The Tau'ri Alpha Site prepares to receive several Tok'ra who have come through the Stargate fleeing an assault by Anubis' forces. The Tok'ra have suffered heavy losses; many are badly wounded or dead. One of the Tok'ra, named Malek, comments about the Jaffa on the base and indicates that tension may arise.
Later, the dead Tok'ra are given a funeral ceremony in which their bodies are vaporized by the unstable vortex of the Stargate. After the ceremony, a fight breaks out between a Jaffa and a Tok'ra because one of the Jaffa had apparently insulted a Tok'ra. This sets an atmosphere of animosity between the Tok'ra and the Jaffa; the Jaffa see the Tok'ra as no different from the Goa'uld, while the Tok'ra have lost most of their population at the hands of Jaffa soldiers of the Goa'uld.
A time later, Major Samantha Carter discovers that someone tried to sabotage a naquadah generator to overload and potentially destroy the entire base. SG-1 informs Major General George S. Hammond on Earth and requests that no-one enter or leave the site as there may be a spy in their midst. The base is locked down, and the Tau'ri begin using the Za'tarc detector to question people, beginning with members of the Tok'ra.
Later, a Tok'ra named Ocker is found dead and all suspicions point to the Jaffa Artok, who was previously arguing with Ocker. Artok is immediately examined by the detector and when it detects that he is lying, he is detained, although his prior feelings against the Tok'ra may have influenced the detector. Ocker's autopsy reveals that the Ocker was killed quickly from behind; Bra'tac concludes that it could not have been done by a Jaffa as they confront their enemies face to face. Suddenly, Artok is found dead in his cell, perhaps killed by the same weapon. The deaths of both people serve to heighten the tension between the Jaffa and the Tok'ra.
When the dead body is brought away, a trade of insults between a Jaffa and Tok'ra escalates into all of the Jaffa and the Tok'ra holding their weapons against each other. As Colonel Jack O'Neill tries to calm the situation, Bra'tac finds footprints of an unknown person leading away from the camp; this further suggests a spy is in the area. The personnel are all accounted for and they follow the footsteps into the forest in groups of three, with a Tok'ra, Jaffa, and Tau'ri in each. After some time, Teal'c finds a search party dead and informs O'Neill. Bra'tac and Malek are then attacked and Bra'tac futilely tries to fight the invisible assailant. He is supposedly killed and pulled away. Malek flees and informs O'Neill that Bra'tac is dead. However Teal'c is enraged and nearly strangles Malek to death before he is calmed down. Malek informs the others about the invisible force; since the Tau'ri do not have any transphase eradication rods available and cannot go offworld to obtain one, they plan on using the naquadah reactor to create a high-frequency electromagnetic field that can de-cloak the enemy.
At the base, all people gather, while Malek and Carter prepare the Naquadah reactor for the field emission. All three parties defend the Stargate and speculate that the enemy is an Ashrak—an elite Goa'uld assassin. Suddenly, the Ashrak attacks, causing the defenders of the gate to blindly fire their weapons. This results in casualties through friendly fire. The Ashrak escapes and Major Ben Pierce discovers that his GDO has been taken, further complicating matters.
Finally, the EM field is ready and the enemy is revealed. SG-1 and the gate defenders attack but without success. While they prepare to reactivate the reactor the Ashrak attacks again and then disappears. When the field is ready again, the Ashrak prepares to attack but he is suddenly shot by a staff weapon, which turns out to be Bra'tac, who is still alive. He reveals that he was left for dead in the forest but his symbiote managed to sustain him. Malek then shakes hands with Bra'tac, thanking him for his heroic deeds.
Bra'tac takes the Ashrak's blade and states that it did what everyone could not—it brought them together. The episode ends as Bra'tac thrusts the blade into the sand.
Anubis; Ashrak; A'tar Blade; Coffee; Dial Home Device; Edrekh; Electromagnetic field; FN P90 Personal Defense Weapon; Funeral; Captain Grier; Goa'uld cloaking device; Jaffa Rebellion; Jolinar of Malkshur; Kanan; Kawawn; M249 Squad Automatic Weapon; Naquadah generator; Nirrti; P36-230; P3X-984; Risa system; SG-2; SG-3; SG-12; SG-15; Staff weapon; Symbiote; Tok'ra; Transphase Eradication Rod; Unstable vortex; Za'tarc; Za'tarc detector; Zat'nik'tel
Malek: This is the base of the Tau'ri. Why are there Jaffa?
Carter: Rebel warriors.
Malek: Jaffa who have turned against the Goa'uld. I did not realize their ranks had grown to such a number.
Carter: Hundreds more are operating as a fifth column among the Goa'uld.
O'Neill: Just like you.
Carter: Many of these Jaffa had to evacuate their rebel base a few months ago.
Malek: I see.
O'Neill: Is that going to be a problem?
Malek: Not for us.
O'Neill: What the hell is going on here? This is a funeral, for cryin' out loud!
Artok: I asked a question of this Tok'ra.
Ocker: No one may speak during the ritual.
O'Neill: For this you guys are fighting? I'm sure he's sorry.
Artok: I am not.
O'Neill: Yeah, on the inside.
Ocker: It does not matter.
O'Neill: Look... "it does not matter." Come on, a lot of people lost their lives. Show a little respect.
O'Neill: Why do you guys have to be so dang...
O'Neill: Y... Ok.
Jacob: There's talk among the Tok'ra ranks that the end is closer than we think. And I don't mean the end of the Goa'uld. I mean the end of us. All of us. The Jaffa rebellion isn't exactly rolling along as well as could be expected either, I take it.
O'Neill: No, it's not.
Jacob: Then at least we have that much in common.
O'Neill: Alright, listen up folks. The good news is we can stop pointing fingers at each other. Everyone's been accounted for. However, that does mean that someone—or—dare I say it some thing—is still floating around, trying to do us in.
O'Neill: Oo. Anybody else feel that?
Carter: The tingling sensation is caused by the energy field. It's not causing any physical damage, so there's nothing to worry about, sir.
O'Neill: No I like it. It's good.
Bra'tac: This single blade did what we could not. It has brought us together. This blade has spilled the blood of Jaffa, of the Tok'ra, and of the Tau'ri, by the hand of our common enemy. It has made us brothers. Together we have ensured it will never spill our blood again. (He throws the blade into the ground.)
- This episode takes place several months after the events of "The Warrior".
- For the first time, the Stargate is used in a burial ceremony. The only other closest depiction would be in an earlier pair of episodes, when it was used as a means of suicide. On command of Malek, Ocker pushes only the center button of the DHD without having entered an address, so after the kawoosh the wormhole disengages immediately, having disintegrated the burial platform along with the corpses.
- Jack once again expresses distaste at the word "implanted," as he previously did in "Abyss".
- In this episode, Bra'tac reveals that he is still 137 years old. His age was previously mentioned in the season 5 episode "Threshold" which aired over 13 months before. However, he may not be measuring his age in Earth years. Alternatively, less than a year may have passed between the two episodes within the timeline of the show.
- The plot of this episode has several similarities to the movie Plantilla:WPS.
- Herbert Duncanson (SG Guard) is the stand-in for Christopher Judge. He previously played Guard in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Beast of Burden" and Douglas Anders/Grell in the episode "Wormhole X-Treme!".
- Link Baker (Artok) previously played Lt. Dean Barber in the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Light".
- Sam refers to the events of "Divide and Conquer" while Jack, Teal'c and Janet refer to those of "In the Line of Duty".
- After "Nightwalkers" and "The Other Guys", this is the third episode of the series in which Daniel Jackson is neither seen nor mentioned.
- When the dead body of Artok is brought away, a trade of insults between a Jaffa and Tok'ra escalates into all the Jaffa and Tok'ra holding their weapons against each other. Although one can hear a Zat'nik'tel opening, one cannot see them opening. This is most likely because there was not enough Zat-models at the scene for all of the Tok'ra.
In other languagesEditar
- French: L’Union Fait la Force (Unity Is Strength)
- Italian: Fedeltà (Allegiance)
- Spanish: Lealtades (Loyalty)
- Czech: Svornost (Unity)