Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 21

1969

3
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 05, 1999 on Syfy
9.3
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SG-1 departs on a mission only to find themselves in the missile silo where SGC Command was built upon, 30 years ago. Due to solar flare emissions warping the Stargate wormhole, they've traveled back in time. Captured by the U.S. military and unable to tell them anything without altering their own history, they must escape with the help of their commander, General Hammond (now only a Lieutenant, and 30 years younger), and somehow gain access to a Stargate and reverse the procedure so they can return to their own time.moreless

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  • Please Stop

    4.0
    Solar Flares time travel and general pointless banter about going back to the late 1960's. seriously, we got tired of this in Star Trek TOS. There is nothing charming, entertaining, original or thought provoking. It's a cheesy simple filler episode with little lift or life
  • Inspired by Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    9.0
    Inspired by Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, including the hippie angle
  • PAST IS PROLOGUE!

    5.5
    Because of a solar flare, the SG-1 team is propelled back in time to 1969, landing in a top-secret military facility. Carter was carrying a letter General Hammond gave her, and when her belongings are searched by a young Lieutenant, he is astonished by the letter's contents. As the team is transported for further interrogations, this Lieutenant Hammond helps them escape and tells them the letter appeared to be from him many years in the future. Desperate to find the Stargate so they can return to the present, the team seeks out Catherine Langford, who they believe may know its location. Hitchhiking to see her in New York, they are picked up by Michael and Jenny, two friendly flower children on their way to Woodstock. They immediately warm to the team's fugitive appearance. Carter discovers that Hammond's not includes the date of the next solar flare, and they race to the Stargate before their only chance of leaving the past is gone forever.moreless
  • SG-1 takes a trip to the 60's...

    8.8
    A fluke of stargate operation sends the team to 1969. This was a pretty good episode, I thought the guy who played Lt. Hammond did an especially fine job of acting like General Hammond. This episode also had some wonderful team member interactions. Where this episode really lost points with me was the somewhat sappy acting around the campfire scene, and scenes with the hippies after that. However, that was not a huge detractor as the rest of the episode was great. I see this episode as a fan service more than anything else, although the time travel concept is reused in season 4. Seeing Teal'c drive a bus? C'mon you know that was for the fans, and I must admit I loved it. Just a fun episode with the usual SG-1 flair for making an unbelievable story believable and fun.moreless
  • There and back again...

    9.3
    Lovely - all the time travel and the uniqueness of this episode considered with other episodes. It is one of those episodes I remember from the first time I watched this show - there are not many of them as it was really long time ago, but this one left something unforgettable. Maybe the idea of time travel, not changing their own past and history. Maybe that hippy theme and the way they had to get away without saying much. Some really brilliant dialoge there - like Teal'c and that hippy on the bus. And the future - Cassandra. A very special episode.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

Colonel/Brigadier General Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Teal'c

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Major General George S. Hammond

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Alex Zahara

Alex Zahara

Michael

Guest Star

Amber Rothwell

Amber Rothwell

Jenny

Guest Star

Pamela Perry

Pamela Perry

Cassandra (Old)

Guest Star

Daniel Bacon

Daniel Bacon

Technician

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Trivia: When SG-1 finally arrives safely back in their own time, Hammond tells Jack that he now owes him $539.50. Though we don't know how much Jack borrowed in 1969 or how often Hammond compounded the calculated interest, $27 at 10.5 percent annually or at 10 percent monthly both come very close to the right total.

    • In the outside shot of the observatory, the name "George MacMillan Southam" is visible on the left side. This observatory is located in Vancouver.

      Since the red line on the map stops at Paterson, N.J., the Vancouver observatory is probably meant to represent the Rifle Camp Park Observatory in Paterson.

    • When Jack identifies himself as "Captain James T Kirk, of the Starship Enterprise," shouldn't Thornbird recognize the reference, since the Star Trek series ran from 1966 to 1969?

    • When the team arrive in 1969 one of the service personnel hits Jack in the face with the butt of his rifle. For the rest of this episode Jack has what looks like a wound in his left eyebrow and always after this seems to have an irregularity in that eyebrow.

    • When escaping through the Stargate in 1969 Jack shoots the walkway three times but it doesn't vaporise.

    • When the team is transported back to 1969 they appear in what will eventually become the gate room but when they leave 1969 they do so from an armory in Washington DC but appear in the SGC. Shouldn't they have appeared in the armory in DC in the present?

    • Don S. Davis' (General Hammond) eyes are blue however Aaron Pearl's (Lt. Hammond) eyes are brown.

    • When Daniel was speaking German: although his German was technically flawless, he spoke as if he was reciting words from a vocabulary list.

    • During the scene where Daniel and Sam are talking to Catherine, a cat meows three times. But if you watch the scene closely, there is no cat anywhere in the scene! They must have cut the cat out for time or something.

    • The times on Hammond's note are written in civilian time. Hammond is a career military man. He would always write times in military time, i.e. 1803 hrs instead of 6:03 PM.

    • P2X-555 contained the glyph Aquila, Aquila isn't on the DHD so how would the Goa'uld have known about it?

    • The basis for SG-1's time travel back to 1969 is that a solar flare affected the worm hole of the team's outgoing connection. The method for the team's return? Using another solar flare as they connect the Stargate in 1969. For this to actually work in theory, a flare would need to be emitted from the sun at exactly the same vector and magnitude as the original, and be the same mass, in their own time, at exactly the same moment of wormhole realization... and how likely is that?

    • The producers of the show used a picture of the Sears Tower to show they were in Chicago. The problem with that is that the Sears Tower was not finished until 1973. It had just been started in 1969.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Lt. Hammond: Seeing as helping you will undoubtedly lead to court-martial, I'd like to know why I would do that.
      Sam: Because it's your idea.
      Jack: Albeit one you won't have for 30 years.
      Lt. Hammond: What?
      Sam: I know this is kind of hard to understand, but that's roughly how far back in time we've traveled.
      Lt. Hammond: (smiling) I'm sorry. I can't help you.

    • Jack: Captain James T Kirk, of the Starship Enterprise.
      Thornbird: Your dog tags say otherwise.
      Jack: They're lying.

    • Jack: What is she (Carter) doing?
      Daniel: Uh, she said something about having to time the calculations exactly right this time of year.
      Jack: This time of year? What difference does it make?!
      Daniel: Uh, she said something about solar...uh...well, to be honest with you I wasn't really paying attention.

    • Sam: Escape and hopefully live out the rest of our lives without affecting history.
      Jack: Or...?
      Sam: I can't think of an 'or' at the moment, Sir.
      Daniel: No 'or'?
      Jack: There's an 'or.'
      Daniel: There's an 'or'?
      Sam: You can't just will something to happen because you want it to be a certain way.
      Jack: Captain, where there's a will there's an 'or'.

    • Daniel: So we go into disguise, pretend to be foreigners.
      Jack: How are we going to do that?
      Daniel: Well, I speak 23 languages. Pick one!

    • (in 1969)
      Jack: Any cash?
      Lt. Hammond: Uh, yeah... I might have some, uh...
      Jack: (grabbing it out of his hand) That's good. I'll pay you back, with interest.
      (later, in 1999)
      Gen Hammond: Oh, by the way, Colonel...with interest you owe me $539.50.

    • Jack: We came to Earth to hide among your people a long, long time ago.
      Daniel: From a galaxy, far far away...

    • Michael: After the concert, me and Jenny, we're even thinking about crossing the border up to Canada!
      Teal'c: For what reason?
      Michael: You know, man. The war!
      Teal'c: The war with Canada.
      Michael: No.

    • Michael: (a 1969 hippy) I'm Michael!
      Teal'c: I am not at liberty to reveal my identity.
      Michael: ...Far out!

    • Jack: Listen, I gotta... I really have to say this: the two of you have been unbelievably...
      Daniel: (interrupting) Groovy!
      Jack: ... groovy... I think is the word.

    • (Jack and Thornbird talking about a Zat'n'ktel)
      Thornbird: What was the weapon you used?
      Jack: Weapon?
      Thornbird: Our cameras saw some sort of weapon.
      Jack: Oh, well it's hard to say.
      Thornbird: Some sort of state secret?
      Jack: No, just difficult to pronounce.

    • Sergeant: (in Russian) You Soviet spies?
      Daniel: Nyet.
      Jack: Daniel?
      Daniel: He just asked if we were Soviet spies. I just... (Daniel realizes what he did)
      Sergeant: (to Jack) Come with me.
      Jack: Sure. You bet. "Nyet"?!?

    • Jack: This is a top secret facility. Anonymity does not go over big here.

    • Thornbird: Kirk, you can talk to me or you can talk to the CIA.
      Jack: Ooh. Alright. I'll be honest with you, Bob. My name is not Kirk. It's Skywalker. Luke Skywalker.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Jack: My name's not Kirk. It's Skywalker. Luke Skywalker.
      Luke Skywalker is a pivotal character in the movie series Star Wars.

    • Jack: I'll be honest with you, Bob. My name's not Kirk.
      Referring to the original Star Trek series. Captain James Tiberius Kirk was the captain of the Federation starship Enterprise, registry NCC-1701. Its main mission was to explore the stars, chart new boundaries, and to go where "no man has gone before".

    • Michael: We're heading to Canada.
      Michael and Jenny are going to Canada because Michael was drafted to go to war in Vietnam. The Vietnam war was very controversial and many people objected it. As a result many people "dodged the draft" by going to Canada.

    • Jack: Auntie Em... Auntie Em...
      This is a reference to The Wizard of Oz. When Dorothy comes into the house while the tornado is starting she shouts out for her Auntie Em.

    • Michael: We're heading to some big concert...
      This is a reference to Woodstock that took place in Bethel, New York August 15, 16, & 17. This was a concert to celebrate music, peace and brotherhood. Throughout the three day concert there was not one fight, an unprecendented event that would not take place at the two following Woodstock events held 30 years later.

    • Return Date:
      Kind of an interesting fact about this episode is the return date is the same day that it appears the red phone was instituted. August 11, 1969 - Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman requests that Nixon's phone be reconfigured so he can bypass the White House switchboard and dial his top aides and outside numbers himself. Haldeman also asks for a report on how secure these lines will be.

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