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Stargate: Continuum

So, I’ve been going through a ‘Don’t Really Feel Like Posting to LJ’ period. Though, that isn’t completely accurate since I have been keeping on top of jamiebambernews duties. While that can be time consuming (Comic Con almost killed me and I wasn’t even there!), it’s not really thinky, it’s news and not my usual long winded meta. What it comes down to is I probably needed a break from the analyzing. But now I find myself missing it just a little so I figured I’d slowly start to get back into the swing of things by posting

Continuum was a much better film than Ark of Truth. AoT suffered from having to wrap up the (bored now) Ori storyline while Continuum allowed the show to refocus on the characters and the series wouldn’t have lasted ten years if not for the characters. Continuum also had an epic movie feel thanks to a lot of location filming – the Antarctica shots were breathtaking – whereas AoT was, mostly, trapped on some cheap looking sets.

SG1 has beaten the time travel/AU/reset idea to death, but it was nice to see them put a little bit of a spin on it, breaking up the band group and showing how much they’ve come to depend on each other and the Stargate program to give meaning to their lives. Daniel calling himself to give himself a pep talk was hilarious, but also telling. Alone in his room, he was back to being that isolated person he was eleven years before.

If I stop to think about the time travel elements I shall get a massive headache. I’m confused as to which Ba’al went back to the 1930s. Why did Cam not disappear at the Goa’uld removal ceremony? Was it because his grandfather didn’t die until after Cam stepped into the wormhole? What happened to the Cam who traveled to the past? Did Cam meet himself as a child?

Landry actually made some excellent points about their desire to ‘fix’ the alternate timeline. What right did they have to change the lives of, well, billions? Unfortunately, Landry had to be a pompous, self-righteous ass while making his points. I think it’s telling that when the attack took place it was Hammond by President Hayes’s side and Landry was no where to be seen.

Random thoughts:

Please people, stop putting Ben in bad old age makeup. And is it my imagination or does every time the latex go on he starts slipping into a southern accent?

Jack died from a stab to the shoulder? Did the writers need a doctor as a consultant to tell them the heart is lower?

I wish we had seen more Vala/Quetesh, but given the crap job they did of covering Claudia's baby bulge, I can see why we didn't see more of her...er, you know what I mean.

It’s all fun and games until someone loses a leg! And just when I think that’s the worst they will do to Daniel, they kill him, again. I guess they really have to at this point. It's tradition!

Charlie lived in the alternate timeline and, interestingly, that led to a slightly harder Jack, a Jack that never left the military and reevaluated his life.

Apophis! Camulus! Nirrti! Cronus! It’s the Goa'uld family reunion! I feared Anubis making an appearance.

Sam needs just a few minutes to figure out how a time machine works? OK!
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"Anubis making an appearance."

That's just it: Baal didn't have a way to stop Anubis so the "future" that the team travelled to must have been in the past, for them anyway. And I wonder if the new baal killed the baal in the new time line to take his place, which doesn't seem like a Baal thing to do.

"Daniel calling himself to give himself a pep talk was hilarious, but also telling. Alone in his room, he was back to being that isolated person he was eleven years before."


I don't know why Daniel didn't just travel to egypt and dig up Osiris' ship, Sam didn't hook up with her Ancient boyfriend, etc., all the avenues they could have explored instead of having those made for tv haggan daz moments on their couches at home. I guess that's the problem of having 10 years worth of backstory though.
And speaking of stabbity stabbing: I'm so over the "one atom thick" sword schtick. Razor blades cut things not because they're smooth but because they're absurdedly jagged on a microscopic level. Having something be really thin doesn't turn it into a freaking lightsaber.
Having something be really thin doesn't turn it into a freaking lightsaber.

Agree. Or else I'd have been dead due to a papercut years ago!
For some reason I'm thinking there is a loophole as to why Anubis was present, but a) I'm hazy on history and b) it's late and I'm tired. ;)

I think it's safe to assume the team was being watched, if not 24/7, often enough that Daniel attempting to travel to Egypt would have been stopped.
well, he could have come up with some elaborate (and hilarious, as would have been Carter trying to explain to Ancient Boyfriend why he should help her build a basement stargate) scheme to switch places with his double. Of course, that would be easier if they didn't make him lose a leg just for the hell of it. And having Osiris' ship could have given them a way to conclude the story a little more actively rather than the deus-ex-push-a-button at the end.

And why didn't Dan end up like Carter clone from the quantom mirror and start fading away, since he's the only one who had a living counterpart in that timeline?

I just think it would have been cooler to have the team relying on all sorts of allies they made throughout the years rather than just convincing Teal'c that they meant something to him; nice moment, yes, but the whole theme could have been stronger. I mean, if they could convince baby-Hammond in 1969 to risk everything for them, he certainly should have had a bigger role here. :(

Continuum sounds a lot like Stargate does B-movie time... so I'm suddenly really tempted to see it.

Did Jack die immediately from a stab to the shoulder, or did he die of blood loss?
Jack died in under a minute and there was about a 3 or 4 inch spot of blood on his jacket. The whole scene was rather ridiculous. RDA had a relatively small role in the film and it was an obvious set up to get rid of Jack...for awhile. ;) But at least stab him in the heart!