Watch on. Actually, this episode is all about raising the stakes (to galactic proportions, no less), and about making Teyla's rescue possible in the first place. As "Rodney" tells Sheppard the end of his story, we realise that we just don't want to go there. I like the idea that, this time, the enemy is so clever that without this major cheat, nobody has a chance against him. And even though most of the "flashbacks" included in The Last Man won't ever come to pass (or will they?), they tell a lot about our favorite characters, even more about Rodney himself. So to all intents and purposes, this episode is sort of "The Season You Don't Want To Happen" --but in a good way.
And to make the episode even better, instead of ending with Sheppard successfully coming back to his own time, the episode goes on to show how Atlantis immediately capitalises on Sheppard's new information and... discovers that even help from the future might not be enough against Michael. Don't you just love those last-minute twists?
Strange episode, yes. But definitely the Stargate episode that has stuck most in my mind since I first saw them. I'd like to nominate this to the TV science fiction hall of fame. If there ever is such a thing.
I've often wondered if this was filmed off-schedule, so to say, because the individual stories are all very distinct in appearance and composition and there's quite a few different sets in it. Not to mention that there's a fair amount of non-main cast members in it.
This encompasses the style of science fiction that I like. It leaves you with questions about science and I love that!
You'll like this episode. I promise.