Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 6

The First Commandment

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 22, 1997 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

SG-1 goes in search of the missing SG-9, but discovers that its leader has set himself up as a god on a planet of primitives.

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  • OMG It's Utah!!

    This thought provoking episode show us how simple it is for one person to lose his way into fanaticism and int he end screwing over a whole race of people. Sound familiar, just research John Smith, it's a dead ringer for this episode. Now it's up to the SG-1 team to show the followers that there is a better way to leave if they would just think for themselves and learn about their own history in their own time and fashion instead of following a power hungry psychopath.

    um yup. Lots and lots of parallels here.moreless
  • Even though another filler episode, it will not leave you disappointed. The team battles against a former (well ... current actually) SG member, whom has become drunken with power and is posing as a god to an under-privileged society.moreless

    An episode which perhaps lacks a bit of the typical SG-1 action, but is full of the little twists that make the stargate series great. It shows that even the mighty soldiers of the US air force are not perfect, as a former member of SG9 becomes drunken with power and poses as a god to a poor uncivilized village. To make things more interesting ... Sam used to be engaged to this guy! As usual some of the SG1 members get captured, in true SG-1 style: it's the turn of Jack and Sam this time. So it's up to Daniel and Teal'c (who is hilarious in this episode btw) to prove to the villagers that Hanson is not a god and to save Jack and Sam. Oh yeah ... you get to see Teal'c drawing a picture in the midst of all this :) Of course, the episode ends well (well ... not for everyone) as the mighty SG1 becomes victorious over Hanson and saves the people on the planet from radiation (long story ... watch it to understand it). And Hanson gets sent home to SGC through the stargate by his people ... of course he doesn't make it to the SGC, but that's a different story. Great episode ... with lots of biblical references to boot.moreless
  • SG Team member goes nuts takes on the role of a god.

    This is merely an ok episode. I think the idea of an SG team member taking on the role of a god as in this episode is very interesting but the execution of this idea was only so so. One nice bit of information this episode provides, is how the Goa'uld terraformed many of the planets in the Stargate network. This helped to explain how there are trees and earth-like conditions on most planets the team encounters. This episode is also the origin of the "it does say colonel on my uniform" gag. This was probably my least favorite episode from season one, Jack's humor and the interesting portrayal of Capt. Hanson were the only things that kept this from being a below average episode of SG-1.moreless

    A search and rescue mission that takes an unexpected twist. A superb episode that gives us more than just action in this brilliant story by Robert C. Cooper about the way a man can be corrupted by power and the dehumanizing process that turns Captain Jonas Hanson (William Russ) into a megalomania madman. All of SG-1 especially Carter since she was once engaged to Hanson are plunged into a man made hell pitbulled by a insane and power hungry Hanson who view the would-be population as wild animals, maggots or something less. The action is savage in a primitive way, the story unsparing, the dialogue spiked with scathing humor. The First Commandment, from its onset of just a search and rescue mission to its nightmare of the reality in which Hanson created is what I Tracey K. Nameth call "a scoring television cinematic direct hit."moreless
  • The god effect

    I really loved that they took that theme and story up so early as so far all of those episodes we have seen that god effect and it was only the matter of time before someone gets too blinded by that and starts liking too much being worshiped. And that was SG-9 leader this time. The only problem with him was, that some other people knew him. Again, Samantha Carter is in the middle, not standing the injustice and trying to help those who need, and on the same time, save the mad commander. All the story, the depth, adventure and the way they solved this. A really enjoyable episodemoreless
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

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Roger R. Cross

Roger R. Cross

Lieutenant Connor

Guest Star

William Russ

William Russ

Captain Jonas Hanson

Guest Star

Adrian Hughes

Adrian Hughes

Lieutenant Baker

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At one point, Teal'c refers to Daniel as such instead of "Daniel Jackson."

    • The planet was designated P3X-513 by Stargate Command.

    • If the UV radiation is as strong as it is supposed to be, the team should wear UV-blocking sunglasses at all times, (maybe remove them to look in the binoculars, but replace them immediately). That strong radiation would leave them snow blind (sunburn of the eye, very painful) in a couple of hours, although symptoms could appear after up to twelve hours.

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Jack: Well, we're off to see the wizard.
      Jack's statement is a reference to the famous 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, in which the small group of Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow go down the Yellow Brick Road to see the all-powerful Wizard of Oz.

    • The Bible
      This episode is rife with Biblical references. Hanson twists any number of quotes to his own uses. The team also pithily refers to Biblical ideas (e.g. Carter's "in your own image"). The end scene between Jack and Sam, of course, from which the episode derives its title, talks about the Ten Commandments.