Stargate SG-1: Season 1, Episode 1

Children of the Gods (27 Jul. 1997)

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Col. O'Neill is brought out of retirement to lead a new expedition back to Abydos, only to find an old friend, a new enemy and a far wider use of the stargate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sha're / Amaunet (as Vaitiare Bandera)
Robert Wisden ...
Peter Williams ...
Guard #2
J.B. Bivens ...
Guard #1


An alien similar to Ra appears out of the Stargate, killing five soldiers and kidnapping another, a year after the original Stargate mission. A new team is assembled, including some old members, and they go in search of the missing soldier in order to find out how Ra could still be alive. Meanwhile, the alien Gou'ald kidnap Sha're and Skaara, implanting them with symbiotes and making them Gou'ald hosts. Written by Lee Jamilkowski

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In 2009 this episode was edited to create Stargate SG-1 Children of the Gods Final Cut, in memory of 'Don S. Davis'. Some scenes were deleted or added, dialogue changed (Carter saying "MacGyver'd" is changed to "jerry rigged"), and any frontal nudity (Sha're) removed. See more »


It will usually take years (about three, according to studies) to develop an allergy to the plants of a new country, so the fact that Daniel sneezes sometimes, after coming to a new planet would seem to be a mistake. We are not even talking about a different country here, but a new planet. See more »


[Preparing to send a message to Daniel on Abydos]
Jack O'Neill: General, we don't need that probe.
Kawalsky: We don't?
Jack O'Neill: Nope. This'll do.
[O'Neill grabs a box of Kleenex]
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The first A in the word Stargate (in the title) is not a true A, but is represented by the Stargate's Earth point of origin. See more »


Referenced in Sealab 2021: Swimming in Oblivion (2002) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Can't top the original, but certainly gives a good night of entertainment.
6 February 2003 | by (Meadville, PA, USA) – See all my reviews

I just bought the DVD containing this movie, and to my was rated R! (for a scene of full frontal, and rear nudity, which quite honestly lowered it a few notches in my estimation...there's no need for it. It was simply gratuitous)

Richard Dean Anderson as Colonel Johnathon "Jack" O'Neil is a good choice. He captures the smart alleck attitude perfected by Kurt Russell, just about right. He doesn't really look like he could fit, but what he lacks in the look department (he just doesn't capture the look for me) he certainly makes up in the acting, and attitude department. 4.5 stars.

Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson is pretty good. Although he's got too much attitude for such a rather timid guy. Definitely not like his movie counterpart really. Not to say he makes a bad Daniel, but his acting style, along with the writers (someone please smack 'em around a bit) just kinda pulls down the character a bit. But oh well, if it wasn't for him StarGate would feel really empty. He in his own way really gives SG-1 a nice feel to it. 3.5 stars.

The rest of the cast...well...I'm uh...hmm.

Christopher Judge as Teal'c is wonderful. He keeps a straight face, keeps the deadpan, and has the alien "I'm a badass" feel down pat. And this is the first time I've seen him in anything, and for his first outing...I think he's done a tremendous job. 4.5 stars.

Don't get me started on Feretti, and Kowalsky...miscast if ever there was a miscast. Oh well...can't have perfection.

I realize that this IS a TV show, and that it was the basis for a television show, but...Showtime could've put a little more money into this...along with MGM. Come on guys...anyone can look at this film and see the production values have gone down a bit compared to the original. Vancouver British Columbia? Beautiful as it may's countryside can't make up for many different alien worlds...and it shows. But it's still fun to watch them run through the terrain.

But the's really where it's at. this is a very smart story, and even has fun with itself as well. Without giving too much away... Apophis is the Egyptian Serpent God of Night, while Ra was the Sun God of Day. Fierce rivals for millenia, when Ra was killed in the Abydos attacks, Apophis became the most powerful Goa'uld once more. Goa'uld's are a snakelike, parasitic creature that burrow their way...PAINFULLY through the back of their chosen host, and then create a bond to their human host, taking over the body, mind, and soul of the person. Which leads us to this...Apophis needs a new host for his mate, and has chosen quite a few women, but only two are on his mind...a woman from Earth who was about to be shipped from the then defunct SGC, and Daniel's Abydosian wife Sha'uri...but who will he choose? Who will be the host for the queen of Apophis? You'll be surprised with this one. (NOTE: for parents who may allow their children to watch this movie, for the most part it IS clean, with a few slight cursewords less worse than they'd hear in a schoolyard. This scene involving the host being chosen involves the nudity, some sci-fi violence, and a couple scenes of gore involving a creature forcing it's head out of a woman's stomach through what looks like deep, non bloodied cuts. Otherwise...the rest of the film is basically, shoot, run, shoot some more, and escape if neccessary. Turn the kid's head during these scenes, the rest of the way is smooth goin')

"Why is it called "Children Of The Gods"?" ...well the same idea as needing a new host for his mate, Apophis needs a child to be the host of his child, and has to choose one he's captured...wait until you see who he chooses...

I won't tell you the secret of Teal'c, and his race, because it gives away an integral part of the story. It's well worth watching to find out.

This movie may not be as good as it's predecessor, but for a sequel (so to speak) It's DARN Good. One of the best sequels for a movie ever, and one of the most inventive twists on an already great story line.

If you want fun, adventure, a touch of comedy, some romance, and action with a great story to this film, you'll enjoy it. :)

4 out of 5 stars.

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