Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 14

Touchstone

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 1998 on Syfy
8.5
out of 10
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272 votes
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Episode Summary

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SG-1's mission is to return to PX7-941, or Madrona as the inhabitants call it, to study the effects of, and technology behind the "Touchstone" device. However, SG-1 is accused of stealing this artifact by the Madronans. They claim "Touchstone" has been taken by a group of people dressed in SGC uniforms who came and went through the Stargate leaving the inhabitants without any protection from the planet's deteriorating climate. As SG-1 tries to locate the device, they uncover a sinister government agenda.moreless

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  • ENEMIES CLOSER TO HOME!

    6.5
    When a group posing as an SG team steals the climate-controlling Touchstone from the planet Madrona, the planet's weather deteriorates, threatening inhabitants with imminent death unless the device is recovered. Madrona's high priest Roham and his granddaughter princess La Moor, blame the SG-1 team for the theft. The SG-1 team makes a disturbing discovery -- the second Stargate on Earth, which had been officially decommissioned, was reactivated by high level orders and used to steal the Touchstone. Now the weather device is on Earth and being used to manipulate the world's climate. When General Hammond discovers the whereabouts of the second Stargate, the SG-1 team races to it, determined to find the Touchstone before all of Madrona perishes, and to discover the hidden agenda behind the Touchstone's theft.moreless
  • Those sneaky NID guys...

    8.7
    I could care less about the touchstone, the cool part of this episode was tracking it down. I am a huge fan of the NID/Trust storyline, very intriguing stuff. I always enjoy the verbal duels between Harry and Jack and this episode was no exception. Like I said the touchstone itself was a big yawn, but getting to follow SG-1 to Area 51 was great and I loved how Hammond got his hands dirty hunting for the culprits. Favorite line of the episode was Maybourne's after Teal'c's dismemberment line, where he simply says "Interesting." The way he says it is just priceless. Anyways, a good classic NID story and fun episode overall.moreless
  • Another way to Earth...

    8.7
    I liked this episode - all the adventure, the action, the things and secrets around them. A really good variety for the previous episode.



    I loved the secrets and the way they came step by step closer to the second stargate - by hunting it from the other world, to be honest.



    And all the mission thing on Earth, trying to sneak in and take the second stargate. And the mission from the Madrona, to dial back to earth and get to the second gate.



    This episode really had some great moments there. An exciting and catching episode, what had the motion, movement and lot of action.moreless
  • pretty good episode that introduces civilians using the gate...

    8.5
    A touchstone that controls the weather on a planet is stolen and SG-1 goes out to try to find out who stole it and it turns out to be their own. Apparently, the Antarctica gate was used to steal the touchstone by a group of civilians and politicians knew about it. Hammond was pissed...Anyways, Jack gets the touchstone back to the planet and restores good weather. Overall, it's an ok episode. Nothing too great, but not too bad. It's one of the first times that they introduced a civilian group that uses the gate without the clearance of the SGC. There was also good writing and funny moments and a lot of moral issues.moreless
  • Very good moral issues

    8.9
    This episode marks the beginning of the rouge NID storyline that comes into play a lot over the next few seasons. This brought up some ethical issues about how to acquire alien technology. Leave it to Maybourne to steal technology from a world that depends on it to survive. I liked Whitlow and his paranoia and he was very helpful. As for the device, it was very advanced and powerful but the problem I had was they never explain who created it but most fans assume it was Asgard technology. All in all a good filler episode that starts a decent NID storyline.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

Tiffany Lyndall-Knight

Tiffany Lyndall-Knight

Princess LaMoor

Guest Star

Conan Graham

Conan Graham

NID Man

Guest Star

Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker

Roham

Guest Star

Tom McBeath

Tom McBeath

Colonel Harry Maybourne

Recurring Role

Eric Breker

Eric Breker

Major Reynolds

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Jack says that the Stargate has "39 little pictures all nicely engraved on it." However, the symbols on the Stargate are raised from its surface, making them embossed, not engraved.

    • At the end of the episode, when the Stargate is activated in the crate (at the landing strip), the hole made by the vortex is wider than the Stargate itself, but the vortex only stretches out as wide as the inside ring of the Gate.

    • Before going to Utah to retrieve the second Stargate, Hammond tells SG-1 not to fire under any circumstances. However, he doesn't mention using the Zats to stun, even though SG-1 ultimately end up carrying them. Had they used the Zats and stunned at least the first three NID agents they found, they wouldn't have been able to escape.

    • Teal'c says that SG-2's point of origin was "galaxies away from Madrona." However, they don't have a ZPM to travel beyond their own galaxy or power the eighth Gate symbol.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hammond: Do we have any ideas what makes it tick?
      Jack: That's why we'd like to go back, sir. Carter wants to get a closer look with her specialized... doohickeys.
      Hammond: "Doohickeys"?
      Jack: I believe that's the technical term, sir.

    • Hammond: (while trying to figure out the second gate's position) We're transporting our people across the galaxy to find something we lost in our own back yard! Incredible!

    • Hammond: (trying to get in touch with the President) No. I need to talk to him now... son, do you know what color this phone is?

    • Jack: Oh sure--we'll just call out an APB for a huge two-story metal ring with 39 little pictures all nicely engraved on it.

    • Jack: Hold it! All right...we came here in peace, we expect to go in one... piece.

    • Maybourne: Teal'c. It's good to see you well.
      Teal'c: In my culture I would be well within my rights to dismember you.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jack: But whoever these dark side guys are, they can do some pretty nasty damage if they figure out how to work this thing.
      This is a reference to the Dark Side Force from the Star Wars universe, which is the object of power for the Sith order. Since then, it has become a colloquialism for someone who has chosen the path of evil.

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