Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 2

Children of the Gods (2)

9
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 27, 1997 on Syfy
9.2
out of 10
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480 votes
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Colonel O'Neill, leading the new SG-1, tracks Apophis back to the planet Chulak to rescue Sha're and Skaara, and befriends one of Apophis' Jaffa guards.

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  • Let the journey begin!

    10
    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
  • great!

    9.8
    Its truly amazing how this episode never seemed like a "pilot". Usually pilot episodes are all about learning the characters (even if the show was previously a movie) and you have this long thing of people saying everything about the person. You have to hear them going into detail about everything and its just a bore. But this episode wasnt like that at all! It was like watching a movie, you learn the characters as you go along. Instead of learning everything about them in the pilot you have a span of like 10 years just learning things about them! This was probably the best pilot ever in tv history:)moreless
  • Review

    9.4
    This review may contain spoilers The 2nd part is much better then the first part of the pilot but that is because it sets everything up and now we get on to the good parts like when SG-1 is formed and among other things the second part has the best part of the story of the episode on it and is much more enjoyable the battle seen at the very end of the episode is great and also looks nice as well that is all I have to say about the 2nd part of this episode my score is 9.4 the endmoreless
  • And now the rescue began

    9.5
    The story, what was build with the first part of this first episode, now continues as there is new planet and it looks on so many ways like when they first went to that dessert planet. No matter what Daniel says, they bow for him. And the way Teal'c is brought into the story, all the beautiful landscapes - that episode has something that you won't remember. I first saw it many years ago and my little sister, she had to be very little and when we today rewatched it - she did remember all and she was so shocked as she never thought she could - it most have impressed her. And this really impressed me and all those episodes coming - all the action, excitement bound with deep and catching storylines.



    One of the best series I know.moreless
  • This is the action-packed conclusion to the Pilot and is outstanding at that.

    9.5
    The episode was dull until Teal'c surprisingly turned on his comrades and handed O'neil a Staff weapon. I at first wondered why a Jaffa with the rank of First Prime would join complete strangers and throw away everything for the sake of some innocent people but this act shows that not all Jaffa are bad and that(later on) even some Gould are not so evil. The action sequences were also well down, with Kawalsky's team saving SG-1 from the Deathglider and opened up the plot for the next episode very nicely, with a gould jumping into Kawalshy but no one but the viewer seing it happen. Great 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

Vaitiare Bandera

Vaitiare Bandera

Sha're/Amonet

Guest Star

Brent Stait

Brent Stait

Major Louis Ferritti

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)

Apophis

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • As the two SG teams leave, Hammond says if they don't return then the iris will be sealed permanently. Given there are seven other teams, and this is part of an ongoing initiative. Sealing the iris permanently doesn't make sense. Presumably it means it will be sealed to them, but this isn't made clear.

    • When Jack and Teal'c are exiting the prison chamber, Teal'c refers to the Stargate as such, even though the term had not been said around him.

    • The staff weapon that Jack is carrying after escaping the prison shakes as if made of rubber.

    • It is not established how much time passed between the Abydos mission debriefing and the mission to Chulak. It was likely several days as SG-team patches were designed and created in the interim. However, this is never clearly indicated and it seems unlikely that, given the urgency of the situation, they would wait so long.

    • When Apophis' queen goes back into the female Jaffa, it is obvious that the film footage was just played in reverse.

    • When Daniel bumps into the DHD the first time SG-1 arrives on Apophis' planet, it noticeably wobbles.

    • When Apophis' servants were cutting the clothes off the women, you can clearly see that they didn't actually cut their clothes off but faked it, and also you can hear the ripping sound that occurs when you tear velcro off.

    • In the scene where the Goa'uld are choosing new hosts, the Jaffa do not pull aside the curtains from Apophis' litter, forcing him to stumble through them in a clumsy -- and decidedly un-god like - fashion. What's the point of having an honor guard if they're going to allow him to make such an undignified entrance?

    • At no point did they officially give Dr. Jackson permission to join SG-1 and 2 on the mission, however they specifically mentioned that he was not to go with them.

    • The woman that the Jaffa took from the SGC said she was a Sergeant in the USAF but she had the Senior Airman insignia on her uniform.

    • Major Kawalsky is called "Captain" twice and he had the Captain rank pins on his combat uniform yet on the dress uniform he had the Major pins.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Hammond: What's he doing here?
      Jack: General Hammond, this is Teal'c. He can help us.
      Hammond: You know what he is?!
      Jack: Yes, sir, I do. He's the man who saved our lives... And if you accept my recommendation, sir, he'll join SG-1.

    • Kawalsky: Another fine day on planet Kawalsky.

    • Daniel: They treated me like their savior. It was... embarrassing.
      Jack: It's amazingly you turned out so normal.

    • Daniel: She practically fell on the floor laughing every time I tried to do some chore they took for granted. Like grinding eupheta flour. Have you ever tried to grind your own flour?
      Jack: I'm trying to kick the flour thing.

    • Daniel: This is going straight to my head. What time is it? I must have gate lag or something.
      Jack: Daniel, for crying out loud, you've had one beer. You're a cheaper date than my wife was.

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

    • Hammond: Colonel, you've had the most experience in fighting this hostile. Assuming you have to defend in the field, are you up to it?
      Jack: We beat him once.
      Hammond: I'll take that as a maybe.

    • Hammond: Major Kawalsky, you will head SG-2.
      Kawalsky: I will?
      Hammond: Colonel O'Neill keeps telling me it's about time you had a command.
      Jack: I had a moment of weakness.

    • Samuels: I kinda wish I was going with you.
      Kawalsky: I'm kinda glad you're staying behind.

    • Jack: Hold down the fort.
      Kawalsky: Pick me up a t-shirt.

    • Daniel: Chulak. It sounds good.
      Jack: I hear it sounds nice this time of year.

    • Jack: Hey, come on!
      Teal'c: I have nowhere to go.
      Jack: For this you can stay at my place! Let's go! (motions Teal'c to follow him)

    • Daniel: Unless we want to give ourselves giving ourselves a really bad reputation, I just think we should avoid shooting the first people we meet on a new planet.

    • Jack: I can save these people! Help me! (quieter) Help me.
      Teal'c: Many have said that... (shoots his fellow Jaffa) ...but you are the first one I believe could do it!

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