Jan 212012

¬† A delegation from Kelownan arrives to discuss the possibility of an alliance despite the events which led to the death of Daniel Jackson, Jonas Quinn stealing some Naquadria and then turning his back on his home world. The three visitors a scientist, soldier and diplomat ask the SGC for military aid in exchange for more of the Naquadria as their nation is now the target of a new alliance between the two other states on their world and war is imminent. With technology similar to our 1940’s they face overwhelming odds in terms of man power and strategic aircraft and their only ace in the hole is a Naquadria bomb whose power rivals any of the SGC’s most modern enhanced nukes. Jonas enters into discussions with his former mentor Dr Kiernan who claims an internal resistance is looking to overthrow the current government and with similar movements with the Andari and Tiranian nations with the goal of peace and prosperity.

Let the party begin.

The SGC have a big decision to make, they know that giving the Kelownan’s even some basic military technology aimed at defence¬† will eventually be used in an offensive manner and they show some mature restraint given our worlds oft used policy of arming societies with weapons well beyond their means and suffering the consequences.

Shadow Play is a merging of two proposals/stories aimed at given Jonas more background as well a homage to the movie “A Beautiful Mind” and it does that but falls a little flat despite a stellar guest performance from Dean Stockwell as Dr Kiernan. You could even argue it’s very much in the vein of a Trek morality tale and in many ways that would be correct, it’s a little more subtle but the message is certainly relevant when you look at the state of our world.

Love the classic Laboratory.

The episode is also interesting as Jack seems to be channelling Daniel at times, granted he has an aversion to the Kelownan’s due to their betrayal of Daniel so he’s never going to be waving the flag in support but he seems well into sync with the Tollan/Nox attitude of limited or no technical assistance beyond basic humanitarian. Overall an interesting episode with some some top notch casting but more of a drama than an action piece with some wonderfully moody lighting.



Nov 052011

¬† Disaster strikes on the planet Kelownan and to the Langaran people who have recently discovered a treasure trove of Goauld technology in a long lost and ruined temple believed to have been part of a former civilisation from a few thousands years ago. There discovery of the Stargate allows a visit from SG1 who find a culture whose technology and political status echos the 1950’s as states face eachother down and a belief the bigger bomb will solve everything. Whilst experimenting with a new mineral translated as Naquadria shown to be hugely more powerful than Naquadah an accident floods the lab with radiation and threatens the entire facility if not the entire region and Daniel leaps into the fire to disengage the run away reaction and pays the ultimate price.

Never a safe work place when suits are required

The collapse of the Langaran experiment and deaths of the scientists is blamed on Daniel who at this time is simply decaying as the radiation blast ruins his body but Jack despite the logic of taking the political compromise to get access to the Naquadria refuses to have his friends name dragged into the mud. With his life hanging by a thread Daniel once again meets the enigmatic Oma Desala who appears to him in human form and offers the possibility of accession and tries to convince him that despite his own doubts and specific failures he has been a force for good in the universe and deserves to take the next step.

Oma & Daniel take life, the Universe and Everything

Whilst Daniel has his out of body experience and listens to the words of Oma and his friends Jack continues to push the only real witness to the event a guy named Jonas Quinn who thinks very much like Daniel. Jonas is forced to face the realisation that his people are doing the wrong thing and his future and that of his people could be tied to what the Humans can do with this new mineral and chooses the only viable option to abandon his world and offer the mineral to Earth in the return for access to the defence tech it will power.

Not quite a light at the end of the tunnel but it’ll do

Accession, the evolutionary step an advanced mind can take to move on from the physical plane and inhabit the ethereal as pure intellect and intelligence, an ideal way to have Daniel leave the narrative but always have him just hovering in the background if required:)