Stargate SG-1: Bloodlines and Fire and Water
Stargate SG-1 – Season One – Episode 10 – Bloodlines
Bloodlines is the first major Teal’c episode of the season, especially in terms of backstory. Many of the characters and ideas introduced in this episode last for the rest of the series and set up many important storylines throughout the franchise.
So it turns out Teal’c has a wife and a son. The son is quickly coming of age when he will receive his Goa’uld symbiote and become a slave to the gods. Teal’c naturally doesn’t want this to happen, so he convinces General Hammond to let SG-1 go and rescue his son. Disguised, SG-1 sneaks through the Stargate, meet up with Teal’c old mentor, the 133 year old Jaffa Bra’tac, and interrupt the implantation ceremony. Unfortunately, Teal’c son is suffering from the equivalent of Scarlet Fever, and without getting him back through the Stargate, he will die. Meanwhile, Daniel Jackson and Captain Carter discover a Goa’uld temple full of very young Goa’uld symbiotes and steal one before Daniel kills the rest of them “in cold blood”, according to Sam, thus making him “no better than the Goa’uld.”
In order to save his son, Teal’c takes his own symbiote out of his pouch and puts in into his son. His son starts to get better, but now Teal’c is slowly dying. Luckily, Daniel and Sam show up with the extra symbiote and put it in Teal’c, who recovers. SG-1 and Bra’tac then return to the Stargate, defeat the guards, and SG-1 leaves for earth, with Teal’c knowing his son and wife are now under Master Bra’tac’s protection and tutelage.
I’m relying entirely on memory here, but going forward, I think we hear from Teal’c family maybe three or four more times. Of all the characters on Stargate SG-1, Teal’c is one of the most tragic. He not only has to essentially become an atheist but a militant atheist, and in the process his whole world is torn asunder and rebuilt around him. Teal’c becomes the leader of a new free Jaffa people, but at great cost.
Master Bra’tac is a great character. He shows up for years after this, and is one of those tough old warriors that no one can truly defeat. Plus, he plays extremely well off the team, and his and Jack O’Neill’s interactions are always great.
Stargate SG-1 – Season One – Episode 11 – Fire and Water
Bra’tac: Teal’c tells me your world is without gods. Difficult to imagine.
O’Neill: Well it’s not without gods. A lot of people believe there’s a God. Not everyone believes in the same God, the same way but…let’s just say nobody believes in anyone with glowing eyes and a snake in his head.
Bra’tac: Then you serve no one?
O’Neill: I serve the SGC under a General Hammond.
Bra’tac: So this Hammond is…?
O’Neill: Just a man. A very good…very bald man. From Texas.
Here’s something funny – I do not remember this episoe at all. Nothing about it is familiar to me, so it was fascinating watching what felt like a “lost episode” of Stargate SG-1.
Daniel Jackson, once again, is dead. SG-1 returns through the Stargate in shock, convinced Daniel is dead. A memorial service is held, and his wreathe in lieu of a coffin is placed in the Stargate. At the wake, Jack O’Neill begins to hallucinate and lose it, taking a hockey stick to a car in the driveway that just happens to belong to General Hammond. SG-1 is tasked with clearing out Daniel’s apartment, and while there, Jack, Sam, and Teal’c begin to question whether Daniel is truly dead, as they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is dead but that he is also alive.
Meanwhile, Daniel Jackson wakes up on the planet they just left, a planet that is entirely water except for one island. Daniel is underwater in some form of research facility. An alien is there, one claiming to be from ancient Babylon, and he keeps asking Daniel about what happened to “Omoroca”, claiming Daniel has the knowledge in his head. He implanted false memories of Daniel burning alive in SG-1’s team and sent them back to the Stargate, along with a subliminal impulse that prevents them from consciously returning to the planet. The alien and Daniel fight at first, more out of frustration and lack of understanding, before finally bonding around knowledge of ancient Babylon. Daniel agrees to undergo a potentially dangerous mental invasion process to tease out the memory of Omoroca, who turns out to be the alien’s mate that was left behind by the alien and was slaughtered by Ra.
Having figured out there minds were altered, SG-1 undergoes hypnotherapy to bring out the true memories of what happened, thus breaking the mental block preventing them from returning. As SG-1 returns to the planet, Daniel and the alien come up out of the water, chat for a while, and then a reunited SG-1 returns to Earth.
This episode was cool! Especially seeing all the incredibly bad mid-90s clothes and interior decorations! Every time Stargate SG-1 goes in to the “real world”, it’s a temporal shock to my senses. Egads, the 90s were nearly as bad as the 80s in some senses! There was so much denim everywhere…
I like the idea that this alien and his mate lived on Earth in ancient Babylon and fought against the Goa’uld. You can feel Daniel’s anguish that so much knowledge has been lost and so little is known about ancient Babylon. And in fact, the knowledge about Omoroca is about three sentences in some dusty college textbook he read once. I can relate to Daniel’s frustration, as our world and civilization has been around for so long and yet we only know so little about our own past! Who build the pyramids and how did they do it? What about Stonehedge? How do you explain those underwater cities that have been dated at nearly 10,000 years old? What the heck were the Nephilim? Etc, etc…so many questions, so few answers.