View Full Version : Woolsey's expertise finally put to use

October 25th, 2008, 06:46 AM
This is the first episode in which Mr. woolsey as the expidition leader puts his telants to use by winning the trail. I was thinking: "Who better to take over the the defense then mr. woolsey from his experiances with world affairs, legal issues, and diplomatic relations". He really knocked it out of the park with this so called "trial".

October 25th, 2008, 08:51 AM
Indeed, Woolsey was good. It's nice to bring his skills into a useful situation like this one. And it is very brave to walk into this trap to try to save the team. He was very confident he would win this trial. And maybe his confidence made him forget the consequences if he failed.

However, I would have hoped that Teyla would have made an appearance on the trial. She is after all from the pegasus galaxy. She has lost as many people as they have. And despite the fact that she disagreed with Michael's project, that he experienced on her people, she still believes the Atlantis expedition is 'giving hope to the stars' (to quote her).

October 25th, 2008, 09:44 AM
I'm surprised he got an episode where he did every single thing right, where he did nothing at all clown-like and where got mounds of character development.

October 25th, 2008, 09:54 AM
I loved Woolsey in this episode. Showed what he is all about in terms of leadership. First he takes charge by demanding to know what happened to his people, and when he does find out he arrests the representative of the coalition to show that such action on their part will not be tolerated. Then he realizes his skills as an attorney can be put to better use rescuing the team, so he uses the prisoner to take him to the trial. There, he not only uses his skills as an attorney, he is also smart enough to bribe one of the judges to ensure he can win. He knew he had that judge on his side, and that his argument was logical enough that he could get the other judge on his side. Thumbs up Woolsey.

October 25th, 2008, 05:39 PM
another positive check mark into Mr Woolsey's leadership....and to a nicely place poker face to go with that.

the fifth man
October 25th, 2008, 07:08 PM
Woolsey did do great, no doubt about that. He really saved their butts.

October 25th, 2008, 08:10 PM
As much as I hate to admit it, I suppose it's a good thing
Todd didn't feed on Woolsey. Although, I'm sure this will be the only episode where he's useful. It's certainly the first.

October 25th, 2008, 08:27 PM
I agree that it was great to see woolsey there. I also would have liked to see ronon and teyla take the stand to put forward their perspective, and feel it was a shame this was missed. I suppose this was down to the time factor in a clip show, which is first and foremost to save money for other episodes!

October 25th, 2008, 08:37 PM
He didn't quite win the trial, more he fix it.

But seriously, Woolsey and Sheppard didn't manage to convince the council, they only bring them up to date or confirm them what they already knew. It looked more like a classical IOA debriefing only with Woolsey on the other side, but with inquisitors having no legitimate right to inquire. Of course the set was decorated for a trial.

The charges were all impersonal and the prosecutors/judges were ready to find Atlanteeans guilty for simply initiating the expedition in the first place. The Wraith awakening charge, the Michael experiment charge, the Replicators charge, cooperating with the Wraith charge. Sheppard and Woolsey did nothing but to admit for all these actions, for which we were found guilty before the trial, even 'indirectly' how it said in their first statement.

October 25th, 2008, 09:45 PM
I did think it was a bit of a shame that we didnt really see much of Woolsey been able to win the argument on any of the charges.

The set up is done with him explaining his legal history, which is impressive, and I would have liked to see this illustrated in a different way to him having to bribe one of the judges, now that 'he knew what the game was.'

October 26th, 2008, 07:02 PM
The set up is done with him explaining his legal history, which is impressive,

I got a real kick out of hearing his legal background. It made perfect sense. Woolsey WOULD be a Harvard man, wouldn't he? Smug *******.

I do think his expertise helped him at the trial, though. It's an unfortunate point of the legal profession that the goal is to win the trial, not to do what's right, and Woolsey DID manage to pull that off. Once he knew the game was rigged, he switched gears. Very much a lawyer at heart.

October 27th, 2008, 03:03 PM
I thought it was a very good episode and it was nice to see that he can put to use what he has expertise in , however sometimes when people like Rodney and Mr. Woosley start spouting there credentials i think that it is not really relevant being that they had gotten those on a small planet in the Milky Way Galaxy and those sort of credentials really have no merit here

honestly Rodney no one really cares how many Ph.D's you have ?

but i guess that the fact that he is really smart matters, ( yes we know that ) , so i guess ? , but you don't have to go around telling everybody, Ronon did not really care or understand that he worked for a law firm in New York !

October 28th, 2008, 01:50 PM
I liked woolsey in this... but it would have been a better episode with Dr Weir in! :P :P

October 30th, 2008, 10:45 PM
I quite liked woolsey in this episode, gave his character much more of a boost allowing him to really show why hes the leader of Atlantis. But i am the same with many here i would have liked to see Teyla and Ronon say their piece and then have woosley in there to finish it off. In either it was very refreshing to see someone outside of the orginal SGA team fight for a change.

Homer 120
November 6th, 2008, 09:52 AM
Picardo was the best I've seen him so far! Great way to put Woolsey's ''skills'' to use, instead of having him in the background

April 3rd, 2013, 12:38 PM
This was an amazing episode for Woolsey!! Every character has these episodes for me to respect them more, like Teyla in the Queen and "spoils of war", McKay in Millers Crossing (well actually he's good in every ep) Beckett in Poisening the wells, ... and this is totally Woolsey's episode. Not only did it show Woolseys expertise and experience from dealing with the nasty IOA, it also showed how he matured into the role of Atlantis leader instead of being that lousy bureaucrat and the IOA's lapdog. I really started liking Woolsey after this ep. In the beginning I thought "He's not so bad, opposing to what everybody else says of him" but now I really respect him. Every leader was different in their own way, putting different stamps on their time as leader of Atlantis, Weir, Carter, Woolsey...They are all different but all very capable.