Stargate SG-1 is an American science fiction television series, part of the Stargate franchise, created by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright. It begins one year after the events of the 1994 science fiction film Stargate.
It aired in the USA on Showtime (Season 1-5) and SCI FI (Seasons 6-10), from 27 July, 1997 to 13 March, 2007. There are 214 episodes in 10 seasons.
Stargate SG-1 premiered in South Africa on SABC2 on Tuesday 16 March 1999, at 21h30. Only the first three seasons aired on SABC2 - it was not renewed by the channel and was later picked up by DStv's actionX (now M-Net Action) channel, which began broadcasting the third season on 13 December 2005, almost three years after the season ended on SABC2.
The series later premiered on TopTV's Fox FX channel on Saturday 1 May 2010, at 18h15. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 originally aired on SABC2 from 2 September, 2000 to 27 January, 2001, on Saturdays at 21h15. New episodes aired weekly.
Season 2 premiered on Fox FX on Sunday 23 May 2010, at 18h15. New episodes aired daily, seven days a week. There are 22 episodes in the second season.
Based on the 1994 science fiction movie Stargate, the show is based on the premise that devices known as Stargates exist not only on Earth, but on other planets as well.
By using these devices, travelers are able to visit other planets in a matter of seconds. The primary aim of the four travelers of this show is to venture forth into unknown territory to gather alien technology to help protect Earth against an evil race of alien called Goa'uld.
The action begins when aliens temporarily invade Earth through the Stargate and Colonel Jack O’Neil is called out of retirement to lead an SG-1 team to Abydos, the ancient Egyptian-like world where he left his friend Daniel Jackson years earlier.
Discovering his friend alive and well, O’Neil also learns their old enemy, Ra, was a Goa’uld, one of the many System Lords who uses the interstellar portal to conquer planets.
Employing an elaborate cartouche that reveals an entire network of Stargates, O’Neil and his SG-1 team travel throughout the galaxy in an attempt to save the Earth from the Goa’ulds’ wrath.
General Jack O'Neill
As the commanding officer of the SGC, General O'Neill's assignment is to defend Earth from possible hostile invasion and to explore new worlds and return new technologies to Earth for study and further development.
When he joined the Air Force at 18 years of age, O'Neill proved himself to be an exceptional and gifted airman. Assigned to a special training program for covert operations/infiltration, he was trained in the skills of wilderness survival, special weapons and tactics, assassination, demolition, chemical weapons, the manufacture and detonation of explosives, and is a field expedience specialist.
He resigned from service when his son Charlie died by accidentally shooting himself with O'Neill's gun. O'Neill never recovered from the loss, which drove his wife to eventually leave him.
He was recalled by his former commanding officer to go through the Stargate on the first mission precisely because of his willingness to die. Instead, the mission gave him a new desire to live.
Capt. Samantha Carter
Captain Samantha Carter's assignment is to ascertain possible hostile threats, to continue analysis of stargate technology and to analyze and return materials, technologies and knowledge for further development.
She has served in the Pentagon, was previously a flight officer in the Kuwait theater, and has received special training in the F-117/F16. She in an astro-physics genius, holding a Ph.D. in Quantum Mechanics and is a plasma/particle physics expert.
She is also an expert on gate technology, having read every bit of information known to exist and has studied the permutations of the gate symbols at length. When the plug was pulled on her gate research project and she was transferred to another base, she continued her research in private. She was able to resume her obsessive work with the gate when the SG-1 team was assembled.
Carter is single and unattached. She is fiercely loyal to the SGC, and not only brings her extensive scientific knowledge to the program, but also her military training.
Dr Daniel Jackson
Dr. Jackson joined the SG-1 team on a voluntary basis to study the cultures of other planets. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology as well as a Ph.D. in Linguistics, and has prior experience with the culture of Abydos.
He is an expert in ancient cultures and languages in addition to current ones; he speaks over 20 languages including ancient Egyptian. Originally he was contracted by the military to decipher a mysterious hieroglyphic cartouche. His subsequent translation of the cartouche allowed the Stargate to be opened for the first time.
He married Sha're, an off-world human and native of Abydos, after he chose to stay behind on the planet following the first mission, and he became something of a deity to the people of Abydos.
His humanistic, liberal approach is often in conflict with O'Neill's militaristic approach. Some see him as a soft, brainy, clumsy scientist who carries a wide-eyed enthusiasm with him through every mission.
Teal'c is a member of the alien race known as Jaffa, of the home planet Chulak.
Similar to humans in overall appearance, Jaffas have an "X" shaped incision or marsupial pouch in the abdomen. When a Jaffa reaches approximately eight years of age, a Goa'uld larva, the infant form of a parasitic being, is placed in the Jaffa pouch in order to mature.
There is a strong symbiotic relationship between them as the Jaffa is guaranteed powerful healing abilities and immunity to myriad diseases including all viral or bacterial infections for as long as he carries the symbiote. For this reason, Jaffa live to be very old.
Teal'c, although he looks much younger, is actually over 90 years old. After a seven year gestation period, the mature Goa'uld parasite seeks out a new host, (usually human).
All Jaffa have a mid-forehead tattoo or symbol indicating that they carry a Goa'uld symbiote. The Serpent Guards are the elite or royal guard of the Jaffa in service to the Goa'uld Apophis.
They wear the heavily armored "serpent head" helmets. Teal'c had served as the First Prime of Apophis, but after aiding the SG-1 team during their first mission to Chulak, he left his family and culture behind and returned to Earth as a voluntary member of the SG-1 team.
His main reason for joining SG-1 was to try to set straight the misdeeds of his past, and to win freedom for his people from the Goa'uld.
General George Hammond
As the Commanding Officer of the Research and Defense Unit, General Hammond commands the SGC and all SG units.
His standing orders are to analyze the threat potential of alien races, defend Earth from possible hostile invasion, and to analyze and recover technologies for study and further development.
He received decorations for meritorious service in the Kuwait theater and in Vietnam. Special background and previous service include serving with the Project Bluebook Re-Evaluation, and as Commanding Officer of the Groom Lake Operations Facility.
He is a hardened military leader, and a wise man who is willing to do whatever is necessary to defend the interests of his country and all humanity.
Dr Janet Frasier
Dr. Fraiser is a military doctor and Captain. General Hammond hand picked her to work in the SGC because of her expertise in exotic diseases.
Dr. Fraiser's skill and compassion enable her to face the most peculiar cases brought to her by SG-1 and all the other SG teams.
Season 2 Episodes:
The Serpent's Lair
As a fleet of Goa'uld warships heads towards Earth, the SGC prepares for the worst, sending the best and brightest of American society through the Stargate to another planet. Meanwhile, the SG-1 team have used the Stargate to board a ship commanded by Apophis' son Klorel. (Part 2 of 2)
In the Line of Duty
SG-1 is on a mission to Nasya, hoping to rescue the survivors of an attack by the Goa'uld. During the rescue, Carter's body is taken over by a Goa'uld that was hiding in the body of a mortally injured Nasyan. Carter is confined to a cell, while O'Neill bargains with the Goa'uld for her life.
While exploring a seemingly insignificant planet, the team finds a man who pleads for help. They try to defend him, only to discover that he is a fleeing murderer. By aiding him, they become complicit in his crime, and are sent to a penal world where brute strength and raw power rule.
SG-1 travels to P7J-989, where they find a beautiful garden and a dome full of strange metallic chambers, each containing an unconscious person. While inspecting the chambers, they are trapped and knocked unconscious, and awaken to find they are reliving pivotal moments in their lives.
While exploring planet P3R-636, SG-1 comes across a troop of Jaffa warriors and ceremonial priests delivering naquadah, an element treasured by the Goa'uld, through the Stargate. What catches Dr. Jackson's eye, however, is the beautiful Princess Shyla, daughter of the planet's ruler.
The team returns to Cimmeria after learning that the Goa'uld have invaded. The team feels responsible, since on their previous visit they destroyed "Thor's Hammer," the planet's main instrument of defense against the Goa'uld. Later, they make some remarkable discoveries.
Message in a Bottle
While exploring a now dead planet, the SG-1 team find an orb that sends out electromagnetic signals. They think it is a time capsule of some sort and are intrigued by its power source, which seems to have lasted for millennia. They bring it back through the Stargate for further study.
Teal'c's mentor Bra'tac arrives unexpectedly through the Stargate with shocking news: the Goa'uld Apophis survived the destruction of his ship and has now kidnapped Teal'c's son, Rya'c. O'Neill and the rest of the SG-1 team agree to join Teal'c as he returns to Chulak to rescue Rya'c.
Daniel and Teal'c travel back to Abydos, to fulfill the promise made to Sha're's father Kasuf. Daniel learns that his wife, whom he hasn't seen since she was taken by the Goa'uld, is nine months pregnant. The father is Apophis, who plans to use the baby as his new host.
While exploring BP6-3Q1, O'Neill and the SG-1 team are attacked by giant insects. The team escapes through the Stargate, but not before Teal'c is stung. When Teal'c returns to Earth, a strange transformation begins, as the insect virus transforms Teal'c's DNA into something like its own.
The Tok'ra (Part One)
Carter has a dream in which she sees through the eyes of Jolinar, a Tok'ra and rebel Goa'uld who inhabited her body before dying (in In the Line of Duty). Although her father Jacob is dying of cancer, Carter knows she must go on the mission with the rest of the SG-1 team to find the Tok'ra.
The Tok'ra (Part Two)
The Tok'ra have turned down SG-1's request for an alliance against the Goa'uld because the people from Earth don't offer enough rewards to justify the security breach. And, the fact that none of the humans will act as host for Selmak, a Tok'ra whose host is dying, does little to build trust.
The SG-11 team has not returned from planet PXY-887, where they discovered an element, trinium, that is a hundred times lighter and stronger than steel. Instead, the inhabitants of the planet have fired an arrow made of trinium through the Stargate, which hits O'Neill.
When a group posing as an SG team steals the climate-controlling Touchstone from the planet Madrona, the planet's weather deteriorates, threatening inhabitants with imminent death unless the device is recovered. Madrona's high priest Roham blames the SG-1 team for the theft.
The Fifth Race
The team travels through the Stargate and finds a room filled with ancient alien innoscriptions. When O'Neill peers through a viewer in the ancient room, he is caught in its grasp. Shortly after this imposed trance, alien words begin appearing in his speech.
A Matter of Time
While attempting to save the members of SG-10 from a black hole on planet P3X-451, the team activates the Stargate and exposes themselves to the hole's gravitational pull. Trying to break free, they shut down the gate's power, and in the ensuing explosions Teal'c is badly injured.
While exploring a new planet, the SG-1 team stumbles upon the chamber of former Goa'uld enemy Ma'chello, and soon fall victim to his powerful body-swapping invention. Ma'chello takes on Daniel's body and the young archaeologist finds himself trapped in the body of an old and dying man.
Serpent's Song screenplay
Pursued by death gliders, former Goa'uld conqueror and sworn enemy of the SGC, Apophis, throws himself on the mercy of the team. Despite his past evil, SG-1 grants him sanctuary. Apophis, who has been tortured, promises all the knowledge of the Goa'uld in return for a new host body.
One False Step
During a routine reconnaissance mission, the UAV plane crashes into a cactus-like plant on a planet inhabited by an unusual life form. Sent to recover the plane, the SG-1 team discovers those living on the planet are falling ill, and before long a plague of illness sweeps the race.
Show and Tell
A young boy arrives at the SGC with his mother, a member of the invisible Reetou race. He says the Goa'uld destroyed their home planet, and now Reetou rebels intend to kill all humans. The rebels think that by killing all potential hosts for the Goa'uld, they will eliminate the Goa'uld themselves.
Because of a solar flare, the team is sent back in time to 1969, landing in a top-secret military facility. As the team is transported for interrogation, a young Lieutenant Hammond helps them escapeso they can find the Stargate before the only chance of leaving the past is gone forever.
Out of Mind
Waking from what seems like cryogenic suspension, O'Neill finds himself in a futuristic version of the SGC. He is told that he has been frozen for 79 years, and the rest of the SG-1 team perished long ago. The doctors hook him to a device which turns his memories into holograms. (Part 1 of 2).
Season 1 (22 episodes)
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 16 Mar 1999 | Finale: 10 Aug 1999 | Tuesdays, 21h30
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 1 May 2010 | Finale: 22 May 2010 | Daily, 18h15
Season 2 (22 episodes)
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 2 Sep 2000 | Finale: 27 Jan 2001 | Saturdays, 21h15
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 23 May 2010 | Finale: 20 Jun 2010 | Daily, 18h15
Season 3 (22 episodes)
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 14 Sep 2001 | Finale: 8 Feb 2002 | Fridays, 21h15
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 13 Dec 2005 | Finale: 9 May 2006 | Tuesdays, 21h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 21 Jun 2010 | Finale: 12 Jul 2010 | Daily, 18h15
Season 4 (22 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 16 May 2006 | Finale: 10 Oct 2006 | Tuesdays, 19h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 27 Jan 2011 | Finale: 17 Feb 2011 | Daily, 17h30
Season 5 (22 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 17 Oct 2006 | Finale: 13 Mar 2007 | Tuesdays, 19h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 17 May 2011 | Finale: 7 Jun 2011 | Daily, 18h15
Season 6 (22 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 10 Jul 2007 | Finale: 11 Dec 2007 | Tuesdays, 19h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 8 Jun 2011 | Finale: 29 Jun 2011 | Daily, 18h15
Season 7 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 11 Mar 2008 | Finale: 5 Aug 2008 | Tuesdays, 19h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 30 Jun 2011 | Finale: 21 Jul 2011 | Daily, 18h15
Season 8 (20 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 28 Oct 2008 | Finale: 10 Mar 2009 | Tuesdays, 19h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 19 May 2012 | Finale: 7 Jun 2012 | Daily, 17h30
Season 9 (20 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 9 Jun 2009 | Finale: 20 Oct 2009 | Tuesdays, 18h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 8 Jun 2012 | Finale: 27 Jun 2012 | Daily, 17h30
Season 10 (20 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 26 Jan 2010 | Finale: 8 Jun 2010 | Tuesdays, 18h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 28 Jun 2012 | Finale: 17 Jul 2012 | Daily, 17h30