Stargate SG-1: Season 7, Episode 20

Inauguration (5 Mar. 2004)

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The newly inaugurated President of the United States is briefed by the Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Stargate program. Former Senator, now Vice President, Kinsey attempts to get ... See full summary »

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The newly inaugurated President of the United States is briefed by the Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Stargate program. Former Senator, now Vice President, Kinsey attempts to get his running mate to back his policies for the program, but the president decides to look into the situation himself. Kinsey gets Richard Woolsey to convince the president of his agenda. Written by trekkie4christ

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As President Hayes is walking down the hall towards the Oval Office, on his first day, he stops to look at several historical busts. While looking at the last one, a bust of President John F. Kennedy, he bends down to take a long look at it and then stands up and adjusts his tie while looking at a mirror. William Devane played President Kennedy in a TV movie called The Missiles of October (1974). See more »

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President Hayes: Now I have to call the ex-president of Togo. And when I'm done, apparently, the rest of the world is coming to an end.
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25 June 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

(Ever so sorry for this awfully easy Summary, by the way. I just couldn't pass it up.)

So this is the freebie episode of the year. Lots of archive footage, and not a single new shot of SG1. And when I've waited for seven days for a new episode, I like to watch a *new* episode. Not bits and odds of old ones. I disliked Politics (S1). I hated Disclosure (S6).

And yet... and yet I rather like this episode. The amount of reminiscence is tolerable, and it is rather amusing to hear Wolsey go on and on about all the odd things that have happened to SG1 over the years --without peppering it all with 10s-shots of old episodes. Honestly, the whole list does not really inspire trust!

But what makes this episode much better than either Politics or Disclosure is that it feels *significant*. There's a new President in charge, and the past years have shown how crucial the President's support (or lack thereof) was to the SGC. And this one has Kinsey for a vice-president, which gives a rather bad first impression of him.

So the whole episode is about what changes Pdt Hayes will bring to the Stargate program, and you have to pity the poor bloke for a very bad first day at his new job. But he is a very likely character -a smoother, suaver version of O'Neill: when Kinsey started annoying him I almost expected him to mutter "oh, for cryin' out loud!" (Honestly, I doubt that he would ever be elected in real life!) Anyway, this episode really changes the overall situation. Despite his obvious enthusiasm for the Stargate program and its crew, Hayes rightfully points out that the public may not see it the same way. And I like that even though it is slowly turning Kinsey into a classic villain, the series also acknowledges that he has a point.


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