Time for my critique of Babylon:
SierraGulf1's Episode Evaluation of "9.08: Babylon"
I'll start by saying that while it wasn't a great episode, it was not horrid as some people say it was. I enjoyed seeing some action from Mitchell and while a tad on the boring side, I didn't find it hard to watch. I was kind of saddened that we haven't really seen the team work together yet, though I'm crossing my fingers for The Fourth Horseman, since it is a big episode that will requrie the team. Unfortunately, looks like they're separated in that one too, though.
The Prior didn't get to do much except stand around and look freakish, but we'll be seeing him later on.
I'm not really seeing the team care for each other. Earlier on on Stargate they felt unified, which is why I'd come to love the show. They just seem too apart. No Sam in episodes 1-5, and Teal'c and Mitchell were also shoved into the background. Beachhead had them working togetherish, but not really communicating. Ex Deus had them split up, and so did Babylon. Prototype is looking the same way. While I'm liking each episode as a story, and I'm liking all of the characters, I'm not seeing these characters interact any longer. Sam, Teal'c, and Daniel have had time to develop, as did Landry, and tonight Mitchell, but I'm not seeing them interact. Daniel, Sam, and Teal'c have been through a lot, where's the love? By the way, I'm just stating this now, nothing against this episode in paticular.
That's my only beef with season nine. As I said, the episodes as episodes are great. Speaking of characters, my usual character evaluation:
Mitchell finally got some character development, which I like. I think it may be a bit to early to be speaking lightly of Teal'c to his face, but I think Teal'c can bear with it. I like that he's determined to fight despite the fact that all seems lost, which is a character trait that is emphasized a lot with Mitchell. He seems insightful and sometimes more "deep" than he lets on when he's with SG-1. I kind of liked him in this episode.
Carter... Did Amanda Tapping get lost? We missed her enough in the first five.
Daniel still seems bitter over missing his ride to Atlantis. Ever since Beachhead Daniel has seemed a bit off to me. I'm hoping next week he'll be more Daniel. I'm hoping next week the team will be more of a team, too. Blargh.
Teal'c was noble and good, not much changed with him. I liked him, but there's just not much to say about him this time.
Landry is like Teal'c. Didn't hate him in this ep or anything, there just wasn't much Landry to see.
I like the Sodan plotline. I hope (and know due to spoilers) that we'll see more of them, I just hope the episode is a little more exciting.
I understand this review seemed a little negative, but that one minor detail has been off this season so far and I had to get that out. I still like the show and I'm hyped for next week's back-to-back, especially The Fourth Horseman.
I'm afraid Atlantis was a tad bit more exciting tonight, though, so here's how the episodes stand in my mind, best to worst (keep in mind I liked them all):
Avalon Part 2
The Powers That Be
Avalon Part 1
Deus Ex Machina
The Ties That Bind