Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 18

Serpent's Song

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 1999 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • The actor playing Apophis blinks as Teal'c removes the blanket to look at his face when he is supposed to already be dead.

    • Trivia: This is the only episode in which General Hammond and Apophis have an exchange of dialogue.

  • Quotes

    • Teal'c: Tell us how to defend ourselves against this weapon.
      Apophis: I will die with a smile on my lips knowing that you will die with me, Shova.

    • Apophis: There was a time... when you would have died for me, Teal'c.
      Teal'c: (leans forward) The time is no more.

    • Apophis: A single human life is worth so much you would risk a world?
      Jack: That's right. That's why they call us the good guys.

    • Apophis: I'm dying.
      Jack: My heart bleeds for you.
      Apophis: You lie poorly.

    • Jack: What do you want?
      Apophis: (dying) To live!
      Jack: Can't help you there - that's between you and your god. Oh wait a minute, you are your god . . . that's a problem.

  • Notes

    • This is the first of many episodes of the series directed by Peter DeLuise.

    • In the conversation between Daniel and Apophis' host, Daniel is speaking Ancient Egyptian while Apophis' host is just speaking gibberish because Michael Shanks and Peter Williams had two different scripts.

    • Syndication air date: February 21, 2000.

  • Allusions

    • Episode title Serpent's Song
      An old (but false) legend says that a swan sings a particulary plaintive but beautiful song when it is dying. By extension a "swan('s) song" is a final performance of a retiring actor. Apophis' symbol is the serpent, so this is his final plea before dying.

    • Sokar
      The Egyptian god of the Memphis necropolis, and a funerary god. In the Old Kingdom, Sokar came to be regarded as a manifestation of the dead Osiris at Abydos in Upper Egypt. He is also known as Seker.

    • Col. Jack O'Neill: Isn't that special?
      Referencing Dana Carvey's well-known Saturday Night Live character Church Lady. She has used this line frequently and blamed Satan for everything.