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  • It was never made clear why SGC never used the Wraith stunners after they made contact with Atlantis. After all, they're quieter than zats and can hit the same target several times without killing it. Perhaps "series stylistic differences". But in the Atlantis episode "Sateda", made it make sense. The Satedans had body armor that blocks Wraith stunners. What does this armor look very similar to? Jaffa armor. Turns out it actually does protect the user from something. Something only used in another galaxy, but still. The SGC won't standard-issue Wraith stunners because the chances of fighting a Jaffa (or possibly an Ori soldier) are very high, and the weapon could be useless.
    • On the other hand, Zats are able to both disable and kill and are a lot more compact than a weapon that can merely stun. While Wraith Stunners are cool, Zats are more effective.
      • SG-1 encountered a Bounty Hunter named Aris Boch in season 3 who had armour that was capable of blocking a kill shot from a Zat in a very similar way Ronan's armour blocked a Stunner. Clearly its easy enough to do with the right know how. In fact in another piece of Fridge Brilliance could be that both devices may share a similar mother weapon as both the Goa'uld and the Wraith have had plenty of opportunities to adapt some Ancient technology over the years.
  • For all that they are allies, the Tok'ra are awfully arrogant and heavy-handed with the Tau'ri. Then it hits you, they're still technically Goa'uld. Asshole is the Goa'uld hat. Evil is where the Goa'uld and Tok'ra differ.
    • However much O'Neill and the humans complain about the Tok'ra not telling them anything and taking advantage of them, and the Tok'ra being arrogant and stilted, when you think back you realize that the Tok'ra are constantly giving the Tau'ri information, helping them out and doing whatever they can to be there for them. There are very very few times the humans do the same, and only if they've got something to gain. They never are as selfless as the Tok'ra and are far more secretive and manipulative. This is something you only realise when you look back on their relationship as a whole.
    • The arrogance of both sides is aptly demonstrated in Upgrades. Tok'ra arrogance manipulates the Tau'ri as uninformed guinea pigs, yes. However, Hammond locks up SG-1 and does not give them permission to go on the mission to destroy Apophis's ship. They break prison and orders to sneak off on the mission. Had they obeyed orders, Anise's biosensor information would have come through in time to highlight the flaw in the armbands before anyone went off planet. However, Anise was portrayed as the bad guy for SG-1's mistake as well as for the Tok'ra mistake. The first half of the episode might have been full of Tok'ra arrogance, but the last part of the episode was Teal'c fixing the mistakes of Tau'ri arrogance, not just Tok'ra arrogance.
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    • When O'Neill's symbiote leaves him in "Abyss" it looks like it's trying to flee and betray him... it's only afterwards that you realise that leaving O'Neill would have killed the symbiote (he had nowhere to go and would have died out of O'Neill's body), but leaving O'Neill allowed him to claim innocence from the symbiote's actions and stop Baal from torturing him indefinitely for information on the Tok'ra. The symbiote stopped both Baal finding out about the Tok'ra by remaining in O'Neill and spared O'Neill a lot of pain. Comparatively.
    • The Tok'ra's glacially slow progress in their revolution makes a lot more sense when you remember that they're a Dying Race; no Egeria means every dead Tok'ra is irreplaceable. They're conservative and risk-averse because their every action is overshadowed by the fear that they could die out before they overthrow the Goa'uld, and for thousands of years as far as they knew if they failed the tyranny of the System Lords would continue forever.
      • Also, while the hosts will eventually die without sarcophagi, the Tok'ra themselves seem to be more or less immortal. Even if they aren't, they can certainly count their lifespan in centuries. Their revolution only looks slow from a human's point of view. I'm thinking in particular of an instance were Jacob browbeats Jack, telling him that SG-1 is acting like a bunch of kids kicking over anthills, not taking the big picture into account.
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    • The Tok'ra's true colors are shown off a bit in the episode "Death Knell", when the symbiote Delek explains that many Tok'ra don't like earthlings because, as he put it "Their will has not been eroded by thousands of years of slavery". Basically meaning Tau'ri are dangerous because they have more willpower. So basically the Tok'ra are all about equal rights between host and symbiote, symbiotes are just "more equal".
    • Whether or not the Tok'ra are decent folks doing the best they can to fight the Goa'uld, or arrogant jerks who think humans are something just above unintelligent animals is a subject of some debate in the fandom. On the pro side, the Tok'ra have been fighting for a very long time, have to be very conservative because of their negative population growth, and the Tau'ri's attempts to fight the Goa'uld had a long history of making things worse. On the con side, the Tok'ra are arrogant, usually only give the SGC usable information when they want them to take all the risks, and never teach Earth to make "big honkin' space guns." Though it should be noted that the Tok'ra don't exactly have big honkin' space guns of their own, but even if their Goa'uld genetic memory is several centuries out of date, it should still be helpful to the SGC, from a technical standpoint.
  • Carter often calls O'Neill "colonel" instead of "sir" when speaking to him. In military culture, this is like calling someone by their first name, and O'Neill's allowance of it highlights the UST the pair have. Almost a Genius Bonus for military viewers.
    • Then again, this may be just an honest mistake.
      • With the tight relationship the series' production has with the real USAF, this is unlikely.
    • Definitely the UST, considering how they seem to have hooked up in every reality where Carter is not in the military.
    • Well, in the Air Force at least, it is entirely acceptable to refer to a superior by their rank, including abreviated forms for cases like calling a Lieutenant Colonel a Colonel. That said, it's faster just to say "Sir" or "Ma'am". Maybe calling him Colonel instead of "Sir" is just a light holdover from the borderline Straw Feminist version of Sam in the pilot, in this case, Sam preferring to use a gender-neutral form of address for a male superior.
      • Actually, she addresses him as "Sir" far more often than she ever says Colonel? It as even lampshaded in the episode when they lost their memories, when she's confused why she referred to him as "Sir", simply because it was a force of habit.
  • The Ancient Grome example in "Cor'ai", with Daniel confused that their native tongue would use both Latin and Greek for its root. My theory? The original settlers were harvested from pre-Roman Empire Italy, which contained Greek settlements. (We got the idiom "Pyrrhic victory" from a war fought between Greece and early Rome during this period, over these settlements.)
  • A justification for Explosions in Space when ships blow up. Most known spacefaring cultures use naquadah in their hull materials. Naquadah is known to be highly explosive under the right circumstances.
  • Why couldn't they name the Prometheus the Enterprise? Possibly due to the simple reason that the Navy still had a ship in service by that name (the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65)) at the time.
    • This didn't stop NASA from naming the first shuttle Enterprise in the late '70's even though the very same nuclear wessel was in service at the time. They're just leaning on the fourth wall; they can't call the ship Enterprise because of that other sci-fi show.
      • Well NASA isn't part of the military.
      • Actually it is, and it also isn't. NASA is a government run organization that can best be described as being shared by the military and civilians, which is why there are regular rocket launches which are not part of the public itinerary that can be publicly accessed, as they are ones done by and for the US military.
      • NASA frequently launches military or NRO payloads. No need to sugar coat it.
  • At the end of Window of Opportunity it is said the Tok'ra have been trying to reach them for over three months. No set values are given, and we don't know when the Tok'ra began to try to contact Earth. With this, considering an average of 30 days to a month: 30(3 months)= 90 days. 90(24 hours)=2,160 hours. About ten or so hours per loop, so 2,160/10=216. Teal'c and O'Neill experienced a minimum of 216 loops, possibly many more.
  • The reason the Asgard and the Tau'ri get along so well isn't because the Asgard are so benevolent but rather because they share the trait of humility. Every other species, no matter how intelligent or well intentioned, believes themselves to be invincible or that their moral philosophy for one reason or another is superior.
    • Also, a Cimmerian (from Thor's personal protected planet) tells Heru'ur that "Thor taught us to stand as equals!" when Heru'ur tells him to bow before his new god. The attitude that would value that trait in those Thor protects would also find O'Neill's irreverent, take-no-shit attitude endearing.
  • From every Goa'uld mothership we've ever seen, the walls are either solid gold or plated/covered with it. Guess what one of the greatest known metals to block radiation is? Yup. Gold. NASA even used it for the visors of spacesuits!
    • With the ability of symbiotes to treat/prevent radiation sickness in their hosts, it's likely this is less to provide radiation shielding and more because it looks opulent and decadent, both traits the Goa'uld have in spades.
      • Why do the two possibilities have to be mutually exclusive? Why can't the Goa'uld have decorated their ships with gold for reasons of both form and function?
  • Besides a common base culture, why do the Goa'uld have an overarching Egyptian motif even though most of their number take their identities from non-Egyptian deities? While probably done by the producers for cost effectiveness and visual consistency, it's worth noting the Goa'uld are parasites by nature, who rose to dominance in the Milky Way by discovering technology left behind by the Ancients, which they then adapted to facilitate their rise to power, while taking credit for creating them to add to their mystique. Where the Fridge Logic comes in is that this is exactly the kind of thing certain Egyptian pharaohs did - probably most (in)famously Amenhotep II who, during his co-regency with this father Thutmose III, destroyed or defaced numerous monuments built during the reign of Hatshepsut, Thutmose's stepmother and predecessor, as well as one of the most prolific builders in the history of ancient Egypt. Current theories suggest that this was done to ensure a smooth succession for Amenhotep over any remaining relatives of Hatshepsut, whose own claims to the throne might have superseded his own. So in essence, the Goa'uld are the logical extreme of this pharaonic practice in a sci-fi setting.
  • In "Shadowplay," look closely when "Jonas is rescuing Dr. Kieran from the people following him." You can clearly see an Intar "crystal" on the butt of his sidearm, but it shoots like a regular gun? So, the prop department screwed up, right? Wrong! It makes total sense that Jonas would request an Intar instead of a lethal sidearm when visiting his homeworld, so he could still defend himself (or just comply with SGC regulations stating all offworld personnel must be armed) without killing anyone. Dr. Kieran doesn't know that Jonas' gun is an Intar, or even what an Intar is, so he assumes it's a regular gun, and it behaves that way. Wonderfully subtle sign of his growing delusions.
  • When Daniel descends after trying to stop Anubis, he keeps calling O'Neill "Jim." At the end of season 8, "Threads" shows us that Anubis calls himself Jim while in the higher planes. Maybe that's why Daniel keeps thinking of that name?
  • At the start of the ninth season of Stargate SG-1, I was expecting Mitchell to be nothing more than a flawless O'Neill clone to try and buy our affection. It got bad when Landry talked about how Mitchell apparently had no flaws as far as he could tell. But after getting to know Mitchell, it hit me. The writers were reassuring us that Mitchell would have flaws and like Landry, we would figure them out. The very fact that they were aware of the fear of Mitchell being flawless was a great comfort to me. — Green Dragon
    • On the subject of Mitchell, we see a noticeable change in the way SG-1 operates from Season 9 onwards. In these seasons, they walk out in the open a lot more, get jumped by the bad guys a lot more, are more hesitant to use force, and we never see them carry anything heavier than P-90s for personal defense. But then we realize that this is because Mitchell is not O’Neill - while O’Neill was a seasoned Special Ops veteran with honed skills in “infantry” warfare, small unit tactics in enemy territory and covert action such as stealthy reconnaissance, along with a history of having done some morally questionable dirty work, Mitchell was just a fighter pilot fanboy who was given SG-1 as a reward billet. Mitchell didn’t have Special Ops training and experience, which is why he is initially lacking in ground tactics. He is also less trigger happy because career fighter pilots in the age of BVR missile based dogfights are trained to not escalate into a shooting conflicts without a lot of provocation. Also, Mitchell is seen as a “Boy Scout” good guy with even some hint of religiosity. Compared to O’Neill who spent his career in black ops, Mitchell is more of an Ideal Hero. And finally, there is the fact that unlike O’Neill who was the undisputed team leader and wasn’t afraid to exert his authority, Mitchell doesn’t command SG-1 because he was an Ascended Fanboy who only wanted to serve in SG-1. Therefore, they tend to operate more by consensus, which ends up getting them into some sticky tactical situations indeed!
  • It only just occurred to me that in the fan favorite, groundhog day-inspired episode "Window of Opportunity", every time time resets O'Neill finds himself in the cafeteria eating a bowl of froot loops. Froot LOOPS! — NoSoup4Me
  • And hey, I can have two Fridge Brilliance moments at once. In Continuum, Ba'al goes back in time and alters history so that he becomes lord over all the Goa'uld system lords. At first this just seemed to me to be an easy way to bring back some of the dead villains for a cameo in the film, especially Yu and Apophis, but then I realized which of the Goa'uld Ba'al uses as his default lieutenant — Cronos. Basically, Ba'al built himself a time machine and then used it to make the self-proclaimed god of time his bitch! — NoSoup4Me
    • Sorry to be a wet blanket, but to be accurate, Cronos (in mythology) was the former lord of the universe (the Titan equivalent of Zeus, essentially) before his sons Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon overthrew him - no relation (surprisingly, for ancient mythology) to Chronos/Chronus, the personification of time.
    • Given the proliferation of both spellings for an intended meaning of "time," this is more likely to be writers not knowing that there's a difference between "c" and "ch" as far as Ancient Greek is concerned.
    • Ancient Greek doesn't have a "C". It has a "K" (kappa) and a "Ch" (chi).
  • In Episode 6.19: "The Changeling", Teal'c drifts between obvious hallucinations and less obvious hallucinations. It took me a second time watching the episode to realize, that his hallucinations of Daniel Jackson were different, mostly because he appeared independent of the other characters. At that moment it was suddenly obvious, that this is strongly hinted to be the real ascended Daniel Jackson playing an apparition like he did to O'Neill in "Abyss" earlier that season.
    • Pretty much spelled out, this troper though, when Daniel (visiting Teal'c in his firefighter delusion) tells him that if both lives seem equally really, then perhaps they're both equally unreal.
  • While the Ancients were definitely Neglectful Precursors overall, the Anubis situation wasn't the horrible neglect it looks like at first glance. The seemingly intractable problem - a disembodied Goa'uld with all the scientific knowledge of the Ancients - was finally solved by Oma Desala moving directly to fight him, meaning that she would be bound fighting him forever. Sounds horrible, but remember, she helped him ascend in the first place. All the ancients were demanding was that she clean up her own mess. Sure, that's hard on all the mere mortals oppressed or killed by Anubis until then, but there is a certain symmetry to it that godlike beings generally like and there's no reason Oma couldn't have done it right away.
    • Though I wouldn't worry about Oma having to fight Anubis forever, mostly because no matter how much he's changed in some ways he'll always suffer from the one flaw that all the snakes have, a total lack of patience...
  • It always bothered this troper how wildly the Goa'uld power dynamics grew during the course of the series. At the end of the first season, everyone seems flabbergasted that Apophis has two motherships, and then a few years later apparently you're just not even cool unless you're running around with fleets of thirty. Then it hit me: the Goa'uld had been living for centuries under a single Supreme System Lord, who was probably limiting their fleet strength the same way he was preventing all-out feudalism from breaking out. Which makes, again, pretty much the entire series Jack and Daniel's fault.
    • Before Ra was killed, the Goa'uld had a feudal system of government, with one ruler with many rulers below that controlled their own domain. After killing Ra all the Goa'uld wanted to take his place, because they are Goa'uld and that's what they do. Apophis sent two ships because that's all he had left, he had few Jaffa left after that battle according to the next few episodes. In the two-parter, "Moebius", at the end of season 8, Ra was not dead so Apophis had lots of ships to send and attack Earth. Because Earth was running around killing Goa'ulds left and right but not their fleets, the remaining Goa'uld were able to take their fleets and Jaffa. However, because gods cannot die, yet Jaffa just kept getting new bosses every time the last one died, they started figuring out that all that talk about false gods was right.
  • The "feudal limitation" theory would also justify why motherships were considered to be slow. Teal'c says that a Hatak can travel ten times the speed of light, but that same episode Apophis' ships are shown doing at least a thousand times that.
  • In "Secrets", Jacob Carter doesn't believe the "deep space radar telemetry" cover story for a minute, and for good reason: something of that nature would more logically be commemorated by, for example, a Meritorious Service Medal, but Jack and Sam are being given the Air Medal, which is reserved for achievements in aerial flight. (Under the circumstances of the actual mission, a more logical award would be a Distinguished Flying Cross with "V" Device or Legion of Meritnote , or the Medal of Honor, but those would be even harder to explain away than the Air Medal.)
  • At first, Hathor's turning O'Neill into a Jaffa seems like an odd thing to do. However, she presumably wouldn't have done it if she thought she'd lose control of him once he got his symbiote. Teal'c however, as a naturally born Jaffa, was outside her ability to influence. It's likely Hathor's method of turning humans into Jaffa created a type of Jaffa which wasn't immune to her powers. However, since their DNA wasn't changed, their children would still be human. So Hathor would need to keep using this method to get her Jaffa whereas all the other Goa'uld (who would actually want their Jaffa to be immune to Hathor) could do it the normal way.
  • In Continuum Qetesh mentions being by Ba'al's side for 50 years. Yet we saw Vala's father in Family Ties and he wasn't old enough to have had an adult daughter fifty years ago. Qetesh must have changed hosts at some point. Normally, Goa'uld will only change hosts when forced into it or our of necessity. It's unlikely the same event would have happened by chance in both timelines given everything that changed to require it. However, given Ba'al's fondness for Qetesh in Vala's body, it's likely he made sure it did.
  • When SG-1 first brings back Teal'c in "Children of the Gods, Part 2", Hammond objects at first but is won over incredibly quickly. This may seem odd, but he had previously met Teal'c in "1969" when SG-1 traveled to the past.
  • Throughout this series and spinoffs, we never see anyone emerge from the stargate at an obviously incorrect angle, such as if they emerged from a stargate rotated 90 degrees from upright. Unlike the movie where the distinct point-of-origin chevron provided an orientation reference, here the chevrons are identical in appearance. Extrapolation: the gate is self-leveling while in a gravity field and the point-of-origin chevron is merely whichever chevron is highest at the given moment. When lying flat or in null gravity, it would default to a specific chevron.
  • Naquadah is not native to Earth or the solar system. This even became a plot point in "Failsafe"; the naquadah core of the meteor was proof that it originated from Anubis. But the mineral is so prevalent, why isn't it here, esp. when the Ancients and Goa'uld focused on Earth for so long? Because both mined all the naquadah in our system.

Fridge Horror

  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Reckoning", a device is used which has the potential to destroy all life in the galaxy. It does this by activating all Stargates at once, and sending a certain signal. Since the Replicators were also destroyed in their home galaxy, we know this extends to the entire gate network. However, Stargate Universe reveals that this gate network is not limited to a few galaxies, but to a very large part of the universe. This means that not only can a device be built to end all life in a galaxy, but it can destroy all life that has ever existed in the universe. Not just the Goa'uld, Jaffa, humans, Asgard and lesser races, but every intelligent species in the entire universe. And any species which survives for 20 million years can build this sort of thing. The chance of nobody finding the same Phlebotinum in the entire universe is next to none. So even given the miraculous chance that nobody activated such a device yet, it's activation can't be far away. The death of every being in the entire universe is imminent, and can't be prevented. If our galaxy doesn't destroy the universe as we know it, one of the other 10^40 will.
    • While the Milky Way Stargate network clearly has a "branch" in the Ida Galaxy (possibly a retroactive plothole — shouldn't the Asgard 'Gate have looked different?), and we can assume the Pegasus gates were also affected if the dial-all-Gates program dialed all 8-chevron gate addresses, the 'Gates in Universe are (we can assume) all far enough away to require nine-chevron addresses to dial. Which, given the power requirements for dialing nine chevrons...I think it's safe to assume Dakara doesn't have a naquadriah core. So the universe is safe...probably.
      • As far as the Asgard gate looking the same as the Milky Way gates, the Stargate Wiki's theory is that the Pegasus gates are a later model with additional security features (no manual dialing, for one) to try and keep the Wraith out of the system. Ida didn't have that kind of threat floating around during the Ancients' active years.
      • Perhaps the Othala Stargate was one "borrowed" from the Milky Way network. The Ancients would have wanted an easy way to contact the Asgard, who only ever seem to use ships if they have any option.
    • You're forgetting something. The Asuran Replicators were initially subject to the same weakness as their Milky Way and counterparts before they adapted to the ARG, something the Dakara Superweapon was tuned too. Since they still exist in Pegasus after the deployment of the Daraka Superweapon, its safe to say that the Stargates affected by the weapon were limited to the Milky Way only. Also, remember the Asgard in the Ida galaxy were practically done. They were the predominant species there and they were nearly wiped out. The Replicators had taken everything they needed from them and thus had no need to remain in the Ida Galaxy anymore, turning their attention to the Milky Way. Thus even if the weapon had dialed the Ida Galaxy it would have been pointless.
      • It was stated in "Threads" that there may be replicators in other galaxies. This proves it only effected Milky Way gates.
    • Ba'al could've simply programmed it to also dial all the gates in the Asgard galaxy.
  • Marduk's poor damn host. Hell, anytime a Goa'uld faces some sort of terrible fate or punishment while still in their host body.
    • While we're on the topic, the Tok'ra claim that any System Lord's host is going to be long since corrupted by sarcophagus addiction, so Daniel is doing them a favor by killing them instead of finding a way to free them. But we've seen Apophis' host emerge, and psychologically he seems all right in that respect (and thoroughly miserable and despairing).
      • It could be the host was a corrupted as the Goa'uld, and was playing the sympathy card in a last ditch effort to get SG-1 to help him.
      • Just because the host emerges doesn't mean that they're still going to be rational after thousands of years of torture.
  • At the end of "Fragile Balance", the young O'Neill turns out to be an Asgard-created clone of the original (who's still alive), but possesses all of his memories. He gets set up with a new identity, and decides to redo his high school years. Think about this for a second: He may look like a teenager, but he has the mind of a man in his mid-forties, and will be mingling among a bunch of 15-year olds, possibly even dating some of them. He's even shown getting an interested look from a bunch of high school girls.
    • On the other hand, it becomes downright tragic when you realize he's roughly the same age Charlie would have been. Damn...
      • Unfortunate Implications abound here but most guys don't lose their attraction to high school girls; they just realize that to do so would be either illegal or impractical. Why do you think one of the most common types of porn you can find on the internet involve actresses dressing up in school uniform?
      • While he has the memories of someone older, his body is still a teen. Teen's are sexually interested in other teens and squick with someone older. Yet as people get older we grow attracted to people our own age. In addition those girls aren't exactly prepubescent. They have the developed parts of an older woman. So it's not really a bad thing for a teen to be interested in teens. I honestly assumed that was his youthful brain taking over. Now as to men liking women in school uniforms. In most cases though it's a fantasy of a fully grown woman in an outfit that's too small/short/tight for someone her size and age. It's not about the attraction to teens or younger.
    • Probably more about Young Jack (and shortly after, Old Jack) realizing the Power Perversion Potential. The mind of a forty-year-old in a teenager's body, he'll be able to be quite smooth with the ladies (compared to other teenage boys, at least.) And as mentioned, physically he's the same age, so the squick issue is minimized.
      • That's a dark interpretation of Jack, who has showed no sign of being an ephebophile beforehand. I agree with the guy that basically boiled it down to hormones and being slowly molded into a teenager with a middle-aged man's experience.
  • In "2001", SG-1 provide the Aschen with several extremely dangerous gate addresses, including one that led to a black hole, which had nearly destroyed the earth when they encountered it, along with others which O'Neill claims are worse. If the Aschen travel there, their civilization could be destroyed. Sure, they're bastards, but annihilating them like this seems extreme.
    • It's one of the more extreme things that the SGC has ever done but you should keep in mind that the Aschen racial hat is genocide.
    • Besides, the SGC eventually figured out how to shutdown the black hole connection. The Aschen, with their higher technology, will probably do the same after a while.
      • The novel spin-offs disagree, as one of them centers around a fleet of refugees from Aschen Prime. Even ignoring the possible canonicity of the work, the lack of their appearance after that episode does give a strong case in and of itself that they are dead due to the SGC having explored all the gates from the ancient database in the galaxy, at least 3 of which are Aschen colonies at the time of the episode.
      • Either way, the fact remains that when those addresses were handed over there was a good chance that their entire planet would be destroyed. While it's possible every human on the Aschen homeworld is in favor of the genocide they're committing, it's equally possible they don't even know about it. Maybe it's only one country that has access to the Stargate on their world and they keep what they're doing a secret from the rest of the world like on Earth. Or maybe what they're doing is known but there's a large force rebelling against them trying to put an end to it. Either way, there'd certainly be children who have absolutely nothing to do with the genocide but who'd be killed by the black hole just the same.
  • In "Moebius" SG-1 all die in ancient Egypt. Now, it's not unusual for a time travel episode to involve the characters being killed (in fact, it's unusual for it not to). However, in this case we had three timelines. Timeline one was the original timeline which we watched for the first eight seasons, in which O'Neill's pond has no fish in it (as was referenced in previous episodes). Timeline two is the timeline in which the Stargate is never discovered. Timeline three is the one that results at the end of the episode in which O'Neill's pond has fish in it. Though most of what happened in this timeline was probably identical to what happened in the original timeline, that doesn't change the fact that if you watch any pre-Moebius episode you know these characters all eventually end up being killed in ancient Egypt.
    • This does however work very well for those people who hate seasons 9 and 10 - almost to the point of it perhaps being deliberate. Hate the retool? We've just given you a reason to forget about it.
  • Imagine what Harrid and Salice must have experienced when inhabited by Daniel and Vala. Assuming the stones work the way they do in SGU,note  they both would have been going about their daily lives before suddenly being in a completely different place, then a split second later being about to be burned to death.
  • During "Window of Opportunity" Earth was one of 14 planets that were caught in a time loop and thus cut off from the planets outside. We saw SG-12 get into trouble and need to gate home, but we never learn if there were other teams on non-time-loop planets. If there were, they would have been stranded without help. For 3 months.
    • On the other hand, there's the Alpha Site. And on the gripping hand, any number of allied planets.
  • In Emancipation the idea that Carter beating up a single warlord is going to bring about equal rights for these women in a culture this misogynistic is shockingly naive. Even if Turghan sticks to his word, which is extremely doubtful as we have no reason to believe that either he or his men would be honorable enough to uphold the results of their duel once SG-1 leaves, the other tribes have no reason to listen to a single thing he says; if anything they'll see him as weak for being defeated by a woman and Moughal as weak for treating the women as equals and use the excuse to go to war. And by the standards of such a primitive society, Moughal is an old man. What about after he dies and his successor takes charge of his tribe of newly freed women? If Abu is anything to go by, then at least some the men under his command see no problem with selling women to known violent rapists if it helps themselves in some way, and the idea that the women would go from second class citizens to commanding enough respect to become his successor in such a short space of time is ridiculous. There is a reason why in real life that it took so long for women to gain equal rights with men (and still don't in certain parts of the world) and that is because these no-nonsense simple approaches to complex problems simply do not work.
  • The solution in "A Matter of Time" was to cause the wormhole to jump to another gate. That would mean that the solution to saving Earth is to doom another planet to being sucked through the wormhole and into a black hole. Let's hope the planet was uninhabited.
    • You've got it a little backward. It didn't jump the Earth side to another gate. It jumped the black hole end of the wormhole to another planet.
  • Based on the size of the explosion in "Descent" where the Ha'tak crashes in the North Pacific, there should have been a large tsunami that would have hit Alaska, Canada, and possibly the Northwest of the US as well as Russia and China.
  • We know the N.I.D., and later the Trust keep tabs on aliens who are on Earth, including Martin and Teal'c. Does that mean Cassie has operatives keeping tabs on her? Considering she has Naquadah in her blood and in "Rite of Passage", she gained telekinetic powers, albeit temporarily, they might be interested in her. Same for Clone teen-aged Jack from "Fragile Balance". He was a creation of the Asgard and also may be of interest to the N.I.D./Trust.
Fridge Logic
  • How are people who follow NASA going to feel when they find out that while they have had to wait for years patiently for probes to get to the solar system planets to learn about them, Humans have been crossing interstellar distances in moments and didn't bother dropping off a probe on the way?
    • Really impressed that we now have hyperdrives.
    • NASA itself is already in on the Stargate Program. Remember how they sent the space shuttle Endeavor to rescue SG-1 and Bra'tac in the season 2 premiere? They also had a shuttle on standby in "Nemesis" to get SG-1 off the Beliskner.
    • Honestly in the Stargate universe I bet NASA will probably experience a huge boost in exploration since they need to explain all the off-world activity increasing.
      • Speaking of, how the hell did they explain the sudden emergency launch of a space shuttle to the public?
      • Simply put, they wouldn't need to. Just as with any other means of launching people and equipment today, the shuttle would, though much less regularly then unmanned rockets, be launched without any public explanation. This was due to the military being involved, though unlike in the series it was usually due to a satellite needing repairs that couldn't be done remotely.
  • If the Goa'uld larva in a Jaffa takes seven years to mature and Goa'uld can live for thousands of years, why don't the adult Goa'uld outnumber the Jaffa by a huge margin? This question is answered in "Summit".
    • Also the fact that since the Goa'uld fight among themselves a lot, a lot of larvae die with their Jaffa hosts.
    • Hell, this is probably why Goa'uld produce so many offspring.
      • The real problem is why they eat the larvae in the first place. They never once try to explain it.
      • Plenty of creatures on earth eat their young. It's very much survival of fittest indeed.
      • Because the Goa'uld don't enjoy having competition. Eating the larva is essentially eliminating a future competing system lord. Which makes this Fridge Brilliance.
    • Crossing over into Fridge Horror, but think about it a second. The Goa'uld put their infants into the bodies of their disposable foot soldiers. The Goa'uld already really don't care if their young live or die, cannibalism is just icing on the cake.
  • If the military's best-of-the-best are assigned to off-world bases and starship duties, imagine how the poor guys who are instead assigned to normal, boring earth posts will feel when they find out they were passed over for an awesome adventure.
    • Probably thankful they didn't have to go up against the false gods, technological terrors, and ascended demonic beings.
  • In the fourth season episode "Prodigy", Carter and Cadet Haley disagree on why the energy insects are attacking. Carter states that it was due to retribution for one of them being studied and held in an energy field. Haley states it was due to the moon where they were passing its planet's pole, thus making them more aggressive. Carter says the two hypotheses are mutually exclusive but in reality, they weren't. Both could be the reason.
  • At the end of the tenth season episode "Line in the Sand", the Ori shoot at the then out-of-phase village made possible by the team. When Vala beams down, she finds herself in a large burned crater caused buy the Ori weapons. However, when the village is brought back in phase, nothing seems amiss and the buildings are unaffected by the change in topography.
  • In "Right of Passage" the tension of the episode revolves around whether or not Cassandra is going to die. But they already know she can't, because when the team overshot on their return from 1969 and ended up in the future, she was there waiting for them.


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