Redemption (Stargate SG-1)

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"Redemption"
Stargate SG-1 episode
Episode no. Season Season 6
Episode Episode 1 & 2
Directed by Martin Wood
Written by Robert C. Cooper
Production code 601 & 602
Original air date June 7, 2002
June 14, 2002
Guest actors
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The two-part episode "Redemption" is the Season 6 premiere of the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1. Airing on June 7 and June 14, 2002, it was the first all-new SG-1 episode to be broadcast by SCI FI, the new home of SG-1 after the series' move from Showtime. The episode was written by producer Robert C. Cooper, and directed by Martin Wood. "Redemption" is the first episode where actor Corin Nemec had main cast status, his character Jonas Quinn replacing Daniel Jackson (played by Michael Shanks) who died at the end of season 5. The episode also marks the second appearance of David Hewlett's character Rodney McKay, who later became a main character on Stargate Atlantis. "Redemption Part 2" was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Visual Effects".[1]

Plot[edit]

Part 1[edit]

Major Carter invites Jonas Quinn, who left his home planet and has been living at Stargate Command (SGC) since Daniel Jackson's death ("Meridian"), to leave the base with SG-1. At Area 51, they see the newly built fighter jet X-302 for the first time, but O'Neill refuses to test-fly it (because of the X-301 incident in season 4's "Tangent"). Back at the SGC, O'Neill denies the proposal of General Hammond and Col. Chekov, who wants a Russian as the new fourth member of SG-1. Jonas admits to Carter that he wants to be a member of SG-1, and talks with Teal'c about O'Neill's mistrust in him. When Teal'c talks with his Colonel, O'Neill claims that Jonas is an alien.

Bra'tac arrives at the SGC and informs Teal'c that Drey'auc (Teal'c wife) is ill. By the time they have reached Chulak, Drey'auc has died. Teal'c's teenage son Rya'c wants to take revenge on Teal'c and starts to beat him down, but Bra'tac intervenes. Teal'c talks with Rya'c during Drey'auc burial, and Ry'ac starts to cry. Meanwhile at Earth, the SGC Stargate was dialed from off-world and has stayed open beyond its 38 minute limit, with energy of the gate rapidly rising. Carter presumes that the gate will eventually explode and potentially cause the destruction of Earth. Dr. Rodney McKay arrives at the SGC as ordered much to Carter's annoyance. Carter informs Col. Chekov that the X-302 will soon be ready so that Earth can contact the Asgard for help. As O'Neill and Carter start with X-302, Jonas and McKay inform Hammond of potential problems with the X-302's hyperspace engine due to the instability of the naqahdriah. Shortly before the X-302 enters hyperspace, they miss the window and the mission is cancelled.

Back on Chulak, a Jaffa arrives with a Tel'tak and reveals that Anubis is going to attack Earth's Stargate. Through trial and error of dialing planets that belong to Anubis, they finally find out which world the weapon is on. Back at SGC, Carter can only assume what caused the problem. A hologram of Anubis appears in the gateroom, saying in a very dramatic way that they will all be destroyed soon, much to O'Neill's annoyance.

Part 2[edit]

Dr. McKay talks with Major Carter about the situation, when McKay has the idea of using an EMP. General Hammond allows him to proceed, despite Carter's protest. She also presents the problems with that plan, but Hammond orders her to work with McKay. The plan is finally carried out, but it doesn't work. Suddenly lightning strikes from the machine. When Carter closes the iris, she is struck down.

On the Jaffa world, they find out where Anubis has positioned the weapon and together with Rya'c they use a Tel'tak to go there. The planet is guarded by Ha'taks, who detect the cloaked cargo ship and thus Teal'c, Bra'tac and Rya'c ring down to the planet, where they attack the Jaffa. During the battle however Rya'c is wounded. They then hide because there are many guards and patrolling Death gliders. The three Jaffa then find the weapon (which is of Ancient origin) and while Rya'c has to stay hidden the two adults go to the weapon. However the weapon is protected by a force field.

At SGC, Carter's wounds are treated in the infirmary and she is visited by McKay who apologizes to her and tells her about his past. It is also revealed that the time until the explosion is cut in half, as Carter had predicted. Later Carter visits Jonas who looks at the Stargate and asks her how they got the Stargate in the gate room. This gives Carter an idea. She tells the scientists there to use the X-302 to fling the Stargate into space, and all of them start working. Hammond later talks with Colonel Chekov about the use of their Stargate, but the Russians demand a lot in return.

On Anubis' planet, Teal'c and Bra'tac are caught by Jaffa and questioned but they keep silent. They then ask for Rya'c, which makes Teal'c angry. Rya'c later overhears what will happen with Teal'c and Bra'tac. He then goes to a place with ships and steals a Death glider. Afterwards, he attacks the Jaffa guarding Teal'c and Bra'tac, who then free themselves. He then attacks the weapon, and despite being hit by another glider, he destroys the weapon.

On Earth, Carter tells O'Neill what he has to do and that there are problems because the fighter wasn't built for something like this. The ship was not designed to carry anything as heavy as the stargate which weighs 32 tons. They also talk about Jonas. At the base a scientist tells O'Neill more about the plan and he then sees the X-302 mounted on a plane because so many systems, including the liftoff propulsion system, had to be removed to save weight. Due to problems, the rocket cannot achieve the proper altitude to exit the atmosphere and O'Neill is forced to hit the after-burners too soon and cannot achieve escape velocity; the fighter starts to sink. While O'Neill can't do anything, McKay suggests sinking the gate in the ocean.

Back on Earth, Jonas suggests using the hyperspace engine, but they don't know what will happen if they are used inside the atmosphere. They nevertheless plan to do it and only open a hyperspace window for about one second, long enough to transport the X-302 far enough away from the Earth that the stargate's explosion is harmless. They carry out the plan successfully and O'Neill also ejects in time, much to the joy of the others.

Later, McKay leaves and says goodbye to Carter while O'Neill talks with Hammond. They are then contacted by Teal'c, who informs them that the weapon was destroyed. Later, the gate from the Russians is installed and, although they want a Russian member at SG-1, O'Neill decides to take Jonas in, who then leaves with the team on his first mission.

Production[edit]

  • This episode features a brand new opening sequence, with various shots of the gate spinning, and Michael Shanks' name being removed to make way for Corin Nemec's in between Christopher Judge and Don S. Davis.
  • There was an intentional goof in the 18th minute of the episode: a monitor displayed the time that the wormhole had been active, but its reflection was not reflected mirror-inverted in the briefing room window, but displayed forwardly. This was done on purpose so that the viewer would have a concept of the time running out even when the timer wasn't in shot.[2]
  • "Redemption" was not originally a two-parter, but Robert C. Cooper noticed during writing that while the script was already too long, there was still a huge hole in the story. He always wanted to do more with Teal'c and Rya'c but never had the story to fit those scenes into.[3]
  • "Redemption" introduced the X-302, the first human-built fighter plane retro-engineered from Goa'uld technology.[3] Andy Mikita came up with the idea to put the X-302 prop on a flatbed truck and drive it out of the hangar so that in the shot in looks like it taxies itself out. After Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who have a passion for fighter jets, had flown in two T38 Airforce jets, Wright intended to write an episode with T38s in it, and bring the pilots from the US to Vancouver, Canada, where SG-1 was filmed. The T38s were put in the background of all shots.[4]
  • There was a lot of night-shooting in "Redemption".[3]
  • The scenes with O'Neill and Carter in masks in the X-302 were dubbed after filming.[4]

Introduction of Jonas Quinn[edit]

Main article: Jonas Quinn

At the end of season 5, Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson) decided to leave Stargate SG-1 for concerns over being under-utilized.[5] Some casting people from the SciFi Channel, who were looking to fill the void with a new character, happened to walk through the courtyard of MGM's Santa Monica offices where Corin Nemec was at the day. They briefly mentioned Stargate to him, and the same afternoon Nemec's manager called Nemec to tell him they were interested in him. Since Nemec had never watched Stargate SG-1 up until that time (he was familiar with the Stargate film though), he was sent some videotapes of the show and had some more meetings until he was finally cast as Jonas Quinn for the penultimate season 5 episode "Meridian". Everyone agreed to wait and see how the character looked on film before deciding on long-term involvements, but MGM liked what they saw.[6] Although "there's been quite a bit of ire directed by fans towards Daniel's replacement" after the airing of "Meridian", Robert C. Cooper hoped that they would like the character in the end.[7]

"Redemption" is meant to establish that the new character can contribute ideas and be a team player.[6] Writer Robert C. Cooper also felt it was important to acknowledge and not "trivialize what the [Daniel Jackson] character meant to the team and to the show for five seasons".[7] The producers based Jonas's motivation to join SG-1 on his former reluctance to shut off the machine that would indirectly kill Daniel, and his feelings of responsibility of Daniel's death.[7] According to producer Joseph Mallozzi before the airing of season 6, "Jonas will bring a unique alien perspective and ability to the team. In particular, this 'ability' will allow him to contribute in areas of expertise usually owned by Sam and Daniel. ... Jonas will take a heat off Sam in particular, allowing her to open up a little more."[8] Producer Brad Wright said that "What Corin, as Jonas, will bring to the show is a renewed sense of amazement at the fact that we're crossing the galaxy in a single step [through a stargate]. It's still a profound and amazing thing that's happening, no matter how accustomed our characters are to it."[9]

Carter is the one of the three SG-1 members Jonas Quinn feels most comfortable around, and Jonas hopes that she and Teal'c can persuade O'Neill to give him a chance to prove himself worthy of a place on the team.[10] However, according to Richard Dean Anderson, "O'Neill feels that Jonas is directly responsible for the demise or at least the damaging of Daniel Jackson. [...] As a result, he harbours some resentment towards Jonas. [At the end of "Redemption",] O'Neill has finally come to the point of accepting Jonas but not entirely. [...] O'Neill is suspicious of aliens in general. The only exception is Teal'c [...] and O'Neill refuses to or isn't able to forget that Jonas is an alien."[5] According to Amanda Tapping, "there is a hesitancy on [Carter]'s part to be too familiar with Jonas. [...] She is not to make this big emotional investment in Jonas because he's not Daniel. [...] In some ways, Jonas has inadvertently brought the three [remaining SG-1 members] closer together."[10] Corin Nemec thought that "the writers hit the nail on the head in starting the season off" with a prolonged transition stage, and Jonas's "easy-going nature" later "help[s] him establish relationships not only with his fellow teammates but also Dr Fraiser and General Hammond, who according to Nemec is "very much a father figure in Jonas's eyes".[6] However, Anderson was convinced that "O'Neill is [nevertheless not] going to warm up to Jonas very much at all",[5] something which Nemec felt "makes things much more interesting".[6]

Reception[edit]

Corin Nemec came on board amid controversy.[11] At the beginning of season 6, producer Joseph Mallozzi admitted to still getting the "odd incoherent rambling death threat passed along to me from the [Save Daniel Jackson] site."[8]

"Redemption Part 2" was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Visual Effects".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stargate SG-1" (1997) - Awards
  2. ^ Martin Wood (director) (2003). Audio Commentary for " Redemption (Part 1)" (DVD – Stargate SG-1: Season 6). MGM Home Entertainment. 
  3. ^ a b c Gibson, Thomasina (June 2003). "Redemption [Part 1]". Stargate SG-1: The Illustrated Companion Seasons 5 and 6. London: Titan Books. pp. 58–59. ISBN 978-1-84023-606-4. 
  4. ^ a b Gibson, Thomasina (June 2003). "Redemption [Part 2]". Stargate SG-1: The Illustrated Companion Seasons 5 and 6. London: Titan Books. pp. 60–61. ISBN 978-1-84023-606-4. 
  5. ^ a b c Eramo, Steven (July 2002). "Richard Dean Anderson – Mr Anderson – Colonel O'Neill" (Special #46). TV Zone. pp. 4–9. 
  6. ^ a b c d Eramo, Steven (July 2002). "Corin Nemec – Jonas Quinn" (Special #46). TV Zone. pp. 22–26. 
  7. ^ a b c Eramo, Steven (July 2002). "Season Six Preview – Coming up, on SG-1..." (Special #46). TV Zone. pp. 66–76. 
  8. ^ a b http://www.gateworld.net/news/archive/0204_episodeupdate.shtml, http://web.archive.org/web/20030104055657/http://www.sjhw.net/death/chat041302.html
  9. ^ http://tv.zap2it.com/tveditorial/tve_main/1,1002,274%7C74088%7C1%7C,00.html
  10. ^ a b Eramo, Steven (July 2002). "Amanda Tapping – Tapping Aloud – Major Carter" (Special #46). TV Zone. pp. 14–18. 
  11. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20020803120253/http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/local/3418043.htm

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