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"Stargate SG-1" Children of the Gods (TV Episode 1997) Poster

(TV Series)

(1997)

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Factual errors 

During her initial appearance, Sam stated that she had "100 hours over enemy airspace during the Gulf War." Yet her ribbons don't include either of the authorized Kuwait Liberation Medals (Saudi and Kuwait). By the time frame of this episode, she would have been authorized to wear both.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (1)  | Character error (2)  | Continuity (7)  | Factual errors (7)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Plot holes (3)  | Revealing mistakes (6)

Anachronisms 

General Hammond says they are sending a Mark 5 nuclear bomb through the Stargate. The Mark 5 was only in service from 1952 to 1963.
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Character error 

When the Stargate team (pre SG-1) and Teal'c are fleeing the prison, Teal'c uses the word "Stargate" in place of "Chappa'ai".
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As the SG-2 team is waking up on Chulak, the airman incorrectly addresses Major Kawalsky as "Captain."
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Continuity 

It was mentioned twice that when a probe was sent to Abydos, it was flattened. The explanation given for this was that the gate had been buried. There are two problems with this. 1) If it had been truly buried, chevron 7 wouldn't have locked. 2) If it had been ineffectively buried, the vortex would have cleared enough room that the probe would have arrived intact.
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On Abydos, the inner ring of the gate does not spin when Apophis comes and goes, but the only way to dial the gate, unless you are ascended, is for the inner ring to spin and the chevrons to lock.
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In the pilot episodes #1.1 & 1.2, "Children of the Gods" Teal'c's supposedly permanent gold serpent marking is upside-down in a scene where he is talking with Jack. There are also some episodes where it is slightly crooked.
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In the shot of the Stargate at the moment when Daniel Jackson throws the box of tissues back to the SGC, the central light on the rear wall is missing.
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During Col. O'Neill's elevator ride down to the Stargate level to report to Gen. Hammond, he is escorted by a man wearing both Major rank insignia and Staff Sergeant stripes. He should be called "Staff Sergeant Major".
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After O'Neill's team comes back through from Abydos, the Iris closes and Gen. Hammond explains the Iris to O'Neill. The shot back at the Gate shows the ramp cleared off, however, in the subsequent shots there are still people on the ramp.
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After Skarra goes through the Stargate, Daniel, Kawalsky and Carter run up to Jack. Daniel's glasses are almost falling off his nose. He asks Jack if he saw the symbols. Jack shakes his head, and then it cuts closer to Daniel and his glasses have re-positioned themselves back up on top of his nose.
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Factual errors 

The major who escorts Col. O'Neill to the lower levels of NORAD is also wearing sergeant's stripes on the sleeves of his dress uniform. This does not appear to be a new character (same man who picked up O'Neill at his home) and you can see that he is clearly wearing officer's rank on his shoulder epaulets. Enlisted airmen wear nothing on their epaulets.
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While in BDU's, the rank insignia that the character "Major" Kawalsky appears to be wearing is two connected silver bars, which would make him a Captain. A Major would wear bronze oak leaves, which he is seen wearing while in his Class A uniform.
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The character "Major" Samuels appears to be wearing silver oak leaves, which would make him a Lieutenant Colonel. A Major would wear bronze oak leaves.
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It will usually take years (about three, according to studies) to develop an allergy to the plants of a new country, so the fact that Daniel sneezes sometimes, after coming to a new planet would seem to be a mistake. We are not even talking about a different country here, but a new planet.
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The female soldier that is kidnapped in the pilot tells her captives that she is "a Sergeant in the US Airforce". The rank she is wearing when she is kidnapped though is actually that of a Senior Airman.
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When Major Samuels is first introduced when contacting Jack O'Neill, he is wearing a combination cap for an O-5/6 (Lt. Col/Col.). The cap for an O-4 (Major) does not have any embroidery on the bill.
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When Jack O'Neill is escorted into the elevator, his escort is wearing both oak leaf clusters on the epaulets _and_ enlisted man's stripes on the sleeves.
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Miscellaneous 

In opening the when the Jaffa leave when the Stargate closes the view is looking down and the walkway clearly seen going thru the Stargate opening it would be destroyed when the gate opened.
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Plot holes 

When Apophis, Teal'c and various other Jaffa travel through the gate to earth, the wormhole closes, but when they leave with the female USAF officer the gate is open even though they didn't enter the control room and wouldn't be able to use earths system anyway because of the difference between earths computers and DHDs.
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It is not clear how much time goes by before the Goa'ulds depart in the opening scenes, and you can clearly see that the gate is closed during the fighting. But how do they dial back?
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When Apophis and his guards retreat from the gate room they had no DHD to use for the return trip. As seen on Abidos later they needed one to leave. Since they never left the gate room on Earth & wouldn't have had any time to figure out the computer system anyway, they should have been trapped, as SG1 was anytime they didn't have a working DHD on a world they were investigating.
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Revealing mistakes 

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
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On Abydos, right before Daniel dials Earth, some of the symbols on the DHD are blinking.
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When Col. O'Neil is traveling down the second elevator, the scene shown is actually of an elevator going up.
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When Daniel bumps into the Dial Home Device the first time SG1 arrives on Apophis' planet, it wobbles.
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As Apophis is leaving Chulak with Sha're and starts to dial the gate, a symbol on the DHD is already lit up (look top right) and if you listen carefully, you can hear 7 presses on the DHD.
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During the opening scenes, as Apophis and his guards take the hostage and battle the human guards, the gate shuts down. When reinforcements arrive, the stargate is open again. Without a DHD present, Apophis had no way to activate the stargate and would have been trapped on Earth.
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