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Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 9

Brief Candle

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 19, 1997 on Syfy
8.4
out of 10
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After being greeted with open arms by the people of Argos, SG-1 discovers that not only do the Argosians suffer from rapid aging, but O'Neill has been somehow infected and will die in a few short days if they don't find a cure.

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    6.0
    The team arrives at a planet paradise and upon being greeted Jack eats some pizza and unbeknown-st to him it means he is now married. It also means he is infected by nanites. The nanites attack his system and he starts to age rapidly along with the rest of the population. It's up to the rest of the team to try and find a cure not only for him but for everyone on the planet.

    For me this is just a so so episode. Rapid aging episodes generally mean really bad aging makeup and just an overdone trite story. This is certainly the case here. There is nothing new here except for the Nanites that will become something much more latermoreless
  • The dreaded nanites make their first appearance

    9.0
    Planet Argos is a planet filled with good looking, happy and very friendly people. Jack gets propositioned by a (gorgeous) woman ... well, it's more like -> she drugs him and they end up sleeping together.

    Unfortunately, not all is as good as it seems on this planet. We find out that this village was an experiment from a Goa'uld - he infected them with nanites (nano-technology robots) which speed up the aging process, effectively rendering the age span of the people on this planet 100 or so days. No wonder they were living each day like it was their last!

    Of course the ... ehmm ... bodily contact with the woman (whom, by their customs, turns out to be her wife) makes Jack infected with these nanites as well. So, the clock is ticking to save Jack's life ... and, nope, you guessed wrong. Sam and Janet can't save his life and they actually give up on the process. What saves him is pure luck - in an act of rebellion, the villagers, after being told the true story about their "creator", destroy his statue and ... lo and behold, deus ex machina, they find a machine that activates and deactivates the nanites. Obviously it's not a problem for the Sam/Daniel combo to figure out how to switch them off and save Jack's life and give the villagers of the planet a full life in the process.moreless
  • ONE LIFETIME IS ABOUT A HUNDRED DAYS!

    10
    The people of Argos have an open society but they suffer from rapid aging. After O'Neill has somehow been infected with the same affliction as the Argosians the rest of SG-1 must race to find a cure. Will they find it in time, or will the Argosians and O'Neill lose the battle to live longer. This episode is jam packed with mystery, action and even a bit suprising is Kynthia a young Argosian woman who seduces O'Neill. Brief Candle is a perfect ten that I Tracey K. Nameth call "an experience that shows life on the edge because life is short!"moreless
  • Jack gets old. D'oh.

    8.5
    SG-1 travels to a planet that appears to be a paradise, but when Jack and the rest of the villager all fall asleep at once the team gets concerned. They learn the Goa'uld who controlled the planet had created a virus and Jack is infected. Then Jack gets really really old. I found this episode to be pretty enjoyable overall, we get to see Jack's character fleshed out a little more. This episode is the first episode to show evidence of the Goa'uld's pursuit of an advanced host. By shortening the lifespans of the Argosians the Goa'uld hoped to see the end result of human evolution. This pursuit of the perfect host is visited in many later episodes. It may have been a filler episode, but it's a good filler episode.moreless
  • SG-1 travel to Argos and meet a civilazation of people who age much faster than normal.

    7.2
    Another mediocre episode involving rapid aging. Typical outset, O'neill is somehow aging many, many times faster than normal after sleeping with a local women. A yawn here and there, the most interesting part of this episode to me was when they found out it was some kind of transmitter bult in to they statue they worshiped. Now i'll admit, seeing O'neill age to the point where he looks like he's 80 was funny at first but got old, fast, and I mean fast, almost as fast as the rapid aging process of the Argosians.

    In the end what can I say, it was a filler episode with a plot that Star Trek used to death. Overall below average.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

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

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

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

Bobbie Phillips

Bobbie Phillips

Kynthia

Guest Star

Harrison Coe

Harrison Coe

Alekos

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Gabrielle Miller

Gabrielle Miller

Thetys

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

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