The latest Opinionated Review is for the classic episode of Stargate SG1 “The Fifth Race”, thanks to SF Debris for covering the show 🙂
The dragon roars and SG1 along with Baal and Adria run away, very quickly but what do you know the dragon bursts forth from the lonely mountain and strafes them with fire before they gain cover in the tree line then it’s time for Cameron to try the man of action approach even though Teal’c is the one that goes on a suicide run but it’s up to Daniel to solve the final puzzle even if again someone else takes the first risk, this time Vala. I think there is a general sacrificial element to some of these characters in this story. The Sangraal is recovered and SG1 along with Ba’al are transported to another location and they find Merlin embedded in a stasis chamber, he’s released but is near death and when the situation is explained to him he reveals his part in the early battle against the potential Ori threat and provides Daniel with the knowledge to build a new weapon but before it can be completed Adria discovers their location within the Stargate / Transporter closed loop and her men launch an attack. Daniel saves the day but is then too weak to protect himself from Adria and is taken aboard an ORI starship, a new pet for the Orici.
The Quest Part 2 is a pretty epic conclusion to this two part story and kicks off the second half of the final season with revelations, action, some humour and a surprising turn of events as SG1 are forced to flee while Daniel uses the inherent ability given to him by the Ancient memory device, alas he is not strong enough or experienced enough to hold Adria for more than a few seconds and well what is she planning on doing with him, we’ll find out next year when the Gatecast has finished with it’s seasonal bonus shows. I’ve got to admit that once again Ba’al played by Cliff Simon is an excellent character to stir things up as even when faced with Adria and her army on their tale he still can not seem to lose the arrogance and joy he taked from needling humans this time Sam who it has to be said responds wonderfully. Of course he then steals the scene once again when he “goes for help” and gets himself killed (again) so no doubt not the original Ba’al who has a little more sense of self preservation it’s been proven time and time again.
A big thank you to Thomas for sticking with us for the whole evening (midday for him) when we recording both parts of The Quest and Thomas will return as a guest in the new year for an Atlantis episode. This weeks promo was for the The Rusted Robot podcast and next week we’ll be beginning the seasonal bonus shows starting with an episode of RL Stines The Haunting Hour called “Fear Never Knocks” and Brad will be joining me for that show, hope you join us. As always thank you to everyone that has talked to use and left feedback, always appreciated even though we would love to get more including a review over on itunes, haven’t had one of them for a good while but not to worry. We hope you keep listening to the show but for now keep watching and talking about Stargate, always more to discover within the movie, novels and live action series.
- The Quest Part 2 Wiki
- The Quest Part 2 IMDB
- Morena Baccarin
- Cliff Simon
- Matthew Walker
- Doug Abrahams
- Steve Archer
- Andy Mikita
After a wonderful insight and some Daniel detective work SG1 are away to discover the location of Merlin’s weapon the Sangraal. They arrive at a village and are greeted by the locals who aware of the quest, SG1 are not the first to undertake it but it seems not long before Ba’al had passed through, maybe they are too late. During some research the ORI invade and SG1 are forced to fight and then flee with the local librarian and head towards the lonely mountain and the dragon that protects the Sangraal, fun and games commence.
Well here we are at the first part of a mid-season two parter, the quest for the weapon is nearing conclusion with not only Ba’al sniffing around but the ORI hot on their heels, lets not forget the dragon of lore which is said to protect the treasures left by Merlin but alas the visual effects artists were not firing on all cylinders or maybe the budget was simply stretched too tight just this once. To eb fair it may be the case that the representation of Dragons in particular has come a long way in the last few years but this is perhaps this dragon was expected to deliver and ultimately failed, better in the second part of the episode but in part 1 just a spindly legged lizard. Of course lots more to praise in the episode, Rod Loomis as Osric was exceptional and having Ba’al and Adria on screen at the same time with what amounted to pretty much bickering foreplay was a riot to watch and we also get classic puzzle solving Daniel. As a mid-season finale The Quest Part 1 works very well, maybe a little slow in places but the puzzle solving works well within the story and the character interaction is the icing on the episode and who didn’t smile as Vala pulled the hair dryer out of her backpack, a little trite perhaps but funny.
Thomas joined us for this episode and will also be with us for part two which is going to be released next week, then we are going to do some bonus episodes and return with new Stargate specific episodes in January with The Return Part 1 and Miles will be a guest on that show which I am planning to present as a feature length show. Many thanks for the comments from Mack over on Google + for Phantoms and the ongoing chat on twitter and facebook. This weeks promo is for The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast a very entertaining look at some of the recent and not so recent scifi movies, well worth having a listen too as they cover movies from all across the genre and as always we’d love to hear from you and as a bonus a review/rating over on itunes or Stitcher would be really appreciated but for now keep enjoying Stargate, it binds us all together:)
- The Quest Part 1 IMDB
- The Quest Part 1 Wiki
- Morena Baccarin
- Cliff Simon
- Rod Loomis
- Beverley Breuer
- Doug Abrahams
- Steve Archer
- Stephen Holmes
- Andy Mikita
The Odyssey arrives at the coordinates of a reported ORI supergate but they only discover a neutron star which affects the ships shields and sensors and then they come under attack by three alien starships, they evade but run into a minefield, a mayday is sent to the SGC who then lose contact. Onboard Anateo and his men murder Colonel Emerson to force Carter to remove the transponder and repair the damage to the ship and as the transponder broadcasts the position of the Odyssey it allows Vala to use her contacts and secure a less than space worthy cargo vessel but before they make contact the Odyssey as indicated by the transponder moves and they follow, it leads them to a “chop shop” for spacecraft and Vala along with Daniel get captured leaving Teal’c and Cameron to devise a drastic plan to infiltrate the Lucian Alliance who were behind the ambush of the Odyssey. Cameron using the Reol chemical which when injected into a target makes them see who you want them to see plays the part of the major Lucian operative Kefflin who is a friend of Netan the current leader. When Teal’c is captured he is only saved from torture thanks to the intervention of “Kefflin” aka Cameron and things continue to go wrong when the bounty hunter/dodgy dude Tenat arrives and provides the location of the Odyssey but having seen Cameron before he confronts him and for a price agrees to go along with whatever deal Mitchell has got going. Meanwhile Sam has freed some of the captive crew and the retake the ship and Vala takes a risk in beaming Anateo off the bridge and out into space when the plan was to beam Sam to safety, it works but before they can get underway Netan arrives but again the Reol chemical comes in handy and the two Ha’tak begin firing on each other and the Odyssey beams Teal’c and Cameron aboard and jumps into hyperspace.
Oh, the Earth is now at war with the Lucian Alliance…
Company of Thieves is another of the Lucian Alliance episodes but has a lot more meat on it’s bones, this is perhaps the first time we see them as a strong force with some very intelligent people in positions of power but without the communal self interest this “organised” crime syndicate are more interested in their own power bases and that provides the chink required for the SGC to pull their proverbial out of the fire. It’s a pity Anateo played by Rudolf Martin wouldn’t be returning, he played quite an entertaining villain and was perhaps more dangerous than Netan in the big picture but that was the problem, the tenth season had become an ORI arc and the alliance were really only a side show so they always have to be played down or a way found to negate their impact on the Milky Way while the fight for the galaxy continues.
Overall this was a fun and exciting episode, some good call backs and excellent guest and recurring actors, Teal’c got captured and tortured again and they even acknowledgment his issues with his role in these plans and of course the murder of Anateo was quite cold for a scifi show with a firm family audience, quite unexpected but probably deserved after he ordered the death of Emerson. We are going to see more of the Lucian Alliance in the years to come but they never really made their mark on SG1 and this was perhaps their best episode in terms of dramatic effect.
Dan LaRock joined us for the first time for Company of Thieves, he said he was nervous but came through the recording session with everything intact and I believe he will be very happy with the result, hopefully he’ll return at a later date and in that respect if anyone out there wants to join us for an episode then by all means get in touch, we’d love to have you on and we’ve proved timezones and locations can all be worked around. This weeks promo is for The Babylon Project and next week we will be watching the Stargate Atlantis episode Phantoms, we hope you join us for that and feel free to get in touch just as a few of you did by leaving comments on Facebook and Google+ for the last couple of shows, let us know what you think about the show and/or Stargate and if you spot any news we’d love to help pass it amongst the Stargate family of fans.
- Company Of Thieves IMDB
- Company Of Thieves Wiki
- Rudolf Martin
- Eric Steinberg
- Matthew Glave
- Hawthorne James
- Adrien Dorval
- Timothy Paul Perez
- Scott McNeil
- William Waring
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.
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:)
- Counterstrike IMDB
- Counterstrike Wiki
- Morena Baccarin
- Tony Amendola
- Matthew Glave
- Richard Whiten
- David Andrews
- Martin Christopher
- Shirane Haas
- Peter Nicholas Smyth
- Andy Mikita
Cameron is all set to celebrate his 200th crossing of the event horizon but before he can gather the team to help him celebrate this mild achievement Martin Lloyd makes an appearance requesting some help with his proposed scifi feature film and as before the Pentagon believes leaking some information in the guise of a piece of media fiction will aid in the protection of the Stargate program and in the long term ease the idea into the public consciousness for when the time was right to reveal all. SG1 start to provide Martin with some ideas but none of them seem to satisfy him and ultimately he gets the dreaded phone call that the production has been cancelled but it’s not all doom and gloom as eventually after a minor glitch the team along with Walter, Landry and Martin use the Stargate and celebrate with Cameron offworld. The episode wraps with a quick ten year jump into the future as Martin and his television shows celebrates their tenth year, cast and crew interviews are presented skewed from what we know of the “real” SGC and the cherry is that Martin gets a call and the movie is back on.
The 200th episode of Stargate SG1 follows on from the 100th episode and expands upon the character of Martin Lloyd the alien who came to Earth and stayed after finding himself a niche in the media world so in what amounts to a series of clips we get to see the various show ideas the members of SG1 came up with and skewed a little towards their personality traits. It was great to see Farscape spoofed both in words and pictures and it didn’t half look good but then again so did their version of Star Trek, we also had fun with a hard boiled almost noir PI show starring Teal’c and of course Vala pimping ideas from shows she had seen although who would be surprised to hear she crash landed her ship on a alien and was revered a local population now freed from tyranny. The CW version of the show was terrifying but then again have you seen The 100 or Star Crossed, if so then you get the idea but the pièce de résistance was surely the puppet sketch which was just too funny for words and underlines the effort the studio and producers put into this milestone episode. Oh and see if you can spot both the credited and uncredited cameos that were included in the episode, there are quite a few.
Alan hosted this episode along with guests Thomas and Adrianna and they had a blast and we hope you have fun when you listen to the podcast and let us know what you think. This weeks promo is for The Babylon Project Podcast and next week we’re back on Atlantis for the Elizabeth centric episode The Real World so join us for that and above all else keep watching and enjoying Stargate.
- 200 IMDB
- 200 Wiki
- Richard Dean Anderson
- Don S. Davis
- Willie Garson
- Isaac Hayes
- Gary Jones
- Jill Teed
- Christian Bocher
- Herbert Duncanson
- Peter DeLuise
- Dan Shea
- Brad Wright
- Martin Wood
Well the plan was to get SG1 and Vala to take a break with General Landry who was borrowing Jack’s cabin in the woods but an offworld incident has delayed Colonel Reynolds and complicated the arrangements leaving Cameron all alone with the General and his bird watching and duck calling interests. A beast it seems is terrorising the natives of an alien world and soon attacks and injuries on SG personnel cause concern but when a creature is killed by Teal’c it’s autopsy reveals a parasite of sorts which turns out to be from another dimension drawn into this one by using a tweaked version of the Sodan cloaking device. While there is relief that the ORI are not behind the attacks on the alien worlds things get complicated when some hunters are ripped apart in the vicinity of the cabin, while a bear is used as a smoke screen for the local police the General calls in the air force to secure the area and Cameron uncovers a Trust agent using a Sodan device to spy on the General.
Uninvited is maybe not the best of season ten and it is pretty much standalone drawing upon elements of existing alien technology and the known infiltration of the Trust by elements of the Goa’uld but offering up a story that has no direct impact on the juggernaut that is the ORI arc in this final season. However there is some very nice location work and when you listen to the episode commentary it shows how clever and talented the DP and his crews are at working with and emulating real world conditions far from the comfort of the main studio infrastructure. We also get introduced to Doctor Redden played by Keegan Connor Tracy who alas only appears on this single episode of the show, perhaps a side effect of filling the shoes of Lexa who recently gave birth and wasn’t available for filming and by extension no Daniel again in this episode. The CGI for the beasts were nothing to brag about either but they armourer and direction for the fire fights more than made up for the less than stellar alien enhanced creature terrorising the woods.
This weeks promo is for The Sci-Fi Movie podcast a show that covers a scifi themed movie each week, lots of humour and well worth listening too. Many thanks to Jeff for joining us for Uninvited and hopefully he’ll be back soon, next week we are going to be covering the Atlantis episode Progeny a rather significant episode for that show so we hope you join us for that and let us know what you think, we often repeat this but hearing what you think of Stargate and our show makes all this worthwhile even if it’s not all positive feedback:)
- Uninvited IMDB
- Uninvited Wiki
- Keegan Connor Tracy
- Eric Breker
- John Murphy
- Biski Gugushe
- Jodie Graham
- William Waring
An alien ship is detected approaching Earth and once in the atmosphere an F-16 is sent from Peterson to intercept, with no communications the ship is fired upon and is brought down close to the SGC and it’s lone pilot is revealed. It’s not every day a system lord visits the planet especially unarmed and with a proposal to server the best interests of the Milky Way galaxy but as the interrogation goes on it’s obvious that little old Ba’al even with all the good intentions is still working an angle but perhaps his immediate help is too tempting when faced with the threat of the ORI. So the SGC agree to make use of the tracking information he supplies to capture his clones with the belief that when done Ba’al will actively support the search for the Sangraal the weapon created by Merlin to fight the ORI and by extension any ascended being. Agent Barrett is on base representing the NID and in a strange turn of events “aids” in the escape of Ba’al who with his clones go on a rampage and finally manipulate Carter into providing the database of gates in the galaxy and with this information is master plan for the SGC is complete and he and his clones are beamed on a ship in orbit and escape.
Insiders is an epic production making use of all the tricks of the trade to emulate multiple versions of the same character on screen at the same time, at times it’s obvious the simple body double is being used but they keep that at a distance so it works very well with the more technical solutions making the episode shine. I don’t think it was any surprise the Atlantis team did a similar thing with multiple McKay’s and maybe with just two versions the look of their show just edges out the SG1 episode although truth be told SG1 has always been a little grittier than the more polished SGA. Cliff Simon has always been an interesting and menacing system lord and with the clone story it at the very least means we get to see a lot of him and his character fits into a post Jaffa rebellion galaxy and while he can certainly aid in the ORI war effort he does nothing unless it ultimately serves his own purpose so can never be trusted. Insiders is also a good episode for Vala allowing her to make use of some her knowledge and experience, she smiles a lot and really lights up the scene and it’s clear she is having a lot of fun but Claudia was uncomfortable with the one on one with her character and Ba’al, there was a hint of menace which was well conveyed.
The Sangraal story arc continues at a pace although the writers will have to make a tweak in the future to explain how the SGC play catch up since Ba’al seems to be well ahead in understanding and finding the device Merlin has created and hid somewhere in the galaxy but that’s for another episode which we will get to eventually and who knows our first time guest this week Misa may well return for more Ba’al episodes, she is a bit of a fan of Cliff Simon after all:) This weeks promo is for the audio drama with a pulp twist Flash Pulp and next week we return to Atlantis for the episode Sateda a very Ronon centric tale, almost an origin story so please join us for that and let us know what you think of the seasons and show so far, we would love to hear from you and if you have a minute a rating/review on itunes and/or Stitcher would be most appreciated.
- Insiders IMDB
- Insiders Wiki
- Cliff Simon
- Peter Flemming
- Bill Dow
- Lesley Ewen
- Paul Christie
- Dan Shea
- Gary Jones
- Peter F. Woeste
The Pegasus Project is a Stargate SG1 and Atlantis crossover under the SG1 banner and finally Daniel Jackson gets to visit Atlantis and the rest of the gang come along for the ride apart from a certain Jaffa who has another mission to perform in the milky way. Daniel and Vala make use of the the holographic database and surprisingly get the answer they are looking for which is puzzling to Daniel since there should be no way that the database would have records of planets named after the fall of the city. While they puzzle this out Sam and Cameron on board the Odyssey fly to a black hole and seed a gate close to the event horizon and they hope by detonating a nuke it will cause the destination gate to jump it’s wormhole to the nearby Super Stargate created by the ORI, yes this is where Teal’c has gone too in a cargo ship.
The experiment fails but shows potential so they all stick around and try again but on long range sensors an ORI ship is detected and unbeknown to the Odyssey a Wraith ship is closing on them but so close to the black hole they can not see it coming so when it opens up they get caught by surprise. So Teal’c is playing hide and seek from an ORI ship and the Odyssey is running from a Wraith ship but as it closes in on the Black hole it’s systems start to fail and they are able to beam a nuke on board, it detonates and the energy also hits the gate and transfers through the wormhole and jumps to the Super Stargate whose kerwoosh destroys the ORI ship, two for one:)
The Pegasus Project is an excellent episode not only for combining the two shows but also ramping up the CGI and action to really keep the pace high and even when it’s talking heads the dialogue is sharp and witty making the most of the new dynamic between the two character groups, it’s hilarious as Rodney gets talked about, talked over and basically made fun of by well almost everyone. It was also interesting to meet another ascended being who is once again constrained within the limitations imposed by her people, we mention the Q but they seem to have a lot more leeway but more of the ascended when the ORI really come close to achieving their goals.
Thanks to Brad for joining us for this show, we had skype issues so we may have lost some of the discussion but I think I was able to fill in the gaps and keep everyone entertained, let us know if you disagree:)
Also check out Futura Memoratia by Jennifer Foehner Wells, I’ve been meaning to review the novel length piece of Stargate Atlantis fan fiction for a while and since they show ran short it was a perfect time.
Thank you to Mack for the feedback over on Google + and Brad over on Facebook, continued amazement how busy twitter is, lots of Stargate chat and news and well worth keeping an eye on, some great people making use of twitter to share all manner of things about Stargate. This weeks promo is for the Star Trek original series podcast Two To Beam Up and next week we are back with just the Atlantis crew in the episode “Irresistible” we hope you join us.
- The Pegasus Project Wiki
- The Pegasus Project IMDB
- Sarah Strange
- Matthew Glave
- Matthew Walker
- Joe Flanigan
- Torri Higginson
- David Hewlett
- Chelah Horsdal
- William Waring
- Jennifer Foehner Wells (Futura Memoratia)
The tenth and final season of Stargate SG1 begins with the aftermath of the disaster at the Super Stargate when the four ORI starships entered the Milky Way galaxy and wrecked havoc amongst the combined Earth, Asgard, Lucian Alliance and Jaffa fleets. Daniel finds himself trapped onboard an ORI ship luckily it’s the one with Vala onboard but also her husband and child, yes Adria is here and quickly going through the younger actresses before we eventually get her in her full glory later in the season. As the ORI fleet invade Chulak wiping out the orbital defence it’s Bra’tac who comes up with plan and by plan a last ditch effort to destroy at least one of the ORI after the weakness in their shields proved to be insignificant for a tactical advantage. Thankfully Cameron is looking at the bigger picture although obviously if this was Earth he may have been the one to embark on a suicide mission but many will live to fight another day and maybe just maybe a solution to fighting the power of the ORI channeled into starships and weapons will be found.
Flesh And Blood was an excellent season opener building on the very impressive season nine finale and introducing a genuine focal point for the season to concentrate on, having a character that represented the threat rather than multiple priors makes a lot more sense and of course good writing to take advantage of Claudia’s pregnancy at the end of the last season and exploit it in a good way. Once again Chulak feels the wrath of the bad guys although once you get the reputation of being a seat of rebellion and independence so then any conqueror is going to take notice:) Stunning CGI space battles which are imaginative and compelling and there is some genuinely creative set design for the ORI ship marrying old and new styles as shown in the living conditions the ORI keep their worshippers in so lots of precedent and kudos to the three young actresses who played Adria in this episode, they all brought something to the part and gave Claudia a lot to work with which we all benefitted from.
Many thanks to Thomas for joining us for the season opener, he will be returning later in the season and thanks to Dan and Elisa for taking the time to send us emails, appreciated to a degree we can not express:)
This weeks promo is for SciFi Diner and next week we begin the third season of Atlantis with the episode “No Man’s Land” which Brad will be joining us for so stick around and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the show and if you have the time an itunes rating/review would be most welcome but more importantly enjoy Stargate and lets all keep the franchise alive and flourishing:)
- Flesh And Blood Wiki
- Flesh And Blood IMDB
- Tony Amendola
- Matthew Glave
- Robert Picardo
- Tim Guinee
- Eric Steinberg
- Jodelle Ferland
- Brenna O’Brien
- Emma Cooper
- Martin Christopher
- William Waring
Welcome to our wrap up show for the ninth season of Stargate SG1 which we completed a few weeks ago, this wrap up show just takes a general look at the 20 episodes in that season and we have a little natter about them, Brad does join us part way through but too late to provide is with one of the marathon length shows three of us talking Stargate tends to provide:) We also have the results of the listener poll for the favourite episode from season 9 and we thank everyone who took a second to click on the links and choose their episode and in the spirit of supporting our show and more importantly Stargate check out our presences over on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and G+ and get involved with like minded fans of the show:)
- Ripple Effect 17
- Stronghold 8
- Beachhead 7
- Total Votes 64
On a desolate world the MALP discovers a crashed spaceship and SG1 is sent to investigate. The ship is remarkably intact and contains hundreds of sleeper pods each with a human like being in suspended animation but someone or something is roaming the corridors with SG1 as their target and specifically Daniel. Upon returning to the SGC the humans of SG1 are medically checked out and Janet deals with a mentally damaged Daniel who seems to be manifesting a number of personalities. The fate of the crash surviviors and those souls trapped in the minds of Daniel and one other rests on the ability of Carter to jerry rig a system to power the ship and eventually revive the people with a promise to relocate them and maybe even find their destined planet which may at this time be the home of their people.
Lifeboat is an episode originally intended to be in season 6 but was also meant for Michael Shanks thus it was moved to season seven and allows Michael to do some serious acting both voice and mannerisms. Some of his work is based on emulating Ryan the young boy who played Keenin while his creations were the basis for the other actors when doing their roles. Whichever way the characters evolved Michael did a bang up job helped in part with the minimilist set design which focusues the viewier on the actors and their performances.
There are a few hurdles you need to jump to accept the episode, these people have advanced tech in some areas (Cryogenics and Computers) and have construction abilites to build deep space vessels but lack the FTL drives which we think would have gone hand in hand. Not to worry though the story is more about the people not the technology as shown by Teryl who gets a very meaty role in this episode and really lets rip at one point:)
Lifeboat isn’t a bad episode but it’s not a standout one either but for season 7 and it’s time restraints and budgets it’s far from the worse from the series.
Thanks for the feedback on last weeks episode it’s always a pleasure to hear what our listeners and fans of the franchise think about our shows and Stargate specifically so keep it coming.
This weeks promo is from Flash Pulp and next week we are covering the episode “Enemy Mine”.
So the SGC finally have control of a Hatak and they lend it to those wonderful guys the Tokra as part of relocation process with which to provide them with a permanent base. Of course things go wrong because that Tanith is a sneaky so and so and news gets so Apophis is on his way and with his super ship he could level the planet. A hail mary strategy is proposed which basically uses the desire of Apophis to well show off his fleet in one place and with the aid of the stargate and the sun a surprise present is offered.
Exodus is a cracking season finale, very heavy on CGI but beautifully done yet the story is not forgotten about, it’s a good scifi idea and provides the show with it’s cliffhanger which some people enjoy and some don’t.
As always it’s good to see Jacob back and of course Tanith has made a huge impact in his short time on the show and the events gives each of our main cast an opportunity to offer some well written dialogue although Jack and Teal’c are the more action orientated pair.
Exodus is a most satisfying conclusion to what has turned out to be a very stong fourth season and leaves us hanging yet not in any real doubt over the future of the main characters.
SG1 are captured on a mission to the planet Juna by minions of Cronus but all is not as it seems but things start to become clear when one of them is threatened with execution and the SGC get an unexpected visitor someone Jack is not overly joyed to meet again. Naturally a rescue operation is mounted from the SGC with some reservations and on a tight schedule, the prisoners will be dead within the day even without Cronus himself getting his mits on them something he would really enjoy.
This sort of episode is something SG1 does very well in terms of bringing back a character and story that’s not directly arc related but has proven to be popular with the fans. In this case Harlan and the alternate SG1 from Tin Man need help as they have been on missions doing pretty much the same as the sanctioned SG1 which is not surprising, they are to all intents and purposes the same.
What is interesting is that we see the aftermath of a SGC lead revolt on the planet Juna which left the people open to conquest by Cronus, just because Juna had no real resources the Goauld wanted didn’t mean the world was of no interest in terms of the galactic power struggle or as a simple source of subjects for a System Lord. The episode has lots of action, some good humour and is a technical achievement with the amount of multiple characters on screen despite the limitations and cost of the technology at the time. It’s also a milestone in Michael Shanks career as he directs his first SG1 episode, nothing like jumping in at the deep end, there were technically simpler episodes this season:)
The SGC send a MALP to a world believed to be linked closely to the Ancients but once it arrives the device is taken over and seems to fly towards it’s destruction. During this transit data is flowing back into the SGC computers and then all hell breaks loose as an entity makes itself known within the very infrastructure of the bases electronic heart. Entity is pretty much a standalone episode almost a bottle episode which relies on the existing sets and regular cast, not always a bad thing but in this case not the best episode of the season despite some excellent cinematography using a HD video cam system for the first time.
Now if you haven’t seen this episode give it a go, it’s not bad just not that original since it seems some basic stories are done by every genre series at some point and it’s SG1’s turn to do the possessed technological entity routine with all the implications to the host and their friends that brings.