This episode is part 1 of 3; it is followed by "Avalon, Part 2" and "Origin".

"Avalon, Part 1" is the first episode of the ninth season of Stargate SG-1.


Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell, a veteran F-302 fighter-interceptor pilot who participated in the Battle of Antarctica, has been given command of SG-1. His plan is to reunite the old team. However, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter works in Area 51, Teal'c is now working full-time for the Free Jaffa Nation on Dakara, and Dr. Daniel Jackson is going to Atlantis. However, a visit from Vala Mal Doran changes everything.


Cameron Mitchell

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell touching the Stargate.

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Mitchell as a fighter pilot during the Battle of Antarctica.

Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell is at Stargate Command staring at the Stargate for the first time. He piloted one of the F-302 fighter-interceptor's in the defense of Earth against the attack fleet of Anubis in the Battle of Antarctica. After his heroic efforts and recovery from injury, Brigadier General Jack O'Neill offered him any job he liked, and he wished to join SG-1. However, when he arrives at the base, he finds that SG-1 has been disbanded, a new general is in control, and he is set to pick and lead the new team which leaves Mitchell stunned and greatly dismayed.

Henry Landry 2

General Hank Landry, the new Commanding Officer for Stargate Command.

The new general and commander of Stargate Command is Major General Henry Landry who is a friend of both Lt. General George S. Hammond and O'Neill. Under his order, Mitchell begins the selection process for new members of SG-1 but can't stomach any of the terrible candidates. As such, Mitchell who wanted to work with the best is determined to get SG-1 back together.

Teal'c is off world on the planet Dakara, which has been established as the capital of the newly founded Free Jaffa Nation, the aftermath of the fall of the Goa'uld. Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter has been moved to Area 51, where she is aiding the research. Jack O'Neill has been promoted out of the SGC (hence the new general), and Dr. Daniel Jackson is set to take a ride on board the Daedalus, the newest Earth intergalactic battlecruiser, to Atlantis, the now-found City of the Ancients.

Avalon, Part 1

Vala Mal Doran arriving at the SGC.

An unscheduled offworld activation admits to the SGC Vala Mal Doran who claims to have something they want. They let her in and she immediately seeks out her "friend" Daniel to pester. She has a tablet written in Ancient that leads to a trove of Ancient treasures hidden somewhere on Earth, and she needs Daniel to translate it. However, as soon as they are close together, she throws a pair of cuffs onto both his and her wrists. These are Kor mak bracelets (Teal'c explains, on his return), which link the two of them together such that they cannot be greatly separated without feeling pain and eventually death. Vala had known it would affect Daniel Jackson, but not that it would affect her, too. She promises she will take them off after they find the treasure and she gets her fair share. Mitchell suggests that the fastest way to solve the problem is to put together a team to find the treasure, and invites Teal'c to join them since the Jaffa High Council is in recess.

Since Jackson can't be separated from Vala for the time being, he has to miss his trip on the Daedalus to Atlantis, meaning that he won't make his much-desired trip there. Meanwhile, however, he translates the tablet and who wrote it: an Ancient fleeing Atlantis after the war with the Wraith, named Myrddin, who Jackson says is Merlin, the wizard associated with King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. After further research, Jackson concludes that the treasure is located beneath Glastonbury Tor in England. Mitchell wants to have Carter join the expedition as well, but she's busy at Area 51. However, if they do find something, she'll want to see it.

Arriving at the place on the Prometheus, they use Transportation rings to get inside a hidden cavern where a hologram of Merlin tells them that only the worthy, those with "a wealth of knowledge and truth of spirit," will gain access to the treasures of the Ancients. There is a Sword in the stone, but Mitchell is unable to remove it. They decide to explore further; Daniel and Vala take a right passageway, and Mitchell and Teal'c take a left.

Both parties find rooms which light up upon entry. In both rooms, the parties encounter puzzles, and the doors shut automatically.

Just when they think it can't get any worse, the ceiling begins to lower to crush them, and they must solve the puzzles in time before they are crushed to death.



Appearances for Avalon, Part 1





Sentient Species


  • Dog
    • Henry Landry's dog




Notable quotes[]

Landry: (flipping through papers in his hand) Your service record's impeccable, Mitchell. What's wrong with ya?
Mitchell: Sir?
Landry: Nobody's perfect. Everyone has some sort of character flaw. What's yours?
Mitchell: Sometimes, I can be impatient… sir.
Landry: Well, all pilots have type-A personalities. I'm talking about your kryptonite.
(Mitchell is silent)
Landry: Don't worry... I'll figure it out.

Landry: You know, the thing that's hardest to get used to around here is how good everybody is at their job. The fact is, I like yelling at people! Never get the damn chance.
Mitchell: I'll try not to lower the average, Sir.
Landry: Oh, a self-deprecating sense of humor. You think it'll make people like you, despite your outward perfection?

Landry: Well, that's Jack for you. You know, I looked for the key for that desk for a week, before I finally got him to admit—he never had one! The man never opened a drawer the whole time he was here!

(After talking separately to Jackson, Teal'c, and Carter and being turned down to rejoin SG1 by all three)
Mitchell: Well Walter, it doesn't look like we're getting the band back together.

(Landry and O'Neill are drinking beers and playing chess)
Landry: A general is only as good as the people he commands.
O'Neill: Who said that?
Landry: I just did. (long pause as Landry moves a rook so O'Neill is in check) I mean, Douglas MacArthur may have said something similar.
O'Neill: Didn't he also say, "there's no substitute for winning"? (as O'Neill moves a bishop so Landry is in check-mate)
Landry: Actually, it was "in war, there is no substitute for victory." (Landry knocks over his own king, conceding defeat)

Mitchell: (talking to Jackson) Look the tablet is written in Ancient code, right? I know it's not the lost city of Atlantis we're looking for here, but whatever it is could be worth finding... or you're just gonna have to marry that chick.
Vala: Yeah! Let's make babies!

Mitchell: (still trying to get SG1 back together) That was fantastic! You talk to Carter yet?
Jackson: Uh, yeah. She can't make it.
Mitchell: What!? This is huge. We could be on the brink of another major discovery of Ancient technology.
Jackson: I'm sure she'll be interested in whatever we find.
Vala: Hrm. Hey, try playing hard to get.
Mitchell: Yeah, look who's talking.

(Upon entering the Prometheus' 'Auxiliary Control Room 2')
Vala: Ahh, now this brings back memories.
Jackson: How's that?
Vala: Isn't this where I beat you up?
Jackson: No.
Vala: No, I'm pretty sure that right there is where I crushed your--
Mitchell: Alright, excuse me kids. (Pushing between the two of them)

(In the room inside the Ancient cavern where the Sword in the stone is located, while Mitchell is trying to pull the sword out)
Vala: (talking to Teal'c) Give it a try, Muscles. I'll give you half.
Teal'c: (staring at Vala) ...
Vala: (smiles cheekily)

(Vala and Jackson exploring the right passageway in the Ancient cavern within Glastonbury Tor in England)
Vala: You should give me a weapon.
Jackson: No.
Vala: There could be an icky creature down here left to protect the treasure.
Jackson: For hundreds of years?
Vala: Some sort of stasis or hibernation. What if it senses our presence and awakens hungry for human flesh?
Jackson: That doesn't sound quite like the Ancients' style.
Vala: Still...
Jackson: I'm sure if there is a monster down here it's going to be much more scared of you than you are of it. Especially once it gets to know you.


Main Characters

Guest Stars


  • While Dr. Daniel Jackson discusses that Avalon was a place that King Arthur and his knights gathered a great number of riches and treasures, Mitchell points out that one of those treasures was the Holy Grail. It would later be revealed in "Arthur's Mantle" that the "Holy Grail" was the very reason Merlin built the vault: he was using it as a lab to build the Sangraal, a weapon which could neutralize an Ascended being.
  • The Sci Fi Channel chose to cut the opening sequences of both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis to 10-seconds for the original broadcast, rather than the usual 60-seconds. The sequence only displayed the Stargate SG-1 logo and a "Created by" credit, main cast credits were displayed during the teaser. On Sky One in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the short opening sequence was also used for Part 1, however when Part 2 aired, a full length title sequence was restored, incorporating new cast credits. When "Avalon" aired in US Syndication, the full length title sequence was used.
  • When Vala first arrives at the SGC and meets Mitchell, her saying "I know we haven't met. That I'm sure I'd remember" is an ironic reference to Farscape, where Ben Browder and Claudia Black worked together as John Crichton and Aeryn Sun, respectively.
  • Mitchell's lines: "Did I mention I'm on a mission from God?" and "Doesn't look like we're gettin' the band back together" are references to The Blues Brothers movie.
  • Mitchell mentions reading the files of the case where the team first encountered the transmission stones. This is a reference to Ben Browder who prior to joining Stargate SG-1 sought to see all the previous episodes of SG-1 and before the new season started. Browder eventually achieved this by watching around 180 episodes in a row over the course of two weeks.
  • Ben Browder was originally in the running for the role of Major John Sheppard on Stargate: Atlantis, but had to pull out due to filming commitments for Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. Joe Flanigan got the part and Browder was kept in mind when the role of Mitchell was formed. He was also in the running for the role of "Dillon Everett".


  • When Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell is hit over Antarctica, his co-pilot says that they have lost left thrusters and that the display inside the cockpit shows the right section in red and the hit and the subsequent smoke trail come from the right thruster. The original dialogue seems at odds with the display and the smoke, this is however not present in other languages, the French version for example doesn't give the damaged thruster so you can trust the display and the smoke.
  • When Harriman leaves Mitchell in Landry's office Mitchell says “Thank you, Sergeant.” to Walter. Harriman should properly be referred to as “Chief.”
  • When Dr. Daniel Jackson is going through the list of Ancients who returned to Earth from Atlantis, the name "Myrddin" can be seen on the list which is what allows Jackson to figure out that he carved the treasure tablet which in turn led him to figure out that the treasure was hidden within the Avalon vault. However when Myrddin was on Atlantis, he was known by his birthname "Moros", thus that name should have been on the list of Ancients who returned to Earth, not "Myrddin" as he wouldn't assume that name until 8,500 years later, long after the list was made.

Other languages[]

  • French: Le Trésor d’Avalon (1ère partie) (The Treasure of Avalon (part 1))
  • Italian: Una Nuova Avventura (A New Adventure)
  • Spanish: Avalon (parte 1) (Avalon (part 1))
  • Czech: Avalon (část 1.) (Avalon (part 1))
  • Hungarian: Avalon I. (Avalon I.)
  • Russian: Авалон (часть 1) (Avalon (part 1))

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