Description: Having escaped the Goa’uld in another Earth reality, Daniel warns his Stargate Command that it is only a matter of time before they launch an attack in this one. No one takes him seriously and, the authorities have chosen to close the gate forever.
You’d think that after the goodness that was the previous episode, with all the setup involved, that “Politics” would be just as good. But what do we get? A clip show. Seriously, a clip show in the first season? Were the writers that devoid of ideas that they had to resort to cannibalizing clips from earlier episodes? Sure, it’s germane to the story presented here, and touches on some things I’ve had issues with, but come on, you didn’t have to resort to using clips. Want more proof the writes mailed it in? “Politics” clocks in at 37 minutes, 43 seconds long. A full six minutes shorter than all the other episodes. It seems that even clips couldn’t pad the episode (though love can pad the film).
Of course no one believes Jackson and of course there just happens to be a congressional briefing on the future of of SGC and of course Jackson’s ‘alternate reality’ experience doesn’t go over well. Bad writers! Bad! You had something good going, then you shoot it and bury it. In a season of relative clunkers, this one is probably the worst. Just so cliched it’s terrible.
And can a Senator actually dig into a ‘black’ program just buy asking? I’m not so sure. About the only good thing in this one is O’Neill’s snarky, irreverent humor is on full display. And don’t feel bad skipping over the clips, you’ve seen them all before…
[Opening scene with Daniel refuting he had a ‘vision’]
Jackson – “But I swear to you, the entire time you thought I had disappeared on P3R 233, I was experiencing an alternate reality.”
O’Neill – “And you were there, and you were there and there’s no place like home.”
Jackson – “As a matter of fact you were there.”
Carter – “Daniel, it’s not that we don’t believe you.”
Jackson – “So you do?”
O’Neill – “No! It’s just that….we don’t believe you.”
[Discussing how much SGC costs]
Senator Robert Kinsey – “Do you know how much this program costs? ”
Jack O’Neill – “Seven-ish?”
Senator Robert Kinsey – “Seven billion four hundred and seven million dollars.”
Jack O’Neill – “Give or take.”