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Ok, I rarely do this, but I simply MUST comment on last night's episode of SGA, which I've only just seen now.

Bottom line?

So, we all know that I love Carson Beckett so much that it hurts.  Cliche, but true.  And my love for Paul McGillion is even more complete.  So, yes, I was beyond excited to see our man in this ep.  I was, as usual, not spoiled about this little fact, and when I saw Carson (ok, so I heard Carson first), my eyes got real big and I sucked in a big breath through my suddenly open mouth.   My brain did something like this:

OMG!  OMFG!  CARSON!  SQUEEEEEE!!!

Then I saw him actually working on a problem, treating sick people, and just generally being Carson, and my brain went like this:

Contented sigh...

My soul was instantly wrapped in a warm blanket.

Then the TEAM showed up.  You know, the TEAM.  All of them (ok-with the exception of Ford and the addition of Ronon, for the purists).  And no one else.  What a concept.  An SG TEAM!

Then I got a sortof hug for Carson from Ronon, which always makes me go all melty.  (Reference: Kindred II, when Carson is about to get frozen and Ronon says "this is what I was afraid of" and Carson replies with "I know, big man"...GAH!!!  So perfect!!!)

And the Rodney snark and jokes-yay!  Carson-Rodney banter!  SQUEE!

Then we got some inkling of the fact that Carson was happy out there in the galaxy, fighting the good fight and carrying on-more contented sigh...

And then-what's this?  The Wraith show up?

They want something that is morally objetionable to the team?  Which leads to guns being drawn all over the place?

(Anyone else notice how fast McKay was with his weapon?  And Carson, for that matter?  And Carson standing up the bad guy?  *passes out*  Oh, how far they've come!  Healer and scientist, yes, but willing to kick some ass to do what's right?  HELL YES.  Big, huge, honking grin!)

Then the villagers get into the standard debates, and there's a weasel on both sides...but it doesn't take up the whole episode?

And there's a battle?  A problem to solve?  The team gets split up?  Some of them are saving the people of the village while some are captured?  And the team has to use its brains and brawn to get out of the jam?

We get serious continuity with one of the best episodes of all time (IMHO), Poisoning The Well, both in plot, and much more importantly in Carson Beckett.  We get angst and anger and a physician coming to terms with justifiable deaths.   We have CARSON TOTALLY SAVING THE DAY (IN A SERIOUSLY AWESOME WAY!) AND THEN TAKING OUT WRAITH BY FIRING A WEAPON?

We have Rodney reprogramming Wraith tech and being just enough unsure of himself to be believable?  And he has to go to plan B?

And let's not forget Shep threatening a prisoner and showing me that dark side of his tortured little Mensa psyche that just makes my year.

Or the fact that the team and their friends used said prisoner to get their way and intentionally included him in their little Wraith trap.  He was a weasel, yes, but did he deserve to die?

Oh, moral ambiguity, how I love thee...sigh...

Someone had to dial a STARGATE under fire?  You know-that big, round, stone-like thing with the DHD?

And they barely made it through the gate under said fire?

Oh, the nostalgia...sigh...

And then the wrap up...classic Carson-Rodney again, with echoes of the resolution of Sunday (this Carson doesn't necessarily know about the fishing trip, mind you...oh, crap!  Just got bit by a bunny!!!).

Anyway...just had to squee a bit...what a lovely, lovely episode...

In conclusion:

Carson: "Well, I can't solve all the galaxy's problems in one day..."

Rodney shrug: "Well, I..."

Carson: "Shut it."

I'm done here.  After all this, I'm feeling a 'wee bit peckish'.
 

Comments

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sgteam14283
Oct. 19th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
omg! That's the SGA that I loved...esp. with CARSON in it! *fangirlsquee*

although I didn't watch it, just from reading your recap I'm going to make the assumption that if Torri had been in it the episode would have been (near) perfect.
jackwabbit
Oct. 19th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I was very happy. It was just classic SG. I mean, it was just so nice to see the whole team, no lame new characters, CARSON, and old school action-you know, the kind involving a STARGATE. Teyla dialing under fire gave me a little "Daniel, get us outta here" happiness. Sorry if I spoiled you (airs next week for you, right?), and I hope the ep doesn't disappoint when/if you do get to see it. Somehow, I think you'll like it, too. The banter alone was greatness, and Carson's hero stunt was AWESOMESAUCE.

But that might just be me...and that's ok. *G*
sgteam14283
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
don't worry about spoiling it for me, I don't watch SGA anymore.
jackwabbit
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
That's right! I knew that...it's all good.
jackwabbit
Oct. 19th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
PS-I agree that adding Liz would have made it perfect. She was in the recap intro, and I said to my hubby something like: "I miss her." Sigh...that would have indeed been perfection. However, I didn't miss her in this one per se because there was minimal need for the boss. However, a little radio contact or wrap up at the end could've brought her in just fine. But even so, this one was a winner.
sgteam14283
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
I caught the end of the episode before Sanctuary and agree that it was squee-worthy ^-^

I miss her too, to me no one else will be the leader of Atlantis. Although I agree with her decision not to come back after the way the TPTB treated her.
jackwabbit
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
I missed Sanctuary this week. DVR didn't record it. I watched the first two eps...meh. It may grow on me. We'll see. As for Torri-I also agree with her decision, but that's no surprise, as I have a very high threshold for actor's personal lives remaining personal. I was never mad at Michael Shanks for Meridian, you know? Just the way I am, I guess.
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