Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stargate SG-1, Season 2, Episode 18

"Serpent's Song"
images used above are courtesy of Gateworld and MGM

Overall Rating:  Excellent

SGC received a set of co-ordinates over the radio.  For reasons that are never clearly explained, they believe the message is from the Tok’ra.  SG-1 gates to a planet, and waits for the Tok’ra.  A Goa’uld glider is seen in the sky, approaching SG-1’s location.  Suddenly, the glider is fired on from above, and crashes to the ground.  The team runs to the wreckage, to help the Tok’ra out, if they survived.  What the … hey, that's not a Tok’ra.  That's Apophis!  Apophis sent the message, and wants sanctuary on Earth.

After getting spanked by the Taur’i (“The Serpent’s Lair”), and failing to exact vengeance against Earth (“Family”), Apophis has lost all of his street cred with the Goa’ulds, and is no longer a system lord.  With a powerful Goa’uld named Sokar after him, Apophis turns to Earth for succor, and a new host.  At the very least, Apophis hopes Sokar will destroy Earth while attempting to recapture Apophis.  Heads, he wins; tails, Earth loses.

Peter Williams is fantastic as Apophis.  Wicked, wily, arrogant, cruel, and devious.  Mr. Williams aptly portrays Apophis, and his host.  This episode is mostly character driven.  Despite the minimal level of onscreen action, the episode is compelling, exciting, and a thrill ride.

18th episode broadcast.
17th episode in the DVD set.


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