First Aired: June 20, 2003
A teenage boy shows up at the S.G.C. claiming to be Jack O’Neill, sending the team on a mission to uncover his true identity.
“Fragile Balance” Facts:
- Jack’s date of birth is given on his ID card as October 20, 1952 — though, strangely, not in the American date format of MM/DD/YY.
- In order to accentuate Jack O’Neill as a teenager, director Peter DeLuise asked the make-up department to emphasize actor Michael Welch’s acne, rather than covering it up.
- Up until now the Asgard have always been presented as a unified force of authority. Here, for the first time, we see a “bad” Asgard who is bucking the system: Loki (voiced by DeLuise).
- Loki’s goal is to use human beings to help solve the Asgard’s fatal cloning problem, which was revealed in Season Five’s “Revelation” and led to the Asgard’s (alleged) extinction in “Unending.”
- The original story idea was to use not Loki but as antagonistic Asgard named Odin, who effectively would be half-human.
- This is the first episode of Stargate ever to close with a musical number. It’s “Who Am I,” performed by Lily Frost.
- “Young Jack” was such a hit with fans and producers alike that the show’s writers intended to bring him back for another episode. Alas, the proper story idea never materialized. (Welch also got busy with two seasons of Joan of Arcadia right after Stargate.
“Fragile Balance” on GateWorld:
- Episode Guide
- Episode Review
- Episode Transcript
- Photo Gallery
- Screencap Gallery
- Discussion Thread
- Season Seven Podcast
- Interview with Michael Welch (2004)
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