I am a sucker for alternate reality stories. “The Daedalus Variations” turns out to be parallel universe jumping on a small scale with a lot of CGI space battle eye candy thrown in to pad out the script, but it is still an enjoyable adventure.
A completely deserted Daedalus appears in orbit around New Lantea. When AR-1 arrives to investigate, the ship is transported to another universe wherein our heroes discover their alternate selves faced the same predicament and died before they could get back home. Rodney is on the case as the other three confront new problems in each jump to a new parallel universe, including arriving too close to an expanding sun and repelling an attack from never before seen green aliens.
Upon encountering the mystery alien ship attacking the alternate Atlantis, I immediately thought it was Replicator Weir’s ship. Torri Higginson refused to reprise the role, but I am unaware exactly when she refuse to do so. Alas, it turns out to be new aliens. Perhaps an alternate wraith or the preview of new villains. I do not know, but the lack of Replicator weir bugs me enough to not dwell much on other questions about them. It is probably not fair to do that, but there you go.
Rodney techno babbles a solution and the episode ends with him finally getting to hold Teyla’s baby for all of the fans out there who like to see Rodney humanized.
My soft spot for alternate realities shines through here. There is a lot of action again some nifty looking aliens here, too, which makes up for a lot of unnecessary CGI battle footage and mind numbing techno babble. The episode is a lot of fun to watch because AR-1 is back in action accentuating the skills of each member. How long has it been since that has happened?
Rating: *** (out of 5)