To begin with I am so very excited to see new people on laura_lee_bsg. They're posting vids and fic and we're having discussions! Wheeeee!!! Now it's only a matter of time before Ron Moore buys a clue. ;-)
I tinkered with my LJ layout a wee bit when I came to realize that navigation bar screws up formatting on some LJs and communities. I never really used it anyway so no great loss. And while I was at that page to drop it I decided to change my viewing options to Beta Navigation. I think I might like it. It's very 'clean' looking and, turns out, it incorporates some of the navigation strip features.
Last night I went out to a local pub with raislak and others. I drive by this pace every day on my way to work, but had never been in there before. Turns out it's very nice and has 21 beers on tap (which some folks got very excited about), not to mention many other alcohol concoctions. I had Dark Chocolate which was a half porter/half guinness drink along with sheppards pie and some to die for chocolate cake for dessert. Oh! And they served the cake with a shot of milk. For those of you who really know me you know how perfect that was. :) Much fun was had by all and we ended up getting thrown out of the place. OK, they were closing the second floor. ;p
And now for some thoughts on the Gates...
I was pretty much 'bored now' by this episode. It had so much going against it. Cheesy alien of the week. The team split up for most of the ep. The sometimes painful interaction between Cam and Landry. And the OMG Make It Stop! exposition by Sam. I don't want to have that much of the story explained to me. It's an evil inter-dimensional slug, I get it!
I did like the poker game at the end and that moment in which Cam tells Vala to shut up and back off just with his eyes. Dear Stargate writers, the Ben/Claudia chemistry will not be stopped!
Dear Atlantis writers, jokes about rape are not funny. They at least treated the mind rape with some seriousness, but Rodney's jokes about being probed, even if they were the manifestations of his paranoid subconscious, made me uncomfortable.
Beyond that, I found this ep to be a rehash of so many other sci-fi creations. Did anyone really not guess that the great escape was the only taking place in someone's head? When David Ogden Stiers could NOT BE STOPPED going so far as to liquify and pass through the doors it screamed 'Terminator 2'. And we are going to have yet another race gunning for them???