Stargate SG-1

Season 9 Episode 17

The Scourge

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2006 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

While a group of foreign delegates are touring the Gamma Site, a swarm of alien bugs linked to the Ori escapes containment...and adapt to become carnivorous.

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  • Bugs threaten the safety of the gamma site when representatives of Earth arrive to examine the new base.

    Not that great an episode! I think it is meant to show the seriousness of these bugs. They have the potential to destroy all crops and plants creating starvation as well as eliminate that harmful new drug SG1 encountered. They are very similar to the replicators in terms of replication and purpose.

    The method in which the bugs escape is quite impossible (although Major Carter has come to never use that word anymore since joining the SGC). Their mass would not be able to generate a great enough number to break open from the container they were in at the beginning of the episode. Their ability to reproduce by biting their "meaty" victim seems a bit unnecessary especially since they reproduce rapidly by themselves anyway.

    I am glad they got rid of that weird scientist who was studying the bugs. He was annoying and really caused the downfall of the gamma site and quite a few SGC members.

    The Orii certainly have the ability to create such a bug, but the episode was disappointing.

    SG1 needs to start encountering Priors again and taking on the Orii head on, or at least, combat theirs means of controlling the galaxy.moreless
  • Exciting episode.

    WHile the story of bugs inhabiting bodies as been done before(i.e. Farscape, X-Files and I am sure others) Stargate SG1 did a fairly good job with it. Are the writers having trouble coming up with stories? Also, the non-stop 1 liners of Mitchell are excellent. Plus, who would of thought that Daniel and Camerson spoke Chinese. All in all a good episode.
  • pretty good

    I liked it, reminded a bit of the replicators in bug form but over all very interesting.. picked up on what may be a hint.. the Chinese woman.. could she of been hinting the Chinese have found another gate.. I liked that the pentagon guy finally respects what they do
  • I'm having a sense of deja-vu...

    A group of foreign delegates is given a tour of the gamma site, with SG-1 as escorts.

    Just before they are due to go back, the base is suddenly overrun by flesh eating beetles.

    It was all an awful lot like 'The Mummy' (with a slight hint of 'Tremors' thrown in), in which people were eaten by scarab beetles. They even showed a scene of a beetle crawling about under someone's skin, just like 'The Mummy' did.

    It wasn't a bad episode, though certainly not as interesting as most, though that might just be because 'bug' story lines tend to bore me.moreless
  • Not my favorite...

    This wasn't my favorite episode but it did have some pretty good effects on the bugs. I like seeing Robert picardo's character of Richard Woolsey on the show, even though he is sometimes an idiot. The whole bug thing just isn't that interesting. This episode did have its funny moements like when Teal'c said that he wanted to rent the movie old school, and at the end of the episode Mitchell said that he had the movie Starship Troopers picked out to watch. That guy with the long blonde hair I think he was a russian, he just wouldn't shut up if I were Mitchell I would have shot him, maybe not. Later...moreless
Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

Major General Henry "Hank" Landry

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Tamlyn Tomita

Tamlyn Tomita

Shen Xiaoyi

Guest Star

Mark Oliver (I)

Mark Oliver (I)


Guest Star

Andy Maton

Andy Maton


Guest Star

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Agent Richard Woolsey

Recurring Role

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr. Lee

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When the bugs initially breach containment the room they are in is sealed and the air evacuated from the room to remove them. When the two scientists open up the room again all the furniture seems to be exactly where it was previously.

    • The bugs that completely consume one of the soldiers also appear to have eaten his gun too.

    • When SG1 gets ready to leave on their mission that gets scrubbed, they all are handed their main weapon by the Air Force SPs. Mitchell loads a round with the weapon pointed straight at one of the SPs, something that someone with even basic weapons knowledge wouldn't do, let alone a seasoned military officer.

    • As SG-1 fires their guns to distract the bugs after reaching the cave, Mitchell's Earth symbol patch is off-center, with the point at the top facing backwards. Later, the patch is in its correct position.

    • Just after SG-1 and the delegates reach the research station, Teal'c is shown firing his weapon into the ground to distract the bugs. However, there are no leaves or dirt thrown up by the bullets. Later, the same gun is shown causing clouds of dust when fired at the ground.

    • Shouldn't Colonel Pearson be wearing some form of insignia and/or patches other than his rank? As commander of the Gamma Site, he should at least have the mission patch of the base.

    • When the Odyssey arrives and beams the delegates off the planet, the bugs are shown only a few inches away from SG-1. However, when the camera cuts to another angle as SG-1 is about to be beamed off the planet, the bugs are still a few feet away.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Mitchell: We're being put on babysitting duty?
      Landry: Don't underestimate the importance of this mission… Just… er.. don't keep 'um up past ten. And remember to read 'um a bedtime story before tucking them in for the night.

    • (the lights start blinking)
      Woolsey: It's all right, I imagine it's just a little power fluctuation, nothing to worry about.
      (The lights go out)
      Woolsey: Oh, damn it.

    • (before his first trip through the gate)
      Woolsey: ...and the chances of my being reassembled incorrectly?
      Sam: Highly unlikely.
      Woolsey: But not impossible?
      Sam: That's a word I stopped using nine years ago when I joined the Stargate program.

    • (Daniel and Xiaoyi speak in Chinese)
      Xiaoyi: How is your Chinese?
      Daniel: Well, not as good as your English.
      Xiaoyi: What about your leader? (referring to Mitchell)
      Daniel: Oh, we're still teaching him.
      Both: (laughter)
      Mitchell: Go **** yourselves.
      (Both Xiao Yi and Daniel startled by Mitchell's sudden swearing)

    • Mitchell: Sir, I don't mean to gripe.
      Landry: Permission to gripe granted.

    • Mitchell: Honestly, what are we doing here?
      Daniel: Honest answer, PR for the Stargate program.
      Mitchell: I'm telling you, today it's escorting delegates on foreign worlds, tomorrow it's comic book conventions and supermarket openings.

    • Mitchell: Hey look, I don't wanna argue about this - I'm right, we'll leave it at that
      Daniel: Compelling argument. Teal'c, what do you think?
      Teal'c: I think I should have remained with the tour.

    • Landry: What have you found out?
      Dr. Lee: Well, I learned that bugs still creep me out. It all started when I was a kid and my parents took me on a picnic, and this bug creeped up on me…perhaps you'd care to hear this story another time.
      Landry: I doubt it.

    • Mitchell: That's what I like about you, you're always positive. You're already past this whole bug situation, thinking about what movie you want to watch tomorrow night.
      Teal'c: I was considering Old School.
      Mitchell: My boy blue!

    • Mitchell: When we get back, I'm going to help you find your own place.
      Teal'c: That will be unnecessary.
      Mitchell: Dude, what are friends for?
      Teal'c: For listening when they are told that will be unnecessary.

    • Sam: We're almost there.
      Lapierre: Stop saying that!

    • Sam: Mr. Woolsey, if I could go back in time, which admittedly is an opportunity I am occasionally presented with...

    • Daniel: Look all I am saying is lets not get too carried away. Yes we stopped them this time, but you'd be damn sure that they're already thinking up some other means of spreading fear and destruction through this galaxy.
      Mitchell: Yeah that's why we call them the bad guys.

    • Daniel: So, we still doing movie night?
      Sam: Yeah, why not?
      Mitchell: Great, I've already picked something out.
      Teal'c: Old School?
      Mitchell: Starship Troopers!
      Teal'c: Is it humorous?
      Mitchell: Is it ever.

    • Sam: These bugs are highly sensitive to sound. The concussive force of our weapons should be enough to drive them off.
      Mitchell: Are you serious? Fine. Where do we shoot?
      Sam: at the ground. (SG-1 opens fire, driving the bugs off)
      Mitchell: Very nice.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Teal'c: I was considering Old School.
      Old School (2003) is a comedy motion picture released by DreamWorks SKG, about three middle-aged men who seek to re-live their college days by starting a fraternity. The film stars Luke Wilson (Mitch), Vince Vaughn (Beanie) and Will Ferrell (Frank).

    • Mitchell: That's what they said about Tyson and Holyfield. There's always a rematch.
      On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson fought Evander Holyfield in a PPV event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This fight was a rematch of a bout eight months earlier where Holyfield won by K.O. The $100-million event was dubbed "The Sound and the Fury," and became infamous when Tyson bit off a portion of Holyfield's right ear.

    • Woolsey: ...and the chances of my being reassembled incorrectly?
      Woolsey is played by Star Trek alumni Robert Picardo (The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager) and several Star Trek characters have suffered from the fear of being reassembled incorrectly while using a device—like the Stargate—to be transported.

    • Mitchell: Starship Troopers.
      This 1997 film by Paul Verhoeven is loosely based on Robert A Heinlein's 1959 novel of the same name about an interstellar war between humans and intelligent insects.