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Learning Curve 

While employing the help of a planet's highly intelligent children for a project, the team discovers their horrific imposed fate when they reach a certain age.

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Martin Wood

Writers:

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 ... Major Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Don S. Davis ... Major General George Hammond
Andrew Airlie ... Kalan
Britt Irvin ... Merrin (as Brittney Irvin)
Teryl Rothery ... Dr. Janet Fraiser
Lachlan Murdoch ... Tomin
Stephanie Shea Stephanie Shea ... Solen
Diane Stapley Diane Stapley ... Mrs. Struble
Rob Farrell Rob Farrell ... SF Guard
Sarah Goodwill Sarah Goodwill ... Student
Laara Sadiq ... Technician
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The planet Orban, with Precolumbian Teotihuacan-culture antecedents and Aztec type pyramids, has made impressive scientific progress, and brings Sam a naquadah reactor to study; when she demands an instructor, Orban official Kalan surprises SG-1 by saying that he does not know what an instructor is, but 11 year-old Merrin stays on base to teach Carter. On Orban, Kalan's son Tomin, another 'urrone' (apprentice) is assigned to exchange knowledge about the Goa'uld with Teal'c and Daniel. SG-1 and Dr. Fraiser are astonished to discover the Orban urrones know neither fun nor school: a mass of useful new information is acquired while they are young and stored in the easily reproducible form of nanites, which are implanted in every Orbanian's brain after the urrone's 'averium', a coming of age ceremony at age 12, which extracts the knowledge from the individual and ends their ability to function mentally, so those children are 'retired' for life and from the active society. The Orbanians are... Written by KGF Vissers

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English

Release Date:

22 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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Color

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16 : 9
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Trivia

First episode in the series for Heather E. Ash as a writer (out of 5 episodes total, seasons 3-5) and a story editor (out of 18 episodes total, all on season 3). See more »

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Major Carter draws a stick figure of herself without any hair. Yet, when the camera pans to the picture seconds later, it has several strands of hair that Major Carter did not draw just moments before. See more »

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Jack O'Neill: Okay, uh... fun is what you do to make yourself happy, like music, games. It's whatever you do when you're not learning to be a Rocket Scientist.
Merrin: I am here to teach Major Carter about the reactor.
Major Samantha Carter: sounds like fun to me.
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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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My main problem with the episode
4 September 2018 | by shag4fun-1See all my reviews

The Orbanians are supposedly the descendants of a Central American civilization that was destroyed by the Goa'uld. That isn't the problem however, it's that so many of them are blonde. I've never met a Central American with blonde hair.


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