Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Message In A Bottle’ (S02E07)

Description: While exploring a now-dead planet, O’Neill and the SG-1 team find an orb that sends out electromagnetic signals. They think it is a time capsule of some sort and are intrigued by its power source, which seems to have lasted for millennia.

The mystery of the orb is the one interesting thing here and when we find out what it is, it’s rather anti-climactic. And why the addition of the guy with a crush on Carter? There’s not enough emotional heft here with O’Neill’s predicament that they had to add in some random guy we’ve never seen before (and don’t really care about) for Sam to worry over? Sure he shows up in later episodes, but for this episode, this subplot just seemed terribly extraneous.

Oh, and that pesky auto destruct, just laying around waiting to be hijacked by any random alien virus-like entity. Why did they set if three hours? Why not blow the mountain up immediately? That’s what I’d do if I were an alien virus.

This is a semi-interesting episode, but with major annoyances for me.

Best Lines:

[Discussing how long the artifact may have been operating]

Carter – “If Daniel’s right, this artifact has been doing this since Neanderthals were still a dominant species on Earth.”

Jack O’Neill – “Ah, that takes me back.”

[Discussing what the orb may actually be.]

Carter – “You think it might be a booby trap?”

Teal’c – “Booby?”

8 thoughts on “Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Message In A Bottle’ (S02E07)”

  1. JP haven’t you noticed yet that the things you’re complaining about are what Stargate is built on? :)

    The Cliches, the miraculous returns, the random guest character that everyone apparently knows but we’ve never seen and will never see again, weird use of time – either things seem to be set for along time when a shorter time would be best or time magically jumps from 1 hour to 1 minute! And don’t forget the number of times that the bad guys could have easily killed the heros but instead choose not to so that the show can go on! Oh and you can also have fun spotting guest actors who return to play multiple different characters…

    Stargate is one of those shows you need to just sit back and enjoy the craziness and the silliness for what it is…  otherwise you’re going to drive yourself mad getting annoyed with it all. :)

  2. Heheh…he said booby.

    @Jen – Didn’t you just describe practically every action/adventure tv series ever made?

  3. @Mike – which kind of makes you wonder why JP isn’t used to this stuff by now. Or else he doesn’t watch action/adventure shows that often.  :)

  4. re:cliches

    I’ll never stop being annoyed with cliches, never!!!!! Ahhhh!!!!!!

    Seriously, if I were watching this waaaay back when it first started, it probably wouldn’t have bothered me so much. The thing is, there is so much potential for the use of stargates (see Hamiliton’s <b>Pandora’s Star<b> for example) that I feel the writers/producers were wasting it on cliched ideas. Give me something different!

    Now I’ve heard that the show changes markedly around season 4. We’ll see when we get there, and I know there are some good episodes ahead, I just wish there were more of them. Overall <em>SG-1</em> is pretty much ‘ho-hum’ so far. Exactly as I first felt when I watched in on TV.

  5. I suspect JP is secretly a rabid SG-1 fanboy and criticizes in an attempt to conceal it. I, too, was once confused and in denial.

  6. Well I agree on nearly every critical point jp raises. If you just overlook that points to have some fun is your decision, of course you can do that. But what jp writes is valid.

  7. @JP – Yeah that’s why I say it’s better to just let it go and enjoy the craziness – because there IS a lot of missed potential with Stargate. My brother is always complaining about how they could have done something different. But of course we both end up watching it whenever we get the chance. Heck I even gave him my entire set of DVDs one Christmas because he kept begging to barrow them! (and bought my own box set of the series the next day).

    @Mike – yep, that’s what I’m thinking as well. Totally a rabid fanboy.

    @Martin – no one is disputing the fact that JP’s points are valid – because they ARE valid. I’m just poking a bit of fun at him complaining about the things that I see in nearly every episode and things that I think Stargate is based on. And I’m not trying to get him to stop at all – just having some fun. If he want’s to keep complaining that’s his choice. :) 

  8. Maybe I’m just rabid, that’s why I complain a lot. Just a thought. :)

    I’m not stopping, we have a ways to go till Oct. 2nd, plenty of time for me to keep on complaining!

    And I see that I forgot how to comment using this WYSIWYG editor. The coder in me brought out the HTML tags. I shall now force myself to watch more SG-1 above what is scheduled for today!

     

    :)

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