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Stargate Season 5

I'm officially at the half way point and about to begin the Year of Jonas. Poor Bastard.

PROVING GROUND - It’s Grace Park! And she has the hots for Daniel! Men are always getting her into trouble, aren’t they? ;) Even though the episode was completely predictable and I knew Jack was faking it the moment he got shot, I enjoyed the story quite a bit. Considering how many SG team members have been lost over the years, it was nice to see how one goes about becoming part of the elite. And Jennifer Hailey was far less smug and annoying then when we first met her. I also really liked Elliot and hoped we’d get to see more of him. Be careful what you wish for.

48 HOURS - OK, I’m guessing Chris Judge needed a week off for some reason? I’m able to hand wave a lot on this show, but having Teal’c trapped in the Stargate was really pushing it. I always understood (as best as one can understand these things) that a perosn's particles were dispersed and sent through the wormhole to be reintegrated. Now they are saying that our biological material can be stored as data? Oh, yeah, and we had a bunch of pissy Russians.

SUMMIT - Wow, this was like a who’s who of Stargate! Elliot returns as a red shirt team member and ends up hosting the symbiote Lantash who was in Martouf. Sara/Osiris returns as Anubis’s right hand man/woman. Lord Yu, who I have always found interesting because he struck me as less evil then his counterparts. Baal! Is this his first appearance? I don’t recall seeing him before, but I have missed a few eps along the way. And he used his Goa’uld voice. Because I have seen some later season eps I know the chemically engineered poison and drug, Reole, Daniel uses to trick people into believing he is someone else come back into play. It was really cool to see all these pieces and players of various stories and arcs come together and in a fast paced and exciting episode.

LAST STAND - I couldn’t wait to see how they resolved everything set up in ‘Summit’ so, of course, I was left very disappointed. I didn’t expect them to use the poison – that would be too easy and too quick a resolution - but Daniel’s not so subtle quest for information and watching his team mates use various crystals to open passages ways was not very involving TV. And I think they were very short sighted in the use of Elliot. Yes, we were suppose to see the poignancy of this young man who worked so hard towards this goal of becoming an SG team member, one of the militaries best and brightest, killed on his very first mission. But how about exploring what happens when you end up becoming a host on your very first mission and having to put your dream aside? Or could he have continued as a SG member? I just think there were possibilities that were cut short.

And, um, why are the Goa’uld going cannibal??? Ewwwww.

Due to some issues with Comcast my recordings of FAIL SAFE and THE WARRIOR didn’t happen, but reading the recaps it doesn’t look like I missed much.

MENACE - For some reason, I had seen this episode before. And it didn’t take me long to recall how much I hated it. Reese is definitely in the top five most annoying Stargate characters ever. Someone should have told the writers there is a difference between being emotionally immature and being five. What the hell was wrong with her ‘father’? He buildes a very physically mature body then puts the mind of a child in it?

There were three things I liked about the ep. Sam, who even though from a science background usually still sees the human element, so quickly siding with Jack in that Reese was just a technology to be examined. Hammond with the big guns! And Daniel calling Jack “You stupid son of a bitch”, just because I don’t think we’ve ever heard Daniel sink to name calling. I actually think Jack did the right thing – they had no way of knowing if she was stopping the replicators or Jack ‘killing’ her did.

THE SENTINEL - OK, checking out Gateworld Grieves and Kershaw weren’t in ‘Shades of Grey’. I didn’t think I recalled seeing them, though that was some damn fine editing to place them in that episode. I thought this episode raised some interesting scenarios. The Latonans show what can happen to people are incredibly dependant on technology, to the point that they begin to regress intellectually. And Grieves sufficiently grays things up here because he, just like Jack and the others, believes he was serving his country and doing the right thing.

MERIDIAN - Even though this is the umpteenth time Daniel has ‘died’ and I know the ascension is short lived (did anyone else feel that the show felt Shanks would come crawling back?), I found myself getting a little choked up. And it was less Sam who was much more open with her emotions, but Jack dealing with watching Daniel dying and so powerless to do anything that got to me. Up until this episode I always felt that Teal’c was Jack’s best friend, but it’s obvious that Daniel is equally important to him. As much as Daniel drove him crazy at times, he also challenged him and made him a better person. Daniel may feel like he failed. He didn’t save the world or Sha’re, but he touched countless people in ways he doesn’t even realize.

Jonas! So this is how you were introduced as Daniel 2.0. I kind of like you Corin, you poor bastard.

REVELATIONS - It’s interesting that they didn’t end the season with Daniel’s ‘death’, but his loss. They’re all grieving in their own way and, I have to admit, Sam got on my nerves a bit. She needs to grieve openly, yet I felt it unfair that she believed the others should do the same. Teal’c is the most spiritual of them and Daniel has attained what all Jaffa seek – ascension – so, to him, Daniel is in the better place. And Jack spoke with Daniel, knows exactly what happened to him, and that it was his choice. Jack misses Daniel as much, if not more, than anybody, but knows he’s not gone and I really liked the slight smile he gave in response to that puff of air.

I also liked how on the heels of Daniel’s loss, Jack was confronted with the possible loss of Thor. That seemed to be the thing that caused Jack to so readily agree to assist the Asgaard in the rescue. He couldn’t do anything to help Daniel, but he could do something to help Thor.

And here’s a movie meme that several people have done that I last read on sdwolfpup’s LJ.

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 100 times.
Star Wars

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
Star Wars

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
I know what you think I’m going to say so…Edward Norton

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
There are many. I’ll say Tom Cruise.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Er, Star Wars. And, Oh!, State and Main - “It’s not a lie, it’s s gift of fiction.”

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
All? None. Singin in the Rain and 1776 would come closest.

7. Name a movie that have been known to sing along with.

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
It’s a cliché, but Citizen Kane. A little bit more off the beaten path, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

9. Name a movie that you own.
So you can all mock me – Ghost Rig.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Tricia Helfer

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Never been to a drive-in.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet gotten around to it.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
Once because it was that offensive to me

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
I’m not really a crier though I did tear up at a movie not to long ago, but I can’t recall which one!

16. Popcorn?
Sometimes when I feel like spending the money.

17. How often do go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
Every two to three weeks.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
Music & Lyrics

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
I can’t say that I have one.

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
I think it was a Raggedy Ann and Andy animated film. But Star Wars was the one that made a lasting impression.

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
Too many to list. I think the last one was Hitchhikers Guide. And definitely all the SW prequels.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
I wouldn’t say it’s weird, but remember the abundance of Roger Cormen B horror flicks in the 60s? Well, he made one that poked fun at the genre called The Raven starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and some new guy called Jack Nicholson. I was so excited when it finally came out on DVD.

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
I don’t really get scared by films. That girl in The Ring freaked me out though.

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
One, Two, Three maybe. Recently, Little Miss Sunshine.

So as I was typing all this up I was watching Poseidon and, I have to say, it's not that bad. Perhaps not worth a trip to the theatre, but it makes for good background noise. :)
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