Description: Samantha Carter has a vivid dream: she sees through the eyes of Jolinar, the Tok’ra or rebel Gou’ald, who briefly inhabited her body before dying. Carter knows she must go on the mission with the SG-1 team to find the Tok’ra on planet P34-353J.
Finally we get some payoff from a number of story threads planted in earlier episodes. Sam being taken over by a Goa’uld and her father’s illness spiral together and in a way that’s telegraphed early on by the Tok’ra themselves. You know it’s coming, I know it’s coming, but Sam and company don’t, not right off. Is it just me or is Sam’s dad an ass?
I find Sam’s storyline vis-a-vis her dad to be the weakest element here. It’s very obvious what’s going to happen and that takes some of the weight away from the story, but I suppose it needed to be done this way.
The Tok’ra storyline is much more interesting. At last we get to see the rebels fighting against the Goa’uld and we learn quite a bit about them, their abilities and their goals. Here Sam’s ‘memories’ of Jolinar come in really handy. I’m willing to overlook the convenience of that because this expansion of the mythology is very interesting.
Sure there is some obvious twists (a traitor?! no way!), but it all plays out like you’d expect it would. Highly advanced race vs. humanity, unwilling to expect humans can help at all and dismissive of any ‘help’ offered. You know what bothers me a bit about this one? The constant ‘creaking’ noise in the Tok’ra tunnels, as if they are about collapse at any moment. They have the ability to build them very quickly, and undetectable to the Goa’ulds, but they can’t get rid of a little noise?
Tune in tomorrow for part 2!
[After meeting the Tok’ra for the first time]
O’Neill – “Assuming, of course, you are the Tok’ra.”
Cordesh – “And if we’re not?”
O’Neill – “Well, I guess we all start shooting. There’s blood, death, hard feeling. It’d suck.”