Stargate SG-1

Season 4 Episode 8

The First Ones

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 18, 2000 on Syfy
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An archaeological team makes an amazing discovery - a planet holding primordial Goa'uld symbiotes. But the planet also is home to the Unas, the first race that acted as a host to the symbiote, and the team and SG-1 are soon in danger from the symbiotes.

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  • Stargate SG-1 meets "Enemy Mine"

    Stargate SG-1 meets Wolfgang Petersen's 1985 SF film, "Enemy Mine," starring Dennis Quaid and Lou Gosset Jr.

  • Not bad

    This episode was a bit of a filler episode, i mean it was great but it seemed to be not vital to the overall story. Daniel was captured by a strange creature and taken captive, the rest of SG1 are put incharge of finding him. Daniel tries to escape from the creature and finds that Goa'uld parasites are living in the water. This was an intresting episode. Daniel grows closer to this primitive creature and by the end of the episode, the creature respects Daniel like he is one of them. I hope that they keep up the great writing this season as so far it appears to be one of the best.moreless
  • The Unas are back...

    Fairly good episode, in which the SGC discovers what they believe to be the planet on which the goa'uld evolved and rose to power. However, while investigating Daniel gets kidnapped by an unas. Lots of good camera work here as the episode takes on the perspective of both goa'ulds in the lake and the unas. Daniel attempts to communicate with the unas and this results in several moments of humor. The funniest(in an ironic way) moment that stuck out in my mind was when SG-1 and company are tied up by Teal'c who suspects one of them may be goa'uld. Major Griff complains that he is not a goa'uld and Jack say "Alright anyone who's a goa'uld raise their hand." Then the goa'ulded Hawkins snaps his bindings and in doing raises his hand. Had to chuckle at that. Anyways it's a pretty and episode and it sets up more episodes further down the road, as Daniel makes a friend out of his unas captor.moreless
  • Making new friends..

    I do not know.. even thought it was watchable and no problems to keep my eyes caught on screen, I did not felt the magic. It was all very interesting and exciting - Daniel trying to communicate with the Unas and.. it was somehow the best part for me, but it was not enough. All the other thing going on the planet and the Goa'uld overtaking some of the team members - there was never the sense of real threat nor the adrenaline. It was just like a walk on the park on sunny Sunday. So, not much happened.. or maybe it was just me... anyway, not my favorite storyline.moreless
  • A slow, simple story given life by a strong, believable central relationship between Daniel and the Unas.

    Before watching this episode again recently I must say I regarded this episode quite highly, perhaps because I am such a big fan of Peter DeLuise and this was his first episode as a writer. But now I seem to enjoy it less. It's still an okay episode of SG-1, and that's certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

    What saves this episode from becoming a huge bore is the great relationship that is realistically developed between Daniel and 'Chaka'. They both give great performances (and special credit must go to Dion Johnstone for acting so well under all that makeup) and have surprisingly great chemistry. The fire scene in particular is brilliant. Also worth praising at this point is the makeup on 'Chaka'. Unas makeup in the past has been pretty dodgy, as it will be in the future; so seeing such wonderful and realistic makeup is a joy.

    Another key aspect that makes this episode all the more entertaining is its humour. As I said above, that fire scene is brilliant, but also what sets this episode apart from others is that a lot of the humour comes from Daniel rather than O'Neill. His semi-soliloquies when with Chaka are at times very well written and very entertaining.

    But this episode has its lulls, which bring it down a bit too much for me. Firstly, it's quite slow. I'm not sure if it's pacing was purposeful (it's possible), but it didn't really work for me. I guess it's on purpose because the story is relatively simple compared to previous episodes.

    But the episode really falters at the end with the big confrontation in the cave. Firstly, it loses a lot of realism when it becomes obvious all the Unas in the cave are played by the same 2 'creatures'. But most importantly, the final fight between Chaka and the alpha male is very unconvincing and really quite silly. However, everything that comes after the part where Chaka kills the alpha male is quite good.

    The concept that the Goa'uld and Unas evolved on the same planet is quite interesting, and seeing the Unas as primitives is too. Unfortunately, the eventual Unas-related episodes would turn out to be disappointments.

    I'm well aware that the Unas episodes aren't too popular amongst fans, but this episode still holds a little soft spot in my heart. The story may not be very complex or interesting, but the central relationship is strong enough to carry its own weight well. I could probably still watch this one multiple times, as long as I skip the final fight.moreless
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

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Major General George S. Hammond

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Steve Bacic

Steve Bacic

Major James Coburn

Guest Star

Dion Johnstone

Dion Johnstone


Guest Star

Jason Schombing

Jason Schombing

Dr. Robert Rothman

Guest Star

Rob Lee

Rob Lee


Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The scratch made by the Unas on Daniel's face changes positions between shots.

    • Trivia: Jack recommends P90s for the mission in this episode. From this point on, SG1 uses P90s for almost all their missions. The real reason for this decision was the fact that the actors wanted to rest their arms during breaks.

    • Coburn (Steve Bacic) was referred to as "Sergeant" in this episode, while in an earlier season 3 episode ("Maternal Instinct"), he held the rank of "Major".

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Daniel: Okay, I know it seems completely unlikely that you understand a word I'm saying but, ah, I've gone about as far as I can go at this particular pace. So with your permission I'm gonna fall down now.

    • Rothman: No. It's not my thing.
      Jack: What is?
      Rothman: People. I mean, give me a million-year-old fossil and I'll tell you what it had for breakfast but I, I'm not too good at people. They're too recent.

    • (Daniel extends a power bar)
      Daniel: Nan!
      Chaka: Ka!
      Daniel: Now, don't say ka till you've tried it.

    • Daniel: Rest. This is a thing you should become familiar with. Rest... it means... uh.. rest!
      (the Unas growls at him)
      Daniel: That's close. Try again, though... RRRRREST!

    • Daniel: (to Chaka) This is a radio. It's so my friends can find me, and shoot you.

    • (When Teal'c suspects a member to be a Goa'uld)
      Teal'c: Trust in me, O'Neill.
      Jack: What if I'm not O'Neill?
      Teal'c: Then I was not talking to you.

    • Daniel: Yes, toss the symbiote head, that's a very popular game, all the kids are doing it.

    • (Daniel and Unas share a power bar)
      Daniel: You know, it's funny, I met my father-in-law like this...

    • Jack: You guys weren't doing anything that could have provoked an attack?
      Rothman: I don't know.
      Jack: Well, Rothman, I'm so glad you came...

    • Jack: (briefing some soldiers) Any questions?
      (Rothman comes in)
      Rothman: Yes, I have one: when exactly where you going to tell me we're leaving?
      Jack: I wasn't.
      Rothman: Oh...

    • Jack: You notice anything weird about Hawkins?
      Rothman: Weird?
      Jack: Different.
      Rothman: Different?
      Jack: Odd.
      Rothman: Odd?
      Jack: Rothman!!!
      Rothman: I'm still not awake yet Colonel, I'm sorry.

    • Teal'c: There may be Unas who have not been taken as host.
      Jack: We're still talking about a big stinky monster, so it makes no difference.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Daniel: This is how I met my father in-law.
      Said as he gives Chaka a candy bar. This is a reference to the scene in the movie where he did the same thing with Sha'uri's father Kasuf.

    • Character name: Chaka
      The name of the Unas Chaka seems to be a reference to a character in the 1970's show Land of the Lost. Both Chakas are primitive humanoids that can barely communicate, but help out.