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Stargate SG-1

Season 7 Episode 8

Space Race

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Aug 01, 2003 on Syfy
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Carter joins an alien in a space race, but they soon learn that someone is sabotaging the ships.

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  • Terrific Space Race

    Ignore other negative comments. Seriously, this is brilliant. My favourite Stargate episode so far(first time viewing and I'm almost half way through Season 7). It's got a touch of everything and the intergalactic space commentators where a very nice touch. There was nothing I didn't like about this episode. Terrific Stargate and proof that you can break from formula every now and then and still have a great episode.
  • There's no other way to say it; this was dull mess.

    I'm usually rather forgiving of fun, stand alone episodes, but Space Race just couldn't decide what it wanted to be. First off, it seemed like odd that Carter would allow herself to participate in such a violent sport, she's raised her voice about less sketchy stuff before, and the prospect of new technology and keeping a vow are very weak excuses. Coupled with a tacked on b-plot about corporate corruption and racial intolerance leading to race sabotage and blunt lesson in sporting ethics, things ended up very hammer home without any significant character growth or clear message. I'm all for a story that lets you take a look at yourself as an individual and as a human being, but when you're not really trying to say and thing, it's just time wasting and this show has dome far better.

    There also never seemed to be much urgency in the race which is a huge problem for me in an episode about a RACE!

    Along with the extremely annoying fake advertising from the commentators, this show episode failed to be fun or thought provoking.moreless
  • Departure for SG1 series, but rewarding in content and entertaining.

    Similar to the ST Voyager episode, where Tom gets into a space race (around a course) with an alien. In this case, it's Carter and and a non-human alien, having fun, enjoying danger and finishing...well... you'll have to see.

    Highlights, were the better than usual CG of the city and it's transportation, the ship in the hanger, and the race itself. The CG was in fact - over-the-top, and must have set Moore and Glassner back a lot. It was clear a lot of cash was spent on that.

    The character of Jarlath is played by none other than veteran Sci-Fi character actor Scott MacDonald. MacDonald has appeared in all of the Start Trek series (except TOS), and may be most remembered for his role as belligerent Xzindi Commander Dolan in the Enterprise 3rd season arc.

    All-in-all a great episode, unless you're a die hard SG1 fan who only likes to see staff-blasts and fighting inside Goa’uld mother ships (so boring).moreless
  • Carter may be a great character, but this is NOT her sorta storyline.

    This was my largest disappointment out of the entire Season by far. At first I thought I might be anticipating too much out of Season 7 but I thought I was wrong after the first few episodes. This really takes me back and makes me think the way I originally thought.

    Let me start with saying I'm not too fond of most in-space activity on Stargate. I find it to be very boring setting. Space Race definately keeps me thinking that. I understand that Carter's ship was going through problems, but through all of the problems that they faced I found that I wasn't even worried for them for a moment. It was like a suspenseful storyline without the suspense.

    The characters seemed flat and having Jack and Daniel involved in this episode seemed very pointless. I honestly thought that they should have used their time for Richard Dean Anderson in this for a different more deserving episode. Daniel should have only made a short appearance at the beginning and end of the episode, which would have made SO much more sense.

    I give this episode a solid 6 because it plainly isn't my sort of storyline. I found it boring and flat and it even had no character development of any sort.moreless
  • A very different and exciting epiosde...

    i personly like this episode . and i think that this epiosde has GREAT specail effects, i think that this epiosde's specail visualeffects are the best ever, and some of the best in the buissness. i like this storyline and i like the race that carter and warrick must win. we are familair with the race of aliens in this episode as they were in the previous season. and one of the characters is played by the same guy that played Fifth, and the other is Alex Zahara, who played the Unas is a few epiosdes before. i think this is a good epiosde. later.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Carter and Warrick are at the second stage of the race (in the sun's corona), Carter says that communications have become inoperable. Yet moments later, she contacts Teal'c and Eamon to tell them about their predicament.

    • Trivia: When entering Eamon's office, Teal'c uses the aka "Murray." This is the same aka he used in "Point Of No Return" in season 4.

  • QUOTES (14)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Syndication air date: October 30, 2004.

    • This is the 140th episode of the series which surpasses the total (139 episode) run MacGyver (although Richard Dean Anderson's 140th episode is actually the next episode 'Avenger 2.0' since he did not appear in 'Nightwalkers.')

    • Hebridan has been designated P4X-131.

    • Alex Zahara takes on the role of Warrick, who was played by Dion Johnstone in "Forsaken." This marks Zahara's sixth different character that he has played on Stargate, usually under make-up. It's also the second week in a row that someone else has taken over a role originally played by Dion Johnstone. G. Patrick Currie, who plays Eamon in this episode, took over Johnstone's role as Chaka in the previous week's "Enemy Mine." Presumably Johnstone is off filming somewhere and was unavailable.