It definitely explains Nemesis and Enterprise. But I digress.
I liked M*A*S*H, watched it every time it came on for the entire length of it's run. I didn't know until later that it had been a film first (no theater in the home town) and after watching the film, it did make me think "Oh, that's what they were trying for". But I think it was the dismal failure of the Planet of the Apes television series that informed my decision to stay away from any series that attempted to copy a hit film.
When Stargate SG-1 was rolled out, I took one look at the ungainly plastic snake-heads that the antagonists wore, and just gave up on the whole series (not to mention that it was on a subscriber channel on cable TV. I don't have money for pan-and-scan versions of feature films, either. Yes, I'm a film snob) and I would never have looked back.
Last year, a friend of mine was turning off her cable access so that she could save some money, and she asked me to dub the Stargate SG-1 episodes for the last half of season 10 so she could see them. She had been watching the show since it first aired on Showtime, and she was damned if she was going to miss the last few episodes. Having a lot of free time on my hands these days, I readily agreed to take an extra hour out of my day on SciFi Friday to dub the new episodes as they aired.
The first episode to air was going to be the second half of a two-parter, and SciFi ran a marathon before it that included the first half. So I set the DVR to record SG1 all day, and wandered in at some point to make sure that the recording was going off as planned...
...and I didn't leave. I watched the entire marathon, and the new episodes. Even stayed to watch Stargate Atlantis afterwards. I kept wondering, how did the show get here, and how did it get to be so good...? So I started watching the earlier episodes as they aired at other times on Sciffy; but they don't air them in any logical sequence, and I still couldn't figure out the progression. When did the show get good?
I liked Atlantis, so I picked up a copy of season 1 on DVD; just 3 seasons, that's easy enough to catch up on (and I pretty much have) but how did we get from plastic snake heads to exploring another galaxy? So I picked up some of the early seasons of SG-1, and continued to watch the hodge-podge of episodes that Sciffy chooses to air.
It was when I was explaining to my friend, as we were sitting in front of one of the re-runs, about how I had seen the episodes that started this particular story arc, and I had seen how it ended, but I had never seen the middle before; it was then that I realized that I was hooked on the show. Damn it all. From the quiet reserve of Teal'c, to the wisecracks of Jack O'Neill (two L's) and his Atlantis doppleganger John Shepard, the chapa'ai has captured my attention.
"Then, it's a teenage thing; pimples, rebellion, life-sucking." -John ShepardSo, I'm watching yet another marathon, another one touted as being "The Best of" Stargate, and I can't find it on Sciffy's site, even though they've been advertising it all week.
These were the episodes (the numbers are from the Wiki entry):
- 819 Moebius Pt. 1
- 820 Moebius Pt. 2
- 216 A Matter of Time
- 721 Lost City Pt. 1
- 722 Lost City Pt. 2
- 406 Window of Opportunity (also voted the Best Episode)
- 206 Thor's Chariot
- 211 Tok'ra Pt. 1
- 211 Tok'ra Pt. 2
As an example, of the episodes aired the two part Lost City would be my favorite; but even those two episodes don't stand alone as well as they do book-ended with the episodes that precede them in the story arc, and the episodes that follow them in the next season. Window of Opportunity is funny precisely because we already know the characters involved well enough to appreciate the quandary they are in. Without the context of several seasons of familiarity, a good portion of the humor is lost.
Star Trek isn't complete without Spock's Brain as well as Trouble with Tribbles. The same is true of Stargate, apparently. At least classic Trek is easier to collect...