Classic TV Shows: Stargate SG-1

Stargate SG-1 is often also referred to SG-1 and was an Emmy Award-nominated military science fiction television series. Stargate SG-1 was part of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner and was based on the 1994 Stargate film which was directed by Roland Emerich (before he directed Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow). This is definately my favorite Sci-fi show of all time. The show was on air from 1997 until 2007. There were 214 Stargate SG-1 episodes broadcast over 10 seasons. 2 Stargate SG-1 movies (direct to DVD) were also made after the show ended, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continium. Over the years Stargate SG-1 was nominated for 8 Prime Time Emmy Awards. The show was received 82 other nominations and won 18 other awards (including Saturn awards).

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In the original Stargate movie we are introduced to Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (played by James Spader) who is brought to an underground military base where he’s asked to decode symbols on an Egyptian cover stone, which turns out to be star constellations. These symbols are also on an alien device called a Stargate, a device used to travel between 2 points in space. Daniel Jackson accompanies a team led by Air Force Colonel Jack’ O’ Neil (played by Kurt Russell) on a mission to travel through the Stargate to a distant planet across the known universe. They arrive on Abydos. They find a culture ruled by a person pretending to be the Egyptian sun god Ra. Ra captures the team and takes control of the nuclear weapon they brought along in case of hostile alien discovery. Daniel Jackson and Jack O’Neil escape from Ra and lead a rebellion against him with the help of the Abydonians. They succeed in destroying Ra. Daniel Jackson stays behind and gets married to one of the locals. Jack O’ Neil returns to Earth claiming that his team destroyed the Stargate on Abydos and that Daniel Jackson did not survive.

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Stargate SG-1 starts off 1 year after Jack O’Neil has returned from Abeydos. A woman is kidnapped by an alien race after they arrive at Earth through the decommissioned Stargate. Jack O’Neill (played by Richard Dean Anderson) is brought in for active duty out of retirement by General Hammond (played by Don S. Davis). O’Neill admits that he did not tell the truth about Daniel Jackson in his original report and that he might still be alive on Abydos. O’Neill is joined by Captain Samantha Carter (played by Amanda Tapping) and they travel through the Stargate to Abydos. They meet up with Daniel Jackson (played by Michael Shanks) and find out that the Stargate is able to take a person to more than 1 planet in the known universe. While O’Neill was away, Daniel Jackson had found an ancient map room in the caves of Abydos, with thousands of Stargate addresses engraved on the wall. On a mission to rescue 2 Abydonians from the aliens they meet Teal’c (played by Christopher Judge), a Jaffa warrior who helps them to escape and returns to Earth with them.

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On their return to Earth they find out that Ra was 1 of few Goa’uld system lords. They also find out that the Goa’uld are serpent parasites that forcibly take human hosts, and possess a thirst for power and worship. Over centuries the Goa’uld have enslaved countless worlds, using their inhabitants as hosts, soldiers, miners, and personal slaves. The Jaffa are humans from many different worlds, most of whom have been implanted with larval Goa’uld symbiotes. Many teams are formed to explore the galaxy through the Stargate and Teal’c, Captain Samantha Carter, Colonel O’Neil and Daniel Jackson become part of the first team, SG-1. Stargate SG-1 follows them on their journeys and experiences through the Stargate to a countless amount of worlds and on their quest to defend Earth against the alien Goa’uld.

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That is basically how Stargate SG-1 starts off. To go into detail about this show would take me a lifetime. 3 South Africans starred in this show over the years. Suanne Braunn (former presenter on South African pay TV channel Mnet) featured in the role of Hathor, Cliff Simon (who South Africans will remember for his role in the soap opera Egoli) featured in the role of Baal and Gavin Hood (director of Tsotsi and known in South Africa for his role in the series The Game) featured in 1 episode as a Russian officer. At one stage Daniel Jackson was replaced by Jonas Quinn (played by Corin Nemec) for about a year. Sci-fi fans worldwide were definately thrilled when 2 cast members of the popular Sci-fi series Farscape became part of the the cast of Stargate SG-1 for the last 2 seasons. Cameron Mitchell played by Ben Browder and Vala Mal Doran played by Claudia Black were an excellent addition to the show. Stargate SG-1 has spawned two spin-off series’. Stargate Atlantis started in 2004 and ended in 2009. Stargate Universe is expected to start very soon in the US and is the next series in the Stargate saga.. Stargate Atlantis was not a bad show, but I still prefer Stargate SG-1 over it. It truly is one of the best Sci-fi series in history.

This is an intro video for Stargate SG-1:

Related Links:
Stargate SG-1Wikipedia
Stargate – Official MGM Website
Stargate SG-1 – Internet Movie Database
Gateworld – Complete Guide to Stargate

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