Stargate SG-1/Cold Lazarus

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Cold Lazarus
Season 1, Episode 7
Airdate August 29, 1997
Production Number 106
Writer(s) Jeff F. King
Director(s) Kenneth J. Girotti
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Cold Lazarus is the seventh episode of the first season of Stargate SG-1, and the seventh episode overall.

Guest Stars: Teryl Rothery (Dr. Janet Fraiser), Gary Jones (Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis), Harley Jane Kozak (Sara O'Neill), Kyle Graham (Charlie O'Neill), Wally Dalton (Sara's Father), Jane Spence (Nurse)


Plot Overview

On Planet P3X-562, the SG-1 team discovers a valley full of broken crystals. Alone, O'Neill finds a whole crystal with blue light emanating from it. Upon touching it, he is struck down and a duplicate O'Neill appears. The double returns home through the stargate, with the unsuspecting team. Once back, the double seeks out O'Neill's estranged wife, Sara, and tries to find the couple's son, Charlie, who was killed years earlier. Meanwhile, a revived O'Neill returns through the gate, only to realize he's been replicated. Carter and Jackson have discovered that the crystals contain energy beings that can read minds, mimic people and communicate. The beings tell of their tragic encounter with the Goa'ulds and explain that they cannot survive in the Earth's intense electromagnetic field, which means that the O'Neill double is now highly unstable, putting Sara and others in great danger. The real O'Neill and the SG-1 team find Sara and the double in a hospital emergency room. The double explains that he never meant to hurt O'Neill. He was trying to heal him when he realized that the greatest pain O'Neill had was not physical, but emotional; grief from the loss of his son. In a final gesture, the double does just that, taking the form of Charlie and giving Sara and Jack something they never had: a chance to say good-bye to their son.


  • Syndication airdate: October 19, 1998.
  • An interesting episode, as it digs a little deeper into the personal tragedy alluded to in the Stargate feature film that drove Jack into retirement.

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