Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
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Cold Lazarus 

When Jack is injured unintentionally by a crystal alien, the alien duplicates Jack's form and out of fear of retribution tries to heal Jack. He returns to Earth in place of Jack, while Jack... See full summary »


Ken Girotti (as Kenneth J. Girotti)


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

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Episode cast overview:
Richard Dean Anderson ... Colonel Jack O'Neill
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Amanda Tapping ... Captain Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Don S. Davis ... Major General George Hammond
Harley Jane Kozak ... Sara O'Neill
Teryl Rothery ... Dr. Janet Fraiser
Gary Jones ... Sgt. Walter Harriman
Wally Dalton ... Sara's Father
Kyle Graham Kyle Graham ... Charlie O'Neill
Marc Baur Marc Baur ... Senior Cop
Jane Spence Jane Spence ... Nurse
Carmen Moore ... Laboratory Assistant
Charles Andrew Payne ... Guard NCO (as Charles Payne)


When Jack is injured unintentionally by a crystal alien, the alien duplicates Jack's form and out of fear of retribution tries to heal Jack. He returns to Earth in place of Jack, while Jack is still unconscious on the planet, to find the one thing he feels will accomplish this; the one thing that cannot be found again. Meanwhile, the 'real' Jack has returned and is trying to convince SGC that he is who he says he is. Written by minnadoon

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29 August 1997 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


When O'Neill opens his locker and looks through the letters and pictures inside the cigar box, the envelope shows his ex-wife's address (and presumably O'Neill's former address), which is 842 Cranbrooke Lane, Winter Park, CO, 80310. See more »


When the real Jack is about the return through the Stargate the iris is open. However, he could not have sent the GDO code to open the iris, because the gate is not open yet. See more »


Jack O'Neill: Come on, get me outta here.
Jack O'Neill: Tell ya what, let me put it nicely. Get me the *hell* outta here!
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Featured in Stargate SG-1: Unnatural Selection (2002) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Great Episode
31 March 2017 | by georgesepiclifeSee all my reviews

"Cold Lazarus" is proof that Stargate SG-1 is a great show, because this episode proved that the writers of the show are ambitious, and aren't aiming for boring, predictable sci-fi that has been done in countless shows and films before. This episode is very personal, and focuses on the O'Neill's backstory, but it does it in a way that is interesting and original. There are a lot of emotional scenes, which work well along with the exciting stuff that is going on at the base. Richard Dean Anderson gives a great performance(s!), and I really felt for his character. Although this episode is pretty self-contained, it still advances the over-arching story line with the Goa'uld and develops them. There are some humorous scenes with O'Neill, which worked very well. I didn't really like the use of comedy in "Children of the Gods", but it has improved significantly since then, with a nice balance of drama, action, sci-fi, and comedy. I'm looking forward to the next episode.

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