Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 1

Avalon (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 15, 2005 on Syfy
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Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell comes to the SGC to be the newest member of SG-1, but he soon learns from General Hank Landry, O'Neill's successor, that the team has disbanded. Carter is at Area 51, Daniel is about to go to Atlantis, and Teal'c has left the program to be with his people. However, after Vala arrives on Earth with a tablet that supposedly tells the location of an Ancient treasure, Mitchell decides that finding it would be the perfect way to reunite SG-1.moreless

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  • A new "Classification" is needed: Why I Stopped Watching This Series.

    But "Jump the Shark" will have to do. Although "Painful to watch" and "Bottom of the barrel" also fit here.

    My main beef is with the choice of Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell taking over as head of SG-1. He is a totally wooden character who makes Joe Friday of Dragnet look like a Party Animal!

    If a four member team was really needed, Stargate SG-1 had a ready made character to take Jack O'Neill's place as the new leader of SG-1. Colonel Dave Dixon (Adam Baldwin) from "Heroes Part 1" proved to be a very O'Neillish character type who would have meshed well with the rest of the team.

    I also found it conniving, if not insulting, to conveniently "rewrite" events to suddenly make Mitchell a hero who led a squadron in engaging Anubis's forces and protecting SG-1 in the battle over Antarctica, losing his co-pilot, being shot down, but successfully destroyed an Al'kesh that helped SG-1 succeed with their mission.

    This was in actuality done by Master Bra'tac and General Hammond in the Prometheus. Sure a squadron of F-302s did help (shades of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) but Mitchell (who does he think he is, Luke Skywalker?) was never acknowledged.

    To me the only redeeming quality of this episode was the return of Vala. She's always good for a few laughs.moreless
  • There's a new leader of SG-1 and he wants to get the original SG-1 back together.

    I thought Mitchell was a great choice to take over for SG-1. He's got a similar attitude that O'Neill had. I was pretty show that everyone would get back together, but I was sorry to see that Carter wasn't there with them.

    I think Vala's character was a good idea. She brings a lot of laughter to the show. Not only that, but her and Daniel make a great looking couple.

    I don't know about General Landry though. I don't mind his character that much, but for some reason I don't think he acts enough like a General. I'm comparing him to General Hammond and O'Neill. Landry wasn't a bad choice, but I think they could've done better.moreless
  • Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell, a new addition to Stargate Command, arrives in hopes of joining SG-1. He soon finds out that SG-1 ain't what it used to be.

    Avalon is the first in a trilogy of episodes that set up not only the season the come but the direction of the show for the next two seasons and probably the two movies to follow. In many ways, and it's not easy for me to admit this, it really is a new show. Jack is nowhere to be seen, Sam barely has a cameo, Teal'c has moved on, and Daniel is trying to do the same. The SGC has a new leader in General Landry, a bit of a hardass, a new leader for SG-1 with Colonel Mitchell, and even a new doctor. The new cast members (along with Daniel's beard) certainly give the show a different feel, a point hammered home with the return of one-time guest star Vala Mal Doran. I will admit that with Vala I'm a bit biased being a huge Claudia Black fan and getting to see her in a role that's so different from any I've viewed before. Vala brings an entirely new and in my opinion fun energy to the team and the show in general. Her chemistry and interaction with Daniel are fantastic and lead to some of the best moments in the episode. She also provides the means for the beginning of the show's next story arc and works as a sufficient stand in for Carter's absence early in the year. With the Goa'uld all but eliminated and the Replicators wiped out, we get an entirely new story. Keeping in the theme of alien races inspiring Earth mythology, Daniel discovers that the Merlin the wizard of King Arthur fame was an Ancient and our new story is begun. Personally, I find the fact of Merlin being an Ancient to be fascinating so I enjoy that part of the storyline. Other high points in the episode involve Mitchell's fruitless attempts to bring the old SG-1 back together and his even more frustrating attempts to recruit new members. The end of the episode brings about a new adventure, another cave, and lots of good ol' fashioned peril.

    The episode's not without its flaws, though. The scenes involving the Free Jaffa and the rise of the ambitious Gerak aren't all that interesting, though having Lou Gossett Jr. on the show is kind of fun. The episode overall gets off to a pretty slow start until they board the Prometheus toward the end. Understandable for an episode that is in essence a reboot for the series. It takes a little while to set something like that up. In the end, a solid start to a new season and new team.moreless
  • Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchel becomes the new team leader of SG-1. He's determined to get Carter, Teal'c and Jackson back together on the team as they've all gone their separate ways.moreless

    Cameron Mitchel is an awesome addition to Stargate SG-1. Here we have a guy who's a little like a younger version of O'Neill. Same snappy attitude like O'Neill that made the early episodes of Stargate SG-1 so great. That's one of the reasons this episode really works. We also get a glimpse into Mitchel's past which reveals he was one of the X-302 fighter pilots who was defending SG-1 as they discovered the Ancients' weapon in Antarctica while Anubis' fleet was attacking. My only real criticism of this episode is the fact that O'Neill is suddenly no longer the head of the SGC. If the producers of Stargate SG-1 had seriously tried to get Richard Dean Anderson who plays O'Neill to stay as part of the main cast instead replacing him with Beau Bridges who plays General Landry this episode in my books would be a ten. In my opinion Beau Bridges is a less than average actor who got lucky landing a role on Stargate SG-1. Stargate SG-1 lost some of its brilliance by adding Beau Bridges to the cast. Seasons nine and ten would have been so much better had they kept O'Neill as the head of the SGC. Richard Dean Anderson was one of the main contributing factors that led the show to its long run. And the show's run could have been longer with Richard Dean Anderson still around as a main cast member instead of only guest starring once in a blue moon. Richard Dean Anderson is recognizable and therefore O'Neill is likable. Who is Beau Bridges really? Otherwise the story arc that starts in this episode builds to an incredible adventure which I'm sure most people would agree.moreless
  • it was almost like a pilot for a new show...

    This episode had a lot of character development because it introduced so many new characters. Beau Bridges playing the new general, Ben Browder playing the new colonel Mitchell, and Claudia Black coming in to play Vala reguarly. That's a lot for one episode. I really wish they changed around the show bit by bit throughout the 8 years instead of just drastically changing it in the 9th season. It was like an entirely new show, and I almost wish they made it a new show. I love stargate, I just wish they'd change things up more and, when they did change things, not to change it so drastically. Oh well, back to this episode. Colonel Mitchell comes in and is supposed to pick a new team, but he wants to old sg-1. Vala comes in and puts a braclet on herself and Daniel. I loved that part of the story. I really didn't like the whole part of the story where Mitchell was trying to get the team back. It was boring, in my opinion. It was a bit interesting seeing Merlin and that story line. Overall, good episode, a bit boring, but had many funny moments, espcially with Vala.moreless
Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Silya Wiggins

Silya Wiggins


Guest Star

Tyler McClendon

Tyler McClendon

Lt. Banks

Guest Star

Mar Andersons

Mar Andersons

Air Force Official

Guest Star

Claudia Black

Claudia Black


Recurring Role

Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Brigadier General Jack O'Neill

Recurring Role

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr. Lee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Trivia: During the flashback sequence when Mitchell is in the hospital bed, Sam appears to have the gold oak leaves of the rank of Major while Jack clearly is a one-star Brigadier General.

    • Colonel Mitchell was the only one to try to remove the sword. For some reason no one else tries.

    • Daniel says that what was believed to be King Arthur's tomb was exhumed by the order of Henry II in 1278. However, Henry II died in 1189, 89 years earlier.

    • Trivia: General Landry was personally picked by Jack O'Neill to succeed him.

    • Trivia: Colonel Mitchell led the squadron of F-302s in defence of SG-1 against Anubis' forces during the Battle of Antarctica in "Lost City (2)"

    • Daniel tells Vala that the Ancient writing below the left pot says "The treasure is in this pot". However, when translated, it actually says "The treasure is not in this pot".

  • QUOTES (18)

  • NOTES (18)

    • Mitchell mentions reading the files of the case where the team first encountered the transmission stones. This was a continuous gag throughout the season about Mitchell reading all the SG-1 files is actually a reference to Ben Browder. He wanted to see all previous episodes of the show before the new season started. He watched around 180 episodes in a row.

    • Ben Browder was originally in the running for the role of Stargate Atlantis's John Sheppard, but had to pull out due to filming commitments for Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. Joe Flanigan got the part and Browder was kept in mind when the role of Cameron Mitchell was formed.

    • Louis Gossett Jr. was considered for the role of General Hank Landry. He ended up on the show anyway as he was cast as a Jaffa leader named Gerak.

    • On Sky One the opening credits were full-length and replaced the 10 second version that lasted up until "The Fourth Horseman" for the U.S. version

    • Syndication Premiere: September 23-24, 2006

    • Season 9 in Canada began airing on Thursday, November 8th, 2005 on ASN and Monday November 10th, on SPACE and Friday, November 14, 2005. Season 9 in Australia did not air until the end of June 2006.

    • For Season 9 and beyond, the producers originally considering renaming the show Stargate Command, but decided to stick with the original/ongoing title.

    • This episode marks the first mention of the Wraith on the series.

    • Season 9 will air in the UK Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Sky One starting from 18th October.

    • The hologram of Merlin is played by Matthew Walker, who previously portrayed another Ancient named Moros in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Before I Sleep". It is possible that they were intended to be the same character. He also played King Roham in the Season Two episode "Touchstone".

    • The opening credits now feature a Pegasus Galaxy wormhole instead of a Milky Way Galaxy wormhole.

    • Teal'c is now sporting a Greco-Roman haircut.

    • Excerpts written by Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright

    • Richard Dean Anderson is listed as Special Appearance By and Claudia Black is listed as Special Guest Star.

    • As of this episode, the stars' names are shown over the first scene as the episode starts, and then after the "teaser" the opening credits are shown - they're only ten seconds long and only show a few brief scenes and the "created for television" blurb.

      The new title sequence for season 9 is not seen until episode 11, The Fourth Horseman Part II. However the title sequence has been included for all the preceding episodes to "Fourth Horseman (2)" including this one for the season's Australian transmission and the DVDs.

    • As of this episode, Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, and Gary Jones have all appeared in ten different seasons of Stargate: all nine seasons of Stargate SG-1, and the first season of Stargate: Atlantis.

    • Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson) sports a beard for the first five episodes of Season 9 to make him look less like Ben Browder.

    • Ben Browder (Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell) and Claudia Black (Vala) were previously regulars on Farscape together. They played John Crichton and Aeryn Sun respectively.


    • The devices Vala tricks Daniel into wearing are very similar to the I-Yensch bracelets from Farscape, which also linked the two wearers together.

    • Mitchell: Did I mention I'm on a mission from God?
      Referencing the movie The Blues Brothers, where when trying to put their old band back together, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) says, "You see, we're on a mission from God."

    • Mitchell: You ever get a bad feeling about something?
      Alluding to the Star Wars movies, where "I've got a bad feeling about this" is uttered by several of the lead characters (Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, young Obi Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker).

    • Vala: (to Mitchell) I know we haven't met. That I'm sure I would have remembered.
      Subtle allusion to the fact that the two actors playing these characters were together on the series Farscape.

    • List of Ancients
      On Stargate: Atlantis, the team sent back a list of names of the Ancients who returned to Earth when the city of Atlantis was abandoned shortly before the Wraith were to overrun the city.

    • General Landry: I'm talking about your kryptonite.
      Kryptonite is a piece of the planet Krypton, native world of Superman. He is made weak and can die from exposure to kryptonite.

    • Vala: ...other than it seems to have a rather interesting if somewhat limited gene pool.
      This is an inside joke about and a reference to the -- according to some people -- amazing resemblance of Michael Shanks and Ben Browder. Pictures comparing the two circulated on the web when it was announced that Browder would be joining the cast on Season 9.