by Will O'Brien, posted Aug 29th 2007 1:49AM
(S02E08) This collective brain drain episode was definitely something different. If you're familiar with the BOFH, then I'd say that the new character of the week was the Bastard Particle Physicist from Hell. While he's coming to town, our favorite egg heads are busy reconstructing the big bang. I definitely liked the plot, but things were a bit circular later on.
If you're familiar with my primary blogging gig, you'll understand why I enjoyed the show a bit more than other might have. I'm going to rate a few of the hacks and tricks that came up in the episode.
- Using a TV remote to get online: Without a soldering iron and some spare logic chips, it's pretty unlikely that anyone could modify a TV remote to modulate the right signal to gain keyboard control over an IR port. IR-DA.
- Ordering a pile of stuff online: doable, but almost no-one actually delivers by the next morning. Not to mention that delivery guys usually won't deliver things to jail cells.
- Using the sheriffs personal information to get the master key for the cell: doable, but no-one would actually deliver to the guy in the jail cell.
- Acting interested to get details about the handcuffs: classic social engineering. You'd be surprised at how many people are willing to hand out crippling information.
I certainly spent most of the episode thinking that the experiment was the cause of the drain. Having Henry be the first to show signs certainly had me leaning in that direction.
The giant chicken grill was awesome, despite the low quality that SciFi in SD delivers. Thanks to the monster grill, it was the first thing that popped up in my mind once the Big bang experiment was ruled out as the cause of the brain drain.
I was a little disappointed that they used the remote hand cuffs to solve the latest problem. In Star Trek, they tended to pull random technology out of nowhere, so at least they take some time to introduce the technology. Screen time is tight, even for a one hour show, but I'd love it if they'd get away from the trend of featuring the techno solution in the first act, only to bring it back out to solve the second.
I honestly wondered if Henry was about to admit to Carter that he'd erased his memories. When he told Carter about Beverly, it was a surprising twist. I wonder if Henry's manipulation the situation or actually feeling guilty. I hope that they'll stop stringing this sub-plot along soon. Maybe it's also a method of keeping the episodes in order. Sometimes the network does have a tendency to swap things around.
One last thing. The crazy chicken cloning lady was just awesome. It was totally unexpected, and brought out a good point. Just how organic is 'organic food'?
|They're just stringing it along||40 (23.8%)|
|Things are about to come to a head||37 (22.0%)|
|Not until the season finale||91 (54.2%)|