Here at last was an episode that didn't fall asleep on its feet! Witty banter, tense action, a plot that engages (and moves), and even a little pathos. It reminded me of the Babylon 5 episode "Signs and Portents".
A few bits of acting are worthy of note:
- Amanda Tapping (Lt. Col. Samantha Carter): Absolutely brilliant and hilarious. "*squint* Are you telling me one of your fantasies?" "Oh... well, that's... kinda nice. *beam* (Beat.) *squint* Was I naked?" ROFL!
- Ben Browder (Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell): You know, I usually don't like the "spare me the details" military demeanor exemplified by Richard Dean Anderson's Jack O'Neill, but Mitchell was just so over-the-top that the same tone is hilarious coming from him. "Yes, yes, YES! This ain't our first walk in the park [or something to that effect]." And of course, last week: "This place is deader than a Texas salad bar." And Joe Flanigan was the perfect foil! I completely cracked up when Shep handed Mitchell the Lemon of Death. Oh, and now I want a "Lemon of Death" AniGIF...
- Sarah Strange (Morgan le Fay): There's a sleepy-eyed attractiveness about this Canadian actress, which is helped in plenty by her dark good looks. What struck me, though, was that she had the most deadpan dialogue I can easily imagine, and made it work. I see from online filmographies that she's played a long string of minor roles, but has been lauded for the few significant ones she's had. "We won't see her again," said Daniel. Pity.
I have a soft spot for epic story arcs, and this one not only started one: it did so with a crossover and the nostalgically moving arrival of the Odyssey at Atlantis. All told, it was an absorbing story with a rousing finale. You can't beat this kind of episode in my book.
'Tis a Curse to be Simple: Stargate: Atlantis S3x03, `Irresistible'
What, did they put all of their production budget and time into the SG-1 episode? Shame on the writers for putting out this kind of mealy pablum. It's so mentally lightweight that I am stunned to see it on Sci-Fi.
OK, so I may be exaggerating a little. The premise is amusing enough: unpopular town baker turns to basement pharmacy and concocts a pheromone-triggering potion that makes him the desired of all women, the admired of all men, etc.
The rest of the episode, though, is such sheer stupidity that I don't even feel like writing about it. Just read magazines (or fast-forward) through the idiotic parts and think about next week's more interesting ep about Ronon Dex's past.
Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) almost saves this episode with his complete nervous breakdown. And I'll always have a chuckle for the line: "How do you get your hair to go like that?"