StargateWatch: SG-1, Season 5

Hey fans and friends,

Apologies for the SG-1 hiatus, but I had a month of major Joss Whedon review for this month’s Joss Whedon GCC lovefest (Check out our Buffy, Firefly, & Dollhouse episodes!). Now, I’m back to taking you through the wormhole.

Season 5 of Stargate SG-1 jumps right into the story with a brainwashed Teal’c thinking he’s once again loyal to Apophis and trying to murder all of the SGC. No big deal. He’s saved from dying in Apophis’ exploding ship who has finally (maybe) died. Not shockingly, Teal’c comes around to be loyal once again to SG-1 and their adventures continue.

Carter has a semi-creepy relationship with an Ancient that has decided to stalk her/live in her house, but he does introduce us to the idea of ascension (which I will get very angry about later in this post). The rest of the season gets into more nuanced aspects of the Stargate world and you learn more about the stargate device itself. The wormhole can affect the planet on the other side (Red Sky), we find out what happens if you get stuck inside of a closed wormhole (48 Hours) and we see trainees of the Stargate program in training (Proving Ground). This last one made everything a little bit more legitimate for me because the other SG teams (besides our main characters on SG-1) are kind of like the Red Shirts of the series – generically named, disposable, and easily replaced.

As always, the Earth is in peril of being enslaved/overtaken/blown to smithereens (Between Two Fires, 2001, Fail Safe). SG-1 saves the day. As per usual.

And, in the mother of all ridiculous season finale 2-part episodes (Meridian and Revelations), Dr. Daniel Jackson is exposed to a lethal amount of radiation and lays dying in the SGC infirmary. Because he’s been “enlightened” from travelling to other worlds and learning about important intergalactic/intercultural stuff, he “ascends.” Oh, how convenient – he can potentially come back in future seasons, or just remain an invisible helpful spirit in future episodes. At the very moment he lay dying, the Ancients decide to accept him into their weird, non-human, ethereal ranks to… I dunno, learn the secrets of the universe? Be ghost-y? Whatever. I call bullshit. If Michael Shanks had creative differences with the series creators, they should have manned up and killed him off, nice and dead and proper.

Important stuff:
-Apophis is (hopefully) dead
-Meeting an Ancient
-Ascension
-Where the replicators came from
-Getting stuck in the wormhole
-Naquadah’s mean older brother, Naquadriah
-Jonas Quinn is going to be the new member of SG-1. Obviously.

Favorite Episodes:
The Fifth Man (Episode 4) – There’s suddenly a fifth member on the SG-1 team that no one at the SGC has ever heard of.

Fail Safe (Episode 17) – There is an asteroid full of naquadah hurtling towards Earth. The usual Earth-in-peril scenario, but with some silly “SG-1 in space” bits.

Menace (Episode 19) – We meet the bizarro robot girl that created the replicators. This made me super nervous, especially when she got angry.

Honorable Mention:
Wormhole X-Treme! (Episode 12) – Exceptionally ridiculous and cheesy, this is the 100th episode of Stargate SG-1. The reason I love it so much is because I’ve always personally had a theory that all of our favorite crazy sci-fi TV shows are based on a reality that is so insane we’d never believe it.

Least Favorite Episodes:
The Tomb (Episode 8) – The “Who’s the Goa’uld?” plot line is starting to get a bit tired.

Meridian (Episode 21) – Ascension. Bullshit.

Other thoughts:
Michael Shanks has continued the ascension joke even after SG-1 ended. The below is a brilliant description (courtesy of io9) of more Michael Shanks ghost/spirit shenanigans:

In “Saving Hope,” when charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) at Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos — and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Erica Durance), in a state of shock. Along with newly arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies), Reid races to save Harris’ life. As the action unfolds, the comatose Harris explores the hospital halls in “spirit” form, not sure if he’s a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.

Conclusion: I really hate the ascension storyline. But I think Jonas Quinn is charming, so I’ll let the crappy justification for writing off Daniel slide. For now.

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