Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
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Learning Curve 

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While employing the help of a planet's highly intelligent children for a project, the team discovers their horrific imposed fate when they reach a certain age.


Martin Wood


Brad Wright (developed for television by), Jonathan Glassner (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »





Episode cast overview:
Richard Dean Anderson ... Colonel Jack O'Neill
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Amanda Tapping ... Major Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Don S. Davis ... Major General George Hammond
Andrew Airlie ... Kalan
Britt Irvin ... Merrin (as Brittney Irvin)
Teryl Rothery ... Dr. Janet Fraiser
Lachlan Murdoch ... Tomin
Stephanie Shea Stephanie Shea ... Solen
Diane Stapley Diane Stapley ... Mrs. Struble
Rob Farrell Rob Farrell ... SF Guard
Sarah Goodwill Sarah Goodwill ... Student
Laara Sadiq ... Technician


The planet Orban, with Precolumbian Teotihuacan-culture antecedents and Aztec type pyramids, has made impressive scientific progress, and brings Sam a naquadah reactor to study; when she demands an instructor, Orban official Kalan surprises SG-1 by saying that he does not know what an instructor is, but 11 year-old Merrin stays on base to teach Carter. On Orban, Kalan's son Tomin, another 'urrone' (apprentice) is assigned to exchange knowledge about the Goa'uld with Teal'c and Daniel. SG-1 and Dr. Fraiser are astonished to discover the Orban urrones know neither fun nor school: a mass of useful new information is acquired while they are young and stored in the easily reproducible form of nanites, which are implanted in every Orbanian's brain after the urrone's 'averium', a coming of age ceremony at age 12, which extracts the knowledge from the individual and ends their ability to function mentally, so those children are 'retired' for life and from the active society. The Orbanians are... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

22 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


First episode in the series for Heather E. Ash as a writer (out of 5 episodes total, seasons 3-5) and a story editor (out of 18 episodes total, all on season 3). See more »


Merrin first tells O'Neill, "I need 15 sheets of paper at least 48 centimeters by 23 centimeters." Then a few moments later after Carter awakens, she says, "I need 15 sheets of paper at least 43 centimeters by 28 centimeters." See more »


Jack O'Neill: How's our little rocket scientist doing?
Merrin: I am not a rocket scientist.
Major Samantha Carter: I think what Colonel O'Neill means is that you're very smart.
Merrin: You find my intelligence level unusual?
Jack O'Neill: No, there are lots of intelligent people around here. Just not as young as you.
Merrin: You mean you were not always a smart as you are now?
Dr. Janet Fraiser: No, we spend a long time in school to get to this point.
Merrin: Please explain what school is.
Major Samantha Carter: School is a place where you go to learn. A teacher gives you information and you take different classes to...
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Written by Joel Goldsmith
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My main problem with the episode
4 September 2018 | by shag4fun-1See all my reviews

The Orbanians are supposedly the descendants of a Central American civilization that was destroyed by the Goa'uld. That isn't the problem however, it's that so many of them are blonde. I've never met a Central American with blonde hair.

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