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Stargate SG-1: Enigma and Tin Man

Tobin Bell in Stargate SG-1

Tobin Bell in Stargate SG-1

Stargate SG-1 – Season One – Episode 16 – Enigma

It’s Jigsaw from Saw!! Oh crap!! We’re all going to die!!


SG-1 visits a planet that appears to have just suffered a volcanic eruption. But there are survivors! They bring them back through the Stargate to Stargate Command, where it turns out these beings are advanced humans with advanced technology…and they are pissed SG-1 rescued them. Oh, and they are incredibly arrogrant. SGC tries to help the Tollans find a new home, but they are extremely picky.

Unfortunately, the US government, led by new recurring character Colonel Maybourne has some issues, and they place the Tollan under lockdown in an attempt to force them to give up their alien technology. Yet the Tollans technology allows them to maintain a few steps ahead of the government. In an effort to help, SG-1 contacts the Nox, who agree to welcome the Tollan to their home land. The Nox and the Tollans leave through the Stargate, pissing off Colonel Maybourne and the government.


The Tollan do return, and a lot of the episode is spent giving Colonel Sam Carter a love interest that ultimately goes nothing, but the main takeaway from this episode is introducing the character of Colonel Maybourne. Maybourne and Jack O’Neill become rivals of a sort throughout the course of the series, and he’s one of the more entertaining returning characters. It’s also fun watching Tobin Bell, Saw’s Jigsaw, in this episode. Tobin Bell has the unique ability to look angry, pissed, incredibly intelligent, schemeing, and arrogant all at once. It’s just his face, coupled with how he prounounces everything. He’s awesome.

Stargate SG-1 Tin Man

Stargate SG-1 Tin Man

Stargate SG-1 – Season One – Episode 17 – Tin Man

Stargate channels Star Trek’s Data in this episode…


SG-1 gates into what appears to be an alien factory. Wandering around, they are all suddenly stunned by bolts of electricity. Waking up, they find themselves in alien jumpsuits, and a strange man named Harlan is telling them to stay. They return through the Stargate to Stargate Command, where they discover that they are in fact not human anymore but androids. Collectively, SG-1 begins to “lose power” and are forced to return to the alien planet. There they discover Harlan and try to force him to return them to their bodies. Harlan can’t, and instead gets them to help him begin to repair the factory. Unfortunately, Teal’c begins to go nuts and attacks O’Neill, forcing Harlan to vaporize Teal’c. Turns out Harlan screwed up creating Teal’c because of the two dominant minds, his and the symbioate’s.

SG-1, tailing Harlan, discovers their original host human bodies. Turns out they were duplicated, their consciousnesses were not transferred. Pissed, but understanding they can’t go back, O’Neill-Android discusses things with O’Neill-real, and SG-1, the real ones, return through the Stargate, leaving behind their androids to live and work with Harlan…for all eternity.


Fun episode, pretty classic sci-fi. Christopher Judge did a great job “losing his mind” and making Teal’c go insane, and you can really see just how pissed O’Neill is through Richard Dean Anderson’s portrayal. These robotic SG-1 members do return in a later episode in season four, but otherwise there is no lasting impact from this episode. It’s a plot point that would be worth visiting again if Stargate is ever revived; I guess there was a brief allusion to these robots in a season nine episode, but it didn’t go anywhere.

Imagine being duplicated and forced to spend eternity in one location? Crazy thought…

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