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Stargate SG-1

Season 5 Episode 6

Rite of Passage

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 03, 2001 on Syfy
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Cassandra develops telekinetic powers which threatens to kill her. While seeking a cure, Dr. Fraiser uncovers a dark secret on Cassie's home planet.

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  • Explains why teenage girls are impossible

    Explains why teenage girls are impossible to talk to rationally.

    They are under the influence of evil aliens -- the Goa'ulds.
  • Sooo, many things just plain wrong with this episode!

    OK, I'll admit that my first problem with this episode was casting Colleen Rennison as Cassandra instead of Katie Stuart. Colleen was GREAT as Ally in "Bane" but she just didn't fly as Cassie.

    However, no matter who played the part, I really didn't enjoy sitting through an episode with a surly, obnoxious teenager. Did I forget to mention snotty? Her treatment of Dr. Fraiser was inexcusable during the times she wasn't delirious. Especially in light of the fact that Janet loved her so much she was ready to cross the line with Nirrti whereas she previously balked at allowing Apophis to die in "Serpent's Song."

    But my main gripe is the whole "should we or shouldn't we negotiate with a Goa'uld?" Even though Cassie has become an obnoxious brat, those who care for her still love her and should do whatever is necessary to cure her.

    So they should have agreed to anything Nirrti wanted, that doesn't mean they had to really honor the agreement. What's she going to do when they don't? Complain to the ACLU? Call her Congressman? She's a Goa'uld, for crying out loud!

    They had at least two options of how to handle her that I can think of. Agree to any and all of her demands then, either waste her or hand her over to those scientist who are drooling to get their hands on a Goa'uld, OR override the gate coordinates Nirrti entered (they do this in "Lockdown" with Anubis) and send her to some totally nasty planet where she can't possibly survive.

    To end this review on an "up" note, I did enjoy O'Neill's "Magnets" explanation of how Cassie made the chess pieces move!moreless
  • Time travel?

    This was overalla dumb filler episode with a few humourous O'Neil quips.

    Cassandra's character had been mentioned previously, but overall I dont like it when they bring in DR Fraser and make her have a major role to play. she was in it too much and clearly she is not a reason why people tune into SG1.

    The most stupid part of the sttoy was the end, afer a previous episode where O'Neil was prepared to kill Daniel, he then didn't waste the Goauld when hehad the chance. Just cause Hammond had given his word, it didnt mean that someone else in the team couldnt kll her. Especially as before she left she told them she was going to start experimenting on another world!

    I guess they had to make sure Cassandra lived so that she could save them in the previous 1969 time travel episode, it would have been better if the goauld had escaped somehow instead of the just letting her go!!! Very unlikeSG1moreless
  • Sweet and...

    I most say it was quite sweet episode. It was more about the characters than any sci-fi thing usually is. But if not hoping to see the battle and hord of Goa'ulds, it was good episode - first because of the emotional level this episode had. Cassandra has always been on the background and there have been so much talk about her after Fraser adobted her but now, on the fifth season, we finally see her and she has grown up and acting little mm.. like teenagers do. And when she gets sick and it looks like the bomb inside her was not the only boggy trap built for humans.. it gets tense.. Fraser is ready to do anything to save her.. so are most of the team. Teal'c seems to keep the cold mind and thing outside the box and see big picture.. and the end.. I think the most powerful scene of the whole thing was Fraser pointing gun to that Goa'uld. It really showed the new limits she has - opened her char to us.

    Great episode, I feel.moreless
  • not very good...

    Cassandra comes of some age and starts going all telekenetic and stuff and she almost dies but Nirti saves her as long as she is allowed to leave. Basically, this episode wasn't very good. It seemed like a filler episode and that they couldn't think of anything else to do. Cassandra drove me crazy and she was really annoying. Fraiser got out of character and pointed a gun at Nirti and everyone's feelings got in the way. Seriously, they should have let her die and kept Nirti. Oh well, the episode was stupid and pretty boreing. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.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

Richard DeKlerk

Richard DeKlerk


Guest Star

Jacqueline Samuda

Jacqueline Samuda


Guest Star

Colleen Rennison

Colleen Rennison


Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: hok'taur: meaning "advanced human", comes from the roots hok (advanced) and taur (slang for tau'ri - human).

    • In the opening scene as Cassandra storms outside to see her boyfriend, the candles on her cake are lit. A minute later, when Sam and Fraiser run outside, the candles are not lit.

    • Teal'c once again uses his barcode to open (or in this case close) a door in the SGC without using the magnetic stripe on his ID card.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Watching video of Cassie moving chess piece)
      Hammond: How can she do that?
      Jack: Magnets. Everyone of those pieces got a little tiny magnet in the bottom to hold it on the board. Like when your driving so they don't rattle off. Anyway every one of the magnets has a little electrical field around it. That's how she was able to manipulate em. Magnets. They do look like horses. (everyone in briefing room stares at her)

    • Fraiser: Invite him in. I'm sure he'd love to have a piece of birthday cake that Sam went to all the trouble to bake.
      Sam: Buy.
      Fraiser: Bring.

    • Sam: And then they come back cured.
      Jack: Nirrti cured them?
      Sam: Yeah, it makes sense.
      Jack: No, it doesn't...

    • Hammond: You're letting your emotions get in the way.
      Jack: Yes, I am! Shouldn't you be?

  • NOTES (5)


    • Sam: ...and until your head starts spinning around...
      This refers to the movie The Exorcist (1973) and the scene where the little girl, Regan MacNeil, is able to spin her head 360 degrees while she is possessed by a demon.