Description: SG-1 responds to an incoming wormhole with their ally Bra’tac’s signal. Instead of Bra’tac, they greet Shan’auc, who tells them that she has come on behalf of Bra’tac.
Man, this is one slow episode. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just didn’t get into this one at all. The idea of turning a Goa’uld to the ‘good’ side is intriguing but I kept waiting for the inevitable other shoe to drop. Which it does near the end. Once a Goa’uld, always a Goa’uld I suppose but I wasn’t surprised.
As I’ve stated before, I tend to dislike the more character centric episodes of SG-1 as I don’t find them to be overly interesting as characters, although they have their moments. Since this is more character focused, I found it less interesting. Although, the ending does bump it up some. I like the fact the Tok’ra are ruthless enough to sacrifice one of their own just to follow Tanith and feed him disinformation. That shows me they really take their war with the Goa’uld seriously.
The other thing that kicks this one up a tad is the major eye candy babe-age with both Musetta Vander as Shan’auc and Vanessa Angel as Anise (and who, exactly, designs a top that leaves the belly button bare?) Well done show runners, well done.
While this one is not near as bad as episodes from previous seasons (that’s a low bar that you have to work at to cross), it’s also not a great one. More like ‘ho-hum’. I’m waiting to get back to the space battles.
[Teal’c asks to speak with Shan’auc in private.]
Shan’auc – “My symbiot has assured me that this will not happen again.”
O’Neill – “Oh well, if the snake says so then…who are we…”
[The rest of SG-1 discuss Shan’auc and Teal’c.]
O’Neill – “They got history.”
Carter – “History?”
O’Neill – “Oh yeah.”
Jackson – “She’s a temple priestess.”
O’Neill – “So?”
Jackson – “So they don’t do a lot of dating.”
O’Neill – “Maybe not. But there was some serious sparkage when she arrived.”
[After a little spat with the Tok’ra over Tanith and his new host.]
O’Neill – “I guess we should just mosey on back to Earth and tell General Hammond how the Tok’ra boned us again.”