Stargate SG-1: Season 9, Episode 19

Crusade (3 Mar. 2006)

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Using the Ancients communication technology Vala, who is in the Ori galaxy, contacts the SGC. She tells them that after being sucked into the wormhole she awoke in a bed in a village much ... See full summary »



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Using the Ancients communication technology Vala, who is in the Ori galaxy, contacts the SGC. She tells them that after being sucked into the wormhole she awoke in a bed in a village much like the one she and Daniel had visited when they used the communication stones. The locals think she fell from the sky - a gift from the gods - and befriends the gentle Tomin, a devout follower of the Ori who has a bad leg. Vala has two pieces of information for the SGC: first, she is pregnant though insists that she didn't have sex with anyone; and second, the Ori have been building a fleet of ships and building up its army. Meanwhile, Col. Chekov advises General Landry that the Russians will not be renewing their working agreement with the United States and will be taking their stargate. Written by garykmcd

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Teal'c: [Referring to Vala's mysterious prenancy] You have been impregnated without copulation.
Vala Mal Doran: Yes, and I'm absolutely terrified. Have any of you ever heard of anything like it?
Cameron Mitchell: [after everyone pauses] Well, there's one.
Teal'c: Darth Vader.
Vala Mal Doran: Really?
Teal'c: Hmm.
Vala Mal Doran: How did that turn out?
Cameron Mitchell: Actually, I was thinking of King Arthur.
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Surprises, surprises
13 August 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

First, I've got to say that any episode which has Vala in it has my vote. She has a way of shaking things up that is absolutely thrilling. After her dramatic disappearance months ago, she waltzes in, makes Daniel look like a fool, sits down and literally flattens SGC with a series of bombshells which even SG1 has trouble stomaching. You've got to give it to the girl: she puts spice in your everyday life.

Most of the episode is taken up by Vala's story, with a few interruptions by SG1 in just the right places. I don't know where the plot is going with that mysterious baby thing. The Harcesis arc a few years ago completely petered out, so that one had better be solid, especially considering the obvious connections it makes. Here I'll just say that the episode superbly avoids looking too closely at those connections, and Teal'c remark about Darth Vader had me choking with laughter (I actually had to rewind, I had missed a whole minute).

Considering the sheer weight of Vala's news, I almost forgot about the subplot involving Landry and the IOA delegation --mostly because, let's face it, we've already gone down that road several too many times. Politics, SGC closing despite imminent threat, blackmail, negotiations, etc. It would all be rather boring it not for two facts: one, for once there was some buildup to this (remember Scourge?); two, the Russians getting their own ship will have consequences very soon. And on a personal aside, I like it that the show periodically remembers that, no matter how skillful and well-meaning, the de facto appropriation of the Stargate by the US is completely illegitimate.

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