—Stargate Infinity's Tagline
Stargate Infinity is an animated Spin-Off of the Stargate franchise, produced by DiC Entertainment for the Fox Box programming block. The series was developed without any input from the main franchise's creative team, and is officially considered non-canon to the rest of the Stargate-verse.
Stargate Infinity takes place thirty years after the original Stargate film, placing it sometime in 2024 2025. The Stargate program has since been made public, and the Goa'uld have long since been defeated. In their absence, a new villainous threat has emerged: the Tlak'khan, a race of brutish, lizard / orc-like creatures that share the Goa'uld's God Guise deceptions.
The premise of the series involves Major Gus Bonner, an SGC Veteran, being framed for a Tlak'khan attack on Stargate Command. Bonner is forced to flee Earth, along with a few new recruits, unable to return until he is able to gather enough evidence to clear his name.
Additionally, a sub-plot involves the discovery of an alien chrysalis, which hatches into a female, dragon-esque humanoid. This alien, eventually named Draga, has no knowledge of her origins and a significant portion of the plot involves Bonner and co. helping her uncover the truth.
The series was created at a point in the franchise when several of the core mysteries had yet to be resolved, and as such Infinity takes several liberties with them. Later developments in the parent franchise are also obviously left unmentioned, like the Wraith and the Ori.
This show provides examples of:
- All Animals Are Dogs: Seattle's temporary pet Flotsam looks like a cat, but exhibits various doglike mannerisms.
- Alternate Continuity: Stargate Infinity was developed without any input from SG-1's creative team, and as such it features several discrepancies with its parent show(s), causing it to be placed firmly in this category. Many of these discrepancies can be chalked up to the creative team not being familiar with the source material, or due to the fact that Infinity was produced before the parent franchise expanded on its own lore.
- The true nature of the Ancients is still a mystery by the time of Infinity, despite the fact that by this point in the Stargate-verse timeline, the Ancients' nature should be common knowledge.
- Besides the Goa'uld and the Ancients, none of the established alien races in any of the other shows make an appearance, or are even mentioned.
- The Stargates in Infinity are shown to have only eight chevrons (the CG model in the intro has only seven), as opposed to the usual nine. Some Stargates were shown to have less than nine chevrons in the main shows, but those were either unique models or simply visual effect oversights.
- The unstable vortex created by activating a Stargate is shown to not disintegrate anything that is caught within it, which is showcased in countless episodes of the parent shows.
- Every Stargate is shown to have an Iris, something that was unique to the SGC's Stargate. A handful of other Stargates had their own Hard Light shields - which serve the same function - but those were unique to their respective Gates as well, and the Irises in Infinity are identical to the SGC's Dilating Door Iris.
- In the episode "The Long Haul", Nephestus opens the Stargate on his end, and Tlak'khan soldiers come through it from their end, meaning an active wormhole can be traveled through from either side, something that is explicitly and repeatedly said to be untrue in all other media.
- Also in "The Long Haul", a third Stargate is uncovered on Earth, and is activated without any hassle. Dialing to a different gate on the same planet is impossible in SG-1 and Atlantis, where it's shown that only one Stargate can be "active" on a planet at any given time, with all incoming wormholes directed to it.
- An Aesop: Once an Episode, typically involving generic topics like The Power of Friendship, Drugs Are Bad, Peer Pressure, and others in that vein.
- Blob Monster: The Sheftu are this and can shapeshift into other people or even objects by touch, as well as copying their memories. The only way the gang could deal with them was with how they act.
- Canon Foreigner: Infinity introduces several new alien races that are not seen elsewhere in the Stargate-verse. Notable species include the Tlak'khan, the main villainous species of the show; the Hrathi, a race of crystalline humanoids, a Half-Human Hybrid of which is one of the main characters; and the Otsorok, a psychic, dragon-esque race that Draga is eventually revealed to be a member of.
- Clear My Name: Bonner's main goal in the series is to gather enough evidence to prove his innocence in the Tlak'khan attack on Stargate Command.
- Cute Kitten: Flotsam from the episode ''Can I Keep It?" is an alien who looks an adorable kitten when the gang first finds him.
- Energy Weapons: The Tlak'Khan carry "Snake Staffs", which fire bursts of energy from their ends.
- Expository Theme Tune: "Built by Ancients so long ago, the Stargate lay till we broke the code..."
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Six main characters, three men (Gus Bonner, R.J. Harrison and Ec'co) and three women (Stacey Bonner, Seattle Montoya, and Draga).
- Gold Fever: The group managed to stumble upon valuable diamonds and hoped to strike it rich as a result not knowing mercs were after them and their newly found wealth. It becomes an aesop as in the end the mercs backstabbed each other and while sacrificing most of the wealth Draga slips a diamond for one of the members of the team so she can help her family back home.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Ec'co.
- Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: Inverted. Hrathi on his mother's side, Human on his father's side.
- Hope Spot: Used by the villains: "It's very gratifying to give people hope, and then snatch it away."
- Large Ham: The Tlak'kahn have little understanding on the concept of indoor voices.
- Lighter and Softer: Since Infinity is aimed more towards kids, it takes a noticeably lighter tone than its parent show, which was already close to the idealistic end of the scale.
- Mayincatec: The Tlak'kahn have an Aztec theme.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Ec'co and Draga, a Hrathi-Human Hybrid and an Otsorok, respectively.
- Oddly Named Sequel: "SG-1" refers to the team, "Atlantis" to the location, and "Universe" to the show's premise. "Infinity"... sounds cool.
- Old Master: In one episode, the crew met a race of squirrel people. To cross a bridge a kindly old man requests that one of the team fight him. When the Action Girl tries and gets her ass handed to her, the team leader quips:"When an old man challenges you to a fight, you've got to figure he's either crazy, or knows something you don't. This guy didn't look that crazy to me."
- Remember the New Guy?: Major Gus Bonner is stated to be a veteran of the SGC, but was never mentioned in any prior Stargate media.
- Space Whale Aesop: In the episode "The Illustrated Stacey", the team goads Stacey into getting an alien tattoo by insisting that she's too boring to do such a spontaneous thing. (It should be noted here that Stacey has multiple piercings, blue lipstick, and a pink side cut.) The Aesop is something like "don't do things just to prove yourself" or "think before you act"; but the reason for this moral is that the tattoo ink is made up of microbes that start multiplying, threatening to cover Stacey's body and kill her within the day. Fortunately, most real life tattoos do not contain deadly diseases. (And the ones that do take much longer to kill.)
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Tlak'khan share many of the Goa'uld's signature traits. They tricked an ancient civilization into believing they were gods, fly pyramid-shaped spaceships, and their primary weapons are virtually identical to the Jaffa's staff weapons. They even have an apostrophe in the middle of their name.
- Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness: In one episode, Harrison catches the eye of one of the indigenous mud-creatures, who he finds absolutely repugnant. This becomes an Aesop at the end of the episode, where the mud-woman (as part of a grieving ritual or something) washes the mud off to reveal that she was a beautiful, blue-skinned humanoid.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After being framed for an attack on Stargate Command, Bonner and co. flee Earth through the Stargate, unable to return until they've gathered enough evidence to clear their names.