Stargate SG-1

Season 5 Episode 17

Fail Safe

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 2002 on Syfy
8.7
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Earth finds itself threatened when SG Command learns that an asteroid is on a collision course with the planet.

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  • Love asteroids.. crashing to Earth specially..

    9.0
    It was one of very adventurous and exciting episode - full action package from the first minutes to the end - a lot of heroic moment, that kind of good save the day plot with unexpected turns. I really loved the episode - I have always loved movies where there is something like that crashing from sky.. some mini series.. but this was the first time I saw it on tv serie.. and it looked stunning. Also some funny moment, that is always part of SG-1.. And the way they first thought it was totally something else than the realized later.. a boogytrap.. great episode.moreless
  • ok episode....

    8.0
    An asteroid is on a collision course to earth and SG-1 has to stop it, and they do, of course. This episode was ok; it wasn't anything special. The whole asteroid crashing into earth has been done by tv and movies a lot and I just didn't care to see Stargate do it also. The episode had some good moments though. I liked seeing that Hammond was going to go down with the SGC like a captain goes down with his ship, that was cool. Other than that, however, the episode was pretty mediocre and mildly interesting. Not one of my favorites...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

Brian Jensen

Brian Jensen

Freyr (uncredited)

Guest Star

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Webber

Guest Star

David Bloom

David Bloom

Spellman

Guest Star

Colin Cunningham

Colin Cunningham

Major Paul Davis

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Sam: I was right.
      Daniel: This could be a problem.
      Teal'c: Indeed.
      Jack: I don't want to hear it!
      Sam: Sir, the asteroid's core is composed almost entirely of naquadah.
      Jack: Of course it is!
      Sam: It makes up about 45 percent of the total mass.
      Daniel: Of course it does.

    • (the ship starts to shake)
      Jack: What was that?
      Teal'c: I am having difficulty with the sublight engines.
      (the ship shakes more violently)
      Daniel: Yes, you are.

    • Sam: Teal'c, try to take it easy on the engines when we take off.
      Daniel: Why?
      Sam: Well, I'm just slightly concerned that if we push them too hard and they burn out before we reach escape velocity... (pause and Jack stares at her) ...that we'll come crashing back to the planet.

    • Daniel: This big enough?
      Sam: Packs 1200 naquadah enhanced megatons.
      Daniel: And that's a lot?
      Sam: This is the most powerful warhead ever created Daniel. It's the equivalent of 1 billion tons of TNT.
      Jack: That's a lot.

    • (in gate room)
      Jack: Teal'c, show'em the way!
      Teal'c: This way.

    • Jack: Bomb?
      Sam: It's good to go, sir. If it comes right down to it we can detonate it right here. What's our position?
      Daniel: Personally, I'm against it. If you wanna know where the ship is…

    • Spellman: I think I speak for about six billion when I say "Good luck."

    • Jack: Aww, come on! We came, we saw, we planted the bomb. We had a little fun with a meteor shower. We went home. It's a great story! (looks at Daniel and Teal'c) Isn't it?

    • (just as the team runs out of air)
      Jalen: I am Jalen of the Tok'ra. We received your distress call and came as fast as we could. Can we render assistance?
      Jack: Well, you know, it's not like we don't have everything totally under control. But, sure, render away.

    • Sam: Choice three, sir. We expand the ship's hyperspace field to encompass the entire asteroid. We take it out of normal space long enough to avoid the collision with Earth.
      Jack: (dubiously) Is there a four...?

    • (repeated several times)
      Daniel: I'm confident.
      Jack: Me too.
      Teal'c: As am I.

    • Jack: The X301? That was you guys?
      Webber: You have to admit it performed beautifully right up until the point you and Teal'c were sent into deep space.

    • (refusing to go through the Stargate)
      Jack: I do this every day.
      Spellman: That's probably because you don't understand what actually happens to your body when you go through this thing. I do.

    • Jack: Now see, that's gonna be a problem. Seeing as [the Tollan] been wiped out by the Goa'uld.
      Freyr: That is unfortunate.
      Jack: And Earth gets hit by that rock and we're all wiped out, that's gonna be unfortunate too?
      Freyr: Very.
      (cut to Jack back at SGC)
      Jack: And after that I kind of lost my temper.
      Hammond: What does that mean?
      Daniel: Let's just say Jack made a reference to Freyr's mother.
      Hammond: We'll discuss Colonel O'Neill's diplomatic shortcomings later...

    • Jack: I've seen this movie. [The asteroid] hits Paris.
      (later)
      Jack: This wasn't in the movie.

    • Jack: Plan three - works every time.

    • (seconds from crashing into Earth)
      Jack: Carter... I can see my house!

    • Jack: (preparing to defuse a government bomb with five yellow wires) You know, I'd like to take this opportunity to say that this is a very poorly designed bomb and I think we should say something to somebody when we get back.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jack: I've seen this movie... it hits Paris.
      This is a reference to Armageddon, whose plot this episode parallels. In Armageddon, a piece of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth hits, and destroys part of Paris. A group of humans lands on the asteroid and detonates a bomb, saving Earth.

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