Stargate SG-1: Season 3, Episode 5

Learning Curve (22 Jul. 1999)

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While enjoying the help of a planet's super precocious children for a project, the team discovers their horrific imposed fate when they reach a certain age.

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The planet Orban, with Precolumbian Teotihuacan-culture antecedents and Aztec type pyramids, has made impressive scientific progress, and brings Sam a naquadah reactor to study; when she demands an instructor, Orban official Kalan surprises SG-1 by saying that he does not know what an instructor is, but 11 year-old Merrin stays on base to teach Carter. On Orban, Kalan's son Tomin, another 'urrone' (apprentice) is assigned to exchange knowledge about the Goa'uld with Teal'c and Daniel. SG-1 and Dr. Fraiser are astonished to discover the Orban urrones know neither fun nor school: a mass of useful new information is acquired while they are young and stored in the easily reproducible form of nanites, which are implanted in every Orbanian's brain after the urrone's 'averium', a coming of age ceremony at age 12, which extracts the knowledge from the individual and ends their ability to function mentally, so those children are 'retired' for life and from the active society. The Orbanians are... Written by KGF Vissers

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First episode in the series for Heather E. Ash as a writer (out of 5 episodes total, seasons 3-5) and a story editor (out of 18 episodes total, all on season 3). See more »

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Major Carter draws a stick figure of herself without any hair. Yet, when the camera pans to the picture seconds later, it has several strands of hair that Major Carter did not draw just moments before. See more »

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Jack O'Neill: So Merrin, I understand you're a reactor expert.
Merrin: Yes.
Jack O'Neill: How old are you?
Merrin: I'm eleven. How old are you?
Jack O'Neill: So... Merrin, I understand you're a reactor expert.
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