Begins as a bit weaker season. They have a tendency to show up and ask people to abandon deeply held beliefs that have been part of the local society for years or decades or centuries, which the local people seem to do remarkably quickly and conveniently. Later in the season they draw on their strength of connected storylines – they are very good at building up the elements of the Stargate universe, character by character and event by event. Several story arcs started in the first season are also completed.
3×01 – Into the Fire – conclusion of 2×22 – watch
3×02 – Seth – basically all you need to know is there are a dozen or so System Lords – otherwise lots of plot issues – skip
Teal’c laughing at the Jaffa joke is amusing. It may be the only time he laughs out loud in the entire series.
3×03 – Fair Game – this is kind of a strange episode, with three System Lords diminished from Gods to treaty negotiators – Captain Carter is promoted to Major – skip
Plus which, the single worst place imaginable to hold a ceremony with the entire senior staff is right in front of the gate, where they would all be vapourized by an incoming wormhole if something went wrong.
3×04 – Legacy – this is a reasonably good episode, although one wonders why they always assume natural causes when surrounded by alien technology – watch
3×05 – Learning Curve – this is fairly well done, a bit of a sad episode – watch
3×06 – Point of View – mirror episode – kudos on the goatee – although Teal’c’s beard seems to appear on both – watch
3×07 – Deadman Switch – reasonably good – Aris Boch is fairly entertaining – Takunitagaminituron (Tak) – watch
3×08 – Demons – sucks – skip
3×09 – Rules of Engagement – this is a cool idea, and could have been good if well-executed – as it is, things work out a bit too conveniently – Intar – watch
3×10 – Forever in a Day – a very good episode, as befits the ending of a major arc, the Sha’re arc begun in the series premiere – watch
3×11 – Past and Present – connects to a previous episode – a good episode – watch
3×12/3×13 – Jolinar’s Memories/The Devil You Know – A very dark pair of episodes, appropriate for the subject matter but very different from the usual light SG-1 tone. Quite horrifying and disturbing. Concludes the Sokar arc. Worth watching but be prepared for the tone. – watch
3×14 – Foothold – an ok episode, a standalone – watch
3×15 – Pretense – more building on history, with Tollen and Nox – conclusion of the Skaara arc, marking the completion of the two “quests” started in the series premiere – watch
Skaara is never seen again until a brief appearance in 6×22 (which is a bit odd considering he is supposed to have all kinds of info about the Goa’uld).
This is the first time we see anything able to go physically through the iris. It’s best to explain this as Tollen technology in general, rather than their specific “walking through walls” technology, since the walking through walls tech doesn’t match with matter not being able to reintegrate due to the close boundary between the iris and the event horizon. It’s possible you can handwave this by saying the “bulge” of the iris shown gives enough room for reintegration.
3×16 – Urgo – The first purely comedy episode in the series. Dom DeLuise (father of Peter DeLuise, who was heavily involved with writing and directing SG-1) appears. – watch
3×17 – A Hundred Days – A nice episode, reminiscent of Star Trek TNG’s “lived another life” episode The Inner Light, but with the awkward problem of the real people left behind after the episode. – watch
3×18 – Shades of Grey – The Tollen again, making this almost a direct sequel to 3×15, except for a mention of 3×17’s planet and events – with the first time we see the visual of stepping through one side of the gate in Stargate Command and stepping out the other side onto the planet in the same shot. Well done. Week unfunny coda at the very end though. – watch
3×19 – New Ground – this is an ok episode, a standalone – watch
3×20 – Maternal Instinct – this is a key episode – Master Bra’tac! – watch
It is a bit odd that Master Bra’tac brings some random redshirt Jaffa we have never seen before, rather than Rya’c. I guess we are to assume that Rya’c is still in the Land of Light at this point.
This is a key episode that sets up a lot of the mythology for the entire rest of the Stargate series (including Atlantis). For better or worse, it is the first one to introduce a kind of alien mysticism, although in and of itself it focuses as much on the alien part as the mystic part.
Some nice funny lines between Jack and Daniel.
This wraps the short Kheb arc begun in 3×10, although it does beg the question of why Daniel hasn’t made Kheb his top priority. It is mentioned in an episode after 3×10, so I guess we are to assume he is investigating it in the background but doesn’t have much to go on.
3×21 – Crystal Skull – a standalone episode – it’s ok – skip
The relationship between Daniel and Jan Rubes (his grandfather, Nicholas Ballard) is weird from beginning to end. You would think that as someone exiled to the edge of the scientific community for his beliefs, Daniel might have said, oh hey, maybe my grandfather was right, particularly once he started the Stargate program three years ago. Plus which Daniel’s parents are gone, so it’s not like he has a lot of family. Plus which they just leave Jan Rubes there, he’s never seen again and probably never mentioned again.
3×22 – Nemesis – The start of the Replicators arc. – watch
Considering that Apophis has a huge army, it’s a bit surprising that the season-ender cliffhanger is replicators.
Daniel Jackson doesn’t do much because he actually had appendicitis. The scene at the beginning of the show where his character has appendicitis was filmed after the main part of the episode, once he had recovered.
Daniel Jackson’s appendicitis reflected Michael Shanks’ real-world condition at the end of season 3.
Above from Wikipedia – Nemesis (Stargate SG-1).
Thor’s talking is a bit clunky – he looked more natural in earlier episodes.
The special effects are not that impressive for 2014, but they were actually a big deal in 2000 (nominated for an Emmy).
Starting with this episode, the main title sequence on the DVD’s (and on iTunes) is the original sequence of the Sphinx instead of the montage of clips used for syndication airing as used on the previous DVD releases.
Above from Stargate Wikia.
It’s odd they went back to the (originally aired) Sphinx title sequence because the action-clips opener is way better. It’s a wonder the original opening sequence ever got anyone to hang around for the rest of the show.
UPDATE 2014-09-02: It’s possible they are using the title sequence as a way of marking season 4 and 5 as “off” – that season 4 and 5 aren’t as good as the rest of the series and take it in unfortunate directions. There seems no other explanation why 4 and 5 would have different title sequences, with the action clips titles coming back at the start of season 6.
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