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1->''"And those who are prideful and refuse to bow down shall be laid low and made into dust."''
2-->'''-- The Book of Origin'''
4The team travel to Camelot, the planet whose gate address they found after activating [[Recap/StargateSG1S9E18ArthursMantle Arthur's Mantle]], in search of a weapon created by Merlin to defeat the Ori. A new [[Recap/StargateSG1S9E6Beachhead supergate]] is discovered, and the Ori invade the Milky Way.
6!!"Camelot" provides examples of the following tropes:
7* AllMythsAreTrue: Discussed:
8-->'''Daniel:''' We have seen that a lot of legends and folklore have a strong basis in fact: Avalon, Atlantis...
9-->'''Teal'c:''' The Easter Bunny.
10-->'''Daniel:''' ...I guess there's a few exceptions.
11* TheAlliance: The Tau'ri, the Jaffa and the Asgard ([[AndZoidberg and the Lucian Alliance]]) all come together to fight the invading Ori forces at the end of the episode.
12* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Vala going into labor while the Milky Way fleets are obliterated by the Ori.
13* BookEnds: As with the two-part [[Recap/StargateSG1S9E1AvalonPart1 season]] [[Recap/StargateSG1S9E2AvalonPart2 premiere]], this episode is heavily inspired by Aruthurian mythology and features Mitchell fighting a holographic knight in order to gain access to a secret cache of treasure hidden by Merlin.
14* BookcasePassage: Mitchell finds one in Merlin's library.
15* TheCavalry: Subverted; Teal'c arrives halfway through the fight against the Ori with backup in the form of three Lucian Alliance ''ha'tak'' vessels, only for them to get their asses kicked the same as everybody else.
16* ChekhovsGunman: Valencia, the young woman with the impressive fencing skills whom Mitchell befriends at the beginning of the episode, ends up being the one to pull the sword from the stone.
17* {{Cliffhanger}}: Possible the biggest one in the series' run; the episode ends with the Ori warships invading the Milky Way and proceeding to kick the crap out of its strongest military powers. The newly-built Russian ''Korolev'' is destroyed while Mitchell and Daniel are presumed to still be on board, Carter is left floating helplessly in space after a failed attempt to dial the supergate before the Ori can dial in has her drifting away from the crippled ''Odyssey'', and Vala suddenly goes into labor while watching the whole thing from inside one of the Ori ships.
18* ContinuityNod:
19** The team search for [[Recap/StargateSG1S9E18ArthursMantle Merlin's weapon]].
20** [[Recap/StargateSG1S9E19Crusade As promised]], the Russians now have their own ship, though they don't get to keep it for very long before it's destroyed.
21* CurbStompBattle: The Ori warships annihilate the combined forces of the Milky Way with very little effort.
22* DeflectorShields: The Ori mothership's have ''very'' powerful ones.
23* DramaticSpaceDrifting: Carter ends up doing this after going outside the ''Odyssey'' to try and dial the supergate before the Ori can dial in; the magnetic lock on her spacesuit fails due to interference as the gate activates, sending her floating further and further away from the ship.
24* EnemyMine: Teal'c appeals to the Lucian Alliance for help battling the Ori, pointing out that they pose a threat to the entire galaxy. It seems he eventually succeeds in winning them over, though not before Netan tries to have him killed.
25* ExplosionsInSpace: Lots of them.
26* GiveMeASword: Valencia pulls the sword from the stone and throws it to Mitchell as he battles the knight.
27* {{Hologram}}: Much like the one in [[Recap/StargateSG1S9E1AvalonPart1 Glastonbury]], the knight protecting Merlin's library is a hologram, though this one is a lot more aggressive.
28* HolyGrail: It's revealed that Merlin's weapon is the Sangraal, or holy grail.
29* InsistentTerminology: While Daniel was researching how to deactivate the Black Knight, Mitchell fell asleep. Mitchell insists he was "kelno'reeming".
30* LuckBasedSearchTechnique: The second book Mitchell tugs at in a narrow alcove opens the BookcasePassage.
31* MagicIsEvil: The villagers in Camelot seem to believe this, describing Merlin as a "dark wizard" and forbidding anybody from setting foot in his library.
32* MerlinSickness: The original myth regarding Merlin aging backwards in mentioned in passing; Daniel and Carter speculate that it could have something to do with time travel.
33* MundaneSolution: Daniel spends some time trying to disable the black knight hologram by figuring out the correct sequence of panels to press on the Ancient control device, before finally giving up and just shooting out the crystals in frustration.
34-->'''Mitchell:''' Sounds like one of ''my'' plans.
35* NoSell: The Ori mothership's shields stop everything that gets thrown at them.
36* OneHitKO: A single shot of the Ori mothership's main cannon is not only enough to destroy a ''ha'tak'' vessel, the shot ''keeps going''.
37* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Valencia states that only the pure of heart can pull the sword from the stone, though unlike the sword at Glastonbury Mitchell is able to use it despite not being the one to pull it free.
38* QuoteToQuoteCombat: After the Ori warships come through the supergate, they send a text-only message to the allied fleet with a quote from the Book of Origin: ''"And those who are prideful and refuse to bow down shall be laid low and made into dust."'' Daniel responds with another quote from the same text, ''"Then did Tileus say to the people of the low plains: 'seek not wickedness amongst your neighbors lest it find purchase in your own house'."'' Unfortunately, it doesn't convince them to call off the attack.
39* RunningGag: A minor one throughout the episode has Daniel being beamed up every time he tries to explain to the villagers that there's no such thing as magic.
40-->'''Daniel:''' Boy, my timing's off today!
41* ShaggyDogStory: After spending the entire episode searching for Merlin's weapon at Camelot, Daniel and Mitchell are told that he took it with him when he left and it could be on any one of three other planets.
42* ShockingDefeatLegacy: Every major power in the galaxy is represented at the supergate, forming a decently sized fleet. 4 Ori motherships effortlessly annihilate them without taking a single casualty, making it perfectly clear to everyone just how powerful they are.
43* SomeKindOfForcefield: The door to Merlin's library is protected by one that zaps anyone who tries to open it unless they have a special key.
44* TheWorfEffect: Just years earlier, Goa'uld ''ha'tak'' ships were seen by humans as terrifying and nearly unstoppable. The Asgard O'Neill-class was supposed to be the crowning jewel of their technological achievement. Daedalus-class ships can travel between galaxies and hold their own against the Wraith. Against four Ori motherships? None of them stood a chance. Also counts as TheWorfBarrage, as these are three of the most powerful factions in the galaxy, and don't succeed in destroying a single ship.