Sep 102011

  Jack is supervising the training of some new recruits in mock battles and tactics and isn’t too happy with their performance even taking into account they are not combat veterans being straight from the academy. Complications arise when a foothold situation occurs and Jack is forced to kill a number of men and gets wounded himself and with only the four cadets he has to infiltrate the SGC and save the day. Proving Ground is a rip roaring fast paced episode, there is simply no let up in the action and suspense as we are drip fed the information along with the recruits which maintains the suspense and mystery. Twists and more twists add depth and flavour to the episode along with the bonus of recurring characters which always pays off.

Evil Sam, hmmm could be interesting.

Hailey and Elliot are two well developed characters but it’s a shame that Scattergood and Grogan were marginalised a little but with only 44 minutes to play with there was only so much that could be done especially as they still had to fold the regular cast into the story which they balanced out very well. It has to be said for Sam and Daniel in particular their roles while small yet full of humour and even Teal’c who had even less screentime had at least one laugh out loud moment.

Duck! Too Late…

The best acting and writing of the episode was certainly RDA doing both the disciplinarian and fatherly figure role and managing to inject the humour of who gets shot and how hard it will hurt, lots of fun but then when required very very dark especially near the end.  To lighten things up the episode ends on a scene that has you smiling which pretty much makes you wonder what Elliot’s future is and we don’t have to wait long to find out.

Ok this was our 100th episode and while an episode a week (more or less) has meant it’s taken a while to get here it’s been a lot of fun and to celebrate that we’ve run a email competition for the listeners and we had 8 entries (not bad but should have been more) and the winner was Daniel Waller. Thanks to those that entered (Abby, Thomas, Adriana, Luke, Miles, Stephen and John) and I’m sure we’ll do this again and no doubt inflation will require a higher price tag prize:)

Great framing of a deep Jack



May 142011

Sam returns to the Air Force Academy and discovers a young cadet who may at this age be smarter than Carter was in her day but there is an attitude problem which Sam convinces the General to let her adjust. Meanwhile a run of the mill baby sitting operation for Jack and Teal’c turns into a life and death struggle once Sam and her protegee turn up, the two are not directly related but they boys were doing fine:)

Fun and hi-jinks ensue.

This is the first episode for Jennifer Hailey the very smart young woman who Sam takes under her wing including being introduced to the SGC something quite unusual even though it’s obvious there are dozens of personnel who are not much older. Jennifer is played by Elisabeth Rosen and while on the subject this is also the first appearance for Dr Bill Lee played by Bill Dow. A rather surprising addition to this episode is a cameo from General Ryan a real honest to god member of the Joint Chiefs.

Damn Mosquito’s

Prodigy is a good episode, we’ve got some good new characters and actors portraying them and the two plots merge smoothly bring three of SG1 together for the final confrontation with an alien species one which the humans were more than likely responsible for.



Now for the apology…

We’ve been asking for feedback every episode and we’ve being getting some but after a gentle prod from our listener Thomas in regards to missing feedback we’ve found some messages on the old email address. Not sure if these were direct emails or wordpress forwarded ones (spam filter in action) but at least we’ve got them so sorry folks for the delay and thank you for the feedback.

Thanks to the following friends of The Gatecast…

  • Richard
  • Susan
  • Adriana
  • Stephen
  • Thomas

We’ll do better in the future both in terms of monitoring the spam filter and checking the old email but for the record the current Gmail is mentioned in each podcast but that’s not an excuse:)