This one's pretty decent, but falls apart a bit as it continues. The first half with Daniel going crazy is great to watch, Michael Shanks does a very good job and actually plays it more restrained than I expected (or remembered). I particularly like the whole scene with him and Jack playing chess/cards and Daniel trying to stay calm despite what he is seeing.
The thing is, as an audience we know he's not really going crazy, we've been given too many clues that something has actually affected him. Therefore, it makes for an aggravating watch as we see his friends disbelieving him and Dr Mackenzie not really giving weight to anything he says. Everyone should know that these guys deal with alien things on a daily basis and should give that factor serious consideration.
The diagnosis of Daniel also does seem very quick. He has a few hallucinations and suddenly that means he must be schizophrenic, and a little bit later he's in a padded room. In terms of doctor stuff though, I did like the fact that this episode brings together all three of our previously established doctor characters (Frasier, Warner, Mackenzie). Warner and Mackenzie really don't come off very well though; Mackenzie is infuriating and Warner is made to look stupid (and a little arrogant).
After Daniel is cured the episode takes a turn for the worse, I thought. Jack, Sam and Janet trapped in the room going nuts just isn't handled well, and there was an opportunity to do much more with it. I didn't feel any tension.
- Sam is trying to get help from Doc Frasier in separating the blood, and Janet is clearly having a difficult time with it. Why didn't Sam just ask for some complete instructions early on when Janet was a bit more with it, instead of waiting for the centrifuge to finish before going up to her and asking what to do next?
- Nice to see Machello again, but I wish had been revisited in a bigger way.
- Loved Jack's comment about putting a warning sign at the bottom of the gate.
- The Reetou are mentioned AGAIN. They really wanted to bring them back into the show, didn't they? A real shame it never happened.
RATING: 6 out of 10