Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 3

The Enemy Within

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 01, 1997 on Syfy

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  • An entertaining dramatic episode, despite suffering from a few clichés and a silly-looking event horizon.

    Some may say that in the early days of SG-1 it took itself too seriously, and had not yet found it's feet as a character driven comedy. Despite having a very serious tone, this episode is one of the few standouts from season 1.

    The main reason this episode works is because it helps as an introduction to the new enemy that would eventually become so much fun. We start to learn about the Goa'uld symbiotes, Jaffa, and their over-the-top evil attitude and superiority complexes.

    There are some truly powerful moments in the episode, but it also has its low points. The event horizon looks really fake and silly, especially considering how good it would end up looking in later seasons. There is also a bit too much sentimentality, and a few plot points that didn't make sense (like the Goa'uld being able to maintain control without it's body, something that would not be possible later on).

    In summary, a high point in the first season, and definitely an episode any soon-to-be SG-1 fan shouldn't miss.