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Message in a Bottle
Stargate SG-1, episode 29 (2.7)
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03
While exploring a now-dead planet, O'Neill and the SG-1 team find an orb that sends out electromagnetic signals. They think it is a time capsule of some sort and are intrigued by its power source, which seems to have lasted a millenia, they bring it back through the Stargate. When Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson begin their tests, however, the object begins to heat up and the team decides to send it back through the Stargate. The object, however, seems to have other plans. While it is brought to the Stargate, it shoots bolts through the concrete walls, floor and ceiling of the facility, including one that pierces O'Neills shoulder. Further investigation reveals that the object is sending out an alien organism that is infecting people, computers, and the building itself. Attempts to destroy the orb only make it grow faster. As the computer screens go dark and the facilities self-destruct mechanism begins its countdown, Carter suggests they let the organism take over O'Neill's body in the hope the orb will use him to communicate with them.
By The Horus Guard
Perhaps one of SG-1's greatest strengths does not lie in it's characters, or it's mythology, or even in it's vast amount of special effects and high-production values. It's the show's ability to take a basic, standard plot, and make it interesting.
Even with the early episodes, 'Broca Divide', 'Brief Candle', all the ones we don't give a damn about anymore, had a strange strength to themselves. Unlike many shows, who take basic plots and fail to make something of it, SG-1 has managed to take...
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