Carter decides to inspire a brilliant but difficult Air Force cadet by introducing her to the SGC program.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Daniel Jackson (credit only)
Michael E. Ryan ...
General Ryan (as General Ryan)
Keith Martin Gordey ...
Roger Haskett ...
Russell Ferrier ...
Ivon R. Bartok ...


The chief of staff visits SGC and meets Jack, while Daniel is on a mission. Sam is giving a physics lecture at the Airforce Academy, where she meets and is intrigued by the theoretical insight of US Air Force cadet Jennifer Hailey, academically her successor but a pest in terms of conduct and attitude. When Hailey is about to be expelled for violence against another cadet, Sam convinces the Academy and general Hammond to give her a motivating taste of Stargate work. So they join Jack and Teal'c who are on a planet's moon as security escort to three scientists, but soon find a life-form consisting solely of buzzing lights isn't as inoffensive as it sounds. Sam and Haley come up with incompatible theories; time is running out with the fuel for the generator they need for the only known defense, so Jack makes a barely educated gamble... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

| (Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Marks the initial appearance of Bill Dow as Dr. Bill Lee. Bill narrowly misses being killed, but stays around for the rest of the series, spin-offs and movies. See more »


While working with the green laser, Hailey is wearing the wrong laser protection glasses - red glasses won't protect from the green laser. See more »


Teal'c: [Teal'c is preparing to shot O'Neill with a zatgun so that the electromangetic field will repel the energy based life forms] Are you ready, O'Neill?
Colonel Jack O'Neill: No. Give me a warning.
Teal'c: [Teal'c point the zat at O'Neill] I'm going to shoot you.
Colonel Jack O'Neill: I was thinkin' more along the lines of "On three".
Colonel Jack O'Neill: O.K. One.
[Teal'c shoots him]
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Written by Joel Goldsmith
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The Cadet and the Lights
23 August 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Jack and Teal'c are assigned to go to the moon of a planet to protect a group of scientists that are researching the place. Meanwhile Daniel is in another assignment in another planet and Sam is giving a lecture at the Air Force academy. When the cadet Jennifer Hailey shows a mistake in a formula developed by Sam, she is impressed with Hailey. Soon Sam learns that Hailey is a brilliant but rebel student and is about to be expelled from the Academy. Sam decides to give a chance to Hailey and convince Hammond to let the cadet have a training period at the Stargate to be motivated to conclude the Academy. Soon they join the bored Jack and Teal'c in the planet. When they find blinking lights life form, the scientists believe they are harmless. But soon they learn how dangerous the lights are. How will Jack, Teal'c and Sam protect the scientists and Hailey?

"Prodigy" is a good episode of Stargate SG-1 with two story lines that merge into one. The segment with Sam is more attractive that the other and the plot is well-resolved. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Prodigy"

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