On the planet Simarka, the SG-1 team meets the Shavadai; a race of people similar to the ancient Mongols of Earth. These skilled horsemen and fierce warriors operate by a strict code, which includes second-class status for women. Dr. Samantha Carter, who takes a back seat to no man, is threatened by death on her first encounter with the Shavadai chief, Mughal, and is only spared because she saved the life of his son, Abu. Carter faces peril again when she is kidnapped by Abu, who hopes to trade her for the hand of Nya, the daughter of Mughal's powerful enemy, Turghan. The deal goes bad and Carter ends up the unwilling property of the warrior chief. She is determined to escape but torn by pity for the lovelorn Nya and Abu. Carter arranges Nya's escape from Turghan's tyranny and is rescued from his clutches by O'Neill and the SG-1 team. But, Carter's ordeal is not over yet; Turghan caught his daughter trying to elope and will stone her to death for her disloyalty unless Carter can defeat him in combat. In the circle of battle, Carter must prove she is the equal of any man - or die trying.
By tanstaafl28 on 06 Sep 2005 10:08:38 I have to agree with other reviewers on the quality of this episode. It has been my observation that many times, a good dramatic Sci-Fi series takes a season to really "establish" itself. This gives the actors time to really "Get to know" their characters. Perhaps the only redeeming quality of this episode is that we get to know Carter a little more.
By The Horus Guard on 21 Mar 1999
It's universally accepted, that with the exception of only a few episodes, "Emancipation" is the weakest the show has produced. Whilst the populace may suggest that other episodes, ranging from Season Two Finale "Out of Mind", through "Brief Candle" to even episodes I personally like such as "One False Step", are weaker, this episode still sticks out as the real thorn in the show's side.
The main reason this episode isn't too good is that there is little substance. There isn't enough...