thousand light-years from Earth, O'Neill and his crew discover
a devastated universe where the inhabitants must live in a protective
dome. They survive through an all controlling computer system
called the "Link." But is it truly their saviour...
or their curse?...
one of the most visually stunning episodes of this season
Shot mainly on location, the director of photography has made
exceptional use of the environments he has been given. The
village location is of particular interest - with it's narrow
passage ways and an almost Toy Town feel to it.
is one of the few stand alone episodes in this season and
harks back to the shows origins (with it's planet and alien
race of the week). From that point of view it is a welcome
change of pace. Not only that, but it is also a well acted
and plotted episode.
a distress beacon on an uninhabited planet, SG-1 finds a crashed
spaceship containing hundreds of people in a cryogenic sleep.
Stunned by an unseen weapon, the team is struck unconscious
and, upon awakening, discovers that several of the frozen
personalities now inhabit Daniel's body...
success or failure of Lifeboat
for the most part, on the acting ability of Michael Shanks.
During this episode he is required to portray a number of
different characters, all of whom are trapped in his body.
It's a credit to his acting ability that he not only makes
you believe that he is the vessel for a host of aliens, but
that you actually feel for them - especially the scared young
child. James Parks also puts in a fantastic guest star role
as one of the crew of the ship.
also time to get out the old book of clichés too. This
is not a complaint, just an observation. It seems to be an
unwritten rule that every time there is a group of people
being transported while cryogenically frozen, that at least
one of the pods will fail - resulting in a pod with a skeleton
in it (Planet of the Apes, Star Trek: The Next Generation's
The Neutral Zone and Star Trek: Voyager's The
Thaw are other examples of this).
episode builds well, to a satisfactory conclusion.
SGC Naquadah mining operation on a distant planet is attacked
by a native tribe of Unas. SG-1 is sent to protect the miners
and discovers that the Unas are guarding land they believe
is sacred. Daniel races to negotiate with them before the
Pentagon demands their complete destruction...
a Daniel Jackson based episode, in which he must make contact
with the Unas tribe in order to assure them that SGC means
them no harm - all they want to do is mine the Naquadah. Jackson
employs the help of Chaka, the Unas he previous met in The
First Ones and Beasts of Burden. Translation scenes
are always difficult to convey to the audience. However, using
Daniel's limited Unas vocabulary helps to get the message
across without seeming too contrived.
episode also sees Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a
Serial Killer) as Colonel Edwards. And X-Files
fans will be pleased to see the inclusion of Steven Williams
as General Vidrine. A good all round episode which is entertaining.
Serakkin Warrick, whom SG-1 rescued on a previous mission,
proposes to share his planet's technology with Earth in exchange
for Carter helping him win a space race. Carter eagerly agrees
and co-pilots the craft through a perilous obstacle course...
only to discover that the race isn't without risks and could
be more than she bargained for...
the return of Warrick, who we last saw in Forsaken.
And I couldn't help notice that he seems to have a nose that
Michael Jackson would be proud of.
episode has so much going for it. Firstly the special effects
represent some of the best that SG-1 has to offer,
and secondly it is one of the shows most amusing episodes.
It also deals with race issues (excuse the pun there), which
is an interesting slant. The information, on the audio commentary,
that the spoof TV commentary scenes were only added as an
afterthought is also interesting. These segments offer some
of the shows funniest lines. I loved the way that they have
a retired competitor of previous races adding his input on
who will win. And, just as in the real world of sports commentary,
his predictions are pretty poor.
couldn't possibly have been any better.
on this collection are a little lighter than what we've come
to expect. They include audio commentaries for all four episodes;
SG-1 Directors Series: for Revisions and Enemy
Mine; and some production stills.
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