Stargate SG-1: Season 7, Episode 3

Fragile Balance (20 Jun. 2003)

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A teenage boy shows up at the SGC claiming to be Jack O'Neill. He recalls a dream in which an Asgard was studying him. They determine that they must find this Asgard to fix what has been done to Jack.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Bennett ...
Tom Heaton ...
Poppi Reiner ...
Pamela Ambrose
Ed Hong-Louie ...
Ralph Alderman ...
Shop Owner
Evan Frayne ...
Pilot #1 (as Evan Lendrum)


SGC security stop a teenager who has gained access to the facilities by using Jack O'Neill's key card. When asked how he got hold of the card, his answer is simple: he claims to be Jack O'Neill. Although incredulous at first, the knowledge the young man displays about their operation eventually convinces them that they are in fact dealing with Jack. All he can remember is being in a dream-like state and being taken by the Asgard. Medical tests reveal that his body is changing at the cellular level and Jacob Carter recommends that Jack be put into stasis until they can figure out what exactly has happened to him. Jack's solution is to leave the SGC without permission. Soon after he leaves, Dr. Carter and Jacob figure just who they are really dealing with. Written by garykmcd

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Colonel Jack O'Neill was born October 20, 1952. In Fragile Balance, you can see a short glimpse of his ID card portraying this information as Major Carter is glancing at it in her hand. See more »


Colonel Jack O'Neill: How long was I asleep?
Major Samantha Carter: Seven days.
Colonel Jack O'Neill: That's a record.
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References Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith
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Fragile Balance
4 January 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is one of SG-1's all-time greats. Personally, it's my second favourite episode, second only to the brilliant "Window of Opportunity". This episode was supposed to made back in Season Four and I'm glad it wasn't because I doubt it could have been as good as this. The main reason, I think, that this episode is so good is Michael Welch. The whole episode depended on whether or not he could pull off a convincing imitation of Richard Dean Anderson. He not only does a good imitation but he practically makes the role his own, at least as much as he could. When you watch him, you are totally convinced that he is the "same" Jack O'Neill who had been with "SG-1" since the very beginning. Although RDA only appears in the last few minutes of this episode, it's hardly noticeable because of Welch's performance. He's a great actor and was brilliant in Star Trek: Insurrection", "Joan of Arcadia" and "Frasier". He is one of the show's best guest stars and best characters for a long time. One of very few bad things about this episode is that Amanda Tapping got too much to do while Michael Shanks and Christopher Judge got too little.

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