Two major genre publications, SFX (UK) and Starburst Magazine (US/UK/Europe, celebrating its 30th anniversay this year!), have published reviews of “Sunday” in their latest issues, and it’s fair to say the editors were not impressed with how Carson Beckett was disposed of, or the loss of the character period, mirroring fan reaction worldwide.
By Leah Holmes
One Line Tag: ‘The one where: They Kill Beckett. The Bastards.’
We were inundated with letters from fans protesting about Beckett’s death and I have to say I agree with them. Killing him off was bad enough, but death by exploding tumour? How did anyone think that would be a good idea? It just doesn’t fit with the genuinely poignant farewell scenes at the end (yes I cried). Surely they could have come up with something better? It’s not a great episode anyway, but this just makes it worse.
2 1/2 stars out of 5
By Paul Spragg
After time spent trying to make the team more close-knit over the season, it’s paying off well here, with scenes between Teyla and Weir, Ronon and Sheppard and McKay and Beckett that really do feel honest and like these people are really friends with each other. But that’s about the only positive, as it reveals Beckett to be the most developed and fun to be around of them all, exactly the one who’d be last on your list if you were a writer looking for someone to kill off in a shock way. Or so you might think.
There are other downsides: Weir’s prospective boyfriend is such a smug, slimy git that she should be punching him not kissing him, and after all the lesson’s Rodney’s learnt about his brittle, unfeeling nature, why is he still utterly failing to put them into practice and become a better person? It’s as though the writers have gone as far as they want to with the character and development stopped.
Then there’s Carson’s death. Ripped off from last season’s Grey’s Anatomy, it’s overplayed, unconvincing and wholly unneccessary, with Beckett making a stupid decision that gets him killed. And don’t get me started on the godawful babpipes, mixed with the sound of the stargate dialling to make the whole experience worse. The Wrath of Khan it ain’t.