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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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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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Fun, but Not Original in Any Way
6 June 2012 | by (Gravette, AR) – See all my reviews

While I really like this episode, it's really a copy of the Star Trek: Voyager episode, The Chute, which aired Sept. 18, 1996, about 4 years prior. That's not to say that there's anything wrong w/ that, or that there's anything wrong w/ the fact that both episodes hearken back to the Fritz Lang classic 1926/7 silent film, "Metropolis".

The difference between both episodes and the old movie is that the main characters have had their memories covered (obviously not wiped...).

While "the Chute" was controversial in its time, (a standard for Star Trek since the concept's inception), this episode is nothing new.

And I always think of this episode as having some of the cheesiest dialogue of any Stargate SG-1 episode. The lines were fine, I just don't feel they were delivered very well - by ANY of the lead characters. But, that's just my opinion...

I always love Stargate SG-1, and while this isn't my favorite episode, it's definitely good to see their take on the classic concept.

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