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I'll admit - this one may take me some time.  I may have gone a bit overboard <weg>.  Comments are always welcomed :)

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first season  (1997-1998)
1.01  Children of the Gods (pilot)
Written by:    Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright   Directed by: Mario Azzopardi

Set approximately one year after the motion picture, this episode sets up the premise of the series: we learn the stargate goes to multiple planets, Stargate Command is established (with 9 teams), and the hunt is on for Sha’re and Skaara.
When a group of hostile aliens comes through the stargate, General Hammond sends Major Samuels to get retired Colonel Jack O’Neill.  They plan to send another bomb through the gate to Abydos.  To prevent this, Jack confesses that his report was “not entirely accurate” and that Daniel is alive and well.  We meet Sam, who gets off on the wrong foot with O’Neill because she is a “scientist” (theoretical astrophysicist, to be precise).  Although she wins over Ferretti and Kawalsky quickly, Jack takes a bit longer to accept her.  Samuels is his typical, wet blanket self (we should bury the gate).  Hammond gives them a 24-hour reprieve to investigate.  After arriving on Abydos, Daniel shows them the cartouche, which turns out to be a chart of thousands of stargate addresses.  At first skeptical, Sam is quick to figure it out. While they are at the cartouche, Apophis and Teal’c come through the gate.  Sha’re (Daniel’s wife) and Skaara are taken prisoner and Ferretti is badly wounded.  Jack convinces Daniel to come back to Earth. When they return, they learn a titanium iris has been installed.  Hammond announces the formation of stargate command.  O’Neill will head SG1 and Kawalsky SG2.  Ferretti regains consciousness and supplies them with the coordinates Apophis went to.  SG teams 1 and 2 go to the planet.  Daniel discovers his wife has been possessed.  Jack, Sam, and Daniel are captured and meet up with Skaara.  Apophis and Ammonet arrive and Skaara is chosen as a host for Apophis’ son Klorel.  Apophis orders Teal’c to kill the remaining prisoners, but Teal’c helps Jack and Sam to arrange an escape.  Jack then invites Teal’c to join them.  Teal’c explains about the Jaffa and the Gao’uld.  Apophis, Ammonet, and Klorel escape through the gate.  Under fire, Jack decides to bring the refugees back to Earth.  While making their escape, Kawalsky is possessed by an immature Gao’uld.

destination(s): Abydos, Chulak

Cast:  Jack, Sam, Daniel, Teal’c, Hammond, Samuels, Kawalsky

Technician on Duty: MSGT. Davis

Gao’uld: Apophis, Ammonet (Sha’re), Klorel (Skaara)

Sam/Jack factor: In her first scene, Carter is written as a raving feminist and rather arrogant.  It is a tribute to Amanda’s acting skills that you see Sam’s attitude is caused by the underlying need to prove herself – using not only her knowledge and experience, but her sense of humor as well.  Jack and Sam have a great chemistry right from the start.  Jack is attracted, but doesn’t want to be for a multitude of reasons.  The whole “another scientist!” bit is very funny.  They’ve numerous scenes together, the best being on the ramp, just before her first trip through the stargate.

favorite technical line:Sam to Daniel (explaining interstellar drift) – “The closer they are, the less the difference in relative position due to expansion.  The further away the greater the difference.”

favorite humorous line: Hammond to O’Neill (about Carter) - “Which means she’s smarter than you are, Colonel.”

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1.02  The Enemy Within
Written by:    Brad Wright   Directed by: Dennis Berry

The base is under almost constant attack via incoming wormholes.  Hammond tells Jack he is rejecting his request to have Teal’c join SG-1, but that it was not his choice.  Jack visits Teal’c, who “understands” why he is considered a prisoner.  Jack does mention they managed to ship the rest of the refugees back to Chulak before the Gao’uld attacks began.  Suffering from a severe headache, Kawalsky visits the infirmary.  After being possessed by the Gao’uld within him, he kills Dr. Nemzeki (spelling?).  Daniel and Sam are giving a briefing to explain the DHD when Daniel notices Kawalsky standing in the embarkation room. When they talk to him, Kawalsky has no idea why he’s there. Colonel Kennedy arrives to interrogate Teal’c.  Jack invites himself to sit in.  During the interview Teal’c learns that the people of Earth are the Tau’ri.  Dr. Warner runs a MRI on Kawalsky and discovers the parasite within.  Meanwhile, Daniel finally decides to take a nap and discovers Dr. Nemzeki’s body.  Kawalsky, once again controlled by the Gao’uld, makes his way to the control room, knocking everybody out.  He grabs Sam; at first to shut her up then uses her as a human shield when Jack arrives.  He drags her to an elevator.  Once the elevator doors open again, Kawalsky is back in control with no memory of what has happened.  They strap Kawalsky to a rotating bed in the infirmary.  Kennedy wants to stop them from removing the parasite.  He figures Kawalsky is as good as dead anyway, so why not use the opportunity to study the Gao’uld and their genetic memory.  Hammond quickly nixes this idea.  Teal’c allows Dr. Warner to experiment on his larva Gao’uld in order to find the best anesthesia.  Kawalsky makes Hammond promise to “give the order,” either he wakes up as himself or not at all.  The surgery lasts over 2 hours, but they believe it to be a success.  Kawalsky asks Sam to arrange a moment alone with Teal’c before he is shipped off with Kennedy to be “studied.”  Turns out, Kawalsky is still a Gao’uld.  He escapes from the infirmary and makes his way back to the control room where he bashes Davis’ arm, programs the auto-destruct, and opens a wormhole to Chulak.  Once Hammond and O’Neill manage to disengage the auto-destruct, Jack orders Davis to shut down the gate while Teal’c holds Kawalsky head in the puddle.  Although saddened by Kawalsky’s death, Sam points out to Daniel that there is hope for Sha’re and Skaara as something of the host does survive.  Hammond gets the President’s approval for Teal’c to join SG-1.  The episode ends with our intrepid foursome off on their first mission together.


Cast:  Jack, Sam, Daniel, Teal’c, Hammond, Kawalsky, Warner

Technician on Duty: MSGT. Davis

Gao’uld: none

Sam/Jack factor: In this episode, everyone is still getting to know one another.  Sam and Jack have no scenes with just the two of them.  Jack is very concerned about Sam’s safety when Kawalsky seizes her, but his fear is just as much for his friend.  He would have shown the same concern for anyone else.

favorite technical line: Sam to Daniel and Jack (about the iris) – “Pure titanium less than three micrometers from the event horizon.  It won’t even allow matter to fully reintegrate.”

favorite humorous line: Hammond to Kennedy (when he suggests they write-off Kawalsky) – “Well, me, I’ll probably just call the President and get approval right from the horse’s mouth.  But you go right ahead, Colonel.”

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1.03 Emancipation
Written by:    Katharyn Powers   Directed by: Jeff Woolnough

SG-1 arrives on a planet and soon after rescues Abu from a pack of dogs.  Abu reacts very negatively to Sam’s presence.  Abu’s father, Moughal, however, is a progressive thinker who understands the “old ways” are antiquated and invites SG-1 to his village.  Once there, Carter is taken off to become “properly attired.”  The team discovers they have a plant with great anesthetic properties.  While the men party, Abu abducts Sam and takes her to an enemy camp to trade her for the chieftain’s daughter, Nya.  The enemy chieftain instead pays Abu 300 weights of gold and orders him to take it or die.  Meanwhile, once they discover Sam’s disappearance, the rest of SG-1 leave with Moughal to track her and Abu.  Moughal explains that their laws about women came to be as an effort to protect and hide them from the demons.  Sam manages to temporarily escape.  Upon her recapture she stands up to Turghan when he announces he will beat one of his wives as punishment for allowing her to escape.  Later, Sam convinces Nya to stand up to her father and just say no.  Unwilling to risk Sam’s safety for the night (“Oh, there’s not a chance in hell!”), Jack, with the others, waltzes in to camp to demand trade.  Sam sets a diversionary fire to allow Nya to escape. Though Moughal offers more gold and Daniel waxes eloquent about Sam’s many shaman abilities and calls her their chieftain, negotiations for Sam release are not going well, until Jack offers to trade his handgun. (What a deal!)  They leave the camp, but have stop for the night in the forest.  In the morning, Abu arrives to explain that Nya has been recaptured by her father and has been sentenced to a death by stoning.  Sam wants to return to rescue her, but Jack and Moughal do not want to risk an all out war.  Daniel theorizes there must be a way to use the old laws.  Moughal challenges Turghan, who refuses to fight him.  So, “Chieftain” Carter challenges him.  Carter quickly defeats him, but spares his life when he promises to release his daughter and not start a war.  Declining to stay for Abu and Nya’s six-day wedding, SG-1 heads for home.  Moughal frees the women of his village, stating that is how they will remember Carter.

destination(s): Simarka (designation unknown)

Cast:  Jack, Sam, Daniel, Teal’c (Hammond does not appear)

Technician on Duty: none

Gao’uld: none

Sam/Jack factor: It is unspecified how many missions have past since the previous episode.  Jack is very relaxed with Sam now, constantly teasing her.  I love his reaction to her all decked out in the dress.  He’s all smiles and sly glances as he says, “It kinda works for me.”

favorite technical line: none

favorite humorous line: Sam to Turghan (about her domestic abilities) – “I’m a lousy cook and I couldn’t spin, weave or dye if my life depended on it.  You made yourself a bad deal.”

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1.08 Brief Candle
Written by:    Steven Barnes    Directed by: Mario Azzopardi

SG-1 arrive on the planet Argos and discover a young woman in labor.  Daniel and Sam help deliver the baby boy, who parents name the child Daniel.  The parents, Alekos and Thetys invite SG-1 back to their village.  Everyone in the village is is healthy, young, and attractive.  One of the young women, Kynthia, brings Jack a cake.  When he offers some to Daniel, she states it is only for him, for which the other three tease Jack.  Jack continues to eat cake as the others theorize about the village.  Jack is then led away from the team and Kynthia performs a sensual dance for him.  He then follows her into a building.  Teal’c, Daniel, and Sam attempt to follow him, but are stopped by Alekos who brings them wine and informs them it is a sin not to celebrate each day.  Jack comes to his senses kissing Kynthia in bed.  He asks her what happened, though he is wearing only his dog tags so it isn’t that difficult to tell.  He is shocked as the other villagers enter and go immediately to sleep.  When Sam, Teal’c, and Daniel come in, Jack is clearly embarrassed.  Finally clueing in to the fact that the cake was drugged, he turns to confront Kynthia, but instead he collapses.  In the morning, Jack awakes feeling hangover.  The villagers all act as if everything is normal.  Teal’c observes that the writing in the temple is an obscure Gao’uld dialect.  Sam collects soil samples on the beach.  When Thetys arrives with a toddler, she gives the young mother a rattle for the baby and is shocked to discover the toddler is the baby born the day before.  Daniel theorizes the Gao’uld, Pelops, brought people to the planet to be used as guinea pigs in a genetic study.  He used a virus to somehow shorten their life span to 1/250th of normal.  Jack is adamant that he does not have the virus, but is quickly proven wrong when he collapses again just as the sun sets.  Sam returns to Earth with her samples, but she and Janet are not able to figure out what is going on.  Sam returns to Argos and is stunned at how rapidly Jack has aged.  Jack orders the rest of SG-1 back to Earth.  Sam figures out the organisms are replicating, not reproducing.  Jack is busy feeling sorry for himself.  Hoping to learn more about Earth’s customs Kynthia comes to visit and stuns Jack with the news the cake he ate was part of a marriage ceremony.  Trying to let her down easy, Jack tells Kynthia she doesn’t really love him because real love takes time.  Kynthia doesn’t believe that he is as old as he claims.  Jack angrily tells her the truth about Pelops.  Meanwhile, back on Earth, the nanocytes attempt to spread by eating through the rubber gloves Sam is using in the isolation chamber.  As a precaution, Hammond orders Sam and Janet to destroy all of their blood and tissue samples, effectively sentencing Jack to die.  When the villages come to pray to Pelops, Jack tells them to Pelops they are just slaves.  The villagers pull down the statue of Pelops.  Kynthia and Jack take a walk on the beach and realize they are awake past sundown.  They return to the village the next morning to discover all of the villagers still asleep.  Jack discovers an alien device inside the destroyed statue and contacts the base.  Sam, Daniel, and Teal’c return.  Using the knowledge gained from Teal’c and Daniel’s translations, Sam is able to reproduce the frequency needed to wake the villagers.  Because the nanocytes are not operating, the immune system attacks them, so the villagers should now age at a normal rate.  Jack is happy to learn he will soon return to normal.

destination(s): Argos (designation unknown)

Cast:  Jack, Sam, Daniel, Teal’c, Hammond, Fraiser

Technician on Duty: none

Gao’uld: none

Sam/Jack factor: Even though Jack is “married” to another woman in this episode and there are no scenes with only S/J, this is still a pretty good S/J episode.  She’s able to tease him this time (it’s usually him teasing her).  His obvious embarrassment at being caught with his pants down does nothing to smooth Sam’s temper.  However, they are only friends at this point and she seems more upset that he’s let her down as her commanding officer.

favorite technical line: Janet to Sam (after examining Jack’s blood sample) – “First I ran a routine check for antibodies – nothing. So then I though all right maybe this alien bug found a way to hide from the immune system so I ran a protein analysis.”

favorite humorous line: Sam to Jack, Teal’c and Daniel (when they discover Thetys in labor) – “What? Don’t look at me, I don’t know what to do.”

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