Last time, SG-1 finally discovered who has been responsible for the attacks on their allies. Well, surprise it not being Apophis (he’s still dead), but its Anubis, the oldest System Lord in existence. He’s back from wherever he’s been to consolidate control of the System Lords and take over the galaxy. With him decimating the Tollans and striking a crippling blow against the Tok’ra, its only a matter of time before Earth is next!
SGC discover a planet-killing asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and that there aren’t many options. While they can’t rely on their allies for help, SG-1 launches a last ditch effort using a Goa’uld cargo ship to deliver a super-bomb onto the asteroid to deflect it. With little time to pull off this mission, can SG-1 pull off saving Earth? Well obviously, yes they can! I mean if they don’t, it’ll make the next few episodes in this round of Minicaps difficult to write about.
–If it seemed odd this asteroid was heading to Earth, its because its a Naquadah filled asteroid deliberately sent towards Earth by the Goa’uld.
–Pretty nice solution in using the cargo ship’s hyperdrive to phase the meteor through Earth without harming it. Gold star for you, Carter!
–Kind of a boss move that Hammond refuses to go through to the Alpha Site and stay on Earth to the end.
–“We came, we saw, we planted the bomb, had some fun with a meteor shower, and now we got a great story to tell, right?”
–“Ok, this was not in the movie!”
Teal’c and Bra’tac come to the SGC with news of a potential new ally in the fight against the Goa’uld. The team decide to check out the rebel Jaffa camp led by K’tano, a former First Prime of the dead System Lord, Imothep. But he seems to run his rebel operation in a risky and foolhardy way that endangers his brethren. Then, the secret that Teal’c learns about K’tano that changes the whole mission.
–So the big secret Teal’c learns from his brief stay with the System Lord, Yu? That K’tano didn’t so much kill Imothep, as he is Imothep! It takes that battle with the death to confirm that before Teal’c kills him.
–This marks Christopher Judge’s first script for the series, which he would do three more of during the run of the show.
–Well, surprise, Yu attacks the camp after K’Tano/Imothep gets killed and SG-1 evacs them out of there.
–So, K’tano has suicide bombers? Let it not be said this show doesn’t play off of current events of the time.
–“Jaffa have long memories.” “Well that’s okay, because I don’t.”
SG-1 arrives on a decimated world and find only one survivor: an android named Reese. As they research Reese and the planet, they make a terrifying discovery when she makes them a special “toy”. That “toy” is a Replicator, and she’s responsible for creating the Replicator threat! And guess what happens when she feels her and her “toys” are threatened by the SGC! She unleashes an army of Replicators into the command center!
–While Reese is deactivated, she as a construct becomes pivotal in bringing more Replicator trouble in latter seasons of the show.
–Was O’Neill right in killing Reese despite her taking control of the Replicators she lost control of (like she lost control of the Replicators that decimated her homeworld)? Probably.
–This is one of two scripts with writing credit by the visual effects supervisor of the show, James Tichenor.
–Commentary trivia: The opening sequence of the episode was shot on September 11th, 2001, and why Teal’c was far in the background of that scene was due to Christopher Judge being extremely emotional out of concern for his relatives in New York.
–Jackson: “It has a heartbeat?” O’Neill: “It has a heart?”
When a world that had tech stolen by the NID in “Touchstone” ends up under attack, SG-1 is tasked to find answers and retrieve a under siege SG team. To do that, SG-1 has to work with the imprisoned NID team members who were there and take them to the planet. The problem is a defense system called The Sentinel that has gone offline, and a system that is being sought by Goa’uld forces.
–Commentary trivia: two of the NID members in this episode weren’t in the episodes listed (“Touchstone” and “Shades of Gray”) in the “previously on…” recap, so, some insert footage later for the recap, and they are now.
–Grogan from “Proving Ground” reappears here, and unlike his leader in his cadet squad back in “Last Stand”, he actually survives this episode.
–Henry Gibson plays Marul, who if you don’t recognize from his many supporting roles in films and television, you might remember him as I do for hosting the United Appeal for the Dead skit in Kentucky Fried Movie.
–So, Grieves did lie about tampering with the Sentinel (in this case, accidentally killing its Caretaker and rigging it so it kept the illusion the Sentinel was still active), but redeems himself by activating the device, and being disappeared along with the Goa’uld invasion force.
–Jackson: (Holding up a combat knife) “Yeah, which end do the bullets go in again?”
NEXT TIME: We end season five of the Stargate SG-1 Minicaps with an overview of the season and highlights, but before that, Daniel faces lethal exposure to radiation in “Meridian”, and the team must rescue Thor from the clutches of Anubis in the season-ending “Revelations”.