Stargate SG-1: Season 9, Episode 5

The Powers That Be (12 Aug. 2005)

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Vala leads SG-1 to a planet where the priors have visited with a plan to keep them from worshiping the Ori. Once there she reveals that the symbiote that once held her ruled over this ... See full summary »

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Vala leads SG-1 to a planet where the priors have visited with a plan to keep them from worshiping the Ori. Once there she reveals that the symbiote that once held her ruled over this planet. She feels that keeping them in allegiance to her will hinder the spread of Origin to this world. Written by trekkie4christ

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Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell: That is a classified file.
Vala Mal Doran: Priors have been reported on 43 different planets already.
Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell: Yeah, that's what the file says.
Vala Mal Doran: Well it just so happens that I have a very good relationship with the people on the one you've designated P8X 412.
Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell: Define "relationship".
Vala Mal Doran: They trust me.
Vala Mal Doran: [Mitchell gets up and starts to leave] What? Where are you going?
Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell: To talk to Landry.
Vala Mal Doran: Why?
Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell: Because anyone who trusts you is obviously in a great deal of danger.
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Come ye faithful
8 August 2012 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is not one of the most memorable episodes in SG-1, but it has very few flaws and brings a lot to the new season.

Once again, one of my favourite elements is Vala's complex character. While she never acts selflessly (she partly brings SG-1 to the mining colony because she wants to get her treasure back), she doesn't need that much incentive to make the right choice, and her tough facade has tons of cracks in it. It is clear that the scriptwriters have plans for her, so I am looking forward to watching her evolve (although I am a bit concerned that she is still only a Special Guest Star).

But even as Vala honestly starts to care about the people she spent years duping and exploiting (no matter how benevolently), her efforts seem doomed in front of the Ori's godlike power. Now the tone becomes much darker, even more hopeless than during the Anubis arc. What makes the Ori so terrifying is not their unearthly powers; the most compelling thing about them is how very easy, how very seductive their way is -especially when compared to the Goa'uld's despotic rule. As a result, despite all of Daniel's rightful arguments, the miners' conversion is a foregone conclusion. It is rather disheartening to watch those people, whom we got attached to rather quickly, willingly make the wrong choice --but then again, when faced with such options, who would not?

So now the fight has really taken hold in our galaxy --and the first battle is already lost. It is difficult to imagine how the humans are going to fight back, unless Daniel's question turns out to be really significant: Why are the Ori so keen on being adored?


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