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Stargate SG-1 Season 1
Main cast image
Last 5-DVD set of Season 1
Country of origin  United States
 Canada
No. of episodes 22
Broadcast
Original channel Showtime
Original run July 27, 1997 — March 6, 1998
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 May 22, 2001
Region 2 October 21, 2002
Region 4 March 1, 2004
Season chronology
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The first season of the military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 commenced airing on the Showtime channel in the United States on July 27, 1997, concluded on the same channel on March 6, 1998, and contained 22 episodes. The show itself is a spin off from the 1994 hit movie, Stargate written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. Stargate SG-1 re-introduced supporting characters from the film universe, such as Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson and included new characters such as Teal'c, George Hammond and Samantha "Sam" Carter. The first season was about a military-science expedition team discovering how to use the ancient device, named the Stargate, to explore the galaxy. However, they encountered a powerful enemy in the film named the Goa'uld, which is bent on destroying Earth and all that opposes them.

The two-hour premiere "Children of the Gods", which aired on July 27, 1997 at 8 p.m,[1] received Showtime's highest-ever ratings for a series premiere and ranked as the highest-rated original movie to premiere on Showtime in 3-1/2 years at the time. The show got a 10.5 rating in Showtime's approximately 12 million U.S. households, which equaled approximately 1.5 million homes in total.[2] Season one regular cast members included Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge and Don S. Davis.

Development[edit]

Production[edit]

Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner had worked together on the Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer (MGM) television series The Outer Limits since 1995. Wright saw a wide range of possible science fiction storylines in the original Stargate (1994) film that could take place in the present day.[3] Meanwhile, Glassner was interested in the feature film's theme that Ancient Egypt had been partially or completely built by aliens.[3] Upon hearing of MGM's plan to create a television spin-off series of the film, Wright and Glassner independently and unbeknownst to each other approached MGM and proposed their concept for the television series. MGM president John Symes greenlit the project on the condition that Wright and Glassner worked together as executive producers of the new show.[3] The show was eventually given the name Stargate SG-1 after Wright flightily agreed to Symes's pitch question if the team should be called "SG-1". MGM released posters titled Stargate SG-1 within the next week without the knowledge of Wright and Glassner.[4]

John Symes approached Michael Greenburg and Richard Dean Anderson of MacGyver fame.[3] Although Anderson was never a real fan of the science fiction genre, he believed the original concept of a "Stargate" was a good vehicle for a series.[5] Anderson agreed to become involved with the project if his character Jack O'Neill was allowed significantly more comedic leeway than Kurt Russell's character in the feature film. He also requested Stargate SG-1 to be more of an ensemble show, so that he would not be carrying the plot alone as on MacGyver.[6] The American subscription channel Showtime made a two-season commitment for 44 episodes in 1996.[3] Principal photography began in Vancouver in February 1997.[7]

"The First Commandment" was the first Stargate SG-1 episode written by Robert C. Cooper, who would later become an executive producer and co-creator of the spin-off series Stargate Atlantis. Paul McGillion, who played young Ernest Littlefield in "The Torment of Tantalus", would go on to play the recurring and later main character Dr. Carson Beckett in Stargate Atlantis. The outside scenes of "Solitudes" were filmed at Pemberton Icefield.[8] The rest of the episode was filmed in the studio, which was filled with fake snow and ice and kept at a low temperature.

Production design[edit]

Lead production designer Richard Hudolin flew to Los Angeles, 1996 to gather material from Stargate for reference and found the original film prop stored outside in the Californian desert. Although the prop had severely disintegrated, he could take a detailed mould for Stargate SG-1 production to build its own prop. The new Stargate was engineered to turn, lock the chevrons, and be computer-controlled to dial specific gate addresses. A portable Stargate prop was built for on-location shoots and required six workers and one full day to set up.[3][9] Since visual effects are sometimes faster and cheaper,[9] a computer-generated Stargate was occasionally used in on-location shoots in later seasons.[10]

The design of the Stargate Command (SGC) base was supposed to match the real Cheyenne Mountain complex as much as possible.[9] The set had to be twice as high for shooting as the 22 feet tall Stargate prop,[11] but one of Hudolin's original plans of a three-level SGC set was rejected in favor of a two-level set.[9] The gateroom was the biggest room on set and could be redesigned for other scenes.[10] Two multi-purpose rooms were frequently redecorated into the infirmary, Daniel's lab, the cafeteria or the gym.[9][12] The SGC set and all other sets from the pilot episode were constructed within six weeks in January and February 1997, incorporating some original set pieces from the feature film.[9]

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Actor Character Number of episodes
Richard Dean Anderson Colonel Jack O'Neill 21/21 episodes
Michael Shanks Dr. Daniel Jackson 21/21 episodes
Amanda Tapping Captain Samantha Carter 21/21 episodes
Christopher Judge Teal'c 21/21 episodes
Don S. Davis Major General George Hammond 19/21 episodes

Recurring characters[edit]

Actor Character Number of episodes
Gary Jones Master Sergeant Walter Harriman 12/21 episodes
Teryl Rothery Dr. Janet Fraiser 8/21 episodes
Peter Williams Apophis 4/21 episodes
Alexis Cruz Skaara/Klorel 2/21 episodes
Brent Stait Ferretti 2/21 episodes
Frida Betrani Lya 2/21 episodes
Jay Acovone Charles Kawalsky 2/21 episodes
Gerard Plunkett Tuplo 2/21 episodes
Michasa Armstrong Shak'l 2/21 episodes
Robert Wisden Samuels 2/21 episodes

Episodes[edit]

Image Title Number Airdate Planet(s) Race(s) Enemies
Children of the Gods.jpg "Children of the Gods" 1.01/1.02 July 27, 1997 Abydos, Chulak, Earth Abydonian, Goa'uld, Jaffa Apophis, Amaunet, Klorel
As powerful aliens come through the Earth's Stargate, Colonel Jack O'Neill returns on Abydos to retreive Daniel Jackson, who has discovered that the alien transit system includes much more than the two planets.
The Enemy Within.jpg "The Enemy Within" 1.03 August 1, 1997 Earth Goa'uld Charles Kawalsky
Meanwhile Stargate Command and military decide of Teal'c's fate, a near mature Goa'uld symbiote is taking Major Kawalsky's body control. The SGC must find a way to remove it without killing the Major.
Emancipation.jpg "Emancipation" 1.04 August 8, 1997 Simarka Shavadai Turghan
An alien civilization is forced to reconsider their views on women when Carter rebels against their social customs.
The Broca Divide.jpg "The Broca Divide" 1.05 August 15, 1997 Earth, P3X-797 Untouched Touched
Members of SG-1 become infected with an alien virus that turns them into primative beings. Dr. Fraiser must find a cure to save the team and the alien population from whom it was contracted.
The First Commandment.jpg "The First Commandment" 1.06 August 22, 1997 Jonas' Planet, Earth People of Jonas' Planet Jonas Hanson, SG-9
SG-1 must stop a renegade Stargate commander, who has gone mad and set himself up as a god on an alien planet.
Cold Lazarus.jpg "Cold Lazarus" 1.07 August 29, 1997 Earth, P3X-562 Unity N/A
The team discovers a crystaline alien species with the capability of assuming human form. O'Neill comes to terms with the death of his son.
The Nox.jpg "The Nox" 1.08 September 12, 1997 Earth, Nox Homeworld Nox Apophis
Pressed by the government to acquire new technologies, SG-1 is led to a world inhabited by a seemingly primative race. When Apophis arrives, SG-1 ambush him with disasterous consequences.
Brief Candle.jpg "Brief Candle" 1.09 September 19, 1997 Argos, Earth Argosian N/A
SG-1 discovers a race of attractive people who age extremely rapidly. The situation becomes personal when O'Neill begins to suffer from the same accelerated aging, and must live out the rest of his life on the planet.
Thor's Hammer.jpg "Thor's Hammer" 1.10 September 26, 1997 Cimmeria, Earth Cimmerian, Unas Unas
Teal'c and O'Neill are transported to an underground cage designed by the Asgard to protect an alien world from the Goa'uld. Teal'c cannot escape the labyrinth while his larval Goa'uld lives.
The Torment of Tantalus.jpg "The Torment of Tantalus" 1.11 October 3, 1997 Earth, Heliopolis Alliance of Four Great Races N/A
SG-1 tracks down Catherine Langford's fiance, who took the first Stargate trip in 1945, and discovers an ancient meeting hall that may hold the secrets of the universe itself.
Bloodlines.jpg "Bloodlines" 1.12 October 10, 1997 Chulak, Earth Goa'uld, Jaffa Serpent Guards
Teal'c returns to Chulak to stop his people from implanting his son with a larval Goa'uld, but must sacrifice himself to save him.
Fire and Water.jpg "Fire and Water" 1.13 October 17, 1997 Earth, Unnamed planet Oanne N/A
Daniel is taken captive by an alien with a hidden agenda, while SG-1 is made to believe he is dead.
Hathor (episode).jpg "Hathor" 1.14 October 24, 1997 Earth Goa'uld Hathor
The banished Goa'uld Hathor is found in an ancient Earth sarcophagus, and takes over the SGC with hopes of raising a new army against the System Lords.
Singularity.jpg "Singularity" 1.15 October 31, 1997 Earth, Hanka Hankan Nirrti
A mysterious affliction wipes out the entire population of a planet, plus a SG team — except for one young girl. Carter befriends her, but learns that she is being used by the Goa'uld.
Cor-Ai (épisode).jpg "Cor-Ai" 1.16 January 23, 1998 Cartago, Earth Byrsa Serpent Guards
Teal'c must stand trial for a crime committed while he served as first prime of Apophis when a villager on an alien world identifies him as the Jaffa who killed his father.
Enigma.jpg "Enigma" 1.17 January 30, 1998 Earth, Tollan Nox, Tollan N/A
SG-1 rescues a group of advanced humans from a planet near destruction, and must find a new home for the refugees before the Pentagon gets their hands on them.
Solitudes.jpg "Solitudes" 1.18 February 6, 1998 Earth, P4A-771 N/A N/A
Colonel O'Neill and Captain Carter are separated from Jackson and Teal'c during a Stargate journey, and are trapped on a desolate ice world with no way of escape.
Tin Man.jpg "Tin Man" 1.19 February 13, 1998 Altair, Earth Altairan N/A
When SG-1 visits the underground warehouse of an advanced alien civilization, the area's caretaker transplants their minds into robotic duplicates — a "gift" of immortality.
There But For the Grace of God.jpg "There But For the Grace of God" 1.20 February 20, 1998 Earth, P3R-233 Jaffa Teal'c
An alien artifact transports Daniel to an alternate reality, where he is not a part of the Stargate program and the Goa'uld — led by Teal'c — are invading Earth.
Politics (episode).jpg "Politics" (Part 1 of 3) 1.21 February 27, 1998 Earth N/A N/A
Senator Kinsey arrives at the SGC to investigate the program and determine whether the great drain on the U.S. budget is worthwhile, prompting the team to recall missions from the past year.
Within the Serpent's Grasp.jpg "Within the Serpent's Grasp" (Part 2 of 3) 1.22 March 6, 1998 Earth Abydonian, Goa'uld, Jaffa Apophis, Klorel
SG-1 escapes through the Stargate before it is shut down, and learns that Daniel's alternate reality vision is true: Apophis is moving to attack Earth from above. The team must stop Apophis and his son, Klorel, who inhabits the body of their friend Skaara.

References[edit]

  1. Will Joyner (July 26, 1997). "Through a Gate to the Far Side of the Universe: A TV Series". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/26/arts/through-a-gate-to-the-far-side-of-the-universe-a-tv-series.html. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  2. Richmond, Ray (August 1, 1997). "'Stargate' Showtime's home run". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1116678643.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Wright, Brad; Glassner, Jonathan; Greenburg, Michael; Anderson, Richard Dean; Shanks, Michael (2001). Stargate SG-1: Season 3 – Timeline To The Future – Part 1: Legacy Of The Gate (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment. 
  4. Wright, Brad (2006). Stargate SG-1: Season 9 – Profile On: Brad Wright (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment. 
  5. Goldman, Eric (August 16, 2006). "Richard Dean Anderson on Returning to Stargate". IGN. http://tv.ign.com/articles/725/725838p2.html. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  6. Eramo, Steven (July 2002). "Richard Dean Anderson – Mr Anderson – Colonel O'Neill". TV Zone (Special 46): 4–9. 
  7. Hudolin, Richard. (2001). Stargate SG-1: Season 3 – Production Design: Richard Hudolin [DVD]. MGM Home Entertainment.
  8. Gibson, Thomasina (2001) Stargate SG-1 The Illustrated Companion Seasons 1 and 2. Published by Titan Books. ISBN 1-84-023-354-0
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Hudolin, Richard (2001). Stargate SG-1: Season 3 – Production Design: Richard Hudolin (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wood, Martin and Tichenor, James (2001). Stargate SG-1: Season 4 – Audio Commentary for "Upgrades" (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment. 
  11. Wright, Brad and Glassner, Jonathan. (2001). Stargate SG-1: Season 3 – Producing Stargate [DVD]. MGM Home Entertainment.
  12. Wood, Martin (2003). Stargate SG-1: Season 6 – Audio Commentary for "Redemption", Part 1 (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment. 
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End dateMarch 6, 1998 +
Infobox imageFile:Stargate SG-1 Season 1 DVD cover.jpg +
NetworkShowtime +
Region 1 releaseMay 22, 2001 +
Region 2 releaseOctober 21, 2002 +
Region 4 releaseMarch 1, 2004 +
Season ofStargate SG-1 +
Start dateJuly 27, 1997 +