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Ark of Truth

by on Mar.26, 2008, under SciFi

I wasn’t impressed with the SG1 franchise’s first direct-to-DVD endeavor. I would say The Ark of Truth easily makes the bottom third of SG1 two-parters. Instead of ratcheting up quality or plot, everything became more extreme and intense. Mitchell’s lines were more O’Neill-like than ever. Mitchell and the IOA guy were both acting way over-the-top, in a bad way. There was some of the good in SG1 as well, in that some of the issues they had on the ship were of the “let’s rethink this” variety instead of the standard Trek plot of “our first idea is great and has no problems whatsoever.” But really…

  • Double-sided Asguard crystals? I’m pretty sure they’d come with a double-sided crystal reader.
  • First Contact ripoff? Let’s beam back to the ship because the Repliborg are here, but leave the away team unsupported on the surface because they have the important work to do. And let’s have replicators assimilate people instead of just building them.
  • Why did we spend minutes watching Teal’c walk across the Rockies? I mean, he doesn’t have much else to do, but it still seems unnecessary.

The utter destruction of the Ori makes it worthwhile, provided they don’t spend the next movie focusing on the political reconstruction of the ex-Ori universe like they did with the Jaffa. Seriously, I wouldn’t put it past them.

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The names have been changed to protect the… innocent

by on Mar.24, 2008, under Happenings, Networking

So, at work today we received two boxes from Vendor C shipped via Vendor U that contained identical parts. It was immediately observed that the one box was far heavier than it should have been. Perhaps they shipped both of the items in the one box, and manuals and such in the other? Stranger things have happened. And, well, had. Both boxes contained what they were meant to. The heavier one had a plastic-wrapped white object in the bottom that looked like shrink-wrapped documentation – at least, until you tried to move it. It had a Vendor U shipping label indicating a weight of 37lbs and was about a foot square and an inch thick. Apparently this piece of solid steel encountered the Vendor C box and penetrated it during shipment (judging from the correctly sized hole in the side of the box, noticed afterwards). Vendor U is sending someone to pick up the stowaway package, and the Vendor C gear looks to be undamaged. Still. Weird.

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