Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stargate SG-1, Season 3, Episode 16

images used above are courtesy of Gateworld and MGM

Overall Rating:  Fair

SG-1 steps through the stargate to investigate a planet.  Instead of arriving on the planet, the team exits the stargate back at SGC.  For SG-1, the trip is instantaneous.  General Hammond informs them that they were gone for 15 hours.  Physically, SG-1 seems fine, until Dr. Frasier discovers that some sort of metal object is implanted in the brain of each team member.  They begin to see, and hear, a being named Urgo.  No one else can see, or hear, Urgo.  Insert “maybe it is an alien, or maybe they are just nuts” jokes here.  Urgo does not control SG-1, however he can influence their decisions.  Urgo is tied to the devices in the team’s brains, and until the mechanisms can be neutralized, SG-1 is quarantined, and stuck at SGC.

Dom DeLuise is Urgo.  Mr. DeLuise is one of my favorite comedians.  I do not think the episode fully utilized Mr. DeLuise's comedic talent.  He is amusing during most of the episode and absolutely hilarious during the last ten minutes of the show.  The regular cast are foils for Urgo, and do not bring much to the episode.  Some mugging, and mild antics, but little substance.

SG-1 does get an opportunity to travel off world, with Urgo.  The team heads out with alien devices stuck in their brains, yet they apparently still have IDC codes in order to return to SGC.  The show often refers to locking out IDCs when a SG team might be compromised while on a mission.  Why let SG-1 retain their IDCs, and return to SGC, when they are definitely compromised?


  1. This is one episode that I just do not like that much. I think I have 3 SG-1 episodes in all that I really just don't enjoy watching. There were some amusing moments, but overall it was just a boring episode. And I never thought about the fact that there IDC codes were not locked out. Talk about a security lapse!! Maybe they locked them out after they came back and were really cured.

  2. This episode is one I avoid. I watched it for the Stargate Rewatch, but I have no plans to view it again. The end of the episode is strange to me. I don't know if we are supposed to believe that Urgo (or something similar) is still active, but quiet, in the team's minds, or what.