Stargate SG-1

Season 10 Episode 20

Unending

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jun 22, 2007 on Syfy
8.9
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The SG-1 team extends a small time frame to several years to survive an attack of the Ori and tries to find a solution to solve their problem.

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  • So sad to see the Asgard die off

    8.0
    So sad to see the Asgard die off.
  • It was used on FARSCAPE, where Crichton and Aeryn found themselves stranded on a planet with a faster rate of time than on Moya. And, to a certain extent, on STAR TREK: TNG, where Picard was put into a brief coma by an ancient satellite.moreless

    5.9
    And, frankly, I found both those versions more poignant than this one. I mean; I felt little (if any) empathy for the characters, whatsoever. Not even during the death of the "elderly" General Landry, or the implied miscarriage of Daniel and Vala's "child!" Which is the true tragedy, here. Maybe if the writers had used this one, for the 200th episode, and used the good-natured self-parody for the series finale, I might have felt different. I might have enjoyed both a lot more. But, they didn't. So, I'm afraid I didn't. And, that's a sad way to cap off ten otherwise good years.moreless
  • One of my favorite series finales - Unending indeed.

    10
    Ok first of all there is no reason to complain that this ep didn't wrap up the series - it was never meant to - since the follow-up movies Ark of Truth and Continuum had already been planned. What this ep did do was give us some great sci-fi - and a really cool look into a possible future for the characters - and a real future for Tealc. We got to see them age and handle yet one more impossible situation. I also like that after 10 years they didn't just try and end on a final Ori story - the show was much more than just that - and this character driven, high on action, special effects, and time travel story was an absolutely perfect send-off to a great show that even after 10 years felt fresh again and was cancelled far before its time. I would have loved to have a seen a few more seasons of the Ben Browder/Claudia Black Stargate but at least we got the 2 follow-up movies - both of which were excellent as well. Ignore the haters - this ep is a fine send off by one of my favorite Stargate writers - the great Robert C. Cooper. I'm giving it a 10/10 for action, emotional impact, and all around total awesomeness.moreless
  • No, no, no. When writers loose their minds is what this should have been called! Or save the best for the films. This is a filler episode at best with the blindingly obvious errors left in the story. In a rush were we!!moreless

    5.0
    That was possibly one of the worse series finales I've ever watched. I love SG as much as everyone on here but as it has been pointed out has the person who wrote the screenplay actually watched SG before?



    It was painful and shameful to see the Asgard commit mass suicide within the first 5 mins. It's like the writer said "you're all dead" ... Thor "why"... Writer "it was the Salmon moose" I mean come on. To add insult to injury the next scene Ori ships are being taken out with Asgard upgraded weapons on the Oddessy. Hang on, were there not a couple of Asgard ships in Camelot that got wiped out with the first wave of Ori Ships. And when did Asgard use beam weapons!



    The fact is the Asgard were to powerful for the Ori so mass suicide was the only way to clear the way for more story lines. The Asgard dying was to be expected but this was not respectful or truthful to the SG universe.



    I could go on but most reviews here have mentioned the other flaws through out this episode. I have yet to see Ark of Truth and by all accounts it sounds like this should have been the finale so hopefully my faith will be restored.moreless
  • Character driven and perfect!

    10
    I loved this episode. I'm very much a 'characters' person, so to end this excellent show with a character focused episode was a good move in my opinion. The scene between Michael Shanks and Claudia Black was one of the best I have ever seen and I've lost count of the times I have watched it back.



    So, it was a big explosive end, but they had the TV films in mind and you know what, it wouldn't have lasted 10 years if we hadn't fallen in love with the characters and seen the grow over time.



    I think it's perfect ending.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

Teal'c

Claudia Black

Claudia Black

Vala Mal Doran

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Dr. Daniel Jackson

Martin Christopher

Martin Christopher

Major Marks

Guest Star

Bruce Woloshyn

Bruce Woloshyn

Gate Guard

Guest Star

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Voice of Thor

Recurring Role

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

Technician/Sergeant Walter Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Teal'c's age makes one wonder how Jaffa really age. In the season 4 episode "The Light", Teal'c says he is 101 years old. Going by the time that passed on the ship, he's older than 150 years at the end, yet he looks as if he's in forties. In the season 5 episode "Threshold" it's stated that Bra'tac is 137 years old and he looks much older than Teal'c looks being 155.

    • Trivia: Apparently Jaffa age at a rate of about a third of humans. Teal'c aged to about 130, but only looked to be in his 50s and he claimed to still have many years left.

    • The whole idea of the reverse time bubble seems flawed. Sam turns on a shield to exclude Teal'c from it, but once time is reversed, wouldn't it reverse time so Sam would turn the shield off?

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Mitchell: And then what? I've said it before, I am for fighting to the death, but we need a plan. Preferably one that avoid the "to the death" part.

    • Mitchell: Are you saying it took two weeks to figure out this idea wouldn't work?

    • Mitchell: Hey, Sam, do you remember when we were stuck out of phase?
      Sam: Which time?

    • Thor: General, with your permission a number of Asgard are prepared to beam aboard immediately to begin installing various technological upgrades to this ship.
      Mitchell: Hope it's ray guns.. I got ray guns in the pool.

    • Landry: Okay, it's only been a couple of weeks.
      Vala: I have a problem with the word "only."

    • Carter: Of course if it takes a little longer...
      Mitchell: Whoa, longer than three months?
      Landry: The bottom line is, none of you are going to have any excuse for being behind on your paperwork.

    • Vala: You do like girls?
      Daniel: Yes!

    • Thor: You are the fifth race. Your role is clear. If there is any hope in preserving the future it lies with you and your people.
      Sam: No pressure, huh?

    • Teal'c: This vessel does not have a pool.
      Mitchell: I was talking about the gambling variety.

    • Vala: Oh come on! It's driving me insane. You know technically there would be no danger in creating a time paradox because we've already changed the future events. You would not be altering the future by telling us anything about something that's not going to happen anymore.
      Teal'c: Then why do you care?
      Vala: 50 or 60 years? Something interesting must have happened? Obviously I hooked up with someone. Was it you, Muscles? Can't of been Mitchell, can it? General Landry?

    • Mitchell: When I said that I wanted to get the team back together, work with you guys, learn from ya. I did not mean every waking moment for the next 50 years.
      Daniel: You said that yesterday.
      Mitchell: I did?
      Teal'c: And the day before.
      Vala: And the day before that.
      Mitchell: Oh, sorry. I'll just shut up now.

    • (Final Lines)
      Landry: Dial it up, Walter.
      Walter: Yes, sir!
      (begins to dial the gate)
      Walter: Chevron One, encoded.
      Mitchell: That is how we are supposed to travel millions of light years across the galaxy to other planets.
      Walter: Chevron Two encoded.
      Mitchell: Y'know, I'd like to think I handled myself pretty well, but I'm guessing I went a bit crazy cooped up on that ship for so long...
      Walter: Chevron Three encoded...
      Daniel: Y'know, Teal'c did tell me some things I learned from the Asgard knowledge base...
      Vala: He did?! Like what?
      Daniel: Oh boy, what were they?
      Walter: Chevron Four encoded.
      Daniel: Beggars can't be choosers... better late than never... look before you leap...
      Mitchell: ...the best things in life are free.
      Vala: And let me guess, beauty is only skin-deep?
      Daniel: Silence... is golden!
      Walter: Chevron Five encoded...
      Mitchell: Jack of all trades, master of none!
      Sam: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
      Vala: Life is too short...
      Walter: Chevron Six encoded...
      Teal'c: Good things come to those who wait.
      Sam: You know, as hard as it is for us not knowing, it must be torture for you not to tell us.
      Teal'c: Indeed.
      Walter: Chevron Seven is... locked.
      (Gate activates)
      Landry: Good luck, SG-1!
      Mitchell: Just another everyday mission to save the galaxy, sir.
      Sam, Daniel and Vala: Indeed!
      Landry: Godspeed.
      (SG-1 walks through the gate once more)

    • Mitchell: What we need is we need Superman to fly around the ship really really fast.
      Sam: If you only knew how ridiculous that was.
      Mitchell: It only sounds ridiculous till you hear yourself say "I am trapped in a spaceship stuck in a time dilation field."

    • Vala: Do you think the Ori warriors could have found a way to get through the time dilation field and over here onto the ship?
      Teal'c: No.
      Vala: Cause I'm hearing things all the time. Are you hearing things?
      Teal'c: I am trying not to.
      Vala: Maybe they found a way to ring over but they can't find a way to secretly shut off the time dilation field. So they're trying to drive us crazy and make us shut it down ourselves.
      Teal'c: No.
      Vala: That wasn't a question.
      Teal'c: No.

    • Vala and Odyssey crew: Surprise!
      Daniel: Not my birthday.
      Vala: Haha... Hey! We made a weird cat piñata thingy.
      Daniel: I told you to bring something to amuse yourself. I didn't mean me or the crew.
      Vala: They won't believe that it's my birthday... again.
      Daniel: Not my problem.
      Vala: Being stuck on this ship is worse than being stuck at the SGC. I tell you the last time I was this bored, I took hostages.
      Daniel: I was there.

    • Vala: I'm going to go crazy and I'm taking you with me!

  • NOTES (7)

    • This is the second time Claudia Black and Ben Browder's characters grow old together and then, when time's reversed and they're young again, forget the whole 50 or 60 years lived in the alternative timeline. The first time they did it in Farscape, season two, episode "The Locket."

    • The simulations of the Odyssey being destroyed are re-used shots of the Korolev's destruction, from the season nine finale, "Camelot."

    • The last words of Teal'c, in fact the whole SG-1 team is "indeed."

    • Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, and Gary Jones are the only ones who appear in the first and last episodes of Stargate SG-1.

    • This episode first aired in the UK on the 13th of March 2007 on channel Sky One.
      This episode aired in Canada on Space on June 21, 2007.

    • Music: Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival

    • In-joke: When Vala asks how they can tell the Asgard apart and that this is Thor come to visit, Daniel says "it's the voice". Thor is voiced by Michael Shanks.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Mitchell: It's the Love Boat without the band and the buffet.
      Love Boat was a television show which ran from 1977 to 1986, featuring a cruise ship on which a new set of passengers would work through their problems with love every week.

    • Mitchell: What we need is we need Superman to fly around the ship really really fast.
      This is in reference to the ending of the 1978 movie Superman, where Superman (Christopher Reeve) flies at supersonic speed around the Earth, reversing its spin and, thus, reversing time (to undo the effects of the California earthquake caused by Lex Luthor.

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