Stargate SG-1: Season 10, Episode 14

The Shroud (4 May 2007)

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Daniel Jackson, who was left behind fighting off Adria while the other SG1-members escaped through the Stargate, is found working as a Prior: the best in the business, who doesn't need to ... See full summary »

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Daniel Jackson, who was left behind fighting off Adria while the other SG1-members escaped through the Stargate, is found working as a Prior: the best in the business, who doesn't need to use any threats to talk people into conversion to Origin. Hoping there is still some of his personality left, the team (plus General Jack O'Neill) kidnaps him. Daniel explains how he temporarily has Merlin's personality and knowledge in himself, and had deliberately allowed Adria to turn him into a Prior, while delaying to finish Merlin's weapon she'd wanted, meanwhile hoping to get an Ori ship for Earth's side. But time is running out, since the team took unexpectedly long to capture him. Still, the generals, Carter, and Vala are most reluctant to go along with releasing him and opening the wormhole he needs to bring the weapon through. Even the White House wants to kill him, or at best, keep him in stasis until he is reverted to his human nature by Merlin's genetic manipulation. But then his plan ... Written by KGF Vissers

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When Major General O'Neill goes up to the ship to meet Daniel Jackson the first time, he wearing the 1-star rank insignia of a brigadier general on each collar, instead of the 2-star insignia of a major general. He wears the correct number of stars, 2 on each collar, in the preceding and subsequent scenes, all of which give the impression of happening on the same day. See more »

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Major General Jack O'Neill: Yep! Just like old times. Except, I'm here against my will and you look like Marcel Marceau.
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Yeah. You know, some things change, but others stay the same.
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The Priory of Daniel Jackson
22 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the end of "the quest", Daniel Jackson had been abducted by Vala's Hellspawn child-of- the-Ori "Adria" (the ever-beautiful Morena Baccarin from FireFly).

This is basically the continuation of that tale. We know that Merlin had dumped his knowledge into Daniels mind, but what we did not know was that Merlin and Daniel were living as one being, and that Merlin had planned this whole scenario from ages long past. The moment Daniel stuck his head into that machine, a certain course of events was destined to play out.

SG-1 hears about a strange Ori prior who is using the soft sell rather than the hellfire promises that regular Ori Priors use. That was all the clue they needed to suspect it was Daniel- and it was.

But what we have here is a dilemma of choices. Has Daniel been completely taken over by the Ori, Or is he still the Merlin-Daniel hybrid, acting out Merlin's plan to destroy the Ori? The whole thing could be an Ori trick to set off Merlin's device in our galaxy, destroying the ancients instead of the Ori.

As each member of SG-1 considers this choice Landry and Woolsey (Robert Picardo) also voice their concerns, and Woolsey's decision is far too drastic.

They even get Jack O'Neill (two L's) involved again- and that is what makes this episode the best episode of season 10.

Because once again we have the original SG-1 team working with the two new members of SG-1 that came from Farscape, Cam Mitchell (Ben Browder) and Vala Mal Daran (Claudia Black)- so it is one big happy family.

Is Daniel really speaking the truth, or is he going to go full-Ori on SG-1, once he gets onto the Ori Mothership? Is he going to hand the device over to Adria?

This episode is Michael Shank's shining hour- he has become a full Ori prior, and he plays the role believably, so much that we are not truly convinced he is telling the truth when he says he is playing a game of sorts. But even if he is lying, there are moments between Jackson and O'Neil that are so much like the conversations they had in seasons one through seven, and even though Jack O'Neill is not part of SG-1 any longer, he still knows Daniel Jackson and Daniel Jackson knows him, these two people know each other better than any other people in the world, or whatever world that they have a gated to in the past.

When it comes down to it this episode shows the human condition: that there has to be faith and there has to be trust even though there is the possibility that we will be lied to or somebody will fool us, we do have to be careful and suspect that this might happen but there are times when we can't assume we are being fooled, and that we have to trust that we are being told the truth.


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