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48 Hours 

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When Teal'c is trapped in the Stargate buffer, the team must juggle the technical challenges along with personal, interdepartmental and diplomatic rivalries to rescue him in time.


Peter F. Woeste


Brad Wright (developed for television by), Jonathan Glassner (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dean Anderson ... Colonel Jack O'Neill
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Amanda Tapping ... Major Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Don S. Davis ... Major General George Hammond
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Tom McBeath ... Harry Maybourne
Colin Cunningham ... Major Paul Davis
Bill Marchant ... Adrian Conrad / Goa'uld
Garry Chalk ... Colonel Chekov
Gary Jones ... Sgt. Walter Harriman
John de Lancie ... Colonel Frank Simmons
Jeff Seymour ... Mr. Black
Martin Blaiz Martin Blaiz ... NID Guard
Dan Shea ... Sgt. Siler


When SG-1 returns from planet P3X116 under fire, only three of them make it back to SGC safely: O'Neill, Carter and Jackson. Teal'c entered the gate but it was destroyed before completing the trip and the signal was lost. Carter believes that Teal'c's "signature" is still in the gate's buffer but she's not sure how to retrieve him. Meanwhile, Jackson and Major Paul Davis head to Moscow to negotiate an agreement with the Russians to use their gate for SGC activities. Col. Frank Simmons informs General Hammond that they have only 48 hours to retrieve Teal'c and introduces the brilliant but arrogant Dr. Rodney McKay to help Sam with the problem. For his part, O'Neill turns to a new ally for information after Simmons tries to blackmail Hammond. Written by garykmcd

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This episode marks the first appearance of Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) on Stargate SG-1 (1997). He would later become a regular character on the spin-off series Stargate: Atlantis (2004). See more »


Major omission (later rectified) with a series-wide key artifact: one DHD is "lost" in overall series development since Russians now apparently have the only DHD on the planet, taken from Germans back after WW2 as mentioned in Stargate SG-1: Watergate and therefore being the original DHD from Gyza's stargate recovered by the Russians from the bottom of the ocean after the events in Stargate SG-1: Nemesis while SGC after that runs the stargate from Antarctica discovered in Stargate SG-1: Solitudes and they should still have the corresponding DHD as well since it was obviously taken back from the unofficial NID team in Stargate SG-1: Touchstone along with the second stargate. But that DHD is missing from the plot line without any explanations. However, a posterior explanation is given much later in Stargate SG-1: Frozen that this DHD died shortly afterward in Area 51 while studying, since it was apparently the oldest DHD in the galaxy. See more »


[after the DHD explodes]
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Well, that never happened in any of the simulations.
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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Trapped in the Stargate
29 December 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While returning from a planet under attack of Goa'uld, Jack, Sam and Daniel arrive at the SGC safe and sound. However, Teal'c stops his running to shoot Tanith and the Stargate is destroyed by the debris of Tanith's spaceship when he jumps. Teal'c is trapped in the Stargate and never arrives at the SGC. Sam believes his signature is in the Stargate and try to find a means to retrieve him. General Hammond shuts down the Stargate while Daniel and Major Paul Davis travel to Russia to deal the use of the Russian Stargate to bring the American teams that are in outer space back. Colonel Simmons arrive at the SGC with the arrogant Dr. Rodney McKay and tells that General Hammond has only 48 hours to bring Teal'c back; further, Simmons blackmails Hammond. Meanwhile Jack teams up with Maybourne to investigate what Colonel Simmons knows and how he got the information.

"48 Hours" is a highly entertaining episode of "Stargate". The storyline has three segments all of them engaging and well-resolved. Sam trying to find a means to bring Teal'c back. Daniel negotiating with the Russian military. Jack finding the truth about the despicable Colonel Simmons. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "48 Hours"

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