View Full Version : What does Stargate SG-1 mean to you?

February 12th, 2010, 07:30 AM
I've read comments about on how everyone feels the Stargate franchise is in trouble and what not. And it got me thinking about SG-1, how it was so young and fresh when it first started.

So my question to all you is, what does SG-1 mean to you? What was it that made it so special and made it go 10 years? I only know what did it for me, I'm asking what it did for you?

lets talk about the show itself first, then the actors. :D

Gate Traveller
February 12th, 2010, 08:32 AM
Its special because its creative, yet at the same time I think takes us into some of our own dreams. I mean there are a lot of people (including myself) who dreamed of traveling to unknown alien worlds throughout our galaxy and beyond and encounter the things and peoples who live "off world".

SG1 gave us a view into what that might look and feel like while we were faced dire circumstances (i.e. Goauld, Replicators, other threats) and how humanity would be able to face it. Say whatever you want about the Real US Military or Canadian Military or British Military or whatever but if I found out that Humanity had been fighting a war against a hostile alien species ever since we discovered technology that was created by the first human beings ever...... WHERE DO I ENLIST?!

SG1 was a far better science fiction series then Star Trek, Damn one could even argue that SG1 had a lot of elements in it that made it a better "prequel" to Star Trek then the show "Enterprise" ever did. 10 years is a LONG time for a TV show, not to mention a sci fi show based on a movie doing this well is unheard of. SG1 stuck with a formula that worked for them and we loved the show for it. It birthed Star gate Atlantis which was an excellent SPIN OFF show, so what more can you really expect from a TV show?

I started watching SG1 from season 8, I had to move back to the beginning to see it all and then joined most others in syndication for seasons 9 and 10. I remember watching snippets of the show and saying "this sucks" and "why is this still on?" But then i gave it a chance, watched a few full eps and ate my words. I loved this show, I still do and I know I ain't alone here.:)

February 12th, 2010, 09:29 AM
SG-1 is a surprisingly big part of my life, much bigger than I ever anticipated watching Children of the Gods for the first time. It means a lot to me largely because I can't think of any other series that I find so consistently entertaining, or a cast that has such good chemistry.

I always found it to be at once comfortably familiar (good guy humans versus bad guy aliens, action, lots of sci-fi tropes and cliches etc) and quite innovative (interstellar travel but without ships and firmly grounded in the present day), and a great continuation to a film I loved. While I do enjoy Atlantis, SG-1 is Stargate to me.

Replicator Todd
February 12th, 2010, 10:29 AM
I think "Adventure" when I think about SG1, hope and friendship as well...even in the face of doom.

Back in 2004, when I first got the Sci-Fi Channel(now SyFy :mad:), Stargate SG-1 became the first live-action science fiction show I got into......I loved everything about and was exciting to see every episode. Since at the time Sci-Fi had Stargate SG-1 mondays(five episodes back to back) and reruns every weekday at a certain time I quickly got caught up on every season, although I had no clue what order I was watching them in. Every Friday became a big event for me, I can't describe how big it got and how excited I was once Season 9 and 10 came around! So when I found out it was cancelled, I was just utterly devastated....

February 12th, 2010, 11:09 AM
I think of adventure, and exploration, and the good-guys winning. I think of freedom and the courage to stand up for what is right, even when the price you'll pay is your life. I think of friendship and family and how the two are completely intertwined. It gave me four completely different people, from four completely different walks of life and said "this is what heroes look like."

I remember being 13 years old when the show premiered and how my Dad and I would watch it together every week, and how he'd always bring books home from the library for me so I could get a better understanding of the myths that were being acted out on my screen. SG-1 gave me some amazing times with my father that I'll always cherish, and I'll always feel like the show gave me an appriciation for other cultures that I might not have gotten elsewhere.

And honestly, when I think of SG-1 and everything it meant to me, I think of Jack. I guess when it comes down to it, Jack is the heart of SG-1 for me.

Mrs. Daniel Jackson
February 12th, 2010, 01:22 PM
well just this past summer is when I first 'discovered' SG-1. My dad bought the first season and I was hooked so I bought every season and the now sit on a speacial shrine I made them (well if by shrine you mea wooden book rack...) I watched the whole 10 seasons plud the 5 SGA seasons in about 3 months, so for a while I was watching about 4 SG1 episodes a day or more. It has released my iner SiFi nerd. Im now checking out lots of new shows and know about more amazing actors and actresses that I otherwise never would have heard of. SG1 really became a bigger part of my life then I ever expected, and Im glad it did. :)

Supreme Commander Sil
February 12th, 2010, 01:35 PM
Comedy, serious, refreshing scenes and themes - SG1 a had its own style and was unrivalled - mythology, plot, it is different to other scifi... it's completely different :. Most are doom and gloom or freaky aliens attacking, when it has technobabble, realistic situations that were (mostly at least) believable. It is set in the modern world.. it shows compassion etc..... And they when to beautiful worlds :) - British Columbia :D! (And others :P!) They tried to keep set to a minimal :)! The aliens didn't look terrible like in Star Wars, Star Trek (yes, I can say it, because I was forced to watch an episode :S:eek::S!)
The many deaths of Daniel Jackson :sam43:.
The was dedication to detail (look at the ships :eek:) and they cared about the fans 9somewhat), at least the actors do :P. ("SG"U is where they stopped caring so much :S.. no offence to its fans, but if they cared about fans, all/most SG1 and SGA fans would like it ;))

OH! And there were no scenes or nudity except in the original Children of the Gods... except seeing Daniel clothesless - but everything was covered :P! Fortunately :S.... There was that "almost" scene in Broca Divide, but that's it. And there wasn't excessive kiss :S!!!
The Goa'uld, the Ori, the Asgard, the Furlings (rabid koalas :P?), the Nox etc! were all so unique :D! There was good team chemistry and also between guest stars http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r295/z_bicikova/smilies/samrodneyship-t-t.gif. The actors are all very talented and good at there job =D! It's not like watching some other sci fis =P (not to mention any names =D! *coughs* the old Doctor Who and Star Trek http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r295/z_bicikova/smilies/vala_lol.gif)

Sorry if this makes no sense or anything, I have discovered how dizzy my medicine makes me :o....

February 12th, 2010, 02:29 PM
It means so much to me that I couldn't find anybody else yet who shares the same passion for SG as I do. I tried to explain it many times, but it always comes out wrong. So all I can say now that it'll always be a part of my life. What I learned from SG1 carried me this far and will carry me even a lot further. I know :)

thanks to the spinning wheel for that and for everybody who is part of this journey!

February 12th, 2010, 04:18 PM
What does SG-1 mean to me?

It means adventure, camaraderie, danger and teamwork. There was a special magic about it, that pulled you in. Every week, I went through the shining blue puddle of water with Jack, Sam, Daniel and Teal'c and experienced their adventures. I laughed, I cried, I cheered. I've never been this involved with a series and I never will be again.

It also means friendship - I've made friends here who actually "get it" when I talk about scifi and for me that's probably the best part of all.

Pharaoh Atem
February 12th, 2010, 05:47 PM
adventure and learning about ourselves

February 12th, 2010, 08:19 PM
It means a lot to me, adventure, learning to see everything from another point of view. It had the ability of making a lot of peolpe study archaeology and physics. It gave the oportunity of making friends from all around the world, it teachs you that if you can dream it you can have it, to never give up, and the show was with me when I was sick, I knew I can always distract myself just by watching an episode (or 10, LOL) of Stargate.

February 12th, 2010, 08:32 PM
what stargate means to me...

adventures. :love: alien planets. team work. friendships. military. earth. fighting for survival. space travel. space ships. the greatest team i've ever seen. the greatest team i love.

sam, jack, mitchell, daniel, teal'c, jonas, hammond, landry, the sgc, the stargate! :D

February 13th, 2010, 04:13 AM
SG-1 means my favourite show ever. It's not the best one I've seen by any stretch, but it has a heart that most shows lack. It means the best team (Jack, Daniel, Sam, Teal'c, Jonas) and the best chemistry I've ever seen on tv. Cool villains (Goa'ulds). Positive portrayal of the armed forces, one of the few shows where AF officers are the good guys, not stereotypical cliched bad guys. It means my favourite tv character - Jack O'Neill. It means the best heroine in sci-fi (IMO) - Sam Carter.

It means the show of my childhood/youth, as I started watching when I was 13 and continue to do so to this day. It means the only show that ever has, and probably ever will, interested me so much that I entered fandom, started reading fanfiction, watching fanvids, spending hours on this very forum discussing every aspect of it with other fans (thank you for this!!!), learn more about its actors. It's the only show on which I've ever shipped anyone. :P

It's also the only show that made a huge impact on my life in RL. I learned English because of the show. It's indirectly responsible for my college choice. It helped me survive some bad periods in my life. Many of the most important people in my life, among them one of my closest friends, I met thanks to our shared interest/love for SG-1. In other words, SG-1 has been a huge part of my life, both on-line and in RL and there's no way any other show will ever do that again.

February 13th, 2010, 09:47 AM
it means Sierra Gulf One

Ben 'Teal'c would WIN!!' Noble
February 13th, 2010, 10:31 AM
Its just good, brillient, supurb, amazing, exellent, fantastic and the best show in the world ever and can't be beaten as long as humanity exists. Maybe aliens could do better but I don't think I'd watch it.:D
Action+drama+science+well written stories+good acting and a dash of moral confilct = Stargate!

February 13th, 2010, 08:48 PM
Adventure, exploration, camaraderie, humor, easy to watch with a pinch of dark and moral conflict from time to time.

February 13th, 2010, 10:04 PM
At the moment, on the personal level - temporary escape from the reality after a long day at work. :)

February 14th, 2010, 07:32 AM
Friendship and adventure...both on the show and through it, in my real life....:)

Friendship - the strong bonds of friendship between the team throughout the seasons have been echoed by my finding some lifelong special friends from all corners of the world, due to my involvement in the fandom .....:D

Adventures - because as I enjoyed the adventures of SG-1, I began to rediscover my love of travel as I visited my fandom friends, went to Conventions and started to visit places I'd never have dreamed of 10-15 years ago....:confused:

For that I will always be grateful to one very important (in my life) TV show...:jack::daniel::sam::tealc::cameron::vala::hammond::jonas:

Deeds xx

February 15th, 2010, 10:16 PM
Great adventure and friendships, gave me a great place to check out of RL for a few hours when I needed a break in stressful times! Travelling to amazing places, sharing the awe and mystery and new discoveries with SG-1. I loved the endless possiblilities, great alien friends and foes, wonderful worlds beautifully realised in sets, costumes, with CGI, and the astounding scenery of British Columbia. I lived in the UK when I first started watching SG-1 back in 1998 and couldn't believe that those places, especially the scenery in 'Paradise Lost' actually existed. By a wonderful twist of fate I have since found out that it really does!

Everything about the show just drew me in and I never imagined that I would go to a convention of all things. My love of this show drew me to GW where I enjoy the sharing of ideas and the discussions. I just needed to share my love of this show with others and through this I got to know others who attended conventions and persuaded me that they were fantastic events. They were right and I've met some lovely fellow fans and thoroughly enjoy seeing and meeting those wonderful actors that have given me so many hours of entertainment. I thanked RDA for entertaining me as Jack O'Neill and I got the "come here" and the hug as a thankyou back. It just shows what a wonderful show it is in every way! :)

February 16th, 2010, 08:50 AM
It was such a big part pf my life I could not wait for a new episode every week. I donĀ“t really know what made it so special for me. of course every little detail about it was great from the Actors to the special effects. but of course the one of the biggest part of them all was the Humor that RDA brought to the show.and I most say the few couple of days I have really start missing Sg-1

February 16th, 2010, 11:04 AM
I think puppet Hammond sumed in best in 200:P

February 18th, 2010, 11:50 PM
I think puppet Hammond sumed in best in 200:P

I totally agree with you

February 19th, 2010, 01:28 AM
To me, SG-1 Is the best show all shows - I like the application of new, real or theorectical science - the twist of the egyption history and the acting and sets are movie quality - especially the special effects with all the space ships and new worlds and technologies. . . some whinners out there say stargate is a bunch of techno babble and some of the episode's are like what happened in another show, blah blah - well true Star Gate fans love techno babble as most of us are trekky's and firefly lovers - all I know is that it's awesome when almost all episodes intertwine with a larger story and I own every episode of SG-1 and Atlantis and watch them over and over. I must say that to truly enjoy SG-1 and Atlantis you gotta have the DVD's - commercials ruin a show and the episodes are so much more interesting and better without 4 minutes of interuptions every 5 minutes - As I am disabled The 54 DVD disk set of SG-1 is great if you have depression - I would watch 4 to 5 DVDs a day and life was bearable and I was immersed in the great adventure of humans discovering and using the stargate. I have watched all ten seasons now 14 times and Atlantis many times and even though I know every episode, I still find them awesome to watch and find hardly any other shows on anymore good to watch - jack o'neill is uncanilly like myself and sam, teal'c and daniel and walter and major hammond, bra'tac are all just awesome characters. . . . I only wish it was real. I would like to live on the Nox homeworld . . . . And It's too bad SGU wasn't done like SG-1 - I know there's an economic slump/crash . . . but they should have the fans writen the new show - we are STARGATE fans and know what we want. . . . I myself could write an entire season and all be done on a ship with few actors and ship gate and come up with way better, more interesting episodes, SG-1 never had to rely on cheap stupid meaningless sex scenes for ratings. . . AND like every other gate fan I would love to see more SG-1 movies produced. . . . . should have cancelled SGU before it ever aired and made them 2 SG-1 and Atlantis movies that are on hold as well as more movies. SG-1 is pure gold and with a "Stargate in the show" the scenarios for episodes are endless. . . .

March 1st, 2010, 12:05 PM
I really miss SG-1... 'nuff said.

March 1st, 2010, 12:51 PM
At the heart of it, for me SG-1 is Daniel, Teal'c, Sam and Jack. It's the incredible team dynamic, the bonds, which truly drew me in, which made me care for the characters. It is mythology, adventure, friendship and love. And, the most important thing, it made me laugh. I miss it.

Supreme Commander Sil
March 1st, 2010, 01:00 PM
SG1 = sheer awesomeness :cool:
Nothing could ever beat it :(!!!

March 24th, 2010, 03:04 AM
SG1 = sheer awesomeness :cool:
Nothing could ever beat it :(!!!

I agree
I've had a number of shows I've likes But never one like SG-1 I can watch it over and over again
its thrilling, dramatic with action and even some romance on the side, everything you could possible want in a show
I used to get called a nerd by my girlfriends for loving the show, Now the all love it and can't get enough of it!
Stargate = LIFE <3 <3

April 6th, 2010, 02:57 AM
For me, Stargate means this infinite possibility of creation ! Everything and anything is possible (was? ) in this show. But my real turning point was when I watched it in English. When the show started in France I was 10 and so I watched it in French. But in this language, something is wrong : Sam's voice... She has a shrill voice. It's unbearable. Each time, she is saying something you just want to say to her "Okay sweety you're pretty but don't speak ". You can imagine my ecstatic joy when I was able to understand English and so able to watch those episodes in English (my ears were happy too).
Stargate also represents my passion for sci-fi movies, tv shows and books. Some people say that I'm too obsessed with it but hey who's not ?

April 14th, 2010, 03:35 AM
I think SG-1 will always be my favorite show. It's storyline isn't as cohesive and thrilling like in Heroes or Lost. It's character development isn't as huge as in BSG or SGU, but it acomplishes, like no other show I've ever watched, this relaxed feeling, that just let's you forget all your anger and problems, and look at the world with a smile.
And after all, that's what entertainment is all about, isn't it?
This feeling is especially great when you're watching episodes at night, direclty beneath a skylight, like I do. ;)

April 20th, 2010, 05:16 PM
For me SG1 is a fun, action adventure that doesn't carry itself too seriously. There is a minimal focus on heavy moral issues such as genocide in episodes like The Devil You Know where the SG1 team are victorious through destroying an entire planet. The consequences of this are never discussed. This would be my only disappointment with the show as it doesn't always give a true portrayal of the intelligent and calculated characters we've come to know. However, the characters are very likable and inviting unlike Battlestar Galactica where there seems to be a consistent thread of bitterness and angst which can really weigh down the feel of the show. Hence, for me SG1 is a series that allows me to have a rest from the real world and enter one where danger and fun go hand in hand.

April 21st, 2010, 03:07 PM
SG-1 is a show that I really liked because it had so many good stories. It wasn't just action, it was also about the characters and stories with morals and themes, but also humorous. Altogether, it is a light show, but with great stories. It had its ups and downs and some (really) bad episodes, but it was still a great show. Its characters don't really develop like in Star Trek or BattleStar Galactica, but they are still great. (And i'm glad that the show is closer to Stargate than Battlestar in terms of drama and weight)
It was just good entertainment.

April 21st, 2010, 03:24 PM
There is a minimal focus on heavy moral issues such as genocide in episodes like The Devil You Know where the SG1 team are victorious through destroying an entire planet.
iirc there weren't many people on the planet so it wasn't as bad as say destroying the replicator homeworld and killing millions of sentients in sga

April 22nd, 2010, 03:27 AM
That's true. I remember there just being a prison colony, but still, it would have been nice if they had thought to ask :p

April 23rd, 2010, 04:13 PM
To me, this show is everything I've ever dreamed about. I've always been torn between Anthropology and Astronomy, in the real world. Well, this show gives me a healthy dose of both. The chemistry between the main characters (not just SG-1, but SGC's main characters) is like no on screen chemistry I've ever seen. I have never been fully immersed in anything on screen, like I am with SG-1.

My brother had been telling me I should watch the Stargate series for the better part of 10 years. I didn't start to watch it until my brother was close to the end of his life. Within the last year, I've watched SG-1 3 times (on the third now). I've seen SGA twice.

I will probably continue to re-watch SG-1 for the foreseeable future. It makes me happy. It takes me to another place. It influences me in every day live. In my opinion, this is the best show ever. :)