Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 19

Tin Man

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 1998 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

SG-1 arrives on P3X-989 and is knocked unconscious - they wake up and return to Earth only to find that they are robots.

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    When SG-1 visits the underground warehouse of an advanced alien civilization, the area's caretaker transplants their minds into robotic duplicates -- a "gift" of immortality. This episode has three things that resonate with science fiction fans. #1 The future is bright. Star travel is a techno human possibility. #2 The past is locatable and knowable. We can figure out where we came from. #3 The present is realistic. The episode helps us figure out various ethical and moral dilemmas we might want to think through to see which of our human values are legit and timeless. And which are not.moreless
  • Duplication is the most sincere form of flattery...

    This is one of my favorite episodes from season 1. Harlan is just plain hilarious, and the twist at end was well concealed. The team members' interactions with each other are just priceless. Also Jack's fantastic sense of humor comes into play in a big way in this episode, perhaps more so than any previous episode from season 1. Plus I loved Teal'c's line towards the end when he inquires about his duplicate. The concept of this episode, having duplicates of main characters, if far from new, but is very well executed and the truth about SG-1's "transferrance" a secret until the end. Very enjoyable episode.moreless
  • Good episode, nice twists.

    This was a fun episode that made me confused, entertained, angry, and relieved. Its not so interesting when they meet the weird guy who seems to be they one running the huge facility they are in. He changes them in some way as soon as they arrived and they leave as soon as they realized what he has done(they know he changed them, but now exactly in what way). But after undergoing a routine checkup by Doc Fraiser upon their arrival at the SGC, you find out they are machines! Wow, that was a quick one that struck home. SG-1, or rather robo SG-1 pleads to General Hammond to send them back to the planet to get their bodies back. He lets them go. When they arrive the little man refuses to help or rather ignores their persistence, until O'neill gets mad and demands they get their bodies back. He answers that it would not be possible and this gets SG-1(and me) pretty pissed off......Then another big shocker, they are clones! The real SG-1 was safe and sound but restrained in a chamber of the complex, he said he was going to released them and that they were only clones. This gets robO'neill understandably mad, a funny scene between the two O'neills follows and SG-1(the real ones) are allowed to leave while their clones with stay, bury their gate and promise to never be heard from again. Clever episode, two twist I never saw coming. This episode is a good above average installment. One of the better episodes in season 1.moreless
  • Face to face with themselves

    It was - mmm how to say - weird episode. They fooled me quite long before I realized it all is just a ... they are copies. The idea was genial one, I most say, but - it was not the best storyline. The can have fantastic ideas but the serie needs more than only good idea - it was quite boring, some way. it did not nailed me to the screen nor had much excitement.

    The best moment, I think, was when they finally met the real ones, and then had change to talk with each other. I think that was really great element and symbolic. We all would be our best talking partners, especially as they shared the same thoughts.moreless
  • funny...

    SG-1 goes to a planet where the only inhabitant basically makes robots of them and places their minds in the robots. The robots (androids) think they are the real SG-1, only to find that they are not. Eventually, the real SG-1 goes home and the other SG-1 stays on the planet. Anyways, it was a very funny episode. The dynamics between the doubles and the origonals were halarious. However, the lone android guy was really annoying. He was like a little kid that said Komtraya too much. Overall, funny episode with an interesting story, but nothing good other than that. It was just a good funny 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

Dan Shea

Dan Shea

O'Neill (alternate)

Guest Star

Jay Brazeau

Jay Brazeau


Guest Star

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Trivia: The real people of P3X-989 are called "Altarians."

    • SG-1 shows up, explores the compound, and is stunned. Harlan says he kept them unconscious so they wouldn't know of him or realize anything was amiss when he sent them back through the Gate. However, later the human SG-1 is woken up by their robot counterparts and the real Jack immediately says, "Harlan, where have you been?" But the "real" SG-1 never met Harlan, so how does Jack know his name?

    • At the end when Jack is talking to the robot Jack and motions to him to get his face checked out, you can see Teal'c go out of character and almost bust out laughing for a second.

    • At the beginning when SG-1 finds the computer terminal you see two of the exact same surge protectors that you see all over the SGC computer systems.

    • When there is a coolant leak, and Harlan is trying to glue or attach something to a pipe, he asks Daniel to hold something in place while he bangs it into place. I guess he needed more glue, though, because when Daniel let go, it moved.

    • There seems to be some confusion whether Altair is P3X-989 or PX3-989. (Jack says P3X-989 when they arrive, but all other times in the episode it's referred to as PX3-989).

    • When the two Sams are discussing the possibility of "recreating the neural structure," Sam 2 says it "...defies the Uncertainty Principle." Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle deals with indeterminism and quantum mechanics, and (very simply put) the concept that mapping a phenomena alters the phenomena making it impossible to accurately measure the original phenomena. This all has nothing to do with mapping and copying neural structures.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Jack 2: And don't even think about trying to send a bomb to make sure.
      Jack: I wasn't!
      Jack 2: Yes you were - I know you!

    • Jack 2: Harlan, people are not supposed to live forever.
      Harlan: Maybe not. But if you try a few hundred years perhaps you might change your mind. Yes?

    • Jack: You have my word, Colonel.
      Jack 2: Call me Jack.

    • Teal'c: Was not a copy made of me?
      Harlan: Oh yes, yes...but I had to disintegrate you.
      Teal'c: I see.

    • Sam 2: We are identical, right down to the mole on our...
      Sam: Hey! Shut up!

    • Jack: Harlan, where have you been?
      Harlan: Extremely busy.
      Jack: I can see that. Doing what?
      Harlan: Oh, ah, creating your synthetic others. Saving the planet. Busy, busy.

    • Harlan: All will be well, you will see. And your friend too.
      Sam: What? Teal'c?
      Daniel: You killed him!
      Harlan: He was malfunctioning.
      Daniel: How will all be well with him if he is dead?

    • Harlan: You still do not appreciate the gift? Immortality, 11,000 going on infinity. I always say.

    • Harlan: No, no, you must stay, you are friends. New friends.
      Jack: Friends? I don't even like you. Chances are I will never like you.

    • Sam: Probably thought we'd damage him...
      Jack: Perceptive little runt.

    • Harlan: Hubald, he was the creator of all this, but he died very early...too early...Many secrets with him, so long ago.
      Jack: How long, exactly?
      Harlan: Uh, exactly? 99,207,000 of your...hours.
      Jack: (immediately) Well, that's 11,000 years.
      Carter: How did you know that?
      Jack: That's right?
      Carter: (calculating) Yeah.
      Daniel: Wait, how did you know that?!?

    • Harlan: Ah...Cumtraya! Cumtraya!
      Jack: Daniel?
      Daniel: I think that's a greeting.
      Harlan: Yes, it is.
      Daniel: Oh, well, then...Cumtraya! We are explorers from a place called Earth. I am Daniel. Hello. (tries to shake hands)
      Harlan: Oh, this is your custom, yes? Hello. You are the leader?
      Daniel: Oh, no. That will be...
      Jack: Me! Colonel Jack O'Neill. Kum-bi-yah.
      Harlan: Cumtraya.
      Jack: Whatever.

    • Jack: Ladies and gentlemen, this is your Colonel speaking. Welcome to P3X-niner-eight-niner (sic) where it's a temperature.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Harlan:
      The name of the character is almost certainly a homage to s.f. writer Harlan Ellison. Mr. Ellison is...a little less easygoing then Harlan here, however.

    • Title:
      The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz wishes for a heart, thinking that it would make him more human and therefore a better being. Harlan's mindset is a twist on that, thinking that mechanical is superior to human.