Stargate Atlantis: Harmony
(S04E14) Well now, wasn't that interesting? The fine folks over at Stargate HQ decided to follow up an episode that took place entirely in Atlantis with one that never sets foot in the city. It's actually a tough sell as far as episodes go. For one, most of the team is absent, so you run the risk of annoying anyone with a favorite character that didn't get to come out and play. It also gets counted in the 'filler episode' column, something that always draws its own brand of ire. And finally, it heavily features a child actor, which is just asking for trouble.
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Personally, none of those things were negatives for me. Because of that, I thought it was another very good episode. Yes, it's always good to see the whole team working together, but the Sheppard/McKay relationship is one of my favorite things about the show. Along similar lines, while the big mythology episodes are what carry the series through the seasons, these one-off episodes are always welcome because they give the characters a chance to goof off.
It's much harder to work in Rodney matching wits with an 13 year old if he's in the middle of a battle with the Replicators. And even though I understand where the cautiousness around featured child actors comes from, Jodelle Ferland has long since won me over. After interesting turns in Silent Hill and Supernatural, as young Adria on SG-1, as well as another 30-odd credits to her name, she's proven to be more than your average child actor.
That's something that I thought came out here as she held her own pretty well bantering with Hewlett and Flanigan. Rodney's frustration with Harmony as she outwitted him with the power bar, and continued to berate his every action, was all very amusing. As was Sheppard's somewhat reluctant fatherly guidance and the rather uncomfortable proposal that followed. The whole journey offered up a good bit of comedy. And the way Sheppard and McKay's status flip flopped in the eyes of Harmony was very fitting for the impressionable mind of a thirteen year old queen to be. The big reveal of the painting at the end was the icing on the cake:
The plot of the episode wasn't especially clever. I thought they gave away that is was Mardola (Crystal Lowe, Nya from SG-1's "Emancipation") plotting to kill her sister a little soon. Up to that point I was still guessing, and actually considering the possibility that they were planning on offering Sheppard and McKay up as a sacrifice to the beast. The involvement of the Genii has the potential to be an interesting point going forward, but I'm guessing this is the last we'll hear of it. The fact that this group of Genii were mercenaries, as we saw with Mardola discussing their pay, leads me to believe that they were operating as a rogue group and it wasn't any kind of official mission.
There is probably a better chance that we will hear more about the mini-drones. Although, the fact that Rodney has been looking for the testing ground for two years and we've never heard of it before could make that chance a slim one. One would hope that his new found hero status will enable him to return for further research. Either way, it was an interesting bit of the ancient tech to toss in there.
All things considered, no real complaints from me. Season four is cruising right along and even the filler episodes are entertaining. Next week, Sheppard is headed back to earth for "Outcast" with guest star Kari Wuhrer.
|Heck no. Sheppard and McKay are great together.||372 (87.5%)|
|Yep, they need the whole team.||37 (8.7%)|
|Yes it is, but solo eps for my favorite character would be just fine.||16 (3.8%)|