[S8E19] Time Travelers
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\"Moebius\" is about the discovery of a Zero Point Module (ZPM) by SG-1, the only problem is that it was taken by Ra after the Earth revolt more than five thousand years ago. The team decides to travel back in time to get the ZPM and leave without changing history (based on the fact that Ra and company were most likely unaware of the ZPM's purpose), but they are unable to travel back to present time so they record a video for the United States government to find. In the alternate timeline, the government find the tape and subsequently the Stargate in Antarctica and decide to establish the Stargate Program but not to restore the original timeline.
Samantha \"Sam\" Carter reveals the existence of the Daedalus: a new Earth-built battlecruiser which is capable of reaching the Pegasus Galaxy and is larger and more advanced than the Prometheus. Daniel Jackson learns of Catherine Langford's death and, after her funeral, receives Catherine's collection of documents and artifacts relating to the Stargate program. From one book in the collection, Daniel learns of the former location of a Zero Point Module (ZPM) in Ancient Egypt. Daniel and Carter persuade Jack O'Neill to use the time travel capabilities of the Puddle Jumper they found to travel back and take the ZPM, assuming that Ra never knew of its purpose.
Once they arrive in 3000 B.C., they join in an offering to Ra and witness his cold-blooded murder of an Egyptian making the offering. Teal'c disguises himself as a Horus Jaffa and retrieves the ZPM from Ra's treasury. However, Ra's Jaffa discover the cloaked Jumper after a sandstorm covers it in sand. Unwilling to upset the future by fighting the Jaffa to get the Jumper back, SG-1 decides to live out the rest of their lives in the past, knowing that the rebellion that overthrew Ra will eventually happen. However, an alternate timeline is created in which the Stargate was never discovered and everything SG-1 have done for the last eight years never happened.
In this timeline, alternate Daniel is teaching English as a second language, alternate Carter spends her time double-checking other scientists' work, alternate O'Neill is retired from the military and alternate Teal'c is still the First Prime of Apophis. Alternate Daniel and alternate Carter are contacted by the Air Force and brought to Cheyenne Mountain.
At Cheyenne Mountain, George Hammond informs alternate Carter and alternate Daniel that archaeologists found a video camera in a vacuum-sealed canopic jar at a dig in Giza. The video contains a recording of the original SG-1, explaining who they are and what they were doing, as well as a number of things that are true in their timeline, such as recent political events, Presidents and personal details. Their plan is that if things have changed in the future, then SG-1's alternative selves will travel back in time and fix the past.
On Chulak, SG-1 are caught by Jaffa loyal to Apophis and imprisoned. Alternate Teal'c defects to their cause and helps them escape but alternate Daniel was made a Goa'uld spy by Apophis and is killed by Teal'c. They escape in the Puddle Jumper, but are chased and damaged by Death Gliders. Unaware of the jumper's cloaking capacity, they believe that only way they can survive is to time-travel. They travel back to 3000 B.C. and use the Stargate to pass from Chulak to Ancient Egypt where the original versions of SG-1 were stranded and where Ra is still alive and ruling.
The original SG-1 attempted the rebellion because O'Neill and Teal'c did not want to stay and O'Neill, Carter and Teal'c were killed when it failed. Daniel, the only survivor, meets with alternate Carter, alternate O'Neill and alternate Teal'c. He has not yet made the tablet detailing the second successful rebellion attempt because it hasn't happened yet. This means that his current plans with the underground of the local populace are destined to succeed. However, they lead to the Stargate being removed from Earth by Ra. The plan is to instigate the rebellion, thus diverting Ra's attention, and secure the Stargate to where it was originally buried, allowing the original timeline to evolve as it did.
The original SG-1 of the present day receive the videotape and the ZPM left for them a few weeks before they were to go back in time. As the timeline has been restored, they have no reason to go back in time, and they've gained a ZPM free of charge. The episode ends with SG-1 at O'Neill's cabin, fishing, in a scene identical to the end of \"Threads\", except there are now fish in Jack's pond.
O'Neill's last line in \"Moebius\", \"Close enough\" is a homage to The Simpsons episode \"Treehouse of Horror V\" that involves Homer Simpson time traveling and unintentionally making numerous changes to history; upon returning to a timeline where his family has snake tongues but everything else is otherwise normal, he says \"eh, close enough\". In the same SG-1 episode, the name of O'Neill's boat is \"Homer\". This is one of several references to The Simpsons on Stargate SG-1, all centered around O'Neill. (However, Carter's line \"I keep thinking I'm gonna step on a bug and change the future,\" may be taken as a reference to The Simpsons, as Homer's stepping on a bug is what caused the changes in his universe. Alternatively, this line could be a reference to Ray Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder, the original science fiction story that involved changes in a timeline caused by stepping on an insect, which influenced the Simpsons episode.) Incidentally, in the brief shot of O'Neill boat showing the name, the font used is the same font used extensively in The Simpsons.
Meanwhile, Marshall is frustrated that Lily is consistently called in by The Captain when they try to spend some time together. He gets help from Ted for looking after Marvin, who also fills in for Lily in singing Marvin his lullaby. When Lily calls Marshall to cancel the plans of an evening they had, Marshall is infuriated. Ted suggests that they watch Woodworthy Manor, a British historical soap opera, to get Marshall's mind off this. Marshall resists as the show is something he and Lily watch together, but eventually gives in.
At the bar, Lily and Marshall make up when Lily refuses to track down yet another painting for the Captain. Ted laments when he sees Lily and Marshall and Barney and Robin are back to being happy and wonders when he'll find something real. The woman he made out with before at the open house shows up, offering to show him what it's like being with a woman for the first time, still under the impression that he's gay. Barney is filled with pride as he calls Ted \"son\" and pulls him into a fatherly embrace.
Nonetheless, all this debate, disappointment and anger has dredged up the age-old debate surrounding the worst TV endings of all time. The feeling of crushing disappointment after spending years (often over a decade or more) committing to a series and its characters is an all too familiar one.
Forgive the zoom blips this week, we had to edit off of one track, old school. This week we deal with being caught in the middle of public school discourse on respecting other cultures and holidays and the (sometimes overwhelming) hegemony of Christmas, along with the public expectation of holiday concerts.
She's not sure when it started, the pull that losing him creates. She should be sure. She's a scientist after all, and she should have noted the time and date she first felt the force acting upon her.
Sam and Bobby, having exited Hell, travel through Purgatory, look for the landing spot where Sam arrived with Ajay. Sam explains the trials to Bobby as they go, and Bobby tells Sam that if the boys can figure out a way to bring him back, he's ready and willing to get into the fight again. Sam is distressed to realize that Ajay has not showed up at the agreed time and place.
Just before Sam and Bobby are attacked by a trio of monsters in Purgatory, Sam admits to Bobby that Dean had spent a year there in Purgatory, and that Sam had not looked for Dean during that whole time. Bobby berates Sam for abandoning Dean. As Sam and Bobby are attacked, Benny appears out of nowhere and helps them fight off the monsters. Bobby assumes that Benny is also a monster, and Sam moves in to save Benny before Bobby can kill him.
This eighth season of The Flash has had a bit of an identity crisis. There are times when it appears that this particular season is a bit of a passing of the torch. There was even one episode where The Flash was entirely about Barry and Iris's kids. On the other hand, there have definitely been episodes where it appeared the focus was heading back to a territory where the Flash was at its absolute best. Sometimes the show can hop between those two focuses in the span of one episode.
To be clear, this time around, there was just a little bit of the passing of the torch to open the show. However, it was clear that this was really just about trying to set the stakes. The problem is that the show has bounced around so much and tried to tell the audience what was important and what wasn't so often that it's hard to know just what the stakes are and what viewers are supposed to care about at this point. Even when there was one moment in the show that was clearly supposed to elicit emotion, the series had a big problem in that it made it very clear that The Flash was working towards this all the time. Even when that moment came and there should have been a gasp and some real shock, it just felt as though it was something that was going to happen in some form all along.
It's true that The Flash is always at its best when the bad guys are really and truly tough to beat. There have been some times when it seemed like the show was pitting the gang against a toughie. Only to have that villain fall very, very short. At least this episode introduced a couple of different bad guys and bad girls that were indeed a real match for Flash and the crew. There is a question of too little and t