Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Stargate Atlantis--"Hide and Seek"
“Lockdown.” You may recall that episode involved Anubis appearing as an incorporeal being haunting the SGC. Anubis is eventually defeated by sending him through the stargate to a world upon whih he becomes entrapped. The two episodes are virtually identical, right down to the same special effects being used for Anubis and the entity. I imagine viewing “Hide and Seek” on any occasion other than its original airing when “Lockdown” is fresh in your mind would improve your opinion of it. In regards to originality, if nothing else. “Hide and Seek” stands on its own merits apart from “Lockdown” as far as I am concerned. The latter relies on the paranoia of who Anubis might be inhabiting while “Hide and Seek” plays a more ethereal angle. Atlantis becomes a haunted house. If you really want to stretch it, “Hide an Seek” is a Scooby doo episode with a meddling kid exposing the “ghost’ and Rodney constantly noshing on junk food like Shaggy once the shield drops. Do you think Rodney ever smoked pot? He spent a long time in grad school, so there is the possibility. I would not call “Hide and Seek” great by any means. It will probably go down as an average, largely forgettable episode in the long run, but I like it well enough. Rodney, like Vala on SGA’s sister show, Rodney is becoming a more well-rounded character instead of obnoxious comic relief, although he is still that, too. I find him more likable on SGA than elsewhere, so there is that. Perhaps there will be no further cringing on my part at the prospect of Rodney-centric episodes. Rating: *** (out of 5)