Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 19

One False Step

6
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 1999 on Syfy
7.5
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During a routine reconnaissance mission, the UAV plane crashes into a cactus-like plant. Sent to recover the plane, SG-1 discovers that the inhabitants have begun falling ill, and before long a plague of illness sweeps the race.

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  • Zippers

    8.0
    The UAV crashes on a planet and the team goes to retrieve it. along they way the befriend a croup of strange, underdeveloped primitive humanoids that somehow created zippers and spandex. Next thing we know the entire population is sick and its up to the team to discover why and how to cure them.
  • Good Message, Weak Story

    7.0
    Good message, weak story.



    Best line?



    Sarah Carter: "I talk to my plants."
  • EPISODE TITLE SAYS IT ALL!

    5.5
    During a routine reconnaissance mission, the UAV plane crashes into a cactus-like plant on a planet inhabited by an unusual life form. Sent to recover the plane, the SG-1 team discovers those living on the planet are friendly, gentle and far simpler than their human counterparts. Shortly after the team's arrival, aliens begin falling ill and before long a plague of illness sweeps the race. Carter returns to the base with the sickest alien, in order to work on a cure. O'Neill and Daniel begin acting erratically and complain of headaches which disappear once they are back at the SGC. As the number of afflicted aliens grows, it appears that the SG-1 team has unwittingly unleashed something that threatens the survival of this entire civilization.moreless
  • One of my least favorite.

    5.0
    This is without a doubt the worst episode of the entire series but there were a couple of things I liked. First I always love the UAV launch and as Jack put it "It never gets old". The aliens or what ever they are were pretty silly and their look was ridiculous. At least there was a point to this episode that first contact can be dangerous to us and the inhabitants of the planet. The fate of an entire race of "people" was threatened because we basically stepped on a plant. The best part of this episode was the scenes between Jack and Daniel. The look on the face of the leader of the "people" when they were yelling at each other was hilarious and then the way he fell over was even better. I'm glad they admitted that Jack and Daniel disagree on almost very matter and it was nice to see them get that out in the open. Well in the end this episode suffers from poor plot but has good points.moreless
  • Great idea but...

    5.3
    I liked the idea - they tried to show that it is not always so simple go to the other worlds and be there.. not making no problems. But they do make and the pluses of this episode were that they showed us that they can really hurt the balance of those world they travel. And if there would not have been Daniel or Carter, I think they could not have figured it out.



    But anything else, except the idea, it was quite weak episode - I did not liked the dynamics of this episode, the tempo and nothing happened either. Quite boring.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

Colin Heath

Colin Heath

Alien

Guest Star

Dave Cameron

Dave Cameron

Elder

Guest Star

Shaun Phillips

Shaun Phillips

Jim

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Daniel Bacon

Daniel Bacon

Technician

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • As Daniel attempts to communicate with the aliens inside one of their huts, his jacket patches switch from the usual SG-1 and Earth symbol designs to two Earth symbols between shots.

    • Trivia: This is the second episode that Dr. Fraiser goes off-world (the first being "Singularity").

    • We rarely see the aliens close-up for extended periods of time in this episode. However, early on in this episode, a camera catches the back of one and an invisible zipper seam running up the back of the costume is clearly visible. I doubt that they have zippers in such a primitive society.

    • While the alien brought back is flatlining Carter and then the doctor start CPR where the heart should be, but in a previous scene we saw that the alien's heart was near the pelvis and not in the chest.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jack: (to aliens) Fine! Knock yourself out. Go ahead. Go play in the street. Don't forget your sunblock.

    • Jack: What do you think Daniel, are they... friendly spirits?
      Daniel: I guess we should go find out.

    • Jack: You're videotaping a plant.
      Daniel: Well, I think this might be important.
      Jack: Well, I think you might be losing what's left of your mind.
      Daniel: What's that supposed to mean?
      Jack: It means that on a good day you can be a little flaky.
      Daniel: And on a good day you can be a little ignorant and condescending.

    • Jack: I agree with you, but I haven't had the brilliant revelations you seem to have had.
      Daniel: Well, maybe you could try coming up with something a little bit better than inappropriate sarcasm.
      Jack: You want sarcasm? Nice to meet ya.

    • Daniel: Oh, please! We have a difference of opinion on just about everything.
      Jack: Give me an example.
      Daniel: I don't know, pick something! How about mythology!
      Jack: Rumors, lies, fairytales.
      Daniel: See, see, see, see, see, see! Mythology is one of the primary motivations for cultural development!
      Jack: Maybe it is! What's that got to do with filming a plant?!
      Daniel: Exactly!
      Jack: What does that mean?!
      Daniel: I don't know!

    • Sam: I had a feeling that there was some sort of symbiotic relationship between the aliens and the organism. They probably don't even realize it.
      Daniel: How did you realize it?
      (long pause)
      Jack: Captain...?
      Sam: I talk to my plants, okay?

    • Teal'c: Since it is their planet, is it not we who are the aliens?
      Daniel: Actually the word 'alien' refers to anything characteristic of a very different place or culture, anything really strange relative from our own perspective.
      Jack: Think we call you 'alien' because you're from Chu'lak?

    • Daniel: You know, I thought the alien on the video looked very docile, more curious than harmful.
      Jack: I thought it looked bald, white, and naked.

    • (team returns to a planet)
      Daniel: Deja vu!
      Teal'c: I am unfamiliar with that term.
      Daniel: Um... it means I feel like I've been here before.
      Teal'c: That is correct, Daniel Jackson. Yesterday, when we first arrived on this planet.
      Daniel: Right... What was I thinking...?

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jack: What do you think, Daniel? Are they friendly spirits?
      This is a reference to Rocky and Bullwinkle:
      Rocky: Are they friendly spirits?
      Bullwinkle: Friendly? Just listen!

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