by Paul Spragg
The arrival from Chulak of Shan'auc, a woman from Teal'c's past,
leads to a revelation that it may be possible to communicate with
a Goa'uld larva and convert them to the way of good.
This is turning into a very disappointing year, because somewhere
between seasons the action content of Stargate SG-1 seems
to have vanished. Like the last two episodes, it's biggest failing
is a complete inability to make any noticeable story progress for
at least half an hour. By the time anything does occur, the viewer
has long since worked out what it's going to be and there's hardly
any time left for it to happen.
There's a good guest cast involved with "Crossroads,"
with sci-fi veterans Vanessa Angel, Musetta Vander and Peter
Wingfield all putting in appearances. However, they barely register
as characters. Shan'auc's past with Teal'c is touched on but never
fully explained, Angel's Anise is still stand-offish and unlikeable
after her first appearance last episode, and Wingfield hardly appears.
Teal'c's desire to leave is clearly never going to happen, the
requisite deaths occur, and SG-1 have little to do except complain
that the Tok'ra never tell them anything. Maybe this is all building
to some major event, but at the moment it seems as if the writers
are content to run on the spot.