I'm going to come down from the ivory tower to actually interact with everyone *cracks fingers*
Sheppard: As a token of my new love, let me give you this necklace that is specifically designed to kill you and everyone around you
Teyla: I shall cherish it in the afterlife
I was taken aback with the discovery of Atlantis and its wonders. I take my hat off to David Hewlett and his delivery of "oh, now that is impressive" because it's really hard to deliver that without sounding gay (that's not a slight against gays, just that that isn't something a straight man would generally say) but it summed up the sight (Atlantis under the ocean) perfectly.
In hindsight, the jumpers/gateships are quite logical. The ancients built the gate system, so why wouldn't they create a vehicle that could fit through one. Even the Goauld (sp) managed to do that much themselves. But they were cooool!!!!!! A spaceship that can be controlled through mindpower! It's a brilliant plot device: no "activate cloak", no "divert all power to the shields", no lingo for the sake of it
I was impressed with Sumner on the Athos mission. They created a guy who was a hardass, but good at his job. He was just different to Shep, not better or worse. He had valid reasons for not thinking much of Sheppard, and while he didn't think a lot of Weir, he at least made the effort to keep her in the loop (yes, it's debatable where that relationship would have ended up - probably in the toilet) and I think he would have respected her authority until a situation arose where there was a clear military/civilian divide. Rodney's "impressive" comment is immediately followed by Sumner's "if we can't dial out, this is gonna be a problem". A room full of genius's (sp???), and it's the jarhead who points out the danger.
That said, someone of his experience should have been able to work with Teyla better. You don't get to Colonel without picking up at least some people skills, even if that isn't the priority of your job. He was correct with "these people can't help us" but it's not like he gave them a chance.
When they were captured, I was surprised (again) that they made him so stoic. I wanted him to be a weenie so I could hate him, but dammit, he wasn't. It grated me a little in a later ep when they implied that Sumner spilled the dirt on Earth (it's in the interepretation, that mightn't have been their intention) because all they got out of him was a name. And an UnHappy Meal.
As for Shep going off solo to 'rescue' Sumner - wtf? He was the only one who could get everyone else to safety. What were they supposed to do - push the jumper into space? He should have at least taken Ford with him as backup, but I don't think they should have taken anything away from the "hero/the guy" setup that they were doing.
I forgot about those vision things. One would think it would have gone in the other direction - giving them the ability to make you see 'real' things, like Woolsey's Anna Galvin fantasyYes, the Wraith started out very scary and hard to kill. The idea of them making you see things completely went away after season 1. It takes a nuke flown into a hive ship to destroy one in season 1 but then in season 5 it only takes a few drones.
IMO, the only times the civilian/military thing really worked was in: Rising, Hot Zone (I'm including it even though I see the divide as a personal/stylistic one rather than a clash of jurisdiction), Poisoning the Well (where he's needling her to test their new weapon), Seige II, and Trinity (especially Trinity).
Love the 'Wednesday' sig. I'm not sure which is sadder - what those lyrics mean relative to sparky or the fact that I recognised where they came from