Stargate SG-1

Season 3 Episode 6

Point of View

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 30, 1999 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Alternate reality versions of Carter and Kawalsky use the quantum mirror to arrive at a secured building in the top secret Area 51 in "our" universe. In their reality Jack was married to Dr. Carter before his death at the hands of the Goa'uld, Teal'c is still in the service of Apophis, Kawalsky is still alive, and Carter is a civilian Doctor.

Dr. Carter begins to suffer from temporal distortion caused by travel through the quantum mirror. "Our" Carter determines that her alternate will die unless she is returned to her alternate reality - unfortunately that's also a death sentence since the Goa'uld have swarmed that universe's SGC. SG-1 must use their present day resources and knowledge to return with their new acquaintances and overthrow the Goa'uld.moreless

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  • Mirror

    Versions of Carter and Kawalski go through the dimensional mirror we saw in season one. Their world has been overrun by the Goa'uld. They ask the SG-1 team to aid them in defeating the Goa'uld and saving their Earth. In the end the SG team makes it possible for the Alternate team to contact the Asgard for aid in freeing their planet.
  • not another mirror episode! all they do is showing that in most cases the goauld wins and we (yes, WE!) are dead.

    Why do they keep doing these alternate universe episodes??? i say as i said the last mirror episode, this totally takes away the good work that sg 1 does in "our" reality! i think teal´c said it pretty good in the beginning of this episode; "how do we know which is the real universe?". and another thing we learned this episode was that "our" universe are one of only a handful that havent been conqured by the goa´uld. That is so sad! they may save the lifes of us all in one universe, but in another ones (that meens exactly as much as ours, because it is US there too) we are dead or slaves. what does it count that we live peaceful lives in one of the few not conquered universes...?

    what i meen ia impossible to describe here, i hope you all see what kinda what im trying to say...moreless
  • That darn quantum mirror is back...

    This is definitely one for the 'shippers, never has the potential for a relationship between Sam and Jack been fleshed out up to this point in the series. This subplot was quite touching and very tastefully done. One thing that bothered me about this episode, however, is that it was entirely too easy for the Carters to repair the power source Jack made in The Fifth Race. If it was possible to repair the device then why didn't they do so earlier to use it as an additional power source? That point aside, the episode was very well done, although I must admit I'm a little biased. I've always liked the alternate reality episodes, seeing the different possibilities for the characters has always been something I've found to be intriguing.moreless
  • One of those might be episodes.

    There have been and there will be later on SG-1 and on Atlantis.. those alternate reality things and when first that is refreshing, than on some point they get lost. This episode and this way it was done, that was not one of those.

    The charming storyline and the way now there was two Carters, and all the different things between those realities. It looks like lately there have been more and more emotional things written into episodes like last episode and now this - it is really enjoyable and opening new point of view.

    And ofcourse the end - they have a change to save that world on alternate reality and Teal'c killing himself. Another really great thing going for that emotional and ethical views they are offering. I like where this is going.moreless
  • awesome episode...

    Sam and Kawalsky appear at area 51 and are from an alternate reality where the goa'uld have just taken over their world. They are allowed to stay, but it appears that there cannot be two Sam's in the same reality so they devise a way to save the other reality from the goa'uld by contacting their asgards. It worked...I love this episode. It was like There but for the Grace of God which was a season 1 episode, but this one was just as good -even better. It was really sweet that Sam and Jack were married in the other reality, but Jack died. It was so sweet. Seeing two alternate reality episodes and seeing that, in both, Jack and Sam were engaged or married it makes me wonder. They are meant for each other. Oh well, that's a bit off topic. I loved seeing Kawalsky again; he's such a great character. Overall, great episode, one of my favorites, and just an awesome story.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

Shawn Reis

Shawn Reis

Jaffa #2

Guest Star

Ty Olsson

Ty Olsson

Jaffa #1

Guest Star

Peter DeLuise

Peter DeLuise

Interrogator (Voice, Uncredited)

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Peter Williams (IV)

Peter Williams (IV)


Recurring Role

Jay Acovone

Jay Acovone

Major Kawalsky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At the very beginning of the episode you can clearly hear what Sam and Kawalsky are saying while on the other side of the mirror. However, later in the episode when Daniel connects to the universe with "Captain" Carter, no sound is transmitted through the mirror.

    • In this episode, Hammond and Dr. Carter said they found the quantum mirror on P3X-233, but it really is P3R-233.

    • At the end when Thor was coming to save Earth, his ship was detectable on radar but in earlier episodes they were undetectable to radar unless in the alternate reality the Asgard don't have that in their technology.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Jack: (about Asgard helping to defeat the Goa'ulds) Come on. Ya gotta love those guys!

    • (Jack bumps into Carter1 after talking to Carter2)
      Jack: How are you doing with this... twin thing?
      Carter1: Do you have a couple of hours?
      Jack: Okay.
      Carter1: That was the answer.
      Jack: Oh, oh.

    • Carter2: We made a good team, Major.
      Carter1: Yeah, we did, Doctor.
      Carter2: Plus your hair's kinda grown on me. Pardon the pun.

    • Sam: This is incredible. If the Asgard could design this to give the Gate extra juice, then they're just the little, green men we're looking for.
      Jack: They're grey, actually. Roswell Grey to be exact.

    • Sam: This is hard, goodbye for a second time.
      Jack: This is the first time.
      Sam: It doesn't feel that way to me; you have to understand, my Jack had the same face, same voice... same hands.
      Jack: Which brings to mind an obvious question: how could you marry such a loser?

    • Daniel: Well this can't be the Dr. Carter I met in the alternate reality. She's... dead?
      Jack: All right, just to clarify. This Carter is from an alternate, alternate reality?
      Daniel: Apparently.
      Jack: Does anybody else have a problem with that?
      Teal'c: Which reality is actually real?
      Jack: Thank you, Teal'c!

    • Apophis: My First Prime killed you before my very eyes!
      Jack: Thanks, I'm feeling much better now.

    • Jack: Kawalsky, in your special ops training did they cover silence?

    • Jack: What the hell does 'Kree' mean?
      Daniel: It means a lot of things. Loosely translated, 'attention', 'listen up', 'concentrate'.
      Jack: 'Yoo hoo'?

    • Jack: Well, the combined IQ of Earth may go up a few points having two Carters around.

    • Teal'c: (to Teal'c 2) Renounce Apophis and I will let you live.
      Teal'c 2: Shol'vah! (Teal'c shoots him)
      Jack: The idea was to Zat him!
      Teal'c: As I said before, ours is the only reality that matters.

    • Jack: Is he talking about that alternate reality thing that Daniel futzed with?

    • Jack: (to Carter2) For all we know, you could be her evil twin. But, then we'd be dealing with cliches, and you know how I feel about those. (points at Carter1) No, actually, you know how I feel about those.

    • "Our" Sam: Oh my God, this is too weird!
      Jack: Yeah... how about that hair?

    • Jack: Ladies...Sams. We're all in this reality together.

    • Jack: Alright, so it's possible there's an alternate version of myself out there that actually understands what the hell you're talking about?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Peter also plays a Jaffa. When they're in the other reality and two Jaffa inform Apophis of the Asgard ship, he's the one in the background.

    • Director's Cameo: Peter DeLuise is the voice of the man interviewing Dr. Carter on the recording.

    • Dr. Carter and Maj. Kawalsky come from a different reality than the one Daniel went to; one thing that's mentioned is how there are only "a few" realities where Earth hasn't been overrun. We see at least one other where the Quantum Mirror is still in storage in Area 51... Also, Gen. Hammond says that he's going to "have the Quantum Mirror destroyed," but we all know how eager the crew at Area 51 are to get rid of useful technology. Perhaps it could have an iris attached to it? After all, visible light can travel through it when its activated, so its possible that radio waves can too, and we could have a "Quantum Mirror: QM-1" spin off show.

    • Syndication airdate: November 6, 2000.


    • Teal'c Goatee:
      In the alternate universe (where he did not turn), Teal'c wears a goatee. This is very likely a reference to the episode "Mirror, Mirror" of the original Star Trek series, where several members of the Enterprise crew are transported to an alternate reality where "evil" Spock wears a goatee.