Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stargate SG-1, Season 4, Episode 18

"The Light"
images used above are courtesy of Gateworld and MGM

Episode Rating:  Poor

Commentary by:
Peter Woeste -- Director
James Tichenor -- Visual Effects Supervisor
Andy Mikita -- Production Manager

The commentary is very informative, and interesting, far moreso than the episode.  Lots of behind the scene information.  The commentary stays on point with what is on screen .

At SGC, Barber -- an SG-5 team member -- commits suicide by leaping into the ka-woosh.  (Ka-woosh is the effect that expands from the inner area of a stargate once the final gate address symbol is engaged.)  The rest of SG-5, and Daniel, are investigating a Goa’uld device on another planet.  The device creates a light show.  Everyone who sees the light show is mesmerized.  They act like junkies going through severe withdrawal when they leave the vicinity of the light show’s source.  SG-1 goes to the planet where the device is located; gets hooked on the light show; and tries to discover a cure for the pretty, sparkly monkey on their back.

An almost slightly interesting story, paired with many uninspired performances.  The episode’s flow seems jerky, as characters overlook the obvious for the sake of the story

The story.  The dialog.  The acting.  This is the second episode in a row with Daniel acting un-Daniel like.  The third episode this season using a similar plot device on one, or more, of the main characters.  Enough with the characters acting out of character.

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