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Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Point Of No Return’ (S04E11)

Description: Stargate Command is contacted by a rambling individual who claims to possess full knowledge of a host of government conspiracies, from the Kennedy cover-up to CIA-sanctioned microwave harassment of Libertarian candidates.

After a couple of ho-hum episodes, SG-1 returns to high form with “Point of No Return”. Here we have conspiracy nut Martin who some how knows a lot about the stargate and the SGC. Upon questioning, Martin believes in just about all the ‘black helicopter’ theories you can think of, including suppressed memories which makes him believe the stargate is real. And, of course, Martin is taking just about every anti-psychotic, anti-depressant drug you can think of.


SG-1 works best when it mixes humor with drama and here we get a healthy dose of both. Witness Jack’s crack about the ‘stargate’ being a good idea for a TV show. The other thing that works really well is Martin, who is played brilliantly, and sympathetically, by Willie Garson. Even though Martin is way, way out there, you can’t help but feel for the guy as his world as knows it starts to unravel.

Now, they could have gone with the typical X-Files government coverup conspiracy story, and given Martin as the main character it would have worked well. Instead, they give us nice twist on the idea, one I didn’t see coming at all, even though the clues are there. In fact, the idea they used is a very interesting one and something I haven’t seen done before (I’m not saying it hasn’t been done, just that I haven’t seen it). Add in some humorous moments with Teal’c, who almost steals the show with his hat alone (and the vibrating bed!) and “Point of No Return” is a very good episode. There are a couple of nits I could pick, but they are too small to really matter and don’t get in the way. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Best Lines:

[SG-1 is called into a conference.]

Jackson – “I hope it’s important. I was right in the middle of translating that cuneiform tablet we found on P3L-255.”

Carter – “I still have to finish recalibrating MALP 3K sensors for long-term reconnaissance on P5X-3D7.”

Teal’c – “I was unable to complete my Kel no’reem.”

O’Neill – “I was just about to do something important.”

[Carter, Jackson and Teal’c case Martin’s house. Teal’c picks up, and ‘fires’ a toy ray gun.]

Teal’c – “This weapon appears ineffective.” (Bwahahahahaha! — Ed.)

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1 Comment on Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Point Of No Return’ (S04E11)

  1. This was the third episode Paul and I wrote for the series (after Scorched Earth and Window of Opportunity).  One of the things we so loved (and continue to love about the franchise in general) was the creative freedom the series gave us to: a) tell a variety of different stories (from heavy of-world action-adventure to smaller Earth-based episodes) and b) inject humor into a story, be it the occasional quip or the more all-out comedic episode (like this one and Window of Opportunity).  The fans were always of mixed opinion when it came to the “funny episodes”, but I always listed these among my very favorites – Season 4’s Window of Opportunity and Point of No Return, Season 5’s Wormhole X-Treme (which proved Jack’s notion that it would “make a good t.v. show” incredibly prophetic), Season 9’s The Ties That Bind, Season 10’s Morpheus (for Claudia Black’s brilliant Vala b storyline), Family Ties, and, yes, even 200!  

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