Previous episodes have felt like transparent homages (or blatant ripoffs) of other shows or popular genre plot devices, so itâs no surprise that âSGAâ finally comes around to its inevitable âzombieâ installment. In fact, right from the beginning, this felt like âStargate: Resident Evilâ, right down to the high female population.
Iâll be honest; I find the zombie-esque subgenre to be rather boring in most cases. The plot is always the same, and it all comes down to the quality of execution. Right now, of course, zombies are all the rage, so why wouldnât the Stargate producers want to throw their brainpans in the ring? The benefit of the current status quo is that the zombie concept was easily tied to Michaelâs genetic experiments. Since I actually like the Michael plot thread when it appears, I was intrigued.
I was a bit annoyed at first when I noticed that Sheppard and Beckett were the only regulars. Instead, the supporting cast was populated by an all-female team. How remarkably convenient that the team to be victimized in the âhorrorâ episode is, sure enough, a quartet of hot young women. Not that Iâm complaining, but it does seem to fit into the tropes of the zombie genre just a bit too snugly!
Even so, I liked the interplay between Beckett and Porter. Itâs always a treat to see Nicole de Boer on my screen, and Iâve missed her since âThe Dead Zoneâ ended. I wonder if sheâll reappear with Beckett in the future. I also liked Dustyâs relative disdain for their attraction. It may have been an inside joke; Janina Gavankar played a role on âThe L Wordâ. (Yes, itâs probably reading into things, but itâs more fun that way!)
Visually, I thought the premise was sold well, especially after remembering the showâs budget is smaller than it used to be. I liked the creature design, and the mood was well-maintained throughout the episode. Considering the fact that Iâm usually not entertained by zombie stories, I was surprised to find this episode enjoyable. Itâs nothing more than derivative, but I suppose that made it easy to sit back and enjoy it.