Stargate SG-1
Volume 21

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping & Christopher Judge
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Certificate: PG
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When SG-1 arrive on K'Tau they are greeted by the planet's religious leader who sees their appearance, along with the fact that their sun suddenly turns red, as a sign from the Gods. In reality it is a solar reaction, caused by SG-1's wormhole, which looks set to destroy the planet...

Don't touch your contrast button during Red Sky, the picture is supposed to look that colour. Nice job by the production crew here in attempting to capture the visual events of the solar reaction on film. Nice twist in that it is SG-1's fault and that they admit that it is Carter's fault because she was too rushed to plot their course properly.

There is a great scene with the Asguard who throw their hands up and claim they can do nothing about it as it would break their treaty with the Goa'uld. So how else can SG-1 save the population of K'Tau? Not as satisfying a conclusion as the director was pushing for, but still an enjoyable episode.


Cassandra has grown up since we last saw her. As she is going through puberty she starts to emit an electromagnetic field. Dr Fraiser, her adopted mother brings her into the SG-1 base and it soon becomes apparent that Cassandra is changing into something alien...

The Rite of Passage will make a little more sense if you know who Cassandra is (she first appeared in the episode Singularity). This is a fairly poor episode, mainly because Cassandra is such a poor character. As we haven't seen or heard of her since Singularity it is hard to really feel anything towards the character.

There is an interesting twist towards the end of the episode, but it really is too little too late. The episode pays homage to The Exorcist, which is a nice touch, but the whingings of a pubescent girl do not make for great viewing. And while we are on the subject what on earth warranted her being rushed to the SG unit after fainting anyway?...


Daniel Jackson meets his old Unas chum Chaka who has been enslaved. In order to free Chaka, Jackson must risk the lives of the SG-1 team as well as threatening the stability of an age-old system...

Beast of Burden is the second episode on the disc that revisits a previously seen character. Chaka was last seen in The First Ones. It is not really essential that you have seen this episode, but it is helpful to help fill in a few gaps. There are some truly touching moments and the conclusion is refreshing in that it fails to follow the Stargate rule book which states that SG-1 are heroes and must always end the episode on a high note. Nice job.


While on a rescue mission to recover a band of missing Russian soldiers, SG-1 and another Russian team become trapped in a Goa'uld tomb. Here they discover not only the remains of the Russian's, but a killer alien which is hungry...

The Tomb is a well pace, no-brainer episode. Sit back and enjoy the ride. This has all the best elements of Aliens condensed into 45 mins. The plot unravels at a cracking pace and the whole episode reminds us why Stargate is such a damn great series.

One nit pick is that there is no reason for the Russian's to believe SG-1's story of events at the end of the episode. There is only one officer who can corroborate their evidence (and she does) but she was unconscious for 90% of the episode anyway.

It was this episode, more than any other that made me realise how much of a back seat Teal'c has taken recently.


Volume 21 also has a solid collection of audio commentaries. Possibly the greatest revelation from which is a moment in Beast of Burden which was never shot in which O'Neill is sitting in a pub snacking on a bowl of dried meat. It is only later he discovers this is Unas meat. There is also an SG-1 Video diary by Amanda Tapping which doesn't really tell us anything we didn't already know.

A hit and miss disc, which is a shame after previous outings.

Darren Rea

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