Description: In an ancient room, O’Neill suddenly receives the knowledge of the Ancients, the inventors of the Stargate, which is indecipherable to the rest of the team. However, the vital knowledge is too complex for humans and will cause O’Neill to lose his mind.
This should be a great episode, filled with crunchy SG-1 mythology and while we do get that, it only appears at the very tail end. What we get instead is a ‘seen it before’ episode where an alien mind ‘virus’ takes over O’Neill’s brain and makes him much more knowledgeable an smarter than everyone else. But of course, it will kill him unless something is done to remove the ‘virus’. And, oh yes, the whole here’s our 10% used brains and here is O’Neill’s 90% in use brain.
More Asgard, less lame mind games. Although we do get a funny scene between Teal’c and O’Neill where O’Neill is teach Teal’c how to box.
Other annoyances: Jack builds a portable energy device, capable of sending a gate traveler outside of our galaxy, using equipment readily available inside SGC. Huh? And just how can the gate operators know where the terminus of a gate is? And where a traveler is inside a gate? That’s some bothersome science right there. One last one, how many times do we hear that humanity has ‘great potential’? That’s just so overused.
[The boxing scene]
Teal’c – “What is the reason for these padded gloves, O’Neill?”
O’Neill – “So we don’t hurt each other.”
(Waits a beat)
O’Neill – “I’ll be honest with you Teal’c, it’s so you don’t hurt me.”