Stargate SG-1: Season 1, Episode 21

Within the Serpent's Grasp (6 Mar. 1998)

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Jaffa (as Michael Richard Dobson)


General Hammond has tried everything to get the senates decision to shut down his space program undone, but the president personally refuses to 'commit political suicide': the Stargate will be buried. Daniel's insistence the danger for earth as a whole outweighs everything convinces his military SG-1 colleagues to ignore the commander general's command and dial the address the goa'ald invasion started from in the parallel dimension he visited. They arrive not on a planet but a new, superior type of starship, already launched by hyper-drive. A 'video' proves it belongs to Apophis, who gives command aboard to his son Klorel, whose host is no other then the team's young Abydos friend Skaara, yet overpowering him seems their best move, while Sam installs explosives in the death glider deck with a 24 hours timer just in case, but Jaffa manage to liberate Klorel and the ship goes far faster then expected... Written by KGF Vissers

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A Great Episode to be Continued
9 June 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The SGC has been shut down by Senator Kinsey despite the efforts of General Hammond. However, Jack, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c disobey the orders and they travel to the coordinates that Daniel brought from the alternative Earth. They arrive in a room and out of the blue a group of Jaffa brings a large floating ball and leave it in front of the Stargate. Teal'c explains that it is a sort of television for communication purpose. Further, they discover that they are inside a Goa' uld spacecraft that is heading towards Earth to destroy the human race. Then they see Apophis ordering his son Klorel, who is actually Skaara, to wait for him before the ultimate attack. Sam and Daniel plant C-4 everywhere while Jack and Teal'c try to rescue Skaara, but they are captured by the enemy. Meanwhile Major Louis Ferretti assume the SGC and he expects to destroy the Goa'uld spacecrafts with two missiles. Will the Earth defenses suffice to hold the attack? Will the SG-1 survive?

"Within the Serpent's Grasp" is a great episode to be continued and hold the viewers to Season 2. I hate this type of procedure and fortunately I am watching to "Stargate SG-1" with all the DVDs in a non-stop mode. Skaara is gone and Jack has finally accepted the reality. Major Ferretti is an irritating character and I look forward to see his plan fall flat on face. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Within the Serpent's Grasp"

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