Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 11

The Tok'ra (1)

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 02, 1998 on Syfy
8.9
out of 10
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Through a dream, Captain Carter sees herself as Jolinar of Malkshur, running through a maze of blue walls and brightly coloured people. She stops at a DHD to dial an address. This, so she claims, is the Tok'ra base. So, SG-1 goes off the contact the Tok'ra. Meanwhile, Captain Carter's father, Jacob, has cancer and it is getting worse.moreless

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  • PREDICTABLE PART 1

    2.0
    In episode #33 SG-1 locates the Tok'ra, a Goa'uld resistence movement who oppose the System Lords, and attempt to form an alliance. Jacob Carter's cancer brings him near death. Could anyone else see the setup for this alliance twenty miles away? I did! Although Jacob Carter doesn't actually get a Tok'ra symbiont until The Tok'ra Part 2 episode this episodes has too many clues as to what is going to happen between SG-1 and the Tok'ra. Although this story arc will be important for Stargate SG-1 for years to come the TV writers of this episode left us with nothing to the imagination. They dropped the ball so to speak. We know what is going to happen one episode before it happens!moreless
  • SG-1 finally meets one of their more helpful allies...

    8.8
    Woohoo! The Tok'ra! Okay, maybe I'm being a little sarcastic, but truth be told of all the aliens we meet in SG-1 the Tok'ra are the second most willing to help us out. And that's depressing considering how much they hold back from us. The only race that was more helpful was the Asgard. This was a very well written piece and we begin to see Jack's general disdain for the way the Tok'ra do business. I found the Martuf/Sam thing tiresome, even though it only just started in this episode. The best aspect of this episode is how it sets up part II.moreless
  • Emotional..M

    8.9
    The things are getting complicate. Carter has a vision and they go to check it out and found To'kra - the rebels to the System Lords. They have first very nice stay, but O'Neill is still thinking there is something else going on. Sam has some of her Goa'uld memories and one of those around - that memory seems to be very strong. And she wants to learn and founds out a very deep and long love story. A really beautiful scene, that out on the dunes, with that Martouf



    And on Earth.. Sam's father is getting worse and team is sent to get them... and they find they cannot go back...moreless
  • very emotional

    9.0
    Part one of the most important 2-parter in the series mythology and in the development of Carter. This was a very emotional episode with Jacob in the hospital and his conversation with Hammond. The Tok'ra were a little mysterious and hard to tell if they are friend or foe. The introduction of Martouf and his feelings for Sam are a big part of the Tok'ra storyline. He is without a doubt the face of the Tok'ra and one of the greatest allies in the show which made his death a few years later that much harder. Overall a good lead-in to a great second part.moreless
  • Not the best, but certainly one of the most important episodes from the first 2 seasons.

    8.0
    Okay, let me just say first off that one of the episode's biggest problems and lesser qualities is that opening. It wasn't executed too well, and is kind of hard to watch. However, it's almost saved by its importance, being the spark of what would become a great story arc and addition to the Stargate universe.



    But other than that, there's not much wrong with this episode. When it comes to 2-parters in Stargate, usually the first part is a only about average, serving merely as a warm-up for the second, better part. Even though the second part is superior, this episode is still pretty good. Just like a few previous episodes (and of course most of the episodes yet to come) this episode has a good, well-executed story, with plenty of humour throughout, which is what we all love about SG1. But of course the best thing about this episode is the fact that we finally get to see the Tok'ra, a race you either love or hate, and one that I love. Their addition to the SG1 mythology is a brilliant one, and one that has changed the series for the better.



    So, if you are introducing someone to Stargate, this is a definite must-see, no questions asked. It is not only a very important episode, but one I'm sure they'll thoroughly enjoy too.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Colonel/Brigadier General Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

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

Sarah Douglas

Sarah Douglas

Yosuuf/Garshaw of Belote

Guest Star

Winston Rekert

Winston Rekert

Cordesh

Guest Star

Tosca Baggoo

Tosca Baggoo

Tok'ra Council Woman

Guest Star

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Jacob Carter/Selmak

Recurring Role

Steve Makaj

Steve Makaj

Colonel Robert F. Makepeace

Recurring Role

J.R. Bourne

J.R. Bourne

Martouf/Lantash

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • You can see the reflection of a black backdrop, a camera, and its operator in O'Neill's sunglasses when the team is first speaking with the Tok'ra in the desert.

    • The tunnels of the Tok'ra have an unexplained light source, even though they are buried deep underground.

    • Martouf and his Goa'uld seem very concerned about the death of Jolinar, but do not seem to care about the apparent death of Rocha, Jolinar's original host. This is inconsistent with a truly symbiotic relationship.

    • The Tok'ra keep saying that they are different than the Goa'uld because they have a purely symbiotic relationship with their hosts, but the actual definition of symbiotic is "A close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily, benefit each member." So even though the relationship with the Goa'uld doesn't benefit both Goa'uld and human it does just as much fit the definition of a purely symbiotic relationship.

    • SG-1 was wearing OD green uniforms to the Tok'ra planet but it was clearly a desert planet so they should have been wearing the desert camouflage.

    • Sam tells Martouf that schizophrenia is a split personality, similar to the melding of host and symbiote, two minds in one body. In actuality, schizophrenia is marked by loss of contact with reality; multiple personalities are an entirely distinct disorder. Sam is very highly educated, and it was established she took psych classes in "Fire & Water", so it seems unlikely that she would make this common error.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jack: Ah, where's that Yellow Brick Road when you need it, eh Dorothy?
      The Yellow Brick Road was the path Dorothy and her friends followed to the Emerald City in 1939's The Wizard of Oz. Since then, it has become a colloquialism for any clearly marked path to a destination.

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