Soundtrack Review: Stargate SG-1

Soundtrack Review: Stargate SG-1

Stargate SG-1 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Stargate SG-1 by Richard Band.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 84.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 28.2
Album Excellence: 26.4%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Stargate SG-1 is a 1997 Canadian-American science fiction television series created by Brad Wright & Jonathan Glassner and starring Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks & Amanda Tapping. It is based on the 1994 science fiction film Stargate by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich. The story of Stargate SG-1 begins about a year after the events of the feature film, when the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets. SG-1 is an elite United States Air Force special operations team, one of about 20 teams from Earth who explore the galaxy and defend against alien threats such as the Goa’uld, the Replicators and the Ori. The series draws primarily upon Egyptian mythology, Greek mythology, Norse mythology and Arthurian legend. The score is composed by Richard Band.

It’s funny, until now I just assumed Joel Goldsmith did everything Stargate SG-1, but apparently there are a few other composers in the mix as well. There’s Neal Acree, Kevin Kiner, Dennis McCarthy, Tim Truman and finally Richard Band who composed 14 episodes between 1997 and 1999. Intrada has given us a taste giving us selected music from his 14 episodes to sample. It will be fascinating to hear if it has the same sound as the numerous Joel McNeely releases for the series. The score opens with ‘Teaser (Cold Lazarus)’ a rather cold and interesting piece that could have been used in a horror movie from the 80s. Orchestral snobs might be a bit turned off as the quality of the instruments aren’t the best such as the horn which sounds rather cheap. Still, this is an interesting composition and as a fan of 80s horror, it’s pretty good. Band of course has made his name on horror so it’s not entirely unexpected.

After listening to the first three opening cues one could be forgiven for thinking that this is a horror score, but there’s also a try at emotional scoring in ‘Jack Visits Charlie’s Room’ including a lovely theme. For fans of Band and horror music there will be quite a lot to enjoy here specially in the opening half, even though for me as a fan of both felt that they could have thrown a little bit of extra money Band’s way to give him a bigger budget. It would have sounded fantastic. It’s quite different from Goldsmith’s score who probably got the biggest budget anyway, but Band sometimes use Goldsmith’s music like in the cues ‘The Crystal Monitor’ and ‘Finale / Daniel And Then Others Visit’. There’s less horror music as in the middle and second half of the score, more Stargate SG-1-ish music if you can call it that. I don’t think you will enjoy the score expecting more music like Joel Goldsmith’s score, but you will enjoy it if you set your expectations a bit lower and is a fan of Richard Band’s music.

4. Jack Visits Charlie’s Room
7. Jack And Wife On Park Bench
11. Teaser (In The Line Of Duty)
13. O’Neill Comforts Cassie
23. Sam With Girl And Back Through Gate
26. Jack And Teal’c Escaping Battle
28. Time Is Up And Finale

GD Star Rating


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