Stargate SG-1

Season 8 Episode 6


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 13, 2004 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

The SGC experiment with a virtual reality chair from the Gamekeeper's world (season 2), but Teal'c becomes trapped in a virtual loop against an undefeatable batch of Anubis drones.

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  • First of I love StarGate SG-1,so I'm a bit over protective of my favorites. That said,...

    "Avatar" is more than just a show to kill-time or Filler. It was to show us that Teal'c was afraid. maybe thats why I see so many not liking this episode. Personaly I was glued to my seat and didnt want to take my eyes off Teal'c. I of course told myself nothig is going to happen to Him... right? I wont Give away the ending, but I can Brag that this Was some of the best Wrighting in the story line of SG:SG1. Ask yoursef... do you belive we can win over the Gua-old? That is the Question.moreless
  • This episode really shows some aspects of Teal'c that can be overlooked but make him the character he is.

    I thought this was an excellent episode. Even the opening, where Teal'c wins in seconds after all the "geeks" worked so hard to make it difficult fit nicely. It showed the difference between experience and determination and the "book learning" the others had. The episode also reminded us that playing with technology you don't understand is not always a good idea (which of course is a staple lesson in almost all shows or books in the sci-fi genre).

    I liked how the game chair adapted to Teal'c. The chair could shock him since he would want to feel pain if he died in the game whereas the scientists looked at it more as an impartial video game and would expect death with no pain. The concept of the game no longer allowing a way out since Teal'c himself would normally never quit also played well into how that character was. Even though he did try to quit in the game, the game was treating it as real life and in a real life situation, Teal'c would not quit. And having his own psyche betray him into keeping the game going, exposing his doubt that it was possible to have a victory over the enemy in this case, also showed his thoughts. But of course, once he had Daniel Jackson with him, he knew victory may be possible and it was.

    Some might say that some of the visual effects were cheesy when things turned into a video game view. I think it made it more realistic since the others were watching Teal'c thoughts and those graphics should be in a video game type of picture. I really liked the way they would cut from one type of view to the other.

    Great episode.moreless
  • Let's play...

    The premise of this episode has been done over and over again on different shows. nevertheless, it works!

    Teal'c gets trapped inside a simulation in which Goa'uld are attacking the SGC with Super soldiers. The only way for Teal'c to get out of the 'game' is for him to win. Unfortunately, the simulation is interfaced with his brain and learns from him, eventually making it impossible for him to complete the objective.

    As I said, this has been done before, many times. In fact, its Red Dwarf counterpart episode 'Better Than Life' is one I am also very fond of. But I think the reason they keep making episodes like these, is because it is a very interesting premise; after all, who wouldn't want to experience virtual reality?

    Character-wise, this episode reveals a lot about Teal'c, and lays bare the doubts he still carries deep within him on whether they really can beat the Goa'uld.

    Excellent episode!moreless
  • Cool...

    This is the first episode of season 8 that I ever saw. It's a pretty sweet episode. Tealc goes into a kind of virtual reality game where there is a bunch of anubis drones but there is one problem he cant get out. Every time he killed an anubis drone the game would start over again. So they sent Daniel in after him and he got this special ability that could make him see 2 seconds ahead of time I know that doesnt sound like anything special but it did help and they got tealc out so this is a good episode I cant remember all of it but most of it. My advice watch it. Later...moreless
  • Endless loop of virtual reality...

    I liked the idea of the episode and the technological aspect - that there is a stimulation and it can learn, it plays the way the player things and Teal'c did not had much possible thoughts. Despite the whole shooting game as it was, there was also emotions - specially when Daniel comes in and tries to get Teal'c play again (and not shot him in the beginning). And the way the end comes - we find all 4 main chars aiming at each other and ready to shot. But in the end, the game is win, everyone almost ok.. and we have had quite unique episode.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

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

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Andrew Airlie

Andrew Airlie

Dr. Carmichael

Guest Star

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr. Lee

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Dan Shea

Dan Shea

Sgt. Siler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Teal'c visits the armory in his fourth time in the simulation, the word on the door is spelled the British way: armoury. Although this is probably because the company who created the CG shots is from Australia, a member of the British Commonwealth, a U.S. military base wouldn't have it spelled this way.

    • When Teal'C is telling virtual Sam and Daniel that there is still a threat on the base, Daniel says Sgt. Harriman told them that only two made it on the base before he died. Yet, a few moments later, Harriman comes on the intercom.

    • At the beginning when Jack was shot by the drone, there is a small flame on Jack's shirt, but no burns or scorch marks.

    • The doctor pulls out the syringe sideways and you can see there is no needle

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jack: There we go. Just make sure there's a beginner's level for the rest of us.
      Dr. Lee: Oh yeah, we can always make it easier... not-not that we'd have to, for you, certainly. I mean, for others, but you-you'd be fine, uh...

    • (Dr. Carmichael jams an adrenaline shot into Teal'c's chest)
      Dr. Carmichael: That won't work again!
      Jack: I don't want to see that again!

    • Jack: Teal'c.
      Teal'c: We have won.
      Jack: That's what we do.

    • Sam: Sir, you may have done it again.
      Jack: Yes. (long pause) How did I do it this time?

    • Jack: You know, I always thought a failsafe system was supposed to be safe... from failure.

    • Dr. Lee: (on how to improve the realness of the virtual combat simulator) Well maybe... we could... mmm... maybe it could use a little more work.
      Jack: Can you make it harder, more difficult?
      Dr. Lee: Well we could input parameters for different scenarios, but the vast majority of the simulation array comes from the mind of the user. The programing is actually built by interfacing memories from the individual's consciousness with the chair's matrix.
      Jack: Carter, all I heard was "Matrix," and I found those films quite confusing.

    • (Teal'c has just finished a virtual combat training)
      Dr. Lee: Simulation time 49 seconds!
      Jack: Was it fun?
      Teal'c: Indeed. You died well in battle, O'Neill.
      (Sam laughs)
      Jack: Obviously there's something defective with this thing.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The computer graphics in this episode were done by Sydney-based Perception, the same company who was working on the first officially licensed Stargate SG-1 video game that was due out on the PC, XBox and PS2 in late 2005. The game was subsequently cancelled.

    • Due to (presumably) the excessive violence, this episode was rated TV-14V instead of TV-PG.

    • Andrew Airlie (Dr. Carmichael) previously played the Orbanian Kalan in the season three episode "'Learning Curve."

    • Sam asks Teal'c if he's ever played Doom (an early first person shooter for the PC), to which he replies "I play Def Jam Vendetta". In Def Jam Vendetta (a fighting game for PS2, Xbox and GameCube), Christopher Judge (Teal'c) voices D-Mob, the main villain in the game.


    • Sam: You've played Doom.
      Doom (1993) is a first-person shooter, computer game. Its graphic and interactive violence has made Doom the subject of much controversy reaching outside the gaming world. The doom franchise includes: Doom II: Hell on Earth (1994), The Ultimate Doom (1995), Final Doom (1996), Doom 3 (2004), and the motion picture, Doom (2005).

    • Teal'c: I played Def Jam Vendetta.
      Def Jam Vendetta (2003) is a professional wrestling video game, released for the PlayStation 2 and GameCube. In the game, Christoper Judge voices the character of the underground boss, D-Mob. Vendetta was followed by a sequel called Def Jam: Fight for NY.

    • Jack: Carter, all I heard was 'Matrix', and I found those films quite confusing.
      The virtual reality simulator, the slow turns in the game, and Daniel's prophetic abilities in the game are all references to The Matrix. O'Neill's comment about The Matrix being confusing is also a reference.