Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 9

Prototype

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 16, 2005 on Syfy
8.7
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SG-1 finds a Goa'uld-Human hybrid in stasis in an abandoned Goa'uld lab and take it back to Earth to study, where they learn it was created using Anubis' DNA.

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  • Wasnt quite a filler

    9.8
    This was a good episode but it defintly wasnt one of the best. One thing that I liked about it was that it used an old character instead of a new one to allow them to learn more about ascension and possible ways to stop the priors. Another thing that I liked about the episode was that it put the SGC in a situation where they had to deal with an outside force that the didnt like. As much as I usally dont like the outside force that is trying to control them it usally makes things intresting. So all in all I will have to say that it was good way to bring about new information but it defintly wasnt a classic.moreless
  • New writing blood breathes new life into a revisited storyline.

    9.8
    While I admit that I was among the first to breathe a sigh of relief when the entire Anubis arch ended, I was glad to see that the ramifications of his presence have not been forgotten by the writers.



    This episode is a very clever tale, beautifully written by Stargate newcomer Alan McCullough, and wonderfully created on screen by the ever-talented Peter DeLuise.

    In my opinion this has been one of the best team episodes of late, which gave the entire cast an opportunity to shine. Each had their own perfect tailor made niche in which to play and the performances reflected this oft forgotten point. Not once did we see characters struggling to fit roles unfamiliar to them, as we sadly saw last season.



    The storyline was strong from start to finish, not once did I find my attention waning, nor my interest in, what is essentially a one-show character, diminish throughout the entire episode. The cinematography was stunning, the scene close to the end of the episode with Mitchell and Jackson in particular.

    And the performances were flawless.



    Special mentions for Alan McCullough for his captivating script, and for writing a slightly darker side to Jackson that, this viewer at least believes, has been long overlooked. Michael Shanks for his portrayal of said darker side and to Neil Jackson for his outstanding performance of a difficult character to render.



    A must see episode that also has the benefit of being able of existing as a standalone.moreless
  • This is the kind of episode that stops SG1 being a "top class, unmissable" show and unfortunately, they are all too frequent.

    7.0
    Dont get me wrong, this is one of my favourite shows on television but, this episode is the kind that bores me to tears. Allow me to summarize:



    In the grand scheme of things - Nothing happened. A 'seemingly' unstoppable force was mistakingly prodded into aggressive tendancies (as usual) but, this WORLD threatening force was magically stopped and halted for good, within 44 minutes by the usual suspects. A regurgatation of old and tired story lines from days of yore - pray they dont go back there yet again. The Ori storyline is doing fine on its own.



    All was looking well this season without Jack (yeah!) and with the wonderful Vala but, alas, we're back to the same old, same old.



    Bring back Vala - all is forgiven.moreless
  • A solid episode overshadowed by the "summer finale" that was paired with it

    7.0
    Since this “summer finale” was really just two episodes aired back to back, I thought I’d tackle each hour separately. In fact, I didn’t watch the second hour yet, just to maintain some degree of objectivity in terms of this hour.



    I was never particularly taken with Anubis as a villain, largely because he was very impersonal opponent. Apophis was right there, flaws and all, and Ba’al has a distinct personality that is enjoyable to watch. Anubis was more of a concept than a presence, and that detracted from his power as a force of despairing evil. Note how the Ori are all the more disturbing because of the Priors and their personal involvement in the subjugation of worlds.



    This episode revisited Anubis as a concept and gave him a personal focus, and for that, I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. This was actually an interesting commentary and expansion on the concepts of “ascension”, which is something that the series needs to address. The treatment of “ascension” has been far too vague and indistinct over the past several seasons, but now that the Ori are around, that concept needs definition.



    What this proto-Anubis represents is not unlike a proto-Ori, as the characters openly mention. (Indeed, much of the episode is spent considering how such a being presents the perfect lab rat, objectively speaking.) In this particular instance, this proto-Anubis also had the “benefit” of the genetic memory of a Goa’uld.



    Khalek is a particularly good adversary because he gets to build on the relationship between Daniel and Anubis with relatively little difficulty, and since he gets to speak with Daniel a bit more freely (without the cowl), it gets wonderfully tense. We also get to see Daniel in his archetypical role as scholar of all things Ancient, which reminds the audience of where his strengths lie.



    A lot of time is spent with the SGC personnel believing they are in control, when Khalek is really toying with them, waiting for the moment when he can determine the response most aligned with his self-interest. It’s a good thing that Daniel and the others took so long to identify the source of his limitations, because if it had been a bit earlier in the story, Khalek would have caught them completely off guard. (As it is, I think that little trick at the end was a little suspicious.)



    One interesting aspect of the episode is the prominence of the International Committee, in terms of their leverage and clout. Woolsey is a particularly annoying bureaucrat, and he gets a good look at why the word “threat” has a different scale in the SGC. The whole question of funding the SGC and thereby controlling its activities finally comes back into play here, and quite a few casualties can be laid at the feet of such interlopers.



    In many scenes, this felt like the old “SG-1”, especially since Mitchell is mostly in the background, making a few snide comments and playing the heavy when necessary. Much of the episode is spent with the characters in their typical roles. Even Dr. Lam plays a capable enough stand-in for Fraser this time around. While this isn’t the most exciting or stirring episode of the season, it does add a few connections between the old and new aspects of the mythology, and in this case, that’s a good thing.

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  • The story has been done before. The jokes have been done before. SG1 never learns... but Neil Jackson is cute, damnit!

    7.5
    Seriously! Whenever Khalek was on screen I was going

    \"Hello, salty goodness!\"



    Alright, so this whole rescuing people from laboratories has been done before with nasty consequences, but in their defence they haven\'t rescued anybody dangerous since Mitchell came aboard, and it\'s not fair that he doesn\'t get to do it, you know? It\'s practically a rite of passage to endanger the lives of everybody on the planet.

    And anyway, it gave us a chance to be exposed to the cuteness of Neil Jackson, which upon reading his imdb page I have found out that he is a former boxing champion. Well I\'ll be a monkey\'s aunt.

    A boxer\'s body, an english accent, a decent actor. Crush city, here I come. :)

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Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Neil Jackson

Neil Jackson

Khalek

Guest Star

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Richard Woolsey

Guest Star

Ivan Cermak

Ivan Cermak

Major Altman

Guest Star

Lexa Doig

Lexa Doig

Dr. Carolyn Lam

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Carter says that it will take Prometheus two weeks to reach the planet, but in "Ripple Effect" the alternate Mitchell says it will only take three weeks to reach Atlantis, in an entirely different galaxy. Given the intergalactic gate bridge needs 38 Stargates to span the distance between galaxies, a relatively shorter journey to a planet inside the Milky Way should take mere hours, not weeks.

    • Carter repeats the myth that a normal human being only uses 5-10% of their brain. This has long been proven false. Carter as a scientist should know better than to believe this common misconception.

    • Why does everybody eliminate Nirrti as a possible suspect as soon as they hear that he experimented on Khalek. Nirrti could have used a male body as a host in the previous life.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Khalek: Thanks for the warning, Richard. Or do you prefer 'Dick'?

    • Landry: Is this a joke? Because if you look closely, I'm not laughing.

    • Landry: Mr. Woolsey – given the timing, this can't be a good sign.

    • Daniel: How's Major Aldman?
      Sam: Oh, he's gonna be okay. The ascend-o-meter says Khalek is about eighty percent there.
      Teal'c: "Ascend-o-meter"?
      Sam: Mitchell.

    • Mitchell: How can Woolsey not know that keeping this guy around is a bad idea?
      Landry: He's an ass.

    • Sam: We're pretty sure the red patches indicate areas of the brain where synaptic activity is maximized. A normal human brain, you or I say, should show roughly five to ten percent coverage.
      Mitchell: Me being five, you being ten.

    • Dr. Lam: The analysis that I did suggests that Khalek is significantly more evolved than we are, much more in line with the human form of the Ancients, prior to Ascension. Mitchell: So he can have all kinds of super funky powers?

    • Daniel: (after Cameron touched something he shouldn't have) Wait, wait!
      Mitchell: What? I was looking for the light switch.
      Daniel: New guy!
      Mitchell: Hey, you touched that.
      Daniel: I, I know how to read that.

    • Teal'c: It's Nirrti's DNA munipulation device.
      Mitchell: Nirrti. She was a Goa'uld that's trying to create an advanced host, right? Ended up with a bunch of super-freaks who turned on her. That was a cool file.

    • Daniel: How did the MALP get through to 584? I mean, initial MALP telemetry confirmed it was on the right planet.
      Sam: My guess is the 584 security system filters incoming matter based on certain protocol. Organic versus nanomite, for instance.
      Daniel: Wow, that seems like an awful lot of trouble to keep people out.
      Sam: Which makes me curious as to what's being hidden there.
      Mitchell: Always want what you can't have.

    • Sam: Well, I have a theory about that too. Instead of using an iris, like we do, the off world gate stores incoming data in its buffer system. Then if the correct code isn't received, it dials a random address and empties the buffer into the new wormhole.
      Mitchell: Interstellar call forwarding, that's pretty cool.

    • Sam: We just ran a program that compares the energy signatures of the last thirty outbound trips to look for anomalies.
      Sgt. Harriman: It's kinda like a bump.
      Daniel: A bump?
      Sam: Actually more like a series of bumps. Exactly 8.5 seconds apart.
      Daniel: Oh, well, that explains everything.

    • Sam: Huh, maybe it wasn't our fault.
      Daniel: I thought it was always our fault.

    • Sam: Sir!
      Landry: Colonel.
      Sam: I need you to read this.
      Landry: Good morning to you too, Colonel.

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