Stargate SG-1

Season 10 Episode 13

The Road Not Taken

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2007 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Carter ends up in an alternate universe and changes the course of things in that universe.

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  • I love alternate reality episodes, but this one just wasn't that good...

    Carter gets trapped in an alternate reality where she saves their earth from the ori and becomes a hero. In their reality, the stargate is not a secret and the US is basically run completely by the government and the people have few rights. I didn't really like the story. I've always wanted to see what would happen if the SGC went public, but not this way. It's always interesting to see the alternate personalities, but they just didn't do as good as a job on this episode. I was really pretty disappointed with the episode because I love alternate reality episodes and this one just didn't deliver.moreless
  • Sam is thrown into another parallel world...

    Stargate is a great show. And having Sam being front-and-centre in a episode is a great idea too. But there have been too many parallel stories shown on this show - and it is BORING. Nobody cares what happens on the parallel world -as long as Sam goes back to where she came from. Having some heavy-handed comments about people's liberties doesn't work either. Some other reviews suggested this episode could have been better showing some 'parallel lives' of some older characters like Dr. Frasier, Jacob, etc - that would have at least made it more interesting. Having one scene with broken-down Mitchell just does not cut it. Very disappointing.moreless
  • morality

    yap, a classic episode and I loved the moral story line to

    I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever! I hope this show will last forever!moreless
  • During an experiment gone awry, Carter flips into an alternative universe: Ours. The bulk of the episode was a morality tale on what is already occurring now.

    The new laws passed by a scared congress, giving up our civil liberties, arresting people without access to a lawyer or the courts, using a terrorist attack (Anubis) to weaken and suspend our constitution, going it alone and abandoning those that need our help; all these things happened in Carter's new universe. If it sounds familiar it should, because it's already happened in the U.S. To me, the episode shows what can happen if we continue down this road: A government-run media, no free press, no elected officials, and so on. Just look at what slowly happened to Russia under Putin. To give up our civil liberties for the sake of security isn't done all at once. It's done piecemeal, slowly, and over time.

    How many times have we heard from our leaders that they need to restrict our freedoms because the terrorist "threat is still out there." After Hammond made this very comment, it was refreshing to hear Carter snap back, "that's the problem--the threat will always be out there." I applaud the producers and writers of the show for taking our current state of affairs and showing us what might happen if we don't get off the road we've already started down.moreless
  • Ahead of its time episode!!!

    I like these kinds of episodes...the types that dare to ask the question "what if"...what if we were capable to reach a certain performance in technology that will enable us to easy our life?...certain technologies like teleportation or the use of devices in order to protect us from future threats...Thanks to the creativeness of the writers, I find this episodes adventurous and enjoyable...An experiment of Sam teleports here into another dimension where she successfully help the planet Earth to avoid being destroyed by the Ori...Another advantage of this episode was realizing how easy can some situations can be manipulated in the interest of certain powerful people...That's why i would consider this episode as "Ahead of its time", because it shows in a way the future of our world... our rights have already begun to be violated...we need to become more aware of this.moreless
Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping

Captain/Major/ Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

General Henry "Hank" Landry

Ben Browder

Ben Browder

Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell

Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge


Claudia Black

Claudia Black

Vala Mal Doran

Kavan Smith

Kavan Smith

Major Lorne

Guest Star

David Hewlett

David Hewlett

Dr. Rodney McKay

Guest Star

Kendall Cross

Kendall Cross

Julia Donovan

Guest Star

Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

General George Hammond

Recurring Role

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr. Lee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Sam surfs the Internet after her interview is pulled, a couple of humorous and risque "hits" may be seen briefly on her computer screen.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Carter: Not Rodney Mackay?
      Lorne: Yeah. You have one too, huh? Is he a jerk in your universe?
      Carter: Hah, some people think so.

    • President Landry: Charlie, I need a speech explaining to the American people why it's a good thing they'll be without power for an undisclosed period of time.

    • Alternate McKay: (to Sam) I saw you on TV. Well, recorded you, actually. Not that I watched it more than once, I recorded it in order to watch you…once. How can I help you?

    • Sam: No, this is different. Look, according to M-theory there are a fixed number of alternate dimensions existing in parallel with our known universe. The multi-verse theory, on the other hand, posits the existence of an infinite number of alternate universes, each evolving concurrently with our own.
      Lorne: Well, is there a universe out there somewhere where you're giving me a straight answer?

    • Hammond: I understand you're coming to see certain things about this world that you don't like. To tell the truth, we don't much like them either. But you weren't here for the riots. You didn't see American citizens shooting each other over food, water and gasoline. Hank Landry brought us back from the brink of chaos!
      Sam: That was three years ago!
      Hammond: The threat is still out there!
      Sam: That's the problem! It always will be.

    • Sam: At least on my world we don't intend to abandon the rest of the galaxy to the Ori.
      President Landry: Maybe not now. But what do you think will happen if you give them a foolproof way to hide like you've given us? Don't be surprised if the rest of the galaxy suddenly doesn't seem that important anymore.
      Sam: Well, see, I know at least one man who won't feel that way. He's the leader of Stargate Command. His name is General Hank Landry.

    • Sam: The Rodney I know is a master of subtle persuasion.
      Alternate McKay: Hmmm. Oh, you're lying again, aren't you?

    • Alternate McKay: I'm not sure what you said, but they're letting you go.
      Sam: Wow. I guess they must have realized I'm more trouble then I'm worth.
      Alternate McKay: Huh, I remember I said the same thing the day we got divorced.

    • Sam: This is not a joke, McKay. In my reality, you're a key member of a team of international scientists and explorers based in the Pegasus Galaxy. You go on dangerous adventures, you deal with high-level alien technology.
      Alternate McKay: Hmm, sounds like I'm a chump.

    • Sam: This is gonna come as a bit of a shock but... I'm not who you think I am
      McKay: Oh my god, you're a lesbian, is that what you're trying to tell me?

    • Vala: Hey what was I like in that reality?
      Sam: You were in jail.
      Vala: Not again.

    • Teal'c: When you did not return for several hours we began to suspect that something may have gone wrong.
      Vala: Well we just assumed that the machine had malfunctioned and you were stuck out of phase.
      Teal'c: We attempted to communicate with you using the Sodan cloaking device, and when that failed...
      Sam: What?
      Vala: We took shifts, trying to keep you company.
      Sam: You mean...?
      Mitchell: Yeah, we talked to an empty room.
      Sam: For two weeks.
      Mitchell: It did stop eventually, but it did go on for quite some time.
      Teal'c: Indeed.
      Sam: Well that must have been some conversation.

    • Sam: The Rodney McKay I know wouldn't back down from a challenge. He is one of the most forthright, courageous and selfless men I have ever met.
      Alternate McKay: Hmm. Oh, you're making that up aren't you.
      Sam: Most of it, yeah.

    • (Mitchell walks in to the room where Sam is working and walks into a forcefield)
      Sam: Didn't you read my sign?
      Mitchell: No! Yes. (sees the paper sign on Sam's desk and shows Sam) You mean this one?
      Sam: (quietly) That was supposed to be outside.

  • NOTES (6)

    • When Sam's at the celebration party the President throws after being saved from the Ori attack, we can hear Stargate's main theme being played at the piano.

    • Dr. Daniel Jackson does not appear in this episode.

    • Coincidentally in early drafts of the scripts for "Lost City", the President did disclose the Stargate program to the world similar to the back story of this episode. Had that remained, that would have had a more positive effect as it would have been the basis for the large multinational cooperation in the Atlantis Expedition in Stargate Atlantis instead of shattering alliances and diplomatic ties among Earth's nations.

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 4, 2007
      Canada: April 26, 2007
      New Zealand: October 6, 2007

    • This is the 200th episode appearance for Amanda Tapping as the character Samantha Carter in the Stargate SG-1 series.

    • First aired Tuesday, January 23th, 2007 at 8pm on the British television channel Sky One.


    • Title
      The title of this episode is an allusion to the poem by Robert Frost of the same name. Frost wrote this poem in response to his friend Edward Thomas who would, in their walks together, take Frost down one path and then wonder about the other path they could have chosen.