Hammond and the Pentagon are forced to reveal the existence
of the Stargate to other world governments. Playing off fears
that the U.S. military has too much control, Senator Kinsey
suggests that General Hammond be relieved of his command and
that the civilian-run NID oversee the Stargate program...
has to be about the worst episode of Stargate SG-1
so far. Basically a clips show, it has obviously been included
to bring those members of the floating audience who have not
being paying attention up to date. Bit of a strange time to
do it really, especially after a run of episodes that have
required the viewer to remember events that happened a few
of the regular crew appear (other than in flashback sequences
lifted from old episodes) apart from Hammond and the tension
that is supposed to build, as we are unsure what will happen
to the Stargate programme, is weak. Add to this the lamest
ending you could imagine and you have the worst Stargate
SG-1 episode ever.
Exploring an off-world planet, SG-1 discover a crashed ship
and three human survivors who claim to be under constant attack
by hostile aliens. While Carter helps repair the ship's computer,
she learns that the survivors are hiding a secret and things
may not be all they seem...
is not the most original of premises. The aliens that SG-1
first encounter seem good, but they could be bad... but then
they might be good? Who knows? Well, you find out after 44
minutes, but is it really worth it? This episode also starts
of good, but quickly turns bad, redeems itself a little towards
the end and by the time the credits roll you'll be uncertain
whether it was good or not.
mysteriously begins to lose his grip on reality and is haunted
by visions of an alternate existence where he is a normal
human being. As his paranoia deepens, Teal'c must rely on
the help and comfort of his old friend Daniel Jackson to determine
where his dreams end... and his reality begins...
Changeling has to be my favourite episode so far in season
six. In fact, it might even be the most enjoyable episode
of the show's entire run. The idea, and subsequent script,
for this episode was the brainchild of Christopher Judge (who
plays Teal'c) and while it's not exactly original (the basic
idea has been done to death in Star Trek) the execution
is faultless. And the conclusion isn't the usual: "Oh!
It was only a virus" or "Phew! It was all part of
an alien race's plan to read our minds and learn about us."
Teal'c moves from one reality to another his disorientation
becomes our disorientation. This episode also shows that Christopher
Judge has a wider acting range than his character has previously
allowed - indeed it does.
music for The Changeling is also worthy of merit as
is the fact that Michael Shanks turns up... yet again (I'm
sure he's had more to do in this season than he ever did when
he was a regular cast member - and he certainly has more to
do than poor Corin Nemec.
SG-1 accompanies the X-303 on its maiden voyage into deep
space. When the ship suddenly drops out of hyperspace, SG-1
is stranded with no means of getting back to Earth. Their
only option lies in exploring a nearby planet where a Stargate
is thought to be located. But O'Neill must first convince
its inhabitants that they come in peace - a debate that could
mean the end of SG-1...
basic premise behind Memento is hardly original. SG-1
find themselves stranded in deep space and approach the nearest
(and only reachable) planet to ask its inhabitants for their
help. The aliens have never encountered species from other
worlds and the outcome is that the two main leaders are split
on whether to help. The diplomatic leader is willing to risk
everything to help SG-1, whereas the army general is more
inclined to capture them and discover why they have really
arrived at their planet.
it's not an original idea, but it is a very good one. And
it works well too. Although, and I don't want to spoil anything,
but the way the military leader backs down at the conclusion
is a little bit of a cheap ending.
This disc is very mixed - including the very best and worst
SG-1 has to offer. Although, all in all, it's worth trudging
through the bad to appreciate the good. The usual extras are
here but I strongly advise you not to watch the "spoiler"
for the last episode of the season as it will literally spoil
things for you.
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