Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘The Serpent’s Venom’ (S04E14)

Description: While visiting Chulak to gather support for a Jaffa rebellion, Teal’c is captured by the Goa’uld. The rest of SG-1, unaware of his fate, are dispatched to thwart a burgeoning alliance between Apophis and Heru’ur.

Two threads in this one, once pretty good, one not so much. I liked SG-1 playing alliance busters, sneaking in early and sabotaging a mine (who holds a meeting of the minds in a mine field anyway?). I also like how, while their plan works it also ends up making Apophis a stronger enemy. Nice use of unintended consequences. Of course Apophis’ being able to cloak his motherships was pulled out of someone’s nether region to make it work, but eh, okay.


The Teal’c story was much less interesting to me. Again, any drama over Teal’c’s ultimate fate is washed away by knowing he lives on for another 6 seasons. All that’s left is to see how he escapes and that’s where this episode fails. I can sort of buy Rak’nor having a change of heart, but everything else that happens to get Teal’c off the ship pushes believability for me. Nice to have him rescued but I didn’t like how. One other thing that bugged me: Why wouldn’t there have been some sort communication deadline between Teal’c and the SGG? Also, why send the rest of SG-1 off while Teal’c is out doing his own, dangerous, thing?

Part good, part not so much = a bit below average.

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