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Stargate SG-1 (TV Series 1997–2007) Poster

(1997–2007)

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This is the only television series currently endorsed and supported by the United States armed forces (particularly the Air Force).
Running for ten seasons, the show holds the record for longest-running American live-action science fiction TV series, second only to the British Doctor Who (1963) worldwide. Stargate SG-1 has run without a break (every year, without disruption) since start on July 27, 1997 to final episode on March 13, 2007; lasting almost 10 years.
''Michael Shanks'', who plays Dr Daniel Jackson, has a fear of spiders (Arachnophobia), so when shooting the episodes with the Replicator Spiders, he insisted on wearing a blindfold when the props were on set, if not he was likely to get uncontrollable shakes resulting in a delayed schedule.
Several elements/characters from Stargate (1994) also appear through the series, and although some retained their original characteristics, many have been changed or altered entirely. Here are some of the primary differences between movie and show:
  • Aside from the obvious difference in the actors playing the characters, the character Sha'uri from the movie appears several times in the series, but her name on the show was Sha're.


  • In the movie, Colonel O'Neill's name is spelled with one L, but in the series, it's spelled with two Ls (which O'Neill himself emphasizes on a couple of occasions).


  • Colonel O'Neill's son was named Tyler in the movie (his name could be seen on various awards hanging on the wall of his room), but in the series, his name was Charlie.


  • The Stargate was located inside a military installation inside Creek Mountain in the movie, but in the series it was located at the military installation inside Cheyenne Mountain.


  • The planet Abydos was supposedly located "on the other side of the known Universe" in another Galaxy millions of light years away, but in the TV series, it is located inside our own Milky Galaxy, and said to be the nearest planet to Earth with a working Stargate.- In the movie, each Stargate had a distinct set of symbols (represented by star constellations on Earth's gate), which differed from gate to gate. In the series however, each of the symbols on each of the gates are very similar, with the point of origins being the only unique symbols for each gate.


  • The wormhole effect for the Stargate was different in the movie and the series. In the movie, the effect appeared as a spinning vortex coming out from behind the gate, however this was absent from the series.


Peter DeLuise directed, wrote, produced and co-produced a great number of episodes and was creative consultant for nearly all of them. Many times he found a way to appear in front of the camera (a la Alfred Hitchcock). He has played several airmen and villagers, 'man leaving café', 'shouting Jaffa' and even a younger, more handsome version of a character played by his father, Dom DeLuise. Peter's brother, Michael, played the role of 'Wormhole X-Treme Replacement Actor', in the 200th episode "200", depicting the 'wormhole X-Treme' equivalent of Lt. Col. Mitchell.
Christopher Judge (Teal'c) has only appeared without his character's trademark gold emblem in three episodes: "The Gamekeeper", "2010" and "The Changeling." In fact, Teal'c is the only member of SG-1 who changes his appearances several times throughout the series run. During the first half of Season 4, Teal'c sports a blond-colored strip goatee. From Season 8 onward, Teal'c stops shaving his head and grows hair. And finally, for the series finale Stargate SG-1: Unending (2007), Teal'c acquires a gray strip of hair on his head to symbolize his old age (which he will also wear in the SG1-related movies to follow after the series end).
The prop used to portray the device which controls the Tok'ra memory recall device which looks like a "wand" is actually an electric nose hair trimmer and is used unaltered
The Asgard are voiced by creative staff, cast and crew of the show. Thor is voiced by Michael Shanks, Heimdall is voiced by Teryl Rothery and both Loki and new Asgard Kvasir are voiced by Peter DeLuise.
Dan Shea, who portrays Siler, is also the stunt coordinator for the show.
The series has four different opening credits sequences. The first is the original non-clip version, which was used for the premiere and Showtime airings of the show. It was based on the Stargate (1994) movie opening credits, panning around a statue of Ra. The second opening credits sequence/set was the one used for syndicated airings. It includes clips from the series. The third opening credits sequence was used on Sci Fi Channel. It is similar to the first sequence through not showing clips, but pans in and out on an activating Stargate. It ends showing SG-1, from the back and in a row of four, entering the Stargate. The fourth version appears on episodes during the first half of the ninth season. It shows a stargate floating in space and footage of SG-1 walking towards the stargate at the SGC. the stargate then becomes active and the camera goes into the stargate, showing the footage used for traveling trough the stargate. The third version of the credits returned for the second half of season nine.
Apophis was a real Egyptian god, despite many fans' difficulty in finding any information on him. "Apophis" is an obscure Greek name for Apep, the Egyptian god of darkness and night. The native names of Egyptian deities are not widely known except to Egyptologists because most Egyptian mythology was brought to the Western world by the Greeks, who altered Egyptian words and names to conform to Greek phonology. For example, the name of Bast, the cat-god, was probably pronounced something like "Pasht".
Despite being injured on many missions during his military career, all of which are mentioned by the character, Jack O'Neill wears many ribbons, but no Purple Heart Ribbon (combat related injury) on his Class A/B Uniform.
Christopher Judge (Teal'c) appeared in 212 of the series' 213 episodes, being absent only from Stargate SG-1: Prometheus Unbound (2004). In second place is Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter) who appeared in a total of 207 episodes.
99942 Apophis is a large asteroid that was named in 2005 by astronomers David Tholan and Roy Tucker, both fans of SG-1. At one time, there was concern that 99942 Apophis might strike the earth, causing widespread devastation in 2029. However, later analysis says that it will miss Earth.
When Don S. Davis died of a heart attack in June 2008, the Stargate canon was revised to include having General George Hammond (played by Davis) die of a heart attack at the same time. In the episode Stargate: Atlantis: Enemy at the Gate (2009), Colonel Samantha Carter takes over command of the Daedalus-class vessel "Phoenix" and renamed it the "George Hammond" in honor of General Hammond (as well Don S. Davis).
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Don S. Davis, Gary Jones and Dan Shea are the only actors to appear in all ten seasons.
The character, Sgt. Walter Harriman, is loosely based on Walter "Radar" O'Reilly from M*A*S*H (1972). Throughout the series we see Walter display many Radar-like qualities, particularly his ability to respond the requests of his superiors before being asked. Coincidentally both characters are also portrayed by actors names Gary.
The character Jonas Quinn is from the country Kelowna on the planet Langara. Langara is a golf course where some of the producers and directors go to play golf. Kelowna is a town near Vancouver, BC, where the show is filmed.
In several episodes Carter can be seen using a scanning device that is in actuality an unaltered Philips "Pronto" universal remote control. The half moon shaped section at the top is the infra-red emitter.
Certain concepts of Stargate travel were phased out over the course of the first season, such as the travelers feeling extremely cold and arriving with frost on their faces. Also the concept of the travelers unable to keep their balance and always tumbling out of the Stargate (unless, of course, they tumbled into the Stargate to begin with). This was explained within the show as a result of more precise dialing of the Earth Stargate, and sometimes these effects are brought back when the wormhole is disturbed during transit.
Each planet/moon with a Stargate is designated with a 6-digit designation (i.e. P3X-989), with the first digit always being either a P, an M, a K or an X.
Unusual for a series, Showtime ordered 44 episodes (a second season) before showing the pilot. Halfway through the first season, they ordered another 44 episodes.
It was originally planned to end the series after seven seasons and make a feature film which would be the show's finale. But the show's ratings on the Sci-Fi led to it being renewed for an eight season and the film turned into the seventh season two-parter "The Lost City".
The character of Sgt. Walter Harriman was created without the name in the beginning of the series. His rank was possible to determine due to markings on the uniform. Firstly Gen. Hammond (Don S. Davis) referred to him as "Airman", which was mistakenly read as Harriman by fans of the show. The name Walter was added later on. Harriman's original name was supposed to be "Walter Davis" however it was changed by the show's producers later on after it was discovered there was a actual person named Walter Davis enlisted in the US Air Force.
Six out of nine regular actors (in at least one season) are American: Richard Dean Anderson, Don S. Davis, Beau Bridges and Ben Browder, who play American characters, and Christopher Judge and Corin Nemec, who play aliens. Two actors are Canadian: the English-born Amanda Tapping and Michael Shanks, but both of them play American characters. Finally, Claudia Black is Australian, and she plays an alien.
Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson), Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter), Christopher Judge (Teal'c) and Gary Jones (Walter Harriman) are the only actors to appear in both the first ("Children of the Gods") and last ("Unending") episodes of the series.
According to Carter in season six, the Stargate, made from Naquadah, weighs 64,000 lbs. (roughly 29 metric tonnes). The primary on-set Stargate prop is made out of steel and fiberglass though and is 22 feet (6.7 m) in diameter. It is fully automated, and capable of rotating and emitting light. This is achieved by the use of a specially-designed 22-foot (6.7 m) circular gear, which turns the inner ring on a precise pinion drive wheel, using an eight horsepower electric motor.
Alexis Cruz (Skaara) and Erick Avari (Kasuf) are the only actors to appear in both Stargate (1994) and Stargate SG-1 (1997).
The "Tollan Homeworld" shows were shot at Simon Fraser University.
The character 'Jack O'Neill' was ranked #10 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
Christopher Judge (Teal'c) and Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter) are the only actors to stay with the series throughout its entire run and, consequently, to appear in 200 or more episodes.
Although the SGC is a fictional location, its home base at Cheyenne Mountain is a real-life Air Force facility. The exterior shot of the main entrance tunnel to the mountain base is the actual entrance, and the blast doors (seen closing in any episode which features the SGC going into Lockdown) do exist at the facility in real-life.
Jack's awards: The two badges are Master Parachutist and Master Space/Missile Command. His medals/ribbons (reading from the viewer's left to right and top to bottom): Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Airman's Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Long Tour, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal - Saudi Arabia. (Note that he does not wear pilot's wings of any level.)
Peter DeLuise tries to work the name "Penhall" into every script he directs. This was the last name of his character from 21 Jump Street (1987). In episode 7.7, "Enemy Mine", A Colonel calls out to two soldiers; Hanson and Penhall. Hanson was the name of Johnny Depp's character.
Director Cameo: Martin Wood has multiple cameos through out the series, most of which are uncredited, nonspeaking roles. Several of them involve him and Dan Shea (Siler) standing in the background holding a large over-sized adjustable wrench.
While SG teams usually only consist of four to five members, there have been nine permanent members of SG-1 at different parts of the series. The original SG-1 consisted of Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson, and Teal'c. In seasons nine and ten O'Neill left the team and Cameron Mitchell took his place. In parts of season nine and most of season ten Vala Mal Doran became a member of the team. In the season three episode "Forever in a Day" Daniel Jackson temporarily resigns form the team and is replaced by Dr. Robert Rothman. In the season three episode "Shades of Grey" O'Neill temporarily resigns his command and is replaced by Colonel Makepeace. Throughout all of season six Daniel Jackson is absent as a member of SG-1 (as he ascended to a higher plane of existence), and was replaced by Jonas Quinn.
The SGC has been run by five different people during the course of the show. Major General George Hammond was the commander in charge of the SGC for seasons 1-7, except in the fourth season episode "Chain Reaction", when he was briefly replaced by Major General Bauer. At the very end of season 7 General Hammond was replaced by Dr. Elizabeth Weir, who would later go on to lead the Atlantis Expedition and was replaced by Jack O'Neill after his promotion to Brigadier General. In seasons 9 and 10 O'Neill was replaced by Major General Hank Landry, who commanded the SGC until the end of the series.
Wayne Brady agreed to take the guest role of Trelak in It's Good to be King (#8.13), because he was a die hard fan of the series.
Major Carter has always had a Volvo as her personal car through the run of the series, from a vintage 1800 model to a then-new model S60 sedan
Although they wrote the original Stargate (1994) feature the series is based on, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich refused an on-screen credit. They are credited, however, on the series of novels based on the series.
The large device that is sent through the Stargate prior to each mission is called a MALP. MALP stands for "Mobile All-Terrain Laboratory Platform".
Daniel Jackson's birthday is July 8th 1965. In Stargate SG-1: 1969 (1999) Jackson tells O'Neill that he was 4 1/2 years old in 1969, and in Stargate SG-1: Forever in a Day (1999) he tells Sha'Re and Dr. Frasier that his birthday was July 8th.
In Stargate SG-1 (1997), Amanda Tapping plays an Air Force scientist who explores other worlds through the stargate. On an episode of Due South (1994), she guest starred as an Air Force scientist who was apparently studying UFO's on Earth.

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