Description: A mysterious mirror transports Daniel to an alternate Earth that is under attack from the Goa’uld. While there, he foresees that the same fate awaits his Earth. Can he return to his dimension and save the world?
The first thing to realize is that no one wears a goatee in the supposed alternate Earth, so how do you really know it’s an alternate? The second thing to know is that this is the beginning of three linked episodes that make up the season finale for season 1. And really, I find this one to be a really interesting one. SG-1 gives us their take on dimension hopping and it’s a good one. Daniel learns all kinds of things about the Goa’uld’s plans for Earth that allow him to mobilize SGC when he gets back to his normal reality.
If anything, that is the greatest weakness of this episode, that Daniel just so happens to transport to an Earth that is being attacked by the Goa’uld which in turns gives him valuable information to take back. It all seems very convenient. Still, the story is strong enough to override that nit. In fact, I’d say this is the strongest episode this season, one that finally puts everything together right.
The moral of this story is: Don’t touch strange alien artifacts that you know nothing about!