Stargate SG-1: Season 4, Episode 13

The Curse (22 Sep. 2000)

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When one of Daniel's professors dies in a lab explosion which might be related to the Goa'ulds, he comes back to Chicago to investigate what really happened.

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Daniel attends the Chicago funeral of Dr. Jordan, the archeology professor whose most brilliant assistant ever he was before leaving to pursue his far-fetched alien-Egyptian theory and join the Stargate-program, but smells a rat after an explosion is his lab. Daniel brings in the team, soon realizing Jordan's last Egyptian expedition stumbled upon a unique grave, from which pieces are missing, actually holding the remains of at least one Goa'uld divinity: Osiris, god of the aftermath and first Pharaoh. Dr. Frazier's analysis of a canopic [mummy entrails-container] jar finds an amazingly well-preserved symbiont, but the trace of its counterpart reveals one of Jordan's present assistants, Dr. Steven Rayner, whom he suspected, took a golden amulet to open the unique tomb and fell prey there to the other goddess, Isis, who actually turns out to be incarnated in the other assistant, Dr. Sarah Gardner, who remains quite alive and murderous... Written by KGF Vissers

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The device Daniel Jackson uses to evaluate the artifacts inside the museum's deposit is, actually, a GPS unit, a Garmin eTrex. See more »

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[Daniel asks for a translation over the phone]
Teal'c: "Banished to oblivion."
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Right. Okay, uh, thank you.
Teal'c: If you require assistance, I would be more than happy to return to the SGC.
[O'Neill looks annoyed]
Dr. Daniel Jackson: No, thanks. I-I think I can take it from here.
Teal'c: Are you certain?
Colonel Jack O'Neill: Give me that!
[takes the phone]
Colonel Jack O'Neill: Goodbye, Daniel.
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Marry me, Sarah!
13 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anna-Louise Plowman (the tall woman in the bed from the film "Shanghai Knights") makes her first appearance here as Dr Sarah Gardner, Daniel's former Love interest. And what an interest! Although I really like this actress, this is the episode where she looked the best.

This is a woman who Daniel could have done something with; probably would have done something with if Shar'e had not been taken from him recently- he is still recovering from those wounds, but you can see he is slightly interested in Sarah.

We know from historical fact that curses like the one that was allegedly on King Tut's tomb were usually the result of something more on the mundane side. Consequently here, people seem to be dropping like flies due to a curse on "the Osiris Jar" and other objects in this find. When the alleged curse takes Daniel's former professor, He has to go back to Chicago and look into it. And the first thing he sees when he gets there is the form of Sarah.

But these deaths are just too convenient to be accidents. As Daniel tries to make sense of some Goa'Uld writing that is on the jars- more people are dying.

SG-1 gets to do an autopsy on a 10,000-year-old Goa'Uld corpse, but usually these kinds of artifacts come in pairs, so where is the other jar, the one that had Osiris in it?

There was one interesting thing in here regarding information technology. As Sarah and Daniel try to get into the professors files, it seems like they have all been deleted. Sarah talks about a technology called "tombstone" - at the time this episode was made that was a viable technology used in server systems to make sure important files were not completely deleted. And it works exactly as Sarah describes in this episode, the file may have been deleted, but the tombstone values left in the system allow for reconstruction of the deleted items.

I was very impressed, this is the first time in any TV show where any Technobabble was used correctly. This is another reason why I really enjoy Carter's Technobabble in the series, it is usually used more correctly than in other franchises.

So the question is, what happened to that second jar and are the contents still intact? If they are, it is going to be a lot of trouble and a world of hurt for Daniel.

There is a very interesting variation on an Alkesh Bomber in this episode, this one has a huge spike that extends from the bottom- but that is only natural seeing as where this bomber had been stored for the last 10,000 years.


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