“Right now, it’s still kinda SG-me”

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while now. Not only did Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince come out (OMFG!!! I never saw the ending coming…), but this was also the weekend that Stargate SG-1 Season 9, Stargate Atlantis Season 2 and Battlestar Galactica Season 2 premiered. And all I have to say is WOW! Looks like I’ve got something to look forward to for the next few months.

Since I tend to be a little wordy, I guess I’ll break this up into pieces over the next few days. Good thing too as it’ll give me something to talk about for a few days at least. I’ll probably talk about HBP last, to give those of you a chance to finish reading it if you haven’t already (trust me, you don’t want the ending or anything else spoiled for you; you’ll definitely regret it if you do).

So, I guess I’ll start with the SG-1 premiere, Avalon, Part I.

Even though this is Season Nine, Avalon is like a whole new begining. Since RDA wanted to leave the show in order to spend more time with his family, they had to resolve a whole lot of plot threads in S8. This left the door wide open for new possibilities character, story and plot wise.

This episode introduced Ben Browder (best known for his role as Crichton on Farscape) as Col. Cameron Mitchell and brought back fellow Farscape member Claudia Black as Vala. I liked how the writers ret-conned Mitchell’s character as the one who led the fight defending SG-1 in Antarctica against Anubis’ forces two years ago. It was very clever. At the same time, Mitchell has that wide eyed, childlike look about all things Stargate and he really infuses some fresh blood into the exploration aspect of the show that has kind of gone stale after the last few years. It was sad watching him as he realized that even though he worked so hard to join SG-1, no one was left. Gee, I wonder where I’ve seen something like that happen before.

The interaction between Vala and Daniel is every bit as good as in Prometheus Unbound. That Vala really likes to make life hard for old Danny-boy. Watching Vala and Mitchell interact was interesting too. It was very tongue-in-cheek, and I think that the writers wanted to limit their interaction in order to ensure that this didn’t become another episode of Farscape. I think I caught at least two (maybe three) Farscape references though. I liked the nod to the fans though, who think that Shanks and Browder look alike (Vala’s comment of Earth’s limited gene pool).

It’s interesting how they’re going back to exploring different mythologies. This week, it’s all about Merlin and Arthurian mythology and how Merin might not have been Merlin but a friend of the Ancients. I’m hoping they’ll cover Celtic and Norse mytholgies more in the future too.

Anyways, I don’t have much more to say about SG-1 except that I’m really enjoying the new direction and I can totally see the show continuing for at least four more years.

Next up: Stargate Atlantis