Description: When Gen. Hammond announces he is stepping down as head of Stargate Command, Col. Jack O’Neill suspects that there is more to Hammond’s decision than he is letting on.
Politics once again rears its ugly head around the SGC and two of its faces are Mayborn and Senator Kinsey. Both are still smarmy and arrogant and make good villains, especially Mayborn. They say politics makes strange bedfellows, none the stranger than O’Neill teaming up with Mayborn to force the NID to re-instate Gen. Hammond to the SGC.
I figured this episode could have been a tight, suspenseful story as O’Neill and Mayborn try to access the data needed to force Kinsey and his NID pals to lay off Hammond. It didn’t really turn out that way though. The tone was strangely light. I never really felt that O’Neill was ever in any danger and of course we know Hammond comes back. It was also disappointingly easy to pressure Kinsey and to get out of his house at the end.
In any event, Mayborn can almost carry an episode all by himself and it’s because of him, and the terrific lines O’Neill has, that stand out here.
[Teal’c says goodbye to Hammond.]
Teal’c – “On Chulak, when a great warrior retires from the field of battle, it is customary to sing a song of lament.”
Teal’c – “Fortunately we are not on Chulak.”
[O’Neill and Mayborn enter Mayborn’s safehouse.]
O’Neill – “I see you’re on that famous beer and mustard diet. How’s that workin’ out for ya?”
[Mayborn and O’Neill confront Senator Kinsey.]
Kinsey – “How dare you come into my house waving a gun?”
O’Neill: “Not waving; pointing.”