10.10 "The Quest Part 1" Episode Guide

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Précis

During a quest for the Sangreal, Merlin’s anti-Ori weapon, the team must join forces with Ba’al, decipher ancient clues, and face a real-life dragon.

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SciFi.com Official Summary

SG-1 has searched long and hard for the sangraal, a weapon that the Ancients built and then concealed because it can kill Ascended Beings, including both Ancients and Ori. Finally, Daniel discovers the Stargate address of the planet where the weapon is hidden. Journeying there, SG-1 finds a rustic village whose residents warn them that the path to the sangraal is cursed. No adventurer has ever returned alive.

The village librarian, Osric, shows them a parchment that lists everything they'll need for the quest: "prudence, wisdom, charity, kindness, and faith," along with the unknown name of a dragon who guards the weapon itself. As the team wishes for more to go on than vague clues, an army of Ori soldiers suddenly invades the village. Frightened, Osric vows to use his knowledge of the route to guide SG-1 on their quest if they will protect him from the army. With him, they escape from the village and set out.

Soon, they run into the first of many obstacles set up to protect the sangraal. The unnerving traps seem like dark magic, but SG-1 knows that they're just extremely advanced technology. At the second obstacle — an empty chest that lures victims forward until they're trapped by a force field — the team finds Ba'al, alone and starving. He has also been hunting for the weapon. SG-1 is trapped with him until Daniel guesses that each so-called curse requires the team to enact one of the virtues mentioned on the parchment. In this case, to escape, they must display charity by placing personal objects into the chest.

Ba'al claims that he knows the name of the dragon-guardian, so the team grudgingly allows him to come along as Osric painstakingly guides them to a cave in which the sangraal is hidden. Daniel, however, has noticed odd things about Osric's behavior, and, as they reach the cave, accuses him of being an Ori agent. To the team's shock, Osric transforms: he's not an Ori agent. She is Adria, the supernatural human incarnation of the Ori themselves.

Adria explains that, despite her amazing powers, she can't reach the sangraal alone. In fact, she believes that only Daniel — who was once Ascended — can ultimately obtain the weapon. Accordingly, she has manipulated SG-1 into helping her, and now she threatens to kill Daniel's teammates unless they allow her to come along. Thus, accompanied by two of their worst enemies, SG-1 enters the cave to confront the final deadly obstacles between them and the weapon that they seek.

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Production Notes

  • "I'd love to get cracking on the big SG-1 mid-season quest two-parter..." — Joseph Mallozzi, Gateworld Blog, January 2, 2006.
  • "We've got the 200th episode to work on and Alan's heist episode, and the SG-1 mid-season two-parter that already has the visual effects department salivating." — Joseph Mallozzi, Gateworld Blog, January 19, 2006.
  • "There's SG-1's mid-season two-parter The Quest, of which I [Joseph Mallozzi] wrote the first half and Paul [Mullie] is working on Part Two. It's sort of an epic tale along the lines of Dungeons and Dragons. If you ever played that or enjoy fantasy-type stories then this is the one for you." — Joseph Mallozzi, TV Zone 203, June 2006.
  • "It's a very cool script. The story is reminiscent of last season's Avalon, in that our heroes are having to solve a number of puzzles in their quest for the Sangraal, which, if you remember, is the weapon that Merlin was supposedly working on to defeat the Ori. Marena Baccarin, who was Inara in Firefly, also returns in this episode as Adria, the daughter of Vala and the leader of the Ori's right-hand guys, the Priors, and their armies. Officially, I don't start prep for the episode until the 10th of May as we're waiting until part two of the script is finished. In the meantime, though, I'm sure we'll be doing some casting. I'm actually going out tomorrow to do location scouting and this morning I was already working on various concepts involving the use of our cave set. We'll be reinventing that set a little bit and creating a neat stalactite/stalagmite type of environment. We're planning to do some adjustments on our standing village set as well, which will include building a partial castle-like façade on one end. As with the cave set, we want to mix things up a bit and make them look slightly different." — Andy Mikita, Director, TV Zone 203, June 2006.

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--DeeKayP 18:11, 12 May 2006 (PDT)