Season 2 Episode 2 – Earth isn’t the only galactic force opposing the Goa’uld lords.

Brief Summary: Several SG teams evacuate a world under attack by Goa’uld fighters. During the battle, Carter is infected with a Goa’uld while giving a man CPR. Her odd behavior upon the teams’ return is noticed but not commented until Carter visits Cassandra. Cassandra immediately recognizes that Carter is infected with a Goa’uld and tells O’Neill before SG-1 can embark on their next mission. Carter is captured and held in a prison cell while the rest of the team investigate the source of the Goa’uld. The Goa’uld reveals himself to be part of a rebellion group called the Tok’ra and says there is an assassin after him. The assassin, who had navigated through the Stargate Command ranks successfully, gets to Carter. While on the operating table, the Goa’uld dies, sparing Carter.

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This is an episode where previous knowledge of the events of Stargate SG-1 is key. Shau’re is mentioned, and Jackson has emotions behind the mention of her (yay). Cassandra makes an appearance, and it seems as though they continued their relationship outside of the events of “Singularity” where Cassandra made her debut. Most obviously, the viewer should have knowledge of the Goa’uld, such as the fact that they’re parasitic and burrow through the skin to infect the central nervous system, which is how they hack the brain.

Surprisingly, there is a rebellion among the Goa’uld (called the Tok’ra) against the System Lords. They are enough of a threat to have assassins sent after them. Some of which are successful, it seems.┬áCarter is upset about the death of the rebellious Goa’uld that infected her, and it makes me wonder if the Goa’uld imparted secrets into her that would help the Goa’uld invasion later in the season.

It’s interesting that Cassandra will trust O’Neill with the news that Carter is a Goa’uld but not Dr. Frasier, the woman she’s apparently living with. Then again, Frasier might say nasty things like “It’s time to get to bed” while O’Neill was all “There’s a rule on Earth that everyone has to have a dog when they’re a kid.” O’Neill might also emanate a vibe where he’s capable of solving any problem and eliminating every threat. Or it could be a plot device so the message that Carter is a Goa’uld isn’t held up with Dr. Frasier while she’s making rounds at the hospital. That’s a possibility too.

This episode seems more like a proper season premiere than the last one. The budget obviously increased (according to the increased number of extras in the background) and the story moved along at an expert pace. There was enough emotional development from the characters to sucker punch me in the gut, and enough suspense from the less-than-happy ending to get me excited for the next episode. Cassandra offers words of comfort to Carter, and it’s telling that Carter doesn’t immediately emerge from her funk because of them.

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Magical child remains magical after her debut.

This episode’s adorable mascot is Cassandra.