Description: The Tok’ra turn down SG-1’s request for an alliance against the Goa’uld because the earthlings don’t offer enough rewards to justify a security breech, as well as the fact that none of the humans will act as host for Selmak, a Tok’ra whose host is dying.
I’m of two minds about this episode. On the good side, all the threads from part 1 are satisfyingly concluded here. The Tok’ra get what they want, SG-1 exposes a traitor amongst the Tok’ra and alliance is formed and Sam gets to reconcile with her father. In terms of the overall mythology, these two episodes certainly move the overall storyline forward in a big way. Sam’s personal arc is also handled well in part 2. Kudos to the writers for that.
On the other hand, each of the threads is wrapped up in an obvious manner, which you can see coming from a mile way, and in the case of Sam’s father, from an entire episode away. I still have to say the obviousness of the resolutions may detract a little from the overall impact, but in their entirety the story presented here is a pretty good one.
[Sam and Gen. Hammond explain to Sam’s father what she does for a living]
Carter – “Dad, have you ever heard of the Stargate program?”
Jacob Carter – “No. Is that one of your satellites?”
Carter – “I don’t work with satellites, Dad. That was just a cover.”
General Jacob Carter – “No kiddin’. I never would’ve guessed.”