I can’t believe it’s been twenty years! Seems like only yesterday that we met and fell in love, doesn’t it? All those nights under the three moons, the sandstorms, the mastadge races, the roasted lizard that tasted like chicken, and the weird guys in Horus guard masks firing energy weapons into our tents. Sigh. Memories.
In 1994, we first met a couple of kooky guys named Jack O’Neil and Daniel Jackson (cough cough on the obvious name-symbology there) who took a ragtag bunch of Air Force officers through a giant alien orifice to find out that most of Earth’s mythology had been twisted into shape by an alien race named the Goa’uld. There they met the lovely but literacy-challenged Abydonians led by bald-but-noble Kasuf (who likes him a Clark bar! “Bundi! Bundi way!”), the fiery tempered young prince Skaara, and the beautiful and tragic Shaur’e.
And a bunch of ancient Egyptian types who have enslaved them, along with, apparently, the rest of the galaxy.
O’Neil, with one “L”, as played by the talented and buzz cut Kurt Russell, was a dark, depressed, ex-Spec-Ops bad-ass who wanted one thing and one thing only – to go out in a blaze of glory because of his guilt over his young son’s death. Jackson, as played by the adorably fluffy-haired James Spader, is a wide-eyed academic who has murdered his own reputation and career because of his uncanny knowledge that the ancient languages of the world are all somehow interconnected in a much older, much more conspiracy-theory laden way than others will admit.
It was a match made in heaven.
This was a ‘bromance,’ a brothers-in-arms tale that would fit perfectly into today’s media culture. Sherlock and Watson, (either franchise), Shawn and Gus, Sam and Dean, House and Wilson, Adama and Tigh – guys who are so much polar opposites that the combination of the two is ultra-combustible story-telling nirvana. Daniel gives his life for Jack and Jack learns to live again. Oh, sorry, 20-year-old spoiler alert.
Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin (Yes! That guy!) conceived a sci-fi world so vast that it spawned a television franchise that lasted for 3 series, 14 years, 354 episodes and 2 made-for-tv movies. It has been surpassed in scope only by that legendary phenomenon, Doctor Who.
So, in celebrating Stargate’s creation and success, I’d like to invite you to share YOUR most significant moments from Stargate. The ones you loved, the ones that made you cry, the ones that broadened the scope of the story, or narrowed it down to its most relevant, foundational roots. Which character moments still resonate? Which plots fascinated? Which surprises shocked? Which choices rattled your understanding, gave you goose bumps, or still keep you going back to the DVDs and watching that one episode over and over again?
In honor of this milestone, we’re throwing an Anniversary Party at DragonCon in September, and we’d love for you to be a part of it, whether you can attend in person or only in nerd-loving spirit. During these festivities, we’d love to share this great fandom’s greatest moments. So, if you would, in your own words, and however you define “significant,” please honor us with your … (drumroll please!) …
20 Most Significant Moments in Stargate
Or, if you can’t come up with 20, then 10. Or 5. A couple. I’ll take care of the collating and paperwork, I promise.
In case you’re not one of the fans who know all the episodes by heart and/or still watch them daily/write/read fan fiction or go to Stargate Cons, here is a list of possibilities. Please, do not take this as an exhaustive list, just one that I’m exhausted having compiled! Add your own! Tell me I missed the most crucial point! I don’t mind at all.
Also, please post a link to this blog on any Stargate Chat site, or message board, or Yahoo list that you are a part of. I’d love for this to go out to the fandom at large, everyone who keeps Stargate up towards the top of any Favorite Sci-fi Franchise List. Share. Post. Discuss.
And, thank you in advance, for sharing. Celebrate with us! There’s virtual wine and bacon over in the corner where the Tok’ra are huddled, whispering.
- The Stargate is found in Egypt – Stargate the movie
- Lieutenant Hammond helps 4 strangers escape in 1969 – 1969
- Jack O’Neil(l) comes out of retirement – twice – Stargate the movie & Children of the Gods
- Daniel opens the Stargate – Stargate the movie
- Establishment of Goa’uld/Jaffa/humans in universe – Stargate movie and Children of the Gods
- Daniel discovers the cartouche room – Children of the Gods
- The entire Sha’re arc – Children of the Gods/Secrets/Forever in a Day
- Teal’c defects to our side – Children of the Gods
- The Four Races are discovered – Torment of Tantalus
- We meet Bra’tac and learn of Jaffa Rebellion – Bloodlines
- We meet the Asgard – Thor’s Hammer
- We meet the Tollan – Enigma
- Another Stargate discovered in Antarctica – Solitudes
- The Goa’uld can attack using ships/ Quantum mirror – There But for the Grace of God
- Sam is taken by Jolinar – In the Line of Duty
- Jacob Carter becomes a Tok’ra – The Tok’ra
- Jack meets Thor – The Fifth Race
- Asgard/System Lord Treaty about Earth – Fair Game
- Maybourne is a traitor – Shades of Grey
- Daniel meets Oma/ the Ancients – Maternal Instinct
- Earth meets the Replicators – Nemesis
- The Tollan are destroyed – Between Two Fires
- Reece – the first Replicator – Menace
- Daniel dies/ascends – Meridian
- Jack is implanted with a Tok’ra – Frozen
- Tretonnin is discovered – Cure
- Human form Replicators – Unnatural Selection
- Teal’c no longer has a symbiote- The Changeling
- Daniel descends – Fallen
- Supersoldier – Evolution Pt 1
- Janet dies – Heroes
- Jack becomes a General and takes over SGC – New Order
- Daniel/Rodney discover Atlantis and awaken the city – Atlantis
- Shepherd and Teyla awaken the Wraith – Atlantis
- Ba’al clones himself – Endgame
- Daniel meets Vala – Prometheus Unbound
- The Jaffa Rebellion takes Dakara and SG-1 destroys the Replicators with the ancient weapon – Reckoning
- Jack goes to Washington/Col Mitchell leads SG-1 – Avalon
- Daniel/Vala reveal the Milky Way to the Ori – Avalon
- Sam comes back to SG-1, the Ori create a Beachhead – Beachhead
- Ori plague and cure – The Fourth Horseman
- Vala becomes pregnant with the Orici – Crusade
- SG-1 + Ba’al find Merlin’s cave. Daniel downloads Merlin/Daniel is kidnapped by Adria and turned into a Prior – The Quest
- Prior Daniel activates Merlin’s weapon and sends it to Ori galaxy, destroying all ascended Ori – The Shroud
- Adria Ascends – Dominion
- The Asgard commit racial suicide and transfer their knowledge to the humans – Unending
- Beckett identifies the ATA gene and begins gene therapy, allowing people to access Ancient technology – Hide and Seek
- Beckett assists the people of Hoff to ‘perfect’ their anti-Wraith vaccine – Poisoning the Well
- The Wraith are poised to attack; Earth sends the Deadalus with a ZPM – The Siege
- The team finds and saves Ronon Dex – Runner
- Discovery of the iratus bug retrovirus – Instinct
- Beckett uses the retrovirus on Michael – Michael
- Atlantis creates a colony of Michael-like Wraith and Woolsey arrives on Atlantis – Misbegotten
- Atlantis discovers human-form Replicators called Asurans – Progeny
- Sheppard meets and makes an “alliance” with Todd – Common Ground
- The McKay/Carter Intergalactic Bridge comes on line – The Return
- Beckett dies – Sunday
- Asurans attack – Weir dies – Samantha Carter takes over Atlantis – First Strike & Lifeline
- Beckett’s clone is discovered, along with Michael’s lab – The Kindred
- Woolsey takes over Atlantis
- Todd has Teyla pose as a Queen to convert/destroy rival Wraith – The Queen
- Teyla kills Michael – The Prodigy
- Atlantis flies to Earth – Enemy at the Gate
- SG-1 discover The Ark of Truth and destroy the Ori threat – The Ark of Truth
- Ba’al is captured and his symbiote removed – Continuum