"Lockdown" is the third episode of the eighth season of Stargate SG-1.


After Jack O'Neill is promoted to Brigadier General and commander of Stargate Command, and months after defeating Anubis' fleet, the Russians are combing the wreckage, where they encounter a strange entity. Later, the entity makes its way to the SGC to get off of Earth.


International Space Station 1

The International Space Station.

Several months after the destruction of Anubis' fleet, Stargate Command gets a new member in the form of the Russian Colonel Alexi Vaselov, who promptly asks Brigadier General Jack O'Neill for a place on SG-1. After the General rejects this request Vaselov talks with Dr. Daniel Jackson about this but suddenly collapses. When he wakes up again he doesn't remember anything since he was in Russia and his body shows signs of extensive viral damage. O'Neill orders the base to be shut off but Daniel, who wants to leave on a mission with SG-11, takes offense at being stopped and suddenly takes a weapon and nearest team member hostage, then shoots two gate guards before he is stopped by O'Neill and Teal'c.

Meanwhile, Vaselov remembers that he felt like being trapped in his own body and he blames himself for what has happened. It is also found out that Russian Cosmonaut Anatole Konstantinov from the International Space Station died a week after returning to Russia, exhibiting the same symptoms as Vaselov. Later Daniel wakes up and on being questioned he quickly remembers that he was taken over by Anubis. It turns out that the former System Lord, thanks to his half-ascended form as a dark spectre which was released when his body was destroyed, can jump from person to person. It is concluded that Anubis plans on leaving the base through the Stargate because he can't use his ascended powers, since this would alert the Ancients. In the meantime Anubis easily eludes capture, can not be contained, and can not be killed.

SGC responds with a plan to prevent any one person or location to access and control the gate. The base is split into 3 sections using drop-down steel doors. The Stargate is in one section, the control room is relocated from the gate area into another section, and the room which controls the 'lockdown' is in the third. All staff are restricted to 1 section only, so Anubis would have to control two persons each in a different section, one to dial the gate and the other to pass through.


Anubis frozen on KS7-535.

Anubis takes over Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter (in the section with the room which controls the 'lockdown') for her technical skills to break the lockdown. He makes her schedule a program (including the self-destruct of the base) to open the doors temporarily, then goes to the new control room and begins dialing the gate. O'Neill stops her, is in turn taken over by Anubis, and goes to the gate. There Anubis/O'Neill meet the previously possessed Vaselov, who came from the infirmary as soon as he heard the self-destruct warning. Vaselov sets a gun on Anubis/O'Neill and insists that he possess his body instead otherwise he'll kill them both, so Anubis leaves O'Neill for Vaselov and walks through the gate.

Panic starts about Anubis getting away, but Carter assures everyone not to worry. She explains that she couldn't stop the established dialing sequence, but at least managed to switch the destination address to KS7-535. On hearing the address, a pleased O'Neill says, "chilly!".

It then cuts to a close up of a deep snow blizzard, and as it pans away, it's shown that it's a freezing planet, and at the foot of the gate only a few steps away sits a now frozen Vaselov which means that although Vaselov is now dead, Anubis is presumably trapped on the ice planet.


Appearances for Lockdown





Sentient Species




Notable quotes[]

Jackson: So how's the new job?
O'Neill: Oy. One crisis after another. This morning the mess got a shipment of Yukon Gold potatoes instead of the usual Russets.
Jackson: No.
O'Neill: Oh yes. The golds don't make for good mash. The consistency's all wrong.
Carter: I hear the new Russian Colonel came to see you, made a pitch to join SG-1.
O'Neill: Yeah.
Jackson: What did you say?
O'Neill: Told 'em to make french fries instead.
Jackson: About the Russian.
O'Neill: Oh. Well I made it clear he shouldn't expect preferential treatment. That he'd have to prove himself before I'd consider him for off-world travel.
Carter: He is one of the most highly decorated officers in Russian military history. He has over twenty years flight experience.
O'Neill: And exactly no years in off-world travel. I'm not gonna risk the lives of anyone under my command on a slick resume.
Carter: How uncharacteristically cautious of you.

Carter: (talking about Daniel) The members of SG-11 insisted he seemed perfectly normal. Did you notice anything peculiar about him, sir?
O'Neill: I thought it odd he was shooting up the Gate room.

Jackson: Can anyone tell me what the hell is going on?
Brightman: You are recovering from a gunshot wound.
Jackson: What?
Teal'c: You have no recollection of the incident?
Jackson: No! Who shot me?
O'Neill: Don't...change the subject. What do you remember?
Jackson: I went to see Colonel Vaselov and in the middle of our conversation he collapsed and I went to help him and... that's it.
Carter: You don't remember accompanying him to the infirmary?
Jackson: No! Who shot me?
(Carter and Teal'c nod their heads and point their eyes towards O'Neill)
O'Neill: You were shooting the gate room-
Carter: -and wounded two guards.

O'Neill: You'd think that getting blasted out of orbit would have slowed the guy down.
Teal'c: According to Daniel Jackson, Anubis surrendered his mortal form when he ascended, only to be cast down by the Ancients. As a result, he exists purely as an immaterial being.
Carter: See in the past when we encountered Anubis the physical form we were seeing was actually a force shield, designed to contain his essence. When it was destroyed, that essence was released.
Teal'c: Anubis was trapped in Earth's orbit, inhabiting debris from his ship, millions of lightyears away from his power base.
O'Neill: So he hitched a ride on a Cosmonaut?
Carter: Yes sir. And then abandoned him for Colonel Vasilev.

(Jackson knocks on door)
Jackson: Mind if I come in?
O'Neill: You're not supposed to be walking around.
Jackson: It's my arm.
O'Neill: You were shot.
Jackson: I know. You shot me.
O'Neill: Not the point.


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Guest Stars


  • This episode and the Stargate: Atlantis episode "Hide and Seek", which premiered on the same night, both featured villains of a non-corporeal state penetrating the heroes' headquarters. Both were defeated the same way: sent to another planet to be trapped forever.
  • Despite being trapped on KS7-535 at the end of the episode, Anubis later returns. How he escaped is never explained along with why he continued possessing bodies rather than constructing another force shield.
  • Colonel Alexi Vaselov does not salute at the end of his introductory interview because in Russian military it is only appropriate to salute while wearing a hat. Since he is not wearing a hat, he clicks his heels instead.


  • When discussing what happened to Anubis after his fleet was destroyed while attacking Earth, Teal'c says "Anubis was trapped in Earth's orbit, inhabiting debris from his ship. Millions of light years away from his power base". The Milky Way galaxy is only 100,000 - 120,000 light years in diameter.
  • There should have been a hole carved out by the wormhole in the snow on KS7-535 as the gate was partially buried by snow

Other languages[]

  • French: Quarantaine (Quarantine)
  • Italian: Quarantena (Quarantine)
  • Spanish: Confinamiento (Confinement)
  • Czech: Karanténa (Quarantine)
  • German: Colonel Vaselov (Colonel Vaselov)
  • Hungarian: Zárlat (Lockdown)

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