ABSOLUTE POWER

04.17 Episode 83
Airdate: January 19, 2001

On Abydos, SG-1 encounters a whirling sandstorm that seems to whisper Daniel's name, then dissolves to reveal a young boy. The boy is Shifu, the Harsesis child of Sha're and Apophis, who has been raised by Oma Desala, and now seeks to learn about his own mother. Shifu is wise beyond his years, and he possesses the genetic knowledge of the Goa'uld, which could prove a valuable weapon against the System Lords. SG-1 returns with him to Earth, but once there, Shifu's touch causes Daniel to pass out. "Dreams teach," he explains. "I'm teaching him."

Through the power of Shifu's touch, Daniel comes to see the mysteries of the Goa'uld, the means for new technology, and the designs for weapons of mass destruction. Such weapons could benefit Earth, and Daniel oversees a plan to construct an elaborate orbiting network of enormous power. However, as Daniel's influence increases, so does his mistrust and alienation. Even Carter and O'Neill begin to question his motivation, and try to find a way to stop him as he uses his knowledge to bring the world to the brink of destruction.

As Daniel awakens, he comes to realize the danger of absolute power, and to understand Shifu's warning that when confronted with great evil, "the only way to win is to deny it battle." It is Shifu's wisdom, not his knowledge, that Daniel has gained in his dream. His spiritual journey complete, Daniel must convince the others that Shifu is not the key to a military victory over the Goa'uld. Having accomplished his mission, Shifu ascends to his ethereal state, and departs once again through the stargate.

Written by: Robert C. Cooper
Directed by: Peter DeLuise

Guest Starring: Lane Gates as Shifu, Peter Williams as Apophis, Colin Cunningham as Major Davis, Gary Jones as Sergeant Davis, William de Vry as Aldwin, Erick Avari as Kasuf, Steven Williams as General Vidrine, Teryl Rothery as Dr. Fraiser, Michelle Harrison as Assistant, Yee Jee Tso as Left Tech, Jenn Forgie as Right Tech, Barbara Fixx as Rear Tech, Coleen Christie as Reporter, June B. Wilde as Maid

Reference: Abydonians, Abydos, AG-3 Defense System, Aldwin, Apophis, Ascension, Paul Davis, Harsesis, Kasuf, Memory Recall Device, Nano-Technology, Nano-Virus, Others, SF Guard, Shifu, Tok'ra, UTD, General Vidrine, Zatarc, Zatarc Detector


LOCATION


Abydos


Daniel's Mansion


Shifu


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