Stargate SG-1: Season 4, Episode 15

Chain Reaction (5 Jan. 2001)

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General Hammond mysteriously retires from the SGC and a new general is brought in, who breaks up SG-1: Daniel and Sam are scientists, Teal'c is with SG-3 and O'Neill commands a new SG-1. ... See full summary »



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General Hammond mysteriously retires from the SGC and a new general is brought in, who breaks up SG-1: Daniel and Sam are scientists, Teal'c is with SG-3 and O'Neill commands a new SG-1. O'Neill tries to convince Gen. Hammond to return, but he finds out that someone ordered Hammond to leave or they would hurt his grandchildren. While the others are occupying the new general, O'Neill tries to find out who that "someone" is. Thereto he must place his trust in the one person he hates most: Maybourne. Written by Chris Green

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When Col. Maybourne is logging onto the computer, the name he types into the user name box is "Menard". 'Jim Menard' was the Director of Photography on that episode. See more »


In the beginning of the episode, as enemy fire is coming through the Stargate, General Hammond orders the gate-room blast doors to be closed. The blast doors begin closing, but in the following shot of Hammond, the blast doors still wide open. See more »


Senator Robert Kinsey: How dare you come into my house waving a gun?
Colonel Jack O'Neill: Not waving; pointing.
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References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith
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Strange bedfellows
8 September 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is SGC's first real run-in with the NID, who is becoming more and more of a threat (and one you cannot simply zat away). It is also a redeeming moment for Maybourne, who after spending years as the villain, suddenly acquires a sense of humour and a roguish but rather likable personality. Even though this comes out of the blue, I am willing to play along, simply because Maybourne and O'Neill, aka Starsky and Hutch, are one of the best pairs on Stargate SG1.

The good thing about the episode is that it's unpredictable: it begins with SG1 coming back under a hail of fire only to learn about Hammond's surprise resignation. From then on, SGC is left to deal with a stiff-necked politician of a general who sets out to change everything at SGC without any regard for anybody's feelings, and quickly proves to be incompetent, overconfident, and not very brave --you can actually hear Carter's voice dripping with scorn when she says "sir".

Meanwhile, O'Neill is taking opportunity of his almost immediate suspension (for insolence, what a surprise) to rescue Hammond from the NID. Considering that Jack is, as Maybourne says, a rather straightforward guy who believes in doing the right thing over expediency, this seems rather tricky. But O'Neill once more shows how resourceful he can be. And there are several rather amusing moments, such as Kinsey's password or Maybourne's blatantly fake shock when O'Neill starts threatening Kinsey.

Honestly, this is not my favourite episode. Most of it does not really feel like a Stargate storyline, but it is important to the overall story and it sets up a lot of things that will be developed further on.

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