Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 7

Cold Lazarus

6
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 29, 1997 on Syfy
8.5
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During an off-world assignment, Jack is struck down by energy from a blue crystal...which creates a duplicate of him that returns to Earth in Jack's place.

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  • Touching

    9.0
    Jack get zorked by a blue crystal and a clone is created. We now spend the rest of the episode learning about Jack as a person, his history and deep dark pain over the loss of his son. It's a very kind and touching episode that adds multiple layer to Col. O'Neill life and relationships.
  • NOT MUCH HEAT!

    6.0
    Now this episode starts out in a blaze of captivating storytelling and it has a highly flammable performance by Richard Dean Anderson. But unfortunately towards the end it slowly starts to burn out and begins to look like just another run of the mill science fiction duplicate episode. It's still okay though. For me Cold Lazarus may not have much heat but it's still pretty inspirational with the backstory that revolves around O'Neill's character. Cold Lazarus is uplifting to a point that I Tracey K. Nameth call "a drama episode that wants to inspire you and touch your feelings!"moreless
  • A strange crystal renders Jack unconscious and takes over his appearance. We find out about about Jack's personal life in this episode.

    7.5
    Not the greatest episode of SG-1 and rather slow, if you compare it to the previous 6 episodes in this season. Nonetheless, we find out a lot about Jack's personal life, the story behind his son's death, his ex-wife and the reason why he left her (or she left him?). A lot of touchy-feely moments sprinkled with a few tears here and there. I thought the reason why "crystal Jack" went back to look for Charlie (Jack's dead son) was quite silly but it was a clever way of giving us some background information on Jack's history and personal life. We already start to see some signs of how brilliant Sam is. It seems the universe holds no secrets for her. I also liked the way they are emphasizing how bad the Goa-uld are, as we see yet another species being destroyed or ruined by them. Teal'c is brilliant as usual: George: "I cannot let you take your staff with you" Teal'c: "I've seen your world - I will need it". Typical Teal'c.moreless
  • We learn a little about Jack's past. Jack's issues with his past are largely put to rest.

    9.0
    I found this to be a real touching episode, as we explore a little more of Jack's past. I really liked the idea of the crystals being lifeforms that are able to take on the appearance of humans. That was an interesting and fairly unique idea. This episode is also crucial in that it largely puts Jack's past to rest. The last remnants of the Col. O'Niell from the movie are officially swept away and we're left with the Jack we all know and love. And I am forced to admit that the second time I saw that episode I was so touched that I did tear up. The ending was just perfect.moreless
  • A look into the past of O'Neil

    8.9
    I like this episode - the story. It was one of those episode where there really was a story - deep and moving. It was great storyline - what happened with O'Neil's son and it was a smart idea to take it up and use it for this episode. The way the wrong O'Neil tried to understand the human pain, the way humans die - it was another really great philosophical dilemma. And the way Teal'c tried to understand Earth - and all the thing with weapon - I will need it if I go out. It was great moment.



    Really deep story episode.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

Harley Jane Kozak

Harley Jane Kozak

Sara O'Neill

Guest Star

Kyle Graham

Kyle Graham

Charlie O'Neill

Guest Star

Wally Dalton

Wally Dalton

Sara's Father

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

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