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Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Holiday’ (S02E17)

Description: When the SG-1 team stumble upon the chamber of former Goa’uld enemy Ma’chello, they fall victim to his powerful body swapping invention.

“Holiday” is an interesting one in that it’s Stargate‘s version of Trek‘s “Turnabout Intruder”. Aging Goa’uld enemy Ma’chello manages to switch places with Danial in an attempt to thwart death by taking over a new body. Of course this won’t happen due to the nature of television, but it does give Shanks a chance to play against type a bit as his Ma’chello goes on walkabout.


The best part, though, is near the end as SG-1, via Carter’s instructions, use a three person tag-team on the personality switcher to get everyone back into their own bodies. Jack and Teal’c changing bodies is classic.

Not a bad episode, humorous in some spots, melancholic in others but it is a (slight) cut above the average episode.

Best Lines:

[SG-1 in the process of swapping bodies]

O’Neill – [as Teal’c] “It did not go well, General Hammond.”

Teal’c – [as Jack; sarcastically] “Ya think?”

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1 Comment on Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Holiday’ (S02E17)

  1. Body switching (or any kind of double that replaces a team member) has never been one of my favorite plots – especially when there’s the added complication of no one realizing what has happened for far longer than any intelligent person should. Which is why I don’t really like “Cold Lazarus” all that much either with the fake Jack running around an fooling everyone… There’s an almost betrayal of friendship in that kind of a plot line – that someone wouldn’t notice that something was off about someone they are supposed to be close too. It’s even worse when the real character returns and wonders why no one realized what had happened.

    Granted the feeling is caused by the fact that I know what’s going on so it feels wrong that the characters don’t know it right way, so I have to suffer through them fumbling along until they figure it out.

    The best part, though, is near the end as SG-1, via Carter’s instructions, use a three person tag-team on the personality switcher to get everyone back into their own bodies. Jack and Teal’c changing bodies is classic.

    Teal’c and Jack getting switched and the “musical bodies” switching in the end almost makes the episode worth watching again… almost…

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