“Time” turned out to be a classic episode of Stargate. From killer aliens that burrow into your chest, to solar flares and time travel, how many times have we seen something like this an been thoroughly entertained by it? Maybe not the chest burrowing aliens, but solar flares in “1969,” ‘The Last Man” and in Stargate: Continuum have been really entertaining stories.
One could say that it’s been done before or that it’s not very original; but along with an epidemic that kills within twelve hours, “Time” offers a fresh take on a timeless (much pun intended) classic.
The epidemic that started killing off the Destiny‘s crew turned out to be a very unique way to incorporate the time travel/solar flare concept. It was also done in a way that took away any sense of predictability. The writers could have easily said near the beginning of the episode that the outbreak was coming from the water source and not from the planet but instead, writer/director Robert C. Cooper left it very much a mystery up until half-way through the episode.
Within the Stargate universe, epidemics have been dealt with more than a few times — but there always seemed to be a cure or an answer not to far away. For “Time,” everything depended on capturing one of these indigenous creatures that were a lot better at killing you than you trying to capture one alive.
This is how the solar flare concept was able to stay original. Again, much like the epidemic being a mystery, the flare remained one as well until Rush was able to figure out near the end of the episode that this is how a kino from the future had reached them. The team sent a kino back to themselves in the past.
What was most clever about this was that it didn’t work the first time. Usually by the end of the episode, SG-1 was trying to get back home or fix the timeline and usually got it done. At the end of “Time,” it was very much up in the air if the kino Scott sent back got the job done. For all we know, Rush and company might have had to try multiple times before the plan actually worked, sending kino after kino to the past. Endings that are left open like that are always fun because it leaves so much to think about, as there really could have been endless possibilities.
The backstory and emotional beats in “Time” were very deep and moving. Finding out that Eli’s mom got H.I.V. was a very hard scene to watch. People had to be wondering exactly what was wrong with her over the weeks, whether it was cancer or some other fatal disease. It’s no wonder that it was so hard for Eli to leave. The only issue I had with this scene was that it seemed out of place for Eli to be mentioning his mother’s illness while trying to keep T.J.’s hopes up; it just seemed a little out of place. Being such an important piece of Eli’s backstory though, I’m glad they revealed sooner rather than later.
“Time” is a really strong episode for both Eli and T.J. Up until last week, T.J. hadn’t been put in any real pressure situations, but you could very easily see the toll this epidemic was taking on her. Being a medic, she probably hasn’t been in many situations were she was losing patients left and right — hence her eventual breakdown. Losing patients is one of the hardest things a doctor or medic goes through, and this was well acted by Alaina Huffman.
Hopefully, “Time” will go down as one of SGU‘s classic episodes. From some of the reactions I heard throughout the weekend at the New England Fan Experience, there seemed to be a real positive response to the episode. SGU is finally hitting a good stride of episodes that cater to both old fans and newer fans alike. “Time” was the perfect episode for this as it had a great balance of sci-fi and drama.
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