Forgive me folks, but I (Raul) am gong to start out on a soapbox here. Adrienne Barbeau is one of the single biggest reasons that I’ve come to hate the old TV show, Maude. I’ve long believed that show helped pigeon-hole her with her looks. Perhaps it was just the era of the 1970’s stereotyping. Regardless, while she is beautiful, she is also an excellent actress. Her acting chops really shine in this weeks episode because her performance makes the show.
A Spider in the Web gives a a lot of insight into the complex politics of the Earth-Mars relationship. We’ve been hearing a lot about it, but not we learn much more. It also seems that there are some much deeper shenanigans with the Psi Corp that we have dreamed thus far.
Sleeper ship. Off course and she’s out for decades. Stowaway aliens. Nope, this isn’t Ripley and there isn’t Jones the cat, either. So it must be an opportunity for Franklin to take advantage of a damsel-in-distress patient.
On the more serious side, though, we can add a prophet of doom and some serious thoughts about PTSD and what it does to our service men. We also get some corroboration of a new enemy from a surprising place.
And I will add an oops to the “Aha!” If you see this downloading a second time, Mr. Fumblefingers (Raul) had the wrong link for the media. I have corrected it on this re-issue. Please forgive me.
Ok. We’ve had “Crunchy.” Now we have “Stinky.” And, no, you can’t blame Raul for it this time.
Between the – quite beautiful – Explorer class ship and its only appearance in the series, to Franklin’s dietary meddling with the command staff this episode seems like an entertaining and fun stand-alone episode. And in many ways it is. However, this is also an important “arc” episode as well. We begin seeing more of what may be floating around hyperspace and it is not pretty. The mystery of these shadow vessels expands, Delta squadron gets a shake up, and we get more background on Captain Sheridan.
Oh, and does anybody have a good recipe for Bagna Cauda? It’s a heart attack in a bowl, but we’ve got to try it…