At a garage sale civilian Joe Spencer comes across a small
stone that gives him visions of SG-1 in action. Delighted,
he shares the stories with anyone who will listen. But when
he inadvertently learns that SG-1 really exists, his excitement
turns into obsession. As he slowly alienates everyone around
him, Joe resolves to expose the truth about SG-1, no matter
Dan Castellaneta (who voices Homer, Krusty, Barney, Mayor
Quimby and many other characters in The Simpsons) as
barber Joe Spencer - an average guy with an extraordinary
gift. This episode is really a clips show - which usually
send chills running down my spine. However, and not for the
first time, the producers of SG-1 have really attempted
to hide the fact that this is a cheap episode (although knowing
how much The Simpsons's actors get paid this may have
been one of SG-1's more expensive episode). The only
member of SG-1 that appears (other than in flashback) is Richard
Dean Anderson's O'Neill. But as Anderson is such a huge fan
of The Simpsons, I'm sure he was instrumental in ensuring
that Castellaneta guest starred.
are several nods to The Simpsons, including O'Neill's
insistence that Burns is similar to the Goa'uld. The end result
is a very funny and rather touching episode. In fact you almost
forget that this is a clips show... almost.
Jackson receives documents that point to the location of a
ZPM in ancient Egypt. Hoping that the energy source can be
used to power Earth's defences and open a wormhole to Atlantis,
SG-1 uses an Ancient time machine to travel back to 3000 BC.
But after the team locates the ZPM, Egyptians discover the
time machine, and SG-1 must find a way to retake it without
altering the timeline...
sad 30-something who still remembers fondly the Back to
the Future movies will instantly fall in love with the
story that unravels in Moebius
Part 1 (and
for that matter Part
There are plenty of familiar faces from SG-1's past
(even one who is dead before the episode opens).
paced and incredibly well acted (Amanda Tapping and Michael
Shanks's alternate universe characters are well conceived)
this is certainly one of the best episodes of season eight.
attempt to recover a ZPM from 3000 BC has altered the timeline,
leading to a present in which the Stargate was never discovered.
The alternate-reality Carter and Jackson convince a reluctant
O'Neill to take them on their first mission through the Stargate.
But when the team is captured by Teal'c, once again the First
Prime of Apophis, can they convince his to join their side...?
improves on the events that unfolded in Part 1. The
alternate timeline's Carter, O'Neill and Jackson must travel
to where the original SG-1 met Teal'c and persuade him to
join their cause. Not as easy as it sounds - especially as
they get captured and Apophis decides he's going to torture
Jackson. Although why they must get Teal'c along for the ride
is anyone's guess. I know it was probably to ensure that Christopher
Judge had something to do, but couldn't they have hidden the
ancient Egyptian Stargate from Ra without Teal'c's help and
then come back later to turn his to their side.
travel is something new to SG-1 - something which
I hope they don't start to use too often in the future - and
going back to ancient Egypt, to the time when Ra was on earth,
was intriguing. It was a little like revisiting the movie
- Teal'c even gets to sport one of those oh-so-funky Ra style
transforming head pieces.
whole thing finally resolves itself and everything goes back
to normal - no surprise there. But this is a mighty fine episode
with some of the season's best acting.
can't think of a finer way to end the show's eighth season.
Extras include SG-1 Director Series: Moebius (10 minutes)
which goes behind the scenes of the two-part episode. Highlights
include Richard Dean Anderson trying on numerous desert head
gear while the director attempts to find the one that looks
less comical; Making of Stargate Alliance (15 minutes)
a plug for the new Stargate console game with interviews
with those responsible for its design; Behind the Stargate:
Secrets Revealed (20 minutes) another fun featurette which
includes interviews with actors from SG-1 and Atlantis.
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