Stargate SG-1: The Shroud
(S10E14) I've been trying to figure out just where the title of The Shroud comes from. I've still got no idea, but I do know that SG-1 turned in a great episode last night. Unfortunately, the previews gave away some plot details. I spent most of the episode wondering when Daniel would break free from his confinement chair.
I'm still a bit miffed by the previews for the episode. Just knowing that Daniel was returning as a Prior negated most of the suspense. When Daniel appears, preaching to a village, we knew it was him - despite the hood and the altered appearance. The real crux of the episode was the time spent determining Daniel's fate. Deciding if he was on the level or trying to trick them was still up in the air, but we knew he'd break out of the chair eventually.
I definitely enjoyed the conversations between Daniel and the others. His normalized demeanor combined with the Prior look just cracked me up. I was hoping for a bit more from Vala. Her conversation with Daniel fell a bit short by my expectation. She's damn smart, but didn't have a plan. It's easy for me to suggest this after the fact, but having her tamper with the beaming controls on the ship would have fit her and Daniel's relationship just perfectly.Things get interesting once Daniel escapes the chair and takes over the Odyssey. Adria's appearance is a nice surprise. For a short time we wonder if Daniel has actually turned to the Ori's side. That is, until he takes out Adria. The plan just manages to succeed, but there is one hitch. The team didn't have a plan for disabling the super-gate after the original gate was destroyed. Why wouldn't they re-deploy another gate at the black hole and prevent any future Ori visitors?
It was a great episode, slightly tainted by the previews and a lack of follow up strategic planning.