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Recap / Stargate SG 1 S 8 E 16 Reckoning Part 1

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"If the Goa'uld can't find a way to stop them, the replicators will easily overrun our galaxy in a matter of weeks."
— Jacob Carter

Jacob Carter returns to warn O'Neill that the replicators have launched an all-out assault against the Goa'uld for control of the Milky Way galaxy. Meanwhile, Teal'c and Bra'tac attempt to capture the holy land of Dakara in order to ensure the success of the Jaffa rebellion once and for all, and Daniel is taken prisoner by Replicarter, who hopes to learn the secrets of the Ancients from his subconscious memories of his time as an ascended being.

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"Reckoning, Part 1" provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: O'Neill's response when Jacob admits to stealing technology from the Tok'ra High Council to help Earth.
    O'Neill: No complaints, I'll take anything I can get. Weapons, receivers... silverware.
  • Badass in Distress: Daniel is captured by Replicarter.
  • Batman Gambit: Anubis anticipates that the rebel Jaffa will attempt to take Dakara while his forces are tied up fighting the replicators, and plans to use the opportunity to end the rebellion for good while they're all gathered in once place.
  • Better the Devil You Know: It's mentioned that several of the rebel Jaffa are defecting back to the Goa'uld due to the threat posed by the replicators. Jacob also points out that while they might ordinarily want to see the Goa'uld wiped out, in this case it would be a very bad thing since the replicators taking over the galaxy would be even worse.
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  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Replicarter transforms her arm into a long metal blade that she uses to kill Lord Yu in the opening scene.
  • Boarding Pod: The replicators board the team's ha'tak vessel this way at the beginning of the episode, and later do the same to Thor's ship.
  • The Bus Came Back: Jacob/Selmak returns for the first time since disappearing partway through the previous season.
  • Call-Back: The meeting between the system lords and Ba'al's representative in the teaser takes place on the same neutral space station as the Goa'uld summit in season five.
  • Continuity Nod
  • Contrived Coincidence: The one (never before mentioned) weapon capable of defeating the replicators turns out to be on Dakara; a previously unseen planet which Teal'c decided to capture in this episode for completely unrelated reasons.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Replicarter-as-Oma:
    "Oma": If you are seeking an absolute truth, you will not find it. Only truth that applies to you.
    Daniel: That is so extremely unhelpful.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Once again, Ba'al seems to bring out the worst (or perhaps the best) in O'Neill.
    Ba'al: You cannot be serious.
    O'Neill: Yes I can. I just choose not to... some of the time.
  • Dispense with the Pleasantries: Inverted; when Jacob first arrives, O'Neill snarks at him for getting straight to business without bothering to say hello first.
    Jacob: Jack, we got a problem. We need to talk.
    O'Neill: Hi. Hello? How are you, long time no see, what's doing, what's up, hey buddy?
    Jacob: Sorry, Jack. It's good to see you again. Congratulations on your promotion.
    O'Neill: Thanks.
    Jacob: You deserve it.
    O'Neill: Yes, well... what's up?
    Jacob: The replicators. They've launched an all-out attack against the Goa'uld. If the Goa'uld can't find a way to stop them, the replicators will easily overrun our galaxy in a matter of weeks.
    O'Neill: Why didn't you say so?
    (Jacob gives him a look and walks away)
    O'Neill: (following) I'm sorry! You said we had a "problem", not a big, galactic emergency.
  • Doomsday Device: It's revealed that the temple at Dakara houses an Ancient superweapon capable of destroying all life in the galaxy.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Yu is rather abruptly killed by Replicarter in the first five minutes of the episode.
  • Enemy Mine: Ba'al swallows his pride to ask O'Neill for help as the replicators overrun his forces, pointing out that for the time being, the bugs pose a bigger threat to the both of them. O'Neill initially turns him down, but seems to be reconsidering at the end of the episode when Ba'al reveals that Anubis is still alive and planning on using the Dakara superweapon.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Goa'uld vs. the Replicators. In fact, Replicator Carter explains to Daniel that she's probing his mind specifically in order to find a way to kill Anubis.
  • Foreshadowing: O'Neill and Carter discuss using the Ancient time machine that they recovered from Maybourne's planet; in the two-part season finale, they wind up doing exactly that, despite apparently having agreed never to do so.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Thor sends Carter back to the SGC when his ship is boarded by replicators, attempting to fly as far away from Earth as possible before they completely take over his systems.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: It's revealed that Ba'al has actually been in the service of Anubis all season.
  • Holy Ground: The temple at Dakara is regarded as such by the Jaffa, which is why Teal'c believes that capturing it will ensure the success of the rebellion once and for all.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Yu's final fate, courtesy of Replicarter.
  • It's All My Fault: Carter blames herself for Daniel getting captured, insisting that if it wasn't for her then Replicarter wouldn't be out there, despite O'Neill reassuring her otherwise.
  • Killed Off for Real: Lord Yu, and presumably Oshu and the other system lords at the summit attacked by Replicarter.
  • Layman's Terms:
    Carter: It took several hundred microsecond long connections and hours to go through each subsequent burst of data, but eventually we managed to isolate the cipher that makes the replicators immune to the disruptor, and we've adjusted it accordingly.
    (O'Neill looks blank)
    Jacob: The weapon works again.
  • Lost Superweapon: The weapon at Dakara. The Jaffa apparently have no idea of its existence as it was left by the Ancients, and Replicarter only learns about it from Daniel's subconscious memories.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Replicarter traps Daniel in a false reality where she poses as Oma Desala in order to more easily probe his mind. He does see through it eventually, but not before she's managed to find what she was looking for.
  • Neuro-Vault: Replicarter believes that Daniel still has Ancient knowledge from his time as an ascended being buried in his subconscious. She's right.
  • Possession Burnout: Anubis is still possessing humans in his incorporeal form, and the first one we see him in is absolutely covered in lesions and open sores. He eventually ditches it in favor of another host.
  • Running Gag: Daniel quotes Oma's "if you immediately know the candlelight is fire, then the meal was cooked a long time ago" koan.
  • Showing Off the New Body: After Anubis switches hosts, he spends his entire conversation that follows with Ba'al admiring his new face in a reflective surface.
  • Spotting the Thread: Daniel realizes that "Oma" is actually Replicarter when she doesn't understand Oma's favorite cryptic saying.
  • Unexplained Recovery: It's never really explained how Anubis managed to recover from being sent to a frozen wasteland in a dying host at the end of "Lockdown".
  • Where It All Began: Invoked by Teal'c after the rebel Jaffa manage to successfully take Dakara.
    Aron: Think of it. This is the very spot in which our enslavement began.
    Teal'c: Then this sacred temple is an appropriate place for our enslavement to end.
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