Stargate SG-1

Season 7 Episode 21

Lost City (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 12, 2004 on Syfy
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The SGC learns that Anubis is planning to attack Earth, so Jack once again downloads Ancient knowledge, hoping to find Ancient weapons capable of stopping the impending attack.

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  • Yay more Guinness! And other crazy SG-1 goodness.

    Now I know why I like Col. O'Neill so much. He's always drinking Guinness all the time. In previous episodes you only saw a glimpse of his drink. But in this particular episode, he even plugs it.

    They are all at O'Neill's house when the General comes to join the group. "You wouldn't happen to have another one of those?" (pointing at the empty bottles on the table)

    "I would. I hope you like Guinness sir. I find it a refreshing substitute for

    (for some strange reason the word FOOD is being censored from the end of my quote)

    But really. If I could count how many times the annoying VP was talking and I was yelling at the screen "Geez! Shut the frack up already!" Man did he get under my skin. I kept thinking why the heck did they even hire Dr. Weir if he's gonna do all the talking? He just kept going on, and on, and on, OMG! What a jerk! The best thing that could happen to VP Kinsey is a staff blast to the head IMHO.

    One thing that doesn't make sense to me. But only because I'm a military man. Shouldn't the crew of Prometheus be Navy? They are more experienced at commanding vessels, water-bound or space-bound. It would make more sense to me if we actually did have a space fleet, it would be under the command of the US Navy with naval ranks among their crew. Similar to Star Trek. It should be an Admiral commanding a vessel, not an Air Force General.

    The battle though between the SGC fighters and the Anoubus' fleet was amazing. It was like watching something from Star Wars.moreless
  • SG-1,3 and 5 travel to another planet to check a device that contains the Ancient knowledge.Since they can't allow Anubis to get it,Jack again downloads the knowledge into his brain knowing that he'll die within a few days.moreless

    There are lots of great episodes in this show: This is definitely one !!

    I mean first thing: the whole Daniel - Jack phoning while Jack is shaving and doing his crossword puzzle. Just sooo funny!

    And I felt like they all were much more unofficial in this episode, more like friends then usually being a mixture of friends and colleagues.

    And after Jack not really listening to what they are going to do he has to download this whole knowledge again(!) although he would have loved blowing it away... BTW I like this Daniel-Jack friendship to be shown here.. I mean, come on, he not just pulls Daniel away from the device cause he will be needed to translate. He will always protect his team (maybe I'm childish here but I like him to) but he usually gets friendship and loyalty scenes with Sam or Teal'C although Daniel is always the one knowing him the best, they should get more scenes like that together...

    Then everybody showing up at Jack's house cause they are all worried about him would be really tearful if it wasn't so hilarious seeing them joking around and drinking Guinness. I mean even General Hammond shows up!

    That's one of those episodes that makes me keep going on watching it. I love those inside jokes and fooling around between the characters. In this episode I had the feeling they didn't even take themselves serious...

    Only thing I didn't like is the To Be Continued at the end ;-)...moreless
  • Wind of changes...

    This episode is leading to the season ending and as on dvd both parts are together, I am not even sure where the episode should be distinct. Anyway, it starts with some shocking things - first as there is no other change on the mission, O'Neill takes the risk and all Ancients knowledge into his brain knowing where it will lead.

    But when they come back, it soon comes out that Hammond is released of his duty and there is now blond doctor Weir who will replace him. And it does not look promise as Kensley is all around and trying to push his agendas.

    So.. I think somewhere there it was left...moreless
  • Sets up one of the greatest Sg1 episode.

    Lost city:Part 1 sets up one of the greatest Stargate sg 1 episode ever (the second part). I love this first part even if the second part was even better.

    The SGC learns that Anubis is planning to attack Earth, so Jack once again downloads Ancient knowledge, hoping to find Ancient weapons capable of stopping the impending attack.

    It was nice to see that small reunion that sg1 along with Hammond had at Jack`s house.

    Kinsey is annoying really but the new president is quite cool.

    So Anubis now has an army to attack earth and all hope lies on Jack who has the knowledge that will lead to the only place where earth could find a way out of this war: THE LOST CITY!moreless
  • awesome episode...

    Lost City is one of my all-time favorite episodes because it has everything. The SG-1 team goes off world to try to acquire an acient depository that another team found. Unforunately, they run into interference and the only way to save the information is to have it downloaded, which Jack does. Anyways, it is kind of a sequel to the Fifth Race from Season two when the same device downloaded ancient info into Jack's brain. Anyways, there are a lot of funny moments and emotional character moments in this episode. Rick just brings so much to his character with saying little. His actions and facial expressions say more than any words can. In the end, Jack is frozen until they can hopefully heal him later. Overall, the episode is really amazing. The special effects were top notch for a TV show and the battle between Anubis's fleet and the earth vessels was just awesome. The only thing that annoyed me about the episode was the political part. I know it had to be in there, and it added to the story well, but it seemed like there was too much boreing political talking and it could have been cut down. I liked Dr. Weir, but it annoyed me that a different actor played her in the Atlantis series than in this episode. The president was awesome, and Kinsey was just annoying. He's always the same annoying bad guy. Anyways, other than those minor things, the episode is one of the best ever. It was a great end to the best season.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

Jessica Steen

Jessica Steen

Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Guest Star

William Devane

William Devane

President Henry Hayes

Guest Star

Jason Howell

Jason Howell

Major Harper (SG-5)

Guest Star

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola


Recurring Role

Ronny Cox

Ronny Cox

Vice President Robert Kinsey

Recurring Role

David Palffy

David Palffy


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Jack says to Daniel, "... And who translates when you go Ancient?" Both Jack and Teal'c should know how to translate Ancient because they had to learn how to read it and understand it in "Window of Opportunity" to stop the day from happening again.

    • When Daniel attempts to look into the ancient device and Jack pulls him away, Daniel's back is towards the pillar. However, when the camera angle changes, the pillar is to Daniel's right, and he points to the device, which is supposedly behind Jack, but should be to Daniel's left.

    • If Daniel doesn't like beer as mentioned in a few previous episodes, then why does he keep drinking it?

    • In this episode Daniel says that at the start while trying to get the Stargate to work he used to stand and look out the briefing room window at the Stargate for inspiration. However, in the movie Daniel is not introduced to the Stargate until he has finished translating the cartouche.

    • The block of C-4 that O'Neill slaps on the corner of the wall by the Ancients' knowledge device, magically moves 20cm to the left as he turns to watch the descending death gliders.

    • Documents labeled "eyes only" are NOT to be removed from wherever they are stored.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Hammond: I've read Dr. Jackson's report on his translation. Given what happened the last time you encountered something like this, I'm surprised you're so willing to take on this mission.
      Jack: So am I, sir.
      Daniel: Jack?
      Jack: Daniel?
      Daniel: Why wouldn't we wanna gain access to the greatest repository of knowledge in the known universe, once and for all find the lost city of the Ancients, and use their advanced technology to save the entire galaxy from the evil oppression of the Goa'uld?
      Jack: Well, there's that.

    • Jack: Thank God, pizza. (opens the door and sees Hammond) Well, you're not the usual delivery boy.

    • Sam: And then, it will overwhelm his nervous system, and the Colonel will...
      Jack: What? Meet my maker? Pay the piper? Breach the pearly gates? Start pushing up daisies here and there?

    • Jack:'re so wrong. It's a perfect analogy, Burns as Goa'uld.
      Teal'C: They are merely animated characters, O'Neill.

    • Bra'tac: Has Hammond of Texas fallen in battle?

    • Jack: And you are . . .?
      Weir: Dr. Elizabeth Weir.
      Kinsey: You can just call her your one hope of ever stepping through the Stargate again.
      Jack: Bit of a mouthful...

    • Hayes: It was 'Lieutenant' last time we spoke.
      Hammond: For both of us. That was a lot of hair ago.

    • Jack: I hope you like Guinness, sir. I find it a refreshing substitute for . . . food.

    • Jack: Is that doughnuts?
      Teal'c: Indeed.
      Jack: Excellent . . .

    • Jack: Carter, you're one of this country's natural resources, if not national treasures.

    • Jack: We could have Goa'uld on our collective asses any minute now...

    • Sam: The fate of the world is hanging in the balance and you've been sitting in your truck working on this (crossword puzzle)?
      Jack: I believe it was double or nothing.

    • Jack: I need a seven letter word.
      Daniel: I told Sam I wouldn't help you.
      Jack: Then this will be the one thing she doesn't know. Up, Down, Charmed . . .
      Daniel: 'Strange'.
      Jack: Yeah. Well, thanks anyway.
      Daniel: The word you're looking for . . . (Jack cuts him off)

    • Jack: You're so shallow.
      Daniel: (babbling drunkenly) Oh please. Teal'c is like one of the deepest people I know. He's so deep. Tell him how deep you are. You'll be lucky if you understand this.
      Teal'c: My depth is immaterial to this conversation.
      Daniel: Oh! You see?
      Jack: (to Daniel) No more beer for you.

    • Jack: Three days from now is a Thursday. Thursday's not good for us.

    • Sam: Twenty-three across, the atomic weight of Boron. The answer is "ten."
      Jack: Yes?
      Sam: You wrote the word "fat."
      Jack: Your point?

  • NOTES (9)

    • Director Martin Wood's cameo: the airmen correcting O'Neill's crossword in the elevator.

    • In the crossword puzzle Jack is working on, Up, Down, Charmed, Strange are all flavors of Quarks.

    • When originally televised, "Lost City, pt.1" and "Lost City, pt.2" were aired as separate episodes, the second part airing the week after the first. Each episode had its own opening and closing credits, guest stars listed, writers and title. When placed on the DVD, these episodes were edited into one episode approximately an hour and a half in length, under the sole title "Lost City".

    • This episode (both parts) is the only time that Jessica Steen appears as Dr. Elizabeth Weir. Actress Torri Higginson plays the role in the eighth season opener, "New Order," and in 'Stargate: Atlantis.'

    • Ron Blecker, one of the SG-3 airmen, is the show's military consultant/advisor - this is his first credited appearance in front of the camera.

    • The President's visitor, Bonnie, is Bonnie Arbuthnot, a development director in Chicago who won the SciFi Channel's "Get in the 'Gate'" contest for a walk-on role as a White House staffer.

    • Jack says his favorite show is on in half an hour. The next day he says that the invasion in 3 days is a Thursday. Therefore, Jack's favorite show airs on Sunday. That plus many other references, let us determine that Jack's favorite show is in fact The Simpsons. Anderson's favorite show is The Simpsons as well (

    • The script for this episode (both parts) are based on the script for the film Stargate 2.

    • In the opening scene it appears as though the word Jack has written in the crossword for 1 Down is "FCUKTEO". (Take that whatever way you want) The rest of the crossword is riddled with misspellings, like "TULIPP*". (5th row, across, last letter blank) Furthermore Sam's comment in a later scene is accurate; Jack did indeed write "FAT" as the answer to 23 across, "the atomic weight of Boron."


    • Jack: And a few days after that, it's goodnight, my someone, goodnight.
      "Goodnight My Someone" is a song performed in The Music Man, a musical play which opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on December 19, 1957. The film version of the play was released in 1962.

    • Jack: Does anybody know anybody who voted for those shrubs?
      Jack is referring to fictional President Henry Hayes and Vice President Robert Kinsey, using a term which has been applied to George W. Bush by his detractors and political opponents since his days as governor of Texas (1995 - 2000).

    • Jack: Excellent!
      Jack was clearly trying to say it the same way Mr. Burns from The Simpsons says it.

    • President Hayes: Kinsey delivering Florida
      President Hayes mentions that Kinsey delivered Florida in the presidential election. This appears to be a reference and/or in-joke to the controversial 2000 U.S. elections where Bush won after a heavily contested series of recounts in Florida.

    • Col. Jack O'Neill: It's the perfect analogy: Burns as Goa'uld.
      Another reference by O'Neill to his favorite TV Show: The Simpsons. What better counterpart to Goa'uld in Springfield than our beloved 'evil' Mr. Burns?