Description: he SG-1 team returns to the planet Cimmeria after learning the Goa’uld have invaded. Previously, the SG-1 team destroyed “Thor’s Hammer”, the planet’s instrument of defense against the Goa’uld. The team makes some remarkable discoveries on the planet.
As the description alludes to, SG-1’s previous actions on Cimmeria left that planet wide open to an eventual Goa’uld return. And return they do, in this episode. That’ll teach O’Neill and company to destroy the de-Goa’ulding device when they could have blow a hole in the wall, but hey, if they did that, we wouldn’t have this episode.
It turns out that being a former host to a Goa’uld really isn’t a bad thing. Not only can you use your mitichlorians to sense other Goa’ulds, you also have the ability to use the hand thingies. It’s a little convenient for me but makes some sense internal to the story.
One other thing that bothers me about this episode is the music. It sounds really cheap and something out of a second-rate fantasy video game. It’s almost as if the composer was trying too hard to sound ‘Norse’. The regular symphonic stuff sounds ok, it’s just the music used to give Cimmeria a different theme.
“Thor’s Chariot” moves rather slowly for the most, with SG-1 basically trying to figure out how to drive the Goa’uld away. Which, of course, takes the intervention of the Asgard. That’s when the episode becomes really interesting as the SG-1 mythology is expanded and we learn more about the Goa’uld and the Asgard. That’s the stuff I like, although the ‘test of wits’ to gain entrance to the Hall of Thor is a bit cliche.
[On debating whether or not to return to Cimmeria]
Teal’c – “The destruction of the hammer device to save my life may have caused this. If so, I am responsible.”
O’Neill – “General, I gave the order.”
Jackson – “And I fired the staff at the machine.”
Carter – “And I… was there.”
[After attacking the Goa’uld, SG-1 decides what to do next]
Jackson – “Well it sounds like we stay here till things calm down.”
Teal’c – “Things will not calm down, Daniel Jackson. They will, in fact, calm up.”
[Trying to gain access to the Hall of Thor]
Jackson – “This is the Hall of Might?”
Gairwyn – “You were expecting something different?”
Jackson – “Well… uh… maybe a hall?”