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Recap / Stargate SG-1 S1 E21 "Within the Serpent's Grasp"

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Remember how no one believed Daniel last episode?

Well, SG-1 takes matters into their own hands.


"Within The Serpent's Grasp" contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Agony Beam: Klorel uses the hand device on Daniel.
  • Apologetic Attacker: While Skaara was in briefly in control, he could feel himself losing to Klorel's influence and asks O'Neill to forgive him for what he was about to do, after which Klorel manages to get his Jaffa in the room to apprehend O'Neill and Teal'c.
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  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma:
    Teal'c: I believe a medical strike could be successful.
    O'Neill: Surgical strike, Teal'c.
  • Do with Him as You Will: Apophis tells Klorel that he's free to kill O'Neill in whatever way he sees fit, though he does specify that Teal'c should die in the most painful way possible for a Jaffa.
  • Dying as Yourself: Skaara briefly takes back control of his body before dying from gunshot wounds. Subverted in the next episode, however, as Klorel's Jaffa simply revive him in the sarcophagus.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • It's stated that the windows on the mothership employ force shields as no transparent material could withstand the stress of travelling at hyperspeed, but later ship designs have glass windows more often than not.
    • The infamous 'three shots disintegrate' setting on the zat guns, which was eventually retconned away when the writers realized how ridiculous it was.
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  • Hope Spot: For a brief moment it looks at though Klorel might be influenced by Skaara into letting the O'Neill and Teal'c go... and then it's revealed he just wants to make them watch as he destroys earth.
  • Guns Akimbo: Daniel of all people, dual-wielding his Beretta and Carter's sidearm in the firefight with Klorel's Jaffa.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: O'Neill encourages Skaara to fight Klorel for control of his body.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Jack asks if he can get Showtime on the Goa'uld communication device. (This line was replaced in syndication with him going "mmmm, Goa'uld TV.")
  • Military Maverick: The entire team decides to disobey orders and make an illicit trip through the gate in an attempt to head off the coming invasion of earth.
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens twice; first of all when the team realize that they're actually on a ship with no way of gating back home, and then later when it the ships reach earth a lot quicker than they anticipated.
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  • Precision F-Strike:
    Klorel: Nothing of the host survives.
    O'Neill: That's bullshit.
  • Sadistic Choice: O'Neill is forced to shoot Skaara to prevent Klorel from killing Daniel. Of course, it becomes irrelevant since Skaara and Klorel are revived in the next episode, but he had no way of knowing that would happen.
  • Stun Guns: This episode sees the introduction of the zat guns.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Klorel shows some shades of this with regards to Apophis, though he's also The Starscream.
  • Wham Shot: After assuming from Teal'c's information that it'd take the mothership months if not years to reach the Sol system from its starting point, Klorel takes Jack onto the bridge and shows him the view: Saturn and its rings.
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