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Retro Recaps: V The Final Battle (Part 1)

Part 1 – The human resistance plans and executes an operation that exposes the true lizard faces of the Visitors.

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 Season 3 Review

Stargate SG-1 season 3 continues the momentum of season 2 by solving a couple main plot events and showing the evolution of Stargate Command’s involvement in intergalactic affairs. There is also some development between team members of SG-1, particularly with Jackson/O’Neill but Teal’c gets closer with Carter and Jackson. The season ends with another cliffhanger involving a destroyed Asgardian ship and a new enemy. Let’s take a bigger look at season 3, shall we?

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 – “Nemesis”

Season 3 Episode 22 – SG-1 sans Jackson are beamed aboard Thor’s spaceship the Billiskner to help destroy a new enemy called Replicators.

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 – “Crystal Skull”

Season 3 Episode 21 – SG-1 finds a crystal skull inside a giant Mayan pyramid. Jackson disappears so SG-1 turns to Jackson’s grandfather for help.

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 – “Maternal Instinct”

Season 3 Episode 20 – SG-1 locates Kheb, the Harcesis child of Amonet and Apophos, and a zen garden that houses a mysterious being of light called Mother Nature.

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 – “New Ground”

Season 3 Episode 19 – SG-1 arrives on a planet in a religious dispute over the origins of humanity. Of course, SG-1 disproves one of the dominant theories of the planet.

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 – “Shades of Grey”

Season 3 Episode 18 – Colonel O’Neill breaks character for some insubordination and discovers a rogue NID team off-world.

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 – “A Hundred Days”

Season 3 Episode 17 – Colonel O’Neill starts a new life on another planet after he is stranded from a meteor impact event.

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 – “Pretense”

Season 3 Episode 15: The Tollans ask SG-1 for help in determining the fate of Klorel/Ska’ra who crash landed on their planet.

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 – “Jolinar’s Memories”/”The Devil You Know”

Season 3 Episodes 12 and 13 – SG-1 literally goes to Hell, also known as the planet Netu.

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Retro Recaps: Stargate SG-1 – “Past and Present”

Season 3 Episode 11 – SG-1 finds a planet that recently experienced a mass-amnesia disaster and Jackson starts freely exploring his romantic options as a bachelor.

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The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

You ever watch a movie from the Vietnam era? There’s this lingering feeling prominent at the beginning that the narrative will set you up to feel for this batch of characters and then kill most of them in super brutal ways. There will be gore, and you won’t be surprised at the presence of the gore, but the gore will still surprise you when it shrieks out of the brush in all its naked glory.

This was my first impression of The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Written in 1974, the novel went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards. The novel tells the story of William Mandella, a physics graduate drafted to fight an interstellar war against the Taurans, an alien race suspected of destroying several spaceships carrying human colonists. I went into this story knowing it was a commentary on the Vietnam War. What I didn’t expect was it’s accessibility to someone who did not live through the Vietnam era (such as myself) and the feminism featured therein. Spoilers ahead.

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The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin

Synopsis: Three hundred years ago, eccentric billionaire Justin Cord froze himself in hopes of being revived in a different world. When he’s awoken, he finds himself in a society where individuals are incorporated, buying and selling shares of family and friends and people of interest. Despite the benefits touted by his revivalist, Justin is uneasy about incorporating himself, and that decision is enough to change the world.

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