"Prophecy" is the twenty-first episode of the sixth season of Stargate SG-1.


Mot is planning on taking over a planet of poor inhabitants. Meanwhile, Jonas Quinn, who was experimented on by Nirrti, receives a series of startling visions about what is going to happen, including the destruction of Stargate Command. He plans on stopping this, but the visions are slowly killing him.

Previously on Stargate SG-1[]

The Goa'uld Nirrti experimented on several races in an attempt to create a Hok'tar. On a mission to P3X-367, Jonas Quinn is placed in the DNA resequencer by Nirrti.


SG-1 has a meal on the planet P4S-237 with the poor inhabitants. Their leader, Ellori, tells them that their planet once belonged to Ba'al, who extracted naquadah from it until the deposits became scarce. However, the people still have to give naquadah to Ba'al's underlord, Mot. During the meal, Jonas Quinn has a strange vision; shortly thereafter his vision really happens. Afterward, Jonas suddenly collapses.

At Stargate Command, Dr. Janet Fraiser tells Major General George S. Hammond and Jonas that she has found strange activity in Jonas' brain. During a meeting, SG-1 informs Hammond about what they learned on the planet and plan to free the people from oppression. During the meeting, Jonas again has a short vision and it again happens just as he saw it. He talks with Major Samantha Carter about it, who finds the premise scientifically impossible by the laws of quantum physics. Fraiser later informs Hammond that she has possibly found a tumor in Jonas' brain, so Jonas is suspended from the mission. Suddenly, a Tok'ra named Sina comes through the gate and meets with SG-1. Strangely, Jonas already previously knew about this appearance. Sina informs SG-1 about the situation of the System Lords, especially Ba'al. Later, Jonas suggests that perhaps Nirrti is responsible for his visions and Fraiser warns Hammond that the tumor could kill Jonas. Jonas again has a vision about Sam being hurt and rushes to stop SG-1 from going through the Stargate. It is logically decided that Carter will stay on base.

SG-1 and SG-15 go to the planet and enlighten the inhabitants about their plan. Ellori tells them that his people will help them whilst another villager, Chazen, goes in the forest and uses a Goa'uld long range visual communication device. At Stargate Command, Jonas is informed by MSgt. Sylvester Siler that an accident happened and that Carter was badly wounded. Jonas sees that this happened in his vision and apologizes to Carter, she quickly accepts his apology, knowing he was trying to keep her safe. They discuss his visions and Carter suggests that what Jonas is seeing are probable futures, but not absolutes. Jonas argues that all of his visions have come true exactly as he saw them, but Carter says that doesn't mean they always will.

On the planet, SG-1 speaks with Ellori when suddenly, a Goa'uld ship appears and Chazen tells them that he's notified Lord Mot about the Tau'ri, and the Goa'uld has arrived early.

Chazen then drops a Goa'uld shock grenade which stuns everyone.

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Jonas lying unconscious on the floor of the lab.

At the SGC, Fraiser finds Jonas blacked-out in his lab. She drops her file and calls for a medical team.

Assassination of Mot

Mot trying to kill Chazen for sounding the alarm.

The imprisoned Colonel Jack O'Neill talks with Lord Mot, who plans to extract information on how to deactivate the iris at the SGC which he will then use to destroy the SGC with Mot even believing that Anubis will congratulate him for his initiative.

Mot even threatens to torture the villagers with Jack stating that the villagers had nothing to do with this although Mot believes otherwise thanks to his spy.

At the SGC, Jonas has another premonition about a Goa'uld attack on the base which occurs with SG-15's ID code being used. In the image, Jaffa come through the Stargate and begin attacking before setting off a bomb that eventually destroys the mountain while killing all the personnel. Jonas then informs Hammond about it and plans to focus his mind to find out how the Jaffa got the ID code.

In the meantime, the SG teams are freed by Ellori's daughter, Natania, and plan to get reinforcements. Jonas uses meditation to obtain another vision about how the Jaffa attack starts. He sees the SG teams on the planet use the DHD and transmit their ID code and then as the gate opens the Jaffa ambush them, kill everyone, and rush through the gate. Jonas again blacks out but not before he is able to tell Carter about the ambush and he is rushed into surgery while Carter rushes to tell Hammond what's happened.

Carter and Hammond try to warn SG-1 but Chazen intercepts the message and sounds the alarm, only to discover the SG teams have escaped. At the gate, the SG teams are ambushed by the waiting Jaffa while Mot nearly kills Chazen for sounding the alarm and causing the Jaffa to attack early. However, Ellori's daughter brazenly shoots and kills Mot with one of the team's sidearms and, thanks to the alarm, the SG teams are alerted to the presence of the Jaffa and manage to fight off the ambush with only one man wounded.

In the meantime, the doctors at SGC successfully remove the tumor. Hammond calls in several reinforcements to the gate room, preparing for any impending threat. The iris is opened and the SG teams finally come through. Jack asks Hammond to go back to the planet (of course, with more men) to help the people.

SG-1 later visits the recovering Jonas and tells him of their success on the planet. In the end, Jonas talks with Carter about his visions, pondering how odd it is that, in changing his vision of the future, they fulfilled a prophecy that was made on that planet a millennia ago.


Appearances for Prophecy





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Notable quotes[]

O'Neill: So you're seeing things before they happen.
Jonas: That's right.
O'Neill: Like what's for lunch.

Teal'c: We have encountered many strange phenomenon, Jonas Quinn. But I have yet to meet anyone who can see the future.
Carter: It goes against all the laws of physics as we understand them.

Carter: It's hard to believe that Yu hasn't been destroyed yet.
Sina: Given that he is the only System Lord still in opposition to Anubis, his persistence is remarkable.
O'Neill: You go, Yu!

O'Neill: You know every time I wake up in a Goa'uld cell, I can't help the thought that something bad's gonna happen.

Mot: You are the Tau'ri of Stargate Command.
O'Neill: And you. . are Lord Mot – here to punish us for our insolence, etc., yada, et al.

Teal'c: Are you still having visions, Jonas Quinn?
Jonas: Not since the surgery, no.
O'Neill: So no lottery numbers?
Jonas: 'Fraid not.
O'Neill: No trip to Vegas, just you and me?

Jonas: We changed the way things played out, which would seem to indicate the future isn't predetermined. But by doing so we fulfilled an ancient prophecy. A thousand years ago someone in that village predicted that this would happen. Now how do you explain that?
Carter: Maybe it was just a lucky guess.


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  • This episode marks the death of Mot, the tenth powerful Goa'uld who is killed by SG-1.
  • Major Carter invokes quantum mechanics when telling Jonas predicting the future goes against the laws of Physics. In "Enigma", she interpreted a comment by Narim to mean the Tollans had discarded quantum mechanics as valid.
  • Mot was the Canaanite god of death. He fought against Ba'al and was defeated some time in Earth's past, then went on to serve him as an underlord. For some time he, like Astarte, was unquestionably loyal to Ba'al and served as the military commander for his master's Jaffa legions who were situated on the frontier of Ba'al's domain. As the god of death, the opposite of Ba'al, he set himself up as a fiend in his subjects' eyes so that Ba'al, or indeed any of his underlords, could act as a hero when they cast the "dark" god out.
  • The two different versions of how the Stargate ambush go as following:
    • In the first version, Major Ben Pierce dials out and sends SG-15's IDC. Once he confirms it to Colonel Jack O'Neill, he is shot in the back with a staff weapon by one of Lord Mot's Jaffa. Having the element of surprise and cover, the Jaffa catch the SG teams off-guard and quickly overwhelm them, killing the most of SG-15. When Teal'c goes to the aid of the wounded but alive Pierce, he's hit in the leg and when he tries to rise again, he's shot twice in the back and killed. At the same time, the last remaining member of SG-15 is killed as well, leaving O'Neill as the last survivor. O'Neill fights on alone but is overwhelmed and killed. The Jaffa then travel through the Stargate, first firing a blast that takes out the Stargate Operations room window and damages the equipment inside. Major General George S. Hammond survives, but MSgt. Walter Harriman at least is killed. A Goa'uld grenade stuns the defense teams long enough for the Jaffa to kill them with few casualties and bring a bomb through. Hammond closes the iris and airmen coming in from the hallways take out all but the Jaffa with the bomb, but they are unable to stop the last Jaffa from detonating the bomb and destroying the SGC.
    • In the second version, after learning of Jonas Quinn's visions of both events, Hammond attempts to contact SG-15, O'Neill, and Teal'c by radio, but the message is intercepted by Chazen. After learning that the prisoners have escaped, Chazen sounds the alarm. As a result, this time the alarm is sounded before Pierce can send the IDC and alerts the SG teams to the presence of the Jaffa. O'Neill sees the Jaffa aiming for Pierce, warns him to drop, and kills the Jaffa with a Zat'nik'tel. This time, aware of the ambush and able to take cover, O'Neill, Teal'c, and SG-15 are successfully able to fight off the ambush, killing the Jaffa and suffering no casualties, although a member of SG-15 suffers an injured leg. This time, the IDC is not sent right away, and Hammond has the SFs guarding the Stargate wield blast shields and heavier weapons in case Jonas' vision does come true. When the SG-15 IDC is finally sent, SG-15, O'Neill, and Teal'c actually come through, having won the firefight.


  • At 36:33 mark, as a Jaffa steps on the wall prop and gets shot, the prop wall wobbles.
  • Major Samantha Carter says that the ability to see the future goes against all of the laws of physics as they understand them, yet they are already familiar with time travel and predestination paradoxes, such as in the episodes "1969" and "2010".

Other languages[]

  • French: La Prophétie (The Prophecy)
  • Italian: La Profezia (The Prophecy)
  • Spanish: Profecía (Prophecy)
  • Czech: Proroctví (Prophecy)
  • German: Jonas' Visionen (Jonas's Visions)
  • Hungarian: A prófécia (The Prophecy)

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