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  1. Idiotboy

    Stargate SG-1

    This discussion has gotten so lively I'm running to catch up. Thanks, Marina To: It's nice to know I'm not the only one who wants to crawl under the chair during certain S8 episodes. The feeling that they give me is of enervation, of playing out the string until Moebius -- which would have given SG-1 a nice exit had TPTB not attempted a reboot. I'm not surprised that P.U. was one of the highest-rated episodes of S8, considering how heavily SciFi pimped Claudia Black's guest appearance. Unfortunately, that will never compensate me for squicky scenes of Vala sitting on Daniel's face or Hiccuping Lieutenant being played for a sexist running gag. (Misogyny was a recurring problem with the writing.) Then came the incredibly problematic decision to make Vala a regular, a square peg in a round hole if ever there was. The upshot was to turn her into an intergalactic Mary Sue, wheeling and dealing in ways that went smack against the USAF team ethos of the show. She (and Black) could have been tremendous fun as a recurring nemesis -- as Continuum displayed. That's all I've got on the fly. Maybe I'll re-read and come back with more ... oh, and I *loved* Hathor. The episode and the character.
  2. Idiotboy

    Stargate SG-1

    SGU was a terrible mistake, a classic case of what happens when you spurn the fans you *have* in favor of teenyboppers and BSG fans (and odd combination). That show scraped on my nerve ends incessantly. The attempt to put Jack O'Neill-style quips in a young nerd's mouth was an epic fail. But I digress. Does anybody else have trouble with S8 simply in terms of not feeling compelled to go from one episode to another? I know there are some strong installments at the end, culminating in "Threads" and "Moebius" but there's a f@ckton of filler like "Citizen Joe," not to mention the arid wastes of "Gemini" and "P.U." At least there's a partial reboot in S9 but one's feelings about that may swing upon how much enthusiasm you can muster to the Prior as replacements for the Goa'uld. The latter were at least outlandish and entertaining, while the Replicators had a high creep factor. The Priors are the No Fun Bunch.
  3. Idiotboy

    Stargate SG-1

    Here's some eye candy, just for the heck of it. Amanda's more Dr. Helen Magnus here than Sam Carter, but lovely as always.
  4. Idiotboy

    Stargate SG-1

    Just lovely, marina to. It makes me want to watch Lifeboat again so that I can appreciate your story in context. Keep up the terrific work. On a tangentially related note, Amanda Tapping has been in New York City these last two weeks, directing an episode of Blindspot (so there's finally something to be said for that show) and clearly having a whale of a time. It's nice to know that A-Tap's playing in the bigs and hopefully will continue to do so forever and a day.
  5. Idiotboy

    Stargate SG-1

    Getting back to Dan/Jan for a moment, I thought this was the ship that floated with the greatest amount of buoyancy, maybe because it was initiated by the actors themselves and the writers never touched it. It was there if you wanted to see it and, if not, you could always hand wave the handholding in Rite of Passage and the "I don't give a damn" moment in Lifeboat (Teryl Rothery did several 'correct' takes and then went for broke on the last one, which director Peter DeLuise had the good sense to use). Daniel's grieving almost made Heroes bearable and there were even trace elements of 'ship' in Ripple Effect, even though Daniel/Vala was the official ship of the moment. I certainly didn't mind it because Daniel Shanks and TR made a lovely couple -- and it explained why Daniel's glasses were in Doc Fraiser's pocket in S7.
  6. Idiotboy

    Stargate SG-1

    Why were the SG-1 forums vaulted? We were muzzled right in the middle of a lively debate (on a subforum which I had initiated, ahem).
  7. Idiotboy

    Through the Gate: The Cast in Other Roles

    Speaking of cast members in other roles, Cedar Cove was practically a retirement home for SG-1 veterans. In addition to second-lead Teryl Rothery, it had Garry Chalk (Col. Chekhov), Garwin Sanford (Narim) and Craig Veroni (Dr. Grodin, Stargate Atlantis). Since everyone mentioned bought the farm at some point in their Stargate tenure, it was like Stargate: DOA. Directors Martin Wood and Andy Mikita also dropped anchor there, although it wasn't what you'd call a visually creative show. (Wood, in particular, must have been bored stiff after SG-1, SG:A and Sanctuary.)
  8. Idiotboy

    Through the Gate: The Cast in Other Roles

    I wonder if our Netflix subscription would cover Travelers? Ms. Tapping is worth following anywhere (except Supernatural, which I can't bring myself to watch). Technically, Sanctuary wasn't canceled; the investment fund that was bankrolling the show couldn't come up with the needed capital in time for a fifth season. (Or so the story goes.) We're binge-watching it right now and I dread we will be left dangling from an S4 cliff-hanger that will never be resolved.
  9. Idiotboy

    Small Talk: Stargate SG-1

    "Small Talk" should be the name for a forum about Teryl Rothery (4' 10"), my TV wife.
  10. Idiotboy

    Through the Gate: The Cast in Other Roles

    But Amanda Tapping is British. Why did her accent bug? I'll admit that the green-screen work is an acquired taste (although it looks more persuasive in Blu-Ray, IMO). Personally I'm disappointed that the show ran out of money just after Helen Magnus came out as bisexual. And that the girl-kissing didn't involve Teryl Rothery as the party of the second part. And no more Amanda Tapping in leather on my TV set. Thank God we have the DVDs to preserve all that hotness.
  11. Rebecca Romjin as Number One and Michelle Yeoh in a spinoff? CBS All Access, you're making it very hard to say 'no.'
  12. Idiotboy

    Through the Gate: The Cast in Other Roles

    Even when SG-1 cast members appear in other shows it's still All About The Hair. In S3:9 of Sanctuary, Jimmy (Michael Shanks) reunites with Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and the first thing out of his mouth is a compliment on how much he likes the way she's doing her hair (long and brunette). Score on SG-1 shout-out for the writers.
  13. Idiotboy

    S05.E08: Master Of What Is Mine Own

    It felt like an inspired ad-lib or at least a meta-commentary on Andre's new propensity for drab muscle shirts. Thirsty's sleuthing skills border on the supernatural. He could "make some calls" and tell you who killed Tupac. Which makes it all the more puzzling that he let Candice beat him to the secret of Kingsley's paternity (which Cookie is not going take at all well). Isn't that the kind of shifty due diligence Lucious pays him to do? Meanwhile, I'm enjoying seeing Becky play both ends against the middle. She might be the smartest character on the show. Hakeem is easily the stupidest. He's like a walking PSA on firearm safety.
  14. Idiotboy

    S02.E10: Merry Ex-Mas

    From the way Fox promo'd the inflatable-Santa gag, I thought that would be the show's big set piece rather than a near-throwaway teaser. (The lengths to which people go to pimp out their houses for Christmas never ceases to amaze me, but perhaps I digress.) Thanks a lot, Fox, for spoiling the Athena/Bobby proposal, too. Even so, this was another case of Ryan Murphy undercutting what should be a catharsis by not foregrounding it. Bobby/Athena makes quantum leaps forward in the space of a few episodes, whereas Abby/Buck was carefully crafted and really earned it, except for the bum's rush Abby got in the S1 finale. TPTB also hand-waved Athena knowing Bobby's Dark Secret, which should have been a major plot point. How did someone as upright as Athena come to terms with her lover's having burned down a building with his family (and many others) inside of it? Tell us, show! Except for Christopher (the producers really hit casting pay dirt when the found that kid), Eddie and his ex and Their Issues bore me beyond description. As I've griped before, it's swiping time from other, more interesting characters. I dread the inevitable Eddie-backstory episode. And, on a technical note, on Law & Order they were always locating cell-phone calls by triangulating off of signal towers. What was the reason the 911 dispatchers couldn't do that with Guy In a Box?
  15. Idiotboy

    S02.E08: Buck Actually

    My wife on Maddie/Chimney: "They are so cute together!" So that's another convert. Me, I'm still waiting for JLH to dust off the acting chops she showed regularly on The Client List. (A guilty-pleasure show, I'll cop to watching.) And if that's Kenneth Choi's real -- i.e., not dubbed -- singing voice I have nothing to say but ... Wow. More team karaoke, please.