Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 7

Message in a Bottle

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • Hammond: The NID people want to see it.
      Sam: Even knowing what it's done to the Colonel?
      Daniel: Especially knowing what it's done to the Colonel.

    • Teal'c: It does not wish to be removed.
      Jack: That's too damn bad.

    • Sam: This is incredible. If Daniel's right, this artifact has been doing this since Neanderthals were still a dominant species on Earth.
      Jack: Ah, that takes me back.

    • Hammond: You don't have anything to apologize for, son. We've been bringing back things from all over the galaxy. One of 'em finally snapped us in the ass.

    • Teal'c: The symbiote I carry appears to protect me.
      Jack: Way to go, junior!

    • Jack: Good morning, campers! Sleep well? I did.

    • Jack: Teal'c, you don't have to stick around.
      Teal'c: Undomesticated equines could not remove me.
      Jack: Wild horses, Teal'c. It's... that's a joke. You told a joke. Don't make me laugh.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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