Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 14


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 2006 on Syfy
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Ba'al kidnaps and brainwashes members of the Jaffa High Council in a bid to seize control of the Jaffa. Meanwhile, Mitchell debates whether to reveal the Stargate program to a dying friend who was once in line for his SG-1 position.

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  • As usual, mainstream intellectuals conflate "democracy" with freedom

    As usual, mainstream intellectuals wrongly equate "democracy" with freedom.

    Democracy is often "contrasted" with dictatorship. But many diictators throughout history have freely admitted that what they championed was "democratic dictatorship," aka "elective dictatorship."

    Freedom is precious. Freedom is desirable. Freedom is indispensable.

    But "democracy" is no friend of freedom. If you value freedom, oppose democracy, because democracy is the enemy of freedom.

    Modern champions of democracy, who fancy themselves courageous defenders of the American political ideal, have either totally forgotten or never learned what America's Founding Fathers knew two centuries ago -- democracy is the worst form of government ever tried.

    Don't believe me? Consider the following quotes:

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"

    -- Benjamin Franklin, leader of the American Revolution

    "A Democracy is the most vile form of government there is!"

    -- Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, champion of the American Revolution

    "We are a Republican Government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy... It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity."

    -- Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury to George Washington, author of the Federalist Papers

    "Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."

    -- John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

    "The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind."

    -- Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, author of the Bill of Rights

    "Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.

    -- James Madison, 4th President of the United States, Father of the Constitution

    "The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived."

    -- John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

    "Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos."

    -- John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, 1801-1835

    Surprised? You shouldn't be, not if you know your political history.moreless
  • Teal'c is being tortured by Baal again, the Jaffa are still resisting freedom, and Mitchell is comforting a friend.

    There is a sense of been there, done that to this episode. I mean, how many times will Baal come back to torture someone and fail at it. The story line of the Jaffa people finding any possible reason to not be democratic needs to wrap up too. The Mitchell helping a friend story line was rather interesting because it gave us some insight into the Mitchell character but then is was left hanging and not wrapped up well. It could have been the main story line and done better.moreless
  • Another good episode of SG1 more than one storyline, or back story is usually good as it is here.

    SG1 often has more than one storyline going and that's one of the great things about this show. This episode had a few, all of them were good for character development and storyline development. I think they implimented them all really well too. The season (since the break) has really started to pick up as though it has its footing better.
  • We learn a little more about Mitchell.

    In this episode, we learn a little more about how Mitchell got this position. We also learn that if his friend who was dying had done what he had done it would have been his place at SG1. I dont think I would have left that device alone with his friend. At the end did he die and if he did what happened to the device? I think Mitchell does what he did as far as saving Teal'c who is being torchered by Baal because of his friend. Can the Jaffa get it together?moreless
  • Another Ba'al Appearance...

    Teal'c gets captured by ba'al and Ba'al wants to be appointed the new leader of the Jaffa. One of Mitchell's friends is going to die due to a piece od shrapnel in his head. Cliff Simon does such a good job at playing Ba'al. Ba'al is a bad guy but he is not evil like what Anubis was. I liked the little bit of action that was in the episode, I would have liked to see more of it though. You could really tell Mitchell was upset he was zating Jaffa left and right. This episode also had a sad ending for Mitchell because his friend died. At least i think he did. Later...moreless
Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

Major General Henry "Hank" Landry

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews


Guest Star

Yan Feldman

Yan Feldman


Guest Star

Veena Sood

Veena Sood

Dr. Kelly

Guest Star

Cliff M. Simon

Cliff M. Simon


Recurring Role

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola


Recurring Role

Eric Breker

Eric Breker

SG-3 Leader

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • After the Stargate opens, Bra'tac makes his attack run, then we switch to Stargate Command and Bra'tac telling them to go through the (already active) Stargate. In between those two scenes, however, we get a distance shot of the Stargate and while it's at a sharp angle, you can clearly see right through the Stargate, as though it were shut down.

    • Why can't they use Asgard technology to beam the piece of shrapnel out of Major Ferguson's head? Or if they took it out in the usual way, Carter could at least try to heal any damage using the Goa'uld healing device. Alternatively, they could consider offering him to become a host for a Tokra symbiote, especially if Ferguson was even better qualified than Mitchell.

    • When Landry is talking to Mitchell (when Mitchell is in the hospital) he is just talking openly about all matters considering the Stargate "world". This is an un-secure line, and with loads of people surely digging to uncover what happens in Cheyenne, this just seems a bit too relaxed.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Ba'al: Come now, Teal'c, we're smart enough to know we're not actually gods. Well, some of us are, anyway – there are always those who believe their own propaganda. All you need is enough people to worship you and then, what's the difference, you're pretty much a god by definition.

    • Landry: Teal'c is family. I don't like people screwing with my family.

    • Teal'c: To resist the influence of others, knowledge of one's self is most important.

  • NOTES (4)