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Although I enjoyed this treatment of a story recycled endlessly in SciFi, I have to start with a negative comment, about what was missing.

There was no moral to this story. It was just a framework for the action. The idea that these two would spend their last hours of consciousness trying to win a war between two long dead societies rather than sharing their stories or catching a sunset didn't draw so much as a comment. The tension hinged instead on how to subdue the dangerous alien without harming Sheppard or Weir.

I thought the reflection on alien possession played against the colonel's gou'uld experience nicely, and Teyla's logic in the resolution with Sheppard was flawless. Mackay's ability to accept a chain of command went rather smoothly, so perhaps his character's place as a team member rather than a soloist will be more prominent in the future.


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Although I enjoyed this treatment of a story recycled endlessly in SciFi, I have to start with a negative comment, about what was missing.

There was no moral to this story. It was just a framework for the action. The idea that these two would spend their last hours of consciousness trying to win a war between two long dead societies rather than sharing their stories or catching a sunset didn't draw so much as a comment. The tension hinged instead on how to subdue the dangerous alien without harming Sheppard or Weir.

I thought the reflection on alien possession played against the colonel's gou'uld experience nicely, and Teyla's logic in the resolution with Sheppard was flawless. Mackay's ability to accept a chain of command went rather smoothly, so perhaps his character's place as a team member rather than a soloist will be more prominent in the future.

Right on with the "endlessly recycled" scifi story line. At first it just looked like the original Trek episode, "Return To Tomorrow," with husband and wife Sargon and Thalassa using Sheppard and Weir's body's to be together again. But then it morphed into "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," with Bela and Lokai refusing to put aside their differences even though their society had already destroyed itself.

 

When it comes to McKay being a "team" member, well, we keep hoping, and he does keep showing occasional flashes, but I'm just not sure his ego will ever allow it. He did respond better to the stern commands of the Colonel then he does to Weir's gentle commands.

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Maybe the writers are just trying to show us that no one is right ALL the time.....


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When it comes to McKay being a "team" member, well, we keep hoping, and he does keep showing occasional flashes, but I'm just not sure his ego will ever allow it. He did respond better to the stern commands of the Colonel then he does to Weir's gentle commands.



I think McKay has referenced a desire for discipline before, now that you mention it

Let this be your last Battlefield sprang immediately to mind, I hadn't thought of Return to Tomorrow but that would fit the opening rather well, and could have had a much happier ending.

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When it comes to McKay being a "team" member, well, we keep hoping, and he does keep showing occasional flashes, but I'm just not sure his ego will ever allow it. He did respond better to the stern commands of the Colonel then he does to Weir's gentle commands.



I think McKay has referenced a desire for discipline before, now that you mention it

Let this be your last Battlefield sprang immediately to mind, I hadn't thought of Return to Tomorrow but that would fit the opening rather well, and could have had a much happier ending.

Both Trek episodes crossed my mind as I watched "The Long Goodbye."

 

At times, I felt this episode was rather cheesy for its predictability and foreshadowing in excess. It seems as if written by amateurs and not cleaned up quite enough before production began.

 

Oh, and never give Dr. Weir action roles again, not unless the actress who plays her takes extensive fitness training courses first. Her action scenes came out awkward at best, even with the creative camera work and strategic cuts.

 

This episode was not all bad though. Overall I give it thumbs up because it did have some strong points and left several dangling story threads that can, and should, be picked up on again later.

 

And out of left field, I hope Teyla gets more story time soon. I am getting tired of her being shoved into the background this season.

 

 

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