Day 51 / 2276Days Until I Ship
Today was "Inquistion" and "The Prodigal."
So I had to go the Big City today, thus cutting into my SGA-watching time significantly, but I got to watch these two, which is something. The high today was also only 97, which is something else, but still.
Anyway, "Inquistion" is a mixed bag. As a rule I hate courtroom episodes and loathe clip shows, but this is actually kinda a solid episode. We have Woolsey being a bit of a hero in this one (a law-style hero, but still) and this exciting Coalition that's formed in the Pegasus galaxy that I really wish we could've seen more of. I can see why they'd want to throw the Expedition on trial, but I kinda wanted them to argue okay, so we cost the galaxy two million lives, how many have you guys lost through your inactions, huh? Which I know is like blaming the victim, but still, you can imagine that factoid haunts John sometimes. Plus, we've not had an evil Genii plot in a while; after S1 & S2, I kinda feel like we needed another.
As for "The Prodigal"? It's one of my favourite episodes. Forget all the cool allusion you can make to the ENT episodes "Demon" and "Terra Prime," which are conceptually similiar episodes with Trinner's character in Teyla's place - this is just a cool episode. It is everything an SGA episode should be. You've the boys racing cars and well, being themselves, and Teyla being Supermom and basically a positive female role model, of which there are always too few; and Ronon being a BAMF for plot-y reasons, and even Woolsey being a bit of a hero as well. And then you get the start of the whole Ronon/Ameila thing, which makes so much more sense than Ronon/Keller it's not funny, and of course the McShep (that goodbye in the puddle jumper anyone?) and even a hint of Teyla/Woolsey (if you squint). Then you get the death of Michael - at Teyla's hand, which is just, well, not irony of the highest sort, but something close to it. Poetic justice, or something. Plus Michael being evil for non-contrived reasons and Lorne and Zelenka being BAMFs as well? This is one of my favourite episodes. Period.
Random thoughts include: 1) Clip episodes are almost always a mistake. 2) I seem to be seeing all sorts of rare pairings in this rewatch. IDK why, but I'm enjoying it. 3) Ronon's wig this season is just stupid. They should've just let him keep the short hair. It works better. 4) Ameila - now there's another background character I can get behind. I know Ronon only likes Keller because she reminds him of his dead financee, but that's never a good reason to start a relationship. At least Ameila shows some signs of sharing some interests with him. 5) Michael, Michael, Michael. Didn't anyone ever tell you plans for revenge always go wrong? It's best to carry out your original plan and destroy your enemies when you're too strong to be fought. Didn't you learn anything while you were human - didn't you watch a single movie or something? 6) I love the final scene of "The Prodigal". It's such a family moment that you really do get the sense that these people are family, which is probably reduntant, but, well, it shows something.
Some puzzling was accomplished today, but the big news is I have to go to St. Louis to visit relatives on the 6th thru the 10th. IDK what the internet/computer/writing situation may yet be. But I hope to finish SGA at least before then, and, hopefully "Fradator," so....