Jan 23, 2013

SG-1: Camelot

Season 9 finale! Which of course will end on a cliffhanger... *sigh* :p

Walter Bishop Meurig
So while the rest of their allies (Tokra, Jaffa, Asgard) are searching for the new "supergate" the Ori will use to invade our galazy, SG-1 heads to the planet whose coordinates they discovered via the phase-shifting device in Arthur's Mantle. They're hoping to discover the anti-Ori weapon Merlin had created. They arrive in a small medieval town and are greeted by Meurig (John Noble!!!), the local Governor, who welcomes them "to Camelot (!). Past and future home of Arthur and his knights." :o)

The town is awaiting the return of Arthur and his knights who set off on a quest to find the Sangraal (a.k.a. Holy Grail). They believe that he will return once someone succeeds in pulling the sword from the stone... because yes! There is a sword in a stone in the centre of Camelot!!! :o)

"Only he who is pure of heart and true of spirit can pull the sword from the stone."

The team is surprised by the hostile reaction they get from Meurig and others when they ask about Merlin... because the villagers now believe Merlin to be a wizard of darkness! In any case he hasn't been seen since Arthur's departure, and no one dares enter his library for it is cursed. Any who enter shall be killed by the Black Knight! Of course Cameron scoffs at this, he imagines it's just another test like the one they faced in Avalon. They manage to convince the village historian to help them get in, and discover, yes, a library! Lots of books to go through! Except Cam also finds a hidden passage which leads to a chamber with an Ancient device. They turn it on... and back in his home the historian finds himself face to face with the Black Knight. Woops!

As they confront an angry Meurig about the "curse", trying to convince him there's no magic involved... they disappear in a white flash as they are beamed up to the Odyssey! Talk about timing... Teal'c and Carter leave with the Odyssey to the new "supergate", while Daniel and Cam return to the library to keep looking for the weapon... Daniel finds clues by looking up the Black Knight in Merlin's book, and after several different combinations on the machine he manages is to activate a Merlin hologram and make another treasure appear!

"Greetings friend. I am Merlin. The prize you seek, like the pendulum swing, marks the passage of all that is before you."

Meanwhile Cam has raced up to the village to fight the Black Knight. He's getting his ass kicked until Valencia, Meurig's daughter to whom Cam had given some fencing pointers earlier, bravely walks up to the stone and pulls out the sword (earlier she had said it was "only for the young men of the village") then throws it to Cam who can finally defend himself. He still can't defeat the Knight... it takes Daniel destroying the control crystals in the machine for the Knight to disappear. Daniel figures out that the "weapon" must be the pendant Merlin is wearing in the hologram and all other depictions of him, but even after going through the entire treasure twice he and Cam come up empty... until Meurig informs then (when asked) that the pendant is precisely what Arthur and his knights went on a quest to find: the Sangraal... also know as the bloodstone (so bright red jewel)! He says they journeyed to three distant lands: Castiana, Sahal and Vagonbrei.

Cameron: "Wait a minute, we're talking about the Holy Grail, right? Every movie I've seen that's a cup!"
Daniel: "No, the notion that the Grail was a cup, a chalice, particularly the one used by Christ at the Last Supper was a late addition to the myth. Singular accounts describe a dish, or platter, or in the case of von Eschenbach and other Middle Eastern influenced chroniclers, as a stone that fell from the heavens..."

Of course our team doesn't have time to go searching for those "distant lands" just now because they're beamed away by the Korolev and taken to the "supergate". Carter is at the gate itself trying to install a crystal that will allow them to dial out to a) stop the Ori from dialling in and b) send along Merlin's weapon (sangraal) had Daniel and Cam brought it because the Asgard were able to decipher some of the information contained in Arthur's mantle (phase-shifting device from previous episode) that the weapon might be "an energy transfer device, similar to a zero-point module except that the energy is channelled not from subspace into ordinary spacetime, but rather, into the dimension occupied by ascended beings." The energy would be a form of interference that would eliminate any ascended beings in the Universe it was activated in... Sadly they don't have it, Sam can't get the crystal activated in time, the Ori ships come through the "supergate", and all hell breaks loose while Vala watches from one of the ships right as she goes into labour... to be continued of course!

Supergate opens...

Elements from Arthurian Legend

  • Sword in the Stone -> probably not supposed to be the "real" Excalibur since "Arthur" would have taken it with him on his Quest... but still that image of a special sword which can only be pulled out of the stone by someone worthy.
  • Camlann -> Meurig tells them a different version of the battle of Camlann. He says Arthur defeated Mordred (instead of both being fatally wounded/dying), and then he and his knights set off on a quest.
Merlin, with the Sangraal around his neck
  • Merlin -> Here thought to be a wizard of darkness, reference to the fact that in Arthurian lore Merlin was believed to be the son of a demon! They also reference his prophetic visions, although of course for the science-fiction element this leads SG-1 to believe Merlin might have had a time travel device.
  • Holy Grail -> No longer a cup or chalice or even a platter, here's it's a stone in a pendant that is actually a highly advanced piece of technology capable of wiping out beings who live as pure energy on a higher plane of existence!
  • Grail quest -> by Arthur and his knights in search of the Sangraal, whereas in the Legends I believe Arthur stayed in Camelot to rule and it was just his knights who went on the quest.


  1. Walllllterrrrrr !!! LOL

    Books and books in the background : Billie would love that ! And probably Finch as well. I have 2 000 more or less....

    J'AI ADORÉ la citation de Cocteau en haut !

    Oops, I've only watched a few episodes of Merlin in the first season.....just to see.....the beautiful eyes of Michelle Ryan ! And Stargate, another one in which I HAVEN'T plunged into. Talk a bout a massive time commitment ! But Amanda T blew my mind in sanctuary...

    Hum, I occasionally see archetype storylines in....Tron Uprising.

    Non mais, TROIS Blogs ma fille, c'est completement FOU LOL

    1. Cette citation reflète ma pensée exactement! ;o)

      Really?! Season 1 of Merlin was funny, but very simple. Things got a lot more interesting as Morgana started discovering her magical talents in seasons 2 and 3!

      If you loved Amanda T in Sanctuary then you definitely HAVE to see Stargate!!! She's even better! Funnier too... and you get the added bonus of Jack O'Neill for 8 seasons! :o)

      Mais je suis complètement FOLLE!!! Tout le monde qui me connait en est au courant! ;o)

  2. Here's my "contribution' to the blogosphere..... I did that to encourage my US friend on the West Coast.


    1. Oufti! Je suis allée voir ton "blog"... dis-donc c'est vieux!!! T'as pas accroché avec le médium que t'as abandonné après juste 4 entrées?

    2. LOL # 2

      Je passe plus de temps a commenter les entrées de mon amie qu'a déblatérer pouahhhhh

    3. Je comprends parfaitement! Je sais que si je veux écrire un truc... la dernière chose que je dois faire c'est me mettre à lire ce qu'on fait les autres. Quand je commence... je relève la tête des heures plus tard et j'ai rien écrit! :p

    4. LOL encore

      J'ai aussi une collègue qui blogguine (hé ! je viens d'inventer un nouveau mot !!!) mais son site ne permets PAS de commenter.

      And I know perfectly that IF I start blogging, well, I'll never leave my Mac alone LOL

    5. lol! Je dois faire attention à ne pas laisser cet infernal appareil dominer ma vie! Sur ce... bonne nuit!

    6. Bonnnnnne nuit ! Fais de beaux reeeeeeves !!! LOL

      (comparé a un PC, Mac n'est PAS infernal)

  3. Replies
    1. I think this is even pre-Lord of the Rings!!! So strange to see him suddenly appear... I didn't pay attention to the names of the guest-starring actors at the beginning of the episode. Shock!!! And soooooo nice to see him considering I just said farewell 2 days before in the Fringe finale! :p

    2. Ahhhhhhhh the Fringe finale. Awesome. Crossing my fingers that we'll get....a season 5 soundtrack CD....

      I've just returned from the Tangerine Universe and NO actor wants to play the role of Jar Jar...Nobody.




    1. Merci mais moi je l'achète au U.K. où il est déjà dispo! J'attends juste que le prix devienne plus raisonnable. ;o)

  5. Les sites canadien et Us de Amazon font toujours des prix de pré-vente. Sinon en magasin, les 3 premiers jours, le set en prix réduit. Et après ça ? Paf ! Ça augmente !

    So many books in the background. I love books LOL

    1. Nan! Au Royaume Uni il suffit d'attendre qq mois pour que les prix commencent à descendre. Et après ça remonte plus! :o)

      I can't imagine a life without books! :p

  6. I saw a girl with a Kindle in her hands in the subway earlier on ....sorry, I need paper...and markers ! Ever since University, there is not a book in which I don't put my mark on the pages (no pun intended LOL).

    1. It took me a while to get used to reading on the Kindle, but now I'm perfectly comfortable with it! But then I would never dream of writing on any of my books! (uness it was to study for an exam) ;o)

      I still prefer the feel of paper though...

  7. Ditto.

    There are some limits to the invasion of electronics in our daily lives.

    La papemobile va rouiller maintenant...................


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