While exploring a world populated by Mongol descendants, Capt. Carter is abducted as a wife of a local warlord.


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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 (credit only)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Turghan
Jorge Vargas ... Abu
Soon-Tek Oh ... Moughal
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Nya (as Crystal Lo)
Marilyn Chin Marilyn Chin ... Clanswoman


The SG-1 team travels to a planet that is populated by what may be the descendants of Mongol tribesmen relocated from Earth. The warriors are brave and fierce but the object of their interest is Sam Carter. In their society, woman are not permitted to show their face in public and are not even allowed to speak, on pain of death. She is kidnapped by a young man who trades her to an opposing tribe in the hopes of getting the chieftain's daughter Nya in return. He is refused as Nya has been promised to another chieftain in marriage but Sam tries to get the young woman to refuse the marriage and go against her father's wishes.The result is that Nya is sentenced to death by stoning. Written by garykmcd

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When Carter is in Turghan's camp chopping vegetables we see three potatoes on the tray/bowl. While potatoes are an important staple in contemporary Mongolia (annual consumption ~ 100 pounds per capita per year), these Mongols were taken from Earth around the 12th century and potatoes were only known on the South American continent until the 17th century. However, who knows what vegetation was carried into new worlds by the Goa'uld or whether these potatoes are native to that world, or even some kind of root variation. See more »


When Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa character shoots the M9 for a second time O'Neill says there are only five rounds left in the clip. That style of handgun does not use clips it uses magazines. A gun person would know this yet Richard Dean Anderson is not a gun person nor were the writers. See more »


Jack O'Neill: The hell with culture - a member of my team has been neutralized. That's a hostile act.
Dr. Daniel Jackson: How is it that you always come up with the worst case scenario?
Jack O'Neill: I practice.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


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The weakest SG-1 episode of all time.
14 September 2014 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

But I will still give it an eight because I don't like handing out one-stars.

It's not just that I agree with the comments from the other reviewers who all make a very good point, but after the pilot episode entries, this was kind of like post-coital letdown.

And it's not that I disagree with how is this episode deals with sexism in primitive societies, in 1997 when this episode was made The World was just a little bit more sexist than it is in 2014- this is an issue that has gone on for thousands of years, women had been treated like personal property, slaves or chattel. If you look at nature, the female of the species is usually the more rugged and larger of the sexes, and males are usually the ones who pretty themselves up, especially with Birds, where the females are all plain, while the males sport striking plumage. In humans, over the course of thousands of years, it seems that nature has been reversed: women have been bred to be smaller and physically weaker, while taking on the role of sporting the bright plumage. This was all imposed by men, Who sometimes had collections of wives. The more wives one man had, the more important he was. Eventually this led to The practice of intermarrying between kingdoms, one kingdom would send it's daughter to the neighboring kingdom to marry the male heir. Before World War I, the leaders of all of the European kingdoms were relatives- after roughly 1000 years of intermarrying. In the dark ages, intelligent women were sought out and burned at the stake as witches, so religion didn't help matters any.

In this episode SG-1 visit a planet that is going through it's own dark ages, A feudal society that treats women as property.

I'm not going to argue about any of the aspects of this episode regarding that issue but what I will bring up is that although Amanda Tapping is a fine figure of a woman, I don't see men going Bugsputz over her while dressed in fatigues with short hair. While she is on mission, she is just one of the boys, and sexual allure is at its lowest state. That is why when the residents of this planet realize that Carter is a woman and the leader starts saying how beautiful she is, I found that completely unbelievable: Because as a Captain in the Air Force Carter is not as attractive as Samantha Carter would be as a woman, and her tomboy looks in the first season of Stargate simply don't put her into the 10 most gorgeous women in the world category.

Later in the series she revealed her womanhood, we saw her as a woman in different circumstances like for instance in the alternate realities stories where she was not in the military, she was all woman and very attractive in those episodes.

Under normal circumstances when she is wearing the Fatigues with gear strapped on, a helmet and armed with a P-90, I think of her less as a woman and more as a Goa'Uld Killing Machine. Except when she sets down the P-90 and pulls out the laptop computer.

I guess I'll have to attribute the slowness of this episode to the common practice when a show burns up all of its financial backing on a fantastic pilot episode or season opener, we have seen this in Deep Space 9 where they would have four fantastic effects-heavy episodes in a row, then they would have to have one episode with only four of the cast. The producers of SG-1 who were also the producers of the great Outer Limits Anthology Series, would have a "clip show" sometimes, to save money. Since SG-1 had no episodes in the can to do that with, other means were used to cut costs. The pilot episode of SG-1 was very effects heavy, so this episode was pulled out to recover from that. It is just basically a human story, there are no Goa'Uld, no aliens, just people- and I do applaud the producers of this show that they tried to make a positive social statement. But somehow the message got mixed up a little bit, and it came out sounding more like "manifest destiny" than equality and sensibility.

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