First Aired: August 22, 2003 and January 9, 2004
While the S.G.C. investigates a seemingly unstoppable new enemy soldier engineered by Anubis, Daniel leads a team in search of an alien device in Central America. While O’Neill seeks help from a former comrade to rescue Daniel and Dr. Lee, Carter, Teal’c, and Jacob infiltrate Anubis’s super-soldier facility.
- After six and a half years the SG-1 writers saw that the Jaffa — their bad guys’ primary foot soldiers — had been weakened to the point of becoming the punchline to many, many jokes. With the debut of the Kull warriors they sought to overturn that with a new kind of foot soldier, totally impervious to bullets and energy weapons.
- Two problems with that plan would soon arise: A few episodes later, Sam and Jacob would develop a weapon capable of putting down a Kull warrior (“Death Knell”). Practically speaking, behind the camera, the fact that production only made a couple of the complex suits would make it difficult to put many of them on screen (apart from the computer-generated army seen briefly in this two-parter).
- Actor Zak Santiago played the role of Rogelio Duran, Daniel’s jungle tour guide. He would return to the franchise years later as Corporal Rivers on Stargate Universe.
- Although SG-1 never revisited Daniel’s grandfather Nicholas Ballard (featured in Season Three’s “Crystal Skull”), this episode at least picks up on his research in South America.
“Evolution” on GateWorld:
- Episode Guide (Part 1 – Part 2)
- Episode Reviews (Part 1 – Part 2)
- Episode Transcript (Part 1 – Part 2)
- Photo Gallery (Part 1 – Part 2)
- Screencap Gallery (Part 1 – Part 2)
- Discussion Thread (Part 1 – Part 2)
- Interview with Carmen Argenziano (Jacob Carter)
- Season Seven Podcast
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