SG-1 discovers an ancient artifact and brings it back to the SGC. Ariving at the SGC, it becomes active, pins O'Neill to the gate room wall, and unleashes a virus into him.



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Tobias Mehler ...
Kevin Conway ...
SG Leader


On a mission SG-1 finds an ancient, apparently lifeless metallic sphere-shaped object and brings it home to study the minute, elaborate writing on it, hoping they can then open it. Jack was eager to get away from the tedious examination, which seemed to be going nowhere, on yet another planetary mission, when the sphere suddenly 'warms up' and surprises everyone by sprouting long spikes in various directions, one of which happens to go straight trough Jack's body which soon infects. A staff-weapon doesn't even affect it, Sam fears it is only being fed energy. The fast-spreading infectious organism causes necrosis even on dead material, such as Jack's uniform and, worse, the computer system; yet it is slowed down by an antibiotic, tetracycline; UV-light shows it even got trough the walls, sneakily infecting everyone, starting with young control chamber Lieutenant Graham Simmons, who is allergic to the tetracycline (and clearly has a timid crush on Carter), only Teal'c is protected by ... Written by KGF Vissers

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7 August 1998 (USA)  »

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First appearance of Tobias Mehler playing Lt Graham Simmons in the series. See more »


After the organism gives back control of the computers and they begin the dialing sequence, there is no reason for them not stop the auto-destruct immediately. The detonation is not a threat to the organism, indeed it would benefit it by feeding it. The only threat is to the SGC and the planet and it makes no sense for them not to stop it as soon as they are able once the organism has agreed to leave. See more »


Teal'c: The symbiote I carry appears to protect me.
Jack O'Neill: Way to go, Junior!
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References The Andromeda Strain (1971) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Tense Episode
6 July 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While visiting a desolated planet similar to the moon, Jack, Daniel, Samantha and Teal'c find a spherical object and Jack decides to bring it with them to study. Out of the blue, the artifact warms up and Jack and Teal'c bring it to the Stargate to deliver it back to the planet. However the orb releases spikes to hold it in the Stagate Command and Jack is pierced by one spike and is hold against the concrete wall. He is infected by a virus that soon invades the computers. General Hammond seals the base and cut-down to self-destruction. However Samantha discovers that the orb feeds of energy and will grow with the blast. But the self-destruction process cannot be stopped since the computers are infected with the alien virus.

"Message in a Bottle" is a tense episode, with an apparently unsolved situation. Unfortunately the way it is resolved in unconvincing. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Message in a Bottle"

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