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Lost plots: SG-1 and Atlantis

Hurry up and sleep: Stargate: SG-1 S10x02, `Morpheus'

The plot of this episode seemed as sleepy to me as the characters. What was the point of yet another deadly hallucinogenic parasite? Just a "hurry up and wait" (or more accurately, "hurry up and sleep") holding pattern while we run down Season 10 and get to the good stuff. Well, no thank you. If you're going to delay things until fall sweeps, give us character development, a thought-provoking side plot, a few special effects, even a self-contained story that doesn't tie into the main continuity. Red herrings are exceedingly boring if you know there's a series of events with a definite beginning and ending. It would be as if J. M. Straczynski, instead of advancing the plot of Babylon 5 from week to week during Seasons 4-5, and instead made every other episode "G'Kar's funky prophetic Narn dream".

Come on. Fans who follow a long, inter-season story arc deserve better, and I'm not talking about tossing a bone in the form of an inter-series crossover episode. Daniel running down the halls of Chyenne Mountain calling out "I've got it, I've got it... one of three possible worlds" just gets old.

And guess what? I didn't learn a single new thing about Arthurian legend: the Grail Quest, Sir Gawain, Morgana le Fay, etc. At least give us a Green Knight, or a Questing Beast, or something.

Sweet the sting: Stargate: Atlantis S3x02, `Misbegotten'

Again, this one didn't quite click for me. There's too much of that "oh, will we see this or that character again? You never know..." It's one thing to leave it open-ended if in some cases, it turns out that the character really died. It's quite another to have everyone who didn't leave a dead body come back as if the show is set in Sunnydale, CA.

I think the whole morality play with Connor Trineer's character Michael is getting more interesting, but it's as if nobody can make any progress - not against the intrinsic nature of a species or against destiny, but against individual stubbornness. Didn't they learn any ethical lessons from S2x18, "Michael"? For that matter, why is there a morality play? Beam the stasis pods off the damaged hive ship, if you consider it more dangerous that they might mount a takeover; barring that, leave them on. Anything is better than thawing them out when only Dr. Beckett is available to suppress or fight off any number of reverted Wraith out of the 200.

Now, the interesting question I think this episode posed is: is the Iratus bug a "disease you can cure", or is it a "natural" symbiont of the Alteran proto-humans? Remember Chakotay's "scorpion" speech to Janeway concerning the Borg, in the cliffhanger episode, "Scorpion, Part 1", of Star Trek: Voyager? In the fable he tells her, a scorpion ferries a fox halfway across a river, only to sting his benefactor and thereby drown himself. "I can't help it; it's my nature," are the scorpion's last words.

And so: the Wraith propensity for predation - nature or nurture? You'd think the retrovirus episode with Elia answered this already, but I think the fact that she went super-wraith may give the lie to the "nature" theory. It's clearly not easy to turn a living human into a Wraith: Sheppard reverted, as did Teyla, and both had "massive infusions of Wraith DNA", whatever the inoculation mechanism was for the inserts.

Tags: atlantis, sci-fi, sg-1, stargate, television

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