Stargate SG-1: The Serpent’s Lair and In the Line of Duty
And we are now on Stargate SG-1 Season Two! I’ll admit to not having many thoughts about season two as a whole. In my mind, many seasons and episodes of SG-1 blend together or are differentiated by certain things, such as new cast members or new enemies. The first five seasons of Stargate SG-1 tend to blur together and really do present a five year history of what would happen if the Air Force was exploring strange new worlds. Perhaps as we watch through SG-1’s second season together we will start to form an opinion about the season overall.
Stargate SG-1 – Season Two – Episode 1 – The Serpent’s Lair
Stargate SG-1’s season two premiere picks up right where season one left off, as SG-1 is onboard the Goa’uld spaceship heading to Earth.
After setting C4 around the spaceship in an effort to blow up the ship (and themselves along with it), SG-1 is captured by Jaffa and presented to the Goa’uld. Apophis arrives on his own ship, bringing Master Bra’tac with him. On Earth, General Hammond is under stress from the US Government. Lt. Samuels, liason to the government, wants to use two “Goa’uld busters” (surface to space missiles) to destroy the Goa’uld ships. They have the latest stealth technology, so of course the Goa’uld can’t see them coming…unless by the naked eye. The two missiles explode harmlessly against the shields of the space ships. Earth is screwed and out of options.
On the ship, Master Bra’tac rescues SG-1. SG-1 takes Klorel (Skaara) hostage and destroy the steering mechanisms of the Goa’uld ship. SG-1 loses Klorel who escapes with Apophis to another ship and the two flee from Earth, and in the process Daniel Jackson gets injured and forces Jack O’Neill to leave him behind. Daniel stumbles around the space ship until he finds a sarcophagus which heals his wounds, and escapes through the Stargate to an unknown world. Meanwhile, the rest of SG-1 with Master Bra’tac hijacks a pair of Death Gliders, detonates the C4 on the ship, and escapes as the ship explodes around them. Unfortunately, the resulting explosion damages both Death Gliders, and they are adrift. Luckily the space shuttle Endeavor is near by and picks SG-1 up. SG-1 returns to Stargate Command to cheers and thunderous applause for saving Earth, with Daniel Jackson standing in their midst.
Boom. Good episode. This episode was the fulfillment of the entire first season of SG-1 and shows that SGC can stand against the Goa’uld on relatively equal footing. While it was touch and go for a moment or two (like getting captured), SG-1 was still triumphant. Rarely does science fiction feel believable, especially in regards to time and sequence of events, but this makes perfect sense. The Goa’uld launch an attack, and using the resources and knowledge gathered over the last year, SG-1 repels the attack. Now both sides need to step back, lick their wounds, and prepare for the next major engagement.
Stargate SG-1 – Season Two – Episode 2 – In the Line of Duty
Another very important episode which sets up plot points that pan out over the next couple of seasons.
SG-1 is rescuing a group of humans from a Jaffa attack. While stopping to give CPR to an attack victim, Carter is infested by a Goa’uld symbiote. Back on Earth, Sam starts attacking strangely. Certain people, such as Cassandra from a previous episode, notice something is amiss with her or outright can tell she has been taken by a Goa’uld. Sam reveals herself to be an individual known as Jolinar, who promises to release Sam if they let her escape through the Stargate. Sam herself struggles to the surface and pleads with Jack to believe Jolinar, but Jack thinks it is a trick.
It turns out that Jolinar is a member of the Tok’ra, a group of Goa’uld who live in harmony with their human hosts and are actively resisting and fighting the Goa’uld System Lords. These are good Goa’uld, believe it or not. Unknown to SG-1, one of the humans rescued from the Jaffa attack is an assassin sent to kill Jolinar…and whatever host body Jolinar is in at the time. When the assassin attacks, Sam is severely injured, and Teal’c finally kills the assassin. In the infirmary, Sam is revived, and Sam reveals that Jolinar willingly gave up it’s own life so that Sam Carter could live.
So now there are good and bad Goa’uld; makes sense. There were plenty of good Germans and Japanese during World War II. To summarily classify a whole people group or civilization as evil and wicked is just plain wrong (a fact that the Biblical authors probably took for granted, which unfortunately has led to many interpreting the Bible as saying that all Romans or Babylonians were wicked and evil). The Tok’ra will come to be well known allies of Stargate Command in the upcoming years.