Stargate SG-1: Season 5, Episode 21

Meridian (10 May 2002)

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As Jackson suffers from a fatal dose of radiation, he struggles with the value of his life while his friends deal with the emotional and diplomatic repercussions.



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Kelownan Scientist


SG-1 returns from an off-world mission to P9Y-3C3 with Daniel Jackson suffering from what is likely a fatal dose of radiation. On the planet, they dealt with the country of Kelowna and their representative Jonas Quinn. That country was at the same stage of development as the United States in the 1940s and well on their way to creating an atomic weapon using Goa'uld technology found in an ancient temple. Daniel argued against the Kelownans developing such a weapon and is accused of attempting to sabotage the project. As members of the team sit by his deathbed, Daniel receives an unexpected offer from someone they once met off-world. Written by garykmcd

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Kelowna is actually a real city in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Most of the SG-1 series was filmed in and around British Columbia. See more »


In some of the shots of Kelowna, smoke can be seen going down the chimneys instead of out. See more »


Oma Desala: [talking about ascension] Many roads lead to the great path. Only the willing will find their way.
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Okay, well I'm willing. So let's go. I mean, you know, do your thing. Glow me.
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Featured in Stargate SG-1: Inauguration (2004) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith
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Not even as a joke
3 June 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Right. So I ended up crying. Thanks for nothing, and don't laugh at me.

Once again, we begin with a dire situation, and the episode is divided into two parts: finding out what really happened, and trying to solve it. And sad to say, only one of these two plots will succeed.

I guess nobody feels really afraid when we learn that Daniel is dying of radioactive exposure. He's been dying countless times, dead a few times, after all. Besides, dying from radioactive burns is just too slow, too awful and not heroic enough, right?


As we follow Daniel's horrible agony and his spiritual "trial" with Oma Tessala (very nice use of continuity here, even though it is annoying to have a new actress for that part), it becomes clear that he won't get a reprieve this time. And when Teal'c all but breaks down and cries, things start to look seriously hopeless.

However, that storyline is punctuated with flashback sequences that show exactly what Daniel is dying for: a world to save, a new technology that might tip the scales in the fight against the Goa'uld, and even a very likable new character, Jonas Quinn. So even as we realise that Daniel won't make it, we also have to admit that it was worth it.

I guess that for a hero, this is a good way to go. Everybody gets a touching goodbye, especially Jack, whose special bond with Daniel (despite all their differences) is acknowledged. The whole episode is an homage to Daniel, who dies heroically, but turns out to be special enough that he doesn't "really" die. Still, right now I am too busy being upset to care.

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