Stargate SG-1
Volume 24

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping & Christopher Judge
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Certificate: PG
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An asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. With only days before it hits, a broken Goa'uld cargo ship must be fixed to allow SG-1 to travel to the asteroid and destroy it with a Naquadah enhanced warhead...

Fail Safe is a welcome change of pace from previous episodes and with the current asteroid threats which have been reported in the press recently it is also rather topical. Instead of zipping around the galaxy, SG-1 face a very real threat to their planet. There are a few problems with the episode and the ending will leave you feeling cheated - it does work, but only just.


Teal'c and Bra'tac are attracted by a rebel group of Jaffa lead by single warrior who, like Teal'c, killed his master to free his people. But O'Neill is concerned that Kaytano is treating his followers no better than one of the system lords. Teal'c seems to be brainwashed by Kaytano and he is finding it hard to define where his loyalties lie - with his Jaffa brothers or the SGC...

The Warrior is written by Christopher Judge, who plays Teal'c, and is a very strong episode. There are many parallels to be drawn with Martin Luther King and the conclusion is a nice kick in the stomach. I particularly liked the fact that Kaytano cleverly prevented a challenge to his leadership by sending his strongest warriors on suicide missions.

There is also a great Bullet Time style battle sequence that is breathtaking. A great story, wonderfully executed. But it would have been nice to have had Judge talking on the commentary.


Our heroes visit an abandoned planet, with only one survivor, an adult robot with the emotions of a child. Who is she and why is she the only survivor? It soon becomes clear that she harbours a secret which to her is nothing, but could destroy the SGC and possibly Earth...

Menace was written by James Tichenor, who is responsible for leading the visual effects team. It is one of the best episode of this season, possibly the entire show's run. While the episode itself is fairly run-of-the-mill there are two nice twists which are quite shocking. The conclusion is so unexpected that it makes you question everything you every knew about one member of the SGC, but it is an incredibly moving conclusion.

It was also interesting to discover, on the additional commentary, that parts of this episode were filmed as the tragic events of 11 September unfolded.


Before O'Neill managed to break up Maybourne's unofficial Stargate project it managed to damage a sentinel device on a protected planet. This planet is now under Goa'uld occupation. SG-1 manage to persuade two of the original team to go back to the planet and help fix the machine...

The Sentinel is an above average episode which looks good, plays well, but never actually manages to live up to its expectations. The bad guys turned good plot device doesn't really work all that well and the conclusion is a little rushed.

There is an excellent commentary with director Peter DeLuise and Gary Jones, who plays the Stargate technician, in which they discuss Jones' eight week acting class on reaching - so that he could learn to reach over and pick things up. This is particularly funny as every time we see him on screen that is exactly what he is doing.

The extras include previews for the next disc, commentaries on each episode and a pretty poor and pointless photo gallery.

A mighty fine disc.

Darren Rea

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