Stargate SG-1 “Avenger 2.0”

[Note from the editor: This article is by prospective staff writer Allison Venezio. Enjoy!]

I’m a huge Stargate fan. Ask anyone who knows and has spent time with me. This is despite coming into the franchise very late (I didn’t start watching regularly until 2010, when the third—and underrated—series in the franchise, Stargate Universe was on the air). And while I’m always late to the party (this is a frequent occurrence with me and TV shows), I arrive.

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While I wasn’t hooked on the whole Stargate thing at first, I gradually got sucked in, and began reading the tie-in novels, buying the DVDs, and—gasp—attending the conventions. In 2012, I went to my first Stargate convention in Chicago, and I’ll be going to my fourth in August 2015. And I’ve been fortunate to connect with a small group of friends whom I’ve found other common interests with beyond the ‘Gate.

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This even happened. Which in Stargate fandom is the equivalent of marriage.
There were witnesses, after all. (From 2012–I don’t even look like this anymore!)

Stargate SG-1 is the first series spun off from the 1994 feature film Stargate, in which anthropologist Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader) and Air Force Col. Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell) travel across time and space to a desert planet that looks a lot like ancient Egypt. You might recall that at the end of the film, Jackson stays behind with the newly-freed people of the planet Abydos, to live among them with his new wife Shau’ri.

SG-1 takes place a little over a year after the events of the film. A new threat arrives at the military base seen in the movie, and several Air Force SFs are killed and another is kidnapped. This is presumed to be the work of System Lord Ra, the movie’s allegedly-dead main villain, so the retired Col. Jack O’Neill (now played by Richard Dean Anderson, and now with an extra “L” in his last name) is recalled to active duty to stop the latest threat to our very existence.

O’Neill brings together a team including astrophysicist Samantha “Sam” Carter (Amanda Tapping), the recalled-to-Earth Dr. Daniel Jackson (now played by Michael Shanks), and Jaffa rebel Teal’c (Christopher Judge) who turns on his own people and leaves to join the Earth team’s cause. Together, they explore the galaxy in an attempt to seek out advanced technology and protect humanity against the threats that lie just beyond our world, while angering other System Lords who find them inferior and want to be the ones to take down the team.

Stargate SG-1 "Avenger 2.0"

SG-1 ran on Showtime from 1997 until 2002, and then on the Sci-Fi Channel from 2002 until its cancellation in 2007. In season six, Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis Can’t Lose) replaced Michael Shanks as Jonas Quinn, who arrives on Earth after betraying his people while Dr. Jackson lays dying from fatal injuries sustained on his homeworld Kelowna (Michael Shanks would later return in season seven).

In season nine, Richard Dean Anderson left the show, with Ben Browder (John Chrichton on Farscape) replacing him in the leadership role as Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell. Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun on Farscape) joined the cast in season ten as Vala Mal Doran, after several appearances in previous seasons. The late Don S. Davis portrayed Stargate Command leader Major General George Hammond during the show’s first seven seasons, with Richard Dean Anderson succeeding him in season eight. Further succeeding Anderson upon his departure was Beau Bridges, playing Major General Hank Landry in seasons nine and ten.

Stargate SG-1 "Avenger 2.0"

There were several spin-off series: Stargate Atlantis (Sci-Fi Channel, 2004-2009) and SGU: Stargate Universe (2009-2011) opened up more worlds in the universe. An unrelated (and short-lived) animated series, Stargate Infinity, aired in syndication in 2003.

But my absolute favorite series of the franchise is by far Stargate SG-1. While I do love Atlantis, and am finding a gem in the underappreciated Universe, SG-1 is my team of choice, and the Earth ‘Gate is my destination. I have favorite episodes, not-so-favorite episodes, and episodes I’ve seen too many times to count… though maybe I just have a bad memory and lost count somewhere around fifteen.

However, after ten years of life, Stargate SG-1 did have a few weak spots along the way. There’s one particular episode that fans roundly agree is a low point of the series. And while it isn’t the worst concept for an episode ever, it’s still not winning fan love, twelve years after it aired. Okay, so maybe some fans love it, but this fan cringes over the existence of it. Even the title makes me cringe.

“Avenger 2.0” (oh yes, that’s the title) is the ninth episode of Stargate SG-1’s seventh season, and it’s apparent from the title alone that this is going to be a doozy of an episode. I hear “Avenger” and I think Marvel, not computer viruses. And that’s exactly what the episode is about: a glorified computer virus. It has one job (to be like a computer virus without actually being a computer virus—remember, the ‘Gate network isn’t based on a computer system), and actually does the job a computer virus is known for: shutting down vital systems and wreaking general havoc for our heroes. I knew this one was going to be trouble when the main characters were relegated to being little more than background extras.

You’ll really have to suck up your courage to get through this one.

Stargate SG-1 "Avenger 2.0"

I started writing this last Monday. This was me on Tuesday.

This episode primarily focuses on the character of Dr. Jay Felger (pronounced “Fell-grrr,” not “Fell-jur” or “Folger”—that Colonel O’Neill will mispronounce just about anything!), a scientist working at Stargate Command who’s got a bit of hero-worship for the SG-1 team.

Felger is in a bind. His latest “invention”, an energy-based weapon made to potentially replace the missiles on the X-302 (a hyperspace fighter reverse-engineered from alien technology) turns out to be an unmitigated disaster. Sort of like Felger himself. In fact, his invention knocks out power to the entire base. Did I mention I did the same thing by plugging an extension cord that no longer worked into a hairdryer? I didn’t? It’s only because I don’t like to admit to that kind of stupidity.

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“That wasn’t supposed to happen.” Truer words have never been spoken…
but should have when this episode was thought of.

Before I go on, I guess I should backtrack a little on Dr. Felger. Jay Felger was a character introduced in the marginally better season six episode “The Other Guys”, which, come to think of it, also featured a group of scientists who forced our heroes into the background. Who puts SG-1 in a corner?

I just looked up the writer for that episode. Damn you, Damian Kindler, for starting all of this!

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From “The Other Guys”. O’Neill hated him here, too.

And who are the writers putting SG-1 in the corner this time?

Stargate SG-1 "Avenger 2.0"

Mallozzi and Mullie? NOOOOO! Actually, I kind of like how Amanda
Tapping looks upset that the twosome continued the Felger storyline. This
might be the funniest part of the episode.

Felger’s latest and not-so-greatest invention is actually one in a long line of disastrous projects he’s undertaken in the last six months, which have all been long on promise, but short on results, according to General Hammond. He’s ready to pull the plug on Felger’s research, effectively ending his time at Stargate Command (which, if you ask me, should have happened after “The Other Guys”).

Felger decides this is the perfect opportunity to tell Hammond about how he’s on the verge of “something huge.” And since Major Carter, who’s his (and every male’s) crush is in the vicinity, he probably feels this is the perfect time to unveil his “something huge.”

Of course, Felger’s “something huge” turns out to be… a glorified computer virus. His assistant/potential love interest Chloe (who has an annoying voice) thinks he’s nuts for even considering it, but it does seem to have some interesting potential. You dial up a target ‘Gate, and the virus scrambles the established coordinates. The theory? The Stargate network is a series of linked computers already. By initiating this virus, the symbols will no longer correspond with the proper coordinates, resulting in that target ‘Gate being useless. Like Felger. Major Carter is decidedly interested (being a geek and all), but is waiting until she sees actual proof to get excited.

And what’s the name of this virus, you ask? Avenger!

Stargate SG-1 "Avenger 2.0"

“Where did you come up with that name, anyway? Actually, you know
what? Don’t tell me.”

Remember the title of the episode, “Avenger 2.0”? That’s not just the title, that’s also the name of Dr. Felger’s “something huge” of an idea. He explains that he named it after a superhero comic he read as a kid. I think Marvel should sue him for hijacking the name. And I’m assuming the “2.0” part of the title is a cute play on technology… or a hint that there’s something else named “Avenger” out there, but it’s never explained.

And like a typical computer virus, it wreaks havoc on the network of ‘Gates, effectively shutting them down, and spreading to other ‘Gates. While the Earth ‘Gate can dial into any location, those other ‘Gates can’t dial Earth. How is this a disaster, pray tell? Because it traps Col. O’Neill and Teal’c on a planet with Jaffa rebels, who become testy when the ‘Gate doesn’t work. It also traps Dr. Jackson and another team on a planet that’s slowly flooding from heavy rains.

Stargate SG-1 "Avenger 2.0"

But I will say Michael Shanks got off lucky. His brief appearance doesn’t come
until 26 minutes into the episode, and even then he only appears on monitors.

So, of course, if you make a mess, you have to clean up said mess. Carter discovers that certain correlative updates, performed by Dial Home Devices on other planets to compensate for interstellar drift, caused the virus to spread the way it did. So any teams that are off-world are recalled immediately.

Soon, System Lord Ba’al is taking advantage of the situation by attacking other System Lords on other planets, due to having the most ships. Though, we don’t actually see him do this (and I’m starting to wish we did, as that sounds like a far more interesting story than this one). Felger devises a solution to upload everything from the dialing computer, assuming that another update will occur, as the system is adaptive by nature. He believes it will work, and… it doesn’t.

So now, with a “something huge” computer virus causing a malfunction, an “antivirus” that doesn’t work, a System Lord taking advantage of the whole situation, angry Jaffa Rebels, flood waters, thirteen stranded teams, and one bumbling idiot who caused the disaster, someone’s going to have to save the day. Take one guess who. And then take another guess who doesn’t.

Throw in an ending that tries to be a hilarious callback to Felger’s daydream that ended “The Other Guys”, which had no business happening in the first place, and Felger mugging with his overly huge “in love” grin, and this episode barely escapes being a trainwreck.

Stargate SG-1 "Avenger 2.0"

He’s smiling because it’s his dream… but wait until he finds out what reality
feels like
after this episode.

The basic concept of “Avenger 2.0” was—dare I say it?—creative, so what happened to make it not quite work?

The “virus” idea is great in theory, and it did exactly what computer viruses already do best: spread and wreak havoc. But not in a comically funny way; just a painful and unfunny way that makes one wonder how this was even an idea.

In this franchise, humor can be a hit (think “Window of Opportunity” or “Point of No Return” for this show, or even “Urgo”, though this is more love it/hate it, depending on who you talk to), or a huge miss (“Irresponsible”, or its sequel “Irresistible” on sister show Atlantis). And this episode was… a huge miss. In fact, it was a major misfire.

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Everyone tried so hard… So very hard. But not you.

The humor feels forced, and the sad use of an action montage where the characters work towards creating Avenger just feels out of place on this show. It’s not the first time a montage was used (see again “Window of Opportunity” for a better example), but in an episode that already feels forced, this montage just isn’t funny.

Then there’s Felger (good lord, Felger). I just don’t find anything funny about the guy or his bumbling nature. He fails to save the day, and really only makes the situation worse when he tries to fix everything. This should be funny, but it’s actually painful, because he’s so hard to watch. If I want to see someone bumble around in a more funny way, any of the episodes where O’Neill has one of his “moments” is far funnier than 43 minutes of Felger mugging and acting like an ass.

And this episode is complicated. I’ve seen episodes that had far more action and were much easier to follow. This is a lighter episode than most, and it’s still too complicated to follow. And not the “you need to watch this show in order to understand it” kind of complicated, it’s the “hope you have a long attention span and plenty of patience” kind of complicated.

I give credit to Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie for making “Avenger 2.0” so darn convoluted that you might be fooled into thinking it’s clever, but at the same time, they’re capable of much better. If you really want to see one of their better efforts, I again highly recommend “Window of Opportunity”, their first writing credit on this show, and my favorite episode.

Really, the only person I can give credit to here is Martin Wood; he’s one of the show’s best regular directors. Heck, he helmed some of the best episodes in the franchise, so at least aesthetically, this episode looks great and is well-directed. But that can’t save it.

And finally, I really need to throw in one more nitpick/bitch moment, because this actually bothered me and feels like a gaping oversight in the writing. At one point, Felger’s mom calls him at Stargate Command, and he answers the phone with, “Stargate Command! Felger speaking!” How did she get his number? For a top secret military base, they obviously just had a huge breach of security. And he answers the phone the way I do, and I work as a secretary!

And if you really want to know, Dr. Jay Felger was never seen nor heard from again. In fact, we never even heard his name uttered again. Ever. And I’m sure O’Neill had something to do with that. Or Carter finally realized how creepy Felger was and had him booted. Or he got fired for his incompetence. Or maybe Kindler, Mallozzi, and Mullie got cease and desist letters that made them stop writing Felger-centered episodes.

Of course, our last image of Felger had to be him with his stupid smile, fantasizing like he did in his previous outing, “The Other Guys”, as he watches Carter and his assistant Chloe wrestle each other over him, while Felger and O’Neill watch. Felger’s Carter-related fantasy in “The Other Guys” (I won’t spoil it) didn’t work in that episode, and this fantasy doesn’t work here. But I hope they paid Amanda Tapping handsomely to pretend to fawn all over Felger (twice).

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There’s a restraining order in this somewhere.

I don’t say any of this to discourage you from ever seeing this episode. It’s not one to avoid, but it’s certainly one to be cautious about when approaching. After all, it’s about a virus, and we all know what viruses do. Thankfully, this particular episode didn’t infect the rest of the series, which veered back in the right direction, with Mallozzi and Mullie penning better episodes along the way until the very end. So I can forgive them for this one.

Oh, and Marvel, if you need someone to sue over using “Avenger” in a terrible way, his name is Dr. Jay Felger, and if you can find him, he’s all yours.

 

Allison is a nostalgia buff with a love for all things painful and obscure. She’s an avid RiffTrax supporter and Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan who held a replica of Tom Servo while standing next to Joel Hodgson. As a huge Stargate SG-1 fan, she hopes she didn’t offend other fans with this article. She can be found at her blog, Allison’s Written Words (the former site is on Blogger), and loves followers. You can also keep up with her on Facebook… if you dare.

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  • Jonathan Campbell

    You’re gonna fit right in.

    • Yea! Thank you so much! It was a challenge to write about a show I love and am passionate about, but I dislike this episode with a passion.

      • danbreunig

        As someone who doesn’t know the first thing about Stargate beyond the premise (of the things with Star in it–Wars, Trek, Gate, Search–I even remember Star Search clearly more than Stargate!) I know where you’re coming from, given the nature of sci-fi franchises that last ten plus years and spin off numerous side-series. This is kinda like an Worst Of Trek entry, Stargate style–every classic show will have its losers, and actually I’m glad to see you start off with a least favorite episode, because it gives me the impression of how well the series must have been if this is a low point, for you anyway. This article even gave me some insight of how to approach discovering the show–yes, for all my own nerd cred, I’m that out of it.

        This is a day late in coming, but I want to say congrats on your debut entry here, Allison. I concur with Jonathan–it seems just yesterday when he officially started too, but fit in so well that you guys may as well be Booth veterans. I started reading some off your blogs and see quite the potential–plus it doesn’t hurt to have another fellow MSTie along.

        • CaptainCalvinCat

          dan, you should really give SG-1 and SG-A a watch – and when you want to start watching SG:U… just don’t. SG:U is…. just not good, at least in my opinion.

          @allison_venezio:disqus great article, however – I like to disagree: I didn’t find Avenger 2.0 that hard to bear. My least favourite episode would be … erm…. I don’t have a least favourite episode. All of them have awesome moments in it and all of them have cringeworthy moments in it. Even the episode, SFDebris is calling the worst episode of the whole SG-1 tenure (which would be Emancipation) is having at least some amusing scenes.
          To me, the worst entry in the whole Stargate-Franchise is Universe. Not even the cartoon-show, which lasted for one season, was as bad as Universe.

          • Engler Pascal

            Stargate Universe is apparently kind of polarizing: Personally i found the first season rather meh to average, but i really loved the 2nd season. (They replacedmost of the the authors afaik).
            Stargate.Infinity (The cartoon show) was rather indeed rather bad. (I love the cheesy theme song though).

            On topic: Good recap, even though i didn’t the episodes that bad. More average.

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            Let me put it this way: If your guest-character is making the joke, that, if he would come back, everything would be better, and I in my position as audience don’t say “The hell you don’T!” but rather think, that that’d be a good idea… I think, there is something wrong.

            Honestly, I had no qualms with Infinity – sure, it was cheesy, but it could’ve worked under the right circumstances.

          • Infinity could have worked, but probably not on the children’s level. Kids watched SG-1 when it was on (I’ve met many people who, like me, were kids/teenagers when the whole franchise started). Kids obviously were sophisticated enough to know that an animated series like Infinity was kind of not what the whole franchise was about. Sticking to canon would have been a good idea.
            It is amazing how people got so excited over O’Neill showing up. He totally overshadowed everyone else on SGU when he was around.
            I just seriously would love to know why Felger was thought to be a good enough idea to come back for a second episode – once was enough!

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            I was a teenager, when the show started – in 97 in Germany. Back in the days, I managed to even interest people in that show and – I still think, SG1 and SGA were the most awesome shows back then.

            Infinity – well, I watched it now and I still enjoy it more than SGU. ^^

          • I was 14 in the summer of ’97 (I turned 15 that October). The jury is out if I would have enjoyed this show in my teen years, but as an adult, my taste has definitely changed.

          • I think the problem is that we expect more from SG-1 (Especially from the writers) and when it didn’t deliver we’re baffled. SGU is polarizing – it gets discussed at the conventions, and it definitely has its fans. I was always happy to see O’Neill during season 1, he’s my favorite character, by far.

          • I’m actually glad to hear from another fan and see an opinion. I always can find something redeeming about any of the bad episodes, which in turn don’t make them all that bad. Emancipation is kinda bad, but the funny moments really save it. I’m actually on season 2 of Universe – I gave it a try after really dragging my heels for 4 years. I do like it, but on another level. It’s kinda dark, which I like, but yeah, it definitely isn’t much of a Stargate show. It could have lasted longer if it wasn’t a Stargate show. As for Infinity, I haven’t seen any of it past the opening credits (Which weirded me out). Heck, it’s only 15 episodes, maybe I’ll eventually give it a go if for the shock factor!

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            I watched season 1 of universe and managed to fall asleep several times on it. I never fell asleep on anything else Stargate-related… until Universe came along. I’m sorry, I find it extremely dark and boring – and even more so, when you stop and think about, that this is a STARGATE show, where no matter how dark the situation can get, they at least find a way to bring out at least a little smile.

            Remember when in Season 1 Stargate-Command was about to be shut down? The situation was grim, dark, it all was about to go to hell – in came Jack O’Neill deadpanned a joke and at least for those couple of seconds you had levity.

            Or the situation with Charles Kawalsky, when he is already on his way out, because of the Goa’Uld in his head and we all know that – and yet: Jack deadpans the “If you don’t make it… can I get your stereo?”

            Universe has…. well … erm… I think you can count Eli, but… he’s not funny.
            Universe is – well, I love to call it the illegitimate child of Battlestar Galactica and Stargate…

            Compared to that Infinity is a geniunely entertaining show.

          • The funny thing about O’Neill is that when SG-1 started, he wasn’t as funny as the O’Neill that came about as the show evolved. He was a little more stoic early on, but as the first season progressed, you can see him beginning to soften (and yes, I do love those little moments of levity – especially in the episodes you refer to). I loved that personality growth as the show progressed – it’s why the character is so endearing to me.
            I love his personality and ability to find the humor anywhere he can find it, but I also love that he wouldn’t just stand by and watch something terrible happen. I’m glad the one time he wasn’t funny (and this was when it absolutely mattered most that he wasn’t), was when Sam had Jolinar in her and you could just see how much it hurt him that he had to treat her like an enemy. The fact that he cried (yes, he wiped tears away) as she was dying in front of him (he’s the one who found her in the cell, after all), and gave Frasier the “keep trying” look when she was effectively dead. Of course that happened in “Entity” too. He refuses to give in when its his team, and would willing sacrifice himself if it came down to it.
            The one thing I’ve had trouble with in regard to Universe is that I can’t feel for any of these characters – I don’t find them endearing to me, with the exception of Eli. I do like him (I’m actually meeting David Blue at next month’s Stargate Convention in Chicago), but no one rivals the attachment one tends to feel toward SG-1 or the Atlantis Expedition team. That aside, some of the stories have been interesting. I don’t have a favorite episode, but I certainly do get excited for the prospect of a cameo by SG-1. My reaction to Jack and Daniel being in an episode together was beyond exciting, even if it only was brief.
            And I think you might find this funny – this was my attempt to be Jack O’Neill, from last year’ convention. No one knows how I managed to pull it off!

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            I would think, one part of the Jack O’Neill Appeal lies within the fact, that he has this “I know, you can hurt me, I know you can kill me and yet I magically manage to not give a flying crap about you”-attitude.

            Most favourite moment:
            Ba’al: “You’ll suffer for this impertinence.”
            O’Neill: I don’t know the meaning of the word.
            Ba’al raises an eyebrow.
            O’Neill: Seriously ‘Impudence’, what does that mean?

            The 6th Doctor, played by Colin Baker, has a similar attitude in Trial of a timelord, which is why he is one of my favourite Doctos. ^^

          • O’Neill and Ba’al was an interesting “relationship.” It helps that Ba’al is delightfully evil…and O’Neill is delightfully sarcastic. I met Cliff Simon last year (and in 2012), and he is very charming…it’s his South African accent that does it. I remember in 2012 being at the Dessert Party at the Stargate Convention (for Gold Ticket holders), and Cliff Simon sat next to me at the table. I almost melted. Oh and in the elevator, he had girls surrounding him. Man really commands a harem!!! 🙂

        • Awww, thank you so much! I’m excited that this chance came up, and I don’t regret writing about this. It definitely isn’t a high point, but it really could have been so much worse. If you have the opportunity, give it a chance – five years ago, I never saw myself getting into it, and well…five years has gone by very fast!

  • Capt. Harlock

    I wonder if the pronunciation of his name was an attempt to make the audience think “Felgercarb” in a hat-tip to BSG?

    • I’ve never watched BSG, but this series has great writers, so I wouldn’t be shocked if they were trying to go for a nod to something else (Mallozzi and Mullie were good for things like this, but it was actually Damian Kindler who wrote the first Felger episode).

      • Capt. Harlock

        In the original BSG, “Felgercarb” was the verbal expy for “BS.” It did not make it into the new show, like “Frak” did.

  • Gallen_Dugall

    I think most people came to this show late, given that the first few seasons were on premium cable.
    Nice to see this classic series get some love, hope we get some more episode or possibly even arc reviews. It says a lot about a series when something like this gets pegged as a worst episode when it’s reasonably watchable even though it fails on the funny – something Trek had a hard time with. I remember they managed to do both time travel and alternate reality episodes in ways that were well thought through and internally consistent – something Trek had a hard time with. One of the interesting things about the series is that it managed to do optimistic sci-fi in spite of being set present day where most series (especially at that time) would have immediately gone into grim-dark conspiracy territory… once again something that Trek had a hard time with.
    On the other hand they did clip episodes more than once… and now that I think about it they did “it was all a dream” episodes more than once too. So it wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops from the writers.

    • I actually had Showtime for years, even when this show was on. I just wasn’t interested in watching it back when (though I do remember that promo they aired before the show premiered that summer – that clip of O’Neill turning around and saluting is forever burned into my consciousness from when I was 14 years old). I remember they reminded you constantly that Richard Dean Anderson had something to do with this. I really didn’t know who he was when I was 14 (I didn’t make the connection that he was MacGyver, because while I knew about that show, I hadn’t really watched it then – that came much later).
      I stumbled onto this show while I was watching MacGyver in 2009. I loved that and decided to give “that other show that Richard Dean Anderson was on” a try. I’ve never been huge on science fiction, and I think I like this show because to me it’s not the typical science fiction show. It’s more. And yes, they do know how to do funny episodes (this one aside). I remember seeing Richard Dean Anderson say that he liked the idea of this series because it takes place in our present day, not in the distant future.
      Clip shows were hit and miss – the one I absolutely cannot stand (and tend not to watch) is “Inauguration” in season 7. “Politics” (season 1), beyond the clips, is an episode with actual substance. “Out of Mind,” thankfully, was sparing with the clips they used. I liked Threshold, because while they did flashback to previous events (the part where his life flashed before his eyes was a bunch of clips from previous episodes), it was actually things that happened before the series, and they even added to that climactic scene in “Children of the Gods” which shows Teal’c making the choice that could bear the most consequence…turning his back on his teachings and everything he knew to join a cause that he felt could benefit his people in the long run (and boy, did it).

      • Gallen_Dugall

        I’ve become kind of a science fiction snob. I like well thought through stories and better yet if they have an optimistic slant. Most these days are dark and gritty and only touch on “science” as a foundation for technobabble hand wavy lazy writing. Setting SG-1 in the present removed that crutch, but how they managed to maintain a positive tone when set in the present is just plain old fashioned good writing.
        SG-1 in particular managed to floor me more than once with how they built on what had come before; using continuity as something to build off rather than to hobble. In particular they established that the gates were almost indestructible. Later they established that there was a gate near a black hole. Jump forward and they have Sam put those things together to force a star to go nova. That’s a level of good writing that few series in any genre have ever managed. Plus now Amanda Tapping is Starkiller, which is wonderful on so many levels.

  • Ed G

    The Other Guys is one of my favorite SG episodes. Avengers episode not so much but it still has some good stuff in it. Patrick McKenna is a great actor from his subtle stuff to his over the top shtick. The SG episodes that are the hardest to watch are the ones centered around the medical bays all episode long…ugh! Still love SG1.