Stargate SG-1: Season 5, Episode 5

Red Sky (27 Jul. 2001)

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When SG-1 inadvertently dooms a planet upon arrival, the team must overcome Asgardian diplomacy and indigenous religious prejudice to put things right.



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After a rough ride through the stargate to P39-865, the sun of that planet turns red. Carter deduces that an override of stargate protocols allowed them to create a wormhole through the sun, starting a reaction that will cause the sun to die. SG-1 must now make up for their mistake or P39-865 will become incapable of supporting life. Written by trekkie4christ

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Major Carter times the shutdown of the gate to place the payload in the star, however the stargate almost always closes immediately after the last traveler passes through and they manage to materialize on the other end of the wormhole. See more »


Major General George Hammond: I thought the odds of success for this scenario were one in a million, Major?
Major Samantha Carter: Yes, sir. But I now think that we can increase that estimate to one percent.
Colonel Jack O'Neill: It's your call, General. I only understand about one percent of what she says half the time.
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Wormholes aren't the only holes here.
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This episode could be better if it didn't have obvious plot holes.

Plot: SG-1 travels to a planet named K'Tau by overriding certain Stargate safety protocols. As a result, they accidentally create a life- threatening problem for the inhabitants of K'Tau by altering their sun's chemistry. SG-1 manages to get in contact with the Asgard Freyr, who brought the people to that planet.

Freyr says that K'Tau is under the Protected Planets Treaty, so the Asgard can't help SG-1 fix the problem they caused, despite being capable of fixing the problem. Otherwise the Treaty will be void, leaving the Goa'uld free to attack Asgard planets.

Now, this is where the first plot hole appears. The Asgard say they aren't allowed to "artificially advance" people by nullifying "natural disasters." While O'Neill accepts this explanation, it doesn't make any sense at all - especially considering that the problem was caused by humans and would never naturally occur. It's not a natural disaster. The Asgard should therefore be free to help SG-1 without voiding the Protected Planets Treaty, yet for some reason they claim otherwise. (Since this is a really obvious hole, it seems like lazy writing in creating this episode.)

The next plot hole appears when people begin traveling between K'Tau and Earth. Since this is exactly what caused the problem in the first place, wouldn't continued travel from Earth's Stargate result in the problem with the sun worsening?

O'Neill asks - several times - how the Asgard pretending to be gods is any better than the Goa'uld lies about being gods. There are some interesting directions that could be taken here, but these questions pretty much get ignored in favor of advancing the plot (which is already flawed).

There are some other issues with this episode but they're mostly forgivable considering they require suspension of disbelief or happen off-screen so we don't understand exactly what happened.

At the very end, SG-1 believes the Asgard helped after all, but it's entirely possible that they didn't. It's open to speculation, however it doesn't matter since the Asgard could have intervened at any time. Instead, they told SG-1 that they'd rather condemn the people of an entire planet to death instead of help with a small issue, which seems very out of character.

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