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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The second and third shots of Michael Shanks as 'Daniel Jackson' shown in the opening credits (one where he runs into a scene that has the Stargate in the background with a closed iris, and the other a closeup taken from a low angle as he studies something out of view) are both taken from this episode. See more »


Daniel puts his video recorder on the table in the "lab" so he can take off his back pack. He then starts stuffing artifacts into his backpack. Before he picks up the second artifact, we can see the recorder on the table, along with another artifact. The camera pans up to Daniel stuffing his backpack, then back to the table where the artifact and the recorder are gone. See more »


Colonel Jack O'Neill: Good morning campers.
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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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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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