Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 18


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 1998 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

During a Stargate malfunction, Jack and Sam are redirected to an icy planet where they face a frozen death unless Stargate Command can determine their location.

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    Colonel O'Neill and Captain Carter are separated from Jackson and Teal'c during a Stargate journey, and are trapped on a desolate ice world with no way of escape. This episode has an Icefire feel to it. Not to brag or anything but I've always had a fascination for disaster episodes for TV shows that I watch. Although this episode might be considered not even in the top few for Stargate SG-1 it certainly is tops in my books. All through the episode you get the feeling that Captain Carter and Colonel O'Neill are going to die on some desolate ice planet.moreless
  • The gate malfunctions - and Jack and Sam are sent to a different gate ... on Earth!

    Oh ... what a great episode. But, thinking about it, nothing really happens throughout - yet you get the feeling that you've just watched something great.

    Here we see what great actors were hired for this show, as the episode is wholly emotion-based rather than action.

    Sam and Jack are sent to a different gate (which we later find is also on earth - in Antarctica) due to a gate malfunction.

    Back at SGC, Daniel and Teal'c search desperately for the missing pair, putting at risk their lives (they were injured due to the gate malfunction).

    In Antarctica we find out that Jack is on the brink of death, with broken ribs and a broken leg and Sam is trying desperately to fix the gate.

    You get the feeling that she's trying so hard, not to save her own life ... but rather to get Jack back in a hospital. This is probably the episode that sparks a forbidden relationship between the two. One of the better episodes to date.moreless
  • Jack and Sam get lost...

    This was a fantastic episode, and while I am not a Jack/Sam shipper fanatic, I must admit I like seeing them together, and this was the episode that started it all. Even more important than that, an interesting little quirk about stargate travel is discovered that affects episodes throughout the series. A bolt of energy can force the open wormhole to jump from one stargate to another, this idea is used to solve many different problems later in the series. Of course this episode is more about the characters than anything else, and the commitment they have to one another. I loved Jack's humor and willingness to sacrifice himself to save Sam most of all in this episode, truly a series classic.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes from Stargate SG-1.

    During a Stargate malfunction, O'neill and Carter are redirected to another stargate where they face a frozen death. Hands down one of the best episodes of season 1. We finally get an O'neill/Carter episode which has so much emotion and character chemistry, you won't even think about action. O'neill breaks his leg and Carter has to get them home somehow. Great acting by Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping. I mean you actually think they are deeply in love in this one, which they might be. O'neill opens up to Carter and there is a funny moment when Carter and O'neill are sleeping beside each other to keep warm and Sam feels something poke her and O'neill says "Relax Carter, thats just my sidearm". It gets really emotional when O'neill orders Carter to try and escape when there is no hope of dialing home. And when Carter find out there is no way they are getting out of this, she returning to his side. Thankfulll, Daniel puts the puzzle together and then the shocker....they are in Antarctica! They are rescued and the episode ends with General Hammond coming into the glacier himself to look around. Absolutely great episode, we need a few more like this one. Overall, outstanding.moreless
  • Lost on Earth...

    I loved this episode. One of those episodes, where you cannot get your eyes of the screen and there is always excitement even thought - on this episode - they did not moved much or did not had enemies. It was more emotional episode than action one, but even more enjoyable because of it.

    All the storyline with getting dialed back, and O'Neil badly injured, Carter got again most of the attention and she worked it out well - the claiming, taking care of O'Neil and trying to fix the gate - the only problem was, like they later discovered, if you call yourself, you get busy tune.

    Super episode.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

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Dan Shea

Dan Shea

Sgt. Siler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When we see the second gate for the first time, behind it is a round opening, created by the vortex as it opens. However, O'Neill and Carter awaken on the other side from the opening. They would have had to come through on the same side as the opening.

    • When dialing the hostile planet in search of O'Neill and Carter, the address dialed is yet again for Abydos (due to recycled footage).

    • SG-1's iris code is received before the sound effect of the gate opening is heard.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Sam: Is this your first broken bone?
      Jack: Ah, ah... no... this, this would be... uh... nine, if you count skull fractures.
      Sam: How'd you manage that, sir?
      Jack: Little parachuting mishap over the borders of Iran and Iraq back in... '80...
      Sam: This is going to hurt, sir.
      Jack: Ah, I know, I know, I know, I know
      Sam: So, what happened?
      Jack: I hit the ground, go figure.

    • Sam: Daniel must have misdialed.
      Jack: Misdialed? You mean this place is the wrong number?

    • Sam: If we don't make it, I won't have any regrets. You?
      Jack: I'll regret...dying.

    • (Sam and Jack lay against each other to share body warmth)
      Sam: ....oh, Colonel...?
      Jack: It's my sidearm, I swear!

    • Daniel: (to Teal'c) What happens when you dial your own phone number? (Teal'c looks blank) Wrong person to ask. (to Hammond) What happens when you dial your own phone number?

    • Sam: Sshhh. Try to sleep.
      Jack: Is that what we're doing?
      Sam: You're exhausted; you passed out. I just thought we had to combine body heat or we wouldn't make it through the night.
      Jack: That's fine. It's just...very hard to sleep…with broken ribs when someone's lying on you.
      Sam: Sorry.

    • Sam: I've, uh, been thinking about how the Stargate might have malfunctioned.
      Jack: Yeah?
      Sam: Well, we don't totally understand how it works; but the theory we have so far is that the Gate creates an artificial wormhole, that somehow transfers an energized matter stream in one direction along an extra-dimensional conduit. I think the matter stream between Stargates got redirected, kind of like a...a lightning bolt jumping from one point to another in mid-strike. Now, I figure it had to have been the attack on P4A-771. The Gate itself was probably struck by enough energy during the firefight to influence the direction of the matter stream before we reached the other side. Colonel?
      Jack: I'm sorry--I wasn't listening.

    • Sam: I didn't know you could cook.
      Jack: I can't, but my melted ice is to die for.

    • Sam: With all the possible Stargates, a random search could easily take...10 years.
      Jack: Not if they look here first.
      Sam: Even if all SG teams started searching right now, the mathematical probability of them even...
      Jack: Captain!
      Sam: I think too much.

    • Jack: What is [option] 4?
      Sam: There is no 4.
      Jack: It's after 3.
      Sam: Not this time, Colonel.

    • Sam: What's wrong with your chest?
      Jack: I think I cracked a rib too.
      Sam: Why didn't you say something?
      Jack: I was afraid you'd try to put a splint on it.

    • Sam: Ah, I don't think you should move.
      Jack: Probably not, but my butt's freezing to the ground.

    • Jack: You wouldn't think jagged bone digging into raw nerves would hurt, but it does.

    • Sam: Try to stay put, Sir, I think your leg's broken.
      Jack: No, my leg's definitely broken. What's the bad news, 'cause unless they've redecorated the Gate room, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

  • NOTES (4)