Stargate Atlantis: Missing
(S04E07) So far in season four we've had Ronon, McKay, and Sheppard episodes, so it was high time Teyla got one of her own. If that wasn't enough, she brought along Keller for some much needed screen time and character development. Of course, if Teyla was just heading home for a bit of the slap and tickle with her beau, it wouldn't make for much of an Atlantis episode. Luckily, for the viewers, it all went to hell and the whole gang got involved by the end.
Things went off the rails quickly. That bit of it came as a surprise to me. I'd managed to miss all of the previews so I came into this one completely blind. Between Sheppard's warning about the wine and that giant jar of lollipops in Keller's bag, I was expecting the two of them to walk into a big party as much as Keller was. Surprise or no, I was on board as soon as Teyla declared that something was wrong and made for the village. We get so much of the even tempered calm Teyla that it's good to see her just knock the crap out of some baddies on occasion.
While the Bola Kai wouldn't top my list of best foes to battle, they're not bad. The crazy face paint, primitive weapons (the jumbo saw blade throwing stars are awesome), and the whole idea that the pack is hunting them all worked really well. My biggest complaint with them would actually be one of omission. In case you didn't see it through the face paint, the leader, Omal, was played by Danny Trejo. While Trejo isn't what anyone would call a superstar, getting him is still a pretty nice addition for this show. I would have liked to see him get a little more to do.
It's possible that we haven't seen the last of the Bola Kai, which kind of points to what was one of the more interesting aspects of this episode. That being the fact that they left so many things open ended. What is Nable's real identity? Is he actually a Wraith worshiper? What became of the Athosians? Are they alive, as Nable hinted? If so, where are they? Did they flee, or did someone capture them? And of course, what medical mystery was Dr. Keller about to solve just before they rolled credits and left us all hanging? That last one was actually one of my least favorite parts of the show. It came off very soap like, as if it would have felt more at home with Dr. Scorpio saying that to Lulu on General Hospital. Plus, I think that cat got out of the bag a while ago, so with all of those other balls in the air, it would have been worth it to answer that question.
With much more weight to carry than in the normal episode, I thought both of the girls handled it well. It's something I've come to expect from Rachel Luttrell, and more than giving us any new insight into Teyla, this just reaffirmed what we already knew. For Keller and Jewel Staite though, this was a nice showing. She was very convincing as the fish out of water that didn't know how to deal with the circumstances she found herself in. She came through in the end, solidifying herself as part of the team. Her line about needing something to heal first, before plugging Nable in the leg, was very cool.
For Sheppard and the boys, there's not a lot to say. The rescue mission went exactly as you would expect. The one moment that stood out for me was the conversation between Ronon and McKay when Ronon mentions that the Bola Kai use arrows. It was a nice reference back to the season three episode "Sateda." McKay getting shot in the ass is always going to be funny. For me, it narrowly edged out the Bola Kai warrior walking around with the lollipop for the funniest gag of the night.
Overall, the episode falls short of "Tabula Rosa." But then, that was an exceptional episode. It was nice to get Teyla out in the forefront, and I'll never complain about more Jewel Staite on my television. Add to that the myriad of directions the story can go with all the open questions and I'd have to count this as a solid entry in the season four archive.
|Yay. It's a nice change of pace from the full team episodes.||182 (67.9%)|
|Nay, things are always better when the team is working together.||86 (32.1%)|