Stargate SG-1: The Broca Divide and The First Commandment
We seem to have a little bit of a problem here. When I look online, there is a different episode running order than on the DVDs I’m using. Haven’t found an explanation for this discrepancy, but for the sake of this blog series, I’m going to use my DVDs as the guide.
I’m also running into the problem of wanting to keep watching far ahead of where I’m at in this blog series. Trying my best to stay just one or two episodes ahead of what I’m supposed to be writing about next. What can I say…it’s a great show! Like coming home to family and reminscing.
Plus I think I need to figure out how to take screenshots of DVDs. I hate the quality and selection of the images online for each episode…
Stargate SG-1 – Season One – Episode 4 – The Broca Divide
Ah, the first series appearance of Dr. Janet Frasier! Beautiful woman, strong character, great doctor.
SG-1 visits a planet that appears to be pertually stepped in darkness. While exploring, they and SG-3 are attacked by a group of savage cavemen type, before being rescued by a group of people dressed all in white clothes. These people dressed in white live on the daylight side of the planet, with what appears to be a literal divide between light and dark, hence it’s called the “Land of Light”. Turns out people from the Land of the Light sometimes come down with a curse and are “Touched”, thus becoming those savage cavemen who live in the darkness. Unfortunately, SG-1 and SG-3 bring the curse (or rather, the disease) back through the Stargate to Earth. Stargate Command starts to succumb to the illness except for Teal’c, Daniel Jackson, and Dr. Janet Frasier. They figure out that the Goa’uld in Teal’c’s pouch protects him from the disease, while Daniel Jackson and Janet Frasier are protected because they take high amounts of allergy medication; thus, the disease attacks those people who have histamine in their blood. Armed with a cure, SG-1 returns to the planet and begins to help the People of the Light cure their Touched brethren.
ThoughtsIt may be a sci-fi plot cliche, but all shows seem to have to go through them during their first year. And Stargate SG-1 did a good job with this particular plot cliche. I’m glad Dr. Janet Fraiser became more of a regular after this episode; as attractive as Sam Carter (Amanda Tapping) is, I’m more of a brunettes guy, so Fraiser adds some attractive eye candy to the show. This episode also really brought Richard Dean Anderson’s acting abilities to the forefront: of all the people playing basically primitive cavemen, his was the most well done and realistic. Plus, he had plenty of opportunity to bring his unique sense of humor to the forefront. The whole scene between Jack O’Neill and Teal’c post Jack being cured is comedic brilliance:
Teal’c: Col. O’Neill?
O’Neill: imitating Desi Arnaz Lucy, I’m home!
Teal’c: I am not Lucy.
O’Neill: I know that. It’s a reference to an old TV—never mind, open the door.
Teal’c: I will summon the doctor.
O’Neill: No, come on. I’m fine. I’m back to being myself. Just open up.
Teal’c: I cannot be certain that you are back to being yourself. You referred to me as “Lucy.”
Love that stuff.
Stargate SG-1 – Season One – Episode 5 – The First Commandment
Another episode dealing with different people groups viewing Stargate travellers as gods. And in this case, one of the Stargate members believing it themselves.
RecapSG-9 has been MIA for a while, so SG-1 is sent to investigate. Turns out the leader of SG-9 has convinced both himself and the natives that he is a god, and has them working harder than the Israelites to build a temple to him. The planet is notable for being excessively increasingly hot and relentlessly sunny, so the SG-9 leader may be suffering from sun insanity. Oh, and the guy going crazy is Captain Sam Carter’s ex-fiance, so that’s something. Working with the one member of SG-9 who hasn’t gone insane, SG-1 confronts the mad “god”. Carter is captured and forced to repair a device left behind by the ancient gods who initially protected this planet using a device that “turned the sky orange”, ie, blocked the most harmful rays from the sun and cooled and protected the planet. SG-1 rescues Carter, manages to convince some of the locals that the guy is not a god, repair the equipment and turn it on to protect the planet…and after a brief physical confrontation, the mad god is tossed into the Stargate, where he dies instantly by smacking into the Stargate Command defense shield…how he planned to kill SG-1. Poetic.
The whole episode is very similar to Apocalypse Now, or what I remember of that movie. I really appreciate just how often the topics of gods, godhood, power, technology, magic, etc, are brought up. They force you to ask questions and look at things in your own life. Power does not always equal authority, as a man with a gun demonstrates.
It’s amazing how quickly forgotten the fact that Carter had a fiance is. It really just feels like a plot device added at the last moment. There is very little chemistry between the two actors, and I can’t see Carter going for such an older, gruff man. She says she called it off because of how forceful and controlling the guy was; I can see that. Yet there is really no hint of emotion between them on the planet. This is another one of those plots that may have worked better if they had established SG-9 a little better. That’s something Stargate SG-1 didn’t do that very well, keeping you connected to the other SG teams…which makes sense, it’s SG-1, not “Stargate Command”. We get a few characters showing up often, but that’s about it.
Seems like a great idea of a tv series…