Description: Pursued by Goa’uld death rays, Apophis, former Goa’uld conqueror and enemy of SG-1, throws himself at the mercy of the team, who grant him sanctuary. Apophis is slowly dying and promises all the knowledge of the Goa’uld in return for a new host body.
“Serpent’s Song” is a return to and resolution of the Apophis storyline that has been running through the first two seasons. It seems that Apophis has found himself on the bad side of the Goa’uld system lords as they try to hunt him down and kill him. Naturally, he turns to SG-1 to try and find sanctuary and hopefully force them to provide a host for him.
I think the show has finally settled into nice rhythm, finally, as this episode is another one that is actually decent. It raises all sorts of questions about how you would treat your own worst enemy, in the case of a Goa’uld, whose rights have supremacy (symbiote or host) and what would you do to get his information. Jack is the standard bearer for the hard line and, I have to say, I’m pretty much on his side.
Even while dying, Apophis is still able to exercise his cunning as gaining refuge on Earth puts Earth in danger from the system lords, as they try to get Apophis back. And wow, Daniel sure gets to exercise his dark side. Who knew he could be so pitiless? But dang, nice job. Apophis certainly hasn’t earned any pity.
However, we do get a bunch of technobabble towards the end where So’kar(?) tries to break through the iris and gain access to SGC. Just a bunch of blah blah blah to enable the bad guys to menace the good guys.
Final thought: A decent episode, with some meat to chew on and a final resolution for the Apophis storyline.
[Apophis demands sanctuary from Gen. Hammond]
Hammond – “Why?”
O’Neill – “I think some rival Goa’uld just kicked his ass.”
[Apophis talks to O’Neill in sick bay]
O’Neill – “What do you want?”
Apophis – “To live.”
O’Neill – “Can’t help you there. That’s between you and your god. Oh, wait a minute, you are your god. That’s a problem.”