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''Stargate Continuum'' is the second direct-to-DVD film based on ''Series/StargateSG1'' and the third movie in the Franchise/StargateVerse overall.

Unlike ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'', which acted as the [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised "true" series finale]], ''Continuum'' is a standalone story. As SG-1 and General O'Neill attend the execution of the System Lord Ba'al (or so they think), the real Ba'al goes back in time to destroy Earth's Stargate as it is transported by sea to the United States -- coincidentally by Cameron Mitchell's [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Grandfather]]. While the Stargate is saved, everyone aboard the ship is killed, resulting in it being stranded in the Arctic and the Stargate lost. As the Tok'ra city vanishes around them, SG-1 rush for the Stargate to find a different Earth -- one where the Stargate program was never launched and Earthis now defenseless against Ba'al, who used his knowledge from time travel to defeat the other System Lords.
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!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Ba'al to Apophis:
-->'''Apophis:''' May your reign last days, and your death years!\\
'''Ba'al:''' ''(chuckling, glances at Teal'c)'' That's actually rather good, isn't it?
* AffablyEvil: Where the other [[GodIsEvil System Lords]] rule through terror, [[ReligionOfEvil demand absolute worship]], brutally suppress any rebellion, and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betray everybody at every opportunity]], Ba'al respects his subjects and minions, keeps his promises, and wishes to conquer Earth [[IComeInPeace peacefully]] and for mutual benefit. It's not so much that he has a greater respect for life than his contemporaries, so much as that he's realized how stupid and counterproductive the [[CardCarryingVillain old way of doing things]] was. [[spoiler:His inability to get back into the paranoid, spiteful mindset of a System Lord might explain how Qetesh's betrayal caught him by surprise.]]
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Ba'al genuinely wants to rule Earth with benevolence, which actually sounds ''[[BenevolentAlienInvasion awesome]]'' for us. Unfortunately, he swiftly get betrayed by Qetesh, who then sets about performing the more ''[[FinalSolution traditional]]'' Goa'uld invasion... which is somewhat ''less'' awesome.]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Rather than invent time travel, Ba'al uses the tried-and-true method of time travel by solar flare/wormhole and scales it up by setting up satellites at thousands of stars to monitor for solar activity, networked with a supercomputer that will calculate their exact effects on the wormhole. This way, all he has to do it wait for a star to oblige him with a flare that is within his specifications and dial the appropriate address.
* BenevolentAlienInvasion: Ba'al genuinely intends to do this, where in exchange for acknowledging him as Supreme Leader, he'll let Earth remain as a self-autonomous protectorate in his dominion, even allowing them access to Goa'uld technology as a show of good faith and mutual co-operation. The other System Lords clearly think he's gone ''insane''.
* {{BFG}}: Vala tries to take one to the execution... ahem... [[InsistentTerminology extraction]] of Ba'al from his host, just in case. A bit of a ContinuityNod as the gun was the X-699 from the ''SG-1'' episode "Bounty". Production-wise, the gun was meant to help conceal that Claudia Black was pregnant. [[spoiler: This is also why Vala/Qetesh wears a loose gown later in the film.]]
* BondOneLiner: Ba'al drops one when he kills Apophis.
-->'''Ba'al:''' That's actually rather good, isn't it? ''(draws his sword)''\\
Did you plan to say that when you walked in? ''(slices off the top of Apophis' head)''\\
Or was it just off the top of your head?
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:How Mitchell finally kills Ba'al. The response on Ba'al face just before he dies is ''priceless''.]]
* ConquerorFromTheFuture: Ba'al uses a time travel device to reverse the fallen fortunes of the Goa'uld empire and take the galactic throne for himself. He prevents the SGC from ever coming into existence so Earth will be defenseless when the Goa'uld fleet finally comes and then eliminates all the rival factions one by one before invading Earth.
* ConsummateLiar: Lampshaded. Ba'al's clone is about to be executed by the Tok'ra, and during his last words he gloats to SG-1 about the plan his originator has set in motion to [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight undo everything they have done]]. Because he's known for being a liar, they're not convinced and think he's just stalling for time, but it turns out that he was telling the truth after all.
-->'''Teal'c:''' He lies.
-->'''O'Neill:''' He does that, you know.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Ba'al. He really should have seen the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betrayal]] coming. [[spoiler:Although one could argue on Ba'al's defense that he had actually been infatuated with [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Qetesh's]] [[MeatPuppet host]] Vala to the point where he might have [[LoveMakesYouDumb forgotten or overlooked]] just how much of a liability Qetesh really was.]] Also possible as mentioned above that [[spoiler:so long working around humans and building his new and improved empire of fluffy happy domination had dulled his instincts about just how insanely cutthroat the other System Lords normally would be.]]
** DeathByGenreSavvy
* DelayedRippleEffect: The effects of Ba'al's time travel work like this. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justifed]] in-universe as having the people who were affected earlier in the revised timeline (such as [[spoiler:Vala/Qetesh]]) vanishing first.
* DyingCurse: Apophis gets a damn good one. Ba'al even compliments him on it.
-->'''Apophis:''' May your reign be measured in hours, and your death in years.
* EvilerThanThou: The other Goa'uld System Lords are appalled at Ba'al's [[PragmaticVillainy choice of a pragmatic strategy]] for the invasion of Earth by framing it as the start of a benevolent new alliance for the Tau'ri/humans. [[spoiler:His consort Qetesh assassinates him for this and orders the fleet to get back to their traditional way of doing things: obliterate every human on the planet with an orbital bombardment.]]
* FinalSolution: The Goa'uld consider the human population of Earth to have grown beyond their control. [[spoiler:After Qetesh takes over from Ba'al]], they decide to remedy this by orbitally bombarding the planet and reducing it to a more "manageable" number by killing as many people as possible.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Apophis never knew how prophetic his wish was that his enemy Ba'al's reign "last days and his death years". In fact, Ba'al dies within ''less'' than a day from the moment he kills Apophis.]]
* ForWantOfANail: Ba'al causes this intentionally, with plenty of resulting changes. The Stargate was lost when the ship carrying it across the ocean to America was lost with all hands on board. One effect of one of those people dying was made explicit. The captain was Mitchell's IdenticalGrandfather, and he [[GrandfatherParadox hadn't had kids yet]]. Unusually, some of it was quite positive--for instance, Jack O'Neill's son, dead in the original timeline, was doing just fine. The interesting thing here is that Jack's son died in a tragic accident which bore no relation to the Stargate program at ''all''. So the butterfly effect [[FridgeBrilliance must have been at work in really subtle and far-reaching ways]]...
* GondorCallsForAid: The Russians show up just as a squadron of Gliders are about to vaporize our heroes.
* GrandfatherParadox: Inverted, where Cam Mitchell winds up going back in time, and eventually (ten years down the road) keeping his Grandfather alive as a way of [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what Ba'al had messed up]]. Said paradox was directly referenced before, when Mitchel found out that he doesn't exist in new timeline because Ba'al killed his grandfather.
* GrandFinale: ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' resolved the Ori arc, ''Continuum'' resolves the Ba'al arc.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Qetesh uses an enhanced blade to cut [[spoiler:Ba'al]] cleanly in half from the waist up.
* HeroicSacrifice: SG-1 certifies and laminates their BadassCrew card when the four of them get wasted one-by-one holding off Qetesh's Jaffa hordes.
* HideYourPregnancy: Claudia Black was pregnant while filming, so they filmed her character in loose dresses, from certain angles, and holding a {{BFG}}, to hide it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Ba'al is ultimately defeated by his own genre savviness, then for added insult SG-1 turns his own time machine against him, foiling his plot before it technically even started.
* IdenticalGrandson: And his grandfather's identical best friend in Cam's locker room picture.
* IDieFree: [[spoiler:Teal'c says the Rebel Jaffa's signature line just before he blows up Qetesh and himself.]]
* InstantDeathBullet: [[spoiler:Averted. Despite receiving a bullet right to his forehead courtesy of Cam, Ba'al's Goa'uld resilience means that it still takes a couple of seconds before he's dead, leaving him just enough time to wonder what the hell went wrong with his plan.]]
* IWasToldThereWouldBeCake:
-->'''O'Neill:''' That was the plan, right? Get rid of the last of the bad guys and then... cake.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:After dozens of Ba'al's clones have been killed throughout the last few seasons of the series and he has continually escaped death to return yet again, both the last clone and the original Ba'al are finally killed for good by SG-1.]]
* ListOfTransgressions: SG-1 is asked to be present at the execution of the last (probably) Ba'al clone. Apparently the Tok'ra felt the need to list ALL of his crimes.
-->'''Daniel:''' (''three hours into the ceremony'') I think we're getting to the end.\\
'''O'Neill:''' How can you tell?\\
'''Daniel:''' Well, the crimes they're listing are starting to sound familiar.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: The otherwise DangerouslyGenreSavvy Ba'al is so enamored with Qetesh and wants her to become his queen that he fails to consider that [[spoiler:she's just another ambitious Goa'uld who would kill him to usurp his position at the first opportunity. Ba'al ends up getting a sword through the back.]]
* MookFaceTurn: Teal'c ''again''; counting "Moebius", this makes it the third timeline in which he sided with SG-1. ''Series/StargateSG1'' seemed to make a point that any timeline that didn't result in the Goa'uld conquering Earth HAD to include a defecting Teal'c. No Teal'c defection, no Earth victory. It was averted with respect to Teal'c and Ba'al. Teal'c never betrayed Ba'al, and sided with SG-1 to avenge his lord's murder. It was played straight with his presumed betrayal of Apophis.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: By backstabbing Ba'al, Qetesh sets off a chain of events that leads to the failure of Ba'al's last-ditch plan to rewrite history and reverse the fallen fortunes of the Goa'uld Empire.]]
* NobodyPoops: Because SG-1 flies across half the world in fighter jets without stopping. It's never said if they were intending on flying all the way to Antarctica in those jets, but they get diverted to Russia in the end. Partially TruthInTelevision, at least: there are bags and/or tubes for dealing with liquid waste on long flights. As for ''solid'' waste, well, there might be a reason g-suits are called "[[MeaningfulName poopy suits]]"...
* OhCrap: Ba'al gets a fairly spectacular one at the end [[spoiler:when he steps through the Stargate sees his dead Jaffa and Mitchell pointing a gun at him.]]
* TheOner: The movie starts with one taking us through Stargate Command.
* OrbitalBombardment: After [[spoiler:killing Ba'al]], Qetesh orders the Goa'uld fleet to open fire on Earth to reduce its population to a more manageable number.
* PeggySue: The plot executed by Ba'al.
* PrecisionFStrike
** When apparently left to freeze with a frostbitten leg in the middle of the Arctic, Dr. Daniel Jackson can say only one thing: "Oh, ''shit''."
** Later, when Jackson is being interviewed he asks his interviewer "Who would make this shit up?"
* RedHerring: Major Davis can be seen walking into Stargate Command during the opening sequence. Considering he was normally the bearer of bad news on the show, you'd expect him to have a major part in the plot to follow. Nope. He's just a walk-on.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: For some reason, all of SG-1 are physically Ripple Effect Proof even when the world crumbles around them. [[{{handwave}} Hand waved]] away by being [[{{TechnoBabble}} "outside of our normal-space time in the wormhole when the timeline deteriorated."]] Though they presumably weren't outside of space time while they were running for the gate with time rippling and removing buildings and people around them.\\\
However one can infer that since Ba'al had yet to invade Earth in the alternate-timeline and the Stargate was lost, then only their memories of the last ten years would have been altered when reality changed. In comparison, Vala still being host to Qetesh, Teal'c still serving as First Prime and the Tok'ra being destroyed were ''major'' changes, hence why they were the first to be affected.
* SanDimasTime: Apparently, Ba'al's meddling with the Stargate occurs "simultaneously" with the execution.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The plot centers around the main cast being the only people to know that the timeline has been changed and trying to convince others to let them change things back. The trope is notably deconstructed when SG-1 gets a WhatTheHellHero speech upon suggesting time travel; the issue is raised that this trope requires an OmniscientMoralityLicense to work and that to assume you can go around Setting Right What Once Went Wrong is an act of staggering arrogance as it necessitates changing the lives of millions... of course it always goes FromBadToWorse and they're allowed to do it in the end.
* SharpenedToASingleAtom: The blade held by Ba'al (and later Qetesh) is "only one atom thick", thin enough to [[spoiler:cut Ba'al clean in half]].
* TheSlowPath: Cam has to wait a few years near the end of the movie.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Qetesh murders Ba'al to learn his secrets, usurp his throne and turn the Goa'uld's policy back to genocide and mass slavery for the hell of it.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Teal'c deals with Qetesh at the end by blowing her and the time travel device he was defending up alongside him.]]
* TalkingToThemself: At one point, Daniel Jackson contacts his alternate timeline self on the phone to tell him he knows the book he wrote--about how [[Film/{{Stargate}} the pyramids were much older than believed]] is true. Alternate Daniel hangs up on him.
* ThatLiarLies: After the Ba'al clone gloats about the plan which the original Ba'al has set in motion, Teal'c looks him in the eye and calmly states "He lies". [[DeadpanSnarker O'Neill]]'s response: "[[ConsummateLiar He does that, you know]]".
* TheTimeTravellersDilemma: Explicitly referenced, and this is why SG-1 isn't allowed to revert the timeline -- [[spoiler:but obviously, they do it anyway.]] Of course since they've proved they live in a multi-verse where every possible thing that can happen will happen, it's strange that no-one ever seems to suggest moving as a solution.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Basically, the only answer to the question "Why does time travel work this way in this movie?" is "Because." It's a nice ContinuityNod, however -- Ba'al's Time Machine ''itself'' makes ''perfect'' sense within the show's continuity, as it uses [[MagicAIsMagicA long-established rules]] about how Stargates work, and doesn't really require any AppliedPhlebotinum that hasn't already been seen in the series.
* TrustPassword: Subverted twice:
** O'Neill refuses to buy it, partly because what Daniel tries to use as proof happened very differently in the alternate timeline.
** Landry believes Mitchell even without the recitation. He has, however, presumably been shown several days worth of interviews of each of them where they've been trying to slam the TrustPassword into the face of everyone they come into contact with.
* YouAreNotAlone: Daniel attempts to phone his counterpart, long-since discredited for [[AncientAstronauts his theories]], telling him he was ''[[TheCloudCuckooLanderWasRight right]]'' and not to give up. Unfortunately, his counterpart believes he's being mocked and hangs up.
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