Sheppard's team discovers a planet relatively untouched by the Wraith; relatively because the people's criminals are placed on an island where the stargate is, so that the Wraith, when they arrive, are satiated, and don't attack the main populace.
Sheppard's team while flying back to the stargate, having made tentative talks about allying themselves with the government, are shot down by the prisoners and themselves taken prisoner.
Christian Bocher (Torrell) previously portrayed Newman in the Stargate SG-1 episode Shades of Grey and Raymond Gunn/Dr. Levant in the 100th episode of Stargate SG-1, Wormhole X-Treme!.
Alan C. Peterson (the Magistrate) also appeared in the Stargate SG-1 episode Demons as the Canon. In that episode he played a very similar character as the misguided leader of the community.