Again, pretty much copied and pasted for my convenience and, again, it's surprising how my views didn't change on second viewing. Not surprising, my mind decided - ::pets brain:: - to wipe out any memory of the Landry family drama (see icon).
"They cancelled it, really. I didn’t even know the new season had started."
Given Cam's dialogue, the show knew they had to wind things down. So it struck me as a bit odd to do a) such a lighthearted story and b) a Vala backstory/family reunion so late in the game. Putting that aside, some of the explanations for Vala being who she is didn't totally work for me. Sure, a neglectful father who also is a con artist helps to explain aspects of her personality, but what about being a host for a Goa'uld? All the suffering she would have caused others? I always felt being part of SG1 was her way of making some amends. And her father didn't mention anything about that. Did he not know?
It's nice that Sam and Vala have become such pals. I know Sam and Janet were close, but Janet wasn't part of the actual team and she had a daughter to take care of. Sam's never had a female friend that she can just hang out with at any time. However, if Vala was a real friend she would have never allowed Sam to buy that dress. Cam must have been distracted by the cleavage. ;)
Speaking of Janet, Dr. Lam is no Janet. I know she only got the role because she's married to Shanks and I actually didn't mind her on Andromeda the few brief times I saw her, but she is bor-ing and uninvolving here.
And do I care about Landry's personal life that we haven't even hinted at in like a year?
OK, it's not listed on IMDB, but I could swear the actor playing Davidson played Lt Thorne on BSG.
Initially, Daniel irritated me with his pushing Vala to reconcile with her father (some people really don't change and can't earn your trust), but the more I thought about it it made sense to me. I think his heart was in the right place, Daniel wanted Vala to be free of all these negative feelings she had for her father. And Daniel has his own list of regrets - losing his parents at a young age, years of bitterness towards his grandfather, not being able to save his wife after numerous attempts - and he doesn't want Vala to miss her opportunity to try and make things right for herself because he knows she may not get another chance. It didn't work out as he had hoped, but I sensed that Vala was at least relieved to know she gave her dad that one last shot and that her assumptions about him weren't wrong.
Good grief, I've watched many a show that has forgotten about it's past. (Fox Mulder declaring in Season 6 he was not a psychologist when...oh, yes, you are!...uh, hum) But Beckett died last week and not only has everyone just moved on, Rodney seems to have regressed to his old assholishness. I'm not holding SG1 up as a beacon of continuity, but when Daniel died/ascended people mourned afterwards. Sam got pissed when they others weren't as emotional as she was. Jack struggled with allowing a replacement for Daniel on the team, then took most of Season 6 before he would accept Jonas.
Do the writers realize that the audience has a memory? Or at least blogs to refer back to. Just when you think, 'Hey, character development!' the reset button is pushed in the very next episode.
::end of rant::
I can't say I really enjoyed anything about this episode. Mentioning The Abyss is only going to bring attention to them ripping off James Cameron films.
I'm no expert, but when has reasoning or trying to bargain with a Wraith ever worked?
Rachel Luttrell, I like you. You seem like a very sweet person, your attractive and you can be funny, but, apparently, you decided to channel Shatner here and that is never a good idea.
Elizabeth, I want to like you, but your stupid decision making is making that very difficult. Sure, just trust the woman who can link with a Wraith and be controlled by it that she's fine and there is no Wraith present. If anyone should be blaming themselves for the two deaths it's you.
I'll shut up now.
OK, I do have one more thing to mention. Last week, ABC News did a story on kiva.org. What do they do?
Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.
You can go through lists of people needing assistance, see how much money they still need, and determine what you are able to give. The day after ABC featured the site, Kiva called to let them know they had raised over $100,000 dollars in 24 hours. Looking again just now, it seems all the businesses in Iraq (the only country where names are withheld to protect the people) have met their goals. I haven't donated yet, but I think I'm go to.