Description: As a fleet of Goa’uld warships heads toward Earth, threatening to destroy it, the Stargate facility prepares for the worst, sending the best and brightest of American society through the Stargate to a safe Alpha site.
The great thing about watching TV shows well after they’ve aired is you don’t have to wait months to see the resolution of season ending cliffhangers (that that LOST!). When we last left our heroes, they were trapped on board a Goa’uld transport ship on it’s way to turn Earth into radioactive glass. And right off, we get the throwaway line that Cpt. Carter had placed enough C-4 explosives around the ship (isn’t there any security?) to cause secondary explosions and cause a ‘dent’ to the ship. Just where was all this C-4? I didn’t see them carrying backpacks full of it. Well, we’ll just have to go with it.
I like how Col. Samuels is soooo sure his untried and untested weapon system is ‘going to work’ on a Goa’uld spaceship. As if a ship that can travel at multiples the speed of light is going to let a ‘stealth’ missile sneak up on it. Man, that guy is slimy too, just check out his hair. What is it with the ‘bad’ guys having an oil slick on their head?
Another thing, how is Bra’tak able to regain Apophis’ trust enough to get back into a high-level command and build up a small fifth column? Good thing for SG-1 he was able to do so. But, once Bra’tak re-arms SG-1, the episode picks up as things rush to a confrontation and a conclusion. I also like how Bra’tak is able to move to the other ship, not contact Apophis anymore, and Apophis just seems to ignore the fact Bra’tak has disappeared. I know, nitpicking, and they aren’t a huge deal, just stuff I noticed.
Man, Samuels is insufferable. It’s a good thing his weapons failed just to wipe that smug look off his face. I’ll say the writers have done a good job creating opponents inside the military for SGC to ‘fight’ against. Once again, Don Davis does a bang up job as Gen. Hammond. His dressing down of Samuels is a thing of beauty. The contempt he has for Samuels is abundantly clear, and awesome to behold.
Aww yeah! Once again we see Action Jackson dual wielding a pistol and an MP5. Sure he gets popped by a staff weapon, but he takes the bastages down. But come on, O’Neill would just leave Daniel behind? That didn’t feel right.
Security onboard Apophis’ ships is just as lax as in SGC. Also a good thing as it allows SG-1 to run amok, lobbing grenades and stealing Death Gliders. Sure is fun to watch though. And yes, the shuttle being launched and performing a rescue of two Death Gliders is a tad unbelieveable, but hey, it works.
A much better episode than the previous one, especially in the action department. We get a lot shooting and explosions (C-4 can bring down a starship? Really? What’s it made out of, paper mache?) and good dialog. It certainly starts the season off on a high note.
[Everyone is waiting for O’Neill’s order to blow the C-4]
O’Neill – “Well I suppose now is the time for me to say something profound.”
(O’Neill looks around, shakes head.)
O’Neill – “Nothing comes to mind. Let’s do it.”
[After being captured by the Goa’uld]
O’Neill – “Don’t worry Daniel. We’ve been in worse situations than this.”
Teal’c – “Not to my knowledge.”
O’Neill – “Thanks Teal’c.”
[Bra’tak enters SG-1’s cell]
O’Neill – “Bra’tak?!”
(Bra’tak punches O’Neill in the face. [Which is damn funny. Best moment of the series so far. — Ed.])