Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stargate SG-1, Season 2, Episode 17

images used above are courtesy of Gateworld and MGM

Overall Rating:  Fair

SG-1 explores an off world structure containing numerous non-Goa’uld, alien devices.  An elderly man appears from behind some drapery, and moves towards SG-1.  Teal’c recognizes the man as a being named Ma’chello, who is hunted by the Goa'uld, and the creator of inventions to fight against the Goa’uld.  He was captured by the Goa’uld at one point, and tortured, but Ma’chello escaped before he was made a host.  Under the guise of demonstrating one of the devices, Ma’chello switches minds with Daniel.  Hilarity ensues.

It is a body/mind-switching episode.  A plot device used in other science fiction stories, and a few films.  It has the inherent weakness of this type of story: someone literally acts like a different person, yet no one notices.  The regular cast performs well, with Chris Judge being the most enjoyable.

Very nice opening camera angle, peering over the stargate from the top.  The episode is watchable, with a few bright moments.

17th episode broadcast.
18th episode in the DVD set.

It is a body/mind-switching episode.

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