This List Makes Me Want to Watch This Series All Over Again!
In case you’re new to the Sci-Fi genre or you’ve been living under a rock–or perhaps on Chulak–here’s a little background on Stargate: SG-1. The story revolves around a Stargate, a portal to a network of different worlds. It mainly focuses on the explorations of SG-1, whose members include: Colonel Jack O’Neill, Captain Samantha Carter, Dr. Daniel Jackson, and the Jaffa-turned-ally Teal’c.
If you’re a huge fan of this show, or just want to know what it’s all about, here’s a list of 10 of the greatest moments that happened in this series. Enjoy!
#1- The Nox Exist, and are Really Advanced
This episode began with the SG Command being pressured to bring back something of use, such as advanced weapons or defense to be used against the Goa’uld. The team goes to the planet, Gaia, to retrieve a flying animal who can become invisible at will. After a brief run in with Apophis, they are all killed and brought back to life by these cool looking people called The Nox.
The team later finds out that it is not the flying animal that has this power, but The Nox themselves. When pressed to share this technology with SG-1, The Nox say that they are “too young”, and that “their way is not the only way”. Colonel O’Neill decides that those lessons are worth taking home.
The entire episode has a strong sense of pacifism, and using defense as the best offense.
It probably doesn’t hurt that they’re actually super advanced, with a giant floating space ship, as shown to the team before they depart from Gaia.
#2- Thor’s Hammer is Real
This is one of the best examples of Stargate SG-1’s continuing story line. There is the second season episode Thor’s Chariot that deals with the ramifications of the events that transpired in Thor’s Hammer, as well as someone you may have forgot about making another appearance down the road.
When the team arrives on this planet, Teal’c and O’Neill are sent to a labyrinth where Teal’c’s Goa’uld will be removed. Captain Carter and Dr. Jackson figure out that this planet is inhabited by earth’s Norse people. The people explain to them that Thor brought them to this planet from Midgard (Earth) many years ago, and that this planet is protected by Thor himself. One way Thor protects them is through Thor’s Hammer — the device that removes the Goa’uld from the host.
#3- The Goa’uld Use People as Trojan Horses
One of the coolest things about this show is that some of these episodes start out with some major terrible thing happening – such as in this episode where everyone on a planet is dead due to a mysterious disease – and that’s not even the worst thing that happens in that episode. This is especially true of Singularity.
The team finds only one survivor, a little girl, and bring her through the gate back to the Stargate Command. They soon find out, however, that she has a nuclear bomb through her chest. Teal’c remembers a story of how a Goa’uld had used a sort of trojan horse to send a bomb through and destroy a rival’s stargate. Oh, that sounds like what’s happened here. After realizing all of this, they decide to take the girl – Cassandra – to a nuclear facility so she can explode without killing anyone else. The coolest part is at the end, where Captain Carter initially wants to stay with Cassandra for when she goes *boom*, but realizes that the bomb only will go off near the stargate, and Cassandra doesn’t explode. Yay!
To top things off? Cassandra gets a puppy. Hey, it’s an Earth rule.
#4- There’s Another Stargate on Earth.
This is by far one of my all time favorite episodes (Solitudes). The outtake from this episode is just so wonderful. I know it, you know it, and the cast knows it. Finally, it was said:
“You spent seven years on Macgyver and you can’t figure this one out? We got belt buckles, and shoelaces, and a piece of gum.. build a nuclear reactor for crying out loud!” Amanda Tapping, Season 1 Episode 18
When you’re watching the episode for the first time, you think the same way the characters on the show think – stranded somewhere on an ice planet, and the Stargate sent them somewhere other than Earth due to a staff weapon hitting the gate when Carter and O’Neill went through it. Based on the information we as the audience know about Stargate, that could be the only answer, right?
It turns out they were actually sent to another Stargate on Earth. Teal’c reaffirms Dr. Jackson’s assumption that if the first gate was lost to the Goa’uld they would have built another one. So the gate that was found in Egypt in the Stargate Movie isn’t even the first one!
#5- The SG-1 Team Has Robot Clones of Themselves
I’ll admit it. Even remembering this episode (Tin Man) from when I was a kid, I still was fooled by the little twist. And was it just me, or was there at least a subtle nod to Alien when Colonel O’Neill tears his arm apart and there’s like that yellowish-white liquid in place of blood?
When the team returns to earth after being knocked out, at first they don’t notice anything is wrong. But then when Jack cuts his arm open and discovers he’s all machine, they go back and find out the sole survivor of the planet, Harlan, has made them into androids.The whole time, they’re told “they can’t go back” into their old bodies. Of course they can’t, because the twist is:
They’re full-fledged androids! The real versions of SG-1 are being kept safe in a separate area! Not only that, but the robot version of SG-1 decides to stay on the planet with Harlan and bury the gate. So even during all the spinoff shows, there’s still the original team somewhere out in space (phew!).
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