Description: Daniel Jackson and Teal’C travel back to Abydos. When they arrive, Daniel learns that his wife, whom he hasn’t seen since she was taken by the Goa’uld, is nine months pregnant. The father is Apophis, who plans to use the baby as his new host.
Poor Daniel, he finally finds his wife only to find her and discover she is pregnant by Apophis. That’s gotta hurt. Luckily, the Goa’uld inside her has to ‘sleep’ or else the baby will die. Convenient. However, they idea behind the pregnancy shows how evil Apophis truly is and is quite disturbing. The good thing, it adds some weight to an episode further down the line.
The B story has O’Neill and Carter visiting Washington to receive medals. There’s also the investigative journalist nosing around the Stargate program who gets offed by a shadowy government organization, could it be the NID? Hmmm. This one has some funny stuff in it (O’Neill of course) and some decent development of Carter, which comes in to play in future episodes.
Hmm, on first glance, I wasn’t too enamored of this episode. But the more I watch it, the better it gets. Being a character centered episode is a bit of a change of pace and the writers do a pretty good job here, even if they have to shoe horn in stuff about Sam and Daniel in a very short amount of time. Well done. One of the other things I like is they brought back the same actor (Erick Avari) as the father for the TV show as was in the movie. Nice touch.
Yes there are cliches again, and yes they still annoy me. Of course a Goa’uld shows up just in time to induce Sha’re into labor just before going through the stargate. Of course, the nosy reporter is killed by the shadow guys. Oh, and let’s toss in a terminal sickness for Sam’s father. Yes, yes, important later, feels tacked on now.
[O’Neill meets Samantha’s father at the reception]
O’Neill – “Carter? As in?”
Carter – “As in my father sir, yes.”
O’Neill – “Get out of town. Sam’s dad? I’ve heard nothing about you sir.”
[Just a smidge later]
O’Neill – “I retired myself one time. Couldn’t stay away.”
Jacob Carter – “From your analysis of Deep Space Radar Telemetry?”
O’Neill: “Well, it’s just so damn fascinating.”
[O’Neill talks with the reporter again to persuade him to stop investigating, but can’t]
O’Neill – “All right. [sighs] If you’re going to go ahead with it, I want to make sure you get one thing right. It’s O’Neill, with two L’s. There’s another Colonel O’Neil with only one L. He has no sense of humor at all.”