Stargate SG-1: Season 1, Episode 2

The Enemy Within (1 Aug. 1997)

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The team, now designated SG-1 (initially there will be nine exploration teams in all, more will be added later) are planning their next foray through the gate as they try to map out the ... See full summary »

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The team, now designated SG-1 (initially there will be nine exploration teams in all, more will be added later) are planning their next foray through the gate as they try to map out the variety of sites available to them and locate their missing friends. O'Neill asks that Teal'c be allowed to join his team but Gen. Hammond thinks that will be unlikely given that he is the host for a Goa'uld. Unknown to anyone, however, is that O'Neill's close friend, Maj. Charles Kawalsky, leader of SG-2, has been infected by a Goa'uld, an immature version that has not yet taken complete control of the host. Kawalsky is having regular blackouts during which the Goa'uld is trying to return to the gate. An MRI reveals what is wrong but it's unlikely the creature that has fused itself to Kawalsky's spine can be surgically removed. Meanwhile, Col. Kennedy arrives to question Teal'c who has pledged his loyalty to his new world. Written by garykmcd

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There is a scene in which Kawalsky is given a medical scan with his head inside a large ring device - approximately 6ft x 6ft x 2ft. This device is a real medical tomographic device manufactured in the early 1990s in Knoxville TN, USA. This device is a PET (positron emission tomography) medical imaging device - likely a model 953. As the radioisotope undergoes positron emission decay (also known as positive beta decay), it emits a positron, an antiparticle of the electron with opposite charge. Such equipment can actually show unusual biological activity in the body as a 3D volume image. At the same time the 3D medical images in the next scene showing the parasite wrapped around Kawalsky's neck vertebra are at least partly made-up computer animation. See more »

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When Teal'c is first questioned by Col.Kennedy, his tattoo/branding is with the opening of the arch facing upward. When confronted by Col. Kennedy to verify his symbiote is still in his symbiotic sack, Teal'c has his tattoo/branding upside down with the opening facing downward. See more »

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Dr. Daniel Jackson: You don't think the Goa'ulds are sending people through, do you?
Jack O'Neill: Be like bugs on a windshield.
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Passenger
14 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode, although dealing with the formation of the "SG Teams" and looking at Teal'c's character- focuses more on how a Goa'Uld takes an unwilling Host.

I think the idea for this kind of creature came from a Robert Silverberg story called "Passengers". - where people lived in fear of "picking up a passenger", which were Entities that could take over a person, abuse that person, abuse another "passengered" person, and then leave the body. In the story, these entities would simply be seeking pleasure or mischief but they usually didn't harm their hosts, they never killed anybody, their eyes did not glow, and they were not megalomaniac power hungry dictators, but they would still cause the host body to do things it would normally not consider doing while the host consciousness had to sit there and watch it all happen.

That is the only similarity between passengers and Goa'Uld.

Remember we saw a symbiont leave a dead Jaffa's pouch and jump into the non-John Deihl Kowalski (Jay Avacone- the Cop who says "What?" In Terminator 3). Since this symbiont is still in its larval stage, it cannot completely take over Kowalksi. While the symbiont is in control we see the nature of the Goa'Uld, they are not patient, they don't know how to be covert, they are demanding- basically they're all the same since they all share the same genetic memory.

And although they have a high understanding of scientific principles, they are all relatively stupid when it comes to social things like how people interact - they really don't know how to live in any kind of society where people have to live with each other, therefore they are always fighting and killing each other*. And they basically use the Jaffa to do it for them since they are too scared to risk their own lives, when they lose they escape and then they go into hibernation in a sarcophagus-resurrection box, and the nature of those things is explored later... But in the original movie that was how Ra was able to live forever (until he was blown into atom- sized pieces of space dust).

Since we never know who is really in control of Kowalski it adds a lot of suspense to this episode which was handled very cleverly, and... It shows us basically what would happen if anybody left their head in the Stargate while it was closing.

*The Goa'Uld named "Ba'Al" actually tried living with humans and other Goa'Uld in a more cooperative way, he wanted to be a "Benevolent god" - refer to the "Stargate: Continuum" movie. Basically his plan failed because he never figured on Betrayal from his Queen "Ketesh", She made him see the "two halves" of the situation, so to speak.


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