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Death Knell

07.16 Episode 148 (#P260)
Airdate: February 6, 2004

The Alpha Site has been relocated to a new planet for additional security, and Carter has been working in the lab to use the technology of Telchak's device to create a prototype weapon effective against Anubis's Kull Warriors. Yet despite the precautions, the Alpha Site comes under attack, and the SGC learns that the base has been obliterated and 90 people are unaccounted for. O'Neill leads the rescue mission to the planet and finds a handful of survivors, including Jacob, but Carter is still missing. Badly wounded, and with no means of defense, she is being relentlessly pursued by a Kull Warrior.

O'Neill and Teal'c continue the search for Carter, aided by aerial surveillance from a UAV, while survivors return to the SGC, and Hammond begins an investigation into the security leak that led to the attack. M'zel, leader among the Rebel Jaffa, speaks of his growing distrust of the Tok'ra, of a secret mission, and a Tok'ra spy. Delek, a Tok'ra leader, refuses to acknowledge the existence of a spy, and when Jacob confronts him, he declares that many among the Tok'ra High Council believe Selmak's ties to Earth have compromised his loyalties. Jaffa and Tok'ra blame each other, and the alliance begins to crumble.

The Kull Warrior shoots down the UAV, and Carter rewires the rockets from the downed craft as a weapon against the drone soldier. Her plan works, but only temporarily. As the creature revives and turns on her, O'Neill and Teal'c arrive with the prototype weapon, and with Carter's new power unit, the Kull Warrior is killed. At the SGC, both the Tok'ra and Jaffa feel they can no longer afford to be a part of the alliance, and they prepare to take their leave. Jacob hopes the alliance can yet be salvaged, but as he bids farewell to his daughter, neither knows when they will see each other again.

Written by: Peter DeLuise
Directed by: Peter DeLuise

Guest Starring: Carmen Argenziano as Jacob Carter/Selmak, Sebastian Spence as Delek, Mark Gibbon as M'zel, Gary Jones as Technician, Eric Breker as Colonel Reynolds, Nels Lennarson as Major Green, Sam MacMillan as Lieutenant Glenn, Dan Shea as Sergeant Siler, Dan Payne as Kull Warrior

Reference: Alpha Site, Autodestruct Sequence, Jacob Carter, Samantha Carter, Delek, Energy Weapon, Lieutenant Glenn, Major Green, Jaffa, Kull Warrior, MALP, M'zel, Rebel Jaffa, Colonel Reynolds, Sergeant Siler, Tok'ra, UAV, Weapons


Destinations & Inhabitants

Alpha Site

Destinations & Inhabitants


Destinations & Inhabitants

Rebel Jaffa

Destinations & Inhabitants

Kull Warrior


  • The location of the Alpha Site was compromised when Anubis used his mind probe on Jonas. The site was relocated, and the SGC brought the gate in a Tok'ra ship to a new planet with a completely new address. The security leak that led to the destruction of the new site is unknown. Jacob believes that the prototype weapon was the reason for the attack.
  • One month after finding Telchak's reanimation device the SGC and Tok'ra had cooperated to develop a prototype weapon designed to counteract the reanimation technology and neutralize Anubis's drones. With the upgraded power unit, the weapon is effective against the Kull Warriors.
  • The Kull Warrior's armor is impervious to energy weapons and regular firearms, however a missle at close range might be effective. Kull Warriors apparently do not possess sensors or tracking equipment, nor a particularly accurate aim.
  • Tok'ra operatives have orders never to allow themselves to be taken alive, and they take special precautions to ensure that the brain is not left intact, so that no revival in a sarcophagus is possible.
  • Earth's tendency to provoke direct confrontation with the Goa'uld has resulted in the deaths of more Tok'ra than in the previous hundred years combined.
  • More System Lords have fallen in the past seven years than in the previous 700 years.
  • M'zel is never named in the episode. He wears the tattoo of Heru'ur, and served Apophis after Heru'ur's defeat, before joining the Rebel Jaffa.
  • Anubis has won a major victory against the forces of Olokun. Both Rebel Jaffa, and a Tok'ra spy were within Olokun's ranks.
  • Selmak is a member of the High Council of the Tok'ra, however, an increasing number of High Council members are coming to doubt Selmak's true loyalties, fearing strong sympathies with Earth.
  • Both the Tok'ra and the Rebel Jaffa choose to leave the Beta Site, and bring an end to the Tauri-Tok'ra-Jaffa alliance.
  • SG-3, under Colonel Reynolds, joins SG-1 to search for survivors at the Alpha Site. They are joined by SG-11 and SG-21.
  • Selmak doesn't like coffee.



  • Injuries:
    • Carter: badly injured in the self-destruct of the Alpha Site, including a serious wound to the left thigh