Stargate SG-1: The Tok’ra, parts 1 and 2
Stargate SG-1 – Season Two – Episode 11 – The Tok’ra, part 1
I already know I’m going to get real tired of spelling “Tok’ra” before this blog is over…
Remember that Goa’uld who was inside Captain Sam Carter for a while? The good Goa’uld? Well, it left behind memories in Sam’s brain, and she’s having “visions” of the Tok’ra and where they are. Taking a risk, SG-1 goes to the planet the Tok’ra are on in an effort to earn allies. They find the Tok’ra, but the two parties are confrontational at first, with Jack especially distrustful of them, yet Sam’s memories of them, and one particular Tok’ra, Martouf, succeed in winning them over without any fighting.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Jacob Carter’s cancer has grown much, much worse. General Hammond goes to visit Jacob on what are probably his last hours. It’s near the end of the line for him. Jacob is frustrated that he still can’t learn what his daughter does for a living in the Air Force. Meanwhile, on the Tok’ra planet, SG-1 meets the Tok’ra council. They are introduced to a dying member of the Tok’ra, or rather the host body is dying, and the Tok’ra offers them a chance to become a host to the Goa’uld. Their definition of an “alliance” revolves around SG-1 becoming host bodies, and in fact, they ultimately can’t trust SG-1 at all because they are so repulsed to the idea of becoming hosts. True alliance is only possible if someone from Earth becomes a host.
Martouf and Sam Carter spend some time together. Turns out Jolinar, the host of the Goa’uld that Sam had inside her, was really close with Martouf. Like, together for over a hundred years. Provides a new dimension to the interactions between the two of them. And in fact, Sam and Martouf begin to develop a connection. They “hit it off”. After meeting up with the Council, they discover some more information about a possible alliance, when SG-3 abruptly shows with orders to extract Sam Carter because her father is dying. Yet the council decides no one can leave because the SGC members know where the home base is.
To be continued…
The Tok’ra and Martouf come back often in the show. They provide a much needed ally to SGC over the years, and the relationship between Sam and Martouf is nicely written and sweet. And for the time, this episode had some really good special effects.
Stargate SG-1 – Season Two – Episode 12 – The Tok’ra, part 2
Carter has a brilliant idea. In order to save two lives, why not have her dad Jacob become a host to Selmak, the dying Tok’ra? At first everyone is wary of the idea, but accept Sam’s proposal on the basis that SG-3 and Teal’c and Daniel Jackson stay behind with the Tok’ra. After Sam and Jack leave, they meet up with Jacob and General Hammond and tell the truth to Jacob about what Sam does in the Stargate program. They explain the situation to Jacob, and since he is dying with nothing left to lose, he agrees to go and meet this Tok’ra.
Upon arriving back at the Tok’ra base, everyone is in a rushed state of panic. Turns out the System Lords are coming intent on destroying them. There is a spy amongst the Tok’ra! Jack, walking around, identifies one of the council members using a small hand held communications device, a kind the Tok’ra don’t use because they are insecure, but the Goa’uld use them aplenty. They confront the council member, who claims to not be himself and sacrifices himself to the tunnel builder the Tok’ra use to create their underground base.
Meanwhile, Jacob and Selmek and her host meet. The two hit if off, and it’s decided Jacob will be the new host. As the symbioate jumps bodies, going into Jacob through his mouth, the original host body dies, and Selmak takes over Jacob. After bidding her old friend farewell, Selmak/Jacob slip into unconsciousness as the symbioate begins to heal Jacob of his cancer. The rest of SG-1 is rapidly preparing the base for the arrival of the Goa’uld, and discover that the traitor symbioate had jumped bodies. They confront her and the Tok’ra order her execution. Everyone escapes throught the Stargate, and SG-1 manages to dial to earth just moments before the Goa’uld dial in. Selmak/Jacob and Carter embrace and Jacob says he is still the same old person just with new energy and a new personality alongside his, and he will be in touch with Sam in due time.
Jacob/Selmak become one of the strongest characters in the show. The actor does a great job of playing a frail old man followed by a still old yet very strong man who has multiple personalities. The alliance between the Tok’ra and Earth is firmly established. Good episodes.