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STARGATE SG-1 – Season Three
17: A Hundred Days • Written by Brad Wright
Directed by David Warry-Smith • Showtime, February 4 2000
4-star rating (recommended)
Episodes 14 – 17 reviewed in this issue

The team visits a planet where a shower of asteroids is nearing a village. During an evacuation, O’Neill is left behind, and it may be impossible to bring him home.

When one of the locals reports that there’s nothing more to her people than what can be clearly seen, it looks as if it could be a rather uninteresting episode. After all, without some dark secret, what could happen to retain the interest of the viewer? The answer is: a touching story about O’Neill, in which he is forced to confront the possibility that he’ll live out his life on this alien world.

Richard Dean Anderson gives a sensitive portrayal of O’Neill, communicating much with his facial expressions about the loss he feels and how every time he starts to feel at home, something reminds him of what he’s lost. Although it would have been good to see some of the events during the three months O’Neill is stranded, it does allow time for him to convincingly develop feelings for one of the inhabitants rather than it happening overnight.

Everything has been carefully thought through by the writers, and Teal’c’s rescue attempt is clever while remaining relatively simplistic. The last scene is particularly good, as we see that O’Neill has unknowingly left a legacy behind, particularly moving considering his past history.

Paul Spragg

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This Winter, our STRANGE TRANSMISSIONS review section has been covering the new seasons of: Buffy the Vampire Slayer • Earth: Final Conflict • Xena: Warrior Princess • The Pretender • Charmed • The X–Files • Seven Days • Stargate SG-1 plus the début seasons of Angel • Roswell • Now and Again • GvsE, not forgetting all the latest fantastic films... In this issue, we review Scream 3 and Pitch Black

CHARMED – Season Two
10: Heartbreak City • Written by David Simkins
Directed by Michael Zinberg • WB January 20 2000
3-star rating (good)
Episodes 09 – 12 reviewed in this issue

In something of a re-tread of last year’s Love Hurts, a powerful being approaches the girls for help after being robbed of his abilities by his opposite number.

Romantic havoc in CharmedThis time, the battle is closer to home: the being is Cupid, and if he’s killed then Piper and Prue can say goodbye to their latest relationships. Heartbreak City proves to be the ‘soapiest’ episode so far, with a lot of scenes devoted to simply sitting around with girlfriends and boyfriends: it’s not just Phoebe who is made to feel like a spare wheel, with the audience too watching like OJ on Valentine’s Day.

However, as the solution to the problem lies with Phoebe, then Alyssa Milano finally gets a strong episode with a very well- judged performance not relying too much on the kooky chic of past stories.

GvsE’s Clayton Rohner turns up as the villainous Drazi, and has fun wandering around looking like Arnie in End of Days, creating romantic havoc amongst the couples Cupid has brought together. However, all the other males are – as usual in Charmed – completely interchangable and unremarkable: you do begin to worry about the imagination of the show’s casting agent. One suspects that when they want another male character, they nip around to the Diet Coke auditions and kidnap the last person in the queue.

Ian Atkins

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