Stargate SG-1: Shades of Grey is one of the best episodes in the entire series run of this ten-year series. It is full of drama, poignancy, and suspense. I can’t say enough positive things about it. It’s terrific.
At the core of the story is Jack O’Neill’s assumed frustration at Earth not doing what is necessary to win the war with the Goa’uld. After pressing the issue in a very surprising way, he resigns once again from the Air Force.
There is so much going on here, but at the heart of it is Jack’s relationship with Daniel. There is a scene at Jack’s house between the two that just rips my heart out. I swear, every time I see it and it ends, I can’t help myself. I say out loud, “You just broke his heart.” Seriously, I don’t intend to think or say it, but it happens every single time.
Daniel gets his revenge, of sorts, at the end of the hour. I won’t spoil what is said, but it’s really clear that it’s his comeback, and it’s priceless. It leaves Jack absolutely speechless.
I love the tie-in to the Touchstone episode, as well as some very subtle moments. Jack in his backyard listening to opera says so much. Then there’s Daniel, in the corner, arms folded, watching as Jack leaves through the Gate, supposedly for good. Ah, what intensity.