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The Torment of Tantalus 

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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The Torment of Tantalus. In ancient Greek mythology Tantalus was a demi-god welcomed into Olympus, the home of the gods. He repeatedly misbehaved, most notably when he cooked his son Pelops and tried to serve him as a meal to the gods. His punishment was to eternally stand where both food and drink moved to stay just beyond his reach; hence the word 'tantalise'. See more »


After the rocks have fallen down in front of the Stargate, Jack touches one of the rocks, revealing that it's fake (it is light as a feather). See more »


Jack O'Neill: Basic survival training. We know what we have, what do we need?
Teal'c: We have the stargate. We need the dial home device.
Jack O'Neill: Thank you, Teal'c.
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Referenced in Stargate SG-1: Touchstone (1998) 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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