Stargate SG-1: Season 5, Episode 14

48 Hours (15 Mar. 2002)

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When Teal'c is trapped in the Stargate buffer, the team must juggle the technical challenges along with personal, interdepartmental and diplomatic rivalries to rescue him in time.

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When SG-1 returns from planet P3X116 under fire, only three of them make it back to SGC safely: O'Neill, Carter and Jackson. Teal'c entered the gate but it was destroyed before completing the trip and the signal was lost. Carter believes that Teal'c's "signature" is still in the gate's buffer but she's not sure how to retrieve him. Meanwhile, Jackson and Major Paul Davis head to Moscow to negotiate an agreement with the Russians to use their gate for SGC activities. Col. Frank Simmons informs General Hammond that they have only 48 hours to retrieve Teal'c and introduces the brilliant but arrogant Dr. Rodney McKay to help Sam with the problem. For his part, O'Neill turns to a new ally for information after Simmons tries to blackmail Hammond. Written by garykmcd

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This episode marks the first appearance of Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) on Stargate SG-1 (1997). He would later become a regular character on the spin-off series Stargate: Atlantis (2004). See more »

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Major omission (later rectified) with a series-wide key artifact: one DHD is "lost" in overall series development since Russians now apparently have the only DHD on the planet, taken from Germans back after WW2 as mentioned in Stargate SG-1: Watergate and therefore being the original DHD from Gyza's stargate recovered by the Russians from the bottom of the ocean after the events in Stargate SG-1: Nemesis while SGC after that runs the stargate from Antarctica discovered in Stargate SG-1: Solitudes and they should still have the corresponding DHD as well since it was obviously taken back from the unofficial NID team in Stargate SG-1: Touchstone along with the second stargate. But that DHD is missing from the plot line without any explanations. However, a posterior explanation is given much later in Stargate SG-1: Frozen that this DHD died shortly afterward in Area 51 while studying, since it was apparently the oldest DHD in the galaxy. See more »

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Major Samantha Carter: [on phone with Daniel] Well, if the DHD could have prevented the problem, maybe the DHD can also fix it. Is there any chance you can get the Russians to give us their DHD?
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Colonel Chekov: This is impossible at the moment.
Dr. Daniel Jackson: [to Sam] Not without giving back Alaska.
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Introducing Rodney McKay
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Personally, McKay is my favourite character on Atlantis, so I watched his first appearance as a character with interest.

Mostly, there are a lot of differences between his Atlantis character and the one that shows up in this episode. In Atlantis, he's taken on Carter's role: the scientist responsible for making things happen when guns won't do it. Also, Atlantis pokes around in his personal life: His various illnesses and his sister (whenever McKay's sister shows up, Atlantis has a good episode) show that he has a human side and a heart, despite his obnoxious exterior.

While McKay of SG1 is obnoxious , not much else about him in this episode (at least, that's important) is similar to McKay Atlantis. McKay SG1 is a naysayer who can't be bothered to make anything happen, an chauvinist, and even a little bit stupid scientifically (but that's compared to Carter, of course). The seeds of the later character are there, of course: He IS funny at times, he likes to eat (especially in stressful situations) and is afraid of lemons.

For me, the episode was mostly interesting as a McKay character study. (I'm fascinated by watching characters change.) However, all of the usual SG-1 characters play their roles well, and I enjoyed seeing more of Maybourne in his unofficial "rogue agent" role (much more likable than his official role). While there's not a great deal of character development, the episode advances the plot nicely and is a fun way to spend an evening.


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