Truer words were never said before regarding this episode and the current state of Stargate SG-1. When the season started off, it was full of potential, as this was the big season where it would break the X-Files record, and though early episodes weren't amazing, they were still pretty good quality. And then came along "200" and it was a perfect episode, filled with everything that has made Stargate SG-1 such a fan favorite to this day. But then an episode like this one comes along, and makes you reevaluate everything.
After the Odyssey falls into a Lucian Alliance mine field trap, the remaining SG-1 members (Daniel, Teal'c, Mitchell, and Vala) head out to save the Odyssey and Carter, but along the way Vala and Daniel fall into a trap, and Mitchell finds himself inserting himself into the Lucian Alliance, posing as a member, to learn the whereabouts of Carter and the crew.
To get the few good points out of the way, it was surprising to see the Lucian Alliance kill off Paul Emerson, the Odyssey captain, but even then there was no more revere for the villains than there ever was. Another quality moment of the episode was when Vala beamed the Lucian Alliance member outside the ship, and he hit the glass of the ship like a bug when you're going down the freeway (very funny moment). Otherwise, eh, not so much with the good.
The biggest problem with the episode is that it just wasn't that interesting, because nobody cares about the Lucian Alliance; especially seeing their politics, which happened quite a bit through both visuals and dialogue throughout this episode. You see, as this season stands (and to put the comparison in an even geekier way by using the X-Men franchise), the Ori are like Magneto, as they are the villain you can't wait to see square off against SG-1. The Goa'uld are like Apocalypse, where they can have their moments, but are generally misused more often than not, hence why they aren't around much. Meanwhile, the Lucian Alliance are like Toad, who are best left to the background or serving as an underling to some master. The writers certainly tried to give weight to the Lucian Alliance this episode by killing Emerson and having the SG-1 team say how they are at war with them, but there is no moment of "OMG! We are doomed!" The Lucian Alliance simply isn't a threat to even care about. There just wasn't anything to care about this episode, especially Emerson's death, because viewers have never really seen this man beyond the capacity seen in this episode, which is him sitting in a chair and barking out orders; who cares about a cardboard character? The rest of the regulars were generally misused as well (Teal'c captured and being tortured again…really?) to a point where there was a detachment not usually associated with a SG-1 episode, where it wasn't as if you were along for the ride, but rather watching a rather dull press conference being carried on CNN; something important might be talked about, but why watch someone speak for a half an hour when you can get the gist in the two-minute recap afterwards? If you missed the episode, consider this review your two-minute recap, and thank your lucky stars something pulled you away from the SCI FI Channel during this particular hour.
I should have said this on my last SG-1 reveiw why are you wasting time on this crap. Come on guys you have 11 epidoes left and their wasting it on some thing that has absolutely nothing to do with the Ori in the last episode and now you stray to the Lucian Allaince.