Stargate SG-1

Season 2 Episode 16

A Matter of Time

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 1999 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • While it is certainly true that time slows down near a black hole, the episode has many scientific flaws (more than should be expected of a science fiction show). For one, the only way for the sun to become a black hole would be for it to go supernova, which would wipe the solar system out very rapidly; there's no way they would have time to get to the gate. Besides that, the gravitational pull of a black hole is not stronger than that of its progenitor star, so if these effects happened after the sun turned into a black hole, they should have happened before that as well.

    • Trivia: Sergeant Siler gets electrocuted in this episode while tripping the main breaker to the Stargate, marking the first of many times Siler has an accident or injury.

    • Carter reveals in the third episode of season one, "The Enemy Within," that if an iris does not hold, a failsafe destroying the mountain will activate. However; this episode contradicts that statement.

    • Trivia: Jack spent four months in an Iraqi prison after being wounded and thought dead by Cromwell.

    • Trivia: Another location mentioned is P2A-870.

    • Trivia: Daniel is on a dig on P3X-808.

    • Trivia: A trinium-strengthened iris is installed after this episode.

    • Trivia: You can find the address to P3W-451 and many other planets here.

    • Trivia: We learn its possible to have a wormhole open longer than 38 minutes under certain circumstances.

    • Trivia: Colonel Cromwell's code to set the auto-destruct was 10432772.

    • In the first 6 minutes that the MALP was on P3W-451 the SGC received 11 frames of video, less than one second's worth. Yet the camera on the MALP responded immediately to pan upward to view the black hole, a process taking several seconds.

    • When dialing to P3W-451, the computer displayed the Chulak coordinates.

    • When dialing back to P3W-451, one computer monitor's screen wasn't dialing but you could hear the gate dialing.

    • Colonel Cromwell called a Senior Airman "sergeant".

    • SG-10 was wearing OD green uniforms on their mission on P3W-451 but it was clearly a desert planet and they do have desert camouflage.

  • Quotes

    • (looking at a video feed)
      Cromwell: Who's this?
      Jack: Henry Boyd. Good officer: smart. Kinda reminds me of Carter a little bit. This was their first mission as a team.
      Cromwell: He looks scared to death.
      Jack: He's on a planet that's about to be swallowed up by a black hole... and he knows it.

    • Jack: You just came from Washington, sir?
      Hammond: There and back again, after someone upstairs managed to explain what was going on to me, we called an all-night session with the President and the Joint Chiefs. I've been gone nearly eighteen hours.
      Jack: I thought you were on the phone...

    • Cromwell: We used to be friends, Jack.
      Jack: Yep.
      Cromwell: I was sick to my stomach when I found out you were still alive. I wanted to go back for you.
      Jack: Why don't we just do this and get the hell out of here, all right?
      Cromwell: Somebody dropped a dime on the incursion. You got hit, you went down. I made a judgment call to save the rest of the team.
      Jack: And I saw you take off. And then I saw four months of my life disappear in some stinking Iraqi prison.
      Cromwell: I thought you were dead!
      Jack: You thought wrong! What do you want? You want me to forgive you, is that it?
      Cromwell: Yeah, I guess I do.
      Jack: Well, that's tough. What happened to "nobody gets left behind"?

    • Sam: Well, sir, accounting for time spent coming and going, I would guess that time within the SGC facility has slowed to an average of about 600 percent below normal. When you ordered Colonel O'Neill to wait 5 minutes, you were really telling him to wait 6 hours, maybe more.
      Hammond: Captain, relativity gives me a headache.

    • Jack: Look, I know I should know this by now. I swear it'll be the last time I ask. These wormholes we go through, they're not always there, right?
      Sam: No, sir. It can only form between two open gates.
      Jack: What's with the worm part? The worm thing. I...I don't get that.
      Sam: That's just a metaphor.
      Jack: Right. I knew that.

    • Cromwell: (under increased gravity) I feel like I've put on a hundred pounds!
      Jack: I wasn't gonna say anything.

    • Cromwell: (about Sam) Man, she's...
      Jack: ...way smarter than we are.

    • Jack: Well, we dialed it to a planet that's being sucked into a black hole. Very bad, very dangerous.
      Cromwell: Why is that?
      Jack: Things tend to get sucked in...

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