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Description: While exploring planet P4X-639, the SG-1 team meets Malikai, a human explorer from another world who shares Dr. Daniel Jackson’s interest in an alien computer covered in a strange Latin-like script.
Ooooh, looks like a time travel episode. I like time travel episodes if done right and this one has Teal’c and O’Neill stuck in a time loop, SG-1‘s version of Groundhog Dog.
Hands down, no doubt about it, my most favorite SG-1 episode by far, even beating out the ones that explore the show’s mythology. Which is saying something for a standalone episode. The writers are hitting on all cylinders here with a perfect mix of humor, drama, great lines and terrific character interaction, especially when Teal’c and Jack go into ‘no consequences’ mode. Awesome job!
And I’m really glad the technical details of how the time loop was created and sustained are somewhat glossed over without devolving into technobabble, which is what I was expecting. That they didn’t go there was a welcome outcome.
It occurs to me, after watching the first six episodes of season 4, that what seemed to be lacking from the first three seasons was a sense of fun and wonder. Instead we had serious episode after serious episode, with the rare break into humor. I think SG-1 works better when things aren’t taken as seriously, even when the situation calls for it. This episode is a perfect example: 14 planets stuck in a time loop is a serious matter, but dosed with liberal amounts of humor made it very enjoyable to watch. I hope this style of writing keeps up.
And if this mix of humor and seriousness was around in the first season, I’d probably have been a fan.
[After the first flash, O’Neill find himself back in the commissary.]
O’Neill – “Weren’t we just somewhere else?”
Jackson – “Where?”
O’Neill – “Some planet.”
Jackson – “When?”
O’Neill – “Just now.”
Jackson – “No.”
O’Neill – “Sure?”
Jackson – “Yeah.”
[O’Neill and company are sitting in the briefing for the second time loop.]
Teal’c – “Events do appear to be repeating themselves.”
Jackson – “Since when?”
O’Neill – “Since we went to P4X-639.”
Carter – “We haven’t been to P4X-639.”
O’Neill – “Yes we have.”
[Looks at Daniel]
O’Neill – “”No we haven’t.” That’s what you were gonna say.”
Jackson – “Of course that’s what I was gonna say.”
O’Neill – “Okay, bad example.”
[SG-1 goes through the stargate on loop 2 and meets Malakai.]
O’Neill – “What kind of archaeologist carries a weapon?”
Jackson – “Uh, I do.”
O’Neill – “Bad example.”