The Stargate team must justify the project's continuation when a doubtful senator, Head of the Congressional Military Appropriations Committee, comes to review the project's performance.



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Daniel Jackson was eager to warn earth about the probable massive goa'uld attack threat, but finds Starbase is under a more down-to-earth threat: Senator Kinsey, the ambitious chairman of the Senate Committee which must approve the program's annual $5.7 billion budget, was not impressed when the President disclosed its extraterrestrial mission reports. Arriving for a visit, Kinsey tells the team he's most unlikely to be persuaded, and indeed while SG-1 points out its merits and dangers from events on various planets, Kinsey and his military aid, USAF Lt. Colonel Bert Samuels, question or belittle both systematically and focus on costs and risks they contend outweigh the benefits, even when Daniel's theory is presented... Written by KGF Vissers

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27 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Senator Kinsey asks Colonel O'Neill if he's ever seen a Goa'uld starship, he responds that he has. Immediately following his remark, there's a scene of a ship landing on top of a pyramid. This is footage lifted directly from Stargate (1994). See more »


Article I Section VII Clause I says that the House of Representatives not the Senate control the purse strings, therefore Sen. Kinsey should have been Rep. Kinsey. See more »


Samantha Carter: Daniel, when you were in this alternate reality, were there differences?
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Yes. Uh, Teal'c was leading the attack on Earth, I wasn't even part of the program, you and Jack were engaged to be married...
Jack O'Neill: Excuse me?
Samantha Carter: What... okay, uh, even if you did actually experience this alternate reality, doesn't the very fact that there were differences mean that we won't face the same fate?
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Yes. But the defining event, the death of Ra, took place in both worlds.
Teal'c: An attack of retribution.
Dr. Daniel Jackson: Yes. And the same ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith
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Absolutely Pointless
30 December 2015 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Let me say that I am a huge Stargate SG-1 fan but episodes like this make me want to throw in the fan towel. When will writers and production companies learn that these type of episodes are beyond ridiculous - statement not question. To be engaged and drawn into an episode there has to be a great story to tell at its heart. One that could lead to you wonder what the eventual outcome might be or how it might shape a future thread. Unfortunately these politically driven 'oh look the Stargate programme might be shut down' pieces of drivel are worthless airtime as we all know the outcome before they even begin. Therefore we watch them once simply for the point of completeness of knowing we have watched the entire series but we'd never watch them again.

That's the case in point with this episode. If you're new to Stargate (and there are people who still haven't watched it) then just skip this garbage as you won't miss a single thing from the overall story. The only you'll realise from watching it is that it's a painful way to spend 44 minutes.

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