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Episode of the Week: Langara On The Brink Of War

Monday - June 13, 2016


SG-1: Season Six
First Aired: July 26, 2002

Jonas’ people ask Earth for military aide in an impending war with their rival nations, but his former mentor offers another solution: a resistance movement ready for a coup.

Our rewatch of favorite moments in Stargate history continues! Each month we’ll pick a theme, and feature a key episode every week. Join us by watching the episode this week, and then head to GateWorld Forum (or posting below) to talk about it!

Welcome To The Team …

  • Jonas QuinnJonas Quinn (Corin Nemec) is a member of the Kelownans, a human species whose technology level is about on par with World War II-era Europe and the United States.
  • The Kelownans are actually one of three rival nations on the same planet, which they eventually got together and decided to name Langara.
  • Langara is one of those rare planets with a high amount of the rare element naquadria — much more powerful than regular naquadah, the element that the Stargates are made out of, and which powers much Goa’uld technology.
  • Jonas sought asylum from his government for a time, during which he served as a member of the SG-1 team.
  • … But his long-term goal is the health and security of his people, which brought him back home to help them take their place in the larger galaxy Jonas had seen first-hand.

“Shadow Play” Facts:

  • Shadow PlayVeteran actor Dean Stockwell guest stars in the episode as Jonas’ mentor. Stockwell was best known to genre fans for his role on Quantum Leap — but at this point he had not yet been cast in a pivotal role of Cavil on Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica.
  • Gillian Barber plays Ambassador Dreylock, a role she would reprise in two more episodes. But it isn’t her first appearance on Stargate. The actress played one of the virtual reality “residents” back in the Season Two episode “The Gamekeeper.”
  • It’s the first appearance of Doug Abrahams, who plays the Kelowan Commander Hale. He’d be recast later in the series as one of the Ori Priors.
  • Keep a lookout for the gun that Jonas totes in what turns out to be just a hallucination of Dr. Kieran’s: the red on the weapon indicates that it is an intar (a non-lethal training weapon). But the producers had it function like a normal gun, since Kieran himself would not know the particulars of what the weapon was or how it worked — a subtle clue to viewers that something wasn’t quite right.

“Shadow Play” on GateWorld:

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  • I remember this episode well. Thought it very well written and acted. The pacing was good enough that it really wasn’t until the writers wanted me to understand that there was something wrong with the professor, that I did see it!

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