Stargate SG-1: Season 4, Episode 10

Beneath the Surface (1 Sep. 2000)

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The SG1 team awake to find they have lost their memories. They believe they are workers in an underground power station. They are told that they are helping to preserve life during an ice ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Russell Ferrier ...
Brian Drummond ...
Worker #1
Bruce Campbell ...
Worker #2


The SG1 team awake to find they have lost their memories. They believe they are workers in an underground power station. They are told that they are helping to preserve life during an ice age. In truth they are slave labor to a huge domed city above and when Teal'c starts to recover his memory and is given another amnesia treatment he forgets his Kelnorim and starts to die. Will the others recover their memories in time to save him? Written by Anonymous

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Teal'c has been brainwashed to think his name is Tor. This could be a reference to Tor Alexander Valenza who wrote and/or edited numerous episodes of this series. See more »


The firearms used by the guards near the end of the episode are repainted versions of the old console light-gun: the Nintendo Zapper. See more »


Colonel Jack O'Neill: I remember something. There's a man. He's bald and wears a short sleeved shirt. And somehow he's very important to me. I think his name is... Homer.
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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »


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Deep down, you know something's wrong
11 May 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is a very original episode. It begins in the middle of a very confusing scene deep below a mine (great haunting musical theme, by the way) where SG1 seem to fit right in... except they don't remember being SG1 and even have new names. Because they don't remember, most of the episode is spent, not getting out of there, but trying to understand how they got here in the first place. I think that's a refreshing starting point for a story, and the plot uses very few flashbacks, so our only clues are the character's vague memories and Hammond's inconclusive investigation.

The whole plot seems solid and well-built. The idea of a small minority literally enslaving the rest of the population through a well-engineered lie is both brilliant and chilling. Also, SG1 are usually outsiders when they discover a new planet; but since they now believe they belong here, we get a very different insight into the worker's plight. Finally, it is interesting to see how, without any knowledge of who they are, they prove to be true to themselves. The only sad point here is that we see very little of Teal'c.

I only have two regrets: one, that we learn the truth much too early during Teal'c's initial outburst. They should have let us wonder what was going on. Second, after a long, enigmatic intro, the plot is too easily solved. Maybe this story wasn't worth a two-parter, but after Jack, Sam and Daniel first start talking together, it's only a matter of minutes before everything is happily settled! Still, on the whole, a very intriguing and therefore, good episode -at least on first viewing.

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