I think they dumped the Gou'ld too fast. Actually, just too many changes at once. Anderson becoming, at most, a bit player. Hammond gone, I loved that guy.
I like the new Col character, but that new girl I'm not too kean on. I never did watch that Farscape show, but apparently many loved it. heh
Again Vala will only be a recuring character, she is not a regular. When Carter rejoins SG-1 Vala will be gone, she never actually is on SG-1. Personally I really like her, she is funny and a good character, it helos that she is really easy on the eyes too.
Mitchell is great, he reminds me a bit of O'Neill but he is his own character not just and O'Neill clone to replace RDA.
The Goa'uld had their time, they were the main badies for 8 years and a movie, so in the Stargate universe 9 years. They aren't completely defeated, Baal will be in a couple episodes this year and there will always be some Goa'uld left, they will have to nfind new ways to gain power though. It should make them really interesting. Anderson is now the head of Homeworld Security, which was a natural step up once they thought the Goa'uld were defeated. It is sad to Hammond moved out of the position, I'm not sure where he goes, but he will make an appearance this year as well. And RDA is leaving for good reasons, so I have no problem with that.
The writing is showing no signs of deterioration either. The Ori are excellent badies. It stands to reason that not all the ancients are good guys, and the same could be said about the Asgard. I think this was an excellent choice and it will be cool to learn more about the ancients, Alterrans, or Atlantians, whatever you like to call them.
This is the first season in a long time where they aren't ready to end the show at the end of the season. Since season 5 they have thought they were on their last year and were going to be cancelled. Every year they were ready to end it with a big finalle followed by a second movie, and every year Sci-Fi has renewed them. The writers said enough is enough and they finally have the freedom to do almost whateve3r they want. It sure helps they got a bigger budget, they have had some really cool sets this year.
The free Jaffa are going to be interesting, something really cool happens to Gerak, I won't say but I really want to. It should be another great year on Sci-Fi friday, esspecially with Firefly on too.
Matt, I'll have to come over and watch some Galactica sometime soon.