Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 1

Children of the Gods (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 27, 1997 on Syfy
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The System Lord Apophis launches an attack through the Stargate, tucked away by the military after the events of the movie, and the SGC program is reactivated and given a new objective - seek out and find the alien invaders and defeat them. Jack O'Neill is called out of retirement and sent to locate Daniel Jackson on Abydos.moreless

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  • Awsome pilot

    Weare introduced to these heroes and ick up a year after the movie. Its simply an incrible start.
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  • Two Directional Stargate?

    I never paid attention to this before, but now it bugs me. When Apophis and his henchmen come through the gate at the beginning of the episode, the gate never closes. A few minutes later, after General Hammond comes into the gate room, Apophis and his henchmen turn around and go back through the gate. This is a serious violation of continuity with the original movie and the entire series. The gates only go one way. Never again will you see anyone go back through an open Stargate. Even if it was supposed to have been dialed back through the other way, who dialed it? If Apophis had a portable DHD, which the likes of were not seen until later on in the series, they should have made a point of showing that he did to reinforce continuity. They never even showed the gate close or reopen.moreless
  • This episode was great.

    The objective of the show was to continue where the movie stopped with Dr. Jackson on Abidos and Jack O’Neill retired but other than that this was supposed to be different than the movie. That was definitely a challenge. With Ra dead who would be the bad guy? That’s when they decided to introduce a race of aliens called Goa’uld. We had bad guys. All they needed was to write a good episode that would not only please the movie fans but also introduce Stargate to a whole new group of fans. That’s where “Children of the Gods” come in.

    This was the beginning of what would become one of the greatest TV series currently on TV (at least that’s my opinion).

    This episode brought back Jack O’Neill and Daniel Jackson with new “faces”. Introduced a new “main” villain: Aphophis. And new characters: Teal’c, Captain Samantha Carter and General Hammond.

    Saddest moment: Sha’re leaving with Aphophis leaving behind a very sad Daniel.

    Bravest moment: The part where Teal’c decided to turn against everything he believed in and against his own people to save O’Neill and the others.

    Funniest moment: when Ska’ara gave that drink to Jack.

    Best quote:

    O'Neill: "Moonshine."

    Skaara: "Moon...shine?"

    O'Neill: "Yeah. Moonshine, as in booze. Daniel, what are you teaching these kids?" Daniel gives him an innocent glance.

    Skaara: "Try it."

    O'Neill: "Alright." He smells it, then "Moonshine. Shocker." He takes a sip, then spits it out. "WHOA!" Everyone laughs. "Smooth. Very smooth."

    Skaara: "Moonshine!"

    Kawalsky: "Our little soldiers are all grown up, Colonel."

    O'Neill: "I'm so proud."

    Worst quote:

    Carter: "I'm an Air Force officer just like you are, Colonel. And just because my reproductive organs are in the inside instead of the outside, doesn't mean I can't handle whatever you can handle."

    In conclusion: One of the best pilots of TV series. My personal favorite at least.

  • Let the journey begin!

    Before watching Children of the Gods, I was skeptical about Stargate SG-1. Now, it is my favorite tv show thanks in part to the "bang" of SG-1's pilot episode.

    In this episode, we get to meet the amazing cast of SG-1, including Richard Dean Anderson (Colonel Jack O'Neill), Amanda Tapping (Captain Carter), Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson), and the renegade Jaffa warrior Teal'c (played by Christopher Judge).

    We learn that all is not well after a nuke was left on Abydoes culminating the end of the movie Stargate. There is a new Goa'uld System Lord, Apophis, who wants to destroy earth. Returning to Abydos when the newly formed Stargate Command orders SG-1 on a recon mission, Apophis surprisingly invades the planet and captures Daniel Jackson's wife and friend. The episode continues using tremendous special and visual effects as SG-1 pursues Apophis and tries to rescue Daniel Jackson's wife and friend before they become new Goa'uld hosts.

    One of the best episodes from Season 1.moreless
Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson

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

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Major General George S. Hammond

Vaitiare Bandera

Vaitiare Bandera


Guest Star

Brent Stait

Brent Stait

Major Louis Ferretti

Guest Star

Jannette deVries

Jannette deVries

Female Serpent Guard

Guest Star

Jay Acovone

Jay Acovone

Major Charles Kawalsky

Recurring Role

Robert Wisden

Robert Wisden

Major Bert Samuels

Recurring Role

Peter Williams (IV)

Peter Williams (IV)


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (18)

    • In the movie Stargate, Daniel's wife's name is spelled "Sha'uri," but in the credits for this episode (and every other episode she's in) her name is spelled "Sha're."

    • Trivia: We learn that Ra was not the only System Lord. He was the Ultimate System Lord, but not the only System Lord. Here we are introduced to the System Lord Apophis.

    • Trivia: Major General West (Leon Rippy) from the original Stargate movie is replaced by Major General George Hammond (Don S. Davis) as commander of the SGC.

    • The Goa'uld scanning device that was used to scan the female airman in the Gate room, has never been seen or heard of in any subsequent episodes, although a similar device, used for stunning people, was introduced in the season one finale, "Within the Serpent's Grasp."

    • After the opening battle sequence in the gate room, the dead soldiers have a lot of blood on them, despite the fact that staff weapons cauterize wounds.

    • Trivia: It is revealed in "Politics" the mission to Chulak took place on February 10, 1997.

    • Kawalsky's incorrect Captain's bars are sideways on his green camouflage uniform. Collar devices are to be lined up on the center line of the collar tabs on an open neck uniform.

    • When Daniel comes back to SGC to speak with Carter after he has resigned, he uses an access card to open the elevator. If he has resigned, why would he still have a valid access card?

    • Carter argues that there must only be the two Stargates because they had "tried hundreds of symbol permutations using Earth as the point of origin and it never worked." There are thirty-eight symbols and six places to put them (the point of origin goes seventh and never changes) and we can't use a symbol twice. Thus, there are approximately 2,324,784 possibilities. Trying a few hundred of them means nothing.

    • If you watch when they use the elevator to go down to the SGC the "stock footage" is actually of the elevator going up. Look at the cables at the left of the screen, the loop hangs and gets bigger.

    • Even though subtitling is usually poorly done on almost any production, Abydos is spelled "Avados" every time it's written in subtitles.

    • Notice that in the Abydos outside scene the sand is yellow-ish but in the background where the Great Pyramid is, the sand is red colored, that's because the Abydos scenes where filmed in Yuma, AZ and they just pasted the Great Pyramid onto the background.

    • The sergeant escorting Jack to the SGC had the major oak leaves clusters on his shoulders.

    • When Jack was with Kawalsky is his quarters, Kawalsky had the "Captain" rank pin instead of Major.

    • Two symbols' places on the DHD were switched in this episode.

    • In the Stargate movie, the automatic weapons ran out of ammunition. So how are Skaara and the other kids able to put up a fight against the Jaffa? Even if SG-1 brought new ammo along for them, why would Daniel Jackson want the Stargate guarded by kids with empty guns?

    • Jack said that six hostile aliens (Jaffa) came through the gate when eight actually came through.

    • Carter claims to have flown multiple hours in enemy airspace during the Gulf War, but at no point in the series does she wear any of the three ribbons authorized for participation in the conflict OR air crew (or other appropriate) wings.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Sam: You don't have to worry, Major. I played with dolls when I was a kid.
      Kawalsky: G.I. Joe!
      Sam: Major Matt Mason.
      Kawalsky: Oh! Who?
      Ferretti: Major Matt Mason, astronaut doll. Did you have that cool little backpack that made him fly?

    • Dr. McKenzie: (about the dead Jaffa) He's not human, sir.
      Jack: Ya think?

    • Sam: You know Colonel, you really will like me once you get to know me.
      Jack: Oh I adore you already, Captain.

    • (Jack sends Kleenex to Daniel)
      Hammond: Care to explain this concept?
      Jack: Daniel has allergies.
      Kawalsky: (smiles) Oh, I get it.
      Jack: He'll know this came from me and not from someone, with all due respect, sir, like yourself.

    • Jack: Moonshine.
      Skaara: Moon...shine?
      Jack: Yeah. moonshine, as in booze. Daniel, what are you teaching these kids?
      Skaara: Try it.
      Jack: Alright. Skaara's moonshine. Give it a little shot. (takes a sip, spits) Oh good god! (hoarsely) Smooth. Very smooth.
      Skaara: Moonshine!
      Kawalsky: Our little soldiers are all grown up, Colonel.
      Jack: Yeah, I'm so proud. Whoa...

    • Hammond: You didn't like Daniel Jackson, did you?
      Jack: Daniel was a scientist. He sneezed a lot. Basically he was a geek, sir.
      Samuels: So you didn't have a lot of time for him.
      Jack: I didn't say that. He also saved my life and found the way home for my men and me. A little thing like that kinda makes a person grow on you, if you know what I mean.

    • Samuels: Kind of wish I was going with you.
      Jack: Yeah. I'm kind of glad you're staying behind.

    • Sam: So you're saying...Ra's not the last of his race after all?
      Kawalsky: Maybe he's got a brother Ray.

    • Jack: Daniel, for crying out loud, you've had one beer. You're a cheaper date than my wife was.

    • Jack: (about Captain Carter) Oh, here we go. Another scientist. General, please...
      Sam: Theoretical astrophysicist.
      Jack: Which means...?
      General Hammond: Which means she is smarter than you are, Colonel.

    • Sam: And just because my reproductive organs are on the inside instead of the outside, doesn't mean I can't handle whatever you can handle.

    • Jack: (to Samuels) Could you please shut-up, Mr. glass-is-half-empty.

    • Major Samuels: What if the aliens get [a box of Kleenex]?
      Jack: Well, sir, they could be blowing their noses right now.

    • Sam: I logged over 100 hours in the Gulf War. Is that tough enough for you or are we going to have to arm-wrestle?

    • Hammond: You ever think of writing a book about your exploits in the line of duty?
      Jack: Ah, thought about it. But then I'd have to shoot anyone who actually read it. (pause) It's a joke, sir.

  • NOTES (12)

    • Alexis Cruz is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • From the movie, Stargate Command was situated under Creek Mountain, Colorado Springs. For the TV series, the name was changed to Cheyenne Mountain.

    • Amanda Tapping (Captain/Major/Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter) is the only cast member who did not work with any of the other cast members before the series began.

    • Un-edited, this feature length episode carries an 18 certificate and contains female nudity with Vaitiare Bandera and a lot more gory symbiotes. The nudity in this episode was included on demand from Showtime, the network airing Stargate SG-1 for the first five years. In other countries the full frontal nudity was cut from the episode when aired on network television, then restored for DVD (presumably as they were printed from the original masters).

    • Michael Shanks and Vaitiare Bandera met on the set of this episode and had a daughter together born about a year and a half later (she was not Harsisis).

    • Alexis Cruz (Skaara) is one of only two people to appear in both the movie and the television series. The other is Erick Avari (Kasuf).

    • In this episode, the corridors leading to the gate room look different than in subsequent episodes.

    • In the original version of the script, there were six guards in the gate room, Apophis was called Apep, and there was more dialogue.

    • Abydos is a real city in Egypt.

    • Syndication air date: September 14, 1998.

    • This episode is actually the 2-hour Stargate SG-1 pilot Movie but it was broken down into a 2-part episode for syndication.

    • Although Jack and Daniel are on an instant first name basis when they are reunited on Abydos, in the film Jack only refers to Daniel by his first name once and Daniel never refers to Jack by his.


    • Sam: It took us 15 years and 3 super computers to MacGyver a dialing system for the Stargate.
      SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson also starred in the TV series MacGyver. His character there was a master of improvising escapes, bombs, etc., out of common items.