The SGC is on high alert after several unexpected offworld activations. Finally, a message is received from a colony of descendants of human slaves taken from Earth by the Goa’uld, which reveals that with each previous attempt to open the stargate, a volunteer stepped through and fatally slammed into the iris protecting the SGC’s gate. Their leader, Alar, pleads for assistance in his people’s war with an unknown enemy, and General Hammond dispatches SG-1 on a purely humanitarian mission. Alar’s people fight a war by remote control from a besieged underground headquarters, on a world whose surface has been left permanently uninhabitable by the ongoing war. After seeing their remote combat technology in action, and learning about their controlled fusion reactors, O’Neill pledges Earth’s assistance to ensure a technology exchange. What Alar wants from Earth is deuterium-infused heavy water to power both his defenses and offensive weapons. But this raises troubling questions about the war being fought – how did it start, who is the enemy, and is O’Neill getting in over his head?
written by Brad Wright
directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Kevin Kiner
Guest Cast: Rene Auberjonois (Alar), Anne Marie Loder (Farrell), Gary Jones (Sgt. Walter Harriman), Dan Shea (Sgt. Siler), Stephen Park (Controller), Kyle Cassie (Eurondan Soldier), Kris Keeler (Zombie Pilot)
Notes: Guest star Rene Auberjonois is a familiar face to SF TV fans, having spent seven years on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the shapeshifting security officer Odo prior to this episode.
LogBook entry by Earl Green