STARGATE SG-1 SEASON 3 REVIEW
Episode numbers come from the Gateworld website. All other information comes from the Illustrated Companion by Thomasina Gibson from Titan books. The reviews are of my own opinion.
Into The Fire
Written by Brad Wright
Directed by Martin Wood
At the time of writing I don’t have Volume 7, and therefore I don’t have part 1 to this show. However, thanks to a cousin who insists that I come for a Stargate and pizza night, I have actually seen part 1, so that this show actually makes sense to me. (Thank you, Catherine!)
Hathor wants to turn one of SG-1 into a host and it turns out to be Jack. Meanwhile, Hammond launches a rescue mission based on Tok’ra information and Teal’c returns to raise an army against the Goa’uld. Christopher Judge really chews up the scenery and it really proves what an excellent actor he is. And I get the impression he enjoyed this scene as well. Despite the monologue, not many stay to fight for the cause. Just a few… and Hammond! Seems that the rescue team needs rescuing.
O’Neill gets deep frozen again for the second time in as many shows since the Tok’ra insider explains that the cold will kill the symbiot. Hammond and Teal’s "thread the needle", a feat that has to be seen to be believed. Hammonds "yee-hah!" gets a fantastic reaction from Teal’c.
The show is a great one in all, but we get to that "here are the faults" part of the review. Two major problems lie here. Firstly, although I admire Michael Shanks work in Stargate, I have to pass critical fault. His friend, colleague, is being implanted (rather painfully) with a symbiot He himself is forced to watch the process. But instead of looking horrified or disgusted, he actually looks bored. Secondly, I have a real problem with the way Hathor is dispatched. O’Neill grabs her from behind after emerging from the freezer, yells "we just want to left alone!" and lobs her into the freezer. A little too quick as if the writing team couldn’t think of a better way to finish the scene. Even Trofsky, Hathor’s right hand man, gets a better send off. He gets shot, several times.
Oh, by the way, did anyone else shout, "He’s behind you!!" when Hammond fired at the second tower? And did anyone else notice a slight continuity error? When the rescue team try to run from the towers ambush, they are fired on..literally!! Watch the left hand side, and you will see one of the team run out of frame WHILST ON FIRE!
8 out of 10.
Written by Jonathan Glassner
Directed by William Corcoran
Sam’s father, Jacob comes to the SGC to warn of a possible Goa’uld hiding on Earth going by the name of Seth. After a little research, Daniel finds out about not only the cult that he has set up but also its whereabouts; all on the Internet no less. Its no good having a secret cult if no one can contact you so lets post it ….er, am I being sarcastic again?
Anyhow, he’s near Seattle. There the team find an anxious father and an ATF squad ready to hit the compound. SG-1 with the exception of Teal’c and Jacob, go in and get captured. They are brain washed but a handy device that Carter whips up will ensure that they can be revived in such an eventually. This device fits in the ear but it looks bulky like a hearing aid and I’m surprised it wasn’t spotted at all. The team revive all the cult members and help them to escape. When Seth discovers the ruse, he also escapes but Carter kills him using a hand weapon. I love Daniels line "You’ve killed him!" and O’Neill’s reply "Hail Dorothy!"
In terms of sets this didn’t really have anything new, a tunnel set and a couple of rooms that may or may not be a studio but I think this was a location shoot. (I may be wrong. I usually am.). The whole feel of the story has the feel of David Koresh; the famous cult leader who died at his compound in Texas. The question that has to be asked is "Is this going to be another Waco?" Robert Duncan who plays Seth really looks evil and creepy at the same time although I have to ask; where on earth did he get his throne? He’s escaped throughout the years and it’s obviously something MFI or Ikea would sell. I can see the descriptive; large throne, easily moved, knock out gas/ beam optional.
The best line must go to O’Neill just before he’s knocked out and after he’s learned about eunuchs; "So help me, if I’m singing soprano when I wake up…!"
For me, this didn’t feel like an episode of Stargate; instead, I kept expecting to see Mulder and Scully to pop up in the background during the forest scenes. Fairly average.
Written by Robert C. Cooper
Directed by Martin Wood
Thor is back and this time he’s managed to get the Goa’uld to a negotiating table. No mean feat. Oh, and O’Neill is to negotiate for Earth. Does this seem like a good idea, because I agree with O’Neill that it isn’t?
It all starts with a dedication ceremony and a promotion for Carter to Major. (Yea, go, Sam, go!) But O’Neill gets beamed up by Thor’s ship and told the good news. Three Goa’uld System Lords will attend a peace treaty to be held at the SGC only because it is customary for such conferences to be held on the planet in question. Cronus, Yu and Nirrti arrive via Stargate. And all goes, as you would expect. Teal’c doesn’t like Cronus because he had his father killed after a failed battle as example to others. As a result, Teal’c gets embroiled in a whodunit when he is discovered covered in blood and bruises in Cronus’s quarters with Cronus in a worse state than Teal’c.
This is a great story for many reasons, namely for O’Neill’s attitude of "bend over backwards and kiss our, er, goodbye." Although bottle shows (shows that require the standing sets only or one other folding set) have a knack of not being all that good, this one pulls out the stops to try to be entertaining, and succeeds.
Thor’s reason for having O’Neill negotiate is that he has led his people through the stars. But isn’t that a little too literal for anyone’s liking? Technically, it’s Hammond who has led; O’Neill just follows those orders. Nit picking again? Yeah, well, I AM a reviewer and I’m allowed to say these things…. Sort of…. I think! It also expands Teal’c’s story as well. We now know that Cronus killed his father for failing to win an impossible battle. Well, that’s gratitude for you. And it also shows that the Goa’uld fight amongst themselves and that some Goa’uld have honour. ("Thank Yu.")
Does anyone else get that creepy feeling that we haven’t seen the last of these guys? Because that threat from Cronus at the end of the episode had that element of "I’ll be back" to it. On the whole, this was a terrific show. Thumbs up.
Written by Tor Alexander Valenza
Directed by Peter DeLuise
On a routine mission, SG-1 finds something not so routine. In a sealed room they find nine dead bodies, all Goa’uld from a small sect. In fact so small there was only nine to begin with. They return and all seems well. That is until Daniel starts to hear voices and see things that aren’t really there. His behaviour gets so erratic that he gets committed to a mental institution. While he is there he sees Machello, an inventor of an anti-Goa’uld weapon. Any Goa’uld that get infected are basically sushi. It does have one nasty side effect (apart from the fatal one for Goa’uld) is that non-Goa’uld infected go somewhat bonkers. It’s a pity that this thing doesn’t come with a health warning; it would have been so much simpler.
Unfortunately Teal’c gets infected when he comes into close proximity with Daniel. It turns out that Daniel got infected with this doomsday weapon when he tried to access a Goa’uld text device. (The bug was hidden in the "reader" part of the device.) When Carter and Fraiser test the device, they discover the bugs and (yes, you guessed it!!) get infected with O’Neill. So now the clock is ticking to find a cure.
It’s a fantastic show and it’s defiantly a Daniel show. Michael Shanks must be getting extra as not only does he provide the voice of Thor (a fact I only recently discovered) but he also plays Machello in this one as well giving a rather chilling portrayal of someone going mad. Peter DeLuise uses a hand held camera to give Daniels perspective of the team and the result is pretty eerie. All this is very well but I felt that the show ends rather abruptly. Teal’c gets the life saving injection, is cured and then the end credits roll. No epilogue; nothing. That’s it! It would have been better if a small scene was written to give even a sort of " Whew, we were lucky to get out of that one." My only other gripe was the eviction of the bugs from their hosts via the ear. I defy anyone to deny that they didn’t think " Gross, gross, gross.!"
Written by Heather E. Ash
Directed by Martin Wood
An exchange is happening between Earth and the people of Orban. The Orbanians have a group of children who are ultra smart and who appear to be scholars and apprentices. But there is a somewhat disturbing secret. The children have nanites in their blood and at the selected time, the nanites are removed and distributed amongst the population, leaving the donor very child like.
Although an interesting show, it didn’t show enough get up and go. And there seemed to be an alarming amount of "Our way is the right way!" from the SG personnel point of view. What if the Orbanians had already decided that there was NO other way; that this way was absolutely necessary? Pacing wise the story tended to plod its way at a casual stroll pace.
I did note one or two nit-picks. Kalan says that Merrin has been studying reactor technology for 12 years, which isn’t bad, only problem is that she’s only 11 years old. When SG-1 arrives on Orban for the last time in the show, there is a moving shadow behind the gate just before the team arrive through the event horizon. That shadow is the actors moving behind the gate and the camera was pointed a little too far down to avoid catching it.
A nice touch having the school kids run towards O’Neill in the playground. Obviously O’Neill is a local celebrity. Nice moment, shame about the rest of the show.
Point Of View
Written by Jonathan Glassner, Brad Wright, Robert C Cooper and Tor Alexander Valenza
Whenever sci-fi does the "alternate reality" show, my reaction is usually one of expletive language; the polite translation going along the lines of "Oh no."
However, this one gets past the cliché of changing everything and by the next episode, everything is hunky-dory since it blends our reality with the alternate one.
Dr Samantha Carter and Major Kawalsky pop through the quantum mirror (from There But For The Grace Of God) in Area 51. The two are brought to the SGC and the problems begin. Sam 2 is still in love with her Jack, who died only a couple of days ago and Kawalsky resents Teal’c since he was the one who led the invasion on Earth. However, due to the fact that there are two Sam Carters in the same reality, Sam 2 starts to have convulsions. And so the decision to go save the other reality by bringing in the Asgard to help goes ahead.
This was a good episode. Set dressing was well done although putting it all back together must have been a real chore (not to mention a headache)
Nice touches are the convulsion scenes. The only thing that didn’t happen was having her head spin around and spew projectile vomit. Wait a minute, wrong film.
It was nice to see Peter Williams back as Apothis although he didn’t really have much to do here which is a shame. But we do get to see the one thing that many Stargate fans wanted to see; Sam and Jack have a good old-fashioned snog, although our Sam looks a bit put out. A longing for that to happen to her maybe? Who knows, sci-fi can do some weird things
Rules Of Engagement
Forever In A Day
Past And Present
The Devil You Know
A Hundred Days
Shades Of Grey