"Point of View"
Overall Rating: Excellent
The quantum mirror used by Daniel in “There But For the Grace of God” is in storage at Area 51. Suddenly, the mirror activates, and Sam and Kawalsky step through. They are escaping an alternate universe, one where Apophis’ attack on Earth (“The Serpent’s Lair”) is successful. The two refugees are seeking asylum. Let’s call them alt-Sam, and Kawalsky (no alt prefix needed as this universe’s Kawalsky died in “The Enemy Within”).
Kawalsky is essentially the same person. Alt-Sam is a civilian, and had a different relationship with the O’Neill of her universe. A sonic boom is generated by Jack/Sam ‘shippers (those who really want Jack and Sam to hook up -- ‘shippers as in relationship) squee-ing with joy whenever this episode is aired.
Alt-Sam, and Kawalsky, receive asylum, however their stay is short. Two Sam Carters in the same universe upsets physical laws. Our universe is trying to obliterate alt-Sam, and she has to leave our universe or die. SG-1, Sam, and alt-Sam devise a plan to return alt-Sam to her universe, and possibly save the remaining humans from the Goa’uld and Jaffa invaders.
This is a very exciting, action packed, episode. The pace never lags, and there are some surprises in the alternate universe. Everyone has an excellent performance.
Sam doesn’t go to alt-Sam’s universe because of the potential physical repercussions. Yet, Teal’c goes, even though Kawalsky said there is an alt-Teal’c.
General Hammond is not happy about the quantum mirror being used. Potential tactical problems might arise from, or come out of, the mirror, but Hammond’s reaction seems more visceral than tactical. Why General Hammond has so much distaste for traveling between alternate universes is never fully explained.