Monday, February 18, 2013

Stargate Atlantis--"Remnants"

The fifth season has featured many corrections of past mistakes.  These corrections have been met with varying degrees of success.  Should not have killed of Beckett?  Bring him back as a clone.  Cannot convince Torri Higginson to reprise her role?  Hire a new actress to represent her in a Replicator body.  Want to bring back the decease Kolya?  Now he is an hallucination.  It is that final one that happens in “Remnants,” and it is a pointless exercise.

The plot is that the artificial intelligence representative of a long dead silicon based civilization causes Rodney, Woolsey, and Sheppard to hallucinate zelenka, a potential love interest, and Kolya for each respectively to convince them to preserve a pod containing the knowledge of said civilization.  Such is the tall and the short of it.

Robert Davi gets to play Kolya again in all his sadistic glee, so that is a plus.  As with the last couple seasons of VOY, Robert Picardo is required to do a lot of heavy lifting.  This time,  he is in love with a fiment of his imagination.  Davi and Piaro are about the only two saving graces in an episode that does not mean muh passed the shock value of seeing Sheppard’s left hand get chopped off.  Ouch.

I am not a fan of “Remnants.”  It is nothing more than an excuse to bring back Kolya, but it is ultimately too flimsy an excuse to be worthwhile. 

Rating: ** (out of 5)

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