Description: It’s 2010, and a lot has happened in ten years. The Goa’uld have been defeated, and diseases such as cancer have been wiped out.
You know things are different right off as Sam seems to be married and is trying to have a kid and suddenly you realize this is ‘the future’. Apparently Earth has entered into an alliance with the Ashen which has greatly changed Earth in many ways. But the first clue things aren’t all rosy is that Senator Kinsey is now President. Later on we learn that the Ashen are actually engaged in a very slow take-over of Earth, but sterilizing people under the guise of longevity treatments.
We never learn why, exactly, the Ashen want to conquer Earth and why, exactly, they are willing to wait decades to achieve their goals. Their technology is so far ahead of Earth’s (they have teleporters for crying out loud) that it would be a cakewalk to take Earth. Second, the sterilization process has been going on for awhile, why wouldn’t there be other doctors who discovered the Ashen’s perfidy?
The episode then hinges on a callback to the first season episode, “1969”, as Carter convinces the rest of the old SG-1 team to try and send a message back to themselves in 2000 to try and stop themselves from going to the Ashen home planet. This allows the writers to insert a funny scene where SG-1, minus Teal’c’ go back to the old SGC, which is now a museum, to try and attain a remote gate controller. But the rest plays out as you’d expect, with SG-1 attempting to send the note back through a heavily guarded gate. In a typical time travel cliche, all of the members are killed, with Sam managing to throw the note throw before expiring. And what’s up with the supposed security devices guarding the gate? It takes many, many laser hits to bring down a person, it’s death by a thousand paper cuts. If they’d just gone with something a little more explosive and deadly, there’d be no issues, from the Ashen point of view.
But despite all this, I still enjoyed this one more than I should have. It’s still fairly entertaining, despite all of it’s issues