Oct 182014
 

avatar2 SG1 are undercover on an alien world recently taken by the ORI and a now fully grown Adria makes an appearance, after a rousing speech which has the locals aka survivors cheering an energy wave is detected by the Odyssey in orbit, they beam SG1 onboard and watch helplessly as every living thing on the planet is vaporised. Meanwhile back at the SGC Bra’tac arrives to bring news of a new offensive against ORI held planets using the Ancient weapon at Dakara, the current Jaffa council have decided that sacrificing whole worlds to kill the ORI armies is a worthy trade off and with an ORI starship now abandoned the race is on to take control of it. As SG1 investigate the ship they find the bridge and the robes of a Prior which indicates they control the ship which negates the whole premise of the Jaffa believing they can take the ship and use it to fight the ORI but there is no trust and the two groups spend more time fighting each other. The surprise for both of them is that Adria thanks to her connection with Celestis is still very much alive and is perhaps the most advanced being in the galaxy at this time and she takes control of the ship and with the information gained from the “dead” Jaffa she sets course for Dakara to destroy the weapon. Bra’tac and Landry are being held by the Council and their leader Se’tak who is a little paranoid holds up in the bunker and activates the weapon when the ORI ship is in orbit, it kills his men but Adria is again untouched and she fires on the planet ripping apart the ancient technology while Landry and Bra’tac flee through the Stargate.

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Counterstrike is a well written episode and delves into the use of a device the Ancients meant as a tool for creation (think the Genesis device from Star Trek 2) but to create it has to manipulate raw material so when used as a weapon the need to create is a by product and the destruction of in this case life forms becomes it’s sole purpose. Of course the moral and ethical dilemma is exposed when every the decision to sacrifice innocents and non-combatants to strike at actual military targets and we get plenty of opportunity to explore that. That said we don’t get a lot of insight into the limitations of the Jaffa decision, piece meal strikes will simply be giving the ORI enough time to eventually discover the technology and source of the weapon and the foolish belief the Jaffa could make use of an ORI ship given that we know the Prior are the key to their technology beyond hand weapons etc. Ultimately the strike against this planet was misguided and achieved little and does kinda indicate that conventional means will not defeat the ORI and even some out of the blue almost mystical technology may not even be a total solution, I guess even Daniel may be wishing on a star in his hope for Merlin’s weapon.

Thanks for the feedback for last weeks episode The Real World and thanks to those that voted in the poll, the results seems to indicate a very pro Elizabeth (Torri) camp within the Stargate Atlantis fanbase and like the character or not she really should have been given more to do or sidelined even more in the way of General Hammond, this middle ground didn’t seem to work for anyone. This weeks promo is for The BatCave Podcast and next week we are going to be covering the Atlantis episode Common Ground where John has a close encounter with an old enemy and gets even closer to a potential friend or at least respected enemy, should be fun. Thanks to Brad for joining us on this episode and given the hoops we were jumping through it didn’t turn out to bad but overall came in a few minutes shorter than normally, could have done with a bit of extra content (reviews, comments etc) yep that’s a hint:)

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Oct 222014
 

Derek Versteeg
Derek played a Jaffa in the Stargate SG1 episode Dominion and has also appeared on The X-Files, 7 Days, Quest for Samurai , Psych and the movie 2012.  IMDB 
Darcy Cadman
Darcy appeared as a Russian Officer in Stargate Continuum and has had guest spots on Supernatural, The 4400, Haunted and features in the upcoming Ghost Light. IMDB Twitter

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Oct 212014
 

Alana Husband
Alana played Ennea in the Stargate Atlantis episode Childhoods End & Dr. McCormack in the Stargate Universe episode Earth. She has also been in The Dead Zone, The L Word, Psych, Caitlin’s Way, BSG and Intelligence. IMDB Twitter
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
Jeffrey had a recurring role on Stargate Universe as Darren Becker and an uncredited role in the SG1 episode “Memento Mori”. He has also appeared on The L Word, On The Bus, Fairly Legal, Warehouse 13 and Un-Real as well providing voice talent on Iron Man: Armored Adventures. IMDB Twitter Official

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Oct 202014
 

Niall Matter
Niall is well known for his lead roles in Primeval New World and his recurring role on Eureka but he also appeared twice on Stargate Atlantis as Lt Kemp, played Tag Cummins on Arctic Air and guest starred on Motive. IMDB Twitter Official
William Russ
William played the rogue SG1 captain Jonas Hanson in the Stargate first season episode The First Commandment and also had a long running lead role in Boy Meets world and guest starred on Boston Legal, Vegas and Wildfire. IMDB
George Wyner
George guest starred as Al Martell in the SG1 episode Prometheus and has had guest spots on House, The Mentalist, ER, Melissa & Joey and Desperate Housewives. IMDB

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Oct 192014
 

I’m finally getting started with the new season of US television so I got to watch the latest episodes of Arrow and Supernatural both of which had former Stargate actors in guest spots. The first was Patrick Gilmore playing Erlich Kelso in the second episode of the third season of Arrow called “Sara” and then it was David Nykl playing Lester Morris in the season ten episode “Reichenbach”. Surprisingly neither actor was playing a particularly nice guy:)

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Oct 192014
 

Roger R. Cross
Roger played Lt. Conner and Captain Conner in two episodes of Stargate SG1 (Spirits, The First Commandment), he’s recently been seen in Motive, Continuum, Arrow and The Strain and made his tv name on shows such as 24 and First Wave. IMDB Twitter
Anna Galvin
Anna appeared in all three live action series, she was Mrs Armstrong in four episodes of Stargate Universe, Dr. Reya Varrick in SG1 Collateral Damage and Vanessa Conrad in the Atlantis episode Remnants. She has also guest starred on Motive, Smallville, Supernatural, Mr Young and Witches of East End. IMDB

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Oct 172014
 

Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
Tiffany was Evalla in the SG1 episode Revisions and La Moor in Stargate SG1, she was also The Hybrid in Battlestar Galactica (with added goo) and has guest starred on Supernatural, Smallville, Danger 5, Flash Gordon and Dead Like Me. IMDB Official Site
Thomas Kopache
Thomas was Ellori in the SG1 episode Prophecy and has appeared in Enterprise, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, The Blacklist, Person Of Interest and The West Wing. IMDB Agent Site
Venus Terzo
Venus played Dr Michaels in the Stargate SG1 episode Frozen. She has also guest starred on Shattered, Andromeda, Whistler, Blackstone and Continuum as well as provided the voice for numerous animated productions. IMDB

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Oct 162014
 

Joseph Mallozzi
Producer and Writer of far too many episodes of Stargate to mention as well as penning episodes with his writing partner for Transporter The Series, Delete and Student Bodies. It was announced recently that the graphic novel he wrote with Paul is being produced as a 13 part series for Syfy, he also maintains an entertaining blog which is well worth checking out. IMDB Official Blog Twitter
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Oct 142014
 

Robert C Cooper
Robert was a Producer, Writer, Director & Story Editor on the Stargate TV franchise and responsible for some of the key episodes in the series. He has also written for Flash Forward, PSI Factor, Blown Away and was a technical advisor on Da Vinci’s Inquest. IMDB
David Kaye
David was an interviewer on Stargate Continuum and is a voice performer on a number of animated shows such as Toon Wolf, Ben 10, Marvel’s Avengers and Xiaolin Chronicles and video game voice performer. IMDB Behind The Voice Official Site Twitter
Nels Lennarson
Nels played Major Green in the SG1 episode Death Knell and Captain Holland in the Atlantis episode Phantoms. He’s also guest starred on Psych, Sanctuary, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland and Smallville. IMDB Twitter

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Oct 132014
 

Christopher Judge
Christopher was the Jaffa Teal’c in Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis. He’s also appeared on MacGyver, Mentalist, Paradox and Dark Knight Rises. IMDB Twitter
Hiro Kanagawa
Hiro played Mr Wayne in the Stargate SG1 episode Full Alert, he has also starred in Caprica and has guest starred on Arrow, Intelligence, Bates Motel and The Killing. IMDB Behind The Voice
Michael Karl Richards
Michael was Major Peterson in five episodes of Stargate Universe and a Guard in the SG1 episode Sight Unseen. He’s also guest starred on Fringe, Psych, Whistler and appeared in 2012, Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Rogue. IMDB Twitter Official Site

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Oct 122014
 

Brian J. Smith
Brian appeared as a series main character on Stargate Universe playing Lt. Matthew Scott, he’s also guest starred on Defiance, Warehouse 13, Coma and iwas nominated for a TONY award for his Broadway role on The Glass Menagerie.  IMDB Twitter
Sarah Smyth
Sarah appeared twice as Annie Balic in Stargate Universe and she is currently starring in Cedar Cove as Justine and has guest starred on episodes of Supernatural, Durham County, Naked Josh and Shattered.
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Dion Johnstone
Dion was the man of many faces on Stargate SG1, he appeared in nine episodes playing characters such as Chaka, Wodan, Nelson and Warrick. He’s also guest starred on Defiance, Flashpoint and The Listener as well as appearing on stage. IMDB Official Site Twitter

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Oct 112014
 

avatar2 Elizabeth awakes in a strange rather bleak room, the door is locked and after repeated shouting and raising panic a man approaches and unlocks the door and introduces himself as Dr. Adam Fletcher and that she is in a hospital just outside of Washington, when she queries Atlantis and being back on Earth he doesn’t know what she means and claims she was leading a diplomatic negotiation over nuclear proliferation in Africa when she collapsed. She demands to see General O’Neill who subsequently turns up but again like the Doctor claims ignorance of any military program called Stargate or a secret facility beneath Cheyenne mountain, Elizabeth freaks and tries to make a break for it but is sedated once again and soon falls into the regular sessions with Fletcher and his pharmaceutical regime and when she shows some positive results they bring in her mother who has her fathers watch, the same watch she took to Atlantis. We are not exactly sure how much time has passed but eventually she is released and returns home and Jack turns up asking her to return to the negotiating table but maybe the pressure is too much and the hallucinations of a shadowy figure return.

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After relapsing it’s revealed that Elizabeth is being attacked by nanites and is in a sort of coma in the Atlantis medical bay, Carson is trying desperately to find a way to neutralise these small machines without damaging the body but it seems they are more interested in controlling her and John realises it’s a war or will power, her mind is fighting the programming being imposed by the nanites and in a final hail mary John enters quarantine grabs her by the arm leaving himself open to infection tries to provide a sense of hope and direction. In her mindscape Elizabeth is being hunted down by “Jack” but she sees John who tells her to run and leads her through the SGC to the gate and the final barrier, ignoring the threats of the machine entity she enters the wormhole and awakes on Atlantis with a clean bill of health.

The Real World seems to polarise opinion, we’ve had tweets that regard it as a favourite of the entire series and other saying it’s a simple rip off from an SG1 story, either way it’s always good when the writers give Torri something to work with and sideline the rest of the regular cast, she carries this episode with ease supported by the return of Richard Dean Anderson and Alan Ruck guest starring as the Dr. Fletcher. While the episode can be considered as a standalone it does answer an unasked question from the episode Progeny when she was attacked, it made sense nanites would have been transferred over and being what they are be capable of becoming a threat. Overall a solid third season episode but not one geared up for a casual rewatch unless you are a fan of Torri or maybe James Bamford who appears quite a bit on this episode, he’s the stunt co-ordinator but handles Torri with aplomb during her fight scenes:)

Thanks for the comments on Facebook and Google+, Twitter again is the core social media portal for the show with a lot of conversation about the episode and thanks to everyone who favorited and retweeted the show information. A big thank you to Jeff for calling in over Skype from the states and joining us for the episode, he’s getting very busy with his teaching job so it may be a while before he records some more stiff with us, hopefully not too long. This weeks promo is for Tuning Into Scifi Tv and next week we are going to be watching the SG1 episode Counterstrike, hope you join us.

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