Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
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The Torment of Tantalus 

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Daniel Jackson discovers that the Stargate was activated in 1945 and a young professor went through, never to return. Together with his still living fiancée, the SG1 team discover the now ... See full summary »


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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
Elizabeth Hoffman ... Catherine Langford
Keene Curtis ... Ernest Littlefield
Gary Jones ... Sgt. Walter Harriman
Duncan Fraser ... Professor Langford
Nancy Hillis Nancy Hillis ... Young Catherine Langford (as Nancy McClure)
Paul McGillion ... Young Ernest Littlefield
Sheelah Megill Sheelah Megill ... Maid Martha


Daniel Jackson discovers that the Stargate was activated in 1945 and a young professor went through, never to return. Together with his still living fiancée, the SG1 team discover the now aged professor, naked and trapped in a decaying fortress, containing the secrets of an Ancient alliance. Will they be able to rescue him and escape to earth in time? Written by Anonymous

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3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


In the 1945 flashback, Young Littlefield is telling old Langford that the Stargate symbols are not a combination lock but destination symbols. At this point Langford lights his pipe using a Nimrod pipe lighter, two years before Ashley Ward, Inc. patented it and put it on the market. By the mid 60's, about a million Nimrods would sell each year. See more »


In the old visual record the diver goes through the gate with rope and hose attached. They are severed when the gate closes. It is later established that the gate transports objects only if they have fully passed the event horizon. The diver should have been deleted and not been transported to the planet. See more »


Sam Carter: Where's Daniel?
Jack O'Neill: Oh, Ernest was showin' him a new toy.
Sam Carter: Really, what?
Jack O'Neill: Some fancy light show that may be the key to our existence or somethin' like that.
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Referenced in Stargate: Atlantis: The Eye (2004) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Very Well Done & Also Good For Non-Regular SG-1 Viewers
28 October 2018 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

Someone went through the Stargate in 1945 and our heroes track him down.

I am more into Stargate Atlantis than SG-1, and was surprised as to just how good this episode of SG-1 was. No laser battles or running around Canadian forests but just good science fiction story telling with great characters on hand.

In these early episodes Richard Dean Anderson holds back on his smart-ass comments (I liked smart-ass RDA better) but with such an interesting plot and setting, I could gladly enjoy this without the usual need for RDA being funny.

What makes this hour so special is that we the viewer are so won over by the setting. By the end of it we really do feel like we have spent time in this old fortress with these people. We relate to their needs and desires. Just so well done and different to any other SG-1 episode that I have seen.

The ending is also outstanding.

Even if you are not a regular viewer of this series, I strongly suggest you see The Torment of Tantalus.

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