Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Stargate Atlantis--"The Gift"
“Thirty-Eight Minutes” when the Ancients allowed humans to settle on a planet infested with them. Eventually, bug and human DNA became mixed. Thus, the Wraith were born. The exposition regarding the Wraith’s beginnings had to go somewhere. “The gift” is as ood a spot as any, I guess. “Good” being a relative term. While I am far more interested in Teyla than I was with Teal’c--they are essentially the same character--and Rachel Luttrell’s smoky voice calls up fond memories of Michele Carey, I do not think “The Gift” is a good showcase for her. There is not much material, hence the repeat hypnosis sessions when when one extended would have sufficed. “The Gift” appears to be largely an exposition dump for everything you ever wanted to know about the Wraith, but wree afraid to ask. Why such a dump should come in the middle of an invasion storyline is anyone’s guess. The effect is a near derailment. One wonders not only why that is thought to be a good idea, but why ford jabbing Rodney with innuendo regarding his manhood is necessary. A penis joke? Seriously?The joke does not downgrade “The Gift” to the cellar, but there is not much lifting the episode out, either. Rating: ** (out of 5)