This is one of several Stargate episodes that doubles as a litmus test of the viewer's psychology, conscious or otherwise.
The Stargate is of course pure science fiction. But how a fan of the show perceives the US government monopoly over Stargate depicted in the show, speaks volumes about the viewer's attitude toward his fellow man. Does the viewer view the monopoly like a thoughtful humanist, such as Daniel Jackson? Or does he view it like a knee-jerk Chauvinist?
The premise of Stargate SG-1 is that hostile aliens from outer space are out to exterminate the human race. According to the series mythology, the Stargate system is neither a US invention nor US property. Yet certain fans of the series bristle at the thought of fellow human beings being made privy to the secret of Stargate, merely because they are not American.
The disclosure of the Stargate to other members of the human race was long overdue. The rivalry between the NID and USAF, and between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, is neither here nor there. The issue is not whether officials from this or that government should be in on the secret.
The issue is whether "public servants" of any nationality have the right to hide the Stargate from ordinary citizens, their ostensible masters. After all, the Stargate could determine whether human beings the world over live or die. What right do these officious bureaucrats have to keep knowledge of the Stargate from them?
Benjamin Franklin once quipped, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." If the blind nationalism expressed by some viewers is any indication, perhaps when some global disaster strikes we shall all hang separately.
This was a clip show. Clip shows are terrible. But that is a separate issue.