Stargate SG-1

Season 4 Episode 16


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2001 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Nine years in the future, the Goa'uld have been defeated thanks to an alliance with an advanced alien race. Transportation technology and off-world Stargate travel is now commonplace. However, Carter finds out that most of the human race has secretly been rendered sterile by Earth's new allies. She and the other SG-1 team members must rig the Stargate for time travel (first done in the episode "1969") and send a message back to their counterparts in 2001 to prevent contact with the alien race.moreless

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  • What the future could hold...

    I always enjoyed the alternate takes on how the Stargate universe could turn out and this episode does not disappoint. The action is good and the concept of an alien race who conquers races as the Aschen do is entirely new to me and it was pretty well done. I really liked the sparks between Jack and Sam at Jack's cabin. It was also kind of cool to get a glimpse of what the team members would do after their work at the SGC. The writing was good and the sets while limited is scope, were very believable, I especially liked the gate terminal. Another season 4 classic.moreless
  • This has always been one of my favorite episodes.

    My husband and I have seen this episode at least 5 times already and we've always enjoyed it and have always been in there rooting for the former SG-1 team (while hissing at President Kinsey) to win out over the evil Aschen.

    The first time around we were a bit confused by the beginning of course (I wanted to know who the heck this guy was with Sam and why it wasn't Jack) but our questions were soon answered and we really got into it.

    It was good to see that despite the old team going their separate ways after 10 years they still were all willing to come together (even a reluctant Jack) to once more "Save The World".

    A few nights ago we watched this episode again and this time around I turned to my husband and asked, "What's so bad about a 91% drop in the fertility rate? They're going to live safe from the Goa'uld and at peace for 200 healthy years. So what if they can't have as many (or even any) kids anymore? Look at all the problems we're having in the 'real' world right now? Wouldn't it be worth it?"

    OK I do know it's just fiction, didn't really happen (maybe), and that I need to get a life LOL. But that's just the way it hit me.

    And of course having seen the episode 2001 at least 5 times too, I know more about the Aschen and that it did all work out for the best.moreless
  • Other ways to conquer Earth...

    This was really exciting episode and somehow little alternative reality again, but in a totally different perspective. To see all the chars we know and see now what has happened with them 10 years later (and quite fascinating to see it as year at the moment for me is 2008).. So, we learn much what has happened, get little hints how some things have turned out and the answer is - not too fine. The Earth now looks very futuristic and it is hard to believe only so few years have passed. And the truth they find on the future.. and finding a way how to keep it from happening.. really charming episode. Such kind of great story and the emotions.. we do have them..

  • The Earth's aliance with a group of Aliens called the Ashin has been deceiving the Earth;s population. Now over 90% of the Earth's populaion is now sterile. Even tho' they have give3n them longer life span but they are unable to reproduce.moreless

    Sam find out that she is unable to have children and Dr. Frasier have decided to try and find out why this is goin on. They discover that all the medications that they have been giving the Earth's population has rendered almost all sterile so in a few years giveor take human population will be extinct.

    Now they need a plan to undo this, they know that if they could send a message back in time to stop this from ever happening. This can be done by predicting a solar flare so that they can do this.

    They need Jack's help. Who, however, is very upset with them fro not listening to his warnings about the Ashin.

    Sam is now married to joe the Ambassador who helped the alaiance with the ashin. So now Jack is needed and Sam is going to have to go talk to him.

    He is not willing at the time to even discuss this issue cause he already warned everyone.

    The come up with a plan to send a message back each member will each write a message incase they don't make it. They need the original gdo so that they can send the message.

    Jack refuses tohelp he has really hard feelings. But he finally decides it's worth looking into.

    Sam has to get the real gdo from the president. Joe is the only chance for this to happen. So she has to tell him what is going on.

    Joe gets the gdo and when he finds out that Jack is involved he tells Jack that he has to promise that Sam will not be involved. He agrees.

    In the end they manage to get the note through but they are all terminated.

    The old sg1 get the note and they mark the planet where they met the Ashin off the list of planets to visit, which is all they can really do.moreless
  • Kind of an alternate reality...

    This episode if you haven't guessed it takes place in the year 2010. The G'ould are defeated and the whole world knows about the stargate. This is all possible thanks to a race of beings known as the ashen. carter is married to an ambassitor. but when it turns out they can't have children she goes to doctor frasier for a second opinion. then they get acess to the ashen computers and it turns out that the ashen have decreased the worlds population by 90% in the last 2 years. With the help of O'neill daniel and Teal'c the send a message back to the year 2001 to warn them not to go to the ashen homeworld but they all die in the process but the note does get sent and they get it on the other end and they can't make heads or tauls of it so hammond orders the coordinates locked ouy of the computer. Later...moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

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

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


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

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

Joe Faxon

Guest Star

Dion Luther

Dion Luther


Guest Star

Bryce Hodgson

Bryce Hodgson


Guest Star

Ronny Cox

Ronny Cox

President Robert Kinsey

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Dr. Janet Fraiser

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • For all their technological and medical advancements, the one thing the Aschen haven't mastered is curing bad eyesight, as Daniel Jackson still has to wear glasses.

    • It seems that the hand gesture of writing with an invisible pen is still used in 2010 to ask the waitress for the check even though Carter's husband didn't actually have to put his signature anywhere to pay. You can also see the waitress swipe the card with the magnetic card stripe facing up and not inside the actual magnetic card swipe reader.

    • How does Jack get there before them and know to be there right away if Carter never told him when they were doing this? Right after Carter gets back from Jack's cabin she says that they're next stop is Cheyenne Mountain to look for the GDO. So assuming they transported over there right away how did Jack have time to change and get through the tour before them? Carter and Daniel are wearing the same clothes they had on before going to the facility so its possible its the same day but they do have caps and glasses on so its possible they took some time to get those explaining Jack getting there before them.

    • When Carter and Jackson are standing at the base of the ramp leading up to the replica Stargate in the Embarkation Room you can see an Asian man behind them, who is having his picture taken, holding his right hand up in a "Vulcan salute."

    • When Carter knocks at the cabin door you can see a crew member pass by behind O'Neill's car twice.

    • Look for some poor audio dubbing in the scene featuring Jack and Sam outside the former's cabin. Sam's mouth does not always line up with what she's saying, revealing the likelihood that the director or producers changed the way "Aschen" was going to be pronounced after this scene was filmed. Though the actress seems to be putting the emphasis on the first syllable, the audio dubbing places it on the second syllable.

    • In 1969 we see when SG-1 travels back in time they arrived at the location the left not the location of the Stargate, here they end up sending the letter to SGC instead of the location of the Stargate in 2010.

    • The timing only seems critical when trying to get to an exact place in time. In this case, it didn't matter too much to when the warning was sent. Just that it got back.

    • Their reason for not sending the message over radio is because of an EM dampening field around the stargate. If this is true, then the GDO would not have worked either.

    • In "1969" we saw that the timing to enter the stargate was critical for arrival on the right moment. One second wrong, and you get thrown 80 years into the future, like SG-1 did when trying to return to the current age. In this episode the team tries to take the note through the gate for about 2 minutes. Everyone gets it a bit further and then collapses. Somehow the timing when to send the note through the gate is not critical at all here.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Guard: I'm sorry, sir, but weapons are not allowed.
      Teal'c: We carry these for ceremonial purposes only.
      Guard: I'm sorry, but you'll have to let me have it!
      Teal'c: Very well. (shoots the guard)

    • Sam: Sergeant, please, this is really important. Do you know where our real GDO's went?
      Walter: I'm not a sergeant anymore and you're not colonels. And you're not supposed to have that remote either.
      Daniel: Oh, that's good because actually we don't want that one. We want the real one.

    • Sam: It turns out we made a mistake. A big one.
      Jack: Which one? We made a few.
      Sam: Our alliance with the Aschen.
      Jack: Oh that. Not working out is it? Gosh I wish I'd seen that coming. Oh wait! I did see that coming.

    • Daniel: This is ridiculous.
      Sam: We couldn't break away until there were more people around. Once we're in the control room...
      Daniel: Not her personal favorite SG team?
      Sam: Just don't ask for the photo.

    • Guide: We've arrived at Level 28. Can anyone guess at what special room is on this floor?
      Kid: The Gate room!
      Guide: That's very, very close. Anyone else?
      Daniel: Um, he's right. It's the Gate room.
      Guide: Well, what I'm sure many of you don't know is that officially, it was known as the "Embarkation" room, because that's where the SG teams "embarked" from.

    • Jack: Can we at least mention who won the Superbowl in 2004?
      Daniel: No.
      Jack: World Series?
      Daniel: No.
      Jack: Grey Cup?

    • Jack: Hi, Mellon!
      Mollem: Mollem.
      Jack: Oh,'s the war...

    • Sam: (visiting Jack in his place in Minnesota) So this is the place you kept threatening to take me?

    • Jack: If you tell him, there'll be... no going back.
      Daniel: Of course, if you don't tell him, there'll be... no going back.

    • Jack: (coming into a room with a hologram projection of the Sun) Uh... is it hot in here?

    • Daniel: Uh, the sun's beeping!

    • Mollem: Did your people ever consider turning a planet into a sun?
      Sam: No, I don't think so.

    • Jack: Last time I was in the Oval Office, I was kicked out...

    • Jack: No more saving the world. Just a nice pond with no pesky fish in it. My biggest concern is whether or not to get a dog.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Syndication airdate: February 11, 2002.

    • More in-jokes: the Aschen are planning to ignite Jupiter and transform it into a star. This is a deliberate homage by Brad Wright to the book and movie 2010 (sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey), which featured the same plan.


    • Jack O'Neill: Super Bowl? World Series? Grey Cup?
      When Colonel O'Neill is listing various sports championships, the last one he mentions, the Grey Cup, is the Canadian Football League's championship trophy.