I saw this one already, but, uh, let’s just say some of the finer details slipped by me. This episode is particularly notable for it’s “oh, what the HELL” moment near the end. I am mad at you Stargate!!
We’ve got two storylines here that converge close to the end. On one side, Teal'c gets captured on Chulak and tortured; on the other, Jacob and the rest of SG-1 attempt to sabotage a potential alliance between Apophis and Heru'ur. This kind of alliance would be a bad thing, since the two of them could quite easily take on the systemlords and no one needs that much power, especially not Apophis. The meeting will take place in a literal minefield, and the idea is to reprogram a mine so that it’ll home in on Apophis’s ship, making him think Heru'ur’s started shooting. Alliance over, war started. It’s not a bad plan, as plans go. Obviously I’m a bigger fan of one side of the story over the other - torture porn isn’t really up my alley - but that side is awesome enough that I can forgive the other, and the ending is almost unpredictable, subverting expectations all over the place.
The mine itself can’t touch anything or it’ll blow, so Jacob has to do some fancy flying to keep it centred in the ship while Daniel and Sam attempt to reprogram it. I really love this bit and I’m not entirely sure why, I just thought it was awesome. They lie underneath it and keep scrambling around to avoid touching it. Daniel’s notebook is an absolute state - well, from the state of his office, it’s pretty clear he’s not the most organised guy in the world.
Anyway, Heru'ur offers a gift to Apophis to seal the alliance: Teal'c. Duh. SG-1 attempt to intercept the matter stream like Teal'c did for them that one time, and fail. Whoops! But it’s okay because it wasn’t even Teal'c, it was the torturer, and Apophis is like what? The mine works thanks to the Tok'ra dude on Apophis’s ship, he gets mega crazy eyes, and a vast fleet of motherships uncloak around Heru'ur’s ship.
Heru'ur does the best “oh, damn.” face I’ve seen in a long time, then… boom!
WHAT THE HELL STARGATE?! WHAT THE HELL.
We haven’t seen him in months and then you bring him back just to blow him up!? Heru'ur was interesting! Fuck you Stargate, stop killing off the good bad guys and making Apophis ever more powerful. We’re all bored of Apophis now. We want Heru'ur! Who do we even have left now, apart from Pophy and Osiris? Just a whole bunch of one-timers like Nirrti, Cronus, Yu, Zipacna… why couldn’t it have been Zipacna, no one cares about him! Man, I’m even madder about this than I was about Sokar. >:(
Anyway surpriiiise, Teal'c’s been rescued by one of the guys who betrayed him in the first place and zoomed off the ship by way of death glider. Hooray! Somewhat unlikely all around, but a happy ending at least.
A thing I liked was the parallels that can be drawn between the worship of the Goa'uld and the worship of God. The torturer makes this very blatant, making little speeches about saving Teal'c’s soul and burning in hell and so on, it’s not something I’ve ever thought about before but that guy was clearly inspired by the zealous Christian preachers we hear so much about. I mean, I don’t think God is a parasitical snake, so we’re probably okay, but it was interesting that so much was taken almost word-for-word from the Church.
I want more of Daniel and Sam doing silly things like lying underneath a mine trying not to get exploded, please. Also, I loved Daniel taking all these books and stuff and Jack bitching at him about the fact that laptops exist. The best double-act.
Next time! Chain Reaction. Uh, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this one too. In fact I think we can just about assume I’ve seen a great deal of the upcoming episodes until mid-season 5. That’s a shame, but like I said before I know a bunch of little details will have slipped by me - like in this one, Heru'ur dying meant so little to me that I didn’t even remember it happening. And now… I’m so mad!
what the hell stargate, what the hell?