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Stargate SG1 - (S02E17)

Science Fiction . Fantasy . Adventure . Action . Drama

SG-1 discovers an elderly man known for developing technology to fight the Goa'uld. Daniel is tricked into switching bodies with the man, Ma'chello, who believes he is "owed" for all the good he has done.

Episode Title: Holiday
Airs: 1999-02-5 at
  • Steve Parks

    Despite the predictable conclusion, "Stargate SG-1," leaves many character threads dangling tantalizingly. If you aren't careful, this series could definitely hook you. [27 Jul 1997]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    The two-hour premiere is sort of fun, but the plot is nutty even by sci-fi standards.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ron Miller

    Stargate SG-1 is mainstream sci-fi television of the no-brainer genre. Light on intellectual depth and heavy on action, it seems destined to play toward a younger age group than the Star Trek and Babylon 5 sort of science fiction shows. [24 Jul 1997]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    The TV pilot, like the theatrical film, is long on hardware and gunplay and short on logic. [24 Jul 1997]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    "SG-1" is a passable action series on a par with most syndicated sci-fi fare. Its only real distinguishing feature is [a] ludicrous, completely gratuitous nude scene. [26 Jul 1997]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Will Joyner

    Stargate [the movie] gained in power largely because of its visual sweep: the scenes of ancient folk and modern warriors joining to engage the supernatural, against a vast desert backdrop, made for a resonant, even poetic blend of the past, present and future. A television series, with a lower budget, can't be expected to achieve its impact in that way, but Stargate SG-1 seems to be trying to make up the deficit with shock tactics.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tony Scott

    Pedestrian writing, pulp-mag plotting, shopworn characters, hackneyed dialogue ('with all due respect' pops up at least three times in the first hour) and Mario Azzopardi’s broad direction will all undoubtedly delight billions and billions.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Anyone with fond memories of [the] film should avoid "Stargate SG-1," Showtime's oddly enervated series version. ... "Stargate SG-1" will be a treat only for those who love science fiction most when it's done badly. [26 Jul 1997]

    Washington Post Full Review

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