Stargate SG-1

Season 3 Episode 9

Rules of Engagement

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 20, 1999 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Upon exiting the Stargate, SG-1 finds itself in the midst of battle. A group of SG soldiers battle a Jaffa army. Believing the soldiers to be the missing-in-action SG-11 team, O'Neill and the others provide assistance. Much to their surprise, the mystery SG team turns their weapons on SG-1.moreless

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  • Pfft Whatever

    This is another one of those life lesson moral quests stories. Basically we are supposed to learn the lesson not to just blindly follow orders , but to think about the overall good of the many and having a moral compass, whatever.

    THe team arrives on a Goa'uld training planet where the cadets have been training for the past 5 cycles none-stop. They just follow the rules of engagement and blindly continue. It sup to the team to free their minds and send them all back home.moreless
  • A good idea let down by several flaws

    The biggest problem with this episode, was the way they tackled the convincing of the soldiers. Show a vid of Apophis dying and suddenly they all believe it, no questions asked. For the soldiers to swing from firm loyalty to going "okay he's gone, we can go home" ... it didn't sit right.

    Quite a lot of the episode makes no sense, actually. All warriors are kids yet they show no surprise at seeing a 40-45 year old guy (Jack), you'd think they would all have been taught about the traitor Teal'c and the other SGC members since it would have been important to infiltrate, etc.

    I know you have to take most SG episodes with a nice load of salt but this episode hinged on elements that made no sense and because of that, it failed to me.moreless
  • Not a particularly great episode, but forgivable for being a bottleneck.

    Coming right after "Demons", this episode has a lot in common with it. It has an interesting concept and a few really good gags, but it isn't really entertaining and comes across as a bit of a disappointment. Still, most SG-1 episodes have forgivable qualities, and this is no exception.

    This episode does start off really well. What looks like an SG team under attack from Jaffa, only to have them turn on SG-1 and fire red laser thingies at them, that's a really good way to grab the audience's attention. This initial momentum is kept for a short while, and although I can't really remember my reaction upon watching this episode for the first time I'm sure that finding out the soldiers were Jaffa-in-training would've been quite a surprise.

    Unfortunately, after this revelation the episode seems to lose most of its steam, and doesn't match the initial quality. That said there are still some good gags to help make the episode a bit enjoyable. These include the Intar gag, the infamous tuna-torture, and O'Neill saying "Yes, my lord." to Hammond.

    There are two things that I have a big problem with from this episode: how the Jaffa-in-training have never heard of SG-1; and how they accepted that they were sent by Apophis despite being very perplexed as to just what was going on. But, despite all the flaws with this episode, it's easy to forgive it, as it's a bottleneck episode (for those unfamiliar with that term, that means budget-saver). This episode mainly serves as a way to save money for the "Jolinar's Memories" and "The Devil You Know", which obviously cost more than the average SG-1 episode.

    So, whilst not being a very entertaining episode, it does have its good points. For the most part it's definitely not difficult to sit through, but not particularly memorable.moreless
  • Some good action and humor in a mostly boring episode.

    This was a filler episode that did serve an important purpose. It showed how hard it is to convince someone that their god is dead and is a false god. The idea of the episode was a little weak but it was made better by some good action sequences and some funny lines like "go to Sokar". The downfall of this episode is that it has a good start and finish but the middle is a little boring and slow moving. The best part of the episode was the final action scene and the mortar attacks were well done. Overall a decent episode that made a good point.moreless
  • SG-1 encounters a secret training ground...

    This was a fairly good episode. I must say that I found the In'tars were particularly cool. A great alternative to paintball. But seriously, the pace was off and on, and that, I think, was the biggest fault of this episode. There was a great deal of action and humor, but some parts were really slow. Most of the episode was fairly fast-paced though, so this was not a huge problem. It was also revealing, in that we get a good idea of what jaffa training is like in general. This episode, like the two before, is not critical to the overall story arc, but is overall a good episode with some unique ideas.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

Dion Johnstone

Dion Johnstone

Captain Nelson

Guest Star

Aaron Craven

Aaron Craven

Captain Kyle Rogers

Guest Star

Jesse Moss

Jesse Moss

Lieutenant J. Hibbard

Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Peter Williams (IV)

Peter Williams (IV)


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Teal'c: Warriors of Apophis, hear me. Apophis has been slain in battle with his enemies.
      (no response)
      Jack: Hey! He's telling you the truth. The battle you've been preparing for is never gonna happen. He's not coming back. Hello, is this mike on? We're trying to tell you something important here!
      Rogers: Apophis is a god. And gods cannot die.
      Nelson: Therefore Apophis cannot be dead. Any anyone who says otherwise is either testing us or is a traitor, sir.

    • Dr. Fraiser: He won't eat, he won't speak--except to call me a shol'va.
      Jack: You must be doin' a good job.

    • Nelson: You speak more like a Tauri than a warrior of Apophis.
      Jack: Well, thanks. You're not so bad yourself. Who taught you?
      Nelson: If you are who you say you are, you already know the answer to that, sir.

    • Gen. Hammond: What happened, Colonel?
      Kyle: My lord?
      Jack: Actually, we just call him General Hammond.

    • (Sam sees the large image of Apophis coming out of the vo'cume)
      Sam: Sir?
      Jack: Just a huge, honkin' Apophis, Major.

    • (Jack is teasing Kyle about the tuna sandwich)
      Jack: Mmm... Tuna.
      Kyle: Go to Sokar.
      Jack: It's "go to hell", actually. Which, by the way, is a rude thing to say to a person offering you a sandwich.
      Kyle: It means the same.
      Jack: You've got a point.

    • Jack: All right, once we take the encampment, we become the defenders to buy Carter time. Is everyone clear on that? Daniel?
      Daniel: (not having paid attention) What?
      Jack: Good.

    • Jack: So...why haven't you eaten anything?
      Rogers: It is poison!
      Jack: Of course it is, it's hospital food.

    • Sam: Teal'c, what about these?
      Teal'c: They are Ihntar.
      Jack: Short for...?
      Teal'c: Ihntar.

    • Jack: Apophis told me to tell you that the whole invasion of the Tau'ri idea has been canceled... due to rain.

    • Captain Rogers: Corn and cotton are indigenous to North America.
      Jack: And that information could save your life one day.

    • Hibbard: You want to find out, four-eyes?
      Daniel: "Four-eyes"?
      Jack: Easy, big fella...

    • Jack: You know, that UVA needs a swift kick in the CPU.

    • Captain Rogers: I will reveal nothing. You may begin torturing me.
      Jack: Oh, I've already begun! This is the infamous tuna torture.

    • Jack: Master Teal'c, perhaps we should spare them this time.
      Teal'c: Yes, I concur... underling.

    • Hammond: I'd like to debrief you ASAP.
      Jack: Yes, my lord.

    • Teal'c: This is Colonel O'Neill! He is much loved by Apophis.

    • Hibbard: Hey, you can't talk!
      Jack: Why not?
      Hibbard: Because you are dead!

    • Rogers: You must execute me for the remainder of the day.
      Hibbard: And me as well.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Dion Johnstone in Stargate SG-1. He later played seven other characters on the show: Nao'nak in "Jolinar's Memories", one of the mimic aliens in "Foothold", Chaka in "The First Ones" and "Beast of Burden", Lt. Tyler in "The Fifth Man", the voice of the Asgard high chancellor in "Red Sky" and "Fail Safe", Warrick in "Forsaken" and Wodan in "Metamorphosis"

    • Syndication airdate: January 20, 2001.


    • Jack: Mmm... Tuna.
      While eating a sandwich off of Roger's hospital food-tray, O'Neill makes a very Homer Simpson-like "yummy-sound."

    • Rogers and Nelson:
      The name of the two Captains is almost certainly an in-joke reference to I Dream of Jeannie - Major Roger Healey and Major Tony Nelson.