Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 6

Beachhead

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 19, 2005 on Syfy
9.1
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When the Ori create a force field around a free Jaffa planet, General Landry orders Carter to use a weapon that she designed against the Ori's forces.

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  • A planetary wide demonstration of the Ori's powers leads to some unexpected sacrifice!

    9.0
    One of the Ori's priar intends to set a beachhead on a planet controlled by the free Jaffa. Warned by a minor Goa'uld, former underling to Baal, SG1 try to figure a way to stop that.



    Yet this demonstration of power start to show some weaknesses in the almighty Oris power. These all knowing powerfull entities seemed just to be unable to act very eficiency in our part of the Galaxy without establishing a base there.

    This to state that they do need to rely on physical and highly technological means to achieve their goals. This fact alone is accrediting the theory of the false gods using tricks.



    But we still have to admit that if we are to expect an Ori fleet this could be quite a challenge for the still weak "Homeworld security forces". The time would come (and i still bet on the mid-season clifhanger) when we will be granted a full demonstration of (military) power from their part.



    One other element that seems important to me is the promise of ascension for those who served the Ori. That promise alone with the powers granted to the priars and other allies could be the key to the very essence of the Ori's power.



    Needless to say that vala (Claudia Black's character) will be missed. At some point she may act as a serie regular. Avoiding strong connections with her former partner from Farscape was brilliant.



    The return of Samantha Carter could be very problematic to the writers. Most of her links to the serie were cut since the end of last season (no more boyfriend, her father's dead, Jack is gone, special relationship with the replicators is no more. Looks like she will have to dig herself again a new place in the show appart from a pale version of Atlantis' McKay. A challenge to the writers and to Amanda Tapping.moreless
  • The "band" is back together, but they have lost a crucial component of the team.

    9.2
    Although extremely entertaining, 'Beachhead' tied loose ends but left one string hanging; now Daniel has lost his counterpart. This part of the show may suffer as everybody on the team is smart to an extent, unlike Vala who only knew how to trick someone into getting what she wanted. Teal's knows battle tactics, Mitchell knows... (well, we're not sure yet) and Sam is much along the lines of Daniel's intelligence. It was pretty great that Vala is going to pop up somewhere with the Ori,assuming that she doesn't get herself burnt to death before SG-1 gets to her. I am not satisfied with Daniel and Vala's departure because in the end he seemed like he'd kind of miss her, but he was mean to her while she was there. It does seem strange with Sam AND Vala, and I'd much rather have Sam, because without her, there is no SG-1.moreless
  • Showed the Ori's capabilities and Carters return.

    9.1
    This episode of Stargate SG1 was a good one and was very revealing in terms of the Ori and their capabilities. The first thing I am going to say is that I have been wondering what the Ori are capable of technologically and was pleasantly surprised that this episode started to answer that question. I was also pleasantly surprised with the way they had Vala leave the show for a while and still made it where she could come back, and at the same time showing that the Ori are also very dangerous. Needless to say I was very what kind of technology the Ori made in such a short time and what they are capable of. So all in all I thought this was a good episode that showed us some information without giving us too much.moreless
  • If there's any doubt that the entire production is revitalized, this episode should lay it to rest...

    9.0
    This is the episode a lot of people were waiting for. Oddly, I think that it was good for reasons other than the return of Carter. This episode continues to demonstrate the immense power of the Ori in several different ways, and in the process, some other percolating plot threads get some air time. Surprisingly, the end of the Daniel/Vala mini-arc is completely unsatisfying, since the writers had to find a way to give Vala a proper send-off without killing her off for good.



    First things first…I love the plan of the Ori in this episode. It’s rather well conceived, and it demonstrates just how often they’ve pulled off massive invasions in the past. They know exactly what the unconverted will do, and they plan accordingly. They also work on a scale well beyond anything that has been seen on the series in the past. This episode does a lot to cement the thought that the Ori could wipe the floor with Anubis.



    This is also the function that Nerus fulfills in the story. Nerus may not have been the most powerful of Goa’uld, but like many of the less powerful false gods, he would attach himself to the winning side whenever possible. The fact that he rolls over for the Ori says it all: they are the new bullies on the block, and it serves Nerus’ best interests at the moment to back the winning side. In other words, the remaining Goa’uld weren’t powerful enough, in Nerus’ eyes.



    More and more, it looks like the key to defeating the Ori will be largely “low tech”. They can’t beat the Ori with big guns and some conveniently located Ancient technology (or so I hope). In the best traditions of “Babylon 5”, they have to “understand” their way out of the problem. That’s going to be quite a tall order at this point, since they don’t seem to recognize how well the Priors have been empowered to complete the task of invading. Daniel, I suspect, will uncover some new piece of information about the relationship between the Ancients and the Ori that will become important to the eventual solution.



    Garek and the Free Jaffa Nation are going to be serious trouble. Garek thinks like a “strength equals victory” kind of factionist leader, and that’s the kind of thinking that will get the Jaffa under the thumb of false gods that won’t be so easily beaten as the Goa’uld were. Much like the force field in this episode, I think of the Ori as using those resisting their presence as a convenient tool. Not only does resistance help show others the power of the Ori, but it also gives the Priors a chance to wipe out adversaries before the real invasion can begin. The Ori really seem to enjoy the idea of letting the enemy beat themselves.



    But more to the point…if the solution requires “understanding” their way out of the Ori invasion, through the careful application of force in very specific situations, then Garek is unlikely to be the best go-to ally. If anything, he will interpret anything less than a full-scale counter-attack as cowardice and (seeing him in this episode) a declaring of war against the Jaffa. The last thing anyone needs is a further dissolution of alliances.



    I mentioned that I was waiting for the new team to gel a bit more, and this episode took that one step further. Now that Carter’s back, there’s still going to be an adjustment period, but it’s coming together beautifully. Setting up a clear and present danger serves the purpose of giving a reason for the team to exist, and there’s enough happening between the Ori, Garek, and the situation at home to keep all the characters busy. Obviously, the Ori won’t stop with one attempt, and so I expect the Supergate to make another appearance.



    My prediction? Either the “summer season finale” or the actual season finale will end with the Ori successfully establishing a beachhead, thus escalating the conflict and bringing to a close this introductory phase. By the end of the next episode, though, the season will be a third of the way done, and that usually marks the point where the characters get to settle in and the season arcs begin to complicate. I’m looking forward to that, because this is turning out to be the best season in quite some time.

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  • a peek at that stretegy of the Ori.

    8.9
    Well of course beachhead is a military strategy. In this episode we see a little of the lengths that the Ori are willing to go to for their strategy.

    Allying with the Go'auld

    Using the Jafar and SGC weapons to power their shield.

    Causing distrust with the Jafar and SGC.



    I think even though the Ori did not establish their gate they dove into plan B the divide and conquer strategy.



    The distruct between the former Go'auld's and jafar and SGC mean no moreteam work to get rid of the bad enemy. It took all three working together to get rid of the replicators. I Ori did not want to repeat that mistake.



    This was an important episode.







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Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

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

Maury Chaykin

Maury Chaykin

Nerus

Guest Star

Ian Butcher

Ian Butcher

Prior

Guest Star

Donald Adams

Donald Adams

Latal

Guest Star

Claudia Black

Claudia Black

Vala

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.

Gerak

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Why is Mitchell confused when Nerus changes his voice to that of a human (as opposed to the deep evil multi-voice that the Goauld usually speak in)? It has been established that they don't have to talk like that since the first episode of the series. When Kowalski was host to the symbiote in "Children of the Gods" there were times when it was obvious that Kowalski was not in control but it was his voice talking. The same is true when Carter was host to Jolinar and when Imhotep took K'tano as his host in "The Warrior". If Mitchell has read every SG-1 report as he claims then he should know that the Goauld don't have to talk like that.

    • Sam is wearing an SG-1 patch, but throughout this episode she isn't part of SG-1 yet.

    • The Stargate is roughly 64,000 pounds - the planet's liquid surface wouldn't hold it up. And yet it does.

    • When the Ori "ships" come out of the gate they are obviously small enough to fit through the gate, but as they assemble into the supergate and the cargo ship fills in the last spot, they are larger than the cargo ship which is too big to fit into a stargate.

    • Guest star Maury Chaykin (Nerus) (mis)pronounces the word 'Jaffa' as "Yaffa".

    • The red error message "NOT LOCKED" is still flashing on the computer screen behind Harriman when he's dialing the gate for SG-1. You can hear the dialing sequence and chevrons being locked but the error message from their previous attempt to dial the gate to the planet where the Ori Prior created the force field is still visible.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (as the supergate is forming)
      Mitchell: How do we stop it?
      Vala: I have an idea. If we can...
      Daniel: (ignores Vala) The next idea anyone comes up with has to be outside the box.
      Sam: Okay. The gate is composed of individual units. There must be some sort of energy linkage between them, like a chain.
      Vala: Exactly! So we...
      Mitchell: So we need a big ol' set of bolt cutters.
      Daniel: Ooh! Too far outside the box. Get closer to the box.

    • Nerus: General, join me for a glass of wine! It's from a place called... France!

    • (while eating grapes)
      Nerus: Mmm... No seeds! How is that possible?
      Daniel: It's a state secret, but were willing to negotiate.

    • Prior: You will fail. The Ori are more powerful than you.
      Mitchell: Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...

    • Daniel: Vala, this is a military vessel.
      Vala: I know, darling, I've stolen it before.
      Daniel: Well, just try to be...
      Vala: My charming self...
      Daniel: Just a little less talk, a little more shut the hell up.

    • Sam: The President has authorized any and all means necessary to complete the mission.
      Mitchell: Oh boy, and here I was trying to have a nuke-free career.

    • Nerus: And... when you put me to death for what I have done, I shall Ascend.
      Landry: You will descend, to a small, dark room, in the basement of Area 51, and you'll stay there until you come up with a defense against the Ori. That was our deal.
      Nerus: What would possibly compel me to do that?
      Landry: Hunger.

    • Nerus: (eating) What's this? This is exquisite. What is it?
      Landry: Chicken.
      Nerus: Chicken?
      Landry: It's a rare delicacy among our people.

    • Mitchell: Yo, my name is Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitch…
      Prior: I know who you are.
      Daniel: Yeah, he just told you his name.

    • Vala: What is a Mark 9 exactly?
      Mitchell: It's also known as a Gate Buster.
      Vala: Hmmm. Sounds big.
      Mitchell: Some might say too big.
      Vala: Really? I always thought there was no such thing.

    • Mitchell: How good is this? We've got the band back together!
      Carter: Hey, what's with the extra back-up singer?
      Mitchell: Oh, she's good fun. Plus, we figured if Jackson were to…
      Teal'c: Die.
      Mitchell: Yeah, that's the word…We would jeopardize the mission.
      Carter: When we spoke a couple of weeks ago you said you thought the effect of the bracelets was wearing off.
      Daniel: It was - I just didn't want to put it to a test on the other side of the galaxy.

    • Landry (on the phone): Jack, (Sam) practically invented the Mark 9 and you're the one who thinks we should use the damn thing…why are you wasting valuable time saying 'no'…I've read enough of your SG-1 mission reports to know that there were times when no one else but Samantha Carter could've pulled your ass out of the fire, well this is one of those ti…
      (Samantha Carter walks in the door).
      Carter: Reporting as ordered, sir.
      Landry (on the phone): Yeah, she's standing right here. You're a funny man, Jack, very funny.

    • Teal'c: I have no recollection of your participation (in destroying the Replicators).
      Nerus: Teal'c, you wound me. I was the one who figured out how to activate all the stargates in the galaxy at once. Didn't Ba'al mention that?
      Vala: That is sooo like him.
      Nerus: isn't it though?

    • Landry: We must look like major players now.
      Teal'c: We defeated Anubis.
      Daniel: Most of the System Lords were killed by the Replicators, then we defeated the Replicators.
      Mitchell: Wow, we look cool.
      Landry: Don't let it go to your head.

    • Mitchell: Yeah, that is nice.
      Vala: No, he's disgusting. You can't honestly open the doors to a pathetic, minor Goa'uld posing as one of the big boys. Well, at least promise me you're intending on torturing him.
      Landry: We're setting him up in the VIP suite.
      Vala: No.
      Landry: Yes.

    • Landry: What can you tell me about him?
      Vala: Honestly, you don't want to know.
      Landry: Honestly, I do.
      Vala: Why?
      Landry: What do you say we go with the idea that I'm in charge and I've asked a simple question.
      Vala: Hmm...

    • Nerus: Dr. Daniel Jackson! It is rumored among the Goa'uld that you alone defeated Anubis. Is that true?
      Daniel: Where did you hear that?
      Nerus: Oh, I hear everything…

    • Mitchell: Lt. Cameron Mitchell. Leader of SG-1.
      Nerus: You're not…?
      Mitchell: No, I'm not.
      Nerus: Will he be…?
      Mitchell: Nope!

    • Vala: My God, it's enormous! (Daniel glares at her) Not everything I say is innuendo!

    • Daniel: So you're saying (Vala) could be alive…somewhere in the Ori home galaxy?
      Sam: It's possible.
      Daniel: Well, we wanted to send them a message…

    • Daniel: (playing basketball) I'm gonna kick your ass.
      Vala: Promises, promises...

  • NOTES (7)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: June 30, 2007 on Veronica

    • This episode first aired in Canada on Thursday, December 6th, 2005.

    • Syndication Premiere: October 28-29, 2006

    • In an early scene, SG-1 are playing basketball when Landry interrupts them for a briefing. Landry then proceeds to demonstrate his own basketball skills. Beau Bridges originally intended to be a professional basketball player. He played for UCLA and the University of Hawaii before deciding that his lack of height was hampering his career. Nevertheless, he seems to have lost none of his skills.

    • This episode contains the largest number of special effects in the entire series so far. Between the hologram of the planet, the supergate, the planet, Prometheus, the shield, the active stargate, the Prior's staff, and the blackhole explosion, the episode is comprised of a lttle over 37 minute of special effects.

    • Claudia Black, Maury Chaykin, and Louis Gossett Jr. are billed as Special Guest Stars.

    • Series star Amanda Tapping returns to the series at this point, having taken time off for maternity leave.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Nerus
      Like most Goa'uld, Nerus is a ruler/deity from the past. In this case he is the 1st century Roman emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus - also called Caligula. Known for his excessive hedonism, Caligula has become associated with lavish luxury and boundless sex and food.

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