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The SGC is visited by Tok'Ra called Anise who brings some armbands used by the soldiers of a long extinct race, supposed to increase the abilities of the wearers. O'Neill, Carter and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Colonel Jack O'Neill
... Dr. Daniel Jackson
... Major Samantha Carter
... Teal'c
... Major General George Hammond
... Anise / Freya
... Dr. Janet Fraiser
... Sgt. Siler
Kristina Copeland ... Waitress
Frank Topol ... Big Guy
Bill Nikolai ... Technician Vern Alberts
... Technician Davis
Daniel B. Melles ... Special Forces Soldier #1 (as Daniel Melles)
Tracy Westerholm ... Special Forces Soldier #2
... Jaffa Commander


The SGC is visited by Tok'Ra called Anise who brings some armbands used by the soldiers of a long extinct race, supposed to increase the abilities of the wearers. O'Neill, Carter and Jackson put the armbands on and it improves their physical strength, but it also causes them to make rash decisions. can they get the armbands off before they cause their deaths? Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

14 July 2000 (USA)  »

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| (Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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The engraving on the alien device reads, "With great power comes great responsibility..." This phrase was actually coined by famed comic book writer Stan Lee, when he created his most famous character, Spider-man. See more »


Waitress: What can I get you?
Colonel Jack O'Neill: Um, three of the biggest steaks you've got, with everything, rare, and baked potato.
Waitress: You got it!
[She starts to walk off]
Colonel Jack O'Neill: Excuse me... That was for me!
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Yeah, I'm gonna have three as well.
Colonel Jack O'Neill: Four?
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Four... Four is good, yeah.
Major Samantha Carter: Me too, and French fries with mine... oh and a diet soda!
[O'Neill and Jackson give her a funny look]
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The Alien Device
17 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

The SGC receives the Tok'ra Anise that brings three alien devices that they have found to be used around the fist and she explains that the device increases the strength and the speed of the user. However, the artifact does not work with her race and she would like to experiment it in Earthlings. Jack, Sam and Daniel accepts to wear the device and soon they realize that they have increased abilities. Then Anise explains that the Goa'uld are building a powerful spacecraft capable to subdue other races in the universe and Jack, Sam and Daniel plot a scheme to destroy the spaceship using their new acquired abilities. Meanwhile Dr. Fraiser finds that the device releases a virus to increase the abilities of the user and the body of the human race is not prepared for that. Further, the artifact cannot be removed from their arms. But Jack, Sam and Daniel decide to go anyway to the planet as per their plan. However, when they arrive at the Goa'uld facilities, they learn that they have just lost their abilities and the place will blow-up in a few minutes. What will happen to them?

"Upgrades" is one of the best episodes of "Stargate SG-1". The show is full of action and Jack using the the alien device is funny. The sequence at the fast-food is one of the funniest in this series, with the nerd Daniel acting like a tough guy. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Upgrades"

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