I was ready to dislike the change in cast. I grew with the team and they are family. I don’t want outsiders messing it up.
What worked well is that Mitchell was brought in and had the same feeling of betrayal. The team left?! I have to get them back together. I felt better because he was us.
Mitchell’s wise-cracking is like O’Neill’s but I do feel the writer’s giving him his own personality. I especially liked him yelling at Teal’c - “Hey, bullets bounce” and Teal’c smiles.
Vala is grating. She seems like a cheap attempt at sex appeal to a demographic, but there is a glimmer that she is playing the proper part of a snake-oil-saleswoman. Dress to seduce the suckers and use every advantage to get what you want. I do like her ascerbic sarcasm.
General Landry I worried about. But he id’d Mitchell and handled Vala well. And his chemistry with O’Neill made me feel he was taking care of the team.
I felt the writer’s spent time developing each existing and new character. A good catchup on what had happened. This story is a simple puzzle but the main focus is getting us to know the characters and getting them to know each other and I like that.