In the on screen description for ‘Cold Lazarus’ it stated that Jack finally deals with the loss of his son. Um, actually, it was blue crystal guy dealing with it. And RDA's performance was a real mixed bag. I enjoyed his scenes with Sara both as himself and his doppelganger and they scene where the doppelganger breaks down in Charlie’s room – the rocking, the crying into the pillow – got to me. But the scene between the two Jacks in the hospital was cringe inducing. I can only think that the lengthy exposition highlighted RDA’s limitations in doing the emotionless thing.
Speaking of the exposition regarding the being creating itself in Jack’s image and coming through the Gate…Huh? I got the distinct impression that the writers had written 80% of the script and then went ‘Oh, Crap, how do we explain all this?!’
Oh, and it seems Janet makes her first appearance here.
‘The Nox’ - Daniel dies for the first time! And so do Sam and Jack! For some reason, at that point, I had a strong suspicion that they’d be brought back to life. I did not suspect it would be by Principle Skinner. Who seems to have straw growing out if his head.
Can I add this to the list of crappy Season 1 episodes? The Nox were insuferably goody-goody. The resurrection ceremony had me laughing. As did
The basic plot was pretty standard and relied too heavily on the Jaffa being morons. Or maybe they have always been morons and I haven’t seen enough of their arc yet to realize it. Too bad Se’Tak’s arrogance made me want to see him die, especially since I like David Andrews, the actor who portrayed him.
There were some nice character moments in this episode though. I enjoyed the reunion between mother and daughter. It didn’t strike me until this morning that what I found a little off about Morena’s performance was probably a very conscious decision on the show’s part. Adria may look like a (gorgeous) adult woman, but she is still very much a child emotionally. Her excitement at seeing her mother was real as was her naiveté at believing that she could take her with her and they could be a happy family now.
I also liked Vala’s willingness to go with Adria if she thought she could save lives. I don't think it's being a mother that has made her increasingly selfless, but the bonds she is forming with the SG1 team. Vala has never been part of a group before and she seems to be embracing it.
It was interesting that Adria promised Daniel’s safety. I think she senses the affection between her mother and Daniel, but, more importantly, the Ori have plans for him. My only guess is that it has something to do with his previous ascension and the knowledge the Ancients gave him possibly being buried in his subconscious.
Daniel telling Vala about Sha’re should have felt like a bigger moment. Shanks delivery was devoid of any emotion. I know it’s been years, but shouldn’t he have been just a tiny bit choked up recounting their marriage and her death? Compare his performance here to Claudia’s at the end wherein she discusses a child she barely knows and one who could lead to the annihilation of millions.
Two emergency beam outs in one episode? ::rolleyes::
Bratac: "She displays the wisdom of a well seasoned warrior".
Daniel: "She's a mother, close enough".
Ronan seemed a wee bit too emotional over Sheppard’s capture. And people ship Shep and Rodney?
The Wraith taketh human life and now can give it back?!?!? Whatever.
I’m seriously thinking about watching Sci-Fi’s movie tonight, Dragon Sword. I mean, who would expect James Purefoy, Michael Clarke Duncan, Piper Perabo, and Patrick Swayze to star in a Sci-Fi channel Saturday movie? OK, Patrick isn’t really a surprise, but the rest actually have careers at the moment.