Stargate SG-1

Season 3 Episode 15

Pretense

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 2000 on Syfy
9.0
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An unknown user attempts to come through the gate. It is Narim, the Tollan, who first sends Schrodinger, Sam's gift to him, to identify himself. He follows, using Tollan technology to pass through the iris. He tells SG-1 that Klor'el/Ska'ara has crashed in a death glider. Klor'el was temporarily not in control, and Ska'ara has requested that the Tollan restore his body to him. Jack and Daniel have been chosen as archons to represent Skaara in a Triad, a Tollan trial to decide whether the body belongs to Klor'el or Ska'ara. Meanwhile Sam and Teal'c find out that the Goa'uld who accompanied Klor'el's archon do strange things in their free time...moreless

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  • Courtroom

    8.0
    Skaar'a is putting himself on trial to prove himself worthy of being separated from the Goa'uld host and of course the Goa'uld are there to prove that they are superior and have the right to take over lesser beings bodies. As it turns out it is just a ploy to stall the Tollan so the Goa'uld can destroy their planetary defenses.
  • ok episode, but not what I like...

    7.5
    SG-1 and a goa'uld are invited to a triad (basically a trial) to determine the fate of Skarra. A Nox was the indifferent disider and the choice was between giving the body to the host or the goa'uld. Of course, in the end the host was given the priority of the body and the goa'uld was taken out. This episode was really boreing and slow. They just talked, a lot. However, some of the talking, espcially Jack's stupid/funny lines, made the episode worthwhile. There was also a spoiled goa'uld plan to destroy the planet, which wasn't intersting to me. They've done the whole goa'uld attack before, but it was nice to see Skarra become himself again.moreless
  • The Tollan hold a trial and the plaintiff is an old friend...

    9.0
    Ah the Tollan and their technologically superior butts! For some reason I've always found the Tollan episodes fascinating. The concept of a group humans advancing so far beyond us is just plain cool. That said this episode is a cut above the previous Tollan episode. Ska'ara returns and they must have a trial to see who should control the body Ska'ara or the Goa'uld. Jack and Daniel's passionate arguments during the triad were especially good. One thing that still irritates me about the Tollans is how they have superior tech to that of the Goa'uld but refuse to do anything to halt the Goa'uld's advance. Ah well what can you do. A fun episode you shouldn't miss with plenty of aliens, tech, and of course humor.moreless
  • Getting Skaara back

    9.1
    Oh, I loved this episode. Some way it was so positive - as over a long long time.. they got something good. Daniel was unable to save his wife but O'Neill got Skaara back. Fantastic.



    I specially loved the way this episode was written and the moral debat over Goa'uld topic as it really showed and reminded the other side - they are doing it, on some level, for surviving.



    Also we did not have only talking and meeting with old friends (even thought it was somehow funny to see Sam and Narim), there was the vital threat, the conspiracy and Teal'c stepping over his order. So, I would say - all good in one.moreless
  • Great moral debate.

    9.8
    The opening space sequence was cool with the Ion cannons for Tollan blowing the crap out of 2 Ha'tak's but the crashing of the death glider is cringe worthy. Then the shocking reveal of Skarra and him being on the Tollan homeworld. This episode had the great debate of the right of the symibote to take a host so that it can survive which was well handled on both sides of the argument. The trial scenes with Skarra where powerful and dramatic especially with his explanation why he would rather die then remain a host. I still hate the way the Tollan treat everyone else. The scene at the cannon always makes me mad because of the way they acted. I must say that I love the location for Tollan (Simon Fraser University) it is so futuristic and alien and it did not surprise me when I saw it in other Sci-Fi shows shot in Vancouver such as Battlestar Galactica and Andromeda. I was so glad that they removed Korel and did not kill Skarra. His relationship with Jack is something that needed to keep going especially with the death of his sister only a few episodes before. Overall one of my favorite episodes of the season.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

Kevin Durand

Kevin Durand

Zipacna

Guest Star

Frida Betrani

Frida Betrani

Lya

Guest Star

Garwin Sanford

Garwin Sanford

Narim

Guest Star

Alexis Cruz

Alexis Cruz

Skaara/Klorel

Recurring Role

Bill Nikolai

Bill Nikolai

Technician

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Narim: I am here to deliver a message from our highest governing body. Colonel O'Neill, the Tollan Curia request the presence of you and your team for Triad.
      (gives Jack a device)
      Jack: I feel like I'm being served.

    • Jack: Well, this just became a piece of cake, a walk in the park, a day at the beach.
      Daniel: An accident waiting for a place to happen.
      Jack: Mister negative. Yes.

    • Sam: I thought the Nox were pacifists?
      Lya: I only hid the weapon. I did not fire it.
      Sam: Ah... pretty fine line you didn't cross.
      Lya: Yes, it is.

    • Narim: The Tollan designed the device worn about his chest. It suppresses the Goa'uld's ability to silence his host. The Goa'uld and host are free to speak at will. The device cannot be removed as long as Klorel and Skaara are our guests. The indicator on the front prevents one from pretending being the other. Red indicates it is Klorel who speaks. Blue, Skaara.
      Jack: Nice device. We'll take a dozen.
      Narim: As you may recall from our last encounter, it is forbidden for the Tollan to give our technology to any culture less advanced then our own.
      Jack: Still got that arrogance bug, I see.

    • Narim: No harm will come to you. The Tollan will guarantee it.
      Jack: Is that a 'money-back-if-you're-not-completely-alive' guarantee?

    • Judge Travell: Our technology is in every way superior to theirs. And to yours.
      Jack: My, aren't we cocky...

    • Sam: But there wasn't a gate on Tollana?
      Narim: The Nox and the Tollan were able to devise a way to get us there.
      Jack: Of course you were.
      Daniel: Way smarter then we are.
      (team goes through stargate)
      Sam: So you built this stargate?
      Narim: Yes.
      Daniel: Way smarter then we are.
      Jack: Ours is bigger...

    • Judge Travell: Do the human archons wish to respond?
      Jack: Yeah, you betcha!
      Daniel: Erm... we do, your Eminence.

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