Good eps. With each eps more questions arise than are answered, which makes for a great show. As far as following orders, no one in Atlantis follows orders, come on! One of the funny things about the Stargate world is that TPTB always inserts the fact that these people have to make their own decisions in a split second whether to follow orders or not. Is it better to follow an order and ultimately fail or is it better to push the edge of the envelope, fly by the seat of yr pants and save the day. The SG1 team disobeyed orders continuously and recevied medals for it. I don't see SGA being any different. Teyla telling Ronan go ahead, as needed, to disobey an order isn't an alien conspiracy, it's a continuation of all the past Stargate stories.
Stargate reflects society in this sense in the past 30 years. Do you follow a stupid order to everyone's ultimate doom, or do you go your own way. A lot of the movie hero sterotypes over the the past 30 years are the the anti-hero, Shep personifies this and it looks like Ronan will over the course of the year.
This is a major theme with my generation, or you could say Jack's generation, remember when he said "I've spent my whole career trying to screw "the man" now I am the Man". All of this is reflected in the Stargate world, how does Jack's generation deal with the fact that they are the establishment now and how do they expect younger people to follow orders when it was so difficult for them to.
I'm sure the former Lt Calley (sp) is still pondering this question today.
Back to the show, this type of scenario makes for good tension though and that is what SGA is all about. There will be lots of disobeying of the TPTB orders throughout the season, looks like, and it will ultimately save the day.
I didn't feel to sorry for Elia at the end when.Spoiler:
Thought it was funny when Shep slapped McKay upside the head. I would have done the same at that point, he needs to be slapped upside the head every once in a while.
I thought Teyla and McKay discussion was interesting also, haven't seen them interact too much over the past year.