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|STARGATE SG-1 Season Three|
|17: A Hundred Days Written by
Directed by David Warry-Smith Showtime, February 4 2000
|Episodes 14 17 reviewed in this issue|
The team visits a planet where a shower of asteroids is nearing a village. During an evacuation, ONeill is left behind, and it may be impossible to bring him home.
When one of the locals reports that theres 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 ONeill, in which he is forced to confront the possibility that hell live out his life on this alien world.
Richard Dean Anderson gives a sensitive portrayal of ONeill, 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 hes lost. Although it would have been good to see some of the events during the three months ONeill 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 Tealcs rescue attempt is clever while remaining relatively simplistic. The last scene is particularly good, as we see that ONeill has unknowingly left a legacy behind, particularly moving considering his past history.
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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 XFiles 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
Directed by Michael Zinberg WB January 20 2000
|Episodes 09 12 reviewed in this issue|
In something of a re-tread of last years Love Hurts, a powerful being approaches the girls for help after being robbed of his abilities by his opposite number.
This time, the battle is closer to home: the being is Cupid, and if hes 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: its not just Phoebe who is made to feel like a spare wheel, with the audience too watching like OJ on Valentines 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.
GvsEs 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 shows 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.
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