Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 1

The Serpent's Lair (3)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jun 26, 1998 on Syfy
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With SG-1 trapped on Klorel's ship. It seems that Earth is doomed as the Pyramid Ships prepare to destroy Earth.

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  • DO OR DIE PART 2!!

    SG-1 must stop Apophis's invasion force before it reaches Earth, and escape with their lives. This episode is part two of two, following "Within the Serpent's Grasp" At least the conclusion to this two part episode has a little more flare to it. There are non-stop battles throughout the episode. But this episode leaves some unanswered questions for the rest of the second season. What will become of Bra'tac? How can he live on Chulak, a planet full of Jaffa loyal to their "god" Apophis, after openly rebelling? What will become of Klorel? Will Apophis forgive his failure? Can Skaara, his host, achieve some victory in regaining control of his body?moreless
  • Sg-1 foils Apohpis' plan to destroy earth

    ... and now the conclusion.

    I love those lines at the beginning of a Stargate episode. It means that we won't have to wait another week to see what happens and increases the excitement for the current episode you are watching.

    Did this one live up to the expectations? You bet it did!

    It's got everything: action, excitement, courage, self-sacrifice and of course victory.

    Probably the first of many times that Jack and the gang saves the planet from sure annihilation, despite of the government's best efforts to undermine them.

    I loved this episode from start to finish, so I won't even try to explain what happens ... you will have to see for yourself.moreless
  • Earth comes under assault from Apophis, SG-1 must work with Bra'tac to save the planet!

    I don't know, but every episode with Bra'tac in it just knocks my socks off. I guess it's mainly because I love the humorous interactions between Jack and Teal'c and Bra'tac, with Bra'tac's utter lack of understanding earth culture, case in point: "So this 'shuttle', it is a formidable craft is it not?" He just makes me smile every time he screws something like that up. Anyways, this was an excellent episode, absolutely chock full of action and humor, plus Daniel wields two pistols and at one time wields his pistol and Carter's MP5, talk about cool! I also really enjoyed seeing that slimy Lt Col Samuels get smacked down by Hammond, I only wish his slimy cohort Senator Kinsey would've been there and gotten smacked down as well. Bottom line: SG-1 saves earth and the SGC's budget is secured in a very good, thrilling conclusion of this 3-parter.moreless
  • Part 4 of 4, season 2 premier.

    What a way to start off season 2! The writers nailed it with with conclusion to season 1's 3-part story arc. It was really cool in how the USAF tried to destroy the ships with naquadha warheads but you just knew they wouldn't work. I loved General Hammonds response to Samuels when Samuels found out the warheads failed and attempts to convince Hammond to let him go through the gate. The entire Skaara thing was lame, I don't like that character much. Oh this episode was host to one of the best O'Neill moments ever:

    Jack: I think what the captain is asking is... what now?

    Bra'tac: Now we die.

    Jack: Well that's a bad plan.

    That was a good laugh. Anyway this was a pretty big story arc that in a way excelled Stargate: SG-1 to a new level of story telling that advanced the show to a new feel in seasons 2 & 3. The special effects for a 1998 television series was awsome, and the last shot of them in the Deathgliders looking up at Earth and being saved by a shuttle was perfect. Overall, great.moreless
  • It was not such a bad day...

    Now, alone on those big flying pyramids, they have to figure out something to do and it starts bad for them - as they are captured but later met old friend of them, who is just what they need and they will have a change again.

    A lot of action, lot of nerve wracking moments and the excitement and the beautiful, heroic moments - super start for the new season. And the way the still managed to make their way out, Carter, O'Neil and Teal'c on way and Daniel (again, he has bad habit to get shot or killed) another way.

    Loved that episode.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

Bernie Neufeld

Bernie Neufeld

General's Aide

Guest Star

Phillip Mitchell

Phillip Mitchell

Jaffa #2

Guest Star

Michael Brynjolfson

Michael Brynjolfson


Guest Star

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola


Recurring Role

Robert Wisden

Robert Wisden

Lieutenant Colonel Samuels

Recurring Role

Alexis Cruz

Alexis Cruz


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • The "Gou'ald Buster" warheads are 1,000 megaton warheads enriched with Naquadah, something the show has obviously made the point of being very powerful and highly explosive. Yet the explosions when they strike the Ha'tak shields are incredibly small, you'd expect a larger explosion for two 1,000 megaton bombs.

    • How did the space shuttle help get SG-1 and Bra'tac back to Earth? Without spacesuits they wouldn't have been able to board the shuttle, and it's not as if it could repair the gliders.

    • Trivia: A Goa'uld sarcophagus apparently takes only a few minutes to fix many injuries.

    • Trivia: "Goa'uld Buster" prototype weapon developed at Area 51 under Col. Samuels and Col. Maybourne, uses a Mark 12A warhead, enriched by naquadah brought back by an SG-5 mission, and yields in excess of 1000 megatons, to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

    • Trivia: The Alpha site was designated P3X-984.

    • Throughout season 2 and 3 there is a technician in the control room with First Sergeant insignia. A First Sergeant's only job is to be a First Sergeant, that's what they do all day, every day, therefore he would not be in the gate room as a technician. The insignia is normal Senior Master Sergeant stripes with a diamond.

    • The sarcophagus is apparently a really good seamstress on top of medical facility. When Daniel enters it, he has a staff wound on his shoulder with most of his clothing burned away. But when he rises, his uniform is in perfect shape.

    • When Bra'tac fired his zat gun twice, the first time, the top part moved back and then it moved back again but no shot was fired then you see it fire.

    • Right after Klorel has gone through the sarcophagus, we see Bra'tac telling Teal'c that Klorel has risen and the campaign has begun. On the far right of the screen, someone off camera can clearly be seen dropping a script on a crate behind Bra'tac and jumping out of the picture, however, the script can still be seen behind Bra'tac throughout this entire scene. (Possibly only on the DVD) That script actually belonged to Richard Dean Anderson. He tried to throw it off screen but missed.

    • Daniel said that they called the Alpha site the Beta site in the alternate reality, the Beta site and Alpha site are 2 different planets. Because when Daniel was dialing to the Alpha site on Klorel's ship, he pressed a different first glyph than the Beta site started with.

    • When dialing to the Alpha site, the computer showed the Abydos coordinates and then a few seconds later it displayed the Chulak coordinates.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jack: (as the Jaffa attack) This is turning out to be a bad day!

    • Jack: All right, here's what we do…
      Bra'tac: I will lead. You will follow.
      Jack: Right.

    • Jack: (trying to assure Daniel that they'll make it) All right, take it easy, Daniel. We've been in worse situations than this.
      Teal'c: Not to my knowledge.
      Jack: Thanks, Teal'c.

    • Jack: Okay. Well, I suppose now is the time for me to say something profound. (pauses) Nothing comes to mind. Let's do it.

    • Jack: Were you able to put enough C4 around this ship to make a dent?
      Sam: We placed charges where they should generate secondary explosions. So...yes, sir. Should make a helluva dent.

    • Bra'tac: Human, put this [earpiece] on.
      Jack: Will you please stop calling me "human"?

    • Bra'tac: You are...Hammond of Texas?

    • Jack: I think what the captain is asking is... what now?
      Bra'tac: Now we die.
      Jack: Well that's a bad plan.

    • Jack: (when he sees Daniel stayed alive somehow) Spacemonkey... yeah!

    • Bra'tac: Perhaps if the warships of your world attack we will be able...
      Sam: (interrupting) Eh, excuse me... did you say 'the ships of our world'?
      Bra'tac: Surely you have such vessels?
      Daniel: Well, we have a number of...of...
      Daniel and Jack: Shuttles.
      Bra'tac: These... 'shuttles'... they are a formidable craft?
      Jack: Oh yeah... yeah... bad day...

  • NOTES (2)


    • Jack: But I think a better idea is to get the other guys to lay down their lives for their world, first, hmm?
      Colonel O'Neill is loosely paraphrasing a quote from American General George Patton: "Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." (circa June, 1944)