Stargate SG-1

Season 10 Episode 7

Counterstrike

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 25, 2006 on Syfy
9.2
out of 10
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After Adria's followers on a planet are wiped out, she attempts to learn the location of this powerful new weapon.

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  • A great new episode to the series...

    8.2
    i watched this episode later than i could have , and i was afraid that i would miss it but i didn't. i was hoping that this episode would have been better. it was still a great episode, don't get me wrong, but it was supposed to be about the Jaffa launching a counterstrike on the Ori, and all they did was wipe out one planet, and try to kill SG1. It wasn't much of a counterstrike. I still think that this episode was one of the seasons best, but of course i have only seen seven. I like the Storyline of season ten, and i was really surprised when Adria blew up the weapon at Dakara and I guess the whole planet.It was a great episode. Later.moreless
  • Adria destroys Dakara along with the last hopes of both Vala and the Jaffa

    8.0
    As the SG-1 barely survives a Jaffa’s bio-weapon that obliterates all life on the planet Adria just converted, Teal’c and Bree’tac go to have a word with the Jaffa council in Dakara while the rest of the team explores the Ori ship Adria left behind. Once the team separates, Daniel and Vala have a bittersweet exchange in which they talk about their respective experiences regarding Sha’re and Adria, how he relates to her efforts to save her daughter as he once tried to save his wife and how does he live with the worst possible outcome; it’s strangely comforting for Vala to have someone who could actually understand how she really feels about her daughter and the fact that that someone is Daniel only makes it more special to her.



    The situation complicates when a Jaffa crew that also boarded the Ori ship captures Cam and threatens to kill him unless the rest of the team revels themselves. Just before Sam would expose herself, Daniel & Vala take the fall for her which causes Adria to reveal her position in order to spare her mother from being captured, Vala’s little girl is so pleased with herself as she not only has saved her mother – and escaped from the planet alive – but she’s now able to locate the weapon that killed her followers all the way to Dakara. Problem is: she continues to underestimate the bond between Daniel & her mother for as much as she tempts her with an important position, Tomin or even a life with together, she loses her the minute she destroys Dakara along with Vala’s last hopes to win her over their side so now both mother and daughter must come to terms with the fact they may be on opposite ends of this war.moreless
  • Enter Adria fully grown!

    10
    After some pretty slow previous and fill-up episodes, this one returns to the original plot at hand and brings this beautiful, power mad and belief blinded Orici a.k.a. Adria a.k.a. Vala's "miracle" daughter. On the other hand i'm so sick of those dumb as dog s**t Jaffa that just keep making bad to worse decisions, choosing poor leaders and horrible diplomats. At least the Ancient weapon gets eventually destroyed along with Dakara, leaving all free Jaffa in disarray (perhaps time for Teal'c and Brata'c to finally impose their thoughts). An action packed episode that left me wanting more. Finally it seems the beginning of the end. P.S. what happened to the Tok'ra, seems they just vanished, while the alliance was "broken" more or less, still we heard reference to them every now and then, why have they been so excluded, they were cool.moreless
  • Hardly built, easy to broke...

    9.0
    ... can be said by Jaffa nation. This is somehow another turning point. When at the end of season 8 we had very enojoyable forming of this alliance, the use of that planet, then now all is broken. I do like this episode, but not too much. It was very well written, gave a way to develop major storylines, gave us more information, had huge impact.. but.. I would say something was missing. I am not sure what. Adria was very good addition and all the way she is - somehow little childish but also quite grown, that kind of not sure about nothing. And I loved that talking Daniel and Vala had about how the feel. Added little more emotional level to chars.



    So - action episode mostly. Enjoyable.moreless
  • Vala learns lot!

    10
    Vala learned lot about this episode. Because she is mother of Adria. I refused to count that Vala is only carrier of Adria. There is NO father??!!! So, Adria came from ORI's DNA. It is crazy enough! Daniel finally told Vala about his late wife, Sha're who died eight years ago until this season, I think. Daniel decided to tell Vala about his love to Sha're and his late marriages. Vala is strong woman who can control her feelings or emotions that Adria is controlling the universe! Vala want to get Adria to be destroyed or else. I love this episode, and great adventure!moreless
Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

Claudia Black

Claudia Black

Vala Mal Doran

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Peter Nicholas Smyth

Peter Nicholas Smyth

Prior of the Ori

Guest Star

David Andrews

David Andrews

Se'tak

Guest Star

Sylvesta Stuart

Sylvesta Stuart

Jaffa

Guest Star

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola

Bra'tac

Recurring Role

Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin

Adria

Recurring Role

Matthew Glave

Matthew Glave

Colonel Paul Emerson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Lt. Evans said the wave of radiation only affected living tissue as "everything else" (e.g. clothes) was left behind. However, there were plants in the background behind her which are also living.

    • Upon rescuing Teal'c and Mitchell from the Jaffa aboard the Ori ship, Sam fires her Zatnikatel without it opening up first. Usually the weapon flicks forward slightly like a scorpion's tail, in this instance it does not.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Vala: (thinking Adria's dead) I knew she was the will of the Ori even before she was born. I could have done something about it, but I didn't.
      Daniel: She was your child.
      Vala: Maternal instinct can only excuse so much. Course, I did tell myself that my relationship with her could prove to be an advantage that at some point, some critical moment, I might be able to reach her in a way that no one else could.
      Daniel: And you might have been right.
      Vala: I'm just relieved I'll never have to find out for sure.

    • Daniel: I joined SG1 and searched for (Sha're) for over two years, but in the end I couldn't save her. For a long time I felt guilty that I'd failed her.
      Vala: And now?
      Daniel: Now I can at least draw comfort from the fact that she is no longer suffering at the hands of the Goa'uld. I guess, in a small way, I feel relieved as well.

    • Bo'rel: No one is innocent who joins with my enemy.
      Mitchell: They were invaded by an army with massively superior firepower.
      Bo'rel: They should have resisted.
      Mitchell: So, die at the hands of the Ori, or die at the hands of the Jaffa. Some choice.

    • (about the super-weapon)
      Se'tak: The Tau'ri, your people…
      Landry: …are pissed.

    • Vala: (to Adria, who's choking Daniel) Okay. We all know, darling, that you have telekinetic powers. You can stop showing off now.

    • Vala: Can I ask you a question?
      Daniel: Just the fact that you have to ask me to ask means I should say no.

    • Teal'c: A great Jaffa once said "Exalted is the warrior who achieves victory without battle."
      Mitchell: "Winning shows strength, winning without fighting shows true skill."
      Teal'c: You are a student of ancient strategies?
      Mitchell: No, Landry said it to me. I think he was quoting Sun-Tzu. Or it could have been Dr. Phil.

    • Landry: Sometimes you make the right decision. Sometimes you make the decision right.
      Walter: Patton.
      Landry: That one's Dr. Phil.

    • Vala: Listen, we're not rejoining the fleet. You're coming with me.
      Adria: No, I can't abandon my army.
      Vala: It's not your army.
      Adria: Of course it is.
      Vala: Well, as your mother I'm putting my foot down. You're too young to have your own army.

    • Adria: You're my mother. If I'm unable to convince you, how can I be expected to sway the countless worlds in this galaxy. Until I have brought you into the fold, my mission here is a failure.
      Vala: I can be very stubborn.
      Daniel: Mmm hmm.

    • Bra'tac: If only I could have done more to oppose Se'tak…
      Vala: There's nothing to be gained by second-guessing yourself. You can't remake the past. So look ahead… or risk being left behind. (leaves)
      Bra'tac: She displays the wisdom of a battle-seasoned warrior.
      Teal'c: Hmm.
      Daniel: She's a mother. Close enough.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Mitchell: Well at least it's not raining.
      A reference to a similar line in the 1974 movie Young Frankenstein. It's used when Igor notes "Could be worse...could be raining" and it promptly starts to rain.

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