Written by executive producer Robert C. Cooper and directed by Will Waring, “Flesh and Blood” will go before cameras in late February when principal photography on SG-1‘s record-breaking tenth year begins.
Beware of spoilers for this episode, as well as the unaired episodes late in Season Nine, in the report below!
After becoming pregnant while in the Ori’s home galaxy (“Crusade”), Vala gives birth to her miracle child. But no one can predict the astonishing — and dangerous — being that is brought into the world.
Adria, Vala’s child, is by all appearances a normal human child. But in truth, the girl is a genetically engineered, human-form Ori. She grows rapidly, aging years in a matter of hours (up to about age 12). She is not “possessed” by an ascended Ori, but is rather the human manifestation (with mortal limitations) of what the Ori are.
The girl is an oracle, programmed with the knowledge of her race — and with their power, destined to lead the Ori on a campaign for galactic domination. Yet, attended by servants and worshippers, she remains a human child who at the same time yearns for love and approval from her mother.
The Ori fleet has arrived in our galaxy (“Origin”), with Daniel and Vala on board one of their ships. Ori warriors roam the halls, while peasants serve as staff on the ship. Vala visits her child in the impressive “Oracle’s Room,” and learns that the young girl knows and believes all that the Ori do about ascension. Adria claims that it was the Ancients who tried to destroy the Ori for their beliefs, and not the other way around — and that the Ori most certainly do ascend their followers, contrary to what the Ancients have told them.
She claims further that it is the Ancients, and not the Ori, who drain power from their followers. They created human life in our galaxy to gain enough power to destroy the Ori — making this bloody crusade a preemptive strike against the true “evil.”
Elsewhere, the Earth ship Odyssey squares off against a group of Goa’uld motherships under the control of the Lucian Alliance, a group of criminals that have banded together to fill the power vacuum left by the Goa’uld (“The Ties That Bind”). The ship is damaged and key systems are offline, including the hyperdrive and the Asgard transporter. The Asgard Vasir works to repair it.
While Daniel and Vala deal with her daughter, the rest of the team joins Bra’tac and the Jaffa in an assault on three ships in orbit of the Jaffa planet Chulak. Adria is leading the conquest of the planet, on board a ship that has landed on the surface. Vala hopes to sway her daughter, challenging her decision to slaughter innocent people.
Carter radios the Ori ships in the hopes of contacting any survivors of the Korelev, an Earth ship apparently destroyed by the Ori (probably how Daniel wound up on board). Daniel finds his radio and responds, assuring Sam that he made it okay. He and Vala hope to zat Adria and capture her.
Guest characters include Adria (at 7 years old and at 12 years old), Bra’tac (Tony Amendola), Tomin (a servant of the Ori and husband to Vala), Netan (of the Lucian Alliance), Emerson (commander of the Odyssey), Marks (the Odyssey’s helmsman), the Asgard Vasir, and a Prior.
“Flesh and Blood” will kick off Season Ten on SCI FI this summer! Meanwhile, new Season Nine episodes continue every Friday this winter at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.
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