Description: SG-1 returns to Stargate Command with news that Earth has been saved from the Replicators – only to learn that one of the deadly creatures was not destroyed.
And so Season 4 begins, on a Russian sub. An actual Russian sun which was in Canada on a goodwill tour. Excellent. Also, just before the Russian submariner opens the torpedo tube, he is asked “What do you think is in there?” He answers “may be it’s a bug from previous episode!” (thanks IMDB). Ha! And this is an intriguing teaser trailer, although later on it’s stated the Replicator won’t attack unless it feels threatened. I didn’t see much of a threat here though.
The Asgard seem a bit odd to me too. Too advanced to think primitively? Really? Wouldn’t they have been just as primitive at some time in the past? I suppose that could be a stumbling block but aren’t there archives or something they could look through? Second, they name their last best hope the “O’Neill”. I find that to be a big stretch, but that’s just me.
On the plus side, you gotta love Teal’c soul patch! Awesome. Or could he be evil Teal’c?
I do feel the solution to the three Replicator ships was a bit too easy, but I’m no hyperspeed expert. Maybe the bugs are slaves to their nature, but wouldn’t leaving one ship behind be a smarter tactical move? But that allowed for the Asgardian Ex Machina ending which I’m not a fan of in general.
So, first show of season 4 has some decent stuff, some not so decent and a good bit of humor which makes it a decent episode. Not knock your socks off, but not bad.
[Upon returning to Earth after a week away.]
O’Neill – “I’d be happy to debrief you all after I’ve debriefed myself for a nice hot shower”
Hammond – “Permission to shower granted. In fact, I insist on it, Colonel.”
O’Neill – “Bad?”
Jackson – “I wasn’t gonna say anything.”
[Thor explains why the Asgard need Earth’s help.]
Thor – “You have demonstrated their weakness may be found through a less… sophisticated approach. We are no longer capable of such thinking.”
Jackson – “Wait a minute. You’re actually saying that you need someone dumber than you are?”
O’Neill – “You may have come to the right place.”
[After destroying the three Replicator ships.]
Carter – “We did it!”
Thor – “It was your stupid idea Major Carter.”