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All right! Now that I have your attention, some assorted random wibble about tonight's shows, which I will now give the appropriate titles that they would have had as movies.

Naturally, there are lots of spoilers.

Stargate: SG-1 - Resident Ori, or, The Sodan Staff Weapon Massacre

SG-1 goes to investigate the massacre of the Last SamuraiSodan village Oh, look, it's a Kull Warrior, only without the Boba Fett armor. And oh, crap, he was nimble and clever enough to take the ring-a-mabob control crystal. Teal'c's solution: let's blow him up! Yeah, 'cause that'll bring back the crystal.

Meanwhile, Carter and Mitchell are out of phase. When I watched Geordi and Ro be out of phase on ST:TNG, the same question arose: how come floors are all transphasic and interdimensional? And why doesn't everyone build floor-based interdimensional containment fields so that people can't transport themselves just out of normal curiosity?

Dr. Bill the Hapless Wonder-Nerd, a less successful McKay type, is actually a great foil!

Too bad Daniel didn't take the opportunity to use a system such as David MacKay's excellent "type-by-navigation" system Dasher. Even figuring the overhead of laying out Ancient (which I expect the SGC would have had done by then), it's still faster than linear selection!

I did not care for how "we will meet again" became "we will meet again when I am Zombie!Jaffa", but such is life, I suppose. Notice how the analogue of the trainer from The Last Samurai, the undead guy's brother, is quietly mentioned to have died. How futile. I half expected the undead guy to start screaming for sake like Tom Cruise when he was foaming at the mouth. Either that or start spinning his head and vomiting green pea soup.

Contagion, anyone? Hello? Even if it looked like the Kull Warrior treatment, it's still an Ori effect - after that virus, I would have expected your usual zombie-movie response a la Resident Evil. Too much for a one-hour show, maybe, but not everything has to fit neatly inside one episode. (As you may know, I am not a fan of "reset button" episodes in sci-fi television series.)

Daniel and Sam: could they get any cuter? So funny!

The resolution was just a little too pat, with respect to Myrddin's hiding of the weapon in another dimension. What, no clues? No second layer of encryption? They get into the other universe and hey, there's the Forbidden Weapon right there for them to find? (Well, to be fair, there were no schematics, just a verbal description... but who was that for? Humans of 10000 years ago who served him?)

BTW, what is the idea behind ancient literacy in the Stargateverse? Ancient is supposed to be some kind of PIE precursor, what with all the similarity to Latin and Roman/Ancient parallels, right? Did individual Ancients continue to intervene in human affairs right up until (or after) the advent of the Goa'uld?

All in all, a solid episode, more silly and amusing than serious. 6/10.

Stargate: Atlantis - Mr. Wraith Goes to Atlantis

A psycho-thriller, or a pale blue imitation of one. This one had a nice, gradual buildup of suspicion, though I'm sure many viewers guessed the secret when the "Lieutenant" first started dreaming. Dreams of wraith in the mirror? Was that actually Connor Trineer or still James Lafazanos? I began to suspect that he was a Wraith when the nightmares did not involve being fed upon, though.

The problem with this episode is that it overextended the "nature vs. nurture" morality play a little too far, and harped incessantly on what I like to call the "Geneva Convention" of SF. Sure, Weir and the other members of the Atlantis expedition crossed a line. Yes, they brought that whole disaster on themselves. Do we really have to have not one but four scenes with blond Troi? Maybe the conceit that True NatureTM is hard to change is novel to American SF, but the whole idea was a little trite when it was a Jem'Hadar baby being sent through the Bajoran wormhole, and now it's just old and hackneyed. The explicit repetitions of "I feel the old urges even more! RAWR!" didn't help, either.

Nitpicks:
1. Why should reversal of gene expression, or even retroviral insertion or deletion of genes, result in immediate reversion of phenotype back to even the hair?! Keratin, people. Oi. They might as well have had it grow back to full mid-back length as it whitened.
2. Yes, because when you have a hostage that you're going to take through a stargate, you never gate twice to lose the trail. And you always make your prisoner sit on a chalkboard.
3. When I see Connor Trineer on TV, I still think Commander Tucker. Also, for some reason, Connor reminds me of George W. Bush - it might be the accent or it might be the way he smirks sometimes. So it's Commander Dubya the brainwiped baby Jem'Hadar Wraith. Hrm.

Spooky, though. 7/10.

Battlestar Galactica - Even Cylons Get The Blues, or, Six and Eight's Bogus Adventure

Cold open: 8.01 ("Galactica Boomer") wakes up in her vat of Old-Time Resurrection Jello. She flashes back to shooting Adama and pulls a "Khaaaaaaan!" - or do we call it a "Vader" now?

Hera arrives in style. What do you want to bet she has SODA (Soap Opera Developmental Acceleration) and ends up being played by an adult by the fourth or fifth season, like Worf's son Alexander Rochenko on ST:TNG and DS9, or Liz the wunderhybrid in V? And naturally, she will have super Knight Rider red scanny thing powers. Yes?

(Actually, here's my plug for Dan Simmons' hyperion_cantos and Endymion again. Child of a cybrid recall persona and a human? Prophetic potential? Hrm...)

Reciprocal Baltar/Six hallucinations! I love it. Mindtrask, thy name is BSG. (Do you think that's a manifestation of some psychic link that they really share?)

"You know, for a self-aware cybernetic lifeform, you can sometimes be unbearably obtuse." Best. Baltar. Quote. Ever.

What's with the Cafe Capricain? Is a similar cafe to be the start of the new resistance?

Did you notice that Roslin is saying "Cylon" as a singular noun? I wonder if that indicates her thinking on the matter of collective will. Also, what did ?

The thirty-six hour resurrection latency is interesting. It underscores the fact that there is more to the Cylon society than a "simple" hive mind, multum in parvo. They seem to have some contact via resurrection but are unable to transmit information more than a relatively short distance (as Caprica Boomer, 8.1, did with her virus).

"They don't have the same respect for life that we do. (Takes aim at Anders.)" That scene with the Caprica-D'anna Biers Cylon implies several things: that the Cylons don't think of humans as equal life forms, and that Cylons refuse to wilfully destroy individual consciousnesses, opting to "box" them instead.

I started by expecting a humaniform Cylon guilt/suicide/PTSD episode, or perhaps one that showed how the Cylons dealt with their equivalent of Hugh from the ST:TNG episode "I, Borg", but instead, it turned out to be about genocidal "war heros" who experience remorse and start a dissident movement.

So, Anders, at least, seems to have survived. Do you think 8.01 and 6.01 are alive? If not, do you think they passed on their epiphany to others?

Not one of the strongest BSG episodes, but very important to the hybrid baby story arcs. 8/10.


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Banazir

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masteralida
Feb. 25th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
Poor Dr. Bill! I loved the "oh, no, what'd I do?" look.

The floor question is a good one, but that's gotta be one of those things to overlook in order so there can be a story ;)
banazir
Feb. 25th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
"I'm never doubting you again, Bill"
Poor Dr. Bill! I loved the "oh, no, what'd I do?" look.
Yeah, 'cause I never look like that...
8-o

The floor question is a good one, but that's gotta be one of those things to overlook in order so there can be a story ;)
Oh, certainly. At least they didn't have the bad guy able to run on the floor but get phased right through the side of the Enterprise into space!

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Banazir
nakki
Feb. 25th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh Good! I wasn't the only person thinking that and trying to figure out why the floors were transdimensinal if Mitchell didn't have to worry about doors or the Iris stopping his progress as he moved about. 'Tis very strange >___< But extremly enjoyable nontheless. Poor Daniel was getting so pissed off at stupid-notsmart-Dr. Li. That man should just be shot and left to die on P3X-4119.
banazir
Feb. 25th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
"Oops..."
"Whaddaya mean `uh-oh'?!"
It's funny!

And seriously - I'm not a Sam and Daniel shipper, but... soooo cute!
"On the bright side, the translation will go a lot faster with you here."

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Banazir
penfold_x
Feb. 27th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
OMG!TheFunny!: All I need is a nifty little time travel adventure and I've hit the SG-1 trifecta

BSG: Yes, not the bestest ep ever, but the fact that Baltar is in her mind? OMGWTFBBQ! Opens up whole new levels of interesting. (No, I don't even have a glimmer of a theory about how he could be in her mind... I'm just glad it's clear he's NOT a cylon, because that was my first thought when he appeared next to the big jello mold, and boy, would that stink.)
prolog
Feb. 27th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
The reverse-hallucination made this one of my favourite episodes of the season.

Ever notice how the hallucinations display/play off some behaviour that the other remembers strongly? For Baltar, it's the red dress, and her sensuality. For Six, it's his smoking, his somewhat enigmatic and unpredictable nature.
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