiller to emotion-wringing drama. Osment is totally convincing, giving a performance that wins grown-ups Oscars, while the overshadowed Willis and Collette are as good as they’ll ever be.

The film really hits an emotional peak in the final act though, as Cole begins to find some salvation and Crowe discovers a shattering secret of his own. Guaranteed, you’ll want to queue up again as soon as the credits roll.

Jason Caro

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