Stargate SG-1

Season 7 Episode 6

Lifeboat

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 18, 2003 on Syfy
8.7
out of 10
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Daniel is possessed by the personalities of dozens of different individuals after boarding a ship holding bodies in suspended animation.

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  • Shanks gets to chew the scenery

    8.0
    Michael Shanks, who plays Daniel Jackson, gets what every actor hopes for, an opportunity to really chew the scenery.



    Did his tour de force work?



    I'm not entirely sure. The portrayal of the arrogant leader worked pretty well. I hated his guts.



    But the other characters inside Daniel?



    Perhaps not as well. But its was fun to watch him try.
  • Although it was well written & directed, it was also incredibly risky and could so easily have failed. It didn't.

    9.9
    As part of my mourning process that SG1 is all but over I've been going back through my DVDs and watching some of my favourite episodes. Even though it is a few years old now, I felt I just had to write a review of this one.



    Firstly, Teryl Rothery was great so definite kudos to her as she so rarely got a chance to truly shine on the show.



    The risk in this episode is that it hung on Michael Shanks' ability to believably portray three very different characters and to morph between them. This is not an easy thing for an actor to do, very few would even attempt it, even fewer could pull it off with any believability. The fact that Michael Shanks made it seem almost effortless is a huge testament to his talent.



    People always seem to underestimate science fiction. It's thought of as childish, all effects and no substance, somehow less than "mainstream". Part of this impression is probably that there is a lot of bad SF out there, stuff that is horrendously cheesy. I suspect that this is because SF is so hard to actually do well. How many otherwise adequate actors could convincingly react to a computer generated threat when all they see is green screen? Stargate is one of the exceptions to this, and episodes like this really showcase the talent an actor has to have to make it work. The only downside to this episode is the lack of team banter, but, to be honest, in this case the trade off was worth it.moreless
  • Daniel carries the consciousnesses of a dozen other people in his head and Michael Shanks shows just how great of an actor he is.

    9.5
    The episode starts off fairly routine: crashed ship on an alien planet, people are in cryogenic storage, SG-1 gets knocked out by some sort of mysterious energy. The good stuff starts happening whenever Daniel is in the scene. I could watch an entire episode with him as the only actor and never get bored.



    I don't think I can sing enough praises about Michael Shanks' acting abilities. I can understand that he left the show after Season 5 because he felt he wasn't being used enough, but there's no way he can make that argument after this episode. Most people have a hard enough time playing one character convincingly, but Michael played all three of the main consciousnesses like he was born to play them. My favourite was the engineer, just because his accent was the coolest. It would have been awesome to see more of the personalities emerge but it probably would have been too overwhelming for the viewers.



    One of the most well-written episodes of the season.moreless
  • to me this waas awesome. Micheal Shanks once again shows the fexiblity that his talents have. He is a Fantaastic Actor and he carried out each character in head with ease. this was a good story. Wierd but good. The talent on this show is fantastic.moreless

    9.3
    When Sg1 comes across a crashed ship they go to investigate. they find dozens of people in suspended animation. There is some kind of power serge and this where daniel just isn't the normal Daniel anymore. Frasier informs them that he has 12 differnt EEG's going on in hi mind. they find that the spirits of some of the ships people have been stored in daniel Jackson. This where to me this show gives Micheal shanks the chance show what he's got. He did all these charcters and each character is as individual as if there were other people playing each part. Great job.

    Doc Frasier is trying to deal with these personalities and find out what is going on and how to save Daniel.

    Maltice is the souvereign of Talthus. Has no concern for anyone's well being except his and having his own kingdom. Very rude and arrogant.

    Tyran the cheif engineer of the ship and he seems more capable of understanding of his ansd their situation.

    The only way this can be resolved is to remove the spirits from Daniel and they will die since their bodies are already dead.

    pharrin is the one to put them in daniel in desperation trying to keep them all alive, even his own son.

    This was a touching story to me it would be hard to know what to do. I think they did a good job at it.

    They were able to save Daniel and the ship with the rest of it's survivors.moreless
  • Lots of Michael Shanks, but what of Richard Dean Anderson?

    7.9
    My first impression of Lifeboat was a stand alone that, much like the previous episode Revisions, included all of the characters in equal parts. I soon found that I was terribly misinformed towards their episode. Most of it consisted of Michael Shanks playing several different characters. As it may or may not say in the summary, Daniel Jackson has the minds of several people in his body and the entire 43 minutes is basically trying to find out how this happened. What isn’t revolving around that is Michael Shanks raving madly as several different characters reveal themselves in Daniel’s body.



    This was clearly one of the episodes in Season 7 that was made to keep down the cost of the Season. It for one didn’t require a huge guest cast because of Daniel Jackson having most of the characters inside him. Also, most of the episode takes place on Earth aside for a few scenes in the ship. This didn’t trouble me at all about the episode. I thought Michael Shanks did a fine job of portraying all of these characters. Only one thing really bothered me in the entire thing. It was mostly the lack of dialogue from Richard Dean Anderson. Yes, it had a few scenes of Jack watching Daniel through the mirror, but aside from that he had almost nothing. It was just another problem with Season 7 and 8 in general because of Richard Dean Anderson’s difficult schedule.



    The episode did luckily include some scenes of Carter and Teal’c inside the ship searching for that reason this happened to Daniel and not them as well. They of course find Pharren, played by the talented James Parks. The emotion reaches an overload at the point that Pharren returns to Earth to speak to his master and then his son. This turned out to be a truly moving episode for me and the dialogue again was excellent. I thus give it a 7.9.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

James Parks

James Parks

Pharrin

Guest Star

Ryan Drescher

Ryan Drescher

Young Keenin

Guest Star

Kimberly Unger

Kimberly Unger

Infirmary Nurse

Guest Star

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sgt. Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jack: How you doin'?
      Daniel: Bad headache.
      Jack: Nail in the head kind of thing?
      Daniel: Yeah, something like that.

    • Sam: And we can start relocating them shortly after that.
      Jack: Good. We'll leave that for SG-4. They love that kind of stuff.

    • Jack: (about Daniel) How'd he get stuck in here?
      Teal'c: Daniel Jackson's preliminary electroencephalogram proved anomalous.
      Jack: I dare you to say that again.

    • Hammond: Colonel? Major? How are you feeling?
      Jack: Got a nail in my head, sir.
      Hammond: That sounds like our Colonel O'Neill.

    • Sam: These people are alive - at least they're in some form of cryogenic sleep. Any civilization without faster than light technology would have to resort to something like this in order to cross the vast distances between stars. Otherwise it would take an entire generation, or more, and given the effects of relativity...
      Jack: We've got a shipload of frozen people.
      Sam: That would be the more succinct way of putting it, sir.

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