Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 7

Message in a Bottle

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 07, 1998 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

While exploring a new planet, SG-1 find an orb that sends out electromagnetic signals. Thinking it's a time capsule of some sort, they return to Earth to begin their tests, however, the object begins to heat up among other things.

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  • Cheap

    I enjoyed this episode enough aside from the cheap cheap cheap paint effect for an alien.

    THe team brings back a device that starts to infect the Base personnel and the building itself. its up to Sam and the Doctor to reverse its effects. But wait. Its a pretty typical "It's trying to communicate with us" episode,. Fairly entertaining but the worst thing is that they just use day-glow paint as the alien species. its pretty cheap and shoddy to say the leastmoreless
  • Great Episode!

    Jack got injured, but there is no blood, weird! I loves when Daniel put his glasses on his hair/head. It was so funny when Jack ordered Sam and Daniel to get rest so they will have mission in few hours. I am so suprised that Sam and Daniel were up all night researching on that thing. When Jack got that pole came throught of him, he got really high fever made him very hot! People are trying to get him out so he can get treated. They should not bring that thing to earth, they will never know if it is dangerous or not. Great Episode!moreless

    SG-1 discovers an ancient artifact that takes O'Neill and the Stargate Command hostage. Typical alien invasion episode but there are some important questions to be asked. Teal'c believed he knew the name of the planet where the device was found ("Tel'ak"). Why does he know of it, and what is the planet's significance to the Goa'uld and/or Jaffa? Why didn't Hammond and Carter shut off the auto-destruct sequence before the aliens departed through the Stargate? Did they not regain computer control until the aliens were completely out of the facility? I Tracey K. Nameth rank this episode abysmal at best.moreless
  • A strange visitor...

    The team brings back a strange artifact they believe to be a time capsule. When they decide to return the device to the planet because of its radiation, the device decides not to leave and impales O'Niell. This episode remains to be one of the more unique episodes, it was quite interesting. Once again the imperfection of the SGC is apparent as General Hammond admits that we brought another thing through the gate that will bite us in the rear. The plot did a great job of keeping my interest and I especially loved Teal'c's loyalty and unwillingness to leave Jack's side.moreless
  • Misunderstood

    SG-1 founds one interesting artifact on totally dead planet where is no oxygen. The decide to take it with them and investigate it. But things get bad when the artifact is heating up. They try to get it back trough the Stargate but the thing stops thats and hurts O'Neil. Soon, they all find themselves infected by some kind of virus.

    What comes later - the intense search for the answer, the way Carter first tells not to do the things she later asks and the way they got the whole thing wrong way and the way the solved it. For some time it did looked hopeless. Great episode.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

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Major General George S. Hammond

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

SG Leader

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Tobias Mehler

Tobias Mehler

Lieutenant Graham Simmons

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • At the beginning of the episode, you can see the reflection of the camera and its operator in the faces of both Carter's and O'Neill's helmets when they're talking around the orb.

    • Trivia: The planet that the orb was discovered was designated P5C-353. The primordial world that Jack sent the orb to was designated P4G-881.

    • Gen. Hammond states that two officers are needed to override the auto-destruct sequence. However, he later overrides the sequence by only typing in his code.

    • When SG1 returns through the Stargate with the orb, there is no sign of the FRED on the ramp, and the wormhole immediately disengages behind them. However, after they walk down the ramp towards Hammond and then look back, the FRED has suddenly appeared at the top of the ramp.

    • The organism would have to be fluorescent, not phosphorescent, to glow under UV light. Phosphorescent means the organism would glow in the dark after exposure to light (even visible white light).

    • Carter uses the elevator when she knew the organism was infiltrating the computer system which controls the elevators. Every government agency shuts down the elevators in an emergency. She should have used the stairs.

    • When Major Carter is trapped on the elevator, the panel inside the elevator reads "22." However, the number on the outside of the door reads "28."

    • When dialing to P5C-353, the computer displayed the Abydos coordinates.

    • When dialing to P4G-881, the computer displayed the Abydos coordinates, but later it displayed the Chulak coordinates.

    • UV light is extremely harmful to the eyes. If the gate room was illuminated by that much UV, all the personnel should have had eye protection or they would be blinded.

    • You could clearly see that the rod holding Jack in place was made of rubber.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Jack: small step, one giant leap, that kind of stuff
      Referring to to astronaut Neil Armstrong's historic quote, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong said this when he stepped onto the moon's surface; he was the first human to do so.