Stargate SG-1

Season 10 Episode 4


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 04, 2006 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Stargate Command faces off against their old nemesis Ba'al and his clones as Landry spars with the NID and Agent Barrett.

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  • Exactly why I hate all those Ba'als...

    Coming off the best episode of the season, I was a little wary of this latest installment. For one thing, Daniel was nowhere to be seen, and given that my favorite parts of “The Pegasus Project” involved his character, I was worried that there would be a letdown on those plot points. The second problem was the episode’s focus. I hated the idea of the Ba’al clones in the ninth season, and so a return to that concept in this episode wasn’t something I met with anticipation.

    I suppose that my first fear was a wash. Daniel wasn’t in the episode at all, but the plot points were front and center, and the season arc continues to get plenty of exposure in each new episode. This was all about finding Merlin’s weapon and further complicating the information that Morgan LeFay provided, and that was promising. Sure, we’re still firmly in “Lost City Retread” territory, but I’m still finding elements to enjoy. So the lack of Daniel didn’t result in a loss of focus.

    On the second point, I was far less impressed. The SGC has dealt with Ba’al enough that they ought to know better than to take anything for granted. On several occasions in this episode, they let their guard down, missing information or implications that were obvious to most of the audience. This is one thing that annoys me to no end: when writers intentionally make their brilliant characters stupid or gullible to facilitate a plot hook. Ba’al and his clones succeeded because the SGC overlooked the obvious, not because the scheme was particularly clever.

    For example, the SGC personnel already know that the Trust has been taken over by Goa’uld and has a great deal of influence. They know that Ba’al is looking to stake his own claim and build an empire. Given the connections between the NID and the Trust, why wouldn’t they be watching Barrett like a hawk? Especially when he starts acting like a maniac. They know that Ba’al was using mind control techniques in the past, and they know he’s up to something. Why wouldn’t they place heavy restrictions on access and place layered security protocols on the prisoners? It was far too easy for Barrett to get to Ba’al, which was a key element of Ba’al’s plan.

    I suppose this could be overlooked, considering that every series will eventually have a character act a certain way when the script simply won’t allow for anything else, but it was hardly the only offense. I was also bothered by the portrayal of the Ba’als in this episode. Some villains are best used in small doses; Cancer Man was arguably more potent in early seasons of the “X-Files”, as opposed to later seasons where his presence was more centralized. Too many Ba’als can be a problem, especially since the actor had trouble delivering some lines convincingly.

    Having fallen into the same trap as the writers, I must mention that one of the downsides of the episode was the constant use of “Ba’als” as a punchline. Yes, it’s funny, but it also got to be a little strained, especially when the situation became serious in the final act. Since I already found the whole “Ba’al and his Clones” plot thread to be ridiculous, it didn’t help for the characters themselves to mock the idea.

    (As a sidenote: I also have a podcast associated with my various reviews called “Dispatches from Tuzenor”. Recent episodes cover the “Stargate SG-1”, so it might be something of interest. Go to if you want to listen!)

  • And again Ba’al manages to deceptive the great SG-1 team.

    How easy is to an out side person to take “control” of SG command, it happen again.

    In this episode is a big lack of action they didn’t do almost nothing. It’s wasn’t as fun as the last one.

    How can this be, in one episode the characters are smart and in the other they can be so stupid and dumb come on ………

    It was so easy to Ba’al get what he wanted and leave immune form the command center.

    Carter giving the code so easy, she knows that Ba’al isn’t to be trusted and she’s a high rank military.

  • ok episode...

    Ba'al and his clones carry out a scheme to take information about the ancient addresses in the SGC computers and get away with the information. Overall, the story wasn't that great. I thought it was funny to see all of the Ba'al's running around and there were a lot of cheesy Ba'al jokes. The idea just didn't seem original and it was pretty predictable. They knew not to trust Ba'al and that he was up to something but they didn't do anything. Sam even saw that the agent wasn't acting like himself and she didn't do anything. Oh well. I love the character Ba'al; he redeemed the episode a little. Overall, not very interesting and just not a good episode.moreless
  • Army of Ba'als...

    Oh.. when last episode was victory in the side of our guys, then on this episode the victory will go to Ba'al. And not only one of them but for many. They came, the got what they wanted and fooled everyone. Somehow this episode made the SGC looked stupit. I really doubt anything like that would have allowed to happen as there did and that agent seems to get away way too easily.

    Anyway, this episode had some fun, had some fighting scenes, action and maybe a new clue where to search as I have no idea why those Ba'als needed that database, but I think they could search too.moreless
  • Ba'al gets what he wants...again..

    this epiosde was not that bad, but it was the worst if season ten so far. i don't think they needed to have this epiode, but it was cool how they made like 20 Ba'als all at the same time. Ba'al comes to earth claiming that his clones have turned agaist him, while what he actually wants is all the gate adresses that the ancients downlaoed into O'Neill's brain, he escapes at the end of the epiosde capable of finding the Sansgraal before SG1.,i think that this storyline gets picked up at the mid season two-pater The Quest pt 1. later.moreless
Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Claudia Black

Claudia Black

Vala Mal Doran

Lesley Ewen

Lesley Ewen

SGC Geneticist

Guest Star

Paul Christie

Paul Christie


Guest Star

Cliff M. Simon

Cliff M. Simon


Recurring Role

Peter Flemming

Peter Flemming

N.I.D. Agent Malcolm Barrett

Recurring Role

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr. Lee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Carter and Mitchell returns from the mission when capturing the two Ba'als, they claim that the trip took 3.2 seconds, in the season 9 episode "The Ripple Effect" Carter elaborates on the subject saying that "(though the trip) feels instantaneous, on average a trip takes 0.3 seconds but in this case the trip took 3.4 seconds". As this was a normal trip without any ripple effects, the trip should have taken 0.3 seconds.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Mitchell: What the hell are you doing?
      Vala: I alerted a Jaffa patrol to our presence.
      Mtchell: Obviously. Do you mind if I ask why?
      Vala: So they'd sound the alarm and send reinforcements.
      Mitchell: Oh, well that's…that's brilliant. Hey, how come I didn't think of that?

    • Agent Barrett: (to Landry) I understand you've got yourself a few extra Ba'als. I don't suppose you'd consider letting me take a few off your hands?

    • Davis: That ties you with SG-12 because they brought in two more about an hour ago.
      Mitchell: Damn.
      Carter: It's not a competition.
      Mitchell: Says you.

    • Mitchell: Chief, got a full count. Two strikes, three Ba'als.
      Davis: Ah..ha-ha..that's..that's clever sir.
      Sam: He was thinking that one up the whole way home.
      Mitchell: It only took me three seconds.
      Sam: 3.2.
      MItchell: Okay, you've got a point.

    • Ba'al: It's the clones. They want me dead.
      Teal'c: That would make all of us.
      Mitchell: Dead huh? What'd you do--shortsheet the bed? Cheat at cards?

    • Mitchell: Well, that is a truly incredible story, in every sense of the word.

    • Mitchell: Those are the Ba'als?
      Dr. Lee: More like dots, really. (everyone stares) You get it? Dots, Ba'als?

    • Landry: You don't think you can control (Vala)?
      Mitchell: No, I know I can't control her but that's pretty much par for the course. Sir, Carter and I are the same rank, Teal'c's an alien, Jackson's a civilian. I've learned a long time ago I don't control anything.
      General Landry: Who does...?

    • Mitchell: So much for not encountering resistance.
      Vala: I guess some Ba'als are bigger than others.

    • Mitchell: No, I'm just calling it like I see it and right now you do not strike me as someone who could intimidate a ten-year old out of his lunch money, much less run an interstellar empire.
      Ba'al Clone: (in Goa'uld voice) Why don't you have the guard excuse himself for a moment and I'll show you what I'm capable of.
      Mitchell: Now, see I know you're not the real Ba'al. The real Ba'al wouldn't care about the guard.

    • General Landry: Somebody give me some good news.
      Mitchell: Sorry, sir, I still don't have anything useful.
      Vala: I didn't even make it to first base.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Mitchell: (to a Ba'al clone) Let's go, Spartacus
      In the film Spartacus, about a man of the same name, in one scene when the Romans are looking for Spartacus, everyone but Spartacus rises to claim they are the real Spartacus. This is similiar to how each Ba'al claims to be the original.