Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 16


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 1998 on Syfy
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Teal'c is put on trial by the inhabitants of a planet where he and the Goa'uld collected humans from the planet. If he is found guilty, he will be executed.

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    Teal'c is seeking redemption for the bad things he has done when he was Apophis' First Prime. Around the world as well Sci-Fi shows of a cultural product are getting exported everywhere with all the cultural and political values of North America embedded in those shows. So maybe the shows and the fans and the figures of Colonel Jack O'Neill, Dr. Daniel Jackson, Captain Samantha Carter and Teal'c are cultural and political ambassadors more so then any diplomat can actually hope to do. So it's worth looking at what's in these programs that we're advertising to the whole world. Something to think about as you watch in particular Stargate SG-1's episode "Cor-Ai." The villagers in this episode can be compared to non-North American views where as O'Neill and our main heroes have very North American character traits.moreless
  • Teal'c stands trial for the crimes he committed, when he was first prime of Apophis.

    The team arrives on Cartago, a planet often "visited" (ie. pillaged) by the Goa'uld.

    One of the villagers recognizes Teal'c as his father's killer, while he was first prime of Apophis and, effectively, trials (the Cor-Ai) Teal'c for his crimes. The cor-ai is a strange trial, as the accuser is the judge and the defendant has very little chance of winning, as the accuser's mind has already been made up, long before the proceedings.

    Sure enough, Teal'c is condemned to death, no matter how hard SG-1 tries to convince Hanno (the accuser/judge) that Teal'c is a changed man (Jaffa).

    But to his rescue, comes our old Goa'uld friend Shak'l (from the Nox episode) that attacks the village. Teal'c shows his valour by fighting free and killing the offending Goa'ulds.

    This is good enough for Hanno, whom forgives Teal'c for his past actions and lets him go.

    We see the courage and honor of the great Jaffa warrior Teal'c. He's willing to die, so that a man (a very stubborn and sour man) may have his retribution for the death of his father.

    All's well that ends well ... but I'm sure Teal'c will be giving this planet a pass, next time they are scheduled to go there.moreless
  • Teal'c seeks to redeem his past.

    Not a bad episode. Teal'c is put on trial. I really liked Jack's performance in this episode. His approach was far more humanistic than the others and therefore made it easier to relate to him. The primary purpose of this episode was fulfilled, in that it puts Teal'c's past to rest and absolve him of the things he did in Apophis' service. Fortunately a conveniently timed Goa'uld attack allows Teal'c to defend the village and save them. What I did not like about this episode was the idea that Teal'c was a "new man", which would seem to assume that Teal'c never cared about freedom for his people and the evils of the Goa'uld before he met SG-1, which of course we know is not true.moreless
  • Teal'c shows his honor.

    This was a good episode, but had a sudden change of character in Teal'c. Why was he going to accept death instead of wanting to continue the fight the Goa'uld, it just didn't make much sense. O'neill should have broken Teal'c out and dragged him out by the eye, but thats my opinion. Micheal Shanks also does some great acting when he tries to persuade the people to spare Teal'c only to find out that there is no jury, and the judge is the prosecutor. In the end, they are reasoned with and Teal'c is let go but I just feel that it was one thing to take the blame for something and another to die for someone else's evil decisions but O'neill's reasoning was spot on. He told Teal'c how soldiers sometimes do things the are are not proud of but they are just following orders, and that Apophis is to blame. Overall, average.moreless
  • Teal'c facing the past...

    It was - another kind of episode. In some point it looked like some court drama, but - it was not very interesting and giving us nothing. The good thing with this episode was the Teal'c past and the way he was ready to accept punishment for what he had done. But everything else - it was somehow boring and nothing happened. It was so sure that they do not get nothing from Earth and have to get out their own way.

    And the Goa'uld fighting - bad timing, I would say. In conclusion, this episode did not gave us nothing, just filled the air time.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

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