Asta 2

The Gates



I think Cameron’s remark about "making this up as I go along" was very representative of this episode and I’m beginning to think the season as a whole. What is the direction of this season? The Ori were suppose to be the next great threat, but in recent weeks we have renewed hostilities with the Gaould, Jaffa and now the team has managed to start a war with the Lucian Alliance. Enough! I’m not sure John Chrichton had this many enemies.

Speaking of John, when Cam slipped into the Lucian uniform and went undercover, images of ‘A Bug’s Life’ danced through my head. At least we were spared any bad accents.

My major issue with this episode was the perplexing use or lack of use of the cast. Sam largely played damsel in distress. Once again we had her take a brief stand, as she did in ‘Insiders’, and not turn over what her capture was demanding, but I think Emerson’s order had more to do with that than any clear decision made by her. And she can’t manage to get the hyper drive working, but Vala can slam a random chip in and make it work. For me it was more insulting than funny.

And then there is Teal’c, the SG1 punching bag. I wasn’t paying close attention, but did he actually tell Cam he was sick of being tortured? I know I’m tired of seeing it. Give the man something to do!

The high points in this episode were almost exclusively Vala’s. I loved her willingness to wave her fee as well as her solution to getting rid of Avateo. And she said “wonky” which is a clear indication that she must be watching Buffy reruns. ;)

They killed Colonel Emerson! That actually was a shock. I can’t say he was pivotal to the storylines or beloved, but we knew him and it I’m sorry to see someone I was use to being there go.

My favorite moment? When Daniel tells the guy flying the ship to be prepared and the guys response, "For the record I’m always prepared. I just have to push this button here." Hee!

I don’t have much to say about ‘Phantoms’ other than I felt I was going from one show that doesn’t know what to do with it’s characters to one that decides to shoot them all. And you just knew that Rodney was not going to let go of John shooting him. ;)

I didn’t feel that there was anything particularly original or revealing about this episode. Even John’s ‘revelation’ about his past I could see coming. Btw, why isn’t there a bigger John/Teyla ship community? There I actually see something.

My favorite part of the story was probably Beckett’s. I had a feeling that the guy most likely to die was going to be the one to pull through. However, even though I found it strange that the guy who was shot in the shoulder had a quick recovery it didn’t dawn on me he had died soon after they arrived at the cave.

Why wasn’t Teyla affected at all? I know Rodney explained that everyone could be affected to varying degrees, but the device had no affect on her.

Series 2, Season Twentysomething of Doctor Who debuts on Sci-Fi in two weeks. Form the clips they are showing it looks like they’ll kick off with ‘The Christmas Invasion’. Interestingly BBC America will be showing Series 1 this fall so we have the potential for overlapping Doctors.
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i agree with all your sam and vala comments--except for one little tidbit: even though sam is brilliant, vala used to have a goa'ould in her head and therefore actually has a greater basic understanding of that particular bizarro crystal technology. at least, that's how i understand it. i could be wrong.

and if cam mitchell hasn't turned entirely into john crichton, then kick me.

also: my son alex and i laughed every time rodney said, "you shot me." i think we were giddy by then. and happy the ep was over.

and did you notice the massive over-acting on sg-1? massive in-your-face bad-guy evil-mastermind one-off-because-he's gotta-die-at-the-end-of-this-episode over-acting?

i love sci-fi tv.
Good point about Vala hosting a Goa'ould. That's a possible explanation for her excellent guesswork.

Cam was acting calmer and saner than John would have so I didn't feel compelled to say Ben had crossed that line. Though I'm perfectly comfortable with blaming the writers for any 'Farscape' similarities in the storytelling. ;)

I assume you are talking about Rudolph Martin? Do remember when he played Dracula on 'Buffy'? I've also caught him on some other things. He's pretty one note and that note is not subtle.
i'll have to agree with your comments on both 'gates. i was kinda bored throughout, and kept wondering when my next 2 arrested development eps will download so i could watch that.

vala is def saving sg1 for me this season. :)

i think teyla wasn't affected because she has wraith DNA. someone mentioned it at some point in the episode as well.
I don't pay the closest attention during the Gates so it's possible it was mentioned that the Wraith DNA protected Vala. But I thought the device had affect on anybody that came into contact with it? And doesn't John have some Ancient DNA or something? I would think that would cause him to react differently too. Of course, I'm just thinking too much about this. :p
well, the catch was that the device was meant to work on humanoids (ancients included). that's why john was affected. i can't say i was ever good at genetics, but the way it works is that the most dominant traits are what gets passed on to the offspring. if teyla had wraith DNA, then that would have protected her because the device wouldn't have worked on the wraith (it must have been strong, if it wasn't "eliminated" by now, considering she's NOT the first sorta-hybrid generation).

or something like that...
Speaking of John, when Cam slipped into the Lucian uniform and went undercover, images of ‘A Bug’s Life’ danced through my head.

I was also reminded of John's bad-ass PK schtick. It wasn't necessarily a good thing in this case. One thing I think is that Vala operates much more on instinct than the rest of the team does--she also has a basis of knowledge and skill, but she's much more willing to just try things than Sam is. So I didn't find that particularly insulting to Sam, who is much more methodical and comes from a trained scientific background. What I didn't love at all was Sam getting so upset over Emerson's demise on the spot; she's been a lot stronger and less weepy than that in the past, and has been able to hold on until the crisis has past even during very upsetting events, and this season this is the second time she has gotten really emotional when the bad guy has threatened people around her. What the hell.


Why wasn’t Teyla affected at all? I know Rodney explained that everyone could be affected to varying degrees, but the device had no affect on her.


As mentioned above, Teyla has Wraith DNA. She is the descendant of a group of humans on whom the Wraith were experimenting to try to make humans susceptible to Wraith telepathic communication. (Yes, they are space vampires AND they communicate telepathically. SGA leaves no cliche unturned.) People in her family were always able to sense imminent Wraith attack, and she has been able to tap into Wraith communications, though that meant they could also tap into her mind. This was a pretty big deal at one point, and then was completely dropped, so it's nice to see the writers haven't forgotten it completely.