Time to discuss season five of SG-1!
For the first time in the series, the season finale didn’t entail a cliffhanger. The remaining three members of SG-1 managed to rescue Thor from Osiris and Anubis before they learned Asgardian secrets.
Again, there was basically no episode that didn’t build upon a previous one in this season (I love this show’s galaxy-building so very much). The NID was a problem in “The Fifth Man” and “The Sentinel” in particular. Cassandra returned in “Rite of Passage” as did Nirrti. The Aschen were dealt with in “2001”. The Russians were involved in “The Tomb” and “48 Hours”. The Unas returned in “Beast of Burden” while the Replicators’ origins were discovered in “Menace”. The latter episode was also the halfway point of the series retroactively.
The Tok’ra took a heavy blow in “Summit” and “Last Stand”, while the Tollans were taken out by the Goa’uld in “Between Two Fires”. An Ancient was met in “Ascension”, while a dying Daniel Ascended with Oma Desala’s help in “Meridian”. The Asgardians were featured in “Revelations”.
The hundredth episode, “Wormhole X-Treme!”, was fantastic because it merged meta humor with an actual humor by bringing back Martin from “Point of No Return”.
The Goa’uld continue to be a major threat in the galaxy. Anubis is an increasing influence, with Osiris as his second-in-command. Lord Yu is cleverer than he seems. Tanith is apparently taken out in “48 Hours”, but my focus was on it being the first appearance of Doctor Meredith Rodney McKay. Hopefully he’ll return sometime in the next season.
Harry Maybourne is a recurring presence. By this point he’s essentially an ally to Jack. Interestingly, there’s a degree of hero worship from Harry to Jack. The events of “Shades of Grey” seems to be have enhanced that, as Harry likes Jack’s ‘dark side’. The NID has an ‘Earth First’ mindset, being uncaring toward other planets as they accuse the Tok’ra and Asgard of being towards Earth.
Daniel has left the show for the time being, sadly enough. I don’t know whether I’ll like Jonas Quinn more or less since I know that Daniel will return. I’ll try to stay aware of why I’m reacting to Jonas the way I am. But based off of “Meridian”, I might end up treating him as a knock-off version of Daniel.
The Jaffa are increasingly unwilling to mindlessly obey the Goa’uld, but they still need/want a leader as seen in “The Warrior”. The commentary in “Revelations” hints that more on the Ancients will be revealed in the next season. That should be interesting.
All four members of SG-1 combine brains and brawn evenly at this point. Well, Daniel’s gone for now. It’ll be weird to add Jonas into the mix, but at this point the show’s history is dense enough that adding a newbie who needs explanations might help newer viewers catch up.
Most episodes were team-centric in some way. The four are a team and family, which is part of why Daniel’s Ascension hit Jack, Sam, and Teal’c so hard. They have been through a lot together over the past five years. But yes, this is Daniel’s second death and it’s the ‘big’ one.
Walter, Hammond, and Janet continue to be key supporting characters in the SGC. Jacob/Selmak, Bra’tac, and Thor are the core allies/intermediaries with the team regarding the factions of Tok’ra, free Jaffa, and Asgardians. In “Meridian” it was basically lamp-shaded how tricky SGC has had it in making successful alliances.
I continue to love watching this show (even if I’m eager to get to Atlantis… shut up, I miss Rodney). I’ve begun listening to the commentaries and at some point will watch the first four seasons (and two episodes) worth of them simply to learn what tidbits I missed out on.
“Wormhole X-Treme!” and “48 Hours” were my favorites of the season. Also, I’m a bit surprised that there wasn’t a clip show episode this season. Well, the commentary for “Meridian” indicated that it could have been one but there was enough plot to render the flashbacks unnecessary.
Among the images on the season 6 DVD case is one of Apophis. I don’t know if it’ll be a flashback or if the Goa’uld isn’t quite dead yet. Or the cover is lying.
Time to kick off the sixth season of SG-1 with the first part of “Redemption”.