Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stargate SG-1, Season 3, Episode 7

"Deadman Switch"
images used above are courtesy of Gateworld and MGM

Overall Rating:  Excellent

SG-1 is off world, there to track down a crashed UAV.  They find the vehicle, and discover it was shot down by weapons fire.  Before SG-1 can return to the stargate, they are trapped by a bounty hunter named Aris Boch.  Boch intends to turn SG-1 over to the Goa’uld for a reward.  SG-1 intends to escape.

This simple premise is woven into a complex, and elaborate story, with many twists and surprises.  The dialog is engaging, and the acting is excellent.  Sam J. Jones is delightful as Aris Boch.  Aris Boch is a big personality.  Cynical without being overtly bitter, cavalier, smart, and always planning five steps ahead.  Mr. Jones creates a memorable character in Aris Boch.  The regular cast excels in their performances, too.  Dialog, and acting, are pivotal to this episode, and everyone delivers.

This episode almost continually unveils surprises until the end.  All arise unexpectedly, yet are believable and viable, coming together in an excellent adventure.


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