Description: Daniel discovers that in 1945 a young professor named Ernest Littlefield, slipped through the Stargate, never to return. Using computer-enhanced pictures as a guide, the SG-1 team joined by his still-living fiancee, goes in search of Littlefield.
Now this is what I’m talking about. When I first saw the description for this episode I was immediately intrigued and the opening where Daniel is watching the team from the 1940’s manually operate the gate hooked me. Add in some good characterization and a lot of tantalizing hints at the mythology of the show and you have one of, if not the, best episode of this season.
Some niggling little things make this one not quite perfect: Of course Ernest is still alive with no visible means of support, of course the place is falling apart and of course SG-1 shows up just as a massive storm is about to destroy the building, thus removing all that knowledge from their grasp. And when you think about, the Stargate project just seems rather, err, unsuccessful and gathering anything of use to humanity. Now viruses and alien organisms are another story…
Still, this is a very story and sets the stage well for later episodes. And +1 for a naked old guy.
[Jack and Daniel discussing the Pentagon’s archival success]
O’Neill – “Whole boxes of material could be missing.”
Jackson – “No, the Pentagon said this was everything.”
O’Neill – “Oh please. The Pentagon’s lost entire countries.”
[During the briefing on the planet Ernest traveled too in 1945]
Teal’c – “We may find technologies to use against them (Goa’uld).”
Catherine – “You speak?”
Teal’c – “When it is appropriate.”