On the planet Argos, Kynthia seduces Colonel O'Neil, which gives him an Argosian lifespan of only a 100 days. As his skin turns the color of death, will the SG-1 team succeed finding a cure?



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On planet Argos SG-1 arrives at a stargate inside the Mycenean temple of the mythical founding hero Pelops, whose return is awaited. There Daniel delivers the baby of a Chosen couple. After eating a piece of the special cake at the celebration, Jack wakes up, having laid with Kynthia. At sunset all natives fall into a deep sleep. Teal'c and Daniel discover a temple archive in linear A, a Minoan era script which is an archaic goa'uld dialect. The team finds the life cycle on Argos is incredibly fastened: factor 250, as a genetic experiment set up by Pelops. It must be somehow contagious, as Jack also starts to age terrifyingly fast. Dr. Fraser and Sam find it's something in the blood, but not a virus: replicators, and Jack has more of them: he's aging even faster, to die in about two weeks. Finally Jack investigates the importance of Pelops' first law that nobody may leave the village and it's link with a goa'uld device found when his statue breaks... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 September 1997 (USA)  »

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The title is a quotation from Macbeth's majestic soliloquy about death's inevitability that begins "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow/Creeps in this petty pace from day to day/To the last syllable of recorded time," later continuing "Out, out, brief candle!" and concluding "It is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing." See more »


Daniel indicates that Pelops' experiment decreases the population's lifespan to about 1/250th of normal. Carter then says that instead of having to wait 100,000 years to see the effects of evolution (or interference) on the people, Pelops would only have to wait 100 years. Being a theoretical astrophysicist and mathematician, Carter would surely know that 100 years is 1/1000th of 100,000; the correct statement would have been that the effects would be visible in just 400 years. See more »


Dr. Daniel Jackson: A hundred day celebration? Guess we should pace ourselves.
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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Disappointing Conclusion
23 April 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Colonel O'Neil, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c arrive on Planet Argos inside a temple and Daniel helps a young couple to deliver a baby. Alekos and his wife Thetys explain to the team that they worship god Pelops and they bring the SG-1 to celebrate in their village. O'Neil eats a piece of Cake delivered by the gorgeous Kynthia and he is seduced by her, and they have one night stand. At sunset, all inhabitants and O'Neil fall sleep and Sam discover that the natives' lifespan is only one hundred days. Further, Sam and Teal'c find that the residents have been submitted to a genetic experiment by Pelops to age 250 times faster than the usual to study their evolution. But O'Neil is also affected and is aging in an accelerated rating. Sam, Daniel and Teal'c return to Earth to try to find a cure.

"Brief Candle" is a great episode of "Stargate SG-1'. Unfortunately the conclusion is very disappointing with no clear explanation why Jack O'Neil will regress to his actual age while the natives will only stop aging. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Brief Candle"

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