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 ...
Brent Stait ...
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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Did You Know?


Amanda Tapping ('Samatha Carter') says, "This is how they controlled it. It took us 15 years and three supercomputers to MacGyver a system for the gate on Earth." Richard Dean Anderson played the eponymous lead in MacGyver (1985). According to one account, Tapping ad-libbed the MacGyver reference while reading for the part of Carter, and that was what clinched the role for her. See more »


In the pilot episodes #1.1 & 1.2, "Children of the Gods" Teal'c's supposedly permanent gold serpent marking is upside-down in a scene where he is talking with Jack. There are also some episodes where it is slightly crooked. See more »


[Teal'c has just helped SG-1 and prisoners escape from the Gou'ald]
Jack O'Neill: Hey, come on!
Teal'c: I have nowhere to go.
Jack O'Neill: For this, you can stay at my place. Let's go.
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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 »


Follows Stargate (1994) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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The Stargate is re-opened, and a new adventure begins
9 May 2004 | by (Manalapan) – See all my reviews

It's a two-parter that kicks off the hit series, Stargate SG-1.

It starts out with several Air Force officers playing cards in a room with a mysterious object covered by a sheet. Suddenly, the object activates, a giant swoosh, and a large, glowing blue shimmering pool standing upright appears, and several figures with the heads of large snakes appears. One of them opens up his helmet, revealing a dark warrior who grabs the woman officer. The other officers open fire, as do the snake-heads, who are victorious. The warrior who is holding the woman shows her to a gold-headed snake-head, who takes off his helmet to get a good look at her. The Stargate activates again, and before the kidnappers go through, General George Hammond comes and takes a good look at these people. The gold-headed man looks at him, and as he does, his eyes glow. Something that only one other person has done before.

Due to this attack, a retired Colonel Jack O'Neill is contacted, and is confronted with the fact that he and his men who went to Abydos did not tell the entire truth when they filed their reports. They go back, with a new member named Captain Samantha Carter. When they arrive, they are greeted by a now-married Daniel Jackson and Sha're (I hope I spelled it right), as well as his brother-in-law, Skaa'ra. Daniel then surprises them with the information that Abydos is not the only place that the Stargate can contact, that there are literally hundreds of Stargates throughout the galaxy.

While he does this, the Stargate is attacked again, by the same people who took the Airforce officer on Earth. This time, they take Daniel's wife and brother-in-law. Daniel goes back to Earth, where he made part of SG-1. a team within the newly-formed SGC in which he, Colonel O'Neill and Samantha Carter are part of.

In the second part, they go to the Goa'uld home world of Chulak, where the real action begins. I am not obliged to tell you any more about this part of the series other than personal opinions.

I think that this was a great start to the SG-1 TV show. The characters that we saw in the movie come back, as well as a few more. The discovery of hundreds of possible gate addresses is indeed a great moment. We see that Jack O'Neill (now with 2 Ls) actually has a sense of humor. We see that the aliens who took on the roles of Egypt's ancient gods (Note: I said aliens. In other words, there are more than just Ra who was destroyed in the movie) are alive and kicking, not nearly dead, ruling as tyrants.

The music is superb, perfect for the feeling at any particular moment. The effects are fairly good for any show. This isn't another spin-off who's trying to put a twist on Star Trek. This is a truly unique way to travel the galaxy without the use of Starships. You can watch it every so often on Sci-Fi channel. If you can, don't miss it.

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