Stargate SG-1

Season 5 Episode 2

Threshold (3)

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 06, 2001 on Syfy
8.4
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Bra'tac must perform a Jaffa ritual bringing Teal'c to the brink of death to restore his true self.

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  • Clip show with moments of good acting

    6.0
    Clip show with moments of good acting.



    The framing device had moments of good acting by Christopher Judge.



    The clips I fast fowarded through.
  • Another rousing performance from the underrated Christopher Judge.

    9.0
    Christopher Judge has shown his strength as an actor yet again. Throughout the entire series he can be funny, heartbreaking, sombre and downright scary. This episode demonstrates all of these.



    Teal'C's story has been lacking a bit of background until now, and with the addition Bra'tac doing his Obi-Wan routine, this episode helps Season Five get off to a great start.



    Teal'C's story has all about redemption, and for the first time we get to see what he has done in the past - and how far gone he really was - to warrant that need for redemption and freedom. Well done Brad Wright and Peter DeLuise for another fine installment.moreless
  • ughhh...

    4.0
    I can't stand Teal'c's story lines. They are so annoying and boreing and they're always the same. Teal'c has been brainwashed, a few years ago his son was brainwashed. And, of course, the SGC gets him back to normal after almsot killing him. It was predicatable and terrible. The only reason it was sort of good was because Bra'tac was in it and I love Bra'tac. There were a couple of funny moments too. Other than that, however, the episode sucked. It was boreing and almost pointless. I really hope they stop doing Teal'c story lines because they are seriously getting on my nerves.moreless
  • Very moving.

    10
    It hadn't occurred to me until this episode that Stargate SG-1 actually does drama really well. I mean, I do enjoy the show when it's in "fun action runaround" mode, but I definitely like it the best when the episodes are on the more dramatic, character-based side (Solitudes, Singularity, There But For the Grace of God, Point of View, Forever in a Day, Jolinar's Memories/The Devil You Know, The Serpent's Venom, 2010). I suppose that's why I sometimes get frustrated with SG-1 because it tends to focus more on the action when I might be after something meatier - it's a show that really, really depends on my mood. This is a series that fits the bill perfectly when I want something a bit lighter or just plain fun to watch, but that isn't always enough. Thankfully it usually delivers when I want it too and it very much did here.



    Anyway. Threshold. This episode made me cry at the end. I don't think this series has managed that before, although the sensitive examination of grief that was Forever in a Day came very close. I love that this episode finally showed us just what makes Teal'c tick - it's only been five years, but they got there in the end! We finally get his reasoning for switching sides in Children of the Gods explained. We get to see how he came to realise Apophis and the Goa'uld were false gods. Threshold is essentially a very, very well done flashback episode, interspersed with some tense scenes where the rest of SG-1 and Bra'tac are forced to confront their brainwashed friend and bring his old self back again. It's amazingly acted (especially Tony Amendola, whose episode it is almost as much as Christopher Judge's), brilliantly written (Brad Wright can really bring it when he wants to) and superbly directed, with some really memorable visuals (the snowy plains, Ra's ruined planet).



    One of the very best episodes of the series and a fine addition to a very strong overall season.moreless
  • Remembering the past...

    9.0
    It was little bit flashback episode, as in the end we get back to the events where the serie started years ago but it mostly opened us more and more why Teal'c years ago made him say "Many have said it but you are the first one I believe"



    I first thought that this was really good one, but to look back and think about it - there have been better episodes, but not better Teal'c episodes. This really showed the deep inner he had before breaking away from Apophis. Very touching episode, with some really great backstory. Definitely worth a watch.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

Brook Susan Parker

Brook Susan Parker

Drey'auc

Guest Star

David Lovgren

David Lovgren

Va'lar

Guest Star

Karen Van Blankenstein

Karen Van Blankenstein

Nurse

Guest Star

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola

Bra'tac

Recurring Role

Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider

Dr. MacKenzie

Recurring Role

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Teal'c clearly said "Valar" but Daniel thought he said "velour" which sounds quite different. Daniel is an accomplished linguist so it seems odd that he would get it wrong.

    • When Bra'tac pulls the Goa'uld out of Teal'c, it looks like a mature Goa'uld, being colored brown, black, and grey. We know from past episodes that Jaffa cannot survive with an adult symbiote and that larval Goa'ulds are milky white colored. Later we even see the milky white colored Goa'uld in an aquarium in the background of Teal'c's hospital room.

    • When Jack says to Hammond "I'm sure if Teal'c were here, he'd approve", General Hammond's skill badges were in the wrong order. The Command pilot wings were on the bottom and the Space and Missile badge was on top. But in every other episode the Pilot wings are on top and the Space & Missile badge is on the bottom.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Bra'tac: I hope to save him.
      Daniel: By killing him?
      Bra'tac: If necessary.
      Jack: See, I think we disagree on the meaning of the word "save".

    • Teal'c: I once again pledge to you my allegiance, and ask your forgiveness for succumbing to the will of Apophis.
      Jack: Well, he did have you sort of over a barrel, you being dead and all.

    • Teal'c: You appear to be well.
      Jack: Well, forget appearances. The back's gone, the knee is shot... forget curling.

    • Teal'c: Your words cannot change the truth.
      Daniel: Well, they're not my words, Teal'c, they're yours. Of course, you were wrong at the time, because he was not actually dead.

    • Daniel: You must remember, at some point, questioning your faith.
      Teal'c: Never! Apophis is a god.
      Daniel: False god... Dead false god.

    • Jack: Apophis? You mean that scum-sucking, overdressed, boom box-voiced, snake in the head, latest on our long list of dead bad guys?

    • Daniel: Did he just call me "Woman"?

    • Sam: Is it working? Has he said anything?
      Jack: He talked about a fabric. Briefly.
      Daniel: He just called me a woman...
      Jack: So I think it's working.

    • Jack: So, explain this to me one more time: you honestly believe that from the moment you broke us out of that prison on Chulak, you've been serving Apophis? Because I gotta tell you: as your best friend, at least in this whole wide world, that makes absolutely no sense at all. I mean, that would make you the most ineffective double agent in the history of double agency!

    • Bra'tac: Teal'c is strong, stronger than I am.
      Sam: Well I don't know - you're the fittest 137-year old I know.
      Bra'tac: Perhaps.

    • Jack: I know you've been told this many times, but in case you weren't listening: I'm 100% s-sure... 99% sure, Apophis is dead.

    • Jack: 'Va'lar,' is that what he said?
      Daniel: I thought he said 'velour.'
      Jack: Velour?
      Daniel: Velour.
      Jack: The fabric?
      Daniel: That's what I heard him say.
      Jack: Why would he say that?
      Daniel: I don't know. Why would he say 'Va'lar'?
      Jack: I don't know.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Scenes that flash through Teal'c's mind at the end of the Rite of Malshuraan include shots from "Family," "Singularity," "Bane," "Holiday," "Crossroads," "1969," "Children of the Gods," "Bloodlines," "The Gamekeeper" and "The Serpent's Lair."

    • Peter DeLuise cameo: when Hammond and O'Neil are discussing Teal'c's condition from the overhead room, the candles form the reflected initials "PD" on the glass.

    • Syndication air date: September 22, 2002.

    • Footage from "Children of the Gods (2)" is used for Teal'c's memories. The only actors to appear in both that episode and this one, besides the regulars, are Peter Williams (Apophis) and Eric Schneider (Dr. MacKenzie.)

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