Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 11

The Fourth Horseman (2)

3
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 2006 on Syfy
9.0
out of 10
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386 votes
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Members of the SGC start to become infected while Mitchell and Daniel try to capture the Prior.

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  • Three distinct storylines converge to save all Human life on Earth. This is the race for a cure! It's episodes like this that make us watch this show!

    9.8
    This episode is the conclusion to the mid-season break cliffhanger "The Fourth Horseman (1)." There are 3 (you can make the case for 4) storylines revolving in the episode. The first of course is Carter and Orlin's(a descended Ancient)race to complete a cure for the Prior plague. The major struggle is Orlin is slowly loosing his knowledge he had as an Ancient, at the cost of doing major damage to his human brain. The second storyline revolves around Teal'c and Gerak. In the cliffhanger Gerak was turned into a Prior and had pretty much succeeded in making the "Path of Origin" the religion of the Jaffa. Teal'c is out to stop him, not wanting to see the Jaffa bow down to more false gods. The last follows Mitchell and Jackson's testing of a new device to inhibit the Prior's powers and trying to turn him against the Ori. They succeed in capturing him and leaving him powerless. After long and hilarious interogating, the Prior is killed as his powers start to return, but not after revealing that the Ori are coming to this Galaxy. As this is going on Teal'c and Gerak meet to come to a peaceful solution to the division of religion in the Jaffa government. Teal'c leads Gerak to Gerak's father's tombstone. After an intense discussion Gerak sees the light and returns with Teal'c to Earth to cure the plague. Before he heals it he hesitates and announces that he will die upon doing it, a failsafe the Ori must have put in the Priors to keep them from turning. Gerak this sacrifices himself to cure the plague. Dr. Lam then creates a vaccine from the antibodies in the cured patient's blood which is used to cure the plague for the rest of Earth, and can be used to cure any other Prior plague. The episode ends with Sam visiting Orlin at some sort of center. It appears the Orlin has lost all his memories, including those of Sam.



    This episode was one of the greats. The tides have turned against the Priors but the Ori are coming. It was truely a great conclusion to a great clifhanger. Full of Action, Hilarity, and Insight.moreless
  • Anticlimactic... ... ...

    7.9
    After the end of "The Fourth Horseman Part 1" and the huge break, you'd expect a more spectacular 2nd part.



    But it was kind of anti-climactic. The only big shocker was the fact that Gerak died, but even that was kinda anti-climactic.



    As a standalone episode or a two-parter that DIDN'T have a huge break inbetween its parts, the score would'e been higher.



    The only truly good part was the part where Orlinn had become senile. It was a tearjerker there.moreless
  • Vala needs to come back soon. and put DANIEL in the main photo for SG-1, that's just redicules

    9.6
    With Jack gone the best the show has been since is with Daniel and Vala. While Sam and Tiel'c are still great, the writers seem to have 'grown' up their characters and seemed to have blacked out in their future developments. The show isn’t as good as it has been in the previous 8 seasons; it has been slipping for awhile, unfortunately. But it is still better than 95% of the rest of television out there now, if not more. The episode does further the story, it seems to somehow know something more than it did than episode 10, like they know where their going now so they’re gearing up to go. Looking forward to it.moreless
  • Well done episode.

    8.1
    It was a emotional episode, Landry/Lam conversation, Teal'c/Gerek, and Sam/Orlin at the retirement home. I also think this episode helped build more character to the cast. This is what I like about Stargate SG-1 (like Atlantis) the relationships between characters, the humor, adventure, this show has a little bit of everything.
  • Good episode but not the best

    9.5
    This episode wasnt really the best episode of the series that I have seen but was still a pretty good on. I liked how it showed that the Ori are not all powerful and that the Priors are still human. One thing that really got on my nerves was how the ending just seemed to come out of nowhere and was so quick, but they have done this on stargate before so im not suprised.moreless
Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Cameron Bright

Cameron Bright

Orlin

Guest Star

Tony Todd

Tony Todd

Lord Haikon

Guest Star

William B. Davis

William B. Davis

Prior

Guest Star

Louis Gossett Jr.

Louis Gossett Jr.

Gerak

Recurring Role

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

General George Hammond

Recurring Role

Lexa Doig

Lexa Doig

Dr. Carolyn Lam

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: General Hammond's uncle was a wedding planner. He apparently used to always say "Things are darkest just before the dawn."

    • The virus spread geographically throughout the world. The "vaccine" would have to be administered it seems to at least 30-40% of the people in the various countries it was exposed to and finding all carriers of the virus is realistically impossible. That means the vaccine would have to be administered to roughly 20% of the world's population and eventually to the entire world population. Unless the process to create the vaccine was simple (which the show indicated it was not), it would be essentially impossible to carry out the vaccine adminsitration in the amount of time the show suggested.

    • Lam claims that they were able to come up with a vaccine using the blood of people that were cured by Gerak as well as Orlin's work, and used the vaccine to cure people infected by the Prior plague. This is incorrect due to the fact that a vaccine can not cure a person affected by a disease, it can only prevent the person from getting the disease.

    • Trivia: In this episode, the character Gerak says "I die free" right before he cures the people in the SGC infirmary. In the season 2 episode "The Serpent's Lair," Bra'tac said these same words when he betrayed Klorel, and Klorel was using a hand weapon on Bra'tac. Teal'c also says those words when Apophis was about to kill him in the season 1 episode "The Nox."

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Hammond: Hank, how was the grilling?
      Landry: Medium-rare.

    • Landry: I can make it an order.
      Lam: The last time you ordered me to bed I think I was six.

    • Daniel: That warm fuzzy feeling you're experiencing may be the effects of a device that's inhibiting your ability to concentrate and focus your powers
      Mitchell: Symptoms may include…dizziness, irritability…
      Daniel: Nausea
      Mitchell: Mild nausea, and a condition known as hotdog fingers.

    • Mitchell: (to the Prior about the Ori) They're using you.
      Prior: Pity not the blind man, for he is hindered not by the visions of this world, but rather pity yourselves.
      Mitchell: Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
      Prior: For he will see the light before you.
      Mitchell: I'm going to get something to eat.

    • Daniel: Well, for starters, did you know that the Ori need people to worship them, because that's how they gain their power?
      (the Prior looks startled)
      Mitchell: He didn't know.
      Daniel: No, he didn't know that.

    • Daniel: Why did they send you to this galaxy in the first place?
      Prior: We are beacons on the road to enlightenment.
      Mitchell: No, you're dark side intergalactic encyclopedia salesmen. Unfortunately the home-office hasn't been quite up front with you.
      Daniel: Nice work on the metaphor.
      Mitchell: Thank you, Daniel.

    • Prior: It makes no difference what you do to me, but know this. The Ori are all-seeing. (Daniel and Mitchell glance upward) They are already aware of this affront to their eminence, and shall strike down those who dare to defy them.
      Mitchell: Nothing yet. You?
      Daniel: Drawing a blank. Little thirsty.
      Mitchell: That doesn't count.
      Daniel: No it doesn't.

    • Teal'c: Reflecting on your ill-spent youth, old man?
      Bra'tac: In truth, I was thinking of you.

    • Teal'c: Why do you hesitate, Gerak?
      Gerak: If I help you, I will die. But I will die free!

    • Gen. Landry: (talking about the Prior) Has the man given up anything?
      Mitchell: No sir, he doesn't even have a decent pie crust.

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