I’d seen trailers for this episode of Stargate Atlantis, and they weren’t very inspiring. It’s a pretty hackneyed idea after having someone be taken over by an alien plant. But let’s not rush to judgement. Old ideas can still be done in interesting ways.
I think putting Woolsey in charge of Atlantis could lead to some interesting internal conflicts which this show will benefit from. Often the Atlantis team is just a bit too friendly and it can make for bland stories.
Bringing Beckett back (again) seems questionable to me. I’m pleased to see him as he was one of my favorite characters, but this repeated using of him really weakens the episode where they killed him off. If they intended to keep using him, why not just write him out another way in the first place?
I always have trouble with the notion that an otherwise intelligent and capable Doctor would ignore bizarre symptoms, like ooze all over their hands. They do make some effort to address that in the script, but it’s still a bit weak.
However it is a really cool idea that this would be the seed of a Hive ship and instead of turning its host into some sort of shambling monster we have an alien plant that’s systematically invading the entire installation. I like that. They really ought to have given us a few more shots of the scale of what the infection had done to Atlantis.
All in all it wasn’t a great episode of Stargate Atlantis, but it was nice to see Beckett again. But I’m still not clear why Sheppard was able to walk in quite so easily (well okay he smashed a hole in the side of a building but afterwards the plant didn’t do anything). It also seemed like half the cast really didn’t have much more to do than stand around. Certainly a couple of notches down from last week.