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Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Within The Serpent’s Grasp’ (S01E21)

Description: To stop the Goa’uld invasion, the SG-1 team disobeys orders and transports itself to the Goa’uld attack headquarters. Landing amidst preparations for an all-out strike on Earth, the way home is blocked. Can the team avert disaster and save humanity?

This is it, the season 1 finale. The finale begins right after the end of the last episode, with SGC being forced to shutdown, with no help coming from Washington or the the President. Though why it would be political suicide for the President to override a Senate committee over a program no one knows about just confuses me.

Moving on…

“Serpent’s Grasp” is a better episode than the previous and nicely brings together the threads started two episodes ago. However, for the most part, it’s all building action to a cliffhanger. Most of the action waiting to be resolved in the first episode of Season 2. Although I did like to see Jackson dual wielding his pistols. Go Dan go!

The ending itself is rather a downer of a cliffhanger, but it is quite the dramatic bit of character development.

Major annoyance time. Wait, what? Repositioning Hubble to catch a glimpse of the Goa’uld ships as the move in? I’m not sure how well that would work, but, eh, okay, I’ll go with it. Second, the Death Gliders look combustible? Ships designed to fly and fight in space and in atmosphere look combustible? If they were, who’d ever get in one? Make a note of this for later.

“Serpent’s Grasp” certainly ends Season 1 on an okay note. It just gets really interesting and then ‘Bam!’, To Be Continued.


Oh, one question: How in the heck can the serpent guards see anything out of those headpieces? Those things are seriously big and cover the entire face. It would be cool if the inside was actually a display screen showing a 360 degree view around the wearer. Just sayin’.

Best Lines:

[In the gate room on Apophis’ starship, just after the guards leave.]

Jackson – “Teal’c, what is this?”

Teal’c – “It is a Goa’uld long range visual communications device. Somewhat like your television, only much further advanced.”

O’Neill – “Mmmmm, Goa’uld TV.”

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2 Comments on Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Within The Serpent’s Grasp’ (S01E21)

  1. Does he really say “Mmm, Go’auld TV”?  That must have been some kind of syndication re-dub because in the original (and on the DVDs) he says, “Does it get Showtime?” referencing SG1’s original broadcast partner.

    BTW, really enjoying these.  Nice to get a perspective on the episodes outside of the fannish SG1 bubble I usually find myself in.

    Oh, and I will occasionally turn on ep 1 of S2 just to watch Daniel dual-wielding.  Totally impractical, given he’s probably the worst marksman on the team, but totally awesome.


  2. Dave,

    Tune in tomorrow for E01S02 and you can see Daniel dual wield some more! Yee haw!

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