Stargate SG-1

Season 1 Episode 21

Politics (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 27, 1998 on Syfy
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Having escaped marauding Goa'ulds in another Earth reality, Daniel Jackson warns that it is only a matter of time before they launch an attack in this one. But, the Stargate program faces a more immediate threat - - this from Senator Kinsey, powerful Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and the man who oversees Stargate's multi-billion dollar budget. Kinsey sees the program as a wasteful fatcat project with dubious goals and he vows to shut it down. As he reviews the past missions with Hammond, O'Neill and the SG-1 team, he dismisses the danger presented by the Goa'uld, despite warnings from Teal'c of their power. Even Daniel's desperate warning of an imminent attack won't sway the Senator, who is determined to bury the gate and put the program out of business. (To Be Continued...)moreless

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  • skip the flashbacks!

    i agree with many of the other rewiers, i dont like clippshows. but luckily, it is easy to jump over the flashvbacks and only see the (26 minutes was it?) parts that benefits the overall story.

    The thing is that i actually agree with the senator on many points. i think he has some very valid points, and all the problems they have with the goaulds has to do with the gate in the first time. as daniel said, the killing of Ra set in motion the Apofis desire to conqer earth, and for every skirmish they have with the goauld they are making them more and more pissed...

    if i was the president, i would really think about closing it down before they make even more trouble! but then it wouldent get to see the best sci-fi show there is right now...moreless

    Senator Kinsey arrives at the Stargate Command to investigate the program and determine whether the great drain on the U.S. budget is worthwhile, prompting the team to recall missions from the past year. There's a connection between the themes of the show and our Canadian government. Often in SG-1 you'll see the political manoeuvres and bizarre aspirations of some characters while the legit and scientific exploratory efforts of our heroes (SG-1 Team). Is big Canadian brother watching you? The answer is yes. Like SG-1 in this episode we have to deal with Politics of our own. Not a pleasant prospect.moreless
  • Senator Kinsey, the greatest threat the SGC has ever faced.

    Yeah, it's a clip-show, but as far as clip-shows go it's pretty good. Ronny Cox does a brilliant job of being a person I can really hate. I noticed that some reviewers say that this is why they don't like this episode. I am the opposite. I love how the SGC is forced to justify its existence and I love to hate Kinsey. I scowl at his out and out ignorance of the events that take place at the SGC. However, I think that one of the things that makes Kinsey so irritating is the fact that if you can detach yourself from your love of the SGC team, Kinsey points actually have a good deal of merit. And it is precisely because Senator Kinsey is so infuriating that I like this episode.moreless
  • After arriving back in his own reality, Daniel warns that it is only a matter of time before Apophis launches an attack on Earth.

    A clipshow, but a good one at that. Introduces Kinsey, a corrupt senator that is determined to shut down the SGC just as Daniel preaches that Earth is vunerable. He claims to be "reasonable" and opens an ear to what General Hammond has to say. The episodes go on with Kinsey recalling various missions SG-1 has been through, criticizing how stargate put the world in danger and that the U.S. has yet to aquire any valuable technology for all the money they pump in to the Stargate program. This leaves General Hammond to defend the Stargate program and how valuable the Stargate is to Earth's defence. Kinsey is the guy we all love to hate and that makes for a perfect well meaning-villian(ex. not a Goa'uld). The constant argument between O'neill and Kinsey is great and the clips are actually great to watch (they are clips from SG-1 episodes after all). Overall, average episode, good for a clipshow.moreless
  • All what have happened with SG-1 on the first season... before the bad guys arrive.

    Flashbacks - I am not one of those people who enjoys that kind of episodes. It looked like nothing took place - it was a beautiful look back to the all previous episodes but nothing knew, nothing at all. And the storyline, why it was like this - I understand it was needed to build the next coming events but standing alone, this episode was worth nothing, even thought the start and Daniel trying to make others to believe what he has experienced on alternative reality - it was quite funny and somehow the best moment. All other, trying to make that senator to understand the importance of that project - it was hopeless as this far - we have had great action and adventure but not much gain.

    Not my favorite episode... not even close to them.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

Ronny Cox

Ronny Cox

Senator Robert Kinsey

Recurring Role

Robert Wisden

Robert Wisden

Lt. Colonel Bert Samuels

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Daniel: Now I know this is hard for you guys to believe but I swear to you, the entire time you thought I had disappeared on P3R-233, I was experiencing an alternate reality.
      Jack: And you were there, and you were there, and there's no place like home.
      Daniel: As a matter of fact you were there!
      Sam: Daniel it's not that we don't believe you...
      Daniel: So you do?
      Jack: No, it's just that... we don't believe you.

    • Jack: Alright, wait a minute, let me...let me get something straight here...engaged!? (waves hands between him and Sam)
      Sam: It is theoretically possible.
      Jack: It's against regulations.
      Sam: I'm talking physics, sir.

    • Teal'c: What is right cannot be measured by strength.

    • Kinsey: Need I remind you the enemy Earth faces?
      Daniel: Oh, could you? I mean, go slow.

    • Kinsey: I believe that that which grows in the dark but withers in the light does not belong on the vine.
      Jack: Well, as long as you have an open mind.

    • Kinsey: And this (the Stargate) must be the drain through which the money flows.

    • Jack: And this time there really are barbarians at the gate... that one!

    • Hammond: It costs nearly a billion dollars just to turn the lights on around here.
      Jack: How about a bake sale? Yard sale? Garage...?
      Hammond: This is what I look like when I'm not laughing, Colonel.
      Jack: Car wash?

    • Jack: You'll always be Sparky to me.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Daniel: Oh, you're right. We'll just upload a virus into their mothership.
      When Senator Kinsey insists that the US military will be able to handle any alien attack, Daniel refers to the climax of the movie Independence Day to mock him. In ID4, after failed aircraft and nuclear missile attacks on the alien motherships, a really weak plot device was used to even the odds. The main characters sneak aboard the ship and infect its computer with a virus (using a Macintosh of all things). This, of course, totally ignores the problem of different computer languages and the lack of a communication interface. In fact, ID4's use of a computer virus to knock down the technological advantage is itself a nod to H. G. Welles' War of the Worlds, where a naturally occurring disease kills off the invading Martians after they've proven human weapons are no match for their technology. It is worth noting that both ID4 and the original Stargate movie were written/directed by the same team (Roland Emmerich & Dean Devlin).