Description: When Dr. Daniel Jackson’s old archeology professor, Dr. Jordan, dies in a mysterious lab explosion, Daniel pays a return visit to his old academic stomping grounds.
Well, I’m not sure what to feel about this episode. On the plus side, it has some really good stuff in it about the Goa’uld and how they heavily influenced ancient Egypt. Ancient history an area of interest for me so this part of the Stargate mythos has always been intriguing. Of course, there does seem to be an awful lot of Goa’uld running around ancient Egypt which seems a bit odd to me given the nature of the Goa’uld and their intense interpersonal rivalries. And now we have another Goa’uld running around who has a score to settle with SG-1.
Other than that, this one is slower, mystery focused episode which really struggled to hold me attention in parts. As I’ve said before, I find Daniel’s backstory to be somewhat uninteresting and dredging up more of his past doesn’t appeal to me, although I do think Shanks played Daniel well. And what’s with the almost complete lack of O’Neill and Teal’c? I find them to be the two most interesting characters on the show, especially the interplay between them.
I will say that even the episodes that I’m not high on aren’t terribly or poorly written this season so in that respect SG-1 seems to have find a decent grove to run in.
[O’Neill and Teal’c are fishing at O’Neill’s cabin.]
Teal’c – “There appears to be no fish here, O’Neill.”
O’Neill – “T, it’s not about the actual fish, themselves. Fish are not important in this context. It’s about fish-ing, the act of fishing itself.”
Teal’c – “I see.”
[cell phone rings]
O’Neill – “You didn’t?”
Teal’c – “By request of General Hammond.”
O’Neill – “No way.”
[O’Neill answers phone.]
O’Neill – “What?”
O’Neill – “Yes Daniel, he’s right here. Please hold.”
[hands the phone to Teal’c]
Teal’c – “Daniel Jackson. We have caught nothing. We are fishing.”