Stargate SG-1

Season 3 Episode 8


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 13, 1999 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

SG-1 arrives at a medieval village and frees Mary, a young woman who has been left outside tied to a stake. Simon, friar of the village and Mary's friend, explains that Mary is a sacrifice for the demon that plagues their village. The Canon chose her when he mistook her illness for an evil possession.

When the demon arrives and finds no sacrifice, he promises to destroy the village the next day unless five humans are left for sacrifice. SG-1 recognizes this "demon" and plot to destroy it, but the Canon pronounces SG-1 evil and condemns them to be sacrificed.

SG-1 must convince Simon to go against everything he believes in order to save themselves and rid the village of its demon forever.moreless

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  • Unbelievably bad writing!

    So let me get this straight - these soldiers, including an ex-special forces Colonel can't defend themselves from a bunch of medieval stick wielding thugs and let themselves be caught and sent for sacrifice to the Demon? They aren't in the least bit capable of kicking the arse of some petty jumped up village dictator? Teal'c is supposed to be the supreme warrior of a race of warriors and we've seen him involved in some serious hand-to-hand fighting. These are soldiers - they should be behaving as such and not taking this sort of treatment from an idiot with a power ring.moreless
  • Dar Be Demons

    It's a pretty ridiculous premise. A proto-Christian culture gives sacrifices to a demon that comes through the Stargate. It's up to the team to stop him. The Demon ends up being an Unas and he comes to gather hosts for the Goa'uld. To top it all off the town is lead b a corrupt power hungry preacher that uses Goa'uld technology in the form of a ring to call down the powers of nature to smite the impure.moreless
  • A mostly boring episode, but it has its moments.

    This episode probably ranks amongst my least favourites of all time. Despite having a few good gags, it's pretty boring and silly most of the way through. First, let's deal with the good aspects of the episode. It has an interesting concept: a Christian planet kept in the Dark ages by Sokar pretending to be the devil. It also gives us an interesting look at life back in those times, and their ridiculous methods of witch hunting and 'cleansing' a person of evil spirits.

    There are also some pretty good gags throughout this episode. The recurring gag with Jack telling Carter "If I ever get the urge..." and "If Daniel ever gets the urge..." is pretty good, but we've seen much better from the show. But there are some great, arguably classic gags such as Jack's Dr. Evil reference, their discussion on the Bible, and of course Jack being ever so grateful for ol' Junior.

    But the episode has some serious flaws. For instance, the Unas doesn't really come across as menacing, and is at times pretty pathetic. The makeup looks really fake at times, especially its picture on the outside of the DVD box set (I really don't like looking at it). Having it voiced by Christopher Judge only makes it less real. Unfortunately due to the amount of make-up, production and costume design in this episode you can't really forgive it by calling it a budget-saver.

    But the episode on a whole is pretty boring. Stargate usually strives at being a very entertaining show, but there is always the rare exception and this is one such example. I also really don't like the thing with the Canon and his lightning-ring. Firstly, it doesn't make any sense as we've never seen the Goa'uld with this kind of technology (with the exception of Anubis), and secondly it looks really silly when it stuns SG-1.

    On the whole, this is a rather disappointing episode. Sure it has its funny moments, but it could've been so much better.moreless
  • Boring and stupid but some funny moments.

    This is one of my least favorite episodes in the third seasons and the entire show. I don't know what it is that I dislike so much about this episode but I think it is the reminders of how stupid people (especially the Christians) were just a short time ago. I did like Jack's "Thus saving them line". There was some decent humor in here like the junior line and my favorite "You'd think these folks never saw a guy rise from the dead". The Unas was a nice touch and I liked Sokar as an enemy and wish they wouldn't have killed him so soon.moreless
  • Back to the middle age..

    It was quite boring and pointless - the only beauty was somehow the action on the end and some funny thing said. It started promising and showed us new perspectives of Teal'c as I had no idea he could read Bible. Anyway, they soon find themselves in community where they want to sacrifice some nice people to bad and ugly unas. And some pointless running around, always getting caught.. Teal'c once thought to be dead but he will resurrect, creating even more trouble.

    It was quite similar to the previous episode as it did not lead nothing but last time the episode was somehow - there was some story and some magic - this time it looked empty.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

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: This is the first episode in which Teal'c says 'Indeed' as a single sentence.

    • Teal'c's forehead emblem is made of gold (revealed in "Bane"), which is a good conductor of heat. So why would Teal'c not be able to feel the pain of the red-hot poker when it touched his emblem?

    • When discussing the Goa'uld lifecycle previously (in the episode Hathor), Hathor indicated that the Goa'uld combine the prospective host species DNA with Goa'uld DNA in order to produce the resulting larvae. This statement seems slightly inconsistent with the ability of an Unas-Goa'uld to infect a human host. There are, of course, a number of possibilities, especially considering the very limited time during which the Goa'uld infected the Canon.

    • At the end, Carter dials one chevron and then they take out the Goa-uld possessed Canon. Afterward she goes back and one symbol is still lit. Then we hear her clearly dial seven more chevron/symbols. There are only seven chevrons lit up on the Gate and clearly they don't end up in another galaxy.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Daniel: I think we were wrong about this Goa'uld. He isn't playing God. He's playing the Devil.

    • (the villagers start screaming, and they hear the so-called demon approaching)
      Jack: Unas?
      Teal'c: You are correct, O'Neill. The first host of the Goa'uld.
      Jack: No, no, no, no, no... We killed him. He's dead.
      Teal'c: We only killed one Unas.
      Jack: I thought there only was one! Unas - uno, one?
      Teal'c: They are in fact a species.

    • Jack: (Teal'c has risen after being presumed dead, causing villagers to run screaming) You'd think these folks never saw a guy rise from the dead!

    • Jack: (to a Unas) long you gonna keep this up? The demon bit? Don't get me wrong, it looks like a great gig. You've got the padre in your back pocket, the hours are good, probably get all the chicks.

    • Daniel: Teal'c! You're...alive.
      Teal'c: It is so.
      Jack: Way to go, junior!

    • Simon: The Canon has spoken.
      Jack: What are you, the village idiot?!?

    • Jack: Major, next time Daniel gets the urge to help someone, shoot him.

    • Jack: Carter, if I ever get the urge to help anybody again, feel free to give me a swift kick.

    • Teal'c: Are you contemplating attack, O'Neill?
      Jack: A couple of shots with a staff, we own him.
      Sam: We hope. Took Thor's Hammer to kill the last one.
      Jack: Okay, a whole bunch of shots with a staff.

    • Jack: Simon! Listen to me! Look, we've run into this kind of thing before. Now, it's not a demon. It's...demonesque, I'll grant you, but it's just a big, ugly creature.
      Daniel: Who is inhabited by a Goa'uld who gives it great strength, intelligence and the ability to regenerate.
      Jack: Yes. It's a very smart, resilient creature.
      Daniel: In the service of Sokar who, for all intensive purposes, is Satan to these people.
      Jack: (glares) But it's not a demon.
      Daniel: No, it's not a demon.

    • Daniel: It was a procedure often done in the Middle Ages. They...well, they'd drill a hole in the person's head. By drilling a hole the evil spirits are released, thus saving the person from eternal damnation.
      Jack: Thus...saving the person?!?
      Daniel: Well, they didn't call them the Dark Ages because it was dark.

    • Teal'c: I know of no Goa'uld capable of showing the necessary compassion or benevolence that I have read of in your Bible.
      Jack: Do you read the Bible, Teal'c?
      Teal'c: It is a significant part of your Western culture. Have you not read the Bible, O'Neill?
      Jack: Oh, yeah. Yeah. Not all of it. Actually, I'm listening to it on tape. Don't tell me how it ends.

    • Sam: Looks like a church.
      Jack: And that would mean...?
      Teal'c: That it is most likely Christians reside here, O'Neill.
      Jack: Thank you, Teal'c.

    • Jack: Ah! Trees, trees...and more trees. What a wonderfully green universe we live in, eh?

  • NOTES (5)


    • Jack: Or...something.
      Said as Jack tucks his little finger into the corner of his mouth in a very Dr. Evil gesture (from the Austin Powers movie series).