Stargate SG-1

Season 10 Episode 8

Memento Mori

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 08, 2006 on Syfy
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Vala finds herself alone in a city with no memory of her identity or past life. Meanwhile, Mitchell and Teal'c question a man named Weaver who may have information about Vala's whereabouts.

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  • A Tad Unoriginal, but the Daniel Vala date made up for it!

    I dont like to be negative, but this episode was a little unoriginal and not only that, I swear i've seen a similar episode in season 5...

    Firsly the Positives. I thought the bit with Mitchel tied to a bed was absolutely hilarious. I really could not stop laughing!

    It was good to finally find out that the woman from Ex Deus Machina was actually Athena, an arch nemesis of Valas ex self. The Random Diner Guy! Absolutely loved him! They should do an episode just on him...maybe just on a different show though.

    Daniel and Vala went on a date! That ladies and gentlemen made this episode completely watchable! The dialogue between these two was once again fantastic. The wit shown over and over by Vala is one reason I consistently watch Season 10. The reactions by the team to their date was also a great way to end the episode.

    The Negatives. The end and the storyline were really bad and i swear i've seen it on so many other Sci Fi shows. The only thing that didn't make it unbearable to watch was that it had some Vala and Daniel action. Also because Vala lost her memories, she seemed to lose her fantastic wit so we lost what a great Vala episode could have been.

    Overall, an alright episode that did have some good moments. Maybe an attempt to try something new would have made this story a little bit more interesting. Counterstrike was definitely better.moreless
  • unoriginal...

    Vala is captured by the trust and looses her memory. Ummm...ya, they've done a lot of episodes dealing with memory loss and I don't see why they did another. This episode was good in the sense that it developed Vala's character, but, other than that, it wasn't that good. They've done it all before: the trust kidnapping people, the mind device thing, and the whole forgetting thing...I just was disappointed. I loved the "date" between Daniel and Vala though. This episode also made me like Vala's character a little more, but it still wasn't that good. Overall, unoriginal episode that was good only for character development.moreless
  • They're really reaching with this type story

    Unfortunately, SG1 just served up a good reason to support the detractors that want to cancel this series. I'm giving the episode a 7, because I'm a fan and can't bring myself to trash the series. But . . . jeez! an amnesia storyline! How many THOUSANDS of times have I seen this exact story over the years. Not just in TV but in the movies. This was old when Marie Dressler ruled the box office. Come on, guys! Don't give the SG1 haters more ammunition like this. Try and save this series. Don't help shovel dirt onto the coffin.moreless
  • Really.... nothing much happened. Read on for spoilers and questions.

    Nothing happened!

    Vala gets kidnapped... back flash 2 wks in time... introduced a new G'ould... (rather hot blonde with glowing eyes, I was hoping she's be Baal... maybe a girl-girl scene :P )... talked about OLD OLD Score (Since it was when Vala was Katesh)

    Which so happens to show up in Daniel's book.... on Earth... With seemingly drawings and ancient text... Questions abound about :

    1 - How did the hot blonde get onto earth ?

    2 - Why would Baal let her run things?

    3 - What is the significance of the buying and selling of stocks.

    4 - How did the Trust get a Tokra memory device ? or do the G'ould have the same tech ?

    5 - Why does the Zat have such strange and inconsistent effects ?

    [Especially when Mitchel sends the Zat energy through a metal structure.]

    6 - Vala is never seen in much H2H combat.... 7 - How does Mitchel drive a car with a shot arm ?

    8 - Why is there a need to take off his pants ?

    9 - Why did'nt the Dadelaus beam both of them up? Since they have orbiting space ships and beaming tech and sensors.

    10 - How does Vala get her memory back ?

    11 - HOw come Mitchel gets to recove so quick ?

    12 - What happend to the tactical team ? they were at the motel room scene... but not at the shoot out @ some warehous.

    12 - What did T'eac say to the Trust scientist ?moreless
  • Vala's episode.

    I think that - Vala's episode takes it all together. I do not know. It was somehow so familiar for me. maybe because Vala quite reminded that ascended being working on that café Daniel was when he was between two plains. Anyway, I loved the depth this episode added to Vala. First the sentence when she step by step started to remember - that maybe she does not want to remember past as it does not sound too good. That shows that within she is a good person. I think this was the point the wanted to prove - as when we first met her, that was not too sure.

    Also, that little naivnes what we learned about her and in the end. I think emotional episode, again. And mainly character development.moreless
Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Claudia Black

Claudia Black

Vala Mal Doran

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Brendan Beiser

Brendan Beiser


Guest Star

Sonya Salomaa

Sonya Salomaa


Guest Star

Don Stark

Don Stark


Guest Star

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • After the black car containing Vala crashes, the boot/truck lid alternates between open and closed several times between shots.

    • Trivia: In the final fight scene, the "zat" shot flowed like electricity through metal and then hit someone--the first time this has happened.

    • In the scene where Mitchell is chasing the black Sedan that kidnapped Vala from the police station, the sign at the exit they took reads "Surrey" and "Ladner" which are suburbs of Vancouver(BC), where the series is shot. If it wasn't for that detail the scene would have been perfect since the creators of the show went to great lenghts to make this episode believable: looking at the cars in the freeway we can see that all license plates are "Colorado" plates, where Stargate Command is based.

    • In the scene where Mitchell is cuffed to the bed and talking to Vala, Mitchell's hand alternates between holding the bed, and hanging from the cuffs, depending on the angle of the camera.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Mitchell: Okay, I think I've figured out what happened to you, why you don't remember anything.
      Vala: (sarcastically) Oh, good. Does it involve an alien abduction?
      Mitchell: Well, in as much as that you're an alien who was abducted, yes.

    • Daniel: Dinner tonight is my way of saying thank you. Thank you for proving me right when I said we could take a chance on you.
      Vala: I…don't know what to say.
      Daniel: Say what you were gonna say before I interrupted.
      Vala: Okay. I need to use the bathroom.

    • Daniel: (to Mitchell) You know, when Vala first disappeared with the Ori gate was destroyed, I refused to write her off. Although the odds were against it, I believed, somehow, she found a way to survive. It turned out I was right. I wanna be right again.

    • Detective Ryan: The United States Air Force. They're sending a Colonel Carter to pick you up.
      Vala: No.
      Detective Ryan: What do you mean, "no"?
      Vala: I'd rather stay here. If you need me to commit a crime, I'd be happy to oblige.

    • Daniel: (to Vala) You don't remember who you are, but I do. You won't shoot. If I let you go, I know you're going to make yourself disappear. You've been running so long it's almost second nature to you. You don't remember it, but you made a decision to stop running. It's over. Now it's time to come home.

    • Vala: Well I don't mind telling you, I've been looking forward to this little date all week.
      Daniel: Uhh, I wouldn't exactly call it a date. It's…
      Vala: Oh, I've watched enough of your television to know what a date is. It's a romantic event, typified by dinner, movie and/or karaoke, and usually culminating in a night of…
      Daniel: Uhh, okay, this is definitely not a date.

    • Sam: A member of this facility gets kidnapped unchallenged, it's no wonder he doesn't think we can protect him.
      Daniel:Uhhh, we can protect him.
      Sam: Yeah, by locking him up for the rest of his life.
      Mitchell: What can you say? There's a downside to working with supervillains.

    • Mitchell: Let me take you back to Stargate Command. They have a device that can help you remember
      Vala: I thought you said the device was destroyed.
      Mitchell: It's a different device. It's one I brought back from another planet last year.
      Vala: Oh good. Were they having a sale?

    • Mitchell: What?
      Sam: Nothing. I just think it's funny how you're always losing your pants.
      Mitchell: Not always losing my pants. It's happened twice. Twice is not always.

    • Mitchell: You know I don't mind getting shot, but I pulled a hammy when I took out that last Trust operative.
      Sam: At least you didn't lose your pants.

    • Sal: Look, if I let you leave, can I trust you to come back with the money you owe me?
      Vala: No.

    • Weaver: Do you know what I think the problem is?
      Vala: That I can't strangle you?

  • NOTES (5)


    • Mitchell: Checking to see if I still have both of my kidneys.
      Alluding to the urban legend of people being drugged unconscious and waking up in a hotel missing a kidney removed for transplant.