Stargate SG-1

Season 4 Episode 17

Absolute Power

3
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 2001 on Syfy
8.8
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Daniel recovers Apophis's son, the Harcesis. He has the memories of all the Goa'uld, which SG Command wants to obtain so that they can defeat their enemies. Daniel is given all the knowledge, but soon begins to use it in a tyrannical fashion as he usurps authority to build a ring of killer satellites around Earth capable of repelling the Goa'uld. Soon, only Jack can get close enough to stop him before Daniel completely takes over the world in the name of peace.moreless

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  • Dreams teach, or in this case entertain!

    9.0
    Very interesting episode that shows the potential for dark side Daniel. I, for one thought, it was very strange to see the team shattered in the way they are in this episode. The best part of this whole episode is how the dream is so plausible that at first I believed that it was real, at least until they did the one year later caption and Daniel really went dark side. The episode is surprisingly well paced for having almost zero action. The most frightening thing was how believable Daniel's gradual progression into evil was. And it thoroughly demonstrates once and for all how the goa'uld are born evil. Definitely a good and entertaining episode.moreless
  • And good episodes come in row...

    8.9
    After last episode I was little sure.. this episode have to be little less good but I cannot say that - another alternate future was offered to us - and quite funny one. I had never thought Daniel would be something like that what was shown. And I think even Daniel learned that there is somethings better not to know. It was somehow frightening to see what was Daniel's future, even thought he had great house and the rings instead elivators.. that was fun. And saying that Carter is insane... oh.. it was really revealing and eye opening episode. Enjoyed wathcing it.moreless
  • I love the idea, but some parts of the episode were annoying...

    8.7
    SG-1 finds the harcesis on Abydos and bring him back to earth. Then Daniel halucinates, or something like that, and dreams of taking over the world. I love that part of the story. He was completely out of character and it was great. The story was just awesome and they really delivered on the idea. The episode would have been great if it was just him in the future, but it wasn't. Every time there were scenes with the harcesis I got incredably bored. It also took a long time to get into the story at the beginning of the episode, which made it more boring. The ending was kind of stupid too. Daniel just walked in when the harcesis was being questioned and said some Oma mumbo jumbo and then the kid goes home; it was stupid. So, the episode idea was great, but they added too many pointless parts along the way.moreless
  • Just imagine Daniel taking over the world, how crazy is that? But that is exactly what is happening. Daniel our loveable passivist. Who'da thunk it?

    9.0
    This whole episode was full of surprises. Actually from beginning to end.

    I loved how the whole story ran. Daniel is summoned by Shefu, Shefu is Appophis's son, Sharia's son. And now Shefu has decided that he would like to know more baout his mother. So that is why he contacts Daniel. The rest of the Sgc realize that he has all the knowlege that Apposphis had when he was conceived, and they feel that he should tell them what they need to know to beat Appophis. Shefu's memory has basicaly been erased by Oma, the assended being the met at Keb. She didn't actually erase his memory, she taught him how to forget, to get the images out of his head and live life in peace.

    They talked Daniel into talking to Shefu and if there he will try and recall his lost memories. Daniel is concerned about the effects it will have on the boy. General Hammond feels that shefu would beable to overcome this problem once again.

    So Daniel talks to Daniel and they were discussing how Sharia spoke to daniel through the ribbon devise, and Daniel said that it felt like a dream, Shefu points out that sometimes dreams teach.

    Daniel then talks to him about how they could really use his help against Appophis. Shefu points out basicaly that this knowlege copuld do nothing that would not change him for having the knowlege. Denying the battel is the advise that shefu gives him. So he gives him what he wants, sorta.

    Daniel gets this knowlege and and begins leading the project of thos knowlege he is given.

    He ends up throwing Sam in Jail, taking Jack off the project, sending Teal'c on a dangerous mission that apparently gets him killed.

    With this weapon he builds he is mad with power. Jack goes to him to talk to him and try and see if he can't talk him down.

    Daniel ends up bombing Russia and of course wich would mean a world war.

    Then we see him laying in a hospital bed andhe realizes that it it was all a dream. While he waking up Shefu is being put in the chair that the Tok'ra have that can tell if you are lieing. Shefu is answering questons and Daniel walks in and begins to explain what is going on. Shefu then assends into a bright light and leaves the base by way of stargate.

    This episode was very good. Daniel went to the opposite end of what he actually is. it showed a whole new side.it was very well done.moreless
  • Daniel decides to take over the world... what could be more fun than that.

    9.5
    I definately found this to be an interesting episode. It had a variety of elements that both developed the plot and gave some interesting dimentions to the characters, especially Daniel. It was also fun to see the overly intelligent Shi'fu because brilliant little kids are always fun.



    One of the biggest things of this episode was the plot development with the idea that knowing all the secrets of the Goa'uld could potentially be a very bad thing. In many previous episodes Stargate Command has put a lot at stake in order to try to gain the illusive secrets of the Goa'uld only to fail in one way or another. This episode created an interesting twist on this premise by having the information at their finger tips only to prove that it may not be as good as it has been thought to be.



    Also, I found it really fun to see Daniel trying to take over the world. In most episodes Daniel is seen as the logical one who is always looking out for humankind (or alienkind as it often turned out to be). He has always been the one to side for people's rights instead of military ideals. This made it very interesting to see him portrayed on the complete opposite end of the spectrum as he recieves all of the knowledge of the Goa'uld and uses it to try to conquer the world. Overall, I thought that this was a fun episode. It helped develop Daniel as a character and added a new conundrum with the quest to defeat the Goa'uld for good.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Colonel/Brigadier General Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Major General George S. Hammond

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Yee Jee Tso

Yee Jee Tso

Technician

Guest Star

Lane Gates

Lane Gates

Shifu

Guest Star

Steven Williams

Steven Williams

General Vidrine

Guest Star

William deVry

William deVry

Aldwin

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Colin Cunningham

Colin Cunningham

Major Paul Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Jack was unable to shoot Daniel because of the Goa'uld shield, but he could have shot Daniel's toadies since they were likely unprotected. Shooting them would have stopped Daniel because if he was able to do everything from the console on his chair, he would not have had those people present in the first place.

    • Carter states that she has never heard of liquid naquadah. The substance, though, is what powers a Goa'uld staff weapon, and was discussed by Major Carter and her twin from an alternate reality in "Point of View."

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Dr. Fraiser: I am going to take a little bit of your blood with that needle.
      Shi'fu: Will you return it to me when you are done?

    • Daniel: Yeah. Well, the truth is, we couldn't have done any of this without your help. And I probably should have been more appreciative.
      Jack: The fruit basket was nice.

    • Hammond: Welcome to Earth.
      Shi'fu: A spark lights a flame, but a candle will only burn as long as the wick.
      Jack: If I may, sir, I think what he means is, the wick is the center of the candle, and ostensibly, a great leader like yourself, is essential to the whole ball of wax. Basically, what it means is that it's always better to have a big, long wick. Right?
      Daniel: Don't look at me.
      Jack: It's right, though... right?

    • Shi'fu: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
      Daniel: Oma teach you that?
      Shi'fu: Television.
      Daniel: Glad I've been such a, positive influence.

    • (Daniel has transporter rings in his new house)
      Daniel: Elevators are such a pain in the ass.

    • Shi'fu: If the instrument is broken, the music will be sour.
      Daniel: The music does not play the musician.
      Shi'fu: Normally there's truth in that.
      Daniel: Really? Good! Because I really didn't have any idea what I was talking about...

    • Jack: (re: a sandstorm, which Kasuf claims whispered Sha're's name) Well, it's not like it's a burning bush or anything.
      Kasuf: I have seen many bushes burn.
      Jack: I suppose you have.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jack: Daniel! Try to keep it in Kansas, huh?
      Jack once again references The Wizard Of Oz, a 1939 film adapted from Frank Baum's children's story, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". The main character, Dorothy is swept up by a tornado, and taken away from Kansas.

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