YMMV / Stargate SG-1

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is alternate! President Hank Landry a straight up President Evil or a President Iron with a hefty dose of I Did What I Had to Do? One hand, he's all but eradicated free speech through state controlled news sources, uses F-302s against anyone on Earth that's deemed a threat, and attempts to imprison Prime! Sam Carter. On the other hand, the universe he inhabits is far worse off than Sam's, something General Hammond is quick to point out. Plus, Sam had accidentally killed her alternate counterpart, depriving Landry of one of his best scientific minds in their war against the Ori.
    • The NID, idiots who nearly get the Earth into a war with numerous alien races by stealing their technology or Pragmatic Heroes who are the only ones actually accomplishing the goal of acquiring technology capable of defending Earth from a Goa'uld attack? Likewise, Stargate Command's efforts to bring them down, an admirable effort to preserve Earth's alliances or just another time and money wasting venture that gets Earth no better relations then they already had with the Asgard and Tollan?
  • Ass Pull: Lampshaded by O'Neill in "Redemption, Part 2".
    Jack: (to Carter) Well, you do have a talent for pulling brilliant ideas out of your butt. (she gives him an incredulous look) Head!
  • Best Known for the Fanservice:
    • "Legacy", the episode where everyone is infected with an anti-Goa'uld device, but that's sort of secondary to Dr. Fraiser opening up her shirt (and revealing her bra) because she's infected and hot.
    • While being a tame TV series, SG-1 had actual nudity in the pilot episode "Children of the Gods", which was edited out in later airings but is retained in the DVD release. However, the scene is definitely not supposed to be sexy.
    • Hathor may be the patron (evil) saint of this trope.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Anubis from seasons 5 through 8 is by far the most evil and dangerous of the Goa'uld System Lords. As Selmak said in "Last Stand", "he was banished by the System Lords because his crimes were unspeakable, even to the Goa'uld". (This is a race of megalomaniacal Puppeteer Parasites who think nothing of torturing their dethroned rivals to death, then bringing them back to life and repeatedly doing it again.) He tricked Oma Desala, a wise higher-dimensional being, into helping him ascend so that he could become an immortal Energy Being, making sure to rub it into her face how she is unable to stop his evil acts. His subsequent plans after his return include repeatedly annihilating civilizations and replacing the Jaffa warriors with mindless super soldiers. After his stable form is destroyed, he starts possessing random people to hold him until their bodies completely decay after a few days. His ultimate plan before he finally got taken out was to wipe out all life in the galaxy with an Ancient super weapon — all of it, including his own race and his army — so he could use the Ancient knowledge he retained to recreate a galaxy's worth of races that would unquestionably worship him as a god.
    • Repli-Carter is a human form Replicator created by Fifth in the image of Samantha Carter and half of the Big Bad Ensemble for season 8 (along with the aforementioned Anubis). Despite initially presenting herself as an ally to the SGC and a victim of Fifth's abuse while secretly working for Fifth, Repli-Carter soon shows her true colours. Manipulating Carter and Fifth into trusting her, Repli-Carter ultimately betrayed them both, using the former to become immune to an anti-Replicator weapon and killing the latter with no remorse to take over the Replicator army, deriding Fifth as weak and pathetic afterwards. Intending to destroy organic life and rule the Milky Way, Repli-Carter leads her army in a genocidal campaign, killing countless innocents. Kidnapping and torturing Daniel Jackson, Repli-Carter tried to force him to give up knowledge of a weapon that could destroy her, planning to destroy it so she could not be stopped. Despite promising to leave Earth alone, Repli-Carter dispatched Replicators to consume the planet, then killed Daniel when she had no more use for him. A merciless killing machine in the shape of a renowned galactic heroine, Repli-Carter is devoid of the loyalty or morality of the real Carter, making for a coldly ambitious machine hell-bent on galactic domination.
  • Designated Hero: In "Prometheus", the SGC and the Pentagon commit some extremely unethical and even illegal actions to kill Julia Donovan's story about the titular ship. They spy on her, something that is expressly illegal for the U.S. military to do. They then plan on double crossing Donovan by destroying the tapes containing the footage shot during the tour. While they're Just Following Orders that probably came from the President, it's still extremely creepy with how blase everyone is about the whole affair.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Walter Harriman
    • Aris Boch
    • Golan Jarlath
    "I never was much of a pilot, but weapons, it's an art."
    • Ba'al. Be honest, you were bummed when he dies at the end of Continuum.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • The Goa'uld implicitly invoke this, since they would deliberately take the most beautiful humans they could find as hosts, often resulting in gorgeous men and women leading the evil legions beating on Earth's door.
    • Hathor is also likely the patron saint of this trope.
    • Adria of the Ori, played by Morena Baccarin. Vala makes sure to lampshade how the Ori's (male) followers will probably increase when Adria is full-grown.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The last two seasons for some. The movies for others.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: There is a segment of fandom who believes Major Carter would have wound up with just about any of the male leads, but her and Jack O'Neill is as close to an "official" pairing as there ever got to be.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Every Goa'uld overlord qualifies for this trope. Bad taste must be encoded in Goa'uld DNA along with Dr. Doom rhetoric.
    • Zipacna is the worst: in his first appearance he wore what looked like a straw hat and a Hawaiian shirt. This is supposed to be "traditional" Mayan dress, given that he's impersonating one of their deities.
    • Ba'al swings widely: from looking like he's wearing a bathrobe to leather longcoats...
    • There's also Lord Yu-huang Shang Ti, the Jade Emperor, who not only dresses like a Chinese emperor, but he actually was the first Chinese emperor, meaning he created this style.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "2010", an alternate future episode set in that year that aired in 2001, had the characters toasting the memory of General Hammond and talking about how they missed him. His actor died in 2008. Made even worse because they even state that Hammond supposedly died of a massive heart-attack. The same reason is given in Daniel's dream in "Ultimate Power". Hammond's actor Don Davis really did die of a heart attack not long before the Stargate Atlantis finale.
  • Growing the Beard: The first part of season one tried just a little too hard at imitating Star Trek: The Next Generation, with Anvilicious, awkward Aesops, little in the way of a coherent Story Arc, and the much-maligned "Emancipation" and "Hathor". Things improved dramatically with "Bloodlines" and the first appearance of Teal'c's Bald of Awesome mentor Bra'tac. (So perhaps rather than Grow the Beard , the show Shaved the Head?)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "Thor's Hammer", an alien woman notes that Sam and Daniel are "a little short for gods." It is later revealed that her gods, the Asgard, are indeed very short.
    • In "Grace", Sam is alone, hallucinating and desperately trying to fix the damaged Prometheus, while "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" echoes eerily through the corridors. Maybe she's related to Isaac Clarke? Made even more amusing considering that the previous episode, "Evolution" dealt with an Ancient device found in South America that was capable of resurrecting the dead as mindless, homicidal maniacs.
    • The teaser to "200" ends with SG-1 telling Martin that the Wormhole X-Treme! movie needs to have an awesome opening title sequence. Martin tells them that the industry's moving towards just throwing the title up there as a splashscreen and then moving on. (After which, instead of the normal title sequence, all we get is the Stargate SG-1 logo and a few bars from the theme.) Guess what Stargate Universe did a few years later. This was actually in reference to the opening half of the previous season, which did exactly that before reverting to the intro sequence following a sizable backlash.
    • In "200" Daniel mocks the ticking clock idea Martin thinks up in a Take That to the central mechanic of 24. A year later Michael Shanks appeared on 24 as a villain.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Ba'al
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • We knew the Goa'uld were bastards, but their plot in "Singularity" has an extra degree of pure dickisness. They turned a little girl into a living hyper-nuclear bomb, and they set everything up so that Stargate Command's efforts to help her activated the bomb! This was specifically Nirti's idea; she's consistently portrayed as one of the most hateful Goa'uld — the protagonists were even more willing to kill her than any of her brethren, even if it went against their immediate interest. More than that, the people of Hanka were later revealed to be a long-term project of Nirti's, to create a Hok-tar. She willingly shot herself in the foot and slowed her research by wiping out the people of that planet, simply for the chance to wipe out Stargate Command. Now that's a pretty strong bit of hatred!
    • In the episode "Icon", Sorren crosses this when he executes a random officer for cowardice (he was just suggesting retreat).
  • Newer Than They Think: The P90 is often identified with the Stargate series (with many viewers having mistaken it for a fictional weapon, due to its exotic appearance), but it did not show up until a third of the way through season 4.
  • One Season Wonder: Jonas Quinn is either this or a Replacement Scrappy, depending on whether or not you liked him.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Despite its status as Canon Discontinuity, some fans consider Hathor to be a better female-empowerment episode than the earlier, heavy-handed, and much-loathed Emancipation. Due mostly to the fact that the female soldiers have to retake the base from the mind-controlled men, and do so without killing any of them. Bad Ass at its finest.
  • Retroactive Recognition: "Proving Ground" has a young Grace Park before she become known to scifi fans for Battlestar Galactica (2003).
    • Lots of BSG alumni appeared on this show over the years, including Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Alessandro Juliani, Matthew Bennett, Ty Olsson, and Terry Chen.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Makepeace, which makes it all the more satisfying when he turns out to be The Mole.
    • To some fans, Vala was this for a long time.
    • The replacement for Janet Fraiser (Lexa Doig), looked to be turning into this, with shoehorned "related to the new General plotline". In the end, she pretty much faded away after being a major part of basically one episode, and then disappeared for good because she had to go on maternity leave.
    • Freya/Anise, the recurring Tok'ra character in Series 4. The creators have admitted that they created her as an Expy of Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager, but when they realised that simply adding sex appeal didn't affect the ratings, she was quietly dropped without explanation.
      • Ironically applies in-universe, as everyone openly distrusts her due to the incident in "Upgrades". Jack in particular makes no secret of his loathing for Anise and repeatedly asks to speak to the host Freya, since he actually does like her.
  • Special Effects Failure: In "Unending", the make-up and wigs used to age the main characters are decidedly unconvincing. Fully acknowledged by the cast and crew who were not happy with finished product. It was so bad that the script had to be altered, increasing the number of years that SG-1 was trapped aboard the Odyssey to be more in line with their Methuselah get-ups.
  • Squick: Adria kissing Daniel.
  • Stoic Woobie: Teal'c.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The arms dealer in "Talion" raises a valid point when he talks about how, under the reign of the System Lords, the Jaffa were revered and privileged while ordinary Humans were slaves. When Teal'c confronts him about the attack at the Jaffa summit, he gives him a brief "Reason You Suck" Speech and finishes with a raised glass and an ironic toast: "I rejoice, rejoice, at seeing you kill each other."
    • Senator Kinsey, in the episode he's introduced in, raises a pretty good point in regards to the Stargate programme being a huge money-sink which introduces far too many risks (attracting the attention of hostile aliens, bringing through elements which could pose a threat to humanity itself, being the only known entry point for the Goa'uld to attack Earth, etc.) with little-to-no returns to speak of. He's eventually proven wrong when the Goa'uld wind up trying to invade earth via a fleet of ships, thus necessitating the Stargate programme as their only way of striking back, but it's hard not to agree with his initial views.
    • To expand: during the first season, the cast had a bad case of Failure Is the Only Option when it came it acquiring anything useful. Find a device that kills Goa'uld while leaving the host alive? Have to destroy it to save Teal'c. Find an alien database full of useful knowledge? It gets destroyed. Capture a spare Goa'uld human scientists can experiment on? Have to use it to save Teal'c again. Find a handy healing sarcophagus? Yep, destroyed.
    • Many characters, including Kinsey in his first appearance, point out that the SGC is essentially fighting a secret war without the knowledge or approval of the American public. While the wars with Goa'uld and Ori might be justifiable, the American public still really, really doesn't like the government engaging in secret conflicts. The show never really offers a counter to this, though it's justified that it can't. The main characters are either military officers (who could get in serious trouble for commenting on government policy), civilians (who would lose their positions if they speak out), or aliens (who have no place commenting on it).
    • The pre-Trust NID has a point that the SGC is essentially wasting Earth's time by not being more aggressive. Like Kinsey, they point out that the SGC has a virtually zero return investment when it comes to acquiring tech capable of defending against Goa'uld motherships. They also point out that the SGC's alien alliances are not worth the effort because when the chips are down, the aliens won't come to Earth's aid in the event of another attack, which is exactly what happens. The Tok'ra and free Jaffa cut and run after the loss of the Alpha Site, the Asgard are no where to be found, and Prometheus is too little, too late against Anubis' fleet.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The dance scene at Mitchell's reunion in "Bounty" has several. When he dances with his old flame it is a pretty blatant Suspiciously Similar Song version of "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The new wormhole effect from Season 8. Some felt that the new effect made wormhole travel seem like a relaxing jaunt, whereas the original was a terrifying rollercoaster that would make you want to check for clean underwear afterwards. Hell, the original effect used in the series actually screamed during transit!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: When Daniel was replaced for Season 6, the writers admitted both that they hadn't initially planned on using the originally one-off Jonas character and that the character could never recover from his fandom-unfriendly original role. As a result, Jonas ended up being a fandom-controversial, Daniel-lite, politically-exiled alien whose planet struggled with inter-continental wars. However, they already had a Daniel-lite, politically-exiled alien whose planet struggled with inter-continental wars and who'd had a much friendlier, more fandom-accepted one-off episode: Nyan, who was granted asylum in Season 3, would have been Daniel's SGC research assistant for two years by the time Daniel's replacement was needed.
  • What an Idiot: The Hazmat Team's Big Damn Heroes moment in "Morpheus" is somewhat ruined by the medical team leader repeatedly ignoring Carter's warnings not to let her sleep and her attempts to give them information about the parasite. Really, it was very lucky they actually figured out both what was wrong with the team and to derive a cure from the immune lizard Teal'c found, which they could have done faster if he had just stopped to listen! Made more foolish since the SGC had been contacted and alerted that the people of Vagonbrei mysteriously died in their sleep due to some kind of infection. Who would think letting them sleep would be a good thing?
    • In "Prometheus", the fact that a civilian camera crew was allowed into the titular ship without even a check of their equipment (where they were hiding their zats), and this isn't seen as unusual to the point where the insistence on a USAF camera crew in "Heroes" is explicitly because of the Prometheus incident rather than being SOP. Why a civilian crew was even allowed, as opposed to one appointed by the Air Force and/or the Pentagon also makes little sense.
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