#21 Stargate SG1, Season 8 Episode 5, "Icon"
Great Opener! The Stargate on planet Tegalus is in a museum and just as the guide is doing his boring, memorized schpiel, the gate goes Whooooosh!! and the tourists aren't sure whether to snap pictures or run for their lives! The unexpected activation ends up causing a civil war , with Daniel caught in the middle, and a religious fanatic takes over the government and thus, the Stargate. I thought it was cool that Danel speaks Goa'uld to communicate with Teal'c and..you knew this was coming...save the day.
Rating: 3 of 5 I like SG1 but this episode really shows how SG1 so often goes into an unsuspecting world, causes problems, and then just leaves the inhabitants to clean up the mess. I don't call that heroic.
#22 The X Files Season 6, Episode 8 , "The Rain King"
A small town in Kansas is besieged by extreme weather. An obnoxious, alcoholic yokel (you know, the Townie Jock from high school, the guy who is now bald and pot-bellied but still thinks he's All That), shows up at drought-parched farms and makes it rain. The result being that he prospers while everyone else barely ekes out a living, and naturally the mayor calls Scully and Mulder. A cow literally falls through the ceiling of Mulder's motel room, and our favorite feds crash a hilarious 70's-style high school reunion before..naturally....saving the day.
Rating: 4 of 5
#23 Dark Angel, Season 2 Episode 1, "Designate This"
Rumors of Max's death were slightly exaggerated. She's out, and looking for revenge. Nana Visitor is so deliciously evil but unfortunately, doesn't make it through this episode. Her loss is more than made up for by Jensen Ackles (a.k.a. Dean Winchester, mrrrrrowwwwwr!!! without a shirt on, no less!!) and the talented andvery very tall Kevin Durand as Joshua the Dog-Faced Boy. I didn't recognize Mr. Durand, but he was that scary paramilitary guy Keemy from Lost. Totally unrecognizable with the canine makeup job and shaggy wig.
Rating: 4.5 of 5...not perfect because I think their plot device of using a retrovirus to keep Max and Logan from touching is kinda contrived and cheesy
#24 Dark Angel, Season 2 Episode 2, "Bag 'Em"
Max is out to rescue all the manticore escapees because she feels responsible for letting them loose (which she is). Viewer discretion advised if, like me, you have a hard time watching little kids get shot ...the baddies are that sort of bad here. The new Evil Head Honcho is called White. He's evil, all right, but I miss Nana Visitor!
Rating: 4 of 5