Stargate SG-1: Season 4, Episode 16

2010 (12 Jan. 2001)

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In 2010, Robert Kinsey is president of a brave new world since he concluded the alliance with the Aschen, a race discovered by SG-1 which lets humanity enjoy its far advanced science and ... See full summary »

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In 2010, Robert Kinsey is president of a brave new world since he concluded the alliance with the Aschen, a race discovered by SG-1 which lets humanity enjoy its far advanced science and technology, including a vaccine against aging. Sam is now a civilian scientist, married to ambassador Joe Faxon, whose only worry is failing to get pregnant. When she double-checks the Ashen doctor Mollem's computer with Dr. Fraser, who felt superfluous given superior medicine, they discover human fertility is down 90% worldwide in three years. Sam, Daniel and Teal'c turn to retired general Jack, who always warned against handing over technological control, for a daring plan to turn the clock back like general Hammond did once, sending a message to their past with the exact time of a solar flare, which Sam can calculate using the Ashen computer. Only one ingredient is out of their reach: the GDO device to control the Stargate's iris, which is in the White House. Sam implores her husband Joe to steal ... Written by KGF Vissers

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An allied alien race called the Aschen are seen developing a program to ignite Jupiter into becoming a star in order to use its moons as planets to be colonized, a homage to the movie and book 2010 (1984) which featured a similar climax. See more »

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(at around 15 mins) When Carter goes to O'Niels Cabin there is a person visible behind a truck in the background, walking backwards. See more »

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[imitating a tour guide in what was once Stargate Command]
Colonel Jack O'Neill: ...And we're walking.
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What peace really costs
8 September 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This episode takes the rather bold decision to skip introductions (for now) and go straight to the long-term consequences -long-term being 2010, a few years from "now". At first, you keep waiting for an explanatory flashback or a return to reality, but as the episode goes on you have to accept that THIS is now, this is real. (And let me add that since I'm writing in 2010, it feels a bit odd).

The episode fortunately takes its time to show the current situation. To all outward appearances, everything is for the best on Earth, thanks to the help offered by the Aschen. However things are not going so well for our heroes personally (after all, who needs soldiers in such a safe, peaceful world?). Only Carter seems happy with her lot, until she discovers that she cannot have children. After this long but necessary prologue, things start for real as we discover a much bleaker situation, where the Aschen's medical skills have actually put humanity on the brink of annihilation. The problem is, it's already too late.

So this all begins to make sense as former SGC members (and I like it that it's not only SG1 here) set out not to solve the problem, but to prevent it from happening in the first place. One big complaint though: why the last scene? The general massacre feels contrived and over the top -it's as if, since the scriptwriters can't normally kill the main characters off to add drama, they were taking it out on "alternate" SG1 members every time they can.

Apart from that, this is a really good episode: it's original, with interesting things to say about how the characters might act in a different situation, and a rather fascinating conundrum (after all, what happens from now on will always be an "alternate" timeline.)


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