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Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 1999 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

When the SG-1 team stumbles upon the chamber of former Goa'uld enemy Ma'chello, they fall victim to his powerful body-swapping invention. Ma'chello takes on Daniel's body and the young archeologist finds himself trapped in the body of an old and dying man.

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  • SG-1 does Face/Off

    SG-1 does Face/Off.

    It's 1999. Richard Dean Anderson and Christopher Judge reprise Nicholas Cage and John Travolta's performances in John Woo's body switch themed 1997 action/adventure film, "Face/Off."

    Their performances were not quite as masterful as Cage and Travolta's.

    But they were not bad either, and provided some pretty funny moments.

    When the SG-1 team stumbles upon the chamber of former Goa'uld enemy Ma'chello, they fall victim to his powerful body-swapping invention. Ma'chello takes on Daniel's body and the young archaeologist finds himself trapped in the body of an old and dying man. In Daniel's body, Ma'chello flees the SGC and gets a taste of life on Earth for the first time, while Daniel lies on his death bed in the hospital. In an attempt to help their friend, O'Neill and Teal'c bring the soul swapping device to the SGC, but accidental trigger it and find themselves in each other's bodies. When Ma'chello is tracked down and returned to the SGC, he reveals that the machine's process is irreversible.moreless
  • A funny Stargate SG-1 episode...the body-switch genre tends to be hit or miss, but this was hysterical! For a Stargate novice, this is probably one of the easiest episodes to follow.moreless

    This was such a funny episode, for all the reasons one would find a Stargate SG-1 episode funny. I'm sort of a novice to the Stargate franchise, having only staked any sort of interest in SG-1, and mostly because I love Richard Dean Anderson. As a novice, I find myself having to look up various terms used on the show and rewinding my recorded episodes while saying "Wait! What did he/she/it say?!". That being said, this was probably the one episode that I found myself hitting the back button on my recordable DVD because I was laughing and missed something!

    The body switching genre is something I'm familiar with...its one of my favorite diversion genres and I've seen quite a few movies involving it. This, however, was one of the BEST of the genre. I particularly laughed hysterical over Jack and Teal'c driving each other nuts (Teal'c's symbiote making "Jack" ill, and Jack receiving an unwelcome haircut from "Teal'c"). I was saddened watching poor Daniel dying due to Machello's wanting to play God and swapping bodies with him. The episodes moves at a steady pace, leading up to a climax that is both funny and sad all in the same 5 minutes. I didn't find it as hard to keep up with as some of the other episodes I've seen. I tend to watch episodes which focus on Jack O'Neill - he's my favorite character, and his episodes are slightly easier to follow and are usually funnier because of his cranky personality - which comes out in a big way during this episode.

    An excellent, fun episode that I would recommend to anyone, no matter how versed they are on Stargate stuff. Check your realistic nature at the door on this won't be disappointed!moreless
  • Teal'c & O'Neill switch bodies; Daniel's body is switched with that of an elderly enemy of the Goa'uld

    It's always enjoyable to see actors switching characters. The highlight of the episode is Teal'c taking on Jack's personality. Michael Shanks (Daniel) does a great job playing the character of the alien on a strange world, enjoying life after a lifetime of fighting. I genuinely felt a sense of loss at the death of Ma'chello. Despite his thoughtless action of taking Daniel's body, he seemed like a good person - a hero in fact. After all, he does agree to give Daniel back his body after talking with him, thanking him for the "holiday". This has one of my favourite character-driven episodes up to this point.moreless
  • Gotta love it...

    One of the key componets to have a great science fiction show is body switching. You've just gotta love it. They did a very good job with the story, in making it a believable body switching story. There wasn't any stupid explanations. It was just good. I was surprised to find at the end of the episode that it was really michael Shanks who was playing Ma'Chello. The entire episode I felt like I knew who that actor was but I couldn't quite place it. Then I saw the credit at the end and was like "duh." I thought that Chris Judge did a very good job of portraying O'Neill, he had all the mannerisms down pat. Same with RDA playing Teal'c they both did a very good job.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Colonel/Brigadier General Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

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


Guest Star

Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders


Guest Star

Melanie Skehar

Melanie Skehar


Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While in Jack's body, Teal'c refers to Daniel as "Dr. Jackson" instead of "Daniel Jackson."

    • When Daniel Jackson gets up from bed after exam, he walks over by Ma'chello's bed. We see Ma'chello with an oxygen mask on after Daniel asks the doctor how he is, but the next shot of Ma'chello shows him with an oxygen tube.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Jack and Teal'c have accidentally switched bodies)
      Teal'c/Jack: This is indeed uncomfortable.
      Jack/Teal'c: How do you think I feel, Teal'c? I've got a snake in my gut. You've got a comfortable, normal body.
      Teal'c/Jack: It is normal to you, O'Neill. Having a symbiote within is normal to me.
      Jack/Teal'c: Yeah, well, whatever. It's bad, okay?

    • (Jack and Teal'c have switched bodies)
      Hammond: How did it go, Colonel?
      Teal'c/Jack: It did not go well, General Hammond.
      Jack/Teal'c: (to Teal'c/Jack) Ya think?!

    • (Jack's mind is in Teal'c's body and vice versa)
      Jack: Teal'c? What are you doing?
      Teal'c: (Over by a mirror holding a razor) If I am to remain in this body, I must shave my head.
      Jack: You're making a joke, right?
      Teal'c: I am not joking.
      Jack: Teal'c, you will not shave my head!

    • Ma'chello: Let us feast, to celebrate our new friendship.
      Fred: On you?
      Ma'chello: If that is the custom. Very well, we shall feast...on me!

    • Ma'chello: If it would not be for me, you would all be conquered by now.
      Fred the Bum: By who? Saddam?
      Ma'chello: He is not a System Lord I am familiar with...

  • NOTES (1)