Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
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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.


Martin Wood


Brad Wright (developed for television by), Jonathan Glassner (developed for television by) | 8 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Richard Dean Anderson ... Colonel Jack O'Neill
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Amanda Tapping ... Captain Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Don S. Davis ... Major General George Hammond
Ronny Cox ... Senator Robert Kinsey
Robert Wisden ... Lt. Colonel Bert Samuels
Peter Williams ... Apophis (archive footage)


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) See more »

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16 : 9
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Features parts of several previous episodes of season one. 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 »


Senator Robert Kinsey: If they're so strong, why did ya switch sides in the first place?
Teal'c: Because, what is right cannot be measured by strength.
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Features Stargate SG-1: The Broca Divide (1997) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Absolutely Pointless
30 December 2015 | by thespiritukSee 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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