Stargate SG-1

Season 5 Episode 9

Between Two Fires

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 24, 2001 on Syfy
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Narim alerts SG-1 to possible dangers following the suspicious death of Omac.

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  • Choices...

    This season has offered us some really thought-provoking episodes and this is definitely one of them - if things sounds too good, they are the opposite - SGC are offered one of those super cannons Tolans have.. then they found out, one is not enough - so, they ask more and surprise - those who were not ready to give one, are now ready to give all of them. The big question remains why? The whole episode is to figure out those nasty little secrets and the truth - shocking. Something you would never expect from Tolan. So, instead things getting better - they go worse and in the end, Narim has to make a choice - for his whole planet.

    A really gorgeous and somehow massive episode and lot of to think about...moreless
  • ok episode...

    The Tollans want to trade with earth and agree to give earth ion cannons which causes suspician. It turns out that a goa'uld is threatening them and wants them to make them weapons. In the end, the Tollans are supposedly destroyed and earth is safe. Basically, this was an ok episode. I never liked the Tollans becuase they're boreing. It was nice to see earth allies blow up and there was nothing the SGC could do about it. But, overall, it was a pretty boreing, predicatable episode and really not one of my favorites. I'm just happy the Tollans are gone.moreless
  • SG-1 is sent back to Tollana to negotiate trade relations. (More of a recap, really)

    The Tollan people created a ion cannon capable of destroying Goa'uld mother ships. SG-1 is sent to try to trade for it, but the Tollans have a strict policy of not trading weapons because a world was destroyed with their technology. After their first meeting, Narim secretly passes something to Sam on her way to the stargate. At SGC, the team and General Hammond view the hologram of Narim warning them that Earth is in danger. The team goes back to Tollan to try to find out what is going on. The Tollan Curia (councel) decides to trade the weapons for a metal. This is suspicious. The team is told that a Goa'uld ship came to the planet, but had shields that the ion cannon could not penetrate. Teal'c and Jack find a bunch of WMD's and are arrested. Daniel and Sam were talking with the Chancellor when a Goa'uld named Tanith (who answers to another Goa'uld) shows up. The Tollan Chancellor made a deal with Tanith to equip the WMD's with phase technology so that they can penetrate anything. While the Chancellor is trying to explain herself to the team, Narim fires the ion cannon at the storage room of the WMD's destroying all of them. That action caused Tanith to attack Tollana. Sam wants Narim to come with them, but he stays to fight. Back at SCG, a message comes through from Narim saying that all escaping ships/pods are being shot down, but then the message stops abrutptly. Narim and the Tollans are presumed to be destroyed.moreless
  • The Tollan homeworld is going to be destroyed and SG1 must try to stop it.

    This episode was just too sad, but not "sad in a good way" (like the episode "Heroes" was) or even "sad in a necessary way". I read somewhere that the reason they chose to destroy the Tollan homeworld, was because they (the show's writers) were trying to get rid of Earth's allies, so that when Earth faced impending doom, they would be on their own. I can understand that to a certain extent, but this episode had unneeded death and destruction, in my opinion.

    In the episode, they do talk about people from the Tollan homeworld trying to escape the planet on ships, but we never hear how many escape and they never mention the Tollan again. I still think it would have been great for Nerim to appear in some episode, with a handful of Tollan survivors, just to give us a little hope.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

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Major General George S. Hammond

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Garwin Sanford

Garwin Sanford


Guest Star

Marie Stillin

Marie Stillin

High Chancellor Travell

Guest Star

Peter Wingfield

Peter Wingfield


Guest Star

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the ion cannon shoots the building containing the bombs, several people are visible in the street and they do not react to the large explosion right beside them.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Hammond: As far as you told me there seems to be an evil conspiracy among the Tollan Curia, whose apparent goal is to give us everything we ever wanted. That makes no sense.
      Jack: I said that!

    • Daniel: So push on blindly then?
      Jack: Blindly yes. But we still have our slightly heightened sense of smell.

    • Hammond: What you're sensing as trouble, could be simple, internal, political wrangling.
      Jack: I understand that.
      Hammond: Or we could be walking into a mine field.
      Jack: (sarcastically) Thank you, sir. These little chats of ours always bring me great joy, and serve to... ease my mind.

    • Jack: Narim, would you get your head out of your ass?!?

    • Jack: Whatcha readin' there, fella?
      Teal'c: [Tollan Curia] records.
      Jack: Don't wreck it for me.

    • Teal'c: Narim said in order for the device to work on both of us, we must hold hands, O'Neill.
      Jack: (sighs) ...I know.

    • Jack: Ok, and in exchange we get...?
      Travell: A Tollan ion cannon.
      Jack: One of those big honkin' space guns that shoots Goa'uld ships out of the sky?
      Travell: Yes.
      Jack: Cool!

    • Daniel: May I ask what you need the trinium for?
      Travell: Trinium is combined with a number of elements to create a compound that is used in various Tollan technologies.
      Jack: Do you people practice being vague?

    • Narim: In his testament, [Omoc] asked that his memorial would be attended only by those who he respected.
      Daniel: Euh... well no offense, but what are we doing here?

    • Travell: In an odd way, Colonel O'Neill, the unfortunate death of Omoc has proven to be advantageous for you.
      Jack: Well, then I guess I'm both sad and happy...

  • NOTES (5)