Today Daniel dies (again) and Homer Simpson starts believing that the Stargate is real.
In the aftermath of Dakara Ba’al returns to Anubis, claiming to have lost due to the Jaffa. However Anubis sees through his lies, knowing that Ba’al betrayed him. Anubis insists however that he will take Dakara and use its weapon to take control of the galaxy for good.
At the SGC they too are dealing with the fallout from the final battle, with Carter concerned that Daniel hasn’t been seen for a week while O’Neill is still holding out that Daniel will come back. Both however are more distracted by their personal lives, with O’Neill being involved with the charming CIA agent in charge of investigation into the trust and Carter introducing Pete to her father who seems less than pleased with her choice in partner.
Elsewhere Daniel finds himself in a strange diner filled with people who take no notice of him and where Oma Desala is the waitress. Oma informs him that she saved him after Rep. Carter stabbed him in the gut and he is in the Ancient version of purgatory, with the choice of either ascending once more or going back to the mortal realm. To make matters worse he reads the local paper, which tells of Anubis’ plan to destroy all life in the galaxy by taking back Dakara. Despite this however Daniel has no way of warning his friends as everyone in the diner but Oma ignores his presence due to not being ascended yet.
Meanwhile the Free Jaffa Nation is celebrating their victory over the Goa’uld and begin forming their own government, which for Teal’c means some hard choices over who his primary allegiance now belongs to. One point of contention between the new nation and their allies is the weapon on the planet, which the Jaffa want to keep intact as a symbol of their victory while the others want it destroyed to prevent anyone using it to say wipe out all life.
After Pete’s visit Carter can’t seem to understand what’s up with her father who seems to be acting strangely and distant all of a sudden. This is placed by the wayside however as Carter begins to doubt her own relationship with Pete, with him clearly being much more forward and interested in the wedding than she is. Their issues come to a head however when he reveals his “surprise” for her, a new home he’s bought without even asking her. Carter goes to talk with O’Neill about it, accidently stumbling upon his “secret” relationship, but has to leave soon when she receives an urgent phonecall about her father.
In the diner Daniel sees an unknown man talking with Oma, with the discussion getting heated. Daniel decides to introduce himself to the man, who surprisingly talks back and introduces himself as Jim and claims to be one of the outsiders like Daniel and Oma. Unlike Oma however Jim is a lot more willing to stand out against the others in the diner, openly mocking them for doing nothing to stop Anubis’ plan. Later on Jim talks with Daniel about Anubis and his status as a half-ascended being and how the other Ancients won’t stop him unless he does something he couldn’t do without his ascended powers and that this leeway is down to the fact that Oma ascended Anubis by mistake.
Around the same time at the SGC Carter makes it back, finding that her father is dying rapidly as Selmak is dying and no longer able to leave the body while keeping Jacob alive. After this admission Jacob’s condition begins to rapidly worsen but he still has time to impart advice to his daughter, including the implication that he knows she still has feelings for O’Neill and that she should take the chance in being with him. Only a few halls away little do the Carters know that O’Neill’s partner has also reached this conclusion and breaks up with O’Neill, giving him the advice that he could easily resign his commission and stay in charge as a civilian anyway if he thought that was what was stopping him. O’Neill then goes and comforts Carter as her father dies in front of her, after which she finally ends her relationship with Pete.
Back at the diner Daniel has a heart to heart with Oma after the revelation of her role in the making of Anubis. She also reveals that Daniel chose to go back down to the lower plane last time for pretty much the same reason, having had enough of the Ancient’s snobbery and contempt for those of the “lower planes”. When Jim comes back in, laughing about Anubis’ achievements, Daniel finally realises the truth which is that Jim is Anubis.
To make matters worse for all the Free Jaffa Nation makes a strike for the facility used to create the Kull Warriors after receiving intel about its condition. Upon arrival however they find it abandoned, a trap to weaken Dakara and allow Anubis to easily retake it. With the crisis looming the SGC tries to dial out but is too late, helpless to stop the Dakara weapon. Thankfully for them a “miracle” happens, as Oma finally decides to confront Anubis himself by locking the two of them in battle for all eternity. Moved by the selflessness of Oma the others finally work to stop Anubis’ path of destruction, shutting down the weapon on Dakara and the SGC self-destruct.
Back on Earth Daniel finds himself back in the SGC, once again descended while naked to the delight of one elderly Jaffa. The episode ends with O’Neill and Carter fishing at his cabin, with her commenting that they “should have done this years ago” signalling they’re romantically involved, soon joined by their two teammates.
Once more the show tries to clear house ready for what was meant to be its fond farewell to the audience, this time wrapping up loose ends regarding Daniel’s time ascended and just how Anubis came back to be such a massive threat to both his fellow Goa’uld and the Tau’ri.
In this regard the show spends a lot of time in its version of purgatory, the astral diner, where Daniel finds himself talking with Oma and a jolly man called Jim regarding what is currently happening on the world below. Until now we’ve always seen Oma as this godlike figure who, while going against the conventions of the Ancients, was still holding of standing amongst them. Instead we’re shown that the others treat her with scorn and contempt, virtually a second-class citizen, for her continued breaking of the rules. This placement of her in the pecking order is reflected in her positioning as the waitress, where she is forced to take the others orders and serve them without any acknowledgement of her as a person.
This latter point also serves as the most eye-opening appearance of the Ancients in the show’s history. Until now the Ancients have always been portrayed as kind and wizened people who long disappeared but left behind a deliberate legacy to help others. Instead now we find them much like every hyped culture in history, nothing more than pompous arseholes who hold their own view of how the world should work and disregarding all other opinions. In the case of Oma, while she did admittedly make a mistake by ascending Anubis, it was the other Ancients who chose to turn a blind-eye to his destruction and oppression on the lower planes as a result of only partially descending him, believing such concern to be below them. This remarkable turn around in their portrayal will also feed into the sister show as well, with the caring Ancients being the stark minority of cases.
Outside of this we also have the character of Jim who only appears in this episode but is quite a memorable character from the season. It’s fun to watch the writers slowly move him from seeming to be “like Oma” in that he doesn’t care for the rules to the slow revelation that he is Anubis, with him only appearing to rub it in to Oma whenever he gets the chance. In true Goa’uld fashion it’s this constant arrogance that ends up being his downfall, with Oma finally deciding to fight back against her creation, forever ending his threat to the galaxy. Funnily enough it’s this act of self-sacrifice that gains the attention of the other Ancients who finally lift a finger by stopping the Dakara weapon moments before it fires.
Outside of this main line we also have what is essentially the final Act of the O’Neill/Carter saga where the two end up together by the end of the episode. In the episode we see that both O’Neill and Carter’s separate personal lives have started to stress and fracture, with Carter no longer as enthused with Pete as she used to be and O’Neill’s new flame realising that she isn’t in his long-term future. With the former it seems Pete’s characterisation once again goes back to his initial introduction, with him being shown as controlling in the relationship and shutting Carter out of key decisions such as his decision to buy them a house. His handling of the breakup is also subpar, with him storming off like a petulant child. Honestly, it seems his decisions have been decided by how much the writer liked O’Neill/Carter as a pairing. In the end it’s the death of a mutual loved one that finally sees our two leads put fraternisation rules aside for the sake of their feelings since first being hinted at about 5 seasons ago now.
The weakest part of the episode however has to be with the Free Jaffa Nation, who in their first appearance are shown to be utterly useless at anything. Despite the dream being self-government that sentiment is destroyed when they immediately lose Dakara to Anubis by falling into an obvious trap, refusing all advice from their allies in the Tau’ri and Tok’ra. Bit of a sudden turn from the victory only last episode that made them seem so capable.
In the end the episode functions as a final send-off to many of the show’s stalwart storylines, finishing off some final loose ends regarding the show’s foes and ending the longrunning will they/won’t they between two of the leads.
· That newspaper in the astral diner is one of the best props the show ever made IMO.
· Does Daniel want any sugar with that coffee?
· I like how adult the O’Neill break up is in this episode, without all the usual melodrama of TV.
· Is this confirmation that Bra’tac is Gay?
Quote of the episode: “Just order what you like.”
“Okay I’ll have truth with side order of clarity please.” – Oma and Daniel
O’Neill is talking to Carter over the phone, returning home from work, only to be confronted by an angry man with a gun who claims that O’Neill ruined his life.
At some point seven years ago the unknown man was visiting a carboot sale with his wife, looking through other people’s tat. While looking at some comics he stumbles upon a strange stone, suddenly seeing in his mind SG-1s off the book mission from Within the Serpent’s Grasp. It turns out that the man, Joe, is a small-town barber by day who isn’t very good at small talk with his customers. Tired of his boring everyday life he begins to tell the events he witnesses as stories to both his family and customers, with his wife eventually suggesting that he should write these stories down and get them published. Joe, believing what he saw is true, also begins to try and contact O’Neill directly but gets redirected by the Air Force multiple times as they see him as nothing but a loon.
Despite his family and friends seeing his stories as just an odd display of creativity they start to avoid Joe more and more, seeing his increasingly bizarre stories and obsession that it’s true as a sign of mental instability. This begins to first hit his business, forcing his co-workers to seek new jobs, and eventually his home life which comes to a head with his wife and son leaving him after he loses it when he can’t find the stone from the sale that gives him his visions. Joe decides to try and prove that he’s right, deciding to gather “proof” of what happened and confronting his wife with it but she refuses to believe it and instead sees it as further proof of his mental illness. After Joe’s house is repossessed by the bank for failure to pay his taxes he decides to confront O’Neill at his home, looping back to the present.
Back in the present O’Neill initially phones for a psychiatric facility but stops after Joe demonstrates his intimate knowledge of both O’Neill and the SGC. O’Neill has Joe brought to the SGC Infirmary to see what’s up with him, introducing the other members of the team to him who are equally bewildered by his knowledge of their lives. It turns out that Joe has the Ancient gene like O’Neill and that the stone he found is linked to one that was kept in storage in the SGC for years, causing the events to bleed over the connection. Likewise it turns out that for the last seven years O’Neill has been dreaming the events of Joe’s life and he actually found it relaxing. In the end Joe has his wife meet him once more, this time bringing O’Neill as well to prove he’s not crazy.
So here’s the final clip show episode that SG-1 ever made and what a fun one that was. Unlike the others, which were serious plot points to fill out the backstory of the following episodes, this one fits more into the self-mocking tone of episodes like Wormhole X-Treme.
Here we follow a simple barber called Joe who, along with his colleagues, essentially spend 40 minutes mocking various episodes and aspects of the show up to this point, including but not limited to the non-show of the Furlings, terrible episodes, and the whole Daniel/Jonas affair in season 6. It’s this sort of fun that made the show what it is and it’s nice how in the initially final season they found time just before the end to once more have a laugh at themselves instead of just showing off as if nothing ever went wrong.
I also find it fun how this episode probably has the least screentime of the main cast of any episode of the show, with nearly the entire affair being the people in Joe’s life as opposed to the SGC, which is quite fun to see ordinary people learning all about the SGC and refusing to believe a word of it.
Outside of this not much really occurs given the clipshow nature, but in the end it doesn’t matter as it’s a fun 40 minutes that the show didn’t have to do but chose to anyway.
· His son aged fast.
· A man who doesn’t lock his front door is in charge of what is meant to be the most secure facility on the planet.
· God that wig is terrible on Daniel. Looks like an emo.
Quote of the episode: “He’s a barber.”
“Broke into your house?”
“Second week in a row.” – Daniel and O’Neill