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.
(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?
Nerus: (eating) What's this? This is exquisite. What is it?
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…
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.
Landry: What can you tell me about him?
Vala: Honestly, you don't want to know.
Landry: Honestly, I do.
Landry: What do you say we go with the idea that I'm in charge and I've asked a simple question.
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…?
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...
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.
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.