Stargate SG-1: The First Ones is a terrifically dramatic episode that is definitely one of the best of the series. It has angst, action, caring, drama, and has heart.
At issue is the abduction of Daniel Jackson while doing an excavation off-world. When Jack O’Neill hears about it, he wants to take immediate action. In fact, he breaks out the new P-90 weapon for the first time.
Contrast this reaction to the one Jack has a few years down the road in Evolution Part 1, and you’ll understand why Jack and Daniel fans became so disillusioned with the show’s regime for their mishandling and bad treatment of these two pivotal characters.
At any rate, there are wonderful moments throughout this show. For example, the excavation scene itself is a lot of fun. This features the return of Robert Rothman, who I continue to believe was placed on the show to emphasize that Daniel had grown beyond total geek. There’s a big difference between the two, and that stands out to me.
Dion Johnstone is terrific as an Unas named Chaka. His expressive eyes really tell the story here. He’s delightful.
Michael Shanks gives an impressive performance as Daniel. I love watching him invoke his education and skill to make a bond with Chaka. There are so many wonderful bits between these two, including one with a power bar.
I wish the ending had been more complete with more dynamics of the rescue shown, but it was good as is.