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25 January 2006 @ 09:38 pm
Sci-Fi Friday comments  
Random thoughts on Ripple Effect and Collateral Damage, just cuz I'd better get them down now, because Friday's coming up pretty soon.

And can I just say, the PTB are being very nice to me? First Martouf and then Baal the week after? Bring back Malek the week after that and I will be in heaven... Also a puddle of hormonal overload, but, well, sacrifices sometimes must be made.



Martouf served really no purpose in the story at all. I will spackle that he and Lantash were busy working on the question of the way home as well, and we just never really saw it. And I do see other people's point about the soap opera of Sam's love life and it's really got to stop already.

But.

But this episode, I do not care.

FANGIRL SQUEAL!

Martouf's back!

(yes, and Janet too, which I also loved, but isn't exactly squee! material)

And, y'know, despite my reservations when I first watched it, I've decided that I don't really even care that he broke up (or more likely, I think she broke up with him) his Au!Sam. I still think it was kinda cheap and unnecessary, but in a way I like it, because if it really is Jack that Au!Sam is with then the curse continues. If I were Sam I'd *never* go near Jack, knowing that a relationship between them would very likely lead to the Earth's destruction. I mean, think about it: "TBFTGG"!Sam was engaged to O'Neill, and Earth got conquered by Apophis. POV!Sam was married to him, and again, Earth was overrun by the Goa'uld. Desert-Camo!Sam? Planet dying of the Ori plague. We might add Black!Sam's honeymoon and subsequent Ori attack and highly desperate attempt to save their planet to the list as well. If either or both of these were Jack (and Sam knows, even if we don't, I'm sure), she's gotta be freaked out. I sure would be. In fact, it's always been my theory that it freaked out Jack after Point of View -- he doesn't call her Sam again for a very long time after that, which suggests he was trying to put more distance between them.

Although, as has been pointed out, no matter who "our" Sam is "sorta" seeing, she didn't seem overly troubled about leaning forward and kissing Martouf. And that just makes my little shipper heart skip a beat.

I need to write fic for this ep.


Other things I liked:

- the glimpse of Mitchell and the Sodan Jaffa SG-1 team. I missed it the first time and it's cute.

- I believe that Janet glances at Daniel when she mentions Desert!Sam's maternity leave. Sam and Daniel! *nods* yes, that was it. If she's got to let go of Martouf, let it be for Daniel.

- in my fanon world, Black!Sam and Black!Cam are married, as PdL intended. Thhhbbtt! that's for you, Mallozzi, for trying to squash my new 'ship. hm. I could read some Sam/Cam fic. Wonder if there is any?

- Boy, did the Black!SG-1 team get lucky or what? What if they'd gone to Desert-Camo!SGC instead? oops. Although, on second thought, maybe this wasn't their first attempt. It was a very polished operation.

- Ben Browder. Love him. Love him playing lots of different hims. Love him in his skivvies even more. :)



SGA: Collateral Damage

I was spoiled for this, and though usually I don't think it makes that much of a difference to how I view the episode, this time I felt like knowing the answer really sucked a lot of the tension right out of the show. The Cadman red herrings were too obvious, and the Kavanagh red herring was just... disturbing. Weir always seems to overreact to him, and I'd like to see a little more examination of why that is. He yanks her chain and he's unpleasant, yes, but she's supposedly a world-class negotiator. She should have better tools to deal with him. There needs more fallout from the decision to torture him, rather than just relief that, "oh, good thing Ronon didn't have to touch him."

Using Asgard beaming technology to do brain surgery? Can they not just throw Caldwell through the Stargate and have the SGC call the Tok'ra? They still are communicating with the Tok'ra, after all. It seems far less risky to use a proven technology to get rid of the Goa'uld.

Though it was interesting that no one has thought to scan either the SGC or Daedalus personnel for a Goa'uld. Apparently they were so sure the Goa'uld were defeated, no one remembered that there are all those Trust symbiotes still unaccounted for. Those symbiotes don't even have naquadah, so they're probably very hard to detect. Actually we know they're hard to detect -- Sam was right next to one and had no idea she was a Goa'uld.

Last, I do believe this is the first time I've ever seen the B-story become the dramatic underscore to the A-story. Interesting, and lovely, and yet structurally very strange...

Battlestar Galactica: Epiphanies

Oh. My. God. I used to like Roslin, but now? Not so much. Roslin's going to have to do something amazing for me to even *understand* how she made that choice. And Adama. He goes from "humanity has to be worth saving" last week to ordering the murder of a sentient's baby, solely on Roslin's whim. Did he learn nothing from his dispute with Cain? Apparently not, and that makes me sad.

Roslin's miracle cure doesn't bother me as much as it seems to bother some. I think the storylines open up a lot more *after* the cure now, than would be if she'd just died. Dead or alive, we're going to get political turmoil, but alive, she has to face the consequences. And as for the crap science? They're in spaceships that go faster than light, dudes, fighting an enemy that manages to look *exactly like them*, enough to fool medical tests at the very least, despite having spines that glow during sex and the ability to communicate their entire consciousness in and out of their brains when they die. Like my dad says, 'buy the premise, buy the story.' The crap science isn't important, the story is. So long as there is one, and I have faith there will be.

Helo's my hero. He rocks, more and more. I'd have his baby and I'm not even a Cylon!


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Rosie: SamMartoufrosiethehobbit on January 26th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh I wasn't squeeing over the episode. That's why I obsessively screencap-ed the episode, ripped it to DVD to hold me over until the box set comes out, and created smaller clips with his scenes so I can watch just them. I like your icon BTW. I need to make a new one. Maybe I can photoshop it so that the kiss actually happens. :) Yes, I wish he'd had a larger role. And I wanted to see Lantash dangit. But I'll take what I can get.

I could see Sam/Daniel much better than Sam/Jack. Though Daniel's curse seems to be even worse than Sam's. Women who get involved with Daniel seem to get taken as Goa'uld hosts. -shudders- Interesting thoughts about the fallout from various AU Sam/Jack relationships.


This SGA episode made me want to go back and re-watch the first half of the season knowing that Caldwell has been a Goa'uld all this time. Yeah, what's up with the Asgard beaming extraction? I wondered that too. Though I really want to know what the electric gun thing was that Shepard used, and exactly what it did to Caldwell/Un-namedGoa'uld.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on January 26th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
So that was you who made the caps. :) They're quite nice btw. Nothing wrong with obsession. I didn't make caps, oh no.... but you made little clips of Martouf's scenes? You're awesome. Can I have a copy? *bats eyelashes*

I tried to make the almost-kiss into an icon but I couldn't get Martouf's face bright enough without fiddling with layers and things that take me a lot of time. It was easier to shove him over to get them into frame together for this one.

I wonder for Caldwell how long he's been a Goa'ulded too. My assumption was that it had happened right before he'd first copied the code and brought it back to Earth. But you're right, it could've been much longer ago than that. I'm rather dubious that watching, say, The Hive, would be fruitful to look for clues tho, since I frankly have very little faith that this whole thing was planned before the producers were breaking this particular story. It would be interesting to know whether they told Pileggi ahead of time, though.

It was a taser gun that Shep used on Caldwell. I'm skeptical that it would work so well on a Goa'uld, since even humans who are large enough or pumped on enough meth or something can resist it for a little while. But at least it was a different way to deal with the problem and it certainly wouldn't harm the host.
Rosierosiethehobbit on January 27th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
You're quite welcome to have a copy, but the files are huge. I don't have real video editing software, so I don't have a way to reduce the size. The files range from 19MB to 62MB. But if you catch me on IM, I'd be happy to give it a try.