My trip down SG-1 memory lane is almost complete. 145 episodes down; 3 to go…
FAMILY TIES (1018)
The SG-1 family had officially learned its fate during production on Bad Guys so, at this point in the season, we already knew we were done. I’d already broken this story, a fun romp that offered up a little backstory into the Vala character (in addition some insight into to Landry and Lam’s past), and couldn’t really deviate – but since I was in the process of writing the script at the time, a little foresight did give me the opportunity to include a few subtle (?) references to the cancellation, in addition to one of my favorite endings in Stargate history. This episode was also memorable for the hilarious performance of guest star Fred Willard who played the part of Vala’s incorrigible father.
We open with Mitchell and Siler heading down the corridor, catching them in mid-conversation. The first words out of Mitchell’s mouth: “They cancelled it? Really? I didn’t even know the new season had started.” echoed the online comments of many a fan when they discovered SG-1 had been canceled. And, later in the episode, Jacek in conversation with Carter: “That’s too bad. Because after all your Stargate program has accomplished for this network – of planets, I would think the decision makers would show it the respect it deserves.” There were a couple of other references, but I was asked to lose them for the final draft.
Surprisingly, something that no one asked me to lose was the final scene in which Teal’c unwittingly attends a reading of the Vagina Monologues (Sorry. Virginia Dialogues.). I put it in the first draft, fully expecting to be told “Very funny, but you’ve got to lose it.” Surprisingly, nobody asked me to take it out. Oh, I’m sure some thought about it, or assumed I would make the decision to take it out myself before the episode went to camera, but the scene went over so well with everyone else that I elected to keep it.
Well before this episode aired, I had fans online asking: “What would happen if a goa’uld symbiote was implanted in an Ori?”. Well…close enough. This episode is packed with back-references (Adria, Baal, ascension, the memory altering device), jumps back and forth in time (between the present and a past that didn’t really happen), pays off long-standing storylines, and propels the show’s major arc in a bold new direction. Which, alas, we wouldn’t be able to pick up until the Ark of Truth movie. But that’s a reminiscence for another blog entry. It was a huge cliffhanger – Would Adria be back and under what circumstances? – but we took solace in the fact that the plan was to make two movies, at least one of which would allow us to close out the Ori arc. BTW, favorite line = “It’s the bad guy equivalent of cordon bleu!”.
Hmmm. My Snow Monkeys face another tough match-up this weekend against the Pigskin Pirates. My two top RB’s are out (Peterson and Best are on byes) and it looks like I’ll have to play perennially ineffectual NYG RB Jacobs, gimpy Daniel Thomas, or Denver’s NoShow Moreno. I’m starting Romo, who I believe should have a good day at home against the Seahawks, and am happy with my WR’s: Dez Bryant vs those same Seahawks and Roddy White vs. the Colts. Cleveland’s Ben Watson is my fill-in TE, Green Bay’s Crosby is my kicker, and I’m rolling with the Saints D that should lay a beatdown on the Bucs following their embarrassing showing in St. Louis. Now, here’s the BIG question: Who do I play in the flex? Do I bench one of my three RB’s in favor of Steve Breaston who’ll be up against a porous Dolphins secondary? Help a monkey out here.