Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
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Stargate Command gets a video message from Vala's extremely unreliable father Jacek on the planet Robak- he claims to know about the late Arkad's plans to attack and blow up Earth, even ... See full summary »


Peter DeLuise


Brad Wright (developed for television by), Jonathan Glassner (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Browder ... Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell
Amanda Tapping ... Lt. Col. Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Claudia Black ... Vala Mal Doran
Beau Bridges ... Major General Hank Landry
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Fred Willard ... Jacek
Gary Jones ... Chief Mst Sgt. Walter Harriman
Bill Dow ... Dr. Bill Lee
Lexa Doig ... Dr. Carolyn Lam
Martin Christopher Martin Christopher ... Major Kevin Marks
Fulvio Cecere ... Col. Davidson
Paul Wu ... De'vir
Lillianne Lee Lillianne Lee ... Kim Lam (as Lillianne Dieuique-Lee)
Robin Richardson Robin Richardson ... Trader


Stargate Command gets a video message from Vala's extremely unreliable father Jacek on the planet Robak- he claims to know about the late Arkad's plans to attack and blow up Earth, even about the several cloaked, naquadah-laden cargo ships in orbit, and offers details in exchange for sanctuary. General Landry asks Dr. Lam to help him resume contact with her mother Kim, his ex-wife. Even after the cargoes are found and blown up, Vala abhors her dad's entry. The general asks her to go easy on him, realizing that he, too, neglected his daughter because of his career, even if Jacek's neglect was just criminal. When Cam and Daniel go tell Jacek he shouldn't scam people, he tricks them into talking to Vala for him. Vala goes over just for catharsis, telling him she's through picking up the pieces of his tricks, and he certainly keeps scamming- as Daniel also finds even with Terak, a Jaffa from an escaped cargo ship, who hopes to sell the naquadah. When they are apprehended, Jacek promises ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

8 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


In the briefing near the beginning of the episode, Vala is seated next to Daniel and you can see that her shoulder patches are on the wrong shoulders. See more »


At the end, Carter brings a bottle of wine and glasses into Vala's room. She sets a screw top bottle of wine at the foot of the bed, and when the camera is focused on Vala, the sound of a cork being worked out of the bottle can be heard. See more »


[first lines]
Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell: They cancelled it? Really? I didn't even know the new season had started.
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Features Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods (1997) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Season 10 fan service (and that's a good thing)
29 September 2019 | by konrad-poschSee all my reviews

If you're in the final season of a long running scifi (or any genre) show and you don't enjoy fan service, you've made some serious mistakes about all the episodes you've watched until this point.

Fun character scenes, good guest stars, our heros and friends being plucky versions of themselves, what more could you ask for?

The standalone, the ship Episode, the Fan service piece, the "letting down their hair"/holodeck episode; these are archetypes of good scifi and if you don't enjoy them, fine, but you should really ask yourself why you're watching season 10.

Not all episodes of a series should be archetypes. But a well done archetype episode is a thing of beauty. This is that.

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