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Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 12

The Tok'ra (2)

6
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 09, 1998 on Syfy
9.1
out of 10
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290 votes
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Episode Summary

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The Tok'ra turns down a request for an alliance against the Goa'uld because Earth doesn't offer enough rewards to justify the security breach. Selmak, a Tok'ra whose host is dying, requests a human host. Carter suggests her father, Jacob Carter, who is dying of cancer.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Best episode of the season so far

    10
    Best episode of the season so far.



    Carter's father becoming a host was a clever plot development.
  • PREDICTABLE PART 2

    2.0
    In episode #34 While SG-1 tries to form an alliance with the Tok'ra, a spy betrays the rebels to the Goa'uld. Jacob Carter finds that the Tok'ra may be his only hope of survival. Although the overall story arc is very important for the Stargate SG-1 series the execution of this episode's storyline stinks. We knew Jacob Carter was joining the Tok'ra halfway through the last episode thou technically he didn't know what the Tok'ra is? And he didn't volunteer until this episode. Quite frankly the regular series actors and even some of the guest actors give a strong performance. But the disaster of this two-part episode lies solely on those responsible. The writers! Come on I Tracey K. Nameth want these guys' agents. They probably knocked out the concept for these two episodes in ten to fifteen minutes total.moreless
  • Are the Tok'ra really all that good?

    3.5
    okay, so we finally get to know more about these "good" Goa'uld. Is it just me or is a Goa'uld a Goa'uld no matter the name?



    From what's seen in Tok'ra 1 and 2, and the little from In the Line of Duty I just can't buy the Tok\'ra as good guys. It seems that this episode attempted to sell that point, but with me they failed. Sure, they managed to keep General Carter alive, and at least this time, chose to go with a willing host.



    But given thier record, just in the three episodes I mentioned they took at least one unwilling host, brought Goa'uld destruction down on one world and were betrayed by one of their own people. I know they say they're somehow better than the Goa'uld, by only using will hosts. But was Sam Carter willing? was the Nyasian man who had his world destroyed willing?



    In my opinion, based on what I've seen in this introduction to the Tok'ra they're not much better than the Goa'uld. Just something to think about the next time you watch this episode.moreless
  • The Tok'ra become our allies...more or less.

    10
    A lot of the things I liked about Tok'ra part one carry over to this episode. Of course what makes part two even better is we are introduced to Sel'mac and we get to see her blend with Jacob Carter. I really like Jacob Carter and I almost wish that we would see him on a more regular basis. The emotion just before Jacob gets blended was very well done it seemed very genuine, and that always makes the show better. In general the Tok'ra get under my skin though with the exception of Jacob. There I can really relate to Jack, because while the Tok'ra have fought the Goa'uld for eons and they do help us out somewhat frequently, they are very sneaky and always seem to put their interests first. Very interesting episode for those exact reasons.moreless
  • New alliance?

    9.1
    The aftermath and continues events of the previous episode. So, it cannot be said there was much new - they were trying to get Carter back to Earth and she comes up with plan to save his dad by volunteering him to new host. I loved the dilemma on this episode. Carter's father wanted so badly that his daughter should have change to go to space, but now he learns what she has done all that time and gets himself a new change to live again. I am so happy it came out so well, between them too.



    Also, there was little adventure, those moments when you were not sure if they will make it.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

Tosca Baggoo

Tosca Baggoo

Cordesh

Guest Star

Winston Rekert

Winston Rekert

Cordesh's Host

Guest Star

Steve Makaj

Steve Makaj

Colonel Robert F. Makepeace

Recurring Role

J.R. Bourne

J.R. Bourne

Martouf/Lantash

Recurring Role

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Jacob Carter/Sel'mac

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Selmak leaves Saroosh, it looks like a larva. As shown in "Children of the Gods," mature symbiotes are dark in color and have a large fin on their back.

    • Carter, Jacob, and Martouf are the last people to escape from the tunnels via the transport rings. However, when they are transported to the surface the rings evaporated rather than going back into the ground.

    • In "The Enemy Within" from Season 1, it is said that once a Goa'uld has blended with a host, it is capable of killing them. Garshaw ordered the Tok'ra to remove Kordesh without hurting the host and put him into one of the vanishing tunnels. Surely, he would simply kill his host in order to hurt the Tok'ra further rather than quietly die.

    • At the end of the episode, the Goa'uld spy Kordesh has jumped into a female host. However, this should be impossible since this woman was seen as a member of the Tok'ra council and would, therefore, already have a symbiote within her. And she must have a symbiote, because if she didn't then she could have been a new host for Selmak.

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (1)

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