Stargate SG-1

Season 4 Episode 12

Tangent

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 15, 2000 on Syfy
8.6
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239 votes
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A test of the X-301, an experimental aircraft adapted from two Goa'uld death gliders, goes awry sending O'Neill and Teal'c hurtling out of Earth's orbit. As the X-301 streaks through space at a million miles an hour, the SGC struggles to find a way to retrieve it. But after an attempt to alter the aircraft's course fails, things look grim. Daniel Jackson seeks the help of off-world allies. He learns that the Tok'ra have a ship capable of reaching O'Neill and Teal'c, but it is on a covert mission in Goa'uld-controlled territory. With time ticking down and the lives of their comrades hanging in the balance, Carter and Daniel must locate the Tok'ra ship, intercept the X-301, and pull off a daring rescue.moreless

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  • The X-301 makes its short-lived debut...

    8.5
    Earth finally gets its very own combat capable spacecraft, with a few minor glitches. Fun episode with an Apollo 13 style appeal. Lots of good humorous moments between Jack and Teal'c. More importantly though, this episode marks the first step towards creating an "earth defense force" and the X-301 is the first of several craft designed to fight the Goa'uld. One thing that puzzled me about this episode, was how they plan to produce F-301's. It seems to me they would have had to capture more death gliders to do so. I would think that that would make the X-301 an impractical defense fighter. Good episode though, with plenty of wry humor and starships. Enjoy!moreless
  • Getting lost in space

    8.1
    It was quite good episode. First it did not promised too much as it was sure - no saving before the end but - all those little things in this episode made it worth. Like Teal'c last words to O'Neill and the way O'Neill was little delusional when they got to him and it was quite sure he did not get the whole situation. So, this episode had quite much action, tons of excitement and it was rather not stereotype episode - something new and different, great interlude for a while.



    So, I say - worth every minute spend watching it.moreless
  • Teal'c and Jack inattempt to show the x-301's abilities find that the controls are no longer responding, and that the ship is heading to apophis's original homeworld. And they have not much life support for the trip. Sgc is trying franticly to reach them.moreless

    9.7
    This episode is very good, it was to say the least rivoting. The wonder of wether or not they would beable to save them and how ere they going to save them, you know how the sg1 is, nothing is impossible, they were going to be saved, but when, how and who were they going to turn to to help them. Well Daniel contacts the Tok'ra and finds that they have an operative in the area but they are on a covert mission and they would have to wait until they return back to the Tok'ra home base. so Sam and daniel do alittle reearch and find the place where they feel that the Tok'ra operative would have to be. So the take a little trip through the stargate. as they go through the gate they are immediately beam on board a ship where they find Selmac. They explain the situation to him and off the go to save Jack and Teal'c. when they get there Jack is hardly coherent, and Teal'c in a state of kelmorem. Sam instructst hem how to blow the canopy on the ship and they ring them aboard the Tok'ra ship. They were alive and well. This episode just proves that they may prevail but they do not know everything and do have to have help to get through.

    Well what I am trying to say is that they are only human, extremely lucky humans but none the less human.

    I myself enjoyed this very much, I loved the whole show from beginning to end.

    Well writen, well acted, very good show.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

Steven Williams

Steven Williams

General Vidrine

Guest Star

Peter Williams (IV)

Peter Williams (IV)

Apophis (voice)

Guest Star

Colin Cunningham

Colin Cunningham

Major Paul Davis

Recurring Role

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

General Jacob Carter/Selmak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: The bread used for the meal time scene is Sailor Boy Pilot Bread. It's a type of hardtack that is made by a company in Virginia. 98% of the product and shipped and sold to stores/people in the state of Alaska.

    • The craft is traveling at "about a million miles an hour, give or take." At this speed, it would take more than two weeks to reach Jupiter. O'Neill would be dead of dehydration in this time; even after just a few days, he would be incoherent and unable to function.

    • Clearly, Teal'c is the best man to pilot this craft, but why is Jack in there? He has no aircrew wings (which are mandatory, if earned, on every Air Force uniform), but General Hammond has Master Pilot wings on his shirt.

    • In every scene you see the stars passing by, but the speed of the glider is still infinitely small compared to the distance they are from the stars. Therefore the stars should remain stationary, but the scenes would miss the sense of motion. It's like riding a car in a straight line, you won't see the sun pass by. It remains at one point.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Jack: (into radio) Yeah, Flight, Digger One, we read you. We have lost control of the craft to some sort of hidden recall device that apparently the scum-sucking, slimy, snake-ass Apophis installed in his death gliders.

    • T'ealc: If we are to die, we die well.
      Jack: (looks around) We could do better.

    • Teal'c: If I place myself in an extremely deep state of Kelnoreem, my heart-rate will decrease, and our oxygen requirement would be lowered considerably.
      (pause)
      Jack: Who will I talk to?

    • Jack: Uh, Flight, this is Digger One. We have negative... nudging capabilities.

    • Jack: Jacob, is that you?
      Jacob: Yes, it is, Jack. Now do what we tell you.
      Jack: Do you know your ship's bigger than ours?

    • Jacob: I am uniquely qualified to know just how technologically infantile the human race is.
      Sam: Infantile?!
      Jacob: Yes, in comparison with the Goa'uld and Tok'ra, you're very young.
      Sam: (angry) You... you are so...
      Jacob: There's nothing wrong with being young, but you've got to learn to take small steps. You can't just slap a US Air Force sticker on the side of a death glider and call it yours. Advancement like that has to be earned.
      Daniel: Um, aren't the Goa'uld, and the Tok'ra, for that matter, uh... where they are by stealing the technology from other races?
      Sam: Yes!
      Jacob: Yes, but the Tok'ra were flying around in ships like these when most of the people on Earth thought it was flat!

    • Jack: How long will this thing take to get to wherever it's going?
      Teal'c: Assuming this device is programmed to return to Apophis's original home world, several hundred years.
      Jack: Several hundred?
      Teal'c: Years.
      Jack Yeah, just uh... let me do the math on that here. Carry the four...

    • Apophis: (a recorded message) Shol'va! To all those who would turn against their god, know this! For your insolence, you will die in the cold of space. What is rightfully mine will now return to me!
      Jack: Was that who I think it was? And did he just say what I think he said?!
      Teal'c: If you think it was Apophis, and if you think he said the device from which this craft is constructed contains a device designed to return this glider to his home world, then, yes.
      Jack: He also mentioned something about dying...
      Teal'c: In the cold of space.
      Jack: Right! Well, the old boy hasn't lost his touch, has he?

    • Vidrine: What's next?
      Jack: I take second seat for an air-to-air live fire test.
      Hammond: Our SGC control room will serve as Mission Control, sir.
      Vidrine: Light that candle, boys.
      Jack: Yes, sir.
      (Teal'c and Jack head back to the glider)
      Teal'c: Does General Vidrine wish to perform some sort of candle-burning ritual? (pause)
      Jack: Yes, that's it, exactly.

    • (regarding the X-301)
      Vidrine: What makes it fly?
      Sam: It's difficult to explain, sir. The power plant doesn't exert force against gravity so much as take inertia out of the equation. Even pilots are immune to ordinary G-forces. We don't completely understand the physics...
      Vidrine: Major, I'll just accept the fact that it flies!

    • Daniel: We were kinda hoping you could beam them out.
      Jacob Carter: 'Beam them out'? What am I, Scotty?

    • Jack: We didn't spring a leak, but I may have just taken one.

    • Teal'c: There is not much to say. We're brothers.
      Jack: Wow... that's uh...
      Teal'c: Is there anything you wish to say, O'Neill?
      Jack: What could I possibly say after that? Back at ya?

    • Jack: CO2 levels are high... headache... it's bad... send aspirin...

    • Jack: So whadaya say we turn up the heat? It's cold in here!
      Teal'c: I am aware of that.
      Jack: (referring to "Solitudes") You know, I've already done that freezing to death thing, and it's just not as enjoyable as it sounds.

    • (Goa'uld mothership calling on radio)
      Jaffa: Kree tal shal mak! Heru'Ur!
      Daniel: (improvising) Uh.... Mak tal shree!... Lo tak meta satak, Oz!
      Goa'uld voice: Mak tal shree! ... Lo tak meta satak, Oz!
      Jaffa: Mak tal Oz?
      Daniel: Mak tal Oz, kree!
      Goa'uld voice: Mak tal Oz, kree!
      Jaffa: Kal tek shree, tak monak!
      (re-entering the cabin)
      Jacob: Alright, we're almost finished. Sam's just finishing.
      Daniel: That's good, because I don't think they bought my act...
      Jacob: Why? Who did you say you were?
      Daniel: The uh... great and powerful Oz...

    • Vidrine: General Hammond has told me nothing but good things about you.
      Jack: Has he, sir? Well, then I'm sure he's left something out.
      Vidrine: Such as...?

    • Jack: Teal'c... on our six, is that what I think it is?
      Teal'c: If you think it is Earth, you are correct.
      Jack: It's shrinking...

    • Jack: Cheyenne, we have a problem.

    • Vidrine: How does she fly, son?
      Teal'c: (typically deadpan) The vehicle performs well within expected parameters.
      Jack: Woohoo! (everyone stares at Jack) Sorry, sir... I couldn't help but to get caught up in Teal'c's enthusiasm...

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Daniel Jackson: The great and powerful Oz.
      Daniel is attempting to bluff his way out of a situation by pretending to be a powerful Goa'uld. This is obviously a reference to The Wizard of Oz.

    • Jack: Cheyenne, we have a problem.
      This is a reference to the Apollo 13 mission, which encountered a life-threatening systems failure. The line here is an allusion to the famous phrase "Houston, we have a problem", which was later used as the tag line for the 1995 film, Apollo 13. However, the original dialogue from astronaut James Lovell was: "Houston, we've had a problem."

    • General Jacob Carter: Beam them out? What am I, Scotty?
      A reference to Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek (1966-69). "Beam me up, Scotty!" was the command that Captain Kirk gave to transporter chief, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, when he needed to get transported back to the ship.

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