Stargate SG-1: Season 2, Episode 4

The Gamekeeper (17 Jul. 1998)

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Exploring a strange and beautiful garden, SG1 comes across a dome containing a race that are connected to machines. The team are captured by the machines and rendered unconscious, but awake... See full summary »



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Exploring a strange and beautiful garden, SG1 comes across a dome containing a race that are connected to machines. The team are captured by the machines and rendered unconscious, but awake to find themselves reliving pivotal moments of their lives, over and over again. Then they discover it is virtual reality and a mysterious keeper appears to persuade them to try different outcomes for the moments. But can the team escape his clutches, when they don't know what is real and what is not? Written by Anonymous

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Dwight Schultz plays the Keeper, the master of the virtual reality environment. He previously played Lt. Barkley on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a character addicted to the virtual reality of the Holodeck. See more »


When Teal'c and O'Neill are living the mission over and over again. Two of the other soldiers both are carrying a M4A1 assault rifles with grenade launcher attachment. O'Neill said to Teal'c that this mission happened in 1982 but first M4A1 assault rifle was made in 1994. See more »


Jack O'Neill: Um, General. Without meaning - this time - to sound like... a smartass... are you cracked?
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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Good Yarn
22 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a fun episode. Dwight Shultz provides his typically brilliant, typically comedic theatrical style to the Keeper character.

Star Trek TNG and Star Trek Voyager fans will immediately recognize and appreciate his unique style.

This episode also provides another angle to time, in which the SG-1 team experiences traumatic episodes from their history over and over again. It's kind of like a first-person reality video game, in which the player fails in a mission and gets to reload and try again.

This is good storytelling. It's well acted and well written. I think it's one of the better episodes in Season 2, even if it does take a while for the story to "get there."

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