So this season 9 premiere also signifies the start of a whole new era, with new characters and stories.
Well, to be honest this episode was not really convincing IMO. It had some pretty dull moments and well....it did not grow on me.
Mitchell comes to join the SG1. It`s difficult not to think of him as the direct replacement for O'Neill. At times, Mitchell tries to be funny ala O'Neill....that ain`t working. Richard Dean Anderson is irreplaceable...that`s a fact. And it was great to see O'Neill appear in that episode. However Mitchell is still likable but it should take a couple of episodes to grow on me. And good they make a background story on his involvement with the Stargate program before and not just bring him like that.
However Vala is fun but the New general.....euh well nothing special about him.
Its a tough challenge to continue without Richard Dean Anderson...much character development in it and the story was not the most captivating one but still, it was not bad.
There`s room for much improvement here. There`s lot of changes and it will take time to settle. Maybe a less drastic transition would have been better.