Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Exodus’ (S04E22)

Description: SG-1 pays a visit to the Tok’ra homeworld. They arrive at Vorash on Cronos’ mothership – one of the spoils they claimed following their recent battle with him.

At long last we’ve reached the end of our SG-1 Watchathon. My thoughts about SG-1 can be summed up like this: the first couple of seasons were poor, with a few really terrible episodes, but season 4 is where SG-1 begins to pick up, with a couple of really standout episodes. I may just keep going as time permits and watch on my own. Hulu has through season 7 and Netflix has the rest so I should be go.

As for “Exodus”, what better way (and one SG-1 has always used) to end than with a cliffhanger? But first a little setup as Earth loans the Tok’ra the Goa’uld transport vessel SG-1 absconded with in the previous episode with the idea of moving the Tok’ra en masse to a new planet. They also must deal with Tanith, Apophis’ mole. One thing leads to another and Apophis heads towards the current Tok’ra planet with a huge fleet to destroy the Tok’ra.


Everyone books for safety except for SG-1 and Sam’s father who remain behind on the Goa’uld ship with a really big idea to destroy Apophis and his fleet: detonating the star in a supernova explosion! Two things I think SG-1 could use are more space battles and more big ideas. Exploding a star certainly fits into the later category. Of course, I could nitpick on the idea of using the stargate to connect to the planet that is being destroyed by a black hole (from and earlier episode) thus allowing the gravity through to suck mass from the sun through the stargate and causing the sun to explode, all in under an hour, as being horribly optimistic, at least on the time frame. But it’s still a really cool idea. And we almost get a space battle. Almost.

Of course things don’t necessarily go as planned as Daniel, Sam, Sam’s dad and Jack end up thousands of light-years away while escaping the supernova and Teal’c is believed to by dead. That’s a pretty big cliffhanger to end on. Nicely done.

Don’t forget, those of you who are interested, that Universe starts tomorrow night. I’m certainly interested to see what a different tone does for the Stargate idea.

5 thoughts on “Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Exodus’ (S04E22)”

  1. Having gone this far, you really should go through at least season 8, you know.  It gets much better.   I’m not saying I didn’t like 9 and 10, but 8 was the conclusion of Jack O’Neill’s regular appearances, and marks a good place to stop, if you’re going to, before the end, unlike season 4, where things are, as you note, just getting really going.   

    Meanwhile, it won’t spoil anything for such future viewing, and after 4 seaons, I think you might enjoy the two short videos I embedded here: http://amygdalagf.blogspot.com/2008/02/fascinating.html 

    I hope so, at least. 

  2. When I watched SG-1 it was exactly as Gary writes: I loved it until season 8. There was nothing particularly wrong with Season 9, but maybe I missed O’Neill too much. So I never made it into season 10. It might also be that after 8 seasons i just got enough of the Stargate-Franchise for some time and maybe will pick up the last season and Atlantis later.

     

    Anyway, while watching on is indeed a good idea, concerning stand alone episodes it doesn’t get much better than the best 3-5 you saw in this season. Imho.

    Now I’m looking forward to SG-U. We’ll see if it can work without the light-hearted humour of O’Neill.

  3. Another good reason to watch on: Surely you want to know what becomes of Colonel Harry Maybourne… :D

  4. I didn’t care that much for the last two seasons either.  I never liked the Ori as villans.  They were so much more powerful than the Goa’uld… every victory over them seemed way too much like deus ex machina.

    Also, as observed earlier, “Our heroes fight Evil Religion” is just not a theme Stargate does well, and that didn’t really change with the Ori.

     

  5. Just for the record, I actually perfectly well like seasons 9 and 10, although I know that many fans of SG-1 didn’t, or at least, not as much.  Mind, I regard SG-1 as pure light popcorn: never remotely as good as neo-BSG, say, or even as much fun as Firefly.  Definitely not through-provoking.  But fun light entertainment, and fine as such.

    But 8 did have a natural end for its conclusion, so it’s a reasonable organic stopping place, if you wish to stop there.  Stopping at the end of S4, on the other hand, seems purely arbitrary. 

    It’s a shame, though, for anyone who liked much SG-1 to miss episode 200.  :-)

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