This episode is part 2 of 2; it is preceded by "Nemesis".

"Small Victories" is the first episode of the fourth season of Stargate SG-1.


Despite the defeat of the Replicators, one survived the crash and managed to infest the Russian submarine Blackbird to replicate a new army. Meanwhile, Thor returns to Earth and wants Major Samantha Carter's assistance to defeat the Replicators from taking over Othala, by using "stupid ideas" as a means of stopping them.

Previously on Stargate SG-1[]

Colonel Jack O'Neill is beamed onto Thor's ship, the Biliskner, that has been taken over by their enemy the Replicators. Thor explains that the only way to stop them from taking over Earth is to destroy the ship and sacrifice themselves. Major Samantha Carter and Teal'c defy O'Neill's order to not beam up and use explosives to destroy the deceleration drive causing the ship to burn up in the atmosphere after they escaped through the Stargate they beamed out of Stargate Command.


Confident that the destruction of Thor's ship the Biliskner in the atmosphere had ended the Replicator threat to Earth, SG-1 had managed to return when Stargate Command had put up the second Stargate. They are shocked when they hear news that a Russian Foxtrot class submarine has been hijacked by creatures with descriptions matching the Replicators.

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Sam, Jack and Teal'c arrive back at the SGC after spending nearly a week off-world while also trying to dial Earth.

To make matters worse, the Russians picked up the Asgard ship as it entered the atmosphere and according to both Major Paul Davis and Major General George S. Hammond, this has also created a huge political mess.

As the team prepares to move out, Thor arrives through the Stargate and enlists SG-1 to aid him. The war with the Replicators is going badly, and the robotic invaders are at the doorstep of the Asgard homeworld.

As Colonel Jack O'Neill, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c go to deal with the hijacked submarine, Major Samantha Carter goes with Thor to help find a way to stop the Replicators.

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O'Neill as seen from Asgard shipyard observation deck.

At the submarine, O'Neill, Jackson, and Teal'c decide to penetrate the submarine and try to obtain some intelligence on how to stop the Replicators before they can take control of the submarine. Unfortunately, the Replicators begin to attack, and the team is forced to fall back. Teal'c is injured and at least one member of the scout team is killed. Meanwhile, at the Asgard homeworld, Carter sees the incomplete Asgard ship, dubbed the O'Neill, designed to fight the Replicators and witnesses a short, one-sided naval battle in an attempt to stem the advance of the Replicators. Currently, five Asgard ships are in battle with three Replicator controlled ships. Unfortunately, she still cannot come up with a way to defeat them. They are then contacted that the five Asgard ships have been destroyed. The Replicators aren't attacking them because Thor's ship has less advanced technology than the ones the Replicator control.

After some study from video recordings and Replicator samples extracted from Teal'c's wound, Jackson theorizes that the Replicators are made out of the same materials as the objects they consume, and since most of the Replicators are made out of the submarine, contact with the water will cause them to rust and deteriorate and short out. Unfortunately, at least one of the Replicators is the survivor from Thor's ship, and would be made from materials resistant to seawater, so the team must go back into the submarine and ensure that the surviving Replicator is destroyed before sinking the sub. Back on the Asgard homeworld, Carter suddenly comes up with a daring plan. Because Replicators are attracted to new technology, she decides to use the O'Neill as a lure to draw the Replicators into hyperspace and destroy them by making the O'Neill self-destruct, since Asgard shields are offline when flying through hyperspace. Thor balks at the plan, but eventually relents. The Replicators take the bait and are destroyed. Thor admits that the Asgard homeworld is now safe for the time being, but adds that Replicators are never fooled the same way twice, and that they will return.

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The Replicator queen

Back on Earth, O'Neill and Teal'c penetrate the submarine and find the original Replicator. They destroy the Replicator, but when they try to escape, the other Replicators block their path. At the same time, the Replicators finally manage to take full control of the submarine and attempt to steer it into the open sea. O'Neill orders the forces outside to destroy the submarine and prepares for the end, but before they are overwhelmed by Replicators, Thor beams them onto his ship, saving their lives. The Replicator threat is over for now. Thor promises that when the Asgard defeat the Replicators, he will come to assist them in their war against the Goa'uld. Jack offers for Thor to come fishing but he beams them down.


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Notable quotes[]

O'Neill: I'd be happy to debrief you all after I've debriefed myself for a nice hot shower.
Hammond: Permission to shower granted. In fact, I insist on it, Colonel.
O'Neill: Bad?
Jackson: I wasn't going to say anything...

O'Neill: Well, I'm off.
Carter: Still going fishing?
O'Neill: Yep. Still staying here?
Carter: Yeah. I think I've had enough relaxation for a while, sir.

O'Neill: Blow it up.
Davis: The Pentagon has requested that we take steps to preserve a number of specimens for study.
O'Neill: The Asgard already tried that. Those buggers are on the verge of wiping out their entire race.
Davis: That's why I'm here. You people are the closest things to experts we've got.
O'Neill: As an expert, I'm saying blow it up.

Thor: The Asgard have tried to stop them. You have demonstrated their weakness may be found from a less sophisticated approach. We are no longer capable of such thinking.
Jackson: Wait a minute, you're actually saying that you need someone dumber than you are?
O'Neill: You may have come to the right place.

Hammond: Thor, with all due respect to your situation we need SG-1 here.
Carter: I could go, sir.
O'Neill: I don't know, Carter. You may not be dumb enough.
Carter: I think I can handle it, sir.

Carter: How am I supposed to help figure out how to defeat kiron-based technology if I don't even know what a kiron is?
Thor: The Asgard would never invent a weapon that propels small weights of iron and carbon alloys by igniting a powder of potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulfur.
Carter: Okay, I get your point.
Thor: We cannot think like you.

(After blowing up the O'Neill together with the Replicator ships)
Carter: We did it!
Thor: It was your stupid idea, Major Carter.

(On board the Asgard ship after rescuing Colonel O'Neill and Teal'c)
Carter: So the bugs are all taken care of down there?
O'Neill: Pretty much, you?
Carter: We kicked their asses.
O'Neill: They had asses?
Carter: The Asgard had a big new ship. The 'O'Neill'.
O'Neill: (Stands up looking impressed) Oh yeah?
Carter: But we had to blow it up.
O'Neill: (Clearly disappointed) Oh.


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  • One of the Blackbird crew members asks the other "What could that noise be?" and the other answers "Maybe these are the bugs from the previous episode."(to be precise he says "Maybe it's that insect from the previous episode."). In the DVD commentary for this episode, Martin Wood noted that they didn't provide subtitles for this scene because they liked keeping it as an in-joke.
  • When Thor leaves Earth at the end of the episode, it is the same clip from the episode "Fair Game".
  • This episode features a change in character look for a couple of characters- Teal'c now has a goatee and Major Samantha Carter's hair is longer than it has been in previous seasons.
  • In a DVD interview, Amanda Tapping said that while filming her scenes with Thor, the puppet's arm touched her bottom. She slapped and then apologized to Thor before she realized she was talking to a puppet.
  • A clip from this episode was featured in the film Fanboys.
  • This episode takes place over a week after the events of "Nemesis". Long enough, at least, for Carter's hair to grow noticeably.
  • This is the first Stargate SG-1 premiere not to involve the Goa'uld.


  • The two crew members of the Russian submarine at the beginning of the episode speak Ukrainian (first one) and Russian (the one that opens the hatch, although he has poor pronunciation). Ukrainian and Russian are not close enough for most speakers to easily understand each other without prior familiarity with the other language (a reasonable equivalent to their "closeness" might be e.g. Italian and Spanish or Czech and Polish). Even if a native speaker of Ukrainian, for whatever reason (could be e.g. descent from Russia near the border with Ukraine, or mixed Russian-Ukrainian parentage), was serving in the Russian military, they would be required to speak Russian.
  • When Colonel Jack O'Neill and Teal'c approach the sub, you can see O'Neill from Teal'c's monitor while Teal'c is looking the other way.
  • As Thor opens the Stargate and arrives at Stargate Command, the window into the control room is visibly damaged and jutting out of the frame.
  • On the background shots of the harbor (when SG-1 enters the command center and on a wide view at around 26.05) there is a ship standing guard next to the sub. It's actually a Russian destroyer (Sovremenny Class).
  • Throughout this episode red marker dots can be seen for actors and digital effects artists to use. They are quite often used on TV and movies as a way for actors to know look here and stand here as well as digital effects artists to know where to place digital effects in post production.
  • In this episode and later over the entire series, almost all Russian words have typos. The torpedo tube hatch watched by Yuri and Boris has big red letters spelling out "ЗАПРИЩЕТСЯ", which is a misspelling of "запрещается" (in English it may be something like "forbedin" instead of "forbidden"). The battery station door is also mismarked. In Russian it is named "Compartment for accumulators" ("аккумуляторный отсек"), not "battery station". And the word "battery" also was written with a typo: "баттерийная станция" ("batteri station") instead of "батарейная станция".
  • When SG-1, minus Daniel, return through the second Stargate Teal'c says that Thor was retrieved while passing through the Stargate on 'P4X-234'. However in the previous episode he said he was manually dialing 'P3X-234'.


Other languages[]

  • French: Victoires Illusoires (Illusory Victories)
  • Italian: Piccole Vittorie (Small Victories)
  • Spanish: Pequeñas Victorias (Small Victories)
  • Czech: Malá Vítězství (Small Victories)
  • Hungarian: Kis győzelmek (Small Victories)
  • German: Nemesis, Teil 2 (Nemesis, Part 2)

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