Nitpic: Why were Amonet's troops hiding over the hill instead of surrounding her and protecting her from the Tau'ri?
They placed a huge burden on Teal'c by making him the one to have killed her, on top of taking her in the first place.
The White Jumper of Ascension!!
Dream - first thing he does is run, sees no hope or future for himself, no forgiveness for Teal'c - is this the real Daniel? Is the Daniel who wakes up, forgives and goes back to work a Daniel altered by the Goa'uld attack or by what Sha're sent into his head.
The soldiers at the funeral were a giveaway that things weren't right - there's no reason they'd be on Abydos.
Sha're's insistence that Daniel forgive Teal'c - was that so Daniel would take his advice about searching for the harcesis?
Best scene - in Daniel's apartment Jack says goodbye with a hug and a slap and a couple of longing glances - in contrast Sam darts a resentful glare at him as she goes, as if he's ruining her fun and it's all his fault.
How cool is Daniel's apartment?
Was this really the best solution to Sha're's story? Could the search for her have gone on for years without dragging down Daniel's story? Was the line about him resigning because his work was done a foreshadowing of the disinterest that seeped into the writers in season four - even though they put him in that position, could they not see any other 'use' for Daniel Jackson in the SGC? And what would the show have been like if things had happened differently? If she'd stayed lost, could she have popped up now and then, taunting Daniel, attacking him and the SGC at opportune moments? Would Amonet have stepped into Apophis's shoes and become the prime Goa'uld baddie, instead of Ba'al? What would Daniel have done when Vala turned up - would he have held true to his search for Sha're or would he have been tempted by Vala and found himself torn between the two?
There is of course, an alternate scenario. Sha're could have been saved. Teal'c didn't have to shoot to kill, they could have taken her to the Tok'ra or knocked her out and chucked her through the Cimmeria gate, and then she'd have been free. What would Daniel have done - stayed on the SGC (they still need to find Skarra) and lived with Sha're in Colorado, or would they have gone back to Abydos and made babies? Sha're would have had a wealth of insider knowledge, so it's easy to see her being taken on as an adviser to the SGC, maybe becoming their fifth on the team.
Applause to Michael Shanks for some subtle and touching acting. A sad episode, and a turning point in Daniel's story - for good or bad.
SG-1 lands in the middle of a blazing battle between Stargate soldiers and a Jaffa army. Believing the soldiers to be the missing-in-action SG-11 team, O'Neill and other others provide assistance…until the mystery team turns its weapons on SG-1.
Okay folks, let's take a giant step into the realm of suspended disbelief. One of the best things about ... is the way Teal'c pulls rank over Jack: underling, indeed. Teal'c gets to show the real side of his military experience and he wears it nicely.
Is there really any point in asking just how in the name of all that's holey buckets did Apophis get such detailed information on Earth such as fighting techniques, the flags, the language down to US colloquialisms... And where did they get the guns, the tents, the camouflage netting, the Quonset huts, the helmets, the embroidered patches, et al. Like Hathor's duplication of the SGC, just how possible would it be for a feudal society like the Goa'uld to produce all these things so accurately?
One thing this episode does highlight is that despite whatever army you look at, most of the regular soldiers are just normal people, forced into an ugly situation by a tin-plated despot with delusions of grandeur.
Um, Teal'c blacked his face - heh.
Daniel's turning into a pretty good shot - maybe he's more enthusiastic this time round because he's not actually killing people.
Best line: 'Just a huge honkin' Apophis.' 'Four eyes????' 'Get the vacuum.'
That's it - I'm off to watch the lycra brigade, er, Tour de France.
RDA is in good form today, bitching about trees and doing a Dr Evil impersonation in the opening minute. Even though this planet looks strangely like the other side of the hill they were on last week, the little funky alien critter makes up for the sameness. Antarctic gate, Goa'uld not impersonating Ancient gods and a 'Danny' all before the credits. Woot!
Can I just take a moment to say Daniel is looking mighty fine this ep?
One of the best Daniel lines ever: "Well, they didn't call them the dark ages because it was dark."
For a show that regularly stomped all over the ancient religions, this time they play with Christianity, and the ignorance of people kept in the 'dark' all their history, and the evil wrought by religious leaders desperate to cling to power.
What kind of technology would the 'lightning' blast have been? Jack gets hit in the eye - again. The number of times they did that you'd think his eye would pop out.
So, Teal'c is dead, drowned, gone - not a lot of emotion from the other three. Fatalistic acceptance or are they not all that attached to him? Jack's main reaction is to turn his back on his former offers of help to the villagers.
Ever noticed those bars they are behind are the same ones they get locked up behind every time they get caught by nutty villagers?
If this village was a medieval one ruled by a tyrannical lord, how come they didn't get their own Robin Hood? Heh, how cool would that be - SG-1 meets Robin Hood.
So, everything happens, bad guy dies, happy ending. Is it just me or are other people a bit weary of Sam being the one who can detect a Goa'uld 'cos she had a snake in her for a day, and Teal'c who carries Junior around in his gut his entire life is unable to detect a fellow snake carrier? Did they do this to give Sam something to contribute or to lessen Teal'c's worth to the team?
Today's score on the Daniel-cute-o'meter = 10 outta 10.
Deadman's Switch is a delight, pure and simple fun. None of the team are taking Boch too seriously, despite the plot's attempts to build tension. I'll bet the cast had a ball on this one. Best moments:
Boch appears - Jack and Sam go down, Daniel stands up, T doesn't move.
"Can't blame a girl for trying"
T giving Jack the eye after he jumps all over him when the ship appears.
Daniel - having shed his jacket like a three year old - then trips over it as they move into the ship.
"And, but, so, therefore?"
"Home for dinner... shoulda let the dog out."
"I'm an archaeologist." "I know but you're also a doctor..." "Of... archaeology."
"I'm a major now." "Oh, well, how very important. I'll inform the galaxy."
"You, O'Neill, you're a pain in the mikta." "Neck?" "No."
Daniel batting his eyes at Boch.
Jack, Daniel and Aris walking thru the forest. Daniel, head down, plonking his feet down in the same spot Jack's have just been.
They come back down the hill, Daniel jumps thru the plant whacking Jack in the face.
"We just lost a digit." "Of course we did."
"Three delmaks." One of the very few times Teal'c floundered for an English word.
Jack shooting Boch in the bum just for the hell of it.
"Tach... I defy anyone to say that properly.
Kevlar trying to pronounce Gaoold properly, and mangling it every time.
Jack trying to be solicitous of Sam and ends up slapping her.
"Way to play hard to get, boys."
Teal'c getting a massage on the vibrating copilot's chair.
"Thank you, that doesn't make me feel any better."
So how much is Daniel really worth?
How many times can he bat his eyes at Aris Boch before Jack, er, someone gets jealous?
Why did Sam never figure out the secret of the Roshna and help Boch's people?
What a shame they never brought Boch back. Specially in season nine or ten - can you imagine him and Vala and Cam trading quips and come-ons?
Oh, and what was the deadman's switch???
Alternate reality versions of Carter and Kawalsky are found in Area 51. Brought to Stargate Command, they start to deteriorate. However, return to their own reality means certain death, as their world has been invaded by Goa'ulds.
We'll we're not in Kansas anymore, to use an over-used reference. Oh, look, yes we are, and with a couple of addins. Seeing Kawalsky again makes me miss him even more. I think the show would have really benefited from having him as even just a casual extra, heading his own team, occasionally coming to SG-1's rescue.
I have to admit a particular fondness for the AU scenario. It throws up all sorts of interesting situations and questions for our characters to explore without changing the basic setup of the show. This particular one highlights the difference Daniel and also Teal'v have made to 'our' reality. Just having them on the team has enabled our Earth to survive and even defeat Apophis, sort of. Sam- not so much. She was present in the universe Daniel travelled to and that didn't stop them getting obliterated. Jack either - although it's kind of comforting to know he's a constant in all universes.
The scene between the upset AltSam and Jack (confused, compassionate) is really nice, and highlighted by our clueless Sam who is more consumed by the mechanics of the situation than the emotional content. She's okay with a single answer to Jack's enquiry about how she's coping.
Love Daniel coming up with the attack plan and George just sitting there letting his best people bring it all together. 'Quite the military mind, Daniel Jackson' indeed. Looks like it's all starting to rub off on him, which is and isn't a good thing for a simple archaeologist. Although, simple probably has never really applied to Daniel.
Standard AU goatees!! Lol. Another homage, this time to Star Trek.
Teal'c shows the ruthlessness that got him where he is today - it still makes Jack and Daniel blink when they see it. And Daniel can't keep himself from baiting an Apophis whenever he finds one. Bless.
Now, why didn't they take a sixth team member? Odd numbers are always hard to work with, and if they have to split up they either have three people together or one on his own, and guess who gets left behind on his own to be discovered in a cupboard with a dead First Prime? If they'd brought Ferretti (wouldn't that have been great, Ferretti and Kawalsky back on the team with Jack and Daniel??) or someone else, even Makepeace, Daniel would have had someone covering his back while he tried to get the mirror engaged again. As Jack said, 'We knew that might happen', so did he not consider Daniel would be on his own at some time, in an enemy held base? Sloppy planning there.
Erm, if Sam dialled to another galaxy - eight chevrons, after all - how did the Asgard get to the base so quick? Huh?
Kawalsky's new found respect for Teal'c at the end was nice. And that last shot of Jack going to the mirror: Daniel is waiting for him on the other side. Then Jack's over and Sam is suddenly inserted behind him. A bit of fiddling to imply... I dunno, a bit of shippyness? Does the relationship between AltSam and her dead Jack necessarily transfer to our Sam and Jack? Jack clearly doesn't get it, Sam neither. And a world where Sam and Jack are together is a world without Daniel and therefore a dead world, so... yup.
What ifs: What if they didn't go back to the right reality. Daniel found one almost right but with Carter as a Captain. What if they went back to a virtually identical world and didn't realise for some time they were in the wrong place?
What if AltSam and Kawalsky had stayed. If the face-wooby thing didn't occur and they stayed? Kawalsky might join the team or have one of his own. AltSam would be in love with her Jack and working with a Jack who wasn't in love with her (that's probably a bit Peyton Place for Stargate, but it could have been interesting.)
'Yoohoo?' 'Yes, in a manner of speaking.'
'Whoops, too far.'
'All right, so it's possible there's an alternate version of myself out there that actually understands what the hell you're talking about?' The look of complete doubt that Daniel gives him is priceless.
As part of an exchange program with the planet Orban, O'Neill travels to Earth with an alien girl who possesses incredible technical knowledge. But by the time O'Neill discovers the truth behind the child's superior mind…it may be too late for them all.
BanDanny! The first--, no, second time we get Daniel in a bandanna.
There's a lot to like about this episode: Daniel actually doing archaeology, reveling in history coming to life around him and practically quivering with excitement; Teal'c bonding with the little boy; Jack bonding with Merrin and Sam getting all wrapped up in the science.
We don't often get to see Teal'c being protective of others outside the team, and it's nice to see his reaction to the way Tomin and the other children are treated. Even though Jack gets to the 'hero' of the story, I think Teal'c is the one who made a bigger connection with Tomin.
Is it feasible a society would completely forget how to learn and teach naturally? Even with their obviously advanced technology, surely it's part of human nature to absorb knowledge, even unwittingly? As Jack discovered, Merrin had the ability to improvise.
The ending is nice - love that the kids immediately start scribbling all over the walls.
After Daniel begins to experience hallucinations, SGC doctors suspect that the number of trips through the Stargate may be limited. Daniel insists that something went wrong on SG-1's last mission, but no one believes him. With his condition worsening, will Daniel be able to convince them before he is permanently committed to a mental hospital?
What were the Linvris up to? Were they plotting against Ra? Who were they? Minor Goa'uld - their symbol bore a scorpion on it - were they part of the Goa'uld who impersonated Egyptian gods?
What makes this episode so outstanding? Not just Michael's fantastic acting, but the eerie atmospheric directing complete with warped lenses and too close closeups, the makeup on the Linvris, the movement of Daniel's glasses as the bug moves under his skin...
Michael: the distraction, edginess, the jittery fingers, flipping from crying to hysteria in a moment - stunning acting.
Daniel: why did he envision what he did? Event horizons - they form a big part of his life, are they in his dreams as well? He knows the one in his closet is not real but still sticks his fingers in it. He's so Daniel - desperately trying to come up with a logical theory and you so feel for him as he's trying to hang on and be normal, despite the snake diving into Jack's neck, then in the white room, wrists pressed together symbolising both prayer and imprisonment. Then trying to think through the drugs in his system and make some kind of sense to McKenzie.
The doctors: they diagnosed Daniel according to Earth-based data, yet they didn't consider any other cause beyond going through the gate. There could have been any number of slow-developing pathogens they've been exposed to on any of the planets they've visited. Surely they should have been more open minded.
The last part of the episode: Do you think the sudden focus on Janet, Jack and Sam somehow negates the seriousness of what Daniel went through? The first two thirds of the show are all about him, with Teal'c's life and death battle a dramatic underscore to Daniel's situation. Suddenly it's all about the others - Sam finds the cure and everyone is saved. Hurrah. The lack of resolution for Daniel is really harsh. There's no recognition of everything he went through, almost a 'suck it up' atmosphere. Would the episode have been as dramatic if Jack and Sam had fought Janet and MacKenzie for Daniel's sanity and discovered the cure and saved Daniel and Teal'c that way, without being infected themselves?
Best scene: the long flowing shot over the padded floor, up to the sleeping Daniel.
Best line: Why are you so quick to jump to the conclusion I'm crazy?
Fic rec: Can't go past the wonderful Red Harvest by Yuma - http://www.stargatefan.com/fictionms/RedHarvest.htm
She combines the left over anxieties, uncertainties and resentments with a very creepy alien planet.
Love that clang of the bell at the very end.
\o/ Applause \o/
Corrected by Solutions
Aha! The benefit of rewatching something you think you're so familiar with...
The opening scene: I always had it in my mind that it was all for Carter's promotion, yet the main purpose of the ceremony was for the Secretary to deliver his praise to SG-1 and the whole of the SGC. I know Carter's rapid promotions has grated on some, but being reminded of this praise that was officially delivered to the whole command and SG-1 in particular is kind of gratifying. I also very much like the Secretary of Defence - he was a much more appealing authority figure, wish we'd had more of him and less of Kinsey.
Thor!! Love the little nekkid guy.
Daniel's wardrobe: ... oy. Tweed suit at least one size too big, with brown shoes. Daniel, Daniel, Daniel... walk this way...
Teal'c is a simmering pile of resentment and vengeance - love him. It's a good way to find out more about the character, revealling his father's death at Cronus's hand is chilling and so sad.
We get the first hint of the Replicators. We get an insight into the petty ways of the System Lords and their bent view of the universe, establishing Yu and Nirrti who graced us with appearances later. Cronus is interesting - I get the impression he was a bit more intelligent and cunning than the average Goa'uld, certainly more than Apophis. And what did Jolinar do to Cronus that incensed him so much that he set the Ashrak after her? Wonder where the series would have headed if Cronus had become the main Goa'uld baddie - probably would have given Teal'c a lot more to do.
Jack saves the day with a little double bluffing and all is right again - the Earth is protected and Thor is smitten with Jack!
THOR We have chosen you, O'Neill, to represent your planet at the proceedings.
O'NEILL All right, now see, that could be a mistake. You see, Doctor Jackson here is an extremely educated and articulated man, very well versed in all the languages
Gang's all here.
That boy can really grovel when he has to.
Certainly not those lying, scheming, no good for nothing, slimy, over-dressed style mongers…
Boy is she gonna get it...
Fic recs - Pure of Heart by PhoenixE springs first to mind. Sadly it's still unfinished but it's a whopper of a HC Daniel whumper featuring Cronus. Any others?
When SG-1 hunts for a Goa'uld lord living on Earth, they discover this powerful alien in the form of a religious leader with a heavily armed cult following. O'Neill faces off with both government agents and the cult in a fiery clash that may destroy them all.
Anyone get the entire list of Goa'uld system lords?
Jaffa Jokes!! First and last time Teal'c tells a joke - what a hoot.
Nice to see Jacob again, this time trying to deal with his family and a stray Goa'uld at the same time. Jack is great in this ep, again: coolly in charge, facing down the ATF guy without resorting to buffoonery.
Give Daniel a search engine and he'll find anything.
At the 21 min, 18 sec mark, hit pause, and give praise to the Goddess for Her divine works...
If one were a Goa'uld, ie. possessing powers and weapons superior to most of the humans around you, wouldn't you want to achieve more than just a manky group of 50 disaffected folk with Uzis and really bad pyjamas, in one of the coldest and wettest places on Earth? Talk about your lack of ambition.
If you were a Goa'uld hiding on Earth, what would your grand plan be? Answers on a postcard.
Sam cracks Seth in half - Hail Dorothy. Why then, does she look so upset? You'd think she'd be a bit pleased with herself. Also, was this the only time she used the ribbon device in anger? Odd that they never had her using it more often, a weapon of such power that it would take down a System Lord, you'd think she'd be carrying it on every mission, ready to hit the Goa'uld with weaponry to match their own.
Loony plot aside, let's talk about Daniel's hair. This episode he's finally achieved 'the look' - that lovely layered cut that highlights his cheekbones and eyes, the part down the middle and the cute little fringe. This is the episode that really made me sit up and take notice of The Boy. What was your revelation moment, the episode that made you decide this was the show for you?
"They were turned into eunuchs..." "I'm Larry, this is Mo, and of course, everyone's favourite, Curly."
Back I go to Eurovision - go Serbia!!
Trapped on Hathor's planet (cf. 1.14 "Hathor"), Capt. Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson can only watch helplessly as Hathor implants Colonel Jack O'Neill with a Goa'uld symbiote. General Hammond sends Colonel Makepeace and six Stargate units to reclaim SG-1, but when the units are defeated, Hammond decides to do the job himself. Meanwhile, Makepeace succeeds in rescuing Carter and Daniel, but Hathor's army has created an energy barrier blocking them from the Stargate. Back in Hathor's facility, a team's Tok'ra spy closes O'Neill in a cryogenic chamber to kill his Goa'uld host. As Carter rescues her freezing teammate, they come face to face with the enraged queen. In the Jaffa city of Chulak, Teal'c attempts to raise an army to help his friends and stumbles across the injured Bra'tac, who has been left for dead by Apophis' guards. Bra'tac leads them to an ancient Death Glider and the three forge a daring rescue plan.
Drumroll, it's Season Three!! And we're off to a flying start with Paul!! Walter with Hair!! and Makepeace being all soldierly and loyal to the SGC (wish he'd stayed that way). I do like the military op to rescue their own - showing that SG1 and indeed any of the teams are worthy of all the support the SGC can give them.
Bit sad Teal'c couldn't drum up more support among his people - hardly the rise to arms he'd hoped for.
Now, here's Daniel watching his best friend undergo a Goa'uld implantation - surely his worst nightmare, particularly after what has already happened to his wife and brother. Is that what is behind that stunned look on Daniel's face in the cryo chamber? Sam looks suitably sickened and turns away, but Daniel just stares woodenly at Jack. Is it the implantation, is it being confronted by Hathor again, or something else...? (We won't count the fact that MS was working nights playing Hamlet at the same time and hadn't slept for a week!)
Weapons towers are cool. We should get some of those.
Is something cut from our view when Daniel is thrown to the ground by the weapon tower blast that presumably kills the soldier next to him? He's staring right at something off screen.
'It's just a deep bleeding gash, but I'll be fine'. Lol. No field bandages for Daniel in those great big packs they lugged along??
I really like Sam like this, being the soldier, blowing stuff up, looking out for Daniel.
Teal'c, Bratac and George make a great team. They should have joined up with Jacob and had their own SG team.
Getting back to the implausability of Hathor's set up, what the heck else would she be using cryo chambers (all three of them) and those whopping great big generators? There has to be some other use for that stuff. Is she freezing baby snakes? Making ice cream...
Jack's Goa'uld vocabulary limit of one word: Kree! Daniel rumbles to him immediately.
The Hair: Jack is entering his dashing Silver Fox stage, Daniel is in Pudding Basin Mark II (needs work, luv, keep at it)
Best line: She's a former queen!
Ah, the team is reunited at the end, eyeing each other up in comradely ways. I hope y'all caught the Ruffle at the very end. (We probably shouldn't enter the "Did Daniel pat Jack on the Butt" debate...)
Precis from Solutions:
Jack O'Neill awakens in a futuristic world to be told he's been frozen for 79 years and that all his friends are dead. He is questioned about the Stargate Program but then is shocked to discover it's a set-up. He finds Daniel Jackson and Carter and attempts escape from the Goa'uld stronghold, only to be thwarted by the return of an old enemy, Hathor.
Well, here we are at the end of Season Two. I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised by a lot of the episodes in this season. Having not watched them for quite a while, you forget just how good a lot of them were. And now, the beginning of end...
This has to be one of the weirdest yet. We open with a soggy Jack and strangers bombarding him with bad news. Interesting: Trotsky lists the team with Daniel first, then Sam - the order as it was and should always have been. But I digress. Everybody is dead and it's way in the future. Cue first 'Huh?' First clue something is hinky - 'A Jaffa named Teal'c' - that thinly veiled contempt might have given Jack a warning tingle.
Jack's hair - more grey? He looks very dashing in white.
38 teams - surely there would have been more?
First problem - the flashbacks shouldn't be showing Jack in them. He couldn't see himself from a distance originally. Daniel is having flashbacks of scenes he wasn't actually present for.
Hello! Naked, wet archaeologist with a new 'do' and a lovely set of cheekbones. And there's Sam making up the set. She picks up the faux pas about Apophis.
Seems odd the SGC would only spend three weeks searching for their premier team, and to actively block Teal'c's attempts to look for them. He would have a huge knowledge of possible Goa'uld strongholds, surely it wouldn't be wasting 'resources' for him to search even for a short time. Instead, George virtually forces him to go - thus wasting a very valuable and unique resource.
The props dept must have had fun pasting the Goa'uld and SGC sets together. And there's Hathor - has she been stalking them the whole time, feeling up Daniel at opportune moments??
Daniel doing that flicky hand gesture at Hathor - great body language acting from MS. I shows just how much she disturbs Daniel.
Okay... the plot. WTHell?? If you stand back and think about it for a sec, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Hathor is trying to build up her forces and needs knowledge of the state of play in Goa'uld town. 'Kay. Why, why, would she spend what must have been enormous cost and time replicating parts of the SGC, mocking it up to fit a future vision of said SGC, building three - THREE - separate cryo chambers, just so she can play twenty questions with their guests, who are So convinced they are the only survivor and are decades into the future. It just doesn't add up.
Logically, if Hathor has already press-ganged troops from other system lords, they would have told her everything she needed to know about the state of the universe. She's obviously riffled the SGC's files to get the blue prints for the base, so she would have also had access to many other kinds of files.
Plot hole - if Hathor had Serpent guards, odds on they were ex-Apophis troops. Ergo, she'd know he was out of the picture.
I've been toying with a few theories about the 'real' purpose behind all this in my fic - anyone else have ideas that would make more sense? Love to hear them.
Best lines: Damn cost cutting. Daniel, don't let her breathe on you.
Thus ends season two. Roll on the magical 3!
1969 has to be the trippiest episode ever done. The whole thing has its tongue firmly in its cheek, from the opening scene where no-one apparently listens to Sam, Jack expects Daniel to listen to her so he doesn't have to, and Teal'c is tired of listening to Jack's BS...
Teal'c blithely zatting the missile while the others run around like mice in a cage trying every switch they can, is classic comedy.
"Nyet". Nuff said really.
Jack's interrogation scene is a straight rip off, er, homage, to the Star Trek episode Tomorrow is Yesterday, where having gone round the sun the wrong way in the Enterprise, Kirk ends up being captured by Air Force personnel on a high security base...
Are there really pine trees in Albuquerque? Really? Hmm... (I keep having Partridge Family flashbacks...)
I love Teal'c in this episode. Even more out of place than usual, but he's wearing the brightest outfit and quietly soaking up this whole new culture. Daniel teaches him to drive (something he mentioned in season six, to great effect), Jack teaches him to fix engines and they get to share another astronomy session. Of the four of them, he has the most to lose if they don't get back to their own time, he'll either be overtaken by Junior or die horribly without him. Sam, unimaginative as usual, is prepared to live in hiding for the rest of her life - Jack isn't!
So, how long did the bus trip last? It must take days / weeks to drive across the US, specially in a clapped out old bus. What did they do in all that time? How hard would it have been not to see as much of the Sixties as possible? Also, they must have gotten to know Michael and Jenny very well. What was Jack going to say to Michael about the draft - would he have told him to join up and do his duty, or told him to make a run for it?
And at the end is Cassie, showing there is a great future for the SGC, promising their journey has just begun. Woot!
Best line: I speak 23 different languages, pick one.
Tie in fics: there are a heap of fics on Stargatefan for 1969. One that has always stuck in my memory is Past Perfect by Debby. It's very much what you would expect Daniel to do in that situation. Very good read.
So, attack of the Ewok! Charlie's little brown suit is so cute. And is this PDL's first cameo? Erk, is it just my copy or is the opening scene really grainy?
Go Mother! She's been prowling the SGC for quite some time, checking out the gang. Jack takes the boy in his stride, and handles his strange announcements with aplomb, even talks to Mother without batting much of an eye.
The Retou rebels - what an interesting idea. Their wacky idea to kill all hosts is a great parallel with fundamentalists / extremists in our own world.
Daniel's had a haircut...
And Jacob's back! Nice to see him again.
Oh, how much does it hurt Jack for Charlie to ask to be his son, when Jack knows he probably only has a short time to live? lovely scene.
And there are many Retou - oops. Good thing Junior and his mates can detect them. Red Shirt Tok'ra died quite spectacularly! Love Jack in command - he does it so naturally.
Sending Charlie off with Jacob was a good solution for him. Such a pity we never saw him again. Even a mention of how he was doing would have been nice. I'm sure Jack would have gone to visit him on his days off. The Retou were never visited again either, which is a shame because they were a different kind of threat from the usual. I had a really good plot idea for the Retou, once...
During a routine reconnaissance mission, the UAV plane crashes into a cactuslike plant on a planet inhabited by an unusual life form. Sent to recover the plane, the SG-1 team discovers those living on the planet are friendly, gentle, and far simpler than their human counterparts. Shortly after the team's arrival, aliens begin falling ill, and before long, a plague of illness sweeps the race. Capt. Samantha Carter returns to the base with the sickest alien in order to work on a cure. Colonel Jack O'Neill and Dr. Daniel Jackson begin acting erratically and complain of headaches, which disappear once they are back at the SGC. As the number of afflicted aliens grows, it appears that the SG-1 team has unwittingly unleashed something that threatens the survival of this entire civilization.
Synopsis from Solutions' wiki:
We're having a run of excellent episodes lately, and I have to say One False Step is one of my favourites. It has a perfect combination of drama, tension, humour, snappy lines and a poignant morality underlining it all.
We get a very snarky colonel who still acquiesses to his team, even if he doesn't understand what they're on about. We get the anthropologist exercising his knowledge and communicating with the uncomunicable. We get the scientist working with the others and uncovering the problem. We get the soldier getting a bit touchy feely with plants and aliens and talking too much.
I really liked the underlying plot of explorers unwittingly damaging those they've come to meet, as it did so many times in history on Earth. Even better we get a whole episode without any mention of technology or gain for the SGC - the whole concern is for the aliens' wellbeing.
The NWBGs are such an interesting society. Speechless as we would deem them, but communicating fully in song. And they each had their own symbol to identify themselves. Their symbiotic relationship with the world they live in is another parallel with our troubles in the real world - damage the balance of nature and you may just kill off an entire species.
There's so much to love in this story: Daniel and Sam building the solution together, Daniel doing the UAV dance, Daniel doing the 'seeseesee' dance of frustration, the first NWBG who wanted everyone to be friends before silently keeling over... The Argument! A few hidden frustrations between Daniel and Jack coming out under the influence, and then the disjointed attempt to make up. (Fic writers take note; this is how guys talk. No long speeches about their feelings!)
Fav lines: Deja Vu - You were here Daniel Jackson. Yesterday.
Witness if you will... squat.
Rumours, lies, fairytales.
When the SG-1 team stumble upon the chamber of former Goa'uld enemy Ma'chello, they fall victim to his powerful body-swapping invention. Ma'chello takes on Dr. Daniel Jackson's body, and the young archeologist finds himself trapped in the body of an old and dying man. In Daniel's body, Ma'chello flees the SGC and gets a taste of life on Earth for the first time, while Daniel lies on his deathbed in the hospital. In an attempt to help their friend, Colonel Jack O'Neill and Teal'c bring the invention to the SGC, but they accidentally trigger it and find themselves in each other's body. When Ma'chello is tracked down and returned to the SGC, he reveals that the machine's process is irreversible.
We're back with another Daniel Jackson / Michael Shanks tour de force. Holiday is a really well crafted mix of humour, tension and sadness. Michael gets to stretch his acting skills admirably, portraying Machello with convincing dottiness and cunning.
Chris also does a great job as Jack, with a range of facial expressions never before or since seen on his face on this show. And we get Kel'no reem for the first time, something which brought a much greater depth to Teal'c's character.
All the body swapping could have turned out a bit cheesy, but if you overlook the logistics, it's both a great dramatic and comedic tool.
I really liked Sam in this, her compassion and despair over the dying Daniel is real. The 'don't die on me now' line - was that foreshadowing a possible relationship the writers were considering for the future between them? Would it have worked? Personally, I gotta say I'd have preferred that over the S/J hoohaa we were subjected to.
Even while trapped in a dying body Daniel didn't give up on his hopes for rescuing Sha're - I really liked that about him, and he managed to see through to the heart of Machello quite easily.
Was Machello wicked, evil, or just plain bonkers?
Best lines: 'Don't touch the head!' 'Shave my head??' 'Dannyboy.'
For me the best thing about this episode is that it inspired what I think is one of the most amazing pieces of writing - fic or otherwise - I've ever read: Ellen's Flashback Make yourself a cup of tea, sit down and read, and savour.
Pursued by Goa'uld death gliders, former Goa'uld conqueror and sworn enemy of the SGC, Apophis, throws himself on the mercy of the team. Despite his past evil, SG-1 grant him sanctuary. Apophis, who shows signs of having been tortured, is slowly dying, and promises all the knowledge of the Goa'uld in return for a new host body. When Colonel Jack O'Neill rejects his offer, Apophis reveals that he is being pursued by an ancient and powerful Goa'uld named Sokar, the original god of death. Conquered by Apophis in Egyptian times, Sokar has come to wreak his revenge, and will kill anything that stands between him and his ancient adversary. The team's Tok'ra ally, Martouf, tells SG-1 that unless Apophis is sent back to face his fate, all those around him will be destroyed, either by Sokar or the many Goa'uld who wish their former leader dead.
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Daniel's funerary statue in the sand - guess he really did take it back to Egypt, as promised.
Dr. Daniel Jackson and the rest of the SG-1 team travel to an ancient room that houses alien inscriptions in an attempt to decode alien languages discovered by a probe. When Colonel Jack O'Neill peers through a viewer in the ancient room, he is caught momentarily in its grasp, and shortly after alien words begin appearing in his speech. Before long, his entire brain is taken up with a superior knowledge virtually indecipherable to the rest of the SG-1 team. Daniel is certain that O'Neill now possesses the knowledge of the Ancients, the alien race who invented the Stargates, but he realizes the knowledge is too complex for human minds and will likely cause O'Neill to lose his mind. In an attempt to save himself, O'Neill must access his subconscious mind to discover ones with a greater knowledge than his own, ones who may also have important knowledge about the destiny of mankind.
Even without power, the black hole's gravity continues to draw the SGC closer to the swirling wormhole. With the intense gravity field warping the space-time continuum, the SGC loses contact with the outside world, and the Pentagon sends O'Neill's former mate Colonel Cromwell to investigate. Cromwell is tormented with guilt for deserting Colonel Jack O'Neill during a Soviet mission and volunteers to partner him in the attempt to save the SGC. Time slows to a near standstill inside the SGC, where only O'Neill and Cromwell are left. Capt. Samantha Carter scrambles for a solution before the SGC and then the Earth are torn apart by the black hole's gravitational tides.
Modified by Solutions.
MGM summary from Solutions' Wiki:
When a group posing as the SG-1 team steals the climate-controlling Touchstone from the planet Madrona, the planet's weather deteriorates, threatening inhabitants with imminent death unless the stone is recovered. Madrona's high priest Roham and his niece, Princess La-Moor, blame the SG-1 team for the theft. The SG-1 team make a disturbing discovery—the second Stargate on Earth, which had been officially decommissioned, was reactivated by high-level orders and used to steal the Touchstone. Now the weather device is on Earth and being used to manipulate the world's climate. When General Hammond discovers the whereabouts of the second Stargate, the SG-1 team races to it, determined to find the Touchstone before all of Madrona perishes, and to discover the hidden agenda behind the Touchstone's theft.
Hello all! We've had a wonderful autumn day today, cool breeze, warm sun - walked for miles and rearranged the furniture! Hope you're having a nice day too.
Here we are with the Touchstone, and the beginning of the NID plot that carried on for the next I don't know how many years. I'm a bit suspicious of Harry - was he really involved with the plotters and covering up for them, or did he genuinely not know where the second gate had gone, and he was just covering his own arse?
Who were the mysterious aliens who set up Medrona, terraformed it and invented the Touchstone? I like these hints that there are other advanced races out there with benevolent intentions towards those less developed. And I love the statue holding the Touchstone, that has to be one of the prettiest props they've ever created.
George really gets to shine in this episode. There's another hint of distrust from Jack at first, but George comes through by proving he's a real player with connections far and wide.
Major Reynolds! Always liked him, and I forgot he got his start here. No wonder he jumped ship from the NID and joined the SGC - he loved our heroes!
Watching Jack take the team on a covert raid is very cool. I get the feeling RDA liked doing that stuff. Anyone know what all those hand signals mean??
Best line: "In my culture I would be well within my rights to dismember you." Then T slays Harry with an eyebrow. Heh.
Ponderable: Why's it called a Touchstone? A touchstone was a stone used to identify precious metals. What's the reference here?
MGM summary from Solutions' Wiki:
The SG-11 team has not returned from its mission to planet PXY-887, where they recently discovered an element, Trinium, that is a hundred times lighter and stronger than steel. Instead, the inhabitants of the planet have fired an arrow made of Trinium through the Stargate and into the shoulder of Colonel Jack O'Neill. With O'Neill in the infirmary, the SG-1 team, led by Capt. Samantha Carter, heads through the Stargate to investigate and to negotiate a mining treaty with the inhabitants. SG-1 is knocked out on arrival and when they awake, they meet Tonané, a plainspoken Coast Salish Indian, who explains that the SG-11 team were taken by "the spirits"—the same spirits who give the valuable metal to his people. Carter and the others are skeptical as they address T'akaya, the wolf, and Xe'ls, the raven, even after the SG-11 team mysteriously reappears. Negotiations with the Salish reach a stalemate, and Tonané returns to Earth with SG-1 and SG-11 to look at alternative mining methods. But when General Hammond tells Connor, the head of SG-11, news of plans by NID to mine the planet whether the Indians agree or not, strange things begin to happen as the spirits, determined to protect the Salish, reveal their true nature.
Belief, trust and honesty. Spirits is an episode I haven't watched that much but always enjoy it when I do. So, while RDA is attending his baby's birth, er, Jack is recovering in the infirmary, Sam gets her first command. You have to wonder just how much a prize that is when all Jack ever commands is Sam, and hopes Daniel and Teal'c agree with him enough to follow along. I liked his implication that they've screwed up other first contacts, more than even the ones SG-1 have been a part of.
The Salesh village is an impressive set - shows you can have believable alien settings without a huge budget. Now, why do they always introduce themselves as from the SGC. All they ever get in blank looks. It means nothing to aliens, it'd mean nothing to most people on Earth for that matter. Why bother saying anything beyond their names? Still, I like the ever cheeful Tonane and his insistance on first names.
Sam trying to talk to Takaya shows the vast difference between her and Daniel. He has no problem having a chat with an animal because it's someone else's belief that it is a spirit, but she just can't do it. She can't visualise the unseen. Which, considering the places they go, is a drawback in a leader. If Jack had been there, what would he have done? (Probably told Daniel to do it...)
The mining plot is a good indictment of the wasteful and destructive methods that have ruined so much of our planet. That they made the idea to sneak back and steal stuff as coming from the NID sort of absolved the SGC, even though they had to convince the spirits they could - kinda - maybe - be trusted. I was thinking the writers really missed an opportunity here. They could have used this episode as a turning point to walk away from the small-minded storylines of the NID ravaging the galaxy for its own ends, and have the show approach galactic exploration as a privilege and a wonder, a show about hope and positive encounters instead of constant reminders of how petty and pathetic some humans can be. Instead, six years later Enemy Mine shows they're in exactly the same place.
Best lines: Jack? Daniel? Are you you? Yeah. You? What?
Before you make me disappear, or bite me... (oooh - is this what Daniel refers to as 'more successful conversations with dogs' in One False Step?)
Something to ponder: are the aliens posing as Salesh's spirits really the Furlings? They're way more advanced than either human race, they heal people like the Nox, they appear and disappear like the Nox, they are opposed to the Goa'uld... Answers on a postcard!