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Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 16

Off the Grid

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 2006 on Syfy
8.6
out of 10
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346 votes
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The SGC learns that the organization of traders and mercenaries known as the Lucian Alliance is distributing a highly-addictive drug and SG-1 goes to investigate. But the situation becomes complicated when the planet's Stargate disappears...and SG-1 is held responsible.

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  • A fun and exciting episode.

    9.5
    This was one of the better episodes in the latter part of the season. Mitchell, has the same way about him as Crichton did on Farscape. I mean the whole one word deals, the references to movies and such. Then there is getting the crew into trouble. He did this quiet frequently on Farscape, lets hope he doesn't take four(not enough)seasons to learn at SG1.



  • Hey! Where did it go? again...

    8.6
    While SG-1 are trying to extract themselves from a hostile situation, Ba'al comes along and snatches away the Stargate - and thereby their way off the planet.



    Luckily, because they failed to check in on time, a ship was dispatched from Earth to find them. SG-1 got beamed aboard an instant before they were riddled with bullets...



    Not the most original or exciting episode perhaps, but Ba'al was good as always, and the scenes with Nerus were highly entertaining.



    I've tried to keep track of how many Ba'al copies there were in total, and unless he's set up another lab and made more, technically speaking this should be the end of him...

    But we all know the Goa'uld aren't very good at staying dead :-)moreless
  • SG-1 investigates a form of highly addictive corn in possession of the Lucian Alliance. When things don't go as planned, their situation becomes a lot more complicated when the Stargate suddenly disappears.moreless

    6.0
    This episode has its fun moments, but a lot of it feels uneven and pointless. Mitchell's plan doesn't seem in character and ill conceived, though they do address the latter issue. Still, it seems much more like Crichton than Mitchell to do something like he does, even if Cameron is supposed to be a little rash. Then there's the Lucian Alliance who just don't seem to pose that much of a threat. Compared to the Ori or even to Ba'al these guys don't have much presence. Even when his ship was at an enormous disadvantage I half expected him to come through, clone or not. It would be nice to give the Alliance more weight as villains, but they show up so infrequently that I'm not sure that there's really a point. Good aspects of this episode include what I pointed out above: it is a good deal of fun. Even if the beginning is kind of dumb, the team is still pretty entertaining trying to pose as drug buyers and bickering over who does the best job at it. The introduction of the [i]Odyssey[/i] is cool, though a little jarring after just losing the [i]Prometheus[/i] last episode. The return of Nerus is pretty fun, and he gets a terrific death scene. And speaking of the end, few things are better than a massive gun fight. And they're not even using P90s. I really like Mitchell's new gun. Still, even these aspects don't quite elevate an average episode.moreless
  • Kind of a dull episode. Good but not excellent. Amanda Tapping shines, though.

    8.9
    The Stargate teams becomes aware of the fact that an entire population is being addicted to a powerful drug. The source of the drug is a special strain of corn, of all things.



    The individual behind the drug problem is the arch enemy of the Stargate Command: Anubis.



    Naturally, SG-1 is dispatched. The team goes down to the planet incognito to investigate.



    Okay as far as plots go but not really all that exciting, surprising, or suspenseful. Nothing that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat this time.



    The one bright spot of the episode was that Amanda Tapping reveals quite a lot of herself during a surveillance scene.moreless
  • Missing gates...

    7.6
    Oh, when the episode started, I was wondering.. wait a minute.. did I have seen this episode? (as it was like month after I watched the previous one and I was not sure if I am taking the right episode).. it looked so familiar.. and then the gate disappeared. Ok, by that time I got - this is not the episode I have seen but it had many very familiar elements. But what good they had in this episode? First ofcourse Baal again and the battle in the end, tagging the stargates and then getting off and ofcourse Teal'c sentence.. oh.. one of the best things there.



    Adventurous but not too unique episode.moreless
Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

Major General Henry "Hank" Landry

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

Peter New

Peter New

Farmer

Guest Star

Vincent Corazza

Vincent Corazza

Worrel

Guest Star

Maury Chaykin

Maury Chaykin

Nerus

Guest Star

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Chief Master Sgt Walter Harriman

Recurring Role

Cliff M. Simon

Cliff M. Simon

Ba'al

Recurring Role

Eric Breker

Eric Breker

Colonel Reynolds

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Mitchell is being held at gunpoint by Worrel, one of Worrel's men can be seen holding Mitchell's gun. Mitchell didn't have his gun with him when he was taken, and so there is no way Worrel's man could have had it.

    • Nerus claims he studied the gate system for months to help defeat the Replicators, but the plan to use the stargates in conjunction with the Dakara super weapon was devised and implemented within a few hours not months and up until that point the only defense against the replicators was the disruptor that O'Neill built.

    • At the beginning of the scene in the Odyssey's briefing room, the device that Teal'c has in his hands is a TI-92 calculator. This is a graphing calculator released by Texas Instruments in 1995; it's current successor is the Voyage 200, that costs around $170.

    • Carter's lower lip is bleeding but as soon as she is beamed aboard the ship the cut and blood vanish.

    • When SG-1 was on the planet, about to be shot; they are sitting down. However, as they are beamed aboard the Odyssey they are standing up.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Mitchell: I have no intention of taking anybody on. I'm just going to pose as a buyer.
      Daniel: You?
      Mitchell: Well no offense, Jackson, but you don't strike me as the drug-dealer type. In fact you're not even close.
      Daniel: I think I'm as close as you are.
      Sam: Come on, you're miles away.
      Mitchell: Teal'c which one of us is closer?
      Teal'c: I believe the three of you to be equidistant.
      Mitchell: Oh come on! (points to Sam) Mary Poppins isn't even in the running.

    • Nerus: (to Ba'al) You came to greet me in person. Oh, oh! I have this fabulous innovation I want to... it's called a "cupcake".

    • Worrel: So, you were done slaying System Lords and decided to move on to more pressing agricultural concerns?
      Mitchell: That's exactly it. Corn patrol.

    • Sam: We're supposed to stay under the radar.
      Teal'c: I doubt if this world possesses such technology.
      Mitchell: See, when he's right, he's right.

    • Mitchell: Everyone's jonesin' for some space corn!

    • (after Landry feeds Nerus)
      Walter: Sir, if you don't mind me asking...
      Landry: How did we plant the beacon on Nerus?
      Walter: Yes, sir.
      Landry: It was a piece of cake.

    • Worrel: ...I no longer have any reason to keep you alive.
      Daniel: No wait, I...I...I can think of a reason...
      Sam: We're more valuable alive.
      Daniel: ...Yes! we're more valuable alive... good one.

    • Harriman: Shall I dial the coordinates he left, sir.
      Landry: No it's probably a black hole or worse. If I've learned one thing in this command, it's never trust a Goa'uld, particularly if his name is Nerus.
      Harriman: Yes sir!

    • Nerus: My old friend – you wound me deeply.
      Ba'al: I'm capable of wounding you much more deeply.

    • Mitchell We have got the best job in the world, don't we?
      Sam: I'm going to hit the shower.
      Daniel: I'm going to find a doctor.
      Teal'c: We are indeed suitably employed.
      Mitchell Yeah, it was a good day…

    • Worrel: In fact if you tell me the location of the Stargate I'm prepared to release you.
      Mitchell: Ooh, you are not!! I can't... can you believe he just said that?!?

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Mitchell: Oh please, Mary Poppins is not even in the running.
      Mary Poppins (1934) is a series of eight children's books written by P. L. Travers. The books center around a mysterious, magical English nanny who is blown by the wind to Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, London and into the Banks' household to care for the Banks' children. The books were adapted in 1964 into a musical Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. They have also been adapted by Disney Theatrical as a stage musical in London (2004), and a Broadway musical (2006).

    • Mitchell: Houston, we have a problem.
      This phrase has become a cliché for understating the severity of a bad situation, having its origins in the Apollo 13 moon mission. This was supposedly the message sent from the command module (also named Odyssey) to inform Capcom that the main oxygen tank had exploded. However, this was not the actual quote. Command module pilot Jack Swigert first said, "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here." Mission Commander James Lovell later said, "Houston, we've had a problem."

    • Mitchell: Well, tell him Mr. Shaft would like to meet with him.
      This is a reference to the character John Shaft, a black detective first introduced in the movie Shaft (1971). Two additional Shaft movies were made, along with a quickly cancelled TV series, all starring Richard Roundtree. Samuel L. Jackson starred in the 2000 remake of Shaft (with Richard Roundtree in a cameo as that character's uncle "John Shaft.").

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