Stargate SG-1

Season 4 Episode 3


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 14, 2000 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

The Tok'ra ask the SG-1 to test some mysterious alien armbands, and they prove to confer vast super strength and speed on its wearers. SG-1 put their new-found "powers" to good use, but it soon becomes clear the armbands have a time limit that endanger the team in the midst of a critical mission.moreless

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  • Ehhh Whatever

    The Team is turned into super soldiers when the Tok'ra give them alien armbands that enhance their physical abilities. Then the Tok'ra ask them to destroy an prototype Goa'uld battleship. This episode doesn't really add anything to previous mythology and is full of silly superhero special effects. Don't get me wrong, its entertaining enough just kinda of pointless.
  • SG-1 becomes Super SG-1...except for Teal'c.

    Another fantastic example of season 4 goodness. This episode epitomizes the things that make SG-1 great, a really cool sci-fi story, plenty of action, and, of course, humor! This episode gets even better when you throw in the ultra-delicious Vanessa Angel as Anise/Freya. I think she is by far the hottest guest star to have been on the show, but I digress. The heart of this episode, like most of the best of SG-1, is team banter. For example, the scene in Daniel's office where Jack reads the book really fast and Daniel tries and fails to do the same. That scene had me in stitches when I first saw it. I'm smiling broadly just thinking about it as I write this. Another good one-liner comes from Teal'c who is recovering in the infirmary after Jack knocks him cold.

    Jack[Eating a snack bar]: "Teal'c...I'm really sorry."

    [Slight pause]

    Teal'c: "You are not."

    Jack[to Fraiser]:"He's right ya know."

    Really funny episode plenty of humor and action. Definitely one of my favorites from season 4 and the series as a whole.moreless
  • Running around like crazy :D

    This was so great episode - first the storyline - now they were hyperpowerful. And all the thing they did - they way they started to learn and study their powers, Carter writing that book so that the buffer runs full. That was great. All those little sparkles of humor. And it was not only the humor, the storyline itself too - they on the action, on that planet, trying to blow up the ship - moving trough the shields, having that reactor.. wow.. this episode was something really special. One of my favorite storylines, I would say. Really liked it.moreless
  • One of the best.

    You don't get much better than this. I have to say that this is probably one of my favourite episodes of all time. It is realy fun and exciting the whole way through. In this episode SG1 try on some bands belonging to some long dead race. Before long they develop superhuman qualities such as strenght and skill. But before long the team become in danger when they cannot get the bands off and the device begins to cause them harm as it drains them. This really is a great episode and is as enjoyable the second time watching as the first time.moreless
  • The Tok'ra inlist the aide of sg1 to test some armbands that they have found that is supposed to give them super type powers. But in the middle of a crucial mission the armbands lose thier power andplace them in danger of not being able to escape.moreless

    The idea that there is a weapon i guess you would call it that would make a soldier stronger faster and smarter than they were before the use is fantastic. That is exactly what the Tok'ra brought the sgc to test. Apparently the Tok'ra's body would not work with this weapon, but they were pretty sure that the sgc would beable to. So they tried it with Sam Jack and Daniel. Apparently it would not work for the Tok'ra and Teal'c because of the symbiotes that they carried.

    Jack is just so excited about his new found strength and he just has to try it out. But unfortunately General Hammond feels that it may not be safe since he has no idea how it is going to effect his team.

    Frasier is worried that there may be adverse effects. So she will not ok them to use these armbands off the base until she knows more about them.

    Daniel loves this new found power because he can read really faast and has made him so much stronger. Sam has writen a book about wormhole technology. Anies, the Tok'ra finds out that there is a new super ship being built and the tok'ra want sg1 to use these armbands to go and infiltrate the ship plants explosives and destroy it.

    But while they are there the armbands begin to fail. Daniel is escorted out by Teal'c who followed them there. Jack and Sam stay behind to the weapons grade inaquada. But as Sam is getting the inaquada her armband fails and she passes out. when Jack sees that she is not behind him he comes back for her but he can not save her. At this moment he realizes that there are feelings there that he should not be having for her. While he is trying to get her out they hear the Jaffa coming but he refuses to leave her there. But just in time the bomb they set goes off and knocks the sheilds down that had them pinned down. So they take off running and get out just in time they are able to get out.

    The mission was a success. I liked this one it is a classic style sg1 show and I love watching it over again , it is very exciting and suspenseful.

    Even tho' it is strictly fairytale stuff, it was a great imaginationt hat came up with it.

    This is one of the reasons I like watching stargate.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

Shawn Reis

Shawn Reis


Guest Star

Kristina Copeland

Kristina Copeland


Guest Star

Frank Topol

Frank Topol

Big Guy

Guest Star

Tracy Westerholm

Tracy Westerholm

SF # 2

Recurring Role

Dan Shea

Dan Shea

Sgt. Siler

Recurring Role

Bill Nikolai

Bill Nikolai

Technician #1

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When SG-1 went through the Stargate and the female operator tells General Hammond that she cannot close the gate, we see the Access Denied bar appear over the activated gate. On the computer, the Stargate then shuts off, but we still hear it working and see the bluish light emanating through the blast door.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Jack: (to Hammond) And even if we're not in total control, shouldn't we be out there doing the damage, instead of in your office?

    • Jack: Even so... I'm sorry.
      Sam: Me too.
      Daniel: Me three.
      (all look at Teal'c)
      Teal'c: I have no need to apologize.
      Hammond: Teal'c was actually following orders.
      Jack: Of course he was.

    • Jack: Um... three of the biggest steaks you've got, with everything, rare, baked potato.
      Waitress: You've got it.
      (waitress starts to walk away)
      Jack: Excuse me. That was for me.
      Daniel: Yeah, I'm gonna have three as well.
      Jack: Four?
      Daniel: Four, four is good.
      Sam: Me too, and french fries with mine. Oh, and a diet soda. (Daniel and Jack stare) I like the taste better.

    • Big Guy: Yeah, what are you gonna do?
      (large men surround them)
      Jack: Well. This is a cliché.

    • (Daniel fails to speed-read)
      Jack: Want me to read to you?

    • Hammond: (to Jack, Sam and Daniel Can you explain to me why several witnesses put you people at a restaurant in town last night?
      Jack/Daniel: Sir, I can...
      Daniel: Explain that! (pause) No, I can't...
      Sam: We were very... hungry, sir.
      Hammond: The reports says there was a brawl.
      Jack: More of a... scuffle, sir.

    • Jack: This is ridiculous. It was an accident!
      Daniel: Siler has a broken arm and a concussion.
      Jack: He'll pull through. I sent flowers!

    • Hammond: Absolutely not!
      Jack: Come on, General! Why'd we put these things on in the first place?!
      Hammond: We're still not sure of the long-term effects.
      Jack: We shouldn't be sitting around wasting this stuff, we should be out kicking so Goa'uld butt! I mean, look at this!
      (Jack kicks a hole in the wall)
      Jack: Sorry about that, sir.
      Hammond: Colonel, I'm concerned that you're not in control of your new abilities.
      Jack: (slightly disappointed) Well, you may be right about that. But it's just so damn exciting, sir!

    • (after knocking Teal'c out)
      Jack: (mumbling, while eating a power bar) Teal'c, I'm really sorry.
      Teal'c: (stoic look) You are not.
      Jack: He's right about that.

    • Jack: General, I can't tell you how sorry we are, but Carter wanted a steak.
      (Sam looks up, annoyed)
      Sam: Actually it was your idea...

    • (after Jack speed reads a book)
      Daniel: Did you just read that?
      Jack: I guess. Don't s'pose there's another book around that explains this book.
      Daniel: What reason did Hobbes give for the fall of the civilization?
      Jack: Failing agricultural infrastructure.
      Daniel: That's incredible.
      Jack: Hey, it's his theory.

    • Daniel: I cross-referenced [the armband] with every language on Earth in an hour!
      Freya: What did you find?
      Daniel: Nothing, but the point is, I can read really fast!

    • Sam: Has it ocurred to anyone that we're disobeying a direct order?
      Daniel: ...well, it's not like we haven't disobeyed orders before.
      Sam: Yeah, but that was to save Earth.
      Jack: Earth, steaks - there's a difference?

    • Hammond: I thought the devices were supposed to enhance them physically, not make them stupid.

    • Jack: Just say the word.
      Hammond: Thank you.
      Jack: Seriously, say it. Say the word.
      Hammond: Dismissed.
      Jack: We can be ready in three seconds.
      Hammond: Colonel...
      Jack: Two! Hey, we're ready!
      Hammond: Jack, please! Just get the hell out of my office!

    • Anise: Your strength is five times that of a normal human.
      Jack: So, no increase then, huh?

    • Jack: (laying on the gate ramp) Just remember, I retired. You wanted me back!

    • Fraiser: We've tried everything short of surgically removing their arms.
      Hammond: We'll hold that option in reserve.

    • Daniel: 'Anise'?
      Anise: It means 'noble strength'.
      Daniel: I'm Daniel, it means 'God as my judge'.
      Jack: I'm Jack. It means... uhm... 'What's in the box?'.

    • Jack: (before invading a Goa'uld infested planet) We'll need snacks!

    • Jack: It's just that every time they show up it seems like there's some kind of trou...
      (a beautiful girl pops out of the gate)
      Daniel: Yep, that looks like trouble to me...

  • NOTES (2)

    • The crew had some real problems getting the alien armbands to do what they are supposed to do. Many times the lights wouldn't work or the prop wouldn't close around the actor's arm. As a desperate measure, the crew just glued the armbands together so they would remain closed on the actor's arm.

    • Syndication airdate: September 24, 2001.


    • Daniel: With great power comes great responsibility...
      Referencing the line commonly attributed to the comic book character Spider-Man, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The line, as first used in Amazing Fantasy #15, is actually "With great power there must also come great responsibility."