Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 4

Emancipation

7
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 08, 1997 on Syfy
7.4
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SG-1 visits a planet settled by the ancient Mongols, where women are treated as second-class citizens.

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  • Blech...

    5.0
    So we go through the Stargate and end up on planet of sexist Mongolians. We then spend the next 42 minutes learning the lesson that woman can and are just as good as men. Yeah, yeah we know that already. I swear you would think this episode was shot in Texas.

    Close the episode with Sam having to prove her worth in a fight to the death, which never leads to anyone dying interestingly enough. Then we all go home.



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  • Eh, it was one of 'those episodes.

    5.0
    Towards the beggining of the series they had a number of these episodes where the world they traveled to was was overpoweringly based of a certain civilization. In this case, the Mongolians (Who all happened to speak the English language). Give me a break. Granted, many great shows have faced the problem of 'Why does everybody in the universe speak English?' So I don't blame them so much with that incongruency. Since your reading this, I would asume you've watched this episode. So I won't bore you with retelling the story. However, I will tell you it was increadably cliche. Of coarse the oposing chief's children are in love. Romeo and Juliet much? That storyline has been used over and over again since the time of Shakespear for God's sake! And then, in the end, of coarse Carter must fight and win. And by the the way, someone shoot the costume artist. That was a bit overkill.moreless
  • The Girl Power Laid On Thick

    7.2
    Sam Carter definitely was annoying in this episode of SG-1. The overall episode was pretty interesting, I like the actors who were playing the two leaders of the tribes. One was the sensei on the Chris Farley film "Beverly Hills Ninja" and the other was Shang Tsung on "Mortal Kombat". It was nice to have a completely different story line than what we have been seeing so far.I support women's rights and all, but it was just laid on too thick for my liking. The biggest problem with the episode was Carter and her extreme feminist thoughts, it was just laid on so thick, it became a little too preachy and annoying.moreless
  • this is another episode that veiws Sam as being annoyingly feminist. Not the usual 'that's not right how they treat women, but I'm not going to crucify them for it' that most women think, but a trash-talking veiw-point, that thankfully changes through thmoreless

    7.8
    In this episode, SG-1 travel to a place called Simarka. The people here seem to resemble ancient Chinese Mongolians. But there is a catch to this ancient world…they treat woman as second-class citizens. As you can already guess, Sam is highly opposed to this way of life, but always the diplomat, she agrees to wear their traditional dress.

    But when she goes to sleep that night, the son of the chieftain kidnaps her and she wakes up in the forest. As she speaks to Abu, she finds out that he plans to trade her as if she were a piece of clothing! But it doesn’t end there. He plans to trade her with the leader of the Shavadi, a man whose cruelty knows no bounds.

    When he meets with the leader, M refuses to trade for what the boy wants…his daughter! In the end the boy has to settle for accepting the gold he offered. As Sam is left with this man, she continues to mouth off to him, but with consequences. Instead of beating Sam, he goes to beat one of his wives to treat her a lesson. Sam accepts the beating in exchange for the older woman.

    As this is going on, Jack talks to Turgon and finds out who kidnapped ‘his Captain’. He immediately mounts a rescue mission along with the chief to save Sam, but when they finally meet up with Abu in the forest, they find out they are to late, for Sam has already been traded. So Jack makes it into the camp, but Mougal refuses to trade Sam even after he tells the chief that she is also a ‘tribal leader’ back where they come from, valued for her knowledge. Jack eventually trades his handgun for her. When they make it back to their camp in the forest and build a fire, they formulate a plan of how to get the girl out of being stoned, and the Abu’s father remembers an old tradition.

    Back at the camp because the Nya tried to escape, but was captured, she is ordered to be stoned…by her own father! When Nya is about to be stoned SG-1 enters the camp and stops it from happening. Brining up the old tradition used to challenge another chieftain’s decision that they didn’t feel was fair or right. But Mougal won’t fight Turgon because of his age, so Sam challenges him. In the end after being defeated by Sam, he agrees to let Nya go free, and to marry Abu.

    When SG-1 is about to leave Turgon shows Sam deep respect by telling her that she will always be remembered by the fact that all woman are now free. This episode was okay, but not a show-stopping-go back what was? that episode. And one more thing, Tv.com lists this as the seasons, and series 4th episode, when in reality it is only the 3rd episode, because when first aired Children of the God’s was not a 2-parter.

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  • Not what I had expected as SG1's first mission after the riveting beginning, but still pretty good.

    8.5
    Emancipation is an important episode because it's the first one that is not goa'uld related. For this reason its imporance is obvious. Stargate SG1 is not just a plain action series, but also an adventure one. It is the wonderful combination of the two that makes it so great, and this episode is the first chapter in "the

    chronicles of Daniel and friends".



    The episode starts off well, with a dog chase in a sunny field which obviously announces a light hearted episode, one that we all have been waiting for (including SG1 after what they've just been through). The premise itself is good and the base story holds up pretty nicely. What then, went amiss? For starters we're taken aback by the fact that the natives speak perfect english. Yes, I know it would simply take too much time and it would become repetitive to try and include this communication establishment process every time they find a new world, but it still sort of dampens the realism. What slightly amplifies this effect is the fact that not two episodes ago, when they were on Chulak, SG1 did have to learn to communicate with the natives. However, given the obvious stated reason, I can't really criticise this, even if it still affects us... it is a necessity.



    To move along, there's also the problem of how did the mongols ever find the stargate? And haven't a few good centuries passed between ancient egypt and the mongol days. It sort of doesn't feel right. Sure, if you try hard enough you might come up with a plausible argument (especially considering the episode "Solitudes" which we know nothing of at this point and of which I will say no more, as not to spoil anything) but there are so many pieces that don't fit in this puzzle that it feels as though the writers ran out of ideas... which is a paradoxal thing to say, considering it's the first actual episode after the pilot (except "The Enemy Within" which I consider a protraction of the latter). Gives you some shivers as to the originality of the next scenarios.



    And now that I've totally ripped the episode to pieces, I think it's time to say that it's not as bad as it sounds. Emanicpation basically revolves around the theme of love, touching at the same time on human rights, more exactly womens right.Apart from the aforementioned props that don't feel as though they belong on the set, the play itself is quite nice. The screenplay isn't extremely breathtaking and in some ways perhaps predictable, but I found it quite enjoyable. It's the "moment of relaxation" that we all needed (if we can call it that, considering that among other things Sam also gets in a fight to the death that is supposed to stop a war between two tribes).



    Over and all it's a fairly good episode. It's not the pinnacle of the series, far from it, but it still deserves a look. However, if you did happen to miss it, don't beat yourself too much over it, as you haven't lost all that much. But if you have the chance to see it, I recommend you give it a shot. You might like it. After all, it might be a below average Stargate SG-1 episode, but that still qualifies as a great TV 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

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

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