Stargate SG-1/Children of the Gods (1)

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Children of the Gods (1)
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate July 27, 1997
Production Number 101A
Writer(s) Jonathan Glassner,
Brad Wright
Director(s) Mario Azzopardi

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Children of the Gods (2)
Stargate SG-1Season One

Children of the Gods (1) is the first episode of the first season of Stargate SG-1, and the first episode overall.

Guest Stars: Jay Acovone (Major Charles Kawalsky), Robert Wisden (Major Bert Samuels), Gary Jones (Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis), Alexis Cruz (Skaara), Colin Lawrence (Warren), Eric Schneider (Doctor), Peter Williams (Apophis), Vaitiare Bandera (Sha're), Brent Stait (Major Louis Ferretti), J. B. Bivens (Guard #1), Rick Ravanello (Guard #2), Rachel Hayward (Guard #3), Stephen Sumner (Goa'uld #1), John Bear Curtis (Primitive), John Tierney (Monk), Garvin Cross (Casey), Anthony Ashbee (Soldier), Andrew McIlwaine (Medic), Santo Lombardo (Bolaa), Sean Amsing (Tobay), Monique Rusu (Dark Skinned Woman), Jannette deVries (Female Serpent Guard)

Contents

Plot Overview

Colonel Jack O'Neill retired from the military a year ago. Prior to retirement, he led an expedition through the stargate, an ancient portal which allows instantaneous travel to other galaxies. He is called back to duty by General Hammond when a group of aliens emerge from the stargate, kill the soldiers guarding it and kidnap a female guard. After seeing the aftermath of the alien attack and the strange bodies they left behind, O'Neill confesses that he defied the order to destroy Abydos, the world he visited via the stargate. He reveals that Daniel Jackson, the scientist who was thought to have died on that mission, is alive and living on Abydos. It is also clear that these aliens are not from Abydos.

O'Neill is reunited with his old comrades Kawalsky and Ferretti and joined by Capt. Samantha Carter, an astrophysicist. SG-1 returns through the stargate to Abydos. They discover that Jackson has taken an Abydan wife, the beautiful Sha're, and that Skaara, the young Abydan boy O'Neill cherishes as a son, has grown into a fine young man. They also see Jackson's latest discovery: a giant cartouche covered in hieroglyphics that seems to be a map of many stargates throughout the galaxy.

As they marvel, however, the aliens led by the handsome but evil Apophis, are making use of a similar map. They emerge from the stargate on Abydos, and after a brief battle, kidnap Sha're and Skaara. Ferretti, who was wounded in the fire fight with the aliens, has seen the hieroglyphic code that indicates the alien's destination. O'Neill and Jackson are determined to follow the aliens and to save their loved ones.

Notes

  • Syndication airdate: September 14, 1998.
  • In this episode we learn that Ra was not the only System Lord. he was the Ultimate System Lord, but not the only System Lord. In this pilot episode we are introduced to two System Lords: Apophis and Amonet.
  • This episode is actually the 2-hour Stargate SG-1 pilot movie but it was broken down into a 2-part episode for syndication.
  • This episode's beginning credits were the same as the movie's.
  • Other countries always have the "Original" credits like that of this episode.
  • Notice that in the Abydos outside scene the sand is yellowish but in the background where the Great Pyramid is, the sand is red colored, that's because the Abydos scenes where filmed in Yuma, AZ and they just pasted the Great Pyramid onto the background.
  • Aydos is a real city in Egypt.
  • Sam talks about "MacGyvering" a dialing system - an in-joke to Richard Dean Anderson's previous long-time role as MacGyver, a hero who improvised gadgets out of common items.
  • In the original version of the script, there were 6 guards in the gate room, Apophis was called Apep & there was more dialogue.
  • In this episode, the corridors leading to the gate room are different looking.
  • The original Showtime airing of this episode featured a brief bit of nudity from actress Rachel Hayward when she is examined by the Gou'ald - this scene was subsequently deleted from Sci Fi Channel and syndicated re-airings, however, in the Season 1 DVD set of this episode, the scene is intact. On the other hand the special DVD release "Children of the Gods: Final Cut" has the nudity removed as the producers have said they want Stargate to be a family friendly series.
  • Alexis Cruz (Skaara) is one of only two people to appear in both the movie and the television series. The other is Erick Avari (Kasuf).

Arc Advancement

Happenings

Characters

Referbacks

Trivia

The Show

Behind the Scenes

There were 2 stargates made for the series:

  • Reconstructed from parts of the one seen in the original film, was used for exterior scenes on planet "Chulak," where a hideous species of predators are using the Gate for nefarious purposes. It also doubles as the stargate on Abydos.
  • The second stargate is part of a large, two-story permanent set at Vancouver's Bridge Studios that represents a secretive U.S. Air Force base. In addition to the stargate, it houses the Control Room, replete with sophisticated computers and tracking devices, a Briefing Room, and a series of circular corridors that leads to the Gate. Made of steel and fiberglass, this fully-automated stargate is much more sophisticated and is capable of rotating and emitting light. A specially-designed 22-foot circular gear was constructed that turns the Gate on a precise pinion drive wheel using an eight-horsepower electric motor. The entire apparatus is controlled by a custom computer program that reads -- with the help of a sensoring eye -- the laser pulses emitted by seven chevrons on the Gate. This mechanism allows the computer to rotate the Gate in either direction and stop it on a dime.

Allusions and References

Samantha Carter: "It took us 15 years and 3 super computers to MacGyver a dialing system for the stargate."

SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson also starred in the TV series MacGyver. His character there was a master of improvising escapes, bombs, etc., out of common items.

Memorable Moments

Goofs

  • In the Stargate movie, the automatic weapons ran out of ammunition. So how are Skaara and the other kids able to put up a fight against the Jaffa? Even if SG-1 brought new ammo along for them, why would Daniel Jackson want the stargate guarded by kids with empty guns?
  • When on Abydos when Apophis was dialing in, when the kids where running away in one scene the gate had no lights on.
  • 2 symbols' places on the DHD were switched in this episode.
  • When Jack was with Kawalsky is his quarters, Kawalsky had the "Captain" rank pin instead of Major.
  • Jack said that 6 hostile aliens (Jaffa) came through the gate when 8 actually came through.
  • The sergeant escorting Jack to the SGC had the major oak leaves clusters on his shoulders.
  • Notice that in the Abydos outside scene the sand is yellowish but in the background where the Great Pyramid is, the sand is red colored, that's because the Abydos scenes where filmed in Yuma, AZ and they just pasted the Great Pyramid onto the background.
  • This is just a general nitpick about the DVD boxed sets. I didn't know where to put it. The gates printed on the disks only have 36 symbols.
  • Even though subtitling is usually poorly done on almost any production, Abydos is spelled "Avados" every time it's written in subtitles.

Quotes

Hammond: Have you thought of writing a book about your military exploits?
Jack: My work over the past 10 years has been Classified so I'd have to shoot anyone who actually read it. (pause) It's a joke, sir.


Sam: I logged over 100 hours in the Gulf War. Is that tough enough for you or are we going to have to arm-wrestle?


Jack: (to Samuels) Could you please shut-up, Mr. glass-is-half-empty.