Stargate SG-1: Season 9, Episode 14

Stronghold (27 Jan. 2006)

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Leader of the Hak'tyl and their representative on the Jaffa High Council, Ka'lel has fallen in with those who work against a democratic Jaffa nation. Things worsen when she incapacitates ... See full summary »

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Leader of the Hak'tyl and their representative on the Jaffa High Council, Ka'lel has fallen in with those who work against a democratic Jaffa nation. Things worsen when she incapacitates and turns a well-spoken brother Jaffa who promoted democracy. Bra'tac comes to Hayes and SG-1 for help in finding a now missing Teal'c and uncovering the shadowy dealings in the Jaffa High Council. On Earth, Mitchell gets an old friend of his into a hospital where alien-based technology is used; hopefully, the advances they have made will be able to cure what ails him. Written by trekkie4christ

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Master Bra'tac: Two evenings ago, do you remember clearly what you did?
Maz'rai: Bra'tac, I do not remember what I ate yesterday. Very sad, I admit, but proof of nothing other than old age.
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I don't buy it
29 March 2015 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I don't know if I believe this episode. Ba'al manages to brainwash quite a lot Jaffa, including members of the High Council? I really like Ba'al as an antagonist but last time I counted he had no spaceship and no Jaffa followers. What did he do? He waited for some Jaffa coming to Earth to abduct or kill him and somehow managed to overbear and brainwash them? And then somehow got his hands on a Ha'tak without a crew who would fight him and his few new followers? Highly unlikely, especially since this all must have happened off- screen and without even a hint to us viewers. After the last uninvited Jaffa on Earth I would think that no spaceship would come near Earth without detection. Furthermore Ba'al has to go undetected to Dakara to at least brainwash Maz'rai. No, I don't think I'll buy it. It's much more likely that some writer thought it was a good idea to involve Ba'al and didn't care how Ba'al would achieve this.

The other thing I don't buy is the Galaran mind device in the hospital. After "Collateral Damage" I wouldn't think Earth was willing to share technology with the Galarans. And certainly Mitchell (of all) would not attach himself again to this mind device to record some memories for his friend even if it's modified. If he should bring alien technology to the hospital then it's certainly Carter with the Goa'uld healing device. Maybe this wouldn't remove the shrapnel but it would be worth to try to fight the aneurysm to prolong Ferguson's life or even remove the shrapnel afterwards with an operation.

So what do we have here? Some good ideas (Ba'al trying to gain power again; Mitchell helping a friend) very poorly developed into a script that makes no sense if you really think about it. Annoyingly throwing away a good idea in the process. Wouldn't it be nice to see Ba'al secretly gaining more and more power over a few episodes while the SGC still looks for a way to fight the Ori and the Jaffa exploring democracy? This could have been a great B-plot with rising tension until Ba'al either really helps fighting the Ori or is defeated. A sadly missed opportunity. By the way: did Ba'al die at the end or some clone? And would it be possible for Teal'c to go through the Rite of M'al Sharran without a symbiote?

Beside these major issues the story is well written and we see some nice acting and as usual a good production. So it certainly is not all bad. By the way: why is the Hak'tyl member of the High Council named after Superman? Her name is Ka'lel and Superman's birth name is Kal- El. I guess comic-books are really all over the universe … ;- )


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