Stargate SG-1: Season 1, Episode 19

There But for the Grace of God (20 Feb. 1998)

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Episode cast overview:
Stuart O'Connell ...
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Laara Sadiq ...
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While collecting artifacts on a distant planet, Daniel Jackson is knocked out after touching a mirror-like object. He awakens in the same room but is unable to locate the other members of SG-1. Assuming that they left without him, he dials up his return home but gets there to find that he is in a different reality. In this world, General Jack O'Neill and Catherine Langford are in charge of the Stargate program; Hammond is a Colonel reporting to O'Neill; and Sam Carter is a civilian scientist working on the project (and also engaged to O'Neill). More importantly, Earth is under attack from the Goa'uld who have already killed over 1 billion people. Carter believes that somehow, Jackson is from a parallel dimension. When Jackson learns the point of origin of the Goa'uld attack, he wants to return to his own universe, believing that his Earth will be similarly attacked. Written by garykmcd

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This ep (teleplay by Bobby Cooper, later producer) is loaded with plot points for later eps. It marks the first time the following major points are referred to: 1. alternate/parallel universes; 2. 38 min time limit for keeping the gate open; 3. Mention/use of a Beta site; 4. parallel universes with different team members of SG-1; 5. Teal'c deciding to leave SG-1; 6. Alternate Sam with long hair; 7. SG-1 travel aboard Gou'ald space ship; 8. first time to show interior of gou'ald space ship; 9. first time to show stargate operating on spaceship; 10. first to show a mechanism to control spaceship (although changed in other ships); 11. first to show death gliders; 12. first to show planetary invasion using gou'ald ships; 13. first to reference Sam speeding up dialing process for Earth gate; 14. first to reference self destruct in response to gou'ald invasion; 15. first time to show Daniel Jackson looking himself up in alternate dimension/time-line; 16. first time to show SG-1 risking courts martial and disobeying a direct order; 17. first to show gou'ald two-way communication sphere; and 18. first to make explicit reference to Sam and Jack's romance, even if only in alternate dimension. There are undoubtedly others. See more »


While dialing Chulak, Sgt. Walter Harriman is heard calling out the number of locked chevrons. For a moment, he is seen while the announcement is heard, but his lips don't move. See more »


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good story with action
23 April 2013 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

The ending of season one did deliver the best, I guess the production team was still searching in what direction it wanted to go because we do had a few episodes that didn't make sense at all but There But For The Grace Of God did somehow remind me of the storyline of another excellent series Fringe.

Daniel Jackson is exited about bringing some artifacts from another planet with him to do some research but SG-1 doesn't agree and are walking towards to stargate to return to earth. Daniel stays a while and touches a mirrors like object he activated. He's knocked out by touching it and wakes up after a period to see the whole SG-1 team but with one problem. They don't recognize him. Jackson is in a parallel dimension. Nobody seems what he was and here we do have what everybody sees coming, the love between Carter and O'Neill. Again some jokes are here to catch about that particular issue. But what makes this episode rather strong is that earth is almost destroyed by attacks of the Goa'ulds. Daniel tries to convince the parallel world to help his world.

You never see the destroyed world but we do have a real fight going on and also for the first time people are being shot dead and some have open wounds. A major step into the series were dead people and blood never were shown.

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0,5/5

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