Season 3 Episode 7 – The team discover which of them has the highest price on their heads and also bounty hunters exist.
Synopsis: While hunting for a downed UAV, SG-1 encounters Aris Boch who claims to be the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. He captures them but the team negotiates their freedom if they help Aris capture the Goa’uld he was hunting. Carter is hostage while Jackson, O’Neill, and Teal’c lure out the Goa’uld. Upon meeting him, SG-1 learns that he is actually Tok’ra and fleeing Sokar, Aris Boch’s employer. The team steals away so Aris Boch shoots Sam nonfatally and captures the rest with his ship. While on the ship, SG-1 attempts to persuade Aris Boch that Tok’ra and Goa’uld are not the same. Aris Boch isn’t swayed so Teal’c offers to take the Tok’ra’s place as the price on Teal’c’s head is the highest of SG-1. As Teal’c flies off with Aris Boch, he finally persuades him to join the rebellion against the Goa’uld. They blow up the ship but survive with escape pods. Aris Boch offers his hope that his people will also be free of the Goa’uld.
It has come to my attention during this episode that the rebellion to bring down the System Lords has no official designation. Therefore, I am going to henceforth call it The Rebellion. Not to be confused with the rebellion of Star Wars.
It took a team effort to convince Aris Boch to join the Rebellion. First there was Carter and then the team as a whole but Teal’c won him over in the end. Maybe because it was from one traitor to the other. Teal’c knows the daunting effort it will take to bring down the System Lords, but so do the Tok’ra. Stargate Command may not know the full breadth of the Goa’uld System Lords and their influence, but they do know their effects on the worlds they visit. Any effort against the System Lords only helps the Rebellion.
I noticed Carter didn’t get to see a lot of action in this episode. Other than talking with Aris regarding his position in the galaxy, that is. I call sexism but, after Teal’c, she has the most valuable bounty on her head plus the memories of the Tok’ra Jolinar. But it could still be sexist because having the memories of the Tok’ra inside her has proven to be a convenient way to advance the plot in a couple episodes. And the ability is not tied to a specific skill Carter has but is rather something innate inside her. There may be an essay about the sexism of Stargate SG-1 somewhere.
Aris is from a race that is unable to blend with the Goa’uld. This is exciting because it means that it can be done! It is possible to be unable to blend with them. Of course, his race was met with genocide and then race-wide enslavement of the survivors because of it. The key to their enslavement is a drug called Rashna which only the Goa’uld can provide though Carter is given a sample to try to replicate it on Earth. It seems the drug has to be consumed once every couple of hours, which seems like a waste of Rashna on my end but is probably the result of cultural addiction for Aris.
On the bright side, SG-1 is known throughout the galaxy. I wonder if other SG teams are gaining notoriety in their own right as well. Teal’c has the biggest bounty, followed by Carter. It’s up in the air the amount for bounty for O’Neill and Jackson. Aris revealed that Jackson’s bounty was no more than a day’s rations which then changed to a larger sum at the end of the episode. So either Aris was having fun at the beginning or was trying to make Jackson feel better at the end. The motive was unclear.
This episode’s adorable mascot is Jackson’s fluctuating bounty price and his general discomfort about it.