Stargate SG-1: Season 8, Episode 19

Moebius: Part 1 (18 Mar. 2005)

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With the threats of both the Replicators and the Goa'uld greatly diminished and the sister ship to the Prometheus, the Deadalus, now under construction, SG-1 is anxious to get a ride on the... See full summary »

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With the threats of both the Replicators and the Goa'uld greatly diminished and the sister ship to the Prometheus, the Deadalus, now under construction, SG-1 is anxious to get a ride on the new ship. However, the mood is somewhat darkened by a phone call informing Dr. Jackson of Catherine Langford's death. After the funeral, Catherine's niece gives Daniel "a few odds and ends" that her aunt wanted him to have. Upon delivery it is discovered that almost her entire collection was shipped to Daniel's lab. He finds in one of her books a possible location of a ZPM, but scans of the area showed that it was no longer there. Daniel proposes that they use the Ancient time machine to take it from Ra at Giza in 3000 BC. Written by trekkie4christ

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Rodney of the new time line isn't deadly allergic to lemon. As it is known when he invites Carter to dinner. Lemon chicken. See more »

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When the "Puddle Jumper" travels into the past, Teal'c states "the stars are different." Carter also notes "Earth was in a different orbit around the sun 5,000 years ago." Significant changes in the earth's orbit around the sun occur over millions not thousands of years. Even if the orbit had changed this would not affect the apparent positions of the stars. In fact, as seen from the Earth, the positions of the stars and constellations have changed very little in only 50 centuries. See more »

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Dr. Daniel Jackson: We don't know where it is now, but we do know where it was: Giza, 3000 B.C.
Lt. Col. Samantha Carter: You can't be serious.
Brigadier General Jack O'Neill: What?
Dr. Daniel Jackson: It's the only way.
Brigadier General Jack O'Neill: What?
Lt. Col. Samantha Carter: No, we agreed.
Brigadier General Jack O'Neill: If I have to say "what" one more time, heads are gonna roll!
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Time travel: handle with care.
6 August 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

To all intents and purposes, the 8th season really ended with Threads, so this two-parter really works as a separate arc (almost), a sort of "what if...?" fantasy with no real consequences but lots of good moments.

It all starts with an expedition to retrieve a ZPM (you know, those things that power up the Ancients' weapon). The thing is supposed to have been in Gizeh in Ra's era. Now, despite all the artifacts that were supposed to have been found there, I had sort of given up on ever seeing Gizeh on Stargate. I stand corrected: SG1 soon get reacquainted with the little inconveniences of time-travel when they find themselves stranded in 3000 B.C. Gizeh and accidentally alter their timeline. So... what if there had been no Stargate? How would SG1 have fared without their grand purpose?

This only works because it's been eight years, of course. It is both quite pathetic and quite entertaining to watch Daniel and Carter stumble through what should be their "real" lives. (Congratulations to Amanda Tapping for a deliciously bumbling Carter!) They are great together, and rather touching when they realise that they could be so much more. This also gives the show an opportunity to resurrect some familiar characters from previous seasons for a last reunion (back to Ra!) This of course means a lot of in-jokes and self-references, which won't bother the newcomer but will delight old-time fans.

To sum up, this episode is not significant in terms of long-term development, but it is very good, even nostalgic in some ways. And the convoluted plot is mind-boggling enough to keep you waiting for more.


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