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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After Dr. McKay determines that the chicken the cafeteria is serving contains lemon (explaining that he is "mortally allergic to citrus"), he orders "whatever that is" (in a different tray). While eating this, Dr. McKay comments that as bad as it tastes, "it beats a hypoglycemic (diabetic) reaction." What he SHOULD have said was that "it beats an anaphylactic (allergic) reaction." See more »

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[after the DHD explodes]
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Well, that never happened in any of the simulations.
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Introducing Rodney McKay
30 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

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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