Stargate SG-1 2.8 – Family

Drat, I thought I remembered this one as being okay, but it’s probably even more idiotic than the episodes from this period that we’re skipping. Tony Amendola’s in it, which is nice, and there’s some good continuity about Teal’c’s family and Apophis still being alive. Peter Williams is here for a short scene, being as nasty as usual. But the story’s a complete turkey, with SG-1’s battlefield tactics being even more boneheaded than usual. They still haven’t learned to either kill or imprison the guards they stun when they travel into a known hostile environment, and they should definitely know by now not to trust anybody.

The bits where Teal’c’s son reveals himself to be brainwashed by Apophis are suitably frightening to his parents, but “years of therapy and a daily gallon of Zoloft” not being a reasonable way for an hour-long action teevee show to wrap up, they had to come up with something else. It had been far too long since I’d seen this for me to remember ECT even being proposed as a solution, nor the quickie sci-fi substitute for electroshocking that they come up with. It’s not only a stupid ending, it’s a dishonest one.

At the very least, it did give us a good opportunity to talk with our son about Teal’c’s family situation. In his absence, his wife had married somebody else, an old friend who offered her a life outside the squalid refugee camps. Teal’c handles this horribly, with violence and anger. We took turns discussing the decisions that both Teal’c and Drey’auc made, and the consequences of their actions. I think it made for a good talk. We can give Teal’c a little leeway, because he’s a sci-fi warrior who’s had all the “showing compassion” business beat out of him through decades of training, but at the end of the day, he’s a man who should have known this would happen, and shouldn’t act like an unmitigated ass when it does.

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