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Small Victories
Stargate SG-1 - 04x01
"It was your stupid idea"- Thor to Carter.
Production
Series

Stargate SG-1

Episode

4.01

Production #

401

Original air date

June 30, 2000

Written by

Robert C. Cooper

Directed by

Martin Wood

Cast
Guest stars

Colin Cunningham as Major Paul Davis
Gary Jones as MSgt. Walter Harriman
Teryl Rothery as Dr. Janet Fraiser
Dan Shea as MSgt. Sylvester Siler
Yurij Kis as Yuri
Dmitry Chepovetsky as Boris
Martin Wood as Major Wood

Chronology
Preceded by

"Nemesis"

Followed by

"The Other Side"

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This episode is part 2 of 2; it is preceded by "Nemesis".

"Small Victories" is the first episode of the fourth season of Stargate SG-1.

SynopsisEdit

Despite the defeat of the Replicators, some survived the crash and managed to infest a Russian Foxtrot-class submarine to replicate a new army. Meanwhile, Thor returns to Earth and wants Major Samantha Carter's assistance to defeat the Replicators from taking over Othala, by using "stupid ideas" as a means of stopping them.

Previously on Stargate SG-1Edit

Colonel Jack O'Neill is beamed onto Thor's ship, the Biliskner, that has been taken over by their enemy the Replicators. Thor explains that the only way to stop them from taking over Earth is to destroy the ship and sacrifice themselves. Major Samantha Carter and Teal'c defy O'Neill's order to not beam up and use explosives to destroy the deceleration drive causing the ship to burn up in the atmosphere after they escaped through the Stargate they beamed out of Stargate Command.

PlotEdit

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Sam, Jack and Teal'c arrive back at the SGC after spending nearly a week off-world while also trying to dial Earth.

Confident that the destruction of Thor's ship the Biliskner in the atmosphere had ended the Replicator threat to Earth, SG-1 had managed to return when Stargate Command had put up the second Stargate. They are shocked when they hear news that a Russian Foxtrot class submarine has been hijacked by creatures with descriptions matching the Replicators.

As the team prepares to move out, Thor arrives through the Stargate and enlists SG-1 to aid him. The war with the Replicators is going badly, and the robotic invaders are at the doorstep of the Asgard homeworld.

As Colonel Jack O'Neill, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c go to deal with the hijacked submarine, Major Samantha Carter goes with Thor to help find a way to stop the Replicators.

ONeill Observation Deck

O'Neill as seen from Asgard shipyard observation deck.

At the submarine, O'Neill, Jackson, and Teal'c decide to penetrate the submarine and try to obtain some intelligence on how to stop the Replicators before they can take control of the submarine. Unfortunately, the Replicators begin to attack, and the team is forced to fall back. Teal'c is injured and at least one member of the scout team is killed. Meanwhile, at the Asgard homeworld, Carter sees the incomplete Asgard ship, dubbed the O'Neill, designed to fight the Replicators and witnesses a short, one-sided naval battle in an attempt to stem the advance of the Replicators. Currently, five Asgard ships are in battle with three Replicator controlled ships. Unfortunately, she still cannot come up with a way to defeat them. They are then contacted that the five Asgard ships have been destroyed. The Replicators aren't attacking them because Thor's ship has less advanced technology than the ones the Replicator control.

After some study from video recordings and Replicator samples extracted from Teal'cs wound, Jackson theorizes that the Replicators are made out of the same materials as the objects they consume, and since most of the Replicators are made out of the submarine, contact with the water will cause them to rust and deteriorate and short out. Unfortunately, at least one of the Replicators is the survivor from Thor's ship, and would be made from materials resistant to seawater, so the team must go back into the submarine and ensure that the surviving Replicator is destroyed before sinking the sub. Back on the Asgard homeworld, Carter suddenly comes up with a daring plan. Because Replicators are attracted to new technology, she decides to use the O'Neill as a lure to draw the Replicators into hyperspace and destroy them by making the O'Neill self-destruct, since Asgard shields are offline when flying through hyperspace. Thor balks at the plan, but eventually relents. The Replicators take the bait and are destroyed. Thor admits that the Asgard homeworld is now safe for the time being, but adds that Replicators are never fooled the same way twice, and that they will return.

Back on Earth, O'Neill and Teal'c penetrate the submarine and find the original Replicator. They destroy the Replicator, but when they try to escape, the other Replicators block their path. At the same time, the Replicators finally manage to take full control of the submarine and attempt to steer it into the open sea. O'Neill orders the forces outside to destroy the submarine and prepares for the end, but before they are overwhelmed by Replicators, Thor beams them onto his ship, saving their lives. The Replicator threat is over for now. Thor promises that when the Asgard defeat the Replicators, he will come to assist them in their war against the Goa'uld. Jack offers for Thor to come fishing but he beams them down.

ReferencesEdit

Alex Baker; Asgard; Asgard food; Asgard stasis pod; Asgard transporter; Auto-dialer; Biliskner; Blackbird; Carbon; Charcoal; Corrosive spray; Dallas; Fishing; Gunpowder; Iron; Keron; Minnesota; Naquadah; O'Neill; Pacific Ocean; The Pentagon; Potassium nitrate; Replicators; Russia; Russian Navy; P4X-234; Self-destruct; The Simpsons; Skirmish on the Blackbird; SPAS-12 semiautomatic shotgun; Stargate Command infirmary; Steel; Stevens; Sulfur; Trinium; United States Navy; Nimitz

Notable QuotesEdit

O'Neill: I'd be happy to debrief you all after I've debriefed myself for a nice hot shower.
Hammond: Permission to shower granted. In fact, I insist on it, Colonel.
O'Neill: Bad?
Jackson: I wasn't going to say anything...

O'Neill: Well, I'm off.
Carter: Still going fishing?
O'Neill: Yep. Still staying here?
Carter: Yeah. I think I've had enough relaxation for awhile, sir.

O'Neill: Blow it up.
Davis: The Pentagon has requested that we take steps to preserve a number of specimens for study.
O'Neill: The Asgard already tried that. Those buggers are on the verge of wiping out their entire race.
Davis: That's why I'm here. You people are the closest things to experts we've got.
O'Neill: As an expert, I'm saying blow it up.

Thor: The Asgard have tried to stop them. You have demonstrated their weakness may be found from a less sophisticated approach. We are no longer capable of such thinking.
Jackson: Wait a minute, you're actually saying that you need someone dumber than you are?
O'Neill: You may have come to the right place.

Hammond: Thor, with all due respect to your situation we need SG-1 here.
Carter: I could go, sir.
O'Neill: I don't know, Carter. You may not be dumb enough.
Carter: I think I can handle it, sir.

Carter: How am I supposed to help figure out how to defeat kiron-based technology if I don't even know what a kiron is?
Thor: The Asgard would never invent a weapon that propels small weights of iron and carbon alloys by igniting a powder of potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulfur.
Carter: Okay, I get your point.
Thor: We cannot think like you.

(After blowing up the O'Neill together with the Replicator ships)
Carter: We did it!
Thor: It was your stupid idea, Major Carter.

(On board the Asgard ship after rescuing Colonel O'Neill and Teal'c)
Carter: So the bugs are all taken care of down there?
O'Neill: Pretty much, you?
Carter: We kicked their asses.
O'Neill: They had asses?

NotesEdit

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  • This is not the last time a ship is named after a member of SG-1. In "New Order, Part 2", it is revealed that Thor's new ship is named the Daniel Jackson.
  • The two crew members of the Russian submarine at the beginning of the episode speak Ukrainian (first one) and Russian (the one that opens the hatch, although he has poor pronunciation). At some point, one of them asks the other "what could that noise be", and the other answers "maybe these are bugs from the previous episode". In the DVD commentary for this episode, Martin Wood noted that they didn't provide subtitles for this because they liked the idea of this in-joke.
  • Major Paul Davis states that the US Navy has dispatched the Los Angeles-class USS Dallas to torpedo the Russian submarine Blackbird. This is a possible reference to the Tom Clancy novel and film The Hunt for Red October, in which the Soviet sub Red October is hunted by Dallas.
  • When Thor leaves Earth at the end of the episode, it is the same clip from the episode "Fair Game".
  • This episode features a change in character look for a couple of characters-Teal'c has a goatee and Major Samantha Carter's hair is longer.
  • In a DVD interview, Amanda Tapping said that while filming her scenes with Thor, the puppet's arm touched her bottom. She slapped and then apologized to Thor before she realized she was talking to a puppet.
  • A clip from this episode was featured in the film Fanboys.

GoofsEdit

  • When Colonel Jack O'Neill and Teal'c approach the sub, you can see O'Neill from Teal'cs monitor while Teal'c is looking at the other way.
  • As Thor opens the Stargate and arrives at Stargate Command, the window in to the control room is visibly damaged and jutting out of the frame.
  • Just as he gets beamed off the sub, we see O'Neill reaching out to physically grab a bug. When he arrives on Thor's ship, he is curled up in the fetal position. This is entirely plausible considering all previous uses of the Asgard beaming technology where the one being targeted continued talking normally for a few seconds during the beaming. Therefore it is possible that during the beaming procedure O'Neill curled up out of camera.
  • On the background shots of the harbour (when SG-1 enters the command center and on a wide view at around 26.05) there is a ship standing guard next to the sub. It's actually a Russian destroyer (Sovremenny Class).
  • Throughout this episode red marker dots can be seen for actors and digital effects artists to use. They are quite often used on TV and movies as a way for actors to know look here and stand here as well as digital effects artists to know where to place digital effects in post production.

AwardsEdit

NominationsEdit

In other languagesEdit

  • French: Victoires Illusoires (Illusory Victories)
  • Italian: Piccole Vittorie (Small Victories)
  • Spanish: Pequeñas Victorias (Small Victories)
  • Czech: Malá Vítězství (Small Victories)
  • Hungarian: Kis győzelmek (Small Victories)
  • German: Nemesis, Teil 2 (Nemesis, Part 2)

External linksEdit

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