Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
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Children of the Gods 

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Colonel Jack O'Neill is brought out of retirement to lead a new expedition back to Abydos, only to find an old friend, a new enemy and a far wider use of the Stargate.


Mario Azzopardi


Brad Wright (developed for television by), Jonathan Glassner (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dean Anderson ... Colonel Jack O'Neill
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Amanda Tapping ... Captain Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Don S. Davis ... Major General George Hammond
Jay Acovone ... Major Charles Kawalsky
Vaitiare Hirshon ... Sha're / Amaunet (as Vaitiare Bandera)
Robert Wisden ... Samuels
Peter Williams ... Apophis
Brent Stait ... Louis Ferretti
Gary Jones ... Sgt. Walter Harriman
Alexis Cruz ... Skaara / Klorel
Rachel Hayward ... Sgt. Carol Weterings
Rick Ravanello ... Guard #2
J.B. Bivens ... Guard #1


An alien similar to Ra appears out of the Stargate, killing five soldiers and kidnapping another, a year after the original Stargate mission. A new team is assembled, including some old members, and they go in search of the missing soldier in order to find out how Ra could still be alive. Meanwhile, the alien Gou'ald kidnap Sha're and Skaara, implanting them with symbiotes and making them Gou'ald hosts. Written by Lee Jamilkowski

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Release Date:

27 July 1997 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Amanda Tapping ('Samatha Carter') says, "This is how they controlled it. It took us 15 years and three supercomputers to MacGyver a system for the gate on Earth." Richard Dean Anderson played the eponymous lead in MacGyver (1985). According to one account, Tapping ad-libbed the MacGyver reference while reading for the part of Carter, and that was what clinched the role for her. See more »


The scenes looking down at the descending lift are actually shots looking up at an ascending lift. There is a looping cable visibly defying gravity 'above' the lift See more »


George Hammond: Where's Captain Carter?
Samuels: Just arriving, sir.
Jack O'Neill: Carter?
George Hammond: I'm assigning Sam Carter to this mission.
Jack O'Neill: I'd prefer to put together my own team, sir.
George Hammond: Not on this mission. Sorry. Carter's our expert on the Stargate.
Jack O'Neill: Where's he transferring from?
Samantha Carter: [Carter enters the room] She is transferring from the Pentagon. I take it you're Colonel O'Neill. Captain Samantha Carter reporting, sir.
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Crazy Credits

The first A in the word Stargate (in the title) is not a true A, but is represented by the Stargate's Earth point of origin. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2009 MGM released a re-edited version of Children of the Gods on DVD. Certain scenes have been trimmed slightly to make the pace of the film flow faster and one new scene has been added. Scenes with violence have been toned down and the infamous full frontal nudity shots of actress Vaitiare Bandera have been removed. Also,the visual effects have been enhanced and composer Joel Goldsmith has re-scored the entire film with new music instead of the re-used David Arnold score from the 1994 feature. The 2009 version runs approx 7 minutes shorter than the original. See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith
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Very Solid Pilot
31 March 2017 | by georgesepiclifeSee all my reviews

I thought this was a very good pilot. I was impressed with the way all the main characters were slowly introduced and were developed in the 90 minutes. Of course, a pilot's main objective is to 'hook' the audience, and "Children of the Gods" does an excellent job at this. Multiple story lines are introduced which are engaging, and I look forward to how they'll be developed in future episodes. Jack O'Neill looks to be a very good protagonist. I love his sense of humour, and I thought it was refreshing to have a protagonist who didn't know much about all the complicated sci-fi stuff going on - in a way, he kind of represents us, the audience watching, because we don't have any idea about what's going on as well! There were some weaknesses I thought; with some scenes having a bit too much humour, and some scenes were a bit repetitive and drawn out. However, I was impressed overall, especially with the concept of making a TV show which is a direct continuation of a feature film. This was a very ambitious pilot, but one which did the job to hook me into watching more.

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