During an engine cool down break from hyperspace travel the crew of the Prometheus, with Major Carter as an advisor, encounter a space craft of unknown configuration. They hail the ship to ... See full summary »


Peter F. Woeste


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Episode cast overview:
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
Carmen Argenziano ... Jacob Carter / Selmak
Ingrid Kavelaars ... Major Erin Gant
John Novak ... Colonel William Ronson
Sasha Pieterse ... Grace
Craig Veroni ... Weapons Officer


During an engine cool down break from hyperspace travel the crew of the Prometheus, with Major Carter as an advisor, encounter a space craft of unknown configuration. They hail the ship to no avail; the unknown craft opens fire upon the Prometheus. Carter attempts to override the safety protocols on the hyperdrive to make a short jump into a gas cloud, but in the attempt is knocked unconscious. She awakes to find the ship devoid of all its crew and, as she tries to escape the gas cloud by herself, she begins to hallucinate. Written by trekkie4christ

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Release Date:

16 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The elevator Carter was in on the Prometheus appears to be the same one used to enter the SGC. See more »


Sam's hand position when she takes the plastic bubble blower from Grace. See more »


Colonel Jack O'Neill: Teal'c and Daniel say 'hi'. Um, they're planning a little bit of a shindig for when you're up and around. There's talk of cake.
Major Samantha Carter: A cake?
Colonel Jack O'Neill: My idea.
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Referenced in Stargate: Atlantis: Grace Under Pressure (2005) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Overall one of the calmer episodes.
16 August 2014 | by IDontRideBarrelsSee all my reviews

"Calm" is the word I'd use if I had to describe this episode in one word.

The beginning is a little shaky and could have done things differently to show (with 100% confirmation) that this is a stand-alone episode with the Prometheus on a new mission. That information does get added later, but the "previously on Stargate SG-1" part doesn't make this clear at all. My initial impression was that this episode was going back to an earlier point in the series, which it didn't.

After the crew of the Prometheus encounter the alien vessel and Sam wakes up, this episode takes on a slightly surreal and slow (but not sluggish) pace to go with the mysteries of what's going on.

There are a lot of unanswered questions here but that's not necessarily a bad thing, since it's done in a way that allows people to draw their own conclusions without being too curious about everything. Usually having unanswered questions is annoying, but it's fine here.

The Prometheus' mission should have been clear from the first minute or two, and it wasn't - that's pretty much my only major complaint. While this episode probably isn't for everyone, and can be skipped if you're concerned with the main storyline, I thought it was pretty well-directed and well-acted.

If I could I'd probably give this episode a 7.5 but I'll round up to 8. It's definitely not a 'bad' episode.

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