Description:SG-1 awakens in a mysterious underground complex, with no memory of their previous lives. In fact, they seem to possess a whole new set of memories.
I guess I was spoiled by “Window of Opportunity”. The episodes since then haven’t been close to being as entertaining as that one. “Beneath the Surface” is no exception. We have a culture that has consigned a large group of people, the workers, to living underground and keeping the cities waste/water/heating apparatus in working order. This is to keep the above ground city alive during an ice age. Of course, these workers as slaves and when SG-1 calls the Administrator on it, they are memory wiped and dumped down below.
That part reminds me a lot of Dollhouse as SG-1 slowly regains their memories and is finally able to escape in a very quick almost coup, taking all the workers with them to be relocated somewhere else.
There are a few nice character moments, but this one turns out ‘okay’. Not great, not bad, just ‘okay’.
[O’Neill, Carter and Jackson ‘meet’ after stopping a potential explosion.]
Jackson – “There’s something else going on. The big night sick guy with the uh….”
Jackson – “He said we were part of something called ‘SG-1’.”
O’Neill – “Yeah, what is that?”
Carter – “A team?”
O’Neill – “What kind of name is that for a team?”
[The above trio meets a little later to discuss things.]
O’Neill – “My memory’s fine.”
Jackson – “Really?”
O’Neill – “Yeah.”
Jackson – “What did you do in the mines?”
O’Neill – “I mined.”