Stargate SG-1: Season 2, Episode 7

Message in a Bottle (7 Aug. 1998)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Tobias Mehler ...
Kevin Conway ...
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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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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 »


Jack O'Neill: Teal'c, you don't have to stick around.
Teal'c: Undomesticated equines could not remove me.
Jack O'Neill: Wild horses, Teal'c.
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great effects and suspenseful episode
30 May 2013 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

While on a mission on a planet that looks like the moon SG-1 come across some an orb. Seeing no danger in it they take it back to earth to examen the orb. Daniel has to know what is written on the orb but Jack never wanted to observe the orb. But suddenly the orb starts to heaten up and even starts to react. Spikes appear and longer spikes go through the wall but also through Jack. He got infected by some kind of virus. But the virus even can go through concrete and infects the computers. The base in the mountain is shut down and is in a countdown to self destruction.

This is again a great episode with some nice effects and the orb even reminded me of the sphere from Phantasm (1979). Richard Dean Anderson (Jack) is giving a great performance here. A very strong episode with great effects for the time being.

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 4/5 comedy 0/5

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