Last night I went out to the cinema with Kat and John to see Underworld. I’ll give a more detailed spoiler view of the film later in this entry, but for those who don’t want to be spoilt my thoughts of the film are that if they’d had had a little less action and a little more character development they could have had a *FAR* better film as the basic plot ideas could be quite interesting.
Afger returning home I decided that I’d not go to bed straight away but instead look at the tape I’d made of the first episode of season 7 of Stargate SG-1 which my video had watched for me earlier in the evening. Again, a detailed discussion of this will take place after the cut but suffice it to say that there was a very knowing set of references to Star Wars.
Well, if the Hollywood people hadn’t have made this film into such an all out action movie which tried to emulated the style of The Matrix (and failed) it could have been a pretty good film. The back plot itself wasn’t half bad, the only problem being that if a mutagenic virus had caused the creation of the werewolves and the vampires after decendants of the original carrier got bitten by a wolf and a bat respectively, why aren’t there herds of mosquito derived undead roaming the Earth?
The last half an hour was all a set-up for a sequel.. Lone hero were-vampire and his trusty vampire bride set out to save the world from the evil vampires and werewolves…. *YAWN*
Well, this season seems to be being played for laughs and tongue in cheek a little.
The first half was your normal SG-1.. Then it went sort of Star Wars in a very knowing way… The way to defeat the evil villain was to fly a small fighter inside the shields of his massive ship which has a devistating weapon and fire missiles down a thermal exhaust port. Sound familiar? Well it did to the characters in the episode too.. Jack says as the mission starts, “I still think we should have been called Red Leader.”
Add to this the shot going down the exhaust port and into the reactor looks very similar to the one in Return of the Jedi and the power generator also looks just the same, you can see that they’re being very tongue in cheek about the whole thing.
As it was the first episode in a two parter, the conclusion comes next week… It looks like Johnas Quinn isn’t likely to survive.. which is handy seeing as Daniel Jackson has mysteriously returned.