Stargate Atlantis: Doppelganger - VIDEO
Of course, the dreams weren't the only part of the episode that felt familiar. Carter made reference to when O'Neill was knocked unconscious by an energy being that took on his appearance. That's from the season one Stargate episode "Cold Lazarus." In an interview with Gateworld, writer/director/producer Robert C. Cooper called it an homage. That's a good way to put it, as you can see if you go back and look at the scene where O'Neill touches the crystal. That video is after the jump.
Getting back to the present, without any bigger picture plot going on, this episode sinks or swims with the dream gag. I actually really liked the dreams and how they fit to each of the characters. Teyla dreaming of her father makes perfect sense, but the little detail I really enjoyed in that one was Evil Shep's comment that "you haven't been the same since you got in the mind of that Wraith queen." That experience had to be terrifying and it's a nice bit of continuity having Evil Shep latch on to that detail.
It was nice for Dr. Keller to get a little more to do this week as well. Her dream also fit very well. She still hasn't completely settled in to her role and responsibilities, as we learn when she tells Teyla that she hasn't slept well since she started the gig. Fear that she would not be able to help someone, especially someone she cares so much about, or that she isn't really ready for this job, must weigh on her. It was also a nice nod to Alien. The conversation about the movie that followed it was very fun, with Rodney telling the story of the date gone horribly wrong and Ronon declaring that he has to see that movie.
You could probably guess that Ronon would dream about being a runner again, although I don't think you would really call it fear. I'm not sure that Ronon actually fears anything. Kate being afraid of heights is kind of funny, given the name Heightmeyer, but didn't really stand out as particularly fitting. Her death, on the other hand, did stand out, because I'm not really sure why they did it. Did the episode really need that to convey the gravity of the situation? I didn't really think so. Shep running around in all of their dreams and Lorne nearly gunning him down for being a replicator got the point across. I think there could have been more mileage gained off the loss of that character.
My favorite of the dream sequences though, was Rodney. Not only his actual dream, but his story of Moby Dick leading up to it. A bit of trivia... according to Robert C. Cooper, that part of the story was based on him. Apparently his father took him to see Jaws when he was seven and it didn't go over well at all. Almost all of Rodney's dream played out really well. Everything except the very hokey whale coming up from underneath them to swallow the boat. And if you immediately thought of Surface when you saw that coming, you're not alone. It was just as bizarre as I would expect a Rodney dream to be, and I really liked the way he apologized to Shepard for what he was about to see in Rodney's head.
I can't help thinking that there was an opportunity missed by not giving us a Carter dream, but the episode did serve well in cementing her role as the new leader of Atlantis. I was a Weir fan and came into this season optimistic about the changeover, but unsure. At this point, I'm completely on board with the Carter regime, although still looking forward to some form of return for Dr. Weir.
And in the midst of all that, we have Shepard. As I said in the opening, this is my favorite part of dream episodes. A look at a very different Shepard. It was interesting. Evil Shep was a sociopath and it came across very well as he looked almost giddy watching the parasite wriggle around in Teyla's stomach. I also liked the big showdown at the end. The fight was good, but Rodney telling them to hook him back up so he could go save Shepard was great. What can I say, I'm a Rodney fan.
Overall, it's a good episode. Probably not one destined to make favorite lists or be talked about with all kinds of amazing adjectives proceeding it, but it had a fun story. And if you get that much out of what is essentially a filler episode, you're ahead of the game. Next week, Krista from Blade (Jill Wagner) shows up to raise some hell.
|Oh, oh, I know. This was Cooper's homage to Whedon!||17 (9.4%)|
|If it's going to happen, I would have preferred it be in a more meaningful story.||73 (40.3%)|
|The story needed it so the danger was real.||46 (25.4%)|
|She can't die, Bendis. You know why? Because she is so very pretty.||45 (24.9%)|