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Fragile Balance 

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A teenage boy shows up at the SGC claiming to be Jack O'Neill. He recalls a dream in which an Asgard was studying him. They determine that they must find this Asgard to fix what has been done to Jack.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dean Anderson ... Colonel Jack O'Neill
Amanda Tapping ... Major Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Don S. Davis ... Major General George Hammond
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson / Thor
Carmen Argenziano ... Jacob Carter / Selmak
Michael Welch ... Young Jack O'Neill
Teryl Rothery ... Dr. Janet Fraiser
Gregory Bennett Gregory Bennett ... Lt. Col. Harlan Beck
Tom Heaton ... Werner
Poppi Reiner Poppi Reiner ... Pamela Ambrose
Ed Hong-Louie Ed Hong-Louie ... Zyang Wu
Theresa Lee ... Interpreter
Ralph Alderman Ralph Alderman ... Shop Owner
Evan Frayne Evan Frayne ... Pilot #1 (as Evan Lendrum)


SGC security stop a teenager who has gained access to the facilities by using Jack O'Neill's key card. When asked how he got hold of the card, his answer is simple: he claims to be Jack O'Neill. Although incredulous at first, the knowledge the young man displays about their operation eventually convinces them that they are in fact dealing with Jack. All he can remember is being in a dream-like state and being taken by the Asgard. Medical tests reveal that his body is changing at the cellular level and Jacob Carter recommends that Jack be put into stasis until they can figure out what exactly has happened to him. Jack's solution is to leave the SGC without permission. Soon after he leaves, Dr. Carter and Jacob figure just who they are really dealing with. Written by garykmcd

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20 June 2003 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


When Daniel and Teal'c are searching for similar accounts, Daniel mentioned that Jack's encounter included noticing 'four green lights'. This is a nod to Star Trek: The Next Generation: Chain of Command: Part I (1992) where Picard is tortured by the Cardassian Gul Madred into thinking there are five lights when there are only four. Throughout the torture, in defiance, Captain Jean-Luc Picard repeats to Gul Madred the phrase 'There are four lights!'. This in turn is a reference to 1984 (1984) in which Winston Smith, the main character, is electro-shocked into declaring that he saw five fingers when there were in fact only four. See more »


Young Jack O'Neill: [to room full of Air Force pilots] I realize it doesn't actually say "Colonel" anywhere on my uniform, but it should.
[Carter nods to room in agreement]
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References The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Intriguing Storyline
24 October 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

A fifteen-year old teenager appears at the SGC claiming to be Jack O 'Neill. General Hammond, Samantha, Teal'c and Daniel Jackson are reluctant in the beginning, but the teenager has knowledge of classified information. When Dr. Fraiser learns that he has O'Neill's DNA, they decide to investigate what happened. He recalls a dream where he was abducted by the Asgard and the medical examination shows that he is dying. The SGC summons Jacob that proposes to put the boy into stasis, but he does not accept. What has happened to Jack O'Neill?

"Fragile Balance" is one of the best recent episodes of "Stargate SG-1" with an intriguing storyline. The plot is very well developed and the conclusion is corny, but satisfactory. My vote is seven.

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