Stargate SG-1

Season 5 Episode 21

Meridian

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 10, 2002 on Syfy
9.4
out of 10
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SG1 returns from a planet with Daniel apparently dying from radiation poisoning.

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  • Daniel (spoilers)

    10
    This was your typical Stargate episode in that a team member was yet again in danger. The outcome was very unexpected. Unlike most episodes where they find a last minute cure, we loose one of the beloved SG-1 members. I know some people have commented that it was a slow, boring episode, but to me it seemed like the perfect way for Daniel to move on. The episode portrayed how close the team members have become and how they will help and protect each other no matter the cost. And yet they will also respect each others wishes, like Jack did by letting Daniel go. I know he will be missed and I don't know how they can even try to replace him, but I look forward to seeing whats next for the remaining characters and the direction the show goes.moreless
  • The Star of Stargate ascends to the Stars

    10
    A sad day for fans of Stargate.



    As anyone who saw the seminal film Stargate knows, the geeky Dr. Daniel Jackson was the lead character.



    James Spader may not have been the lead actor. Kurt Russell was. But Spader's character was the lead character. The plot of Stargate revolved around him, not Jack O'Neill. Jack O'Neill was a supporting character. He was almost a space opera "spear carrier."



    Stargate SG-1 attempted to reverse the emphasis, but with only partial success. To the extent that it succeeded, it merely reduced a plot of ideas to a plot of action. The best episodes of Stargate SG-1 were about conflicting moral and ethical values, Jackson's domain.



    That is why so many fans of even the TV series consider the Daniel Jackson oriented episodes the best.



    Actually if truth be told, Michael Shanks was too "hunky" for the role of Jackson. His performance was too much that of a conventional handsome leading man. In fact, he could have been cast as O'Neill. The glasses always looked like a prop on him.



    James Spader, with his smaller physique, and more nuanced performance, made for a far more convincing geek. The glasses looked like his own, as if Spader put them on that morning and wore them onto the set.moreless
  • Impressive and shocking. I would never expect this. It was amazing. One of the best episodes ever.

    9.8
    This was good. Sad but Good. What can I say? Surprising, well written, gracefully interpreted and wonderfully directed.

    Killing a main character is an intelligent move. No one could have seen it coming.

    I kept thinking that they would find a way of saving him. I was totally amazed by the fact they didn’t. Even more by the fact that he didn’t want to be saved.

    Great special effects on the part were Daniel ascended.

    It was an episode that gave an opportunity for the actors to make a more emotional acting other then physical acting. In this kind of show you usually don’t see many emotions but in this episode they were everywhere. The thought of one of your best friends dying a terrible and most painfully death isn’t a light one. I’ve got to say that the actors pulled it off. They were great; they made you believe that they were really in pain.

    This episode also introduced a new character to the show: Jonas Quinn. I’ve got to say that I like Corin Nemec. I think He is a good actor. So it was interesting to see him play this part.

    In conclusion: LOVED it.moreless
  • Daniel is gone....

    8.5
    Daniel is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation and dies, well, actually, he ascends to a higher plane of existence. Anyways, the episode was ok. The story was boreing though. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Daniel, but he had a boreing episode to die in. The whole episode revolved around him dying, or ascending, and I didn't like it. I like when they kill off characters without placing a lot of emphasis on it. When they killed Dr. Fraiser, in Heroes 2, they just killed her near the end all heroically and gave her a little speech. That's all I wanted for Daniel. Instead he got a whole boreing episode where he talked to Oma and it was just boreing. Jonas was like a little geek with the worst outfit. Of course I still like this episode because I love Daniel and they gave him a heroic death. I loved seeing the reactions of his team. It was beatiful. Anyways, ok episode...not good enough for Daniel.moreless
  • This was a great, but extremely sad episode.

    10
    This was a great, but extremely sad episode. In this episode Daniel dies making it probably the saddest episode of Stargate Sg1. Most of this episode was flashbacks of what happened. How could the Kalownans accuse Daniel of sabotaging the weapon, he saved many life and forfeit his own. Well they admit they were wrong in the end but they still accused him. The Tok'ra tried to help but failed and the Asgard couldn't be contacted. Probably the only bright side in this episode was that Daniel ascended. All in all this episode was very good so I will give it a ten out of ten.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

Corin Nemec

Corin Nemec

Jonas Quinn

Guest Star

Kevin McCrae

Kevin McCrae

Scientist

Guest Star

David Hurtubise

David Hurtubise

Tomis Lee

Guest Star

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Jacob Carter/Sel'mac

Recurring Role

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: Wall safe (with Goa'uld hand devices) combination: 91837. This combination is different than in "Fair Game", when it was: 91857

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Oma Desala: Why do you feel you have failed on your journey? You opened the Stargate for your world.
      Daniel: I cracked the code, a lot of other people made it work.
      Oma Desala: The very next thing you did was help free the people of Abydos from evil.
      Daniel: I had the chance to live out my life with her. I couldn't leave it alone. I was the one that unburied the Gate. What happened to her was my fault. I couldn't save Sha're, I couldn't save Sarah. Every Goa'uld I helped eliminate, another one took its place. Maybe I did something good every now and again, but nothing I've ever done seems to have changed anything.

    • Jack: (at Daniel's deathbed) I... I just want to... I'm really bad at this.
      Daniel: Yes, you are.

    • Oma Desala: You can never reach enlightenment unless you believe you are worthy.
      Daniel: Then I guess we may have a problem...

    • Teal'c: If you are to die, Daniel Jackson, I wish you to know that I believe that the fight against the Goa'uld will have lost one of its greatest warriors. And I will have lost one of my greatest friends.

    • Oma: The universe is vast and we are so small. There is only one thing we can truly control.
      Daniel: What's that?
      Oma: Whether we are good or evil.

    • Jack: All right, let me be clear about something. I think this is the point Daniel was trying to make. A weapon of mass destruction can only be used for one thing. Now you might think it will ensure peace and freedom but I guarantee you it'll never have the effect you're hoping for until you use it at least once. Now just for the record, the reason we want that stuff is because we think it could be used to create defense shields. But you just go ahead, blow yourself to hell with it.

    • Jack: You're not gonna take the fall for this. I don't care what's at stake.
      Daniel: Why do you care?
      Jack: Because despite the fact that you've been a terrific pain in the ass for the last five years I may have...might have grown to admire you a little, I think.

    • Sam: [Jonas] had several degrees from their most honored education institution. Social Studies, Ancient Kelownan history...
      Jack: He was a nerd, sir. He and Daniel got along great.

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