The city is another character, and I love episodes that make its inhabitants explore it more. I see some mixed responses to this episode, but I really like it for the most part.
This is the first time we see a serious fight between Weir and Sheppard, and I think it finally highlights how different the command dynamic is between them and those in a military operation back at the SGC. Even O'Neill wasn't this argumentative; he didn't act like he could walk all over Hammond whenever he disagreed with a decision. As much as I want to yell at Sheppard, I enjoy the heightened tension. I only wish that he'd regretted humiliating Elizabeth, but then, I guess that's his character. At least for now.
On another note, one thing that's been nagging at me since the beginning of the season is how McKay seems to wave off Carson and his medical expertise as if he knows little to nothing. Actually, it might have less to do with McKay and more to do with how Carson is written and/or portrayed. In Thirty-Eight Minutes, Carson prefaces a "stupid question" by saying he's only a medical doctor, and his reaction to Grodin's clear answer is a look of utter confusion, signaling to Weir that she has to clarify for him. There's also been at least one line about Carson being only a medical doctor, as opposed to a scientist.
I get that certain characters function to ask the questions that the audience is thinking of (like O'Neill), but why the medical doctor? In this episode, McKay seems to have a better working knowledge of the brain than Carson, and he continually dismisses all of Carson's answers, which honestly seem too conveniently simple or short-sighted for someone in his position to come up with.
Heck, listening to the commentary for this episode, even Martin Gero (I think) admitted that McKay knew a lot about different subjects - more than he probably should, given his specific expertise. McKay says, "I'm no M.D.," to which Rainbow responds in the commentary, "Sure sounds like an M.D." Martin and Rainbow jokingly say that it's "really terrifying how much knowledge McKay has about every subject," and Martin says that it's difficult to write a genius character... etc.
I mean... Why couldn't Carson have noticed the anomaly that everyone's visions were the same? Why was McKay the one to explain how normal hallucinations worked? It just felt very odd. At this point, I almost feel like McKay is being written to have enough knowledge to be the base's CMO if he can 'outdo' Carson like this.
Perhaps it *does* have more to do with McKay and the need to make him smarter than everyone else in the show.
Oh, well. We won't have to deal with Carson's incompetence for long. Just a few more seasons...