Children Of The Gods

Stargate SG-1At a top secret facility in Cheyenne Mountain, the stargate is kept in a storage facility, guarded by a handful of of soldiers. When it activates, Goa’uld warriors come out shooting. One of the soldiers is taken hostage and her comrades, despite putting up a valiant fight, are killed. The Goa’uld take their hostage and leave.

Colonel Jack O’Neill, a year after his first voyage through the stargate, is called out of retirement and questioned by General George Hammond about his original mission. When General Hammond reveals a plan to send another nuclear bomb through the gate to prevent it from ever opening again, O’Neill finally reveals that he didn’t necessarily carry out his orders and that the team members he reported killed in action are, in fact, still living on Abydos. O’Neill suggests sending a message of sorts through the stargate to see if archaeologist Daniel Jackson is alive and well; when a reply is received, O’Neill is recalled to active duty and assigned to take another trip through the gate to investigate the sudden revival of the Goa’uld’s interest in Earth. Major Samantha Carter, an expert on the workings of the stargate, is added to O’Neill’s reassembled original team for the mission.

An initially hostile reception on the other side of the gate is quickly prevented by Daniel Jackson, who reveals his theory that there are more than two stargates – and that it’s likely that there’s an entire network of gates spread throughout the galaxy. Daniel has begun to make some headway on translating several cartouches which may be a map of that network. But before he can explain much more, Goa’uld invade Abydos through the stargate, again slaughtering everyone they can and taking a hostage – in this case, the woman Daniel has taken as his lover. He agrees to return to Earth with the surviving members of O’Neill’s team, but upon his return he finds that General Hammond isn’t exactly pleased to see him again.

With what seems to be the return of Ra, despite O’Neill and Daniel’s insistence that they did succeed in killing him, Hammond forms nine teams to perform regular reconnaisance and security missions through the Stargate, and assigns O’Neill and Carter to the prime team, SG-1. But on their first mission, the odds are against them. Daniel discovers that his lover is now inhabited by the symbiont of a Goa’uld queen, and the entire SG-1 team is captured. Only the startling rebellion of a Goa’uld warrior named Teal’c turns the tide when he joins O’Neill.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Richard Dean Anderson (Colonel Jack O’Neill), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), Amanda Tapping (Major Samantha Carter), Christopher Judge (Teal’c), Don S. Davis (General Hammond)

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directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Joel Goldsmith
main theme adapted from music by David Arnold

Guest Cast: Jay Acovone (Major Kawalsky), Vaitiare Bandera (Sha’re), Robert Wisden (Major Samuels), Peter Williams (Apophis), Brent Stait (Major Ferretti), Gary Jones (Technician), Alexis Cruz (Skaara), Rachael Hayward (Guard #3), Rick Ravanello (Guard #2), J.B. Bivens (Guard #1), Stephen Sumner (Goa’uld #1), Adam Harrington (Goa’uld #2), John Bear Curtis (Primitive), John Tierney (Monk), Colin Lawrence (Warren), Garvin Cross (Casey), Anthony Ashbee (Soldier), Eric Schneider (Doctor), Andrew McIlwaine (Medic), Santo Lombardo (Bolaa), Sean Amsing (Tobay), Monique Rusu (Dark Skinned Woman), Janette de Vries (Female Serpent Guard)

Stargate SG-1Notes: There are several differences between the world established in the movie Stargate and that of the series. The location of the mountain base housing the Stargate has changed to Cheyenne Mountain, an actual Air Force base. (O’Neill mentions that he has been there before, suggesting that the stargate was not moved between the film and the series.) The spellings of “Jack O’Neill” and “Sha’re” have been changed from the original “O’Neil” and “Sha’uri.” The characters of Kawalsky and Ferretti were lieutenants in the movie, but majors in the series. In the film, Abydos was in another galaxy. In the series, it is one of the closest planets with a stargate to Earth, which is why the Earth gate is able to connect to it without adjustments to the address. The alien that possessed the human body Ra was a humanoid in the movie, not a snake-like creature. Ra’s guards were not called by any name or title in the movie, but were referred to as Horus and Anubis in the credits. Their headpieces folded away completely and disappeared, unlike the serpent guard headpieces of the series. (The name Anubis was later given to a major villain in the series’ later seasons.) In the film, O’Neil and Jackson agreed that the major danger was the Earth gate, and that O’Neil would find some way to have that shut down when he returned home. No explanation is given for why the stargate remained unburied and connected to power. Alexis Cruz played Skaara in both the movie and the series.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

The Enemy Within

Stargate SG-1The Goa’uld have Earth’s number – and they persistently try to send attack groups through the stargate, only to lose those warriors when they can’t penetrate the iris that has been installed to prevent unwanted visitors. The ongoing Goa’uld menace has also led General Hammond to take a less than friendly stance toward O’Neill’s request to add Teal’c to the SG-1 team. Teal’c is a Jaffa, a warrior who carries the larval form of a Goa’uld symbiont within him but is not controlled by it. Someone in the command center is under the control of a Goa’uld, however – Kawalsky, O’Neill’s former second-in-command and now in charge of SG-2, has brought back an unwelcome passenger from his last mission. The symbiont’s hold over Kawalsky is intermittent, but no one is quite sure how to remove it. But the Pentagon colonel who has arrived to interrogate Teal’c makes the surprising recommendation to leave Kawalsky infested – in the hopes that once the Goa’uld matures and assumes complete control, it can be questioned.

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directed by Dennis Berry
music by Dennis McCarthy & Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Alan Rachins (Colonel Kennedy), Jay Acovone (Kawalsky), Kevin McNulty (Dr. Warner), Gary Jones (Technician), Warren Takeuchi (Young Doctor)

Notes: Kawalsky was shown being attacked by a Goa’uld at the end of the series pilot Children Of The Gods.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Emancipation

Stargate SG-1A routine reconnaisance mission becomes a little less than routine when SG-1 saves a young boy from wild dogs. But when the rest of the boy’s tribe appears, they are shocked at the sight of Major Carter and even draw weapons on her, until the boy says that Carter helped to save his life. But he has something else in mind – the son of his tribe’s chieftan, he has fallen in love with the daughter of a rival tribe’s chieftan. The boy kidnaps Carter and offers to trade her in exchange for the girl he loves. But what neither he, nor the chieftan he is trying to sell Carter to, realizes is that his hostage won’t go quietly.

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directed by Jeff Woolnough
music by Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Turghan), Jorge Vargas (Abu), Soon-Teck Oh (Moughai), Crystal Lo (Nya), Marilyn Chin (Clanswoman)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

The Broca Divide

Stargate SG-1SG-1 is assigned to explore the planet believed to be the destination of the Goa’uld who attacked Abydos, and since the unmanned probe sent through the gate to gather intelligence seems to have returned no visual information, the SG-3 Marine unit is assigned to accompany them, and both teams are outfitted with night vision gear. Within seconds of stepping out of the gate, SG-1 is attacked by some kind of primitive humanoids. SG-3 fends off the attckers and the two teams go into hiding to observe, until a second group of humanoids – this one appearing to be more civilized – appears. The teams spend some time with the more advanced people, but when it becomes apparent that they haven’t been visited by the Goa’uld in a generation, O’Neill orders his teams to return to Earth. During debriefing, one of the Marines suddenly attacks Teal’c without warning. Other members of SG-3 begin to show similar behavior, and even Carter begins to behave more primally. As the symptoms spread, General Hampton orders the Cheyenne Mountain facility completely sealed off. The two least-affected members of SG-1, Teal’c and Daniel, are assigned to return through the gate to see if the more advanced humanoids know of a cure for their condition. But even after Daniel is abducted by the primitives, Teal’c’s diplomatic request for blood samples meet with hostility – so he takes a less diplomatic approach. It quickly becomes apparent that there may be a closer connection between the two societies on the alien planet than anyone thought.

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directed by William Gereghty
music by Joel Goldsmith & David Arnold

Guest Cast: Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Gary Jones (Technician), Steve Makaj (Makepeace), Nicole Oliver (Leedora), Gerard Plunkett (Tuplo), Danny Wattley (Johnson), Roxana Phillip (Melosha)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

First Commandment

Stargate SG-1SG-1 follows a distress call from another stargate team, SG-9, that hasn’t returned from a distant world. O’Neill’s team finds only one survivor, and he tells them that Captain Hanson, the previous team’s commander, has assumed the role of a god among the planet’s indigenous people. Hanson has even executed those under his command who haven’t accepted his self-imposed godhood, and isn’t showing much more compassion for the natives. Carter, who was at one point engaged to Hanson before they were both assigned to the stargate project, can’t even talk him out of his subjugation of the planet and its people. Worse yet, when SG-1 makes its presence felt among the locals, they discover that Hanson has already warned them of “evil” beings with godlike powers similar to his own. Now O’Neill isn’t just up against a fellow commander – as far as the primitives are concerned, he’s trying to dethrone a god.

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directed by Dennis Berry
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: William Russ (Captain Hanson), Roger R. Cross (Lt. Cooper), Zahf Hajee (Jamala), Adrian Hughes (Baker), D. Neil Mark (Frakes), Darcy Laurie (Cave-Dweller)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Cold Lazarus

Stargate SG-1Examining crystalline formations on an unexplored world, O’Neill is knocked out cold by a burst of energy – and then a duplicate of him appears to accompany SG-1 back to Earth. The duplicate goes through O’Neill’s personal effects, finding a picture of what he believes is O’Neill’s home, and then goes there, and a disturbing encounter with O’Neill’s ex-wife ensues. It quickly becomes apparent that this duplicate knows nothing of what happened to O’Neill’s son Charlie, who died after accidentally shooting himself with O’Neill’s gun. When the real O’Neill recovers and comes through the stargate, he’s treated as a duplicate until he can prove who he really is – but before the team can figure out what has happened, the ersatz O’Neill, actually a being composed of energy, has begun to lose his human form, endangering everyone around him.

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directed by Kenneth J. Girotti
music by Richard Band

Guest Cast: Harley Jane Kozak (Sara O’Neill), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Gary Jones (Technician), Wally Dalton (Sara’s Father), Kyle Graham (Charlie O’Neill), Marc Baur (Senior Cop), Jane Spence (Nurse), Carmen Moore (Lab Assistant), Charles Pyne (Guard NCO)

Notes: In another example of changed spellings, Jack’s wife is listed as “Sara” in the series, but as “Sarah” in the credits to the movie.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

The Nox

Stargate SG-1A representative from the White House visits the SGC to express the President’s misgivings that the Stargate program has yet to reap any useful technological benefits. When Teal’c mentions a planet where the indigenous life form has the power of invisibility, that world becomes SG-1’s next destination – despite the fact that Teal’c once hunted this creature without any success. When the team arrives, the stargate they traveled through seems to disappear after their arrival. Worse yet, they spot Apophis and a squadron of Goa’uld there as well, and the team’s attempt to ambush him is painfully unsuccessful. They awaken in what looks like a primitive village, apparently healed by the locals. But these primitives have also saved one of Apophis’ guards, not comprehending that he is an enemy of the others. The creatures, who call themselves the Nox, make a quick study of SG-1’s language and begins to communicate. But when O’Neill tries to offer his help in ridding the Nox of their Goa’uld problem, the pacifistic creatures refuse. But the Nox are hiding a secret of their own – a secret that could bring all of Apophis’ merciless force to bear on them, with O’Neill and his team in the middle.

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directed by Charles Correll
music by Joel Goldsmith

Stargate SG-1Guest Cast: Armin Shimerman (Anteaus), Peter Williams (Apophis), Ray Xifo (Ohper), Gary Jones (Technician), Frida Betrani (Lya), Terry David Mulligan (Swift), Addison Ridge (Nafrayu), Michasa Armstrong (Shak’l), Zoran Vukelic (Jaffa)

Notes: Armin Shimerman played Quark for all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as frequently guest starring as the principal of Buffy’s high school on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Brief Candle

Stargate SG-1O’Neill and his team arrive in a temple, where they find a man in a panic because his wife is about to give birth. Daniel turns out to be the most experienced member of the team in these matters, and helps to deliver the baby. The local villagers welcome SG-1 with open arms, particularly O’Neill himself. One of the village’s women, Kynthia, seems to take a special interest in him, and manages to lure him into her bed after he samples some of the local cuisine. At sundown, the entire village goes indoors and simultaneously falls into a deep sleep – and to the rest of the team’s alarm, O’Neill is powerless to keep himself from joining the villagers in their sleep. Major Carter asks around among the natives, and discovers that their lives are lived out at an extremely accelerated rate – they live and die in a matter of weeks. O’Neill’s metabolism has somehow synchronized with theirs, and where the natives show almost now physical signs of their accelerated age, O’Neill begins to wither before his teammates’ eyes – and they don’t believe he’ll survive if he goes back through the stargate.

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teleplay by Katharyn Powers
directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Bobbie Phillips (Kynthia), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Harrison Coe (Alekos), Gabrielle Miller (Thetys), Gary Jones (Technician)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Thor’s Hammer

Stargate SG-1On a hunch that the Goa’uld may have enemies more advanced than humans, SG-1 goes to a planet whose coordinates are taught to every Goa’uld – as a place to avoid at all costs, according to Teal’c. When the team emerges from the stargate, an obelisk near the gate activates and probes all four of them, finally settling on Teal’c. O’Neill leaps toward Teal’c to push him out of the beam, but both of them vanish in a flash of light. The primitive human locals tell Daniel and Carter that the obelisk – Thor’s hammer – only singles out Goa’uld hosts. This is also what a hologram, claiming to be Thor of the Asgard tells O’Neill and Teal’c, who find themselves in a sprawling underground maze. The image also warns that only the host of a Goa’uld can escape alive, but the symbiont will try. The only way Carter and Daniel can find the maze themselves is to follow a woman who claims to be a liberated Goa’uld host, a concept which intrigues Daniel, who hopes that his wife can be found and freed in the same way. When Teal’c encounters the device, it quickly becomes apparent that it will kill him in the process of eliminating the symbiont – and he must depend on Daniel to destroy it.

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directed by Brad Turner
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Galyn Gorg (Kendra), Vincent Hammond (Unas), Tasmin Kelsey (Gairwyn), James Earl Jones (voice of Unas), Mark Gibbon (Thor)

Notes: James Earl Jones is known to SF fans everywhere as the voice of CNN – oh, and Darth Vader, too.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Bloodlines

Stargate SG-1An attempt to remove Teal’c’s Goa’uld symbiont for study is cut short when his body’s immune systems begin to shut down. The Goa’uld ensure their dominance over the Jaffa by assuming control of immune functions, forcing the Jaffa to keep the symbionts for their entire lives. But worse, Teal’c is worried about his son – part of a family he claimed didn’t exist when he joined SG-1. Now Teal’c wants to return to Chulak to prevent his son from receiving a symbiont on the day he comes of age, and he’s going with or without General Hammond’s permission. The General sends the rest of SG-1 with Teal’c, but when they arrive, Teal’c finds his home has been destroyed. A lone Jaffa ambushes them, and Teal’c recognizes him as Master Bra’tac, a leader of the Jaffa resistance and Teal’c’s mentor. Bra’tac reveals that Teal’c’s home was burned in retaliation for aiding SG-1, and his family have become outcasts. When Teal’c finds them, he discovers that his son is dying – and Teal’c’s mission prevent his son from receiving a Goa’uld may end with him giving the boy his own symbiont, sacrificing himself in the process.

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teleplay by Jeff King
directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Joel Goldsmith, Dennis McCarthy and Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Tony Amendola (Bra’tac), Salli Richardson (Drey’auc), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Neil Denis (Rya’c), Brian Jensen (Head Priest), Bob Wilde (Priest)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Fire And Water

Stargate SG-1SG-1 returns from a mission without Daniel, and O’Neill reports to General Hammond that Daniel died as the team tried to escape the volatile volcanic planet they were exploring. Dr. Fraiser, concerned about the mental state of the survivors, asks General Hammond to remove SG-1 from active duty for a week, during which they attend Daniel’s funeral service and begin to go through his personal effects (since national security concerns prevent anyone else from doing so). But O’Neill, Carter and Teal’c all begin to experience visions of Daniel’s death, usually triggered by the sight of liquid – which conflicts with their memories of Daniel perishing in fire. Daniel awakens in an underwater complex where an alien creature is keeping him alive – and keeping him hostage. Daniel’s captor demands all of Daniel’s knowledge regarding ancient Babylon – and unless he surrenders that information, Daniel will never return to the surface again.

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teleplay by Katharyn Powers
directed by Allan Eastman
music by Joel Goldsmith and Richard Band

Guest Cast: Gerard Plunkett (Nem), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Gary Jones (Technician), Eric Schneider (Dr. McKenzie)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Hathor

Stargate SG-1An archaeological expedition makes an astonishing find – the sarcophagus of an Egyptian goddess named Hathor, inexplicably hidden in a secret chamber in Mayan ruins. Hathor awakens, kills the explorers, and makes her way to the SGC, where she overcomes the willpower of the base’s entire male population one by one. Carter raises objections when General Hammond offers Hathor the free run of the entire base, but she is overruled. She takes her case to Dr. Fraiser, the SGC’s doctor, who agrees that something has happened to all of the men on the base. To the possessed Daniel, Hathor reveals her true identity: she is a Goa’uld “queen bee,” and needs to obtain human DNA to produce a new breed of symbionts compatible with – and intended to enslave – the human race. Hathor selects O’Neill as the first recipient of a larval Goa’uld, and now all that stands between Earth and total domination is Carter, Dr. Fraiser, and the sparse female population of the SGC.

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teleplay by Jonathan Glassner
directed by Brad Turner
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Suanne Braun (Hathor), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Dave Hurtubise (Dr. Kleinhouse), Amanda O’Leary (Dr. Cole), Bob Frazer (Airman), Ikkee Battle (S.P. Guard), Tracy Westerholm (Female Soldier)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Singularity

Stargate SG-1A visit to a planet where the SG-7 team has established an observatory turns out to be less than routine when SG-1 finds SG-7 and several of the locals dead of an unknown disease. O’Neill declares an immediate biohazard situation and calls for backup from Earth, shortly before the only survivor of a village of 1,000 people is found – a little girl who clings to Carter and yet seems unable to tell anyone what happened. Dr. Fraiser finds something unique about the young survivor – she has naquahdah, the material from which the stargate itself is made, in her blood. Back at the SGC, the girl finally tells Carter that her name is Cassandra, and then collapses. An X-ray reveals something foreign near the girl’s heart, but any attempt to directly sample it or remove it reveals that the device has the ability to stop her heart. Further study reveals it to be a bomb capable of producing a massive nuclear explosion. On the planet, O’Neill and Teal’c have stayed behind to monitor the eclipse that the SG-7 observatory was built to track – and through the telescope, they spot those responsible for turning Cassandra into a walking bomb.

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directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Richard Band

Guest Cast: Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Katie Stuart (Cassandra), Gary Jones (Technician), Kevin McNulty (Dr. Warner)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

The Torment Of Tantalus

Stargate SG-1Reviewing classified film footage from 1945 dating back to the discovery of the stargate, Daniel discovers something disturbing: the government researchers trying to activate the gate managed to not only activate it, but to send a man through – after which a power overload traps that man at his destination. Daniel pays a visit to Catherine Langford, the woman who originally brought him in on the secret of the stargate project, and lets her in on a secret of his own – by examining the 1945 film, he’s figured out where the man, Catherine’s fiancee, was sent. Daniel infuriates General Hammond by not only bringing Catherine to the SGC, but by drawing up a mission plan to save Ernest Littlefield – a mission on which Catherine insists on joining SG-1. Once through the gate, they find Ernest quickly, in a crumbling tower where he’s been trapped for 50 years thanks to a broken dial-home device. But Ernest has spent that half-century studying a device containing knowledge of undiscovered elements and secrets of the Ancients, the race who built the stargate network. When an approaching storm completely destroys the DHD, the team must devise a way to power the gate for a one-shot trip back home, and the only power source left is being used by the Ancient device – something which Daniel refuses to allow to be shut down.

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directed by Jonathan Glassner
music by Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Elizabeth Hoffman (Catherine Langford), Keene Curtis (Ernest Littlefield), Gary Jones (Technician), Duncan Fraser (Professor Langford), Nancy McClure (young Catherine), Paul McGillion (young Ernest), Sheelah Megill (Martha – Maid)

Notes: Paul McGillion would later join the regular cast of the spinoff series Stargate: Atlantis as Dr. Carson Beckett.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Cor-Ai

Stargate SG-1SG-1 visits a planet that Teal’c recognizes as a frequently-used harvesting ground for new Jaffa hosts. The team enters what appears to be an abandoned building, but they are ambushed by the locals, who seem to be human or closely related, and while they warily establish some trust with O’Neill and even tell him he can leave unharmed – but they recognize Teal’c as a Jaffa and refuse to allow him to leave. One of the men claims that Teal’c killed his father, and declares a ritual called the Cor-Ai. O’Neill volunteers himself to represent Teal’c at the trial, and when Daniel raises concerns that perhaps O’Neill lacks diplomatic skills, Daniel and Carter join Teal’c’s makeshift legal team. There’s only one problem – in the opening moments of the trial, Teal’c readily admits his guilt. O’Neill tries to save Teal’c’s life by recounting SG-1’s adventures with Teal’c, shifting the blame to Apophis, who ordered Teal’c to kill a prisoner at random. When this legal tactic doesn’t seem to be helping, O’Neill decides that the team will have to fight their way out to help Teal’c escape.

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directed by Mario Azzopardi
music by Joel Goldsmith and Richard Band

Guest Cast: David McNally (Hanno), Peter Williams (Apophis), Paulina Gillis (Byrsa Woman), Christina Jastrzembska (Female Elder), Kirby Morrow (Militia Man), Michasa Armstrong (Shak’l), Devon Finn (Young Hanno)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Enigma

Stargate SG-1SG-1 visits the planet Tollan, where volcanic activity has buried that world’s entire civilization beneath ash. Only ten survivors are found in the immediate vicinity of the stargate, and they’re hurriedly brought back to the SGC. When one of the refugees, Omac, recovers from his ordeal, he seems less than grateful to the SG-1 team, referring to them as primitives who shouldn’t even be able to use the Stargate. The Tollan refugees are an advanced human species who are paranoid that the people of Earth only want to enslave them and exploit their advanced scientific knowledge and technology. When Colonel Maybourne from the NID arrives with orders from the President to take the Tollan into custody, however, it seems to confirm all of Omac’s fears – and even when O’Neill tries to contact some of the worlds SG-1 has helped before to ask them to provide a safe refuge, it seems the Tollan are even less interested in seeking asylum from other “primitives” than they are in serving the darker side of U.S. intelligence.

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directed by William Gereghty
music by Joel Goldsmith, Richard Band, Kevin Kiner and Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Tobin Bell (Omac), Garwin Sanford (Narim), Tom McBeath (Colonel Maybourne), Gerard Plunkett (Tuplo), Gary Jones (Technician), Frida Betrani (Lya), Tracy Westerholm (Airwoman), Woody Jeffreys (Guard)

Notes: Tuplo and his people first appeared in the episode The Broca Divide.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Solitudes

Stargate SG-1A power overload during gate travel hurls Daniel and Teal’c through the gate with unusual force, stranding Carter and O’Neill in an ice cave, and O’Neill is critically injured. Carter finds a dial-home device but can’t get its stargate to power up. In the meantime, Daniel and Teal’c join SG-3 in several missions to other worlds, looking for their missing teammates, and finding nothing but trouble along the way. Nobody can figure out where O’Neill and Carter are – and their situation is growing more desperate by the hour. What no one realizes is that they’re closer to home than anyone can imagine – and whether they realize it or not, they’ve made a very important discovery.

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directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith, Richard Band and Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Gary Jones (Technician), Dan Shea (Sgt. Siler)

Notes: Dan Shea, who makes his first appearance in the recurring role of Sergeant Siler in this episode, plays another important role in Stargate SG-1 – he’s Richard Dean Anderson’s stunt double.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Tin Man

Stargate SG-1A visit to the planet PX-939 quickly becomes terrifying for SG-1. They are immobilized by an energy discharge near the stargate, awakening later in new uniforms. A man named Harlan claims to have made the team “better,” but when they insist on returning to Earth, Harlan tells them they’ll be back. During the routine post-mission medical exam, Dr. Fraiser discovers that all four of the members of SG-1 now appear to be robotic rather than human, despite having all of their memories intact. General Hammond has SG-1 confined until they begin to malfunction. SG-1 returns through the gate, where Harlan reveals that he, too, is a synthetic – and has been for 11,000 years. He has recreated SG-1 as synthetics to help him in the daunting task of maintaining the planet, and also to keep him company. But even as they learn the advantages and abilities of their new bodies, O’Neill and the others can’t help but wonder…what happened to their organic bodies?

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directed by Jimmy Kaufman
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Jay Brazeau (Harlan), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Dan Shea (O’Neill alternate)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

There But For The Grace Of God

Stargate SG-1When their most recent destination turns out to be a world that has been conquered by the Goa’uld, O’Neill orders SG-1 to make a hasty retreat back to Earth. Daniel’s investigation of some relics at the site is cut short, so he decides to bring some of the pieces back with him. Before he joins the others at the stargate, Daniel notices a mirror that reflects everything in the room – except for him. When he touches it, he experiences a brief energy surge and then runs to meet the rest of the team for the trip home, only to find they’ve already gone. When he returns through the gate himself, no one at the SGC recognizes him, and he is quickly arrested and interrogated. Daniel’s friends and colleagues are all here, but apparently in different roles; Carter, now the SGC’s resident astrophysicist, gives Daniel a clue that the mirror may have transferred him to a different reality. In this reality, the Goa’uld have besieged Earth, killing over a billion people and laying waste to countless major cities; a select handful of scientists, leaders and others are preparing to mount a “genesis” mission to an offworld site via the stargate when the Goa’uld attack the SGC. Daniel has to convince these alternate versions of his teammates to use that last precious window of opportunity to help him return to his own reality – because he must warn his Earth that the same Goa’uld attack could be imminent for them as well.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxstory by David Kemper
teleplay by Robert C. Cooper
directed by David Warry-Smith
music by Joel Goldsmith, Kevin Kiner and Richard Band

Guest Cast: Elizabeth Hoffman (Catherine Langford), Gary Jones (Technician), Stuart O’Connell (Marine), Michael Kopsa (News Anchor), Laara Sadiq (Technician #2), Shawn Stewart (Jaffa)

Notes: Daniel is able to convince Catherine of his story by mentioning her lost fiance Ernest, whom Daniel learned about in The Torment of Tantalus.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Politics

Stargate SG-1Safely returned from his alternate reality nightmare, Daniel’s attempts to warn the SGC of an impending Goa’uld attack are a hard sell, even where his own teammates are concerned. What his teammates are concerned with is an equally imminent invasion by Senator Kinsey, who has learned of the SGC’s existence – and its annual $7 billion price tag – but still isn’t cleared to know of its purpose. Kinsey’s aim is to shut down the SGC permanently, but the President has told him to interview the SG-1 team before making his decision. The Senator believes that the explorations through the stargate have exposed Earth to unimaginable danger, and that the gate should be closed forever. When Daniel tries to back up SG-1’s defense with the incredible news of the coming Goa’uld attack, it may not help the case for keeping the SGC’s lights on.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxwritten by Brad Wright
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith, Richard Band, Kevin Kiner and Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Ronny Cox (Senator Kinsey), Robert Wisden (Lt. Col. Samuels)

Appearing in footage from Children Of The Gods and The Nox: Peter Williams (Apophis)

Notes: Daniel’s sarcastic reference to “uploading a computer virus to the mothership” is a sly nod toward the 1996 movie Independence Day – which was, of course, the brainchild of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, who also wrote and directed the original Stargate film. Since Devlin and Emmerich have expressed that Stargate SG-1 – and MGM – took the Stargate universe in a direction that they would not have chosen for future movie sequels, it may be that this is the producers’ response to those comments. (Maybe the producers would’ve been on firmer ground to fire that kind of shot if this episode wasn’t a “clip show” consisting largely of excerpts from not just past episodes, but the movie as well.)

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

Within The Serpent’s Grasp

Stargate SG-1In the wake of Senator Kinsey’s visit, General Hammond is preparing to shut down the stargate facility. O’Neill is worried that this could leave Earth open to a devastating attack, even though he still isn’t completely sold on Daniel’s story of a Goa’uld attack witnessed in an alternate reality. But despite his misgivings about the specifics of Daniel’s story, O’Neill is unwilling to stand by helplessly. SG-1 embarks on an unauthorized mission, disobeying the orders of both General Hammond and the President. They find themselves not just behind enemy lines, but aboard the gigantic Goa’uld starship which is already underway to launch an attack on Earth. Apophis has sent his own son – actually Daniel and O’Neill’s young friend Skaara, inhabited by a symbiont – to lead the attack, but when Teal’c and O’Neill try to get Skaara to rebel against the creature controlling his mind, SG-1 is quickly exposed. O’Neill and Teal’c are both sentenced to death, and even if they do escape, the Goa’uld ships are mere hours away from a defenseless Earth.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxstory by James Crocker
teleplay by Jonathan Glassner
directed by David Warry-Smith
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Peter Williams (Apophis), Gary Jones (Technician), Alexis Cruz (Skaara), Brent Stait (Maj. Ferretti), Michael Richard Dobson (Jaffa)

Notes: This episode sees the first appearance of the Goa’uld “zat guns.” Daniel learned the coordinates from which the Goa’uld attack would come in There But For The Grace Of God. Skaara was possessed by a Goa’uld in the series pilot Children Of The Gods.

LogBook entry by Earl Green with notes by Dave Thomer

The Serpent’s Lair

Stargate SG-1Though O’Neill and Teal’c manage to wound Apophis’ son and delay the attack, though SG-1 is captured by the Goa’uld shortly afterward. On Earth, General Hammond is incensed when Lt. Colonel Samuels – an old aversary who has aligned himself with Senator Kinsey – reports to the SGC as the Pentagon’s liaison. Samuels reveals a plan to attack the Goa’uld ships with warheads enhanced with naquahdah (the material of which the stargate is made), but he’s not the only one with a desperate plan in motion. SG-1 is liberated by Master Bra’tac, Teal’c’s old mentor and fellow opponent of the Jaffa’s false gods, but Bra’tac assumes that Earth has advanced space-based defenses of his own. Once O’Neill lets him in on the fact that the U.S. space shuttle fleet isn’t up to fending off the Goa’uld ships, Bra’tac’s plan becomes more desperate – bordering on a suicide mission. And when Samuels’ missile attack fails to even slow down the Goa’uld advance, he suggests new strategies – which, if Daniel was there, he would recognize as mistakes made in the alternate reality which led to the fall of Earth.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Richard Dean Anderson (Colonel Jack O’Neill), Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), Amanda Tapping (Major Samantha Carter), Christopher Judge (Teal’c), Don S. Davis (General Hammond)

Order the DVDswritten by Brad Wright
directed by Jonathan Glassner
music by Joel Goldsmith
main theme adapted from music by David Arnold

Guest Cast: Tony Amendola (Bra’tac), Robert Wisden (Lt. Col. Samuels), Peter Williams (Apophis), Gary Jones (Technician), Alexis Cruz (Klorel / Skaara), Laara Sadiq (Technician), Douglas H. Arthurs (Kah’l), Michael Brynjolfson (Jaffa), Phillip Mitchell (Jaffa #2), Bernie Neufeld (General’s Aide)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

In The Line Of Duty

Stargate SG-1A desperate battle with Goa’uld death gliders near the stargate on an alien world leads SG-1 to beat a hasty retreat back to Earth with many refugees in tow. Trying to perform CPR on a fallen refugee, Carter’s mind is inhabited by a Goa’uld without receiving a symbiont through the usual means. The alien girl Cassandra, who has been adopted by Dr. Frasier, is the first to spot the change, and when confronted by O’Neill, Carter puts up a fight and is finally imprisoned. The Goa’uld in Carter’s mind claims to be one of the Tok’ra – a legendary group of Jaffa who fight against the domination of the Goa’uld System Lords. Carter also warns of the presence of another Goa’uld, inhabiting one of the refugees: an assassin hunting own the Tok’ra who lives in her mind now. O’Neill and the SGC can do nothing to stop the two aliens from playing out their final duel, but if the Tok’ra dies, Carter will die with it.

Order the DVDswritten by Robert C. Cooper
directed by Martin Wood
music by Richard Band

Guest Cast: Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Peter Lacroix (Ashrak), Katie Stuart (Cassandra), Laara Sadiq (Technician), Tracy Westerholm (Technician #2), Judy Nortin (Talia), Joe Pascual (Medical Technician), Nicole Rudell (Nurse), Benz Antoine (Driver), Woody Jeffreys (SF Guard), Jim Thorburn (SF Guard 2), David Allan Pearson (Quinta), Ian Robison (Security Officer), Reg Tupper (Doctor)

Notes: General Hammond reveals that three new teams – SG-10, SG-11 and SG-12 – have been formed and are just embarking on their first missions.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Prisoners

Stargate SG-1SG-1 is about to finish their survey of a jungle-like world when a disheveled man emerges from the forest, warning of the coming of Taldor. Moments later, the team – and their new acquaintance – are snatched away by a blinding beam of light. The voice of Taldor speaks, sentencing O’Neill and his teammates to life imprisonment on a distant world. When they arrive, the almost all-male population of the prison makes a beeline for Carter, until an older woman intervenes and declares Carter “off-limits” – and the men seem to heed her warning. O’Neill and Carter begin discussing an escape plan with the woman, but it’ll be quite a feat to engineer an escape through a stargate that has no dial-home device. But even if SG-1 can pull it off, the question remains: why was their co-conspirator imprisoned on this world, and what will happen if they free her?

Order the DVDswritten by Terry Curtis Fox
directed by David Warry-Smith
music by Joel Goldsmith, Richard Band and Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Bonnie Bartlett (Linea), Laara Sadiq (Technician), Mark Acheson (Vishnoor), David Bloom (Scavenger), Kim Kondrashoff (Roshure), Colin Lawrence (Major Warren), Michael Puttonen (Simian), Andrew Wheeler (Stan Kovacek), Colleen Winton (Dr. Greene)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

The Gamekeeper

Stargate SG-1SG-1 finds a planet where an advanced civilization has obviously set up shop, with several locals apparently encased in some sort of technology that has trapped them and connected to their brains. When they find some empty apparatus similar to those units, SG-1 is ensnared and forcibly plugged into the gear as well. O’Neill and Teal’c awaken to find themselves in some sort of virtual reality scenario that O’Neill recognizes as a mission he served on in 1982 in West Germany, a mission that didn’t turn out well for his teammates. Daniel and Carter find themselves reliving Daniel’s most painful childhood memory, the death of both of his parents. But in both scenarios, even when the sequence of events can be altered, it quickly becomes apparent that someone is watching – a group of hooded observers, and a man who claims to be the Keeper. But while the Keeper is controlling the team’s surroundings, he can’t control their actions, and they soon stop cooperating and find themselves being released from the machines. But even that is no guarantee that they’ve found their way to safety again.

Order the DVDsstory by Jonathan Glassner & Brad Wright
teleplay by Jonathan Glassner
directed by Martin Wood
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Dwight Schultz (The Keeper), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Jay Acovone (Captain Kawalsky), Michael Rogers (Col. John Michaels), Laara Sadiq (Technician), Lisa Bunting (Claire Jackson), Robert Duncan (Melburn Jackson), Diane Brown (Docent), Gillian Barber (Resident #1), Cathy Weseluck (Resident #2)

Notes: Dwight Schultz is known to TV viewers the world over as The A-Team’s “Howling Mad” Murdock, and to SF fans as the bumbling, neurotic Lt. Reginald Barclay from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. He also has an extensive list of voice acting credits, ranging from The Family Guy and The Animatrix to video and computer games such as Destroy All Humans!, Everquest II, Star Trek: Elite Force II and the Battlestar Galactica game.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Need

Stargate SG-1On an offworld mission, SG-1 watches from hiding as Goa’uld force the members of a primitive society to mine naquahdah and offer it up as tribute to their masters. When Daniel spots a young woman about to jump from a precipice, he breaks his cover to save her, and the entire team is captured and sent to labor in the naquahdah mines. When O’Neill and Teal’c launch an escape attempt, it’s nearly successful until the Goa’uld guards cause a tunnel to collapse on top of Daniel. The daughter of the local ruler – the same woman Daniel saved – rejuvenates Daniel with a Goa’uld sarcophagus. But her father does not carry a Goa’uld symbiont – he is revered as a god simply because he has continually used the sarcophagus himself, extending his life by hundreds of years. After he is healed, Daniel isn’t returned to slave labor, but instead becomes consort to the princess, who convinces him to begin using the sarcophagus on a regular basis as well.

Order the DVDsstory by Robert C. Cooper & Damian Kindler
telelplay by Robert C. Cooper
directed by David Warry-Smith
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Heather Hanson (Shyla), George Touliatos (Pyrus), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Gary Jones (Technician), Andrew Guy (Jaffa #1), Michael Philp (Jaffa #2), Jason Calder (SF Guard)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Thor’s Chariot

Stargate SG-1On the world where SG-1 encountered and destroyed the Goa’uld-killing device known as Thor’s Hammer, a Goa’uld attack force led by Heru’ur – the child of Ra and Hathor – has overrun the planet. Without Thor’s Hammer to stop them, the indigenous humans have been forced underground, or have been captured and enslaved. Gairwyn, who has survived the attacks, leads O’Neill and his comrades to a place called the Hall of Thor’s Might, and Carter and Daniel join Gairwyn in trying to decipher the Hall’s puzzles. Teal’c and O’Neill try to prepare the decimated local population to do battle with an overwhelming invasion force. But whether the mysteries of Thor’s hall provide them with a new means of doing battle with the Goa’uld, O’Neill and the others are keenly aware that whatever happens to this world and its people are a direct result of SG-1’s intervention, and the team is prepared to pay the price.

Order the DVDswritten by Katharyn Powers
directed by William Gereghty
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Tamsin Kelsey (Gairwyn), Andrew Kavadas (Olaf), Douglas H. Arthurs (Heru’ur), Mark Gibbon (Thor), Laara Sadiq (Technician), Michael Tiernan (Horus Warrior)

Notes: This is the first time the true form of the Asgard is seen in the series, even though it’s only via hologram.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Message In A Bottle

Stargate SG-1Exploring a lifeless world – one which Teal’c is certain once supported abundant life – SG-1 encounters an unusual artifact which seems to be emitting a power signature, despite being at least a thousand years old. Carter and Daniel both set about trying to explore the object’s mysterious nature, with a definite deadline: the NID organization wants to study its power source. When the artifact finally activates, it seems determined not to let anyone interfere with it. O’Neill and Teal’c rush it to the gate room to dispose of it, but the object fires metal spikes into the walls and floors, impaling O’Neill through the shoulder and the concrete wall behind him. General Hammond orders a lockdown of the base, and Dr. Fraiser discovers an alien organism is also being released by the device, infecting the entire base. Even when Hammond sets the base’s auto-destruct, he may be unwittingly providing the organism with the means to overrun the entire Earth.

Order the DVDsstory by Michael Greenburg and Jarrad Paul
teleplay by Brad Wright
directed by David Warry-Smith
music by Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fasier), Tobias Mehler (Lt. Simmons), Gary Jones (Technician), Kevin Conway (SG Leader), Dan Shea (Sgt. Siler)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Family

Stargate SG-1An incoming wormhole brings Master Bra’tac to the SGC, bearing bad news – Apophis is still alive, and has captured Teal’c’s son, Rya’c. Bra’tac believes that Apophis has lost his status among the Goa’uld System Lords as a result of SG-1 thwarting his attack on Earth. To regain his standing, Apophis hopes to lure Teal’c into a trap with his son as the bait. And another unpleasant surprise awaits Teal’c on Chulak when he discovers that his wife, Drey’auc, as declared their marriage dissolved in his absence, taking his old colleague Fro’tak as her new husband. When the team tries to rescue Rya’c, he betrays their presence to the guards and runs. It appears that Apophis has brainwashed Rya’c, but before he can be recovered and brought back to Earth, Teal’c and his teammates will have to endure other painful betrayals as well.

Order the DVDswritten by Katharyn Powers
directed by William Gereghty
music by Joel Goldsmith, Kevin Kiner and Richard Band

Guest Cast: Tony Amendola (Bra’tac), Brook Parker (Drey’auc), Teryl Rothery (Dr. Fraiser), Peter Williams (Apophis), Neil Denis (Rya’c), Peter Bryant (Fro’tak), Jano Frandsen (Dj’nor), Laara Sadiq (Female Technician)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Secrets

Stargate SG-1As promised, Daniel returns to Abydos, one year to the day after he left, to tell his wife’s father that he has not found her yet. But Daniel is shocked to find that Sha’re has been returned to Abydos already, apparently under her own control – and very pregnant. She is bearing the child of Apophis, bred to be the future host of his Goa’uld symbiont. Teal’c wants to bring Sha’re back to the SGC as soon as possible, since she knows whatever strategic information her Goa’uld symbiont knows, but before they can get her through the stargate, a Goa’uld ship arrives – a rival of Apophis who wants to steal the child. Unable to travel to Abydos due to an appointment in Washington D.C., O’Neill, Carter and General Hammond are dealing with a crisis of their own. O’Neill has been approached by a reporter who has far too much knowledge of the stargate program, and Carter’s father, who has no knowledge of what she really does, is trying to pull strings to get her into NASA.

Order the DVDswritten by Terry Curtis Fox
directed by Duane Clark
music by Joel Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Carmen Argenziano (General Jacob Carter), Vaitiare Bandera (Sha’re), Peter Williams (Apophis), Douglas H. Arthurs (Heru’ur), Chris Owens (Armin Selig), Erick Avari (Kasuf), Michael Tiernan (Ryn’tak)

Notes: This is Jacob Carter’s first appearance in the series.

LogBook entry by Earl Green