Stargate SG-1

Season 8 Episode 13

It's Good To Be King

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 04, 2005 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

The planet that Harry Maybourne was relocated to by the Tok'ra is targeted by a System Lord and SG-1 must go to rescue him. They discover that Harry has made himself king using knowledge of the Ancients...knowledge that may give them access to the Ancients' time-travel technology.moreless

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  • Maybourne Who Would Be King

    Hilariously enjoyable episode.

    Political refugee and former NID operative Colonel Harry Maybourne becomes king of the medieval human colony he has been exiled to.

    Isn't that just like him? The guy is like a cat. He has nine lives and always lands on his feet.
  • Hairy Harry and the Goa\'uld are scary!

    And here we go, my first Stargate episode today and it starts with the team talking about how some system lord is about to invade a feudal world, and on that feudal world lives a guy named Hairy May Born. Leading me to believe the guy is hairy and that he was born in May.

    I was secretly hoping for another episode involving the Prometheus and that sexy woman from the Prometheus Unbound episode, I was disappointed.

    So the team ends op on some kind of planet that seems to have gotten stuck in the Middle Ages, lovely. Hairy May Born turns out to actually be called Harry Maybourne, but the excitement doesn\'t stop there, he also appears to have become the king through cheating the people.

    No big surprise there, this has been done many times before. Ever seen that Star Trek: Voyager episode with two Ferengi who crashed on some planet and became king?

    Yeah well, Goa\'uld appear, and die. Not only this, but the team finds a Puddle Jumper. I love the connection with Atlantis!

    Decent episode. :)moreless
  • great episode...

    I actually really like this episode. The story was not top notch, but it was interesting. SG-1 goes off world to retreive Maybourne and they find an ancient time travel ship while they're there. Oh, they also defeat a goa'uld. Figures, it was a little predictable. It was nice to see Jack go off world again as one of the team. I love Maybourne and he's just so funny. Finding the time travel ship was very important and led to the season 8 finale. So, this episode had an important story, good writing, good characters, and was really funny. Great episode!moreless
  • Great to see the full team back in action!

    Wow... What could be better than an episode that brings back an absolute favourite... Harry Maybourne, and they couldn't have done it any better way. I think this is the only time in season eight where you see the original sg1 in action. This episode is funny, well written and shows just why Stargate is so great!
  • Harry Maybourne as king; that’s funny in o, so many ways. And Jack is back!

    It was really funny to see Harry Maybourne as king, and it really fits him in some ways. He’s in his element as the one and only ruler, but he doesn’t have the ability to make important decisions and he sucks in making speeches. It was touching that he’d actually grown to care for his people and that he cares enough to reveal he isn’t a seer.

    It was also really cool to see Jack of world again. And him being needed for once was a nice change. His chemistry with Harry is great; they always seem to be wanting to kill each other and they’re very convincing too. It was funny that Maybourne seemed to be doing better than Jack with his promotion. I bet he was a tiny bit jealous. It was awesome to see O’Neill back in his natural habitat. I’m not he looks awful in his BDU’s, but he’s present a lot more when he’s in the field.

    The Ancient ship is awesome. I had seen it in Atlantis, but with Jack O’Neill behind the wheel it’s just as great. The ‘relatively speaking’ comment was funny. And the fact they have a time machine now is cool to. The end of the episode was funny to; with the flowers, the wives and the salute.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

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

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Harry is explaining that he is not the prophet to the townspeople theres a panning shot across Daniel and Sam. Several stage lights and video monitors are prominently reflected in Michael Shanks eyeglasses.

    • When the rear hatch to the Ancient's jumper was closing, the door was pulling in a few vines from the trees. However, in the following shots, the vines are gone.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Townswoman: (as a Jaffa points a charged staff weapon at her) Kill me if you want, but know this: in the end, you and your people will be defeated, just as the prophecy has foretold.
      Trelak: The prophecy.
      Maybourne: Pay no attention. She's obviously frightened beyond reason.
      Townswoman: It foretold of your arrival and of your defeat.
      Maybourne: Another predicted rain today with a chance of morning frost, and yet, what fine weather we are enjoying.

    • Sam: The Tok'ra also thought we should know, in the face of imminent defeat, some of the System Lords are actively seeking out areas of refuge; planets they abandoned long ago are now being scouted as possible sanctuaries.
      Jack: And this affects us... how?
      Daniel: One of these planets, which used to fall in the domain of the system lord Ares, also happens to be the place where the Tok'ra dropped off one Harry Maybourne two years ago.
      Jack: And this affects us... how?

    • Jack: Nice ride!
      Daniel: Yeah, the Ancients like to fly in style.

    • Jack: Wives? Doh...

    • Maybourne: I can't abandon these people, Jack, I've made a life here. I can't walk away from my home, my wives.
      Sam: Wives...?

    • Trelak: (killed quickly by Teal'c) You are a man of your word.
      Teal'c: Indeed.

    • Trelak: Know this, shol'vah - I'll see to it you suffer slowly.
      Teal'c: And I will see to it that you die quickly.

    • Maybourne: Glad tidings of comfort and joy. Comfort and joy.

    • Jack: God, I miss going off-world!

    • Garan: Surrender your weapons, or die where you stand!
      Jack: Oh, if I had a nickel...

    • Daniel: It's no different than the device in Antarctica. Just... focusssss your mind. (everyone stares)

    • Jack: How do we know we're not going to end up back at the Alamo?
      Sam: Uh... well for one thing that was on Earth...

    • Jack: You have to help me out with this one, Carter - got any quarters?

    • Maybourne: It's not going to be easy to convince them.
      Jack: You can do it, Harry. You're the king. And it's good to be king.

    • Maybourne: I guess congratulations are in order. You made general.
      Jack: You made king!
      Maybourne: Right. Well, it's not a contest.

    • Maybourne: How long has it been?
      Jack: Oh, since that time you got us stranded off-world and tried to kill me.
      Maybourne: Ah, that takes me back...

    • (examining a time machine)
      Sam: Ahhhhh! Lets not touch anything just yet, I'm kind of fond of this era...

    • Daniel: This is incredible...
      Maybourne: No, no, this is interesting - this is incredible...

    • Maybourne: I can read the future... Really!

    • Sam: Maybourne, you have to get out of here - you're in danger.
      Maybourne: I know, the Goa'uld are coming... Now, you should peel it before you eat it...

    • Maybourne: I get to name a lot of stuff around here. You should see the Grateful Dead Memorial Cemetery.

    • Maybourne: It's sort of a cross between a guava and a mango.
      Daniel: Sort of a... "guango"?
      Maybourne: I like that! People – henceforth, "ojen fruit" shall be called "guango"!

    • Teal'c: If we do not retrieve him, Harry Maybourne faces certain capture. (Jack stares) Torture. Interrogation. Perhaps even death.
      (long pause)
      Jack: All right, fine, go get him.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Jack: ...and his band of merry bad guys.
      Robin Hood is an English folk hero; a courteous, and swashbuckling outlaw of the medieval era who, in modern versions of the legend, is famous for robbing the rich to feed the poor and fighting against injustice. He operates with his group of fellow outlawed yeomen – named the band of "Merry Men".

    • Jack: How do we know we're not going to end up back at the Alamo?
      Alamo was the location of a famous battle during the Texas Revolution in 1836. The saying "Remember the Alamo" was a battle cry used later on in the war.

    • Title: It's good to be king!
      In the Mel Brooks movie "History of the World: Part One," both King Louis XIV and his body double, the "piss boy" both say on several occasions, "It's good to be the king!"

    • Maybourne: You should see the Grateful Dead Burial Grounds.
      The Grateful Dead is a rock band.

    • Daniel: No phone, no lights, no motor cars...
      Daniel's line is from the Gilligan's Island theme. The theme song was written by George Wyle and the show's producer, Sherwood Schwartz.

    • Maybourne: Glad tidings of comfort and joy. Comfort and joy.
      This is a quote from the Christmas carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".

    • Jack: Wives? D'oh...
      D'oh is the famous catchphrase of Homer Simpson star of Jack O'Neill's (and Richard Dean Anderson's) favorite show The Simpsons.