Saturday, April 23, 2011

Classics: SG1 5:11 - Desperate Measures

Overall Rating: 4.7

Dying business man thinks he can harness the power of the Goa'uld without it taking over his mind...he's wrong. And Simmons shoots Jack in the back to aid the Goa'uld...for...some reason. Otherwise this wasn't muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Oops...sorry...fell asleep for a second there...this wasn't much to write home about.

Plot Synopsis:

Icnluded in the opening further details are required and frankly...I'm not even going to waste my time copying and pasting the link to the Stargate Wiki.

The Skinny:

And this will be a very skinny skinny. This plot does not work for two main reasons. First, the tragic genius with the deadly condition is unlikable from the word GO so we're never going to feel sorry for him. Second, the Gate writers have no credibility for the dramatic because they've shown no willingness to kill main characters (yet) so we're not ever the slightest bit concerned about Sam or Jack.

I lied...there's actually a third reason...the NID is f***ign boring!! They were intriguing for a while there early on when they were a serious threat to Stargate operations...but now they're just an annoying filler plot line that no one gives two s***s about...which is why they're about to get shut down for good and replaced with something considerably more dangerous...a rogue multi-national business consortium. Yes I know...the NID wasn't responsible for this guy's plot...but they do show up to act like morons again and it's getting itresome. The interplay between Maybourne and O'Neill is still humorous on occasion, but this episode didn't really focus on that...and the rest was an unwatchable horse tranquilizer. I keep scripts like these on hand in case I get insomnia.

Writing: 2.0

It's not poorly written per's and dull and uninteresting...and the story idea has been done to death.

Acting: 6.0

Average performances all around except for Amanda Tapping, who did a nice job with limited opportunity and, in the opposite direction, the guy who played the dying nutbar, whose name I don't care enough to look up. Find it yourself if you care...he rather sucked.

Message: 6.0

Cheating death will generally get you nowhere...and cost you your soul. It's a message I agree with...but this is not a convincing telling of that message, and it's been done a bunch of times in this franchise alone. Hard to absorb a message when you are so bored you can barely keep your eyes open, too.

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