Air, part 1First things first, let one state the obvious: could this rip off ‘Battlestar Galactica’ any more? Okay, now that’s out of the way let us move on. Dr Rush sets events in motion that strands 80 plus people on an ancient damaged starship that can travel the universe.
Among the stranded are a noxious IOA bureaucrat (Ming-Na of ‘er’ and ‘Vanished’), an annoying Senator (Christopher McDonald of ‘The Eighteenth Angel’), also along for the ride are nerd Eli and military leader Young (Louis Ferreira of 'Dawn of the Dead' and 'Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II'). It is Young who gets the most spectacular entrance as he is hurled across a room through an exploding Stargate. It’s a nice looking stunt. All these characters have issues and the story is told via flashbacks which are not signalled making scene transitions jarring.
Anyway the ship looks suitably ‘Event Horizon’ as people moan about Rush’s stranding them. Chief among the moaners if the Senator’s spoilt daughter Chloe. As Young is injured, Scott has to take temporary command. Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips of ‘Numb3rs’ and ‘The Triangle’) vanishes and isn’t mentioned again. Young may not be around long as the medic TJ is barely qualified.
So a bunch of injured, unqualified soldiers, civilians, politicians and various whiners are stranded on a universe travelling starship several billion light years from home. This was very good; I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did.
For some reason Dr Rush is more interested in his 9th chevron theory than the ancient city of Atlantis which was last seen floating in San Francisco bay. What are they doing with Atlantis anyway? How did the baddies find the base?
To pander to the fans O’Neill, Carter and Daniel Jackson cameo. O’Neill looks bored throughout.
“You really embedded a top secret problem into a game?”
“Where’d they go?”
Air, Part 2The noxious Senator dies. Rush learns the ship is called the Destiny and breaks out the very convenient mind swapping gadget that allows communication with Earth. The Destiny has been badly damaged under unexplained circumstances. The pack of emotionally chilly control freaks don’t bond. Rush thinks Destiny is more important that Atlantis.
They need Oxygen and Destiny stops at a planet but they’ve only 12 hours to get what they need. Eli is smug. The ancients seeded stargates everywhere. This was okay. How long until TPTB screw this show up like they did SG1 and SGA?
Best Line: “Don’t touch anything that looks like it might be dangerous.”