Warwick Finn asks Carter for her assistance in winning the Loop of Kon-Garat — a high-stakes space race hosted annually around his home planet — in exchange for access to Hebridian technology. Carter gladly accepts, but before long the pair begins to suspect that someone is trying to fix the race after their ship is sabotaged.
"Space Race"provides examples of the following tropes:
- Asteroid Thicket: The final stage of the race involves navigating through a densely-packed asteroid field.
- The Big Race: The Loop of Kon-Garat.
- Biker Babe: Carter arrives for work at the beginning of the episode still in her biking leathers with her helmet tucked under her arm.
- Blatant Lies: Teal'c claims that Carter asked for his assistance with the ship to get out of joining O'Neill and Daniel in handling the diplomatic aspects of the mission. She covers for him well enough.Teal'c: I am in your debt, Major Carter.Carter: Indeed.
- Call-Back: Teal'c uses the alias "Murray" while posing as Eamon's cousin to get inside the Tech Con building.
- Continuity Nod: It's mentioned that Warwick was missing and presumed dead for quite some time after his ship crashed and stranded him on another planet.
- Epic Fail: Not only does Tynan fail to fix the race for his chosen endorsee, he also manages to prove his employer's suspicions of corruption.
- Fantastic Racism: Del Tynan, Eamon's supervisor at Tech Con, believes the Serrakin are "taking over" Hebridan through interbreeding, and tries to fix the race to ensure that a pure-blooded human will win.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: Tynan tries to get Warwick to throw the race in exchange for Eamon's life.Jarlath: You're going to let a little thing like your brother's life stop you from winning the race?
Warwick and Carter: Shut up.
- In Harm's Way: Carter is unusually gung-ho about the mission from the get-go, as the prospect of participating in a dangerous, high-stakes space race appeals to her inner adrenaline junkie.Carter: Look, I know that this could be dangerous. But this is out job, right? It's what we signed on to do. We take risks in the hopes of achieving new levels of technology. If — and I stress if — participating in this race happens to be a little bit, I don't know...Daniel: Fun?Carter: What's a girl to do?
- Loophole Abuse: Warwick admits that his government hasn't technically agreed to share any technology with Earth yet, but that there's nothing preventing Carter from using anything she might learn while helping him in the race.
- Mega-Corp: Parodied with the constant ads for Tech Con that pop up during the coverage of the race. They're never really implied to be evil, but they seem to be responsible for just about everything from sports drinks to funeral services.
- No Such Thing as Alien Pop Culture: The Kon-Garat is basically a corporate-sponsored race akin to the Indy 500, just with more dangerous obstacles.
- Pardon My Klingon:Warwick: Eat greaven, Jarlath.Carter: ..."Greaven"?Warwick: Don't ask.
- Product Placement: In-universe example. There are constant humorous commercials during the broadcast of the race showcasing the Mega-Corp's products.
- Second Place Is for Winners: The winner of the race hires Warwick as her new co-pilot.
- Sequel Episode: To "Forsaken".
- Spaceship Slingshot Stunt: Carter and Warwick are able to slingshot the Sebrus around the Hebridian sun to give them an extra push to catch up with the rest of the race after they fall behind due to sabotage.
- Token Evil Teammate: The antagonistic criminal contestant Jarlath joins Carter and Warwick after they rescue him when his ship loses power. He spends most of the time making an annoyance of himself, but they're able to put his weapons expertise to good use by taking the cheating favorite out of the running at the end.
- Trope Co. Trope of the Week: The men providing the commentary for the race mercilessly plug their sponsor throughout the race.
- Underdogs Never Lose: Averted; Carter and Warwick are the least favorite and wind up coming in at a respectable third place, but they don't come anywhere close to winning.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Jarlath isn't exactly thrilled when Carter and Warwick go out of their way to rescue him, despite the fact that he would have died if they hadn't.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Warwick and his brother Eamon seem to have this kind of dynamic.