We’re Having a Party on Abydos – and You’re Invited!

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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.

 

  1. The Stargate is found in Egypt – Stargate the movie
  2. Lieutenant Hammond helps 4 strangers escape in 1969 – 1969
  3. Jack O’Neil(l) comes out of retirement – twice – Stargate the movie & Children of the Gods
  4. Daniel opens the Stargate – Stargate the movie
  5. Establishment of Goa’uld/Jaffa/humans in universe – Stargate movie and Children of the Gods
  6. Daniel discovers the cartouche room – Children of the Gods
  7. The entire Sha’re arc – Children of the Gods/Secrets/Forever in a Day
  8. Teal’c defects to our side – Children of the Gods
  9. The Four Races are discovered – Torment of Tantalus
  10. We meet Bra’tac and learn of Jaffa Rebellion – Bloodlines
  11. We meet the Asgard – Thor’s Hammer
  12. We meet the Tollan – Enigma
  13. Another Stargate discovered in Antarctica – Solitudes
  14. The Goa’uld can attack using ships/ Quantum mirror – There But for the Grace of God
  15. Sam is taken by Jolinar – In the Line of Duty
  16. Jacob Carter becomes a Tok’ra – The Tok’ra
  17. Jack meets Thor – The Fifth Race
  18. Asgard/System Lord Treaty about Earth – Fair Game
  19. Maybourne is a traitor – Shades of Grey
  20. Daniel meets Oma/ the Ancients – Maternal Instinct
  21. Earth meets the Replicators – Nemesis
  22. The Tollan are destroyed – Between Two Fires
  23. Reece – the first Replicator – Menace
  24. Daniel dies/ascends – Meridian
  25. Jack is implanted with a Tok’ra – Frozen
  26. Tretonnin is discovered – Cure
  27. Human form Replicators – Unnatural Selection
  28. Teal’c no longer has a symbiote- The Changeling
  29. Daniel descends – Fallen
  30. Supersoldier – Evolution Pt 1
  31. Janet dies – Heroes
  32. Jack becomes a General and takes over SGC – New Order
  33. Daniel/Rodney discover Atlantis and awaken the city – Atlantis
  34. Shepherd and Teyla awaken the Wraith – Atlantis
  35. Ba’al clones himself – Endgame
  36. Daniel meets Vala – Prometheus Unbound
  37. The Jaffa Rebellion takes Dakara and SG-1 destroys the Replicators with the ancient weapon – Reckoning
  38. Jack goes to Washington/Col Mitchell leads SG-1 – Avalon
  39. Daniel/Vala reveal the Milky Way to the Ori – Avalon
  40. Sam comes back to SG-1, the Ori create a Beachhead – Beachhead
  41. Ori plague and cure – The Fourth Horseman
  42. Vala becomes pregnant with the Orici – Crusade
  43. SG-1 + Ba’al find Merlin’s cave. Daniel downloads Merlin/Daniel is kidnapped by Adria and turned into a Prior – The Quest
  44. Prior Daniel activates Merlin’s weapon and sends it to Ori galaxy, destroying all ascended Ori – The Shroud
  45. Adria Ascends – Dominion
  46. The Asgard commit racial suicide and transfer their knowledge to the humans – Unending
  47. Beckett identifies the ATA gene and begins gene therapy, allowing people to access Ancient technology – Hide and Seek
  48. Beckett assists the people of Hoff to ‘perfect’ their anti-Wraith vaccine – Poisoning the Well
  49. The Wraith are poised to attack; Earth sends the Deadalus with a ZPM – The Siege
  50. The team finds and saves Ronon Dex – Runner
  51. Discovery of the iratus bug retrovirus – Instinct
  52. Beckett uses the retrovirus on Michael – Michael
  53. Atlantis creates a colony of Michael-like Wraith and Woolsey arrives on Atlantis – Misbegotten
  54. Atlantis discovers human-form Replicators called Asurans – Progeny
  55. Sheppard meets and makes an “alliance” with Todd – Common Ground
  56. The McKay/Carter Intergalactic Bridge comes on line – The Return
  57. Beckett dies – Sunday
  58. Asurans attack – Weir dies – Samantha Carter takes over Atlantis – First Strike & Lifeline
  59. Beckett’s clone is discovered, along with Michael’s lab – The Kindred
  60. Woolsey takes over Atlantis
  61. Todd has Teyla pose as a Queen to convert/destroy rival Wraith – The Queen
  62. Teyla kills Michael – The Prodigy
  63. Atlantis flies to Earth – Enemy at the Gate
  64. SG-1 discover The Ark of Truth and destroy the Ori threat – The Ark of Truth
  65. Ba’al is captured and his symbiote removed – Continuum

 

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2 thoughts on “We’re Having a Party on Abydos – and You’re Invited!

  1. Holdt says:

    The movie: Daniel getting laughed out of that lecture hall; meeting the Abydonians (sp?) cause otherwise there wouldnt have been much angst fodder for the early series seasons; Jack and Daniel bonding over not-chicken and Daniel talking Jack out of suicide mentality; Daniel sacrificing his life for Jack’s (seeds of slash); Daniel being right Right RIGHT!

    The series: Need – like, ALL of it (wherein we discover Daniel has an addictive personality – no really?). RDA and MS in orbit around each other as they perform lol. Janet’s death . Shau’re’s abduction and implantation *wince*, JACK’s implantaton. And last but definitely not least.: [Ascendant icon by magnavox23]

    The discovery of Atlantis and the Doomsday device

  2. marzipan77 says:

    Great, great moments, Holdt! These are some that are on my list, too. I wish your ascendant icon had shown up – I have no idea why it wouldn’t. (sniffffff) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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