Yeah, yeah, I know after Gateworld publicaly retracted the statement about the Kindred Carson not being a clone I should have been prepared for this... but still. I was willing to accept the world's most intricate kidnapping plot, I mean sure, I would have ridiculed it a little, but if we got Carson back I would've done my best to overlook it.
But this isn't Carson.
I mean it is, but it isn't.
First off, he was wearing blue, which should not have made my eye twitch, but oh, it did. I'm petty like that.
But I think what annoys me the most, other than the fact that we were promised 100% Carson (a statement I'm going to find for my own peace of mind), is that this means Carson really died. He's dead. He really died because of a stupid exploding tumor, and damn it, that stings. And this clone, he's Carson, he really is in that he walks, talks, and quacks like a duck, has all of the same reactions... but I still feel cheated. I would've felt bad that Season 3 Carson wasn't real, but this leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe it's just indigestion, but still.
Not only Rodney(!), but Protective!Rodney, constantly shoving Carson out of danger (after he does his Rodney Dance of Panic, which is so incredibly adorable I had to hold in my squee), practically snarling at Sam for suggesting that this Carson is less (yeah, he'd be snarling at me... but I know I'll get over it eventually), and trying to get him to stay behind. Oh, the only thing that could've made it better for me was Rodney whump (I mean, there were plenty of stunners flying around), but that's just my insatiable whumper appetite talking.
And John, oh, emotive John, especially at the end where he reaches out and I'm like "What? You can hug Clone Carson?" but no, it was the John Sheppard version of a hug, a supportive manly bicep squeeze. Oh, John!
Carson and Keller! It's my own personal fanon that he brought her to Atlantis, sort of taking her under his wing and that's one of the reasons she was chosen to succeed him. Completely fanon, but hey, it's not contradicted by anything in the episode, unlike others (*coughDAVEcough*).
Sam, playing the Devil's Advocate, ah, Sam... well, I won't say anything else in case spoilerphobes are reading. But yes, saying everything that had to be said, bringing up all the negatives.
(Clone)Carson: As I said, for all intents and purposes it is Carson, and I loved his reaction to the news (although I would've loved to see some incredulity on a "I was killed... by an exploding tumor?") about his death, and, oh, I hurt for him on learning about Elizabeth's "death". Poor guy, that's a lot to take in. And Rodney really had his woobie face going on there. (I'd give him a hug, but he takes them about as well as John.)
And of course, I loved seeing the Athosians again. And Halling was there! Hooray for Halling! Oh man, they didn't look so good. Doesn't Michael know he has to feed his test subjects? Or was he absent the day they covered that in Human Test Subjects 101? I mean, they really looked like they had been trapped there for months. I'm going to pretend Jinto was just hidden somewhere within that crowd. I'm really glad the Athosians survived (well, most of them), because y'know, genocide really isn't that fun of a storyline. That and that would have altered Teyla, permanently. And I don't want her to get too dark. I've got the feeling this whole Kanan thing ain't going to end well.
On a final note, "Last Man" looks very interesting.