SG-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.
story 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