Aug 15, 2003
Season 7 Episode 10
While on a mission to P3X-955, SG-1 is attacked by Jaffa forces loyal to the Goa'uld system lord Moloc. Suddenly, six Jaffa warrior-women storm in and take out the attackers. Mala, leader of the armed Amazon party, has been seeking SG-1, and she has the team 'gate with them to an outpost called Ha'ktyl - the Jaffa word for liberation, which they also use to describe themselves. There SG-1 meets Ishta, Moloc's beautiful high priestess. She and her fellow warrior-women have been secretly rescuing newborn female Jaffa, who are condemned to death by Moloc, and bringing them to this haven. Ishta and her seconds, Mala and Neith, tell how they use their offworld privileges to 'gate to other planets, ambush Jaffa patrols and take their Goa'uld symbiotes. The symbiotes are then transferred to young girls at Ha'ktyl when they reach the age of prata, at which time they must take a symbiote or fall ill and die. The Ha'ktyl women ask SG-1 for weapons, food and supplies to continue their struggle, and in return offer their services and knowledge. Maj. Carter, knowing that Teal'c uses the Pangaran drug tretonin in order to survive without a symbiote, proposes this drug as an alternative. The idea is detestable to Neith, whose younger sister, Nesa, will soon reach prata. Teal'c eventually convinces Ishta that tretonin, though not without risks, is worth trying. She asks for volunteers to accompany her to Stargate Command to test the drug. Mala insists she go in Ishta's place. A fellow warrior named Emta and two others also step forward. While Carter, Col. O'Neill and the five Jaffa women jaunt to Stargate Command, Dr. Daniel Jackson stays behind to report any news on the tretonin tests that SGC will radio-in through the MALP. Meanwhile, Teal'c and Ishta become very close. Daniel tells young Nesa of the drug that can save her life. This conversation infuriates Neith, who, after conferring with fellow warriors Ginra and Ka'lel, challenges Ishta to combat for control of Ha'ktyl. Teal'c tries to break up the fight when Daniel arrives with bad news: Mala did not respond to the tretonin - she is dead.