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Capitulation

*sigh*

Peer pressure remains a powerful tool, even in adulthood. :)

Ferret's into Stargate: SG-1, my husband's into it, and one of my best friends is into it. Every time I'd tried to watch it, I couldn't see the attraction. It mostly seemed like a slightly less adequate version of Star Trek: TNG. Go to new world, chat/fight/sleep with new people, occasionally run into master baddies. Lather, rinse; repeat.

My dear spouse just had a birthday, and I got him the boxed set of the Stargate SG-1 first season on DVD. We've been watching a few episodes a day, and are near the beginning of the fourth disc.

Well, it's still pretty ST-like, but what makes a refreshing difference is the story arc. Putting some of the episodes in context makes the "civilization of the week" aspect a different ball of wax. Rather than being disparate entities, like an M-class world here and a Bajoran homeworld there, there's a common thread uniting them. Each one is a piece of the puzzle, and a potential part of the solution. I did find it amusing that Armin Shimerman, aka Quark the Ferengi, aka Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was in an early episode. I have no idea if he'll be a recurring character.

It's no Babylon 5, but then, few things are. I know, I know, ST was pioneering in a lot of ways and is important because of that. It also has some very good, meaningful episodes and Patrick Stewart's talent is no small asset . . . however, B5 was so much richer in so many ways. I don't think we've had another series recently that's yet come close to the sophisticated layering and high-quality writing present there. I mean, Neil Gaiman bothered to write an episode of B5. It's like my exceedingly wise mother says: there's chicken salad, and there's chicken you-know-what, and B5 ain't chicken you-know-what.

SG-1 does descend into hokum at times, at least in the first season. Maybe it will get better, but "Cold Lazarus" . . . ennh. Mix one part ST:TNG's "The Inner Light," one part crystalline entity and stir vigorously with SG-1 team. ("The Inner Light" was actually quite a good episode, and won a Hugo, I believe, so there are worse things for one to rip off, but still.)

However, I really like this overarching "four great races/ancients" thread that seems to be emerging. Not quite the Vorlons and the Shadows, but so far none but the Goa'uld seem to interfere and meddle in human affairs. Then again, the rest of the races might be more subtle, like the Vorlons. We'll see. I'm engaged enough to continue watching the DVDs from the first season, at least.

Maybe the same thing will happen for Freaky if he gets to see BTVS from the beginning. :)

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freakyferret
Aug. 10th, 2001 10:16 pm (UTC)
Well, Daniel's not an archeologist so much anymore. He's more there as an expert. Yes he's also supposed to explore the other cultures and learn about them. But keep in mind most of the cultures are still alive. No need to gloves and such. This becomes clear later.

As for the rape thing. They deal with this rather well much later.

As for endangering himself and the team, oy! If you could have seen tonight's episode! :o

:) It gets ever so weird eventually. They do have plenty of plot holes, but they do such a good job (esp later) with making the show fun you can't help but drop your disbelief right out the window. :)

pointedview
Aug. 11th, 2001 01:53 am (UTC)
No need for gloves and such? Heck, they should all be wearing gloves at all times, but especially when in an area that's clearly a former lab (like in the "There but for the Grace of God" ep). He had no idea what kind of substance that was, whether it would be reactive in any way, whether the surface was friendly to bacteria and if so, whether that bacteria would be bad to have on his skin, and so on. There's a definite need for gloves for the whole team, actually, but especially when touching foreign materials.

Glad to hear that they deal with the Hathor aftermath at some point. Hope they also deal with the psychological ramifications of clones, of Jack's doppelganger's emotional interactions with his ex-wife, Jack having to kill Skaara, of Jack nearly becoming a host, and other mentally-stressful plot points that haven't really been dealt with.

I'm just saying that Daniel has a real tendency towards pushing the shiny, candy-like red button without considering the potential ramifications for himself and his team members. It's more than a little selfish, and quite irresponsible. I would have told him to straighten up and fly right ages ago, wife in jeopardy or no wife in jeopardy. The only reason they put up with it is because of his time on Abydos: that's the only thing he has over any other given linguist on the planet, as far as I know.


The problem is that I'm now curious to see how they deal with all of this, and I am out of DVDs, dang it! :)

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