Stargate SG-1

Season 7 Episode 18

Heroes (2)

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 20, 2004 on Syfy
9.3
out of 10
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SGC is wracked by tragedy when one of their own is killed in a Goa'uld ambush.

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  • The information belongs to the public, not government officials

    8.0
    Stargate SG-1 has been a tremendously entertaining TV show.



    Heroes I and Heroes II dealt with the issues of press freedom and public accountability cleverly and skillfully, first as comedy, then as tragedy.



    The really jarring note was the rah-rah flag-waving recruiting film toward the end of Part II. This was the series producers' most obvious payback for DOD "technical assistance."



    Such "technical assistance" is of course a euphemism for the military's misuse of taxpayer dollars on self-serving PR. The US Navy similarly misused taxpayer dollars during the production of "Top Gun."



    This sort of "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" relationship is of course exactly why a real Stargate must not be kept a secret from those footing the bill.



    The tired cliches about "public panic" voiced by every bureaucrat and milicrat character in Hollywood SF films made since the 1950s are unmitigated nonsense.



    A nation's political and military officials withholding such information from a nation's citizens, is like a doctor withholding a patient's medical condition from a patient. The patient is the client. He is footing the bill. The information was bought and paid for, by him. The information belongs to him, not the doctor. The doctor has no right to withhold the information from him. The doctor has no right to argue that that "it's for his own good." It's simply not his call.



    By the same token, information surrounding something like the Stargate may not be withheld from a nation's citizens, who bought and paid for it. The information belongs to them, not government officials. Government officials have no right to withhold the information from the public, by arguing that "it's for their own good." It's simply not their call.



    The power struggle between NID and USAF is a red herring. They are both government entities. They both have their own narrow interests.



    The real issue is whether members of the public, who paid for the information, are getting what they paid for.moreless
  • Yes.... someone finally dies!!!

    7.0
    Personally, Dr Fraiser did my head in, her character has no depth, it was time for her to go. The other characters did not seem their normal selves, Daniel was too moody and they have been in more deadly/terrible situations and acted a lot calmer!!!! I did not think for one minute that ONeil was dead, the script was so obvious, omitting the name of the casualties at all costs. For me, this was like a recruitment advert to join the armed forces and made me realise why Richard Dean Anderson was made an honary general. As a Stargate episode more should have been made of the ruins they found however as a tribute to the armed forces and because they killed off my least favourite character, it was great episode!!!!!! Such a cheesy ending, what's her name? Janet lolmoreless
  • Point of view...

    9.7
    This was amazing episode. The start was not the best, but on the middle - it was shocking how it all changed. I sadly knew who is the char who is going to die so I never bought that O'Neill is dead but I wonder what kind of effect this episode would have then. But it was stunning still - emotionally - so so powerful. The story the reporter was talking to Daniel about the war photographer and the way it hit the nail as he had recorder something very similar and after they watch Daniel's tape... it was so well done, very emotional and it made me cry. And Sam - crying on the coridor.. very well played. And ofcourse - the scene where O'Neill is hit - that camera work, the ship going over.. the silence. Very powerful.



    I have never had so long and deep feeling, very disturbing I most say, about any of Stargate episodes before. This really moved me to the bottom of my heart.moreless
  • I thought O'Neill died I was bout to boycott the whole show! They did this so well though, I'm glad I didn't read any spoilers.

    9.8
    Definately a better half to the two part episode, I so wasn't expecting something like THAT to happen. Great twist at the end, although very sad and moving. Now a little bit of a personal opinion, I agreed with the cameracrew that the people have the right to know, but certainly not in our time and he shouldn't have been so intrusive (is that the word?). Also, it was sooo cute the O'Neill / Carter moment at the end I could watch that again! It's too bad that on the DVD, they didn't have a directors series, that would have been interesting. Thankfully, it was also a show that cut the series out of bad streaks, I didn't enjoy the last couple of episodes before this that much, but I'm glad that they aired them since there was development with the O'Neill / Carter thing.moreless
  • great episode...

    9.3
    This is the conclusion to one of my favorite episodes and it was done well. The SG-1 team and other teams and Fraiser go off world to rescue another team that was attacked by the goa'ld. The documentary crew if trying there best to try to find out what's going on and such. Anyways, Jack gets hit, and Fraiser dies. I'm sad that they killed Fraiser, but I think it was good that they did. After seven seasons it's good to have a change and actually kill someone important. They gave her a good, heroic death and she had her own ceremony and everything. It was nice. I honestly wish they killed other important characters before then, but at least it's a start. Overall, good episode, good action, good story line, good emotions, and...it was just great!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

Julius Chapple

Julius Chapple

Senior Airman Simon Wells

Guest Star

Christopher Redman

Christopher Redman

Airman Shep Wickenhouse

Guest Star

Tobias Slezak

Tobias Slezak

Tech Sergeant Dale James

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Agent Richard Woolsey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The planet where the Gou'ald attack was designated P3X-666.

    • In his scenes with Janet and Daniel, Wells can be seen wearing an SG-18 patch even though he belongs to SG-13.

    • O'Neill's flashlight falls off of his P90. A few moments into the first firefight, just after he has radioed a response to the team holding the gate, you can see the flashlight on O'Neill's P90 falling off. Only seconds later when he comes under fire and is hit, we again see the flashlight reattached to the P90.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Sam: Janet Fraiser was an extraordinary person. She was kind and funny and talented. Above all, she was courageous. Try as I might I could not find the words to honor her. To do justice to her life. Thankfully I got some help. While words alone may not be enough. There are some names that might do. We often talk about those that give their their lives in the service of their country, and while Janet Fraiser did just that. That's not what her life was about. The following are the names of the men and women who did not die in service, but who are in fact alive today because of Janet. Major Samantha Carter; Doctor Daniel Jackson; Colonel Jack O'Neill; Teal'c; Sgt Connie Smith; Major Ian Hewles; Senior Airman Simon Wells... (continues)

    • Bregman: Why is that camera off? You don't know what you're doing here...maybe I know what I'm doing here. These people are risking their lives for us! I want to see what they're going through even if they don't want us to and I want other people to see it. What do you think they're doing out there...protecting and defending secrecy?! That's a world of Mao and Stalin and secret police, secret trials...secret...secret deaths. You force the press into the cold and all you will get is lies and innuendo! And nothing, nothing is worse for a free society than a press that is in service to the...to the military and the politicians! Nothing. You turn that camera off when I tell you to turn it off. You think I give a damn what you think about me? You serve the people...so do I!

    • Hammond: Here's my written report.
      Woolsey: It's your mission report.
      Hammond: I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey) who played The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager is the eighth "Star Trek" regular/recurring role to appear on the show as of this episode. He was preceded by Armin Shimerman (Anteaus) in "The Nox", who played Quark on Deep Space Nine, Dwight Shultz (The Keeper) in "The Gamekeeper", who played Lieutenant Barclay on The Next Generation, Rene Auberjonois (Alar) in "The Other Side", who played Odo on Deep Space Nine, Marina Sirtis (Dr. Svetlana Markov) in "Watergate", who played Counselor Deanna Troi on The Next Generation, John de Lancie (Frank Simmons) in "Ascension", who played Q on The Next Generation, John Billingsley (Dr. Simon Coombs) in "The Other Guys", who played Dr. Phlox on Enterprise, and Jolene Blalock (Ishta) in "Birthright" who played T'Pol on Enterprise.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Agent Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo) on the series.

    • First aired in the UK on Feb. 10th, 2004

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