Stargate SG-1: Season 6, Episode 22

Full Circle (21 Mar. 2003)

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Riding in the elevator at SGC, O'Neill is visited by Daniel Jackson who needs his help. Daniel tells him that Anubis is headed for Abydos to search for something called the Eye of Ra, a ... See full summary »

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Riding in the elevator at SGC, O'Neill is visited by Daniel Jackson who needs his help. Daniel tells him that Anubis is headed for Abydos to search for something called the Eye of Ra, a relic that would make Anubis all-powerful. It's essential that SG-1 go to Abydos and secure the Eye but no has seen it - including Daniel - nor has anyone ever been able to find it. On the planet they see their old friend Skaara and with Daniel's help locate the Eye. They also find a tablet that speaks of a lost city of the ancients. When Anubis and his troops land in force there is little anyone can do to stop them. In the end it's left to Daniel to decide if he will try to stop Anubis - thereby breaking a cardinal rule of the Ancients. Written by garykmcd

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In Sky's Top 10 Stargate Episodes, "Full Circle" was voted into 9th place. See more »

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During the battle in the entrance of the Pyramid, Teal'c is seen shooting an M246 light machine gun. When O'Neill calls out for him, he is suddenly holding an M4A1 assault rifle. See more »

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[Anubis raises his hand to activate the weapon]
Daniel Jackson: Stop!
[Her'ak fires his staff weapon at Daniel but the blast passes through him. Anubis rises from his throne]
Anubis: Stop me, if you can.
[Daniel raises his hands and they start to glow]
Anubis: Strike me down! Do it now or I will destroy Abydos!
[Daniel raises his hands higher and directs the energy at Anubis. It appears to be blown back as Anubis raises his hand to defend himself]
Daniel Jackson: No! Don't do this!
[Daniel is spirited away. Her'ak looks terrified]
Her'ak: [to Anubis] You ...
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World-shaking finale
9 August 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Uh. Wow. I certainly didn't see that one coming.

Season 6 has not been my favorite by far, and I was a bit worried about a one-episode finale, since buildup is essential to good drama. Actually, Full Circle really constitutes a landmark episode for many plot lines, both those it definitely ties up and those it sets up: Abydos. Anubis and the Ancients. The Lost City. Daniel's Ascension. The intro is a bit over-dramatic but so nostalgic that I don't really mind. I also loved the scenes at SGC, both the O'Neill / Daniel reunion (they make such great foils for each other!) and everybody's matter-of-fact attitude about it.

So they return to Abydos (hence the ep's title). Most of what follows is a bit unequal as half the team goes on a slow but meaningful treasure-hunt, while the rest faces an action-packed but rather useless fight. By the time everybody is reunited (and cornered) Daniel has made a few major discoveries about himself, the Ancients and, most importantly, Anubis himself. Indeed, despite his not belonging to SG-1 anymore, the whole episode revolves around Daniel and his growing frustration at not being able to help. First of all, this means that once again several characters barely have anything to do in the episode (if Jonas wasn't in the opening credits, you'd think HE was the guest). This also means that we spend most of the episode waiting for Daniel to finally DO something, assuming that it will trigger the usual last-minute twist that will solve everything and let Anubis join Apophis in Goa'uld hell.

Sorry, pals. Not gonna happen. I must say the series really took a bold step in not going where we expected and having SG-1, and Daniel above all, completely FAIL. They went to Abydos on Daniel's advice in order to salvage the Eye of Ra, save the world and deal Anubis a harsh blow. They barely make it out, sans Eye nor Daniel, while Anubis purely *destroys* Abydos, a world they fought so hard to save. (I know, the ending scene is supposed to make us feel better about it, but somehow it doesn't quite succeed.) Some finale. Some Full Circle.

So what this finale really does is not so much conclude an arc, as begin a new one on a really dire note. The only positive element in there (if you can call it so) is that Daniel also completes his own circle and will soon be back where he began.

And just to lighten the mood: who didn't snicker at Anubis declaring "So be it" in that sinister tone? I do hope the scriptwriters did it on purpose, after realising that having a hooded villain sit on a throne-like chair in a spaceship and start blasting worlds while a slightly mystical man in desert robes attempts to stop him, MIGHT just ring a bell or two.


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