Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 13

Spirits

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 1998 on Syfy
7.9
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SG-11 has not returned from its mission to Planet PXY 887, where they recently discovered an element, Trinium. After O'Neill becomes injured, Carter leads SG-1 through the Stargate to investigate and to negotiate a mining treaty with the inhabitants.

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  • Too bad real American Indians did not fare nearly so well

    9.0
    Too bad real American Indians did not fare nearly so well.



    As one historian noted, United States government treatment of American Indians in furtherance of "Manifest Destiny" amounted to genocide. Judging by the number of people killed, the Native American Genocide was even worse than the Nazi Holocaust.
  • SILLY!

    6.0
    In episode #35 SG-1 finds a planet inhabited by Native American Indians, protected by spirits who are actually advanced alien shapeshifters. "This land is ours; ours by right of possession; ours as a heritage, given to us as a sacred legacy. It is the spot where our fathers lie; beneath those trees our mothers sang our lullaby, and you would tear it from us and leave us wanderers at the mercy of fate. We will die on the land of our fathers, and our bleaching skeletons shall be a witness to nations yet unborn." The point is I'm paraphrasing some of the dialogue in this episode to tell you that this episode has an important theme that has plagued Canadian and American society since the beginning of time. What is right and what is wrong. Also wrong with this episode is General George Hammond's uncharacteristic behaviour. I think the actor who plays Maybourne was unavailable to play his reappearing role when this was shot because it seems Hammond was given all his lines. Or maybe he's the evil Hammond twin?moreless
  • A really silly episode in almost every respect, but somehow still manages to be entertaining.

    6.0
    Before recently re-watching this episode my memories of it weren't positive. I remember it as being really silly, boring, and my original classification was going to be "Painful to watch". However, after watching it again I found it a little better than I remember, but only a little.



    First off, yes, the episode is still really silly (could be summed up as the planet of the Native Americans and gill-faces). But, for some reason, I found the episode quite funny. Some may see the gill-faced aliens as being rather silly and annoying, along with their silver, shiny clothing. But someone like myself could see that as funny in a way, sort of a throwback to the old days of the original Star Trek, with the very human-like aliens and silly costumes, so the episode has a sort of camp quality to it. But there are other scenes throughout that are silly and yet funny. A couple of standouts are when the soldiers are running down a corridor, see a wolf, look confused, and then get zapped away whilst the wolf just looks on; and when Hammond is standing next to the wolf, says "It's all right, airmen, she's with me", and then zaps them away.



    Another aspect I liked was the character of Tonane, who just seems to shrug his way through all the rather weird going-ons throughout. I mean, sure, he's a Native American with a sort of laid-back personality and the ability to speak English, but this is television! The Spirits also treat the episode seriously, and give great, entertaining performances (especially Alex Zahara), adding to the camp value of the episode.



    Although I personally found this to be a guilty pleasure in terms of its tongue-in-cheeked-ness, I wouldn't recommend it to a soon-to-be SG-1 fan, and I think most SG-1 fans would back me up on this claim. Although, it's probably in the slightest sense necessary to watch (or at least be told about) this episode for the very brief reference to it in "Show and Tell".moreless
  • Bad just bad

    6.5
    Another weak season 2 episode that I have come to a bore when I do a marathon. The highlight of this episode is the introduction of Trinium. This metal would come into play later in the series as it is a key component in the construction of Earth ships and other technology. As for the plot, it was pretty boring and not very interesting. One of the things I did like was the brilliant score by Joel Goldsmith who always does a fantastic job. The spirits were a weird race that looked pretty ridiculous but I guess they had good intentions.moreless
  • Quite boring...

    5.6
    This episode did not impressed me at all. First it looked not so bad, but they way the storyline was developed and the things what was going on back at Earth - they were not too good.



    The idea itself was great but the way it was worked out, not the best. I loved the idea that Sam will get her first command, but as we soon see, it was short and soon O'Neill was back at the middle, getting all the attention.



    The alarm on base - everyone running around and getting disappeared. I do not know - it looked quite silly if thinking they should be military.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Colonel/Brigadier General Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

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

Rodney A. Grant

Rodney A. Grant

Tonane

Guest Star

Leonard George

Leonard George

Elder # 1

Guest Star

Byron Chief-Moon

Byron Chief-Moon

Elder # 2

Guest Star

Laara Sadiq

Laara Sadiq

Female Technician

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Just after Tonane tells SG1 they can't defeat the Aliens/Spirits, there is a scene with the "wolf" vanishing some base personnel. At the end of this scene a hand can be seen (at the far left, near top) beckoning the animal to turn away from camera.

    • The Salish Tribe are indigenous to the Pacific Northwest and western Canada, oddly enough, the same region where the show is filmed.

    • Before the arrow came through the gate and hit Jack, they received SG-11's iris code, but the Stargate had not yet opened.

    • The Salish seem to use the same weapons as the inhabitants of Cartago (P3X-1279) in "Cor-Ai": basically a mixture of a crossbow and a slingshot, which looks a bit odd in the hands of a Native American based culture.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is the first of many appearance of Alex Zahara. He has played eight character in total: Xe'ls in this episode, Michael in "1969", the Daniel mimic aliens and their leader in "Foothold", the shy Unas in "Beasts of Burden", Eggar in "Metamorphosis", Iron Shirt in "Enemy Mine" and Warrick in "Space Race"

    • Syndication air date: November 22, 1999.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Sam: My what big eyes you have.
      A reference to the children's story Little Red Riding Hood - maybe Sam does not quite trust the wolf?

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