Stargate SG-1: Season 4, Episode 18

The Light (26 Jan. 2001)

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SG-5's Lieutenant Barber commits suicide by jumping into the Stargate shortly after a mission on a planet where a since about 200 years abandoned Goa'uld palace is studied by Daniel, who ... See full summary »



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Lt. Barber


SG-5's Lieutenant Barber commits suicide by jumping into the Stargate shortly after a mission on a planet where a since about 200 years abandoned Goa'uld palace is studied by Daniel, who soon develops violent mood swings and is committed to hospital with a neurotransmitter brain condition, presumed fatal after all other SG-5 members die; alas meanwhile SG-3 has visited the planet, finding only the light installation Daniel reported as particularly fascinating and human teenage boy Loran, who hid for Daniel's expedition but now tells Jack he was left there by his parents, scientific researchers. Back in SGC, Jack also develops symptoms. Sam and Dr. Frasier conclude it must be some addiction linked to the light, so when Daniel is nearly terminal Jack, who might not have been exposed too long himself, must bring him back. Jack insists to try turning off the light, and leans on Loran, who is looking for a father-figure, even gives Teal'c an early 'birthday present', but indeed has a dark ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Teal'c reveals his age to be 101 years old in this episode, and will turn 102 "in 47 days". If one assumes that the date at this point in the series is the same as the air date of the episode (January 26th 2001), then this would presumably put Teal'c's birthday (according to Earth calendars) on March 14th 1899. See more »


Hammond refers to Barber as "lieutenant" in the briefing room, but the end credits list Barber as "sergeant". See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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15 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yet another episode with a high moral content. Just say no Kids! SG-1 are on their way to a planet with a deserted Goa'uld temple where SG-5 and Daniel have been doing some research. As they are about to go through the gate, Sgt. Barker (in Star Trek he'd be in red) runs into the unstable vortex as it forms.

Daniel and rest of SG-5 get recalled and after blowing his top Daniel is sent home to settle down. The next day he can't be reached and Jack goes to find him... about to jump off his balcony.

After Jack reels him in, Daniel falls into a coma with, wait for it, no apparent reason!! SG-1 decide to go back to the Goa'uld temple once the rest of SG-5 are found in a similar condition to Daniel's psychosis.

Once on the planet, Jack finds a boy in his late teens, Loran, living alone in the temple. They also find a spiffy plasma light display that looks like Bill Gates' lava lamp. After a few minutes Hammond dials back in and tells the team SG-5 is dead and they've been out of contact for well over an hour.

The plot thickens.

Turns out the place is a Goa'uld Opium Den and SG-1 have to wean themselves off the effects in order to not go insane. The team take Loran back with them since his parents died after getting hooked on the funky radiation.

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