Stargate SG-1

Season 3 Episode 4

Legacy

6
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 16, 1999 on Syfy
8.6
out of 10
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Daniel starts going crazy after SG-1 visits a planet where SG-1 found nine dead Goa'uld. The doctors believe he is suffering from the effects of traveling through the gate.

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  • Daniel loses it, goes nuts, three fries short of a happy meal, wacko!!!

    8.5
    This episode's pace was a little slow I think and the theme was a little depressing. Really only the first third or so was slow and then it kinda picked up the pace. I must say that seeing Daniel go nuts was a little painful, but in a good way. He did such a good job of acting crazy it was very easy to sympathize. It was also nice how they tied in the storyline from Holiday("Inventions to fight the Goa'uld!"). It was very depressing to see the team kinda torn up over Daniel's condition, I thought Carter's response was especially realistic. The initial pace of the episode and the depressing overtones through the middle third were what brought the episode down for me.moreless
  • Killing Goa'ulds, trying everyone else insane...

    7.8
    It was.. quite interesting. I most say, this episode really show some good acting even thought they usually do not have so much changes for that but some border situations like Daniel's insanity, really gave that change.



    The storyline itself was not very interesting and to be honest, on some point first little disturbing but the end saved a lot - those little bugs and the way thanks Carter they managed to save the day.



    But still, the story was somehow hollow as it even not seem enough to say about this episode - it was good character development for Daniel and little action but not too amazingmoreless
  • Crazy Daniel is a place the show hasn't really gone before...

    9.5
    An invention of Ma’chello (a highly intelligent alien whose technology effectively fights the Go’uld--also seen in “Holiday”) accidentally causes Daniel to become mentally imbalanced. Daniel's deterioration and paranoia seem well-paced. At first there are only noises, followed by nightmares and occasional hallucinations. Eventually the images and sounds seem so real that Daniel is placed in a padded room at a psychiatric facility so as to prevent him from harming others. Michael Shanks does a very good job depicting a person who can barely distinguish reality from his own imagination (not to mention he looks pretty good). Although the idea of Ma’chello’s technology having unforeseen side-effects was seen in “Holiday” with the accidental body-switching of Jack and Teal’c, a technology that actually uses the humans as a carrier for the weapon is a unique thought. I do have a few issues with the episode. The attendants at the mental hospital look more like bouncers for a hot new club or models for a big - and - tall store than they do people meant to just help the mentally ill. Also, when Fraiser and O’Neill are infected their reaction to the weapon isn’t as creative as it could have been. Fraiser has some good, paranoid reactions/hallucination, but mostly just acts like she’s having a problem remembering how to talk. On top of that, O’Neill just lays there and rolls around a little after a brief “Sam’s a Go’uld” glimpse. Shouldn’t he be seeing or hearing a few more things, too? Maybe fighting back a little? If someone were really having paranoid hallucinations, why didn’t O’Neill at least argue a little and accuse Sam of trying to kill him with whatever was in the needle? At any rate, I really enjoyed the episode. It was about time that the protein marker in Sam paid off. Plenty of references to past episodes, and a story that finally allowed Michael Shanks to do a little more than argue with Jack or translate an alien language.moreless
  • Decent

    8.6
    This sequel to Holiday was very interesting and gave Michael a chance to flex his acting muscles. The episode starts out with the discovery of the dead bodies of a rouge faction of Goa’uld that appose the system lords. It begins to get creepy when Daniel starts to see the dead bodies of Goa’uld. I did not like that they blamed his condition on the gate and because of it shut down the program. The scene in the mental hospital was sad and I think Shanks did a very good job. When Jack and Janet got infected the line that Jack says is a classic O'Neill line and one of his best. Overall an OK episode with some good performances.moreless
  • Just that: not my favourite storyline.

    7.0
    This episode is basically a performance piece for Michael Shanks, and it won't be the last. While Shanks gives a fairly strong performance, it is a little over-the-top sometimes, and the story isn't particularly strong.



    It starts off quite well: a room of long-dead Goa'uld, and soon after Daniel starts going crazy. Some of the hallucination sequences are rather impressive, in particular having an event horizon appear in the closet, and seeing a Goa'uld crawl up O'Neill's arm and burrow into his neck. The discussions about Daniel's disorder and the potential danger of Stargate travel on health add another interesting layer to this episode. However, personally it seems that Daniel is put into a mental institution very quickly, like they sort of rushed into it so they could continue the story and get onto the next bit. Ironically it also seems that the team accepting Daniel is back to normal takes even less time! But this is just my opinion. The plot thickens a bit when we find out that the cause of all this was a Ma’chello landmine. This idea also makes the episode more interesting, as does the plan and execution to counteract them. Actually, I must compliment Teryl Rothery on her performance whilst infected with Mac hello’s landmines.



    So, in summary whilst the episode is rather well made and performed, it's just not a story that I like that much.moreless
Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

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

Ma'chello

Guest Star

Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty

Doctor Warner

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider

Dr. MacKenzie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Sam centrifuges her blood sample she only puts one tube into the centrifuge. Centrifuges must be balanced with an equal-weight sample on the opposite side when spinning.

    • Right before the opening credits begin, the camera zooms in on one of the dead Goa'uld. Just before the scene ends, the corpse, whose eyes are partially open, blinks, most likely thinking the camera is no longer rolling.

    • When Daniel is exiting the locker room, you can see the velcro circle where the SG-1 patch should be and as established by military protocol and previous episodes, staff on duty always wear their patches.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jack: You all right?
      Daniel: (looking to the Goa'uld in Jack's arm) I'm fine. How are you feeling?
      (the Goa'uld slides up Jack's arm and jumps into his neck)
      Jack: Good. Real good.
      Daniel: (jumps on O'Neill's back) There's a Goa'uld in you! I've gotta get it out!
      Jack: Get... there's no Goa'uld in me!
      Daniel: I'm sorry. I saw it…I saw it.

    • Daniel: They took away my glasses in case I broke the lenses and, uh...tried to, uh, hurt myself.

    • Daniel: And I keep seeing the dead Goa'uld from the massacre.
      Jack: Where?
      Daniel: Last night they were in my closet.

    • Daniel: Why are you so quick to jump to the conclusion I'm crazy? I mean I'm dangerous, I'm out of control? It's because I'm kinda acting that way, aren't I?

    • Daniel: I'm sorry.
      Jack: For what?
      Daniel: For being such a head case.

    • Jack: I'd like to apologize in advance for anything I may say or do that could be construed as offensive, as I slowly go nuts!

    • Daniel: I feel fine. No headaches, no tension. I mean, I feel... normal.
      Jack: That's because it was just stress, and I have a very calming effect on stressed-out people.

    • Jack: You look terrible!
      Sam: Thank you, sir.

    • Jack: Then why don't we just put a little sign at the base of the ramp that says: "Gate travel may be hazardous for your health"?

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