Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 17

Enigma

6
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 30, 1998 on Syfy
8.8
out of 10
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356 votes
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Episode Summary

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SG-1 rescues a group of survivors from a dying planet, but finds that it must deal with its own people when military intelligence wants access to their advanced technology.

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  • THE HEAT IS DEADLY! ON BOTH SIDES OF THE VOLCANO!!

    6.0
    In truth the SG-1 team tries to do the right thing by saving nearly unconscious Tollans on a planet that is experiencing a volcanic disaster. But the United States government wants to keep the Tollans and their technology for their own agenda. In this episode SG-1 has a choice to make. They either help the Tollans or the United States government. They can't do both. This episode "Enigma" helps us figure out various ethical and moral quandaries we might want to think through to see which of our human values are legitimate and timeless. And which are not. Something to think about as you watch, "Enigma."moreless
  • So far on SG-1 we've met the good (The Nox), the bad (The Goa'uld) ... now prepare to meet the dic*s of the whole universe.

    9.0
    I'm gonna give this episode a 9, because any episode that messes with your emotions like this one, deserves a good score.

    I spent the whole episode despising these new guys (the Tollans) ... after all, their lives were saved by SG-1, and what do they do to thank them for their efforts? They act like absolute dic*s!

    Their leader was such an uptight, arrogant, *$%^# ... that I thought about skipping the scenes where he was in.

    Of course I was wrong to dislike these guys, because they were doing it for a very good reason (that reason being the American government).

    And, as per usual, I changed my mind towards the end of the episode ... and started cheering (well ... not out loud - that would be embarrassing :P) for the Tollans.

    In the end, you get the feeling that the government is the side which shouldn't be trusted ... and all these advanced races that do not want to share their technology with Earth, are actually right in doing so (As the Nox say - we are still too young!). After all you don't see SG-1 sharing technology with these pre-historic planets, do you? Hypocrites!moreless
  • Meet the Tollans, the most unhelpful race in the galaxy!

    8.8
    Very interesting episode, if a bit slow-paced. The NID story arc is advanced with the introduction of Colonel Maybourne. Old Maybourne shows the NID's willingness to cross any line in order to procure new technology and the Tollans offer an abundance of awesome technology, that they don't use to help anyone. The thing that irritates me the most about the Tollans(aside from being haughty and rude) is the fact that they do nothing to counter the Goa'uld threat. They only seem concerned with making sure their own world is safe while the galaxy is enslaved around them. It is an interesting idea that a culture of humans removed from Earth would supersede us technologically. All in all an interesting episode, but rather slow.moreless
  • SG-1 meet the Tollan.

    7.6
    SG-1 rescue a group of advanced humans from a dying planet, only to find but they are unwilling to share technology. Introduces one of my favorite characters in Stargate, Colonel Harry Maybourne played by Tom McBeath. Aside from the conflict between Maybourne and O'neill it was pretty boring. Carter falling for Narim wasn't really believable but ok. I personally don't like the Tollan or any Tollan episodes, they think they are so advanced yet they find themselves in one mess after another. Maybourne's character kept me interested and then the Nox appeared......I just hate the Nox, ok? Overall average, nothing too special.moreless
  • Different kind of thinking and living...

    8.6
    This was somehow different episode, a lot of character development and noxies again. It was great to see one of them again.



    The ones the rescue and all the advanced and not so advanced thing - it might make people nervous. But their technology and the walking trough the walls and the one who was friendly - this episode really had something different and it was enjoyable. Alien episode but on earth and the end - it was little... naive way of ending this and Daniel, I think, will have to pay for it a little but genial idea anyway how to get them out.



    Maybe next time they will think before the get themselves into that kind of trouble.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

Tracy Westerholm

Tracy Westerholm

Airwoman

Guest Star

Gerard Plunkett

Gerard Plunkett

Tuplo

Guest Star

Tobin Bell

Tobin Bell

Omoc

Guest Star

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Tom McBeath

Tom McBeath

Colonel Harry Maybourne

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Narim: There was a time before reason and science when my ancestors believed in all manner of nonsense, like the sher-Mal. The story goes that if a sher-Mal appears at the moment of death, she will take you to her dwelling in the stars.
      Sam: Ah, we call them angels.
      Narim: Then you still believe in them?
      Sam: Some of us do.
      Narim: Ours were reported to be quite beautiful, and when I saw you, well, you seemed to fit the description.

    • Jack: What?
      Daniel: Oh, just thinking what the little guy with the funny hair once told us.
      Jack: The very young do not always do as they're told?
      Daniel: Yeah.

    • Sam: (describing Tollan) Temperature — ground 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. Air — seems to be in pockets, ranging from 1500 degrees down to 200.
      Jack: Sounds like LA.

    • Daniel: I was just down in the infirmary with one of the Tollan, trying to get them to talk to us. They only ask questions, they never answer them. As a matter of fact, one of them was asking a lot of questions about you.
      Sam: I thought they weren't interested in us.
      Daniel: Oohh... I didn't say us. I said you.

    • Jack: Intelligence? What happened to Kennedy?
      Maybourne: Promoted. I took his place.
      Jack: Promoted? Talk about failing upwards . . .

    • Hammond: Why don't you ask the airman outside to show you to our guest quarters?
      Maybourne: That's OK. I'll wait.
      Hammond: That wasn't an invitation. It was an order, Colonel.

    • Narim: You are anything but primitive, Samantha. What your mind doesn't know, your heart fills in.
      Sam: I don't know what that means, exactly, but it's beautiful.
      Narim: Which is exactly what it means.

    • Jack: (talking about the Nox) God, I love those people!

    • (Narim comes through a wall)
      Sam: Oh my God, how did you do that?
      Narim: Very carefully.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Sam: Schrodinger's Cat
      Physicist Erwin Schrodinger theorized that a cat in a box with a can of poison gas activated by the decay of a radioactive atom would, at any one instant, be both dead and alive at the same time. The superposition of two states collapses to one state or the other only when the box is opened and the cat observed. Schrodinger created the thought experiment to show the conflict between quantum level behavior and macroscopic behavior.

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