To me, the stories that have reconnected Atlantis & Universe to the main universe seem like contrved conveniences that take away from what should be the real situation (kinda like the 1st half of the Flash Gordon TV series). it seems to me that flashbacks would have been a better way to connect with SG-1 and Earth. Some of the action could be old SG-1 stories, but inserting our current heroes (kinda like DS9's Trials & Tribbalations, but more serious). Some flashbacks could be original, with their SG-(not)1 teams. Either way, there could be plenty of cameos by past friends and enemies. i think that could have REALLY benefited Ford, and made him more experienced that Sheppard, and using that to be a vital part of Sheppard's team. Rush had a series of flashbacks, with Daniel. But that one was a dream. REAL memories would help me get more interested in characters. A flash sideways (sorry if you don't like Lost) would be more like family & staff reactions on Earth, so there could be parallel stories. Maybe a similar crisis happenng with Stargate COmmand, or a contrast in how family describes a character and their actual reaction to a situation. What do you think?