Stargate SG-1: Season 8, Episode 12

Prometheus Unbound (28 Jan. 2005)

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General Hammond returns to SGC to take Dr. Jackson with him on a trip to Atlantis onboard the Prometheus. In the middle of their trip, the Prometheus picks up a distress signal and Hammond ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Col. Samantha Carter (credit only)
Teal'c (credit only)
Morris Chapdelaine ...
Bosworth (as Christopher Pierce)


General Hammond returns to SGC to take Dr. Jackson with him on a trip to Atlantis onboard the Prometheus. In the middle of their trip, the Prometheus picks up a distress signal and Hammond decides to investigate. Things get sticky when a Kull Warrior takes control of the Prometheus, leaving Hammond and his crew, minus Daniel Jackson, behind in a damaged Alkesh. Written by trekkie4christ

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The character of Vala was originally written for this single episode, but there was immediate chemistry between Dr. Jackson and Vala, and she Claudia Black was asked to return as a regular cast member beginning in Season 9. See more »


When General Hammond gets kicked off the Prometheus by Vala, he refers to it as his "ship". Being an Air Force General, however, he would more likely refer to the Prometheus as his "craft" or "spacecraft". See more »


Vala Mal Doran: Ow. Ow, you hit me!
Dr. Daniel Jackson: You hit *me*.
Vala Mal Doran: Yeah. You know, we could just have sex instead.
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References The Kids in the Hall (1988) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Co(s)mic relief.
26 July 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I've just spent 40mn in stitches, so I really wish I could give this episode a full 10. The only think that stops me is that it really doesn't deserve the title "SG1", as Daniel is the only member of the whole SGC to feature in it (O'Neill only appears in the intro). According to the Trivia section, there is an explanation to this, but I still do not think it's right to split the team.

Apart from this, the episode is great from beginning to end. Daniel has been trying to go to Atlantis for some time, and thanks to Hammond's surprise comeback (cheers!) he now gets the assignment... but trouble is a-brewing in the galaxy, and he will never set foot on Atlantis.

Action-wise, there is everything you might ask for, as usual when spaceships are involved: races, battles, emergency repairs, perilous rescues, last-minute twists, Goau'ld threats and new worlds -with transport rings adding to the overall confusion. Nice. Especially as most of it focuses on Daniel, who tends to be a man of words rather than a fighter, but he gets some very heated (should I say hot?) fighting scenes here. (Oh, and thanks to whomever thought of putting him in a Kull armor. That was niice. Just sayin'.)

There is also a fantastic new character. Even though she is on the "good" side, Vala is ruthless and unscrupulous, and she can kick some butt. Daniel's butt, that is. I really hope she will be back because those two are just fabulous together: you can literally see the sparks flying around, which is a surprise when you consider how tame SG1's love lives usually are. ...Besides, Vala has been a Goa'uld host, which makes her the perfect girlfriend for Daniel(sorry, but it's true)

Mixed in with all the action are some hilarious sequences, worthy of Window of Opportunity. They work because they are not separate from the rest and do not rely on grimaces and silliness, but on adding an unexpected twist to familiar situations: Daniel's lecture gets interrupted by a hiccuping scientist; Reynolds is willing to risk his life to save Hammond, but blanches at the prospect of giving him mouth-to-mouth. Or --my absolute favorite--, Daniel's show of bravery in front of his Kull captor is cut short by the Kull's unexpected response.

So while Prometheus Unbound is not a turning point in the series, it is really entertaining and leaves you wishing for more.

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