There But For the Grace Of God (I)
Episode 20 of 22 within Season One. Item 21 of 223 overall.
Production number 3960.
David Law Kemper - Story
Robert C. Cooper - Teleplay
David Warry-Smith - Director
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While exploring an alien Stargate complex on P3R233, a world that appears to have been destroyed by the Goa'uld, Daniel Jackson discovers a slab that, when activated, turns into a shimmering mirror. He touches the mirror and gets a mild jolt but thinks nothing of it until he returns through the Stargate. Then, he finds himself in an alternate reality, a place that looks like Earth but where nothing is quite as it was.

The most distressing difference is that this world is under attack by the Goa'ulds, who have wiped out half-a-billion people and are about to capture the Stargate Command. O'Neill faces-off against Teal'c, who in this reality is still loyal to the Goa'uld, and Daniel tries to escape through the Stargate with information that may save his world from the fate of this alternate reality. Part One of Three.

original airdate--February 20,1998           


music--"Stargate SG-1" theme song by Joel Goldsmith



Planet--P3R-233  race--Jaffa  enemies:Teal'c

Goofs--When attempting to dial out about 26 minutes into episode, the Earth gate point of origin symbol locks (indicating that all the symbols are finished encoding). But then "chevron 2 encoded" is announced.

  • The Earth symbol is seen on the Stargate on P3R-233.
  • Within the alternate Earth, the second chevron locked when they dial the planet on which the Quantum Mirror is located is the Earth symbol.
  • The alternate SGA acts like they can only dial out to one place. While true, they could flee to P3R-233 and from the safety of there dial out to multiple places.
  • This map is not accurate, because in central Europe part of map is still Czechoslovakia, which was divided in 1993. However, it is possible that Czechoslovakia still exists in this alternate reality.

Trivia--When Senator Kinsey asks Colonel O'Neill if he's ever seen a Goa'uld starship, he responds that he has. Immediately following his remark, there's a scene of a ship landing on top of a pyramid. This is footage lifted directly from Stargate.


  • In a season 1 episode Daniel makes a sarcastic remark that they will be able to upload a computer virus into a Goa'uld mothership to stop an invasion. This is an obvious reference to the film Independence Day which was directed by Roland Emmerich, who also directed the original Stargate film.



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020 Tin Man
Next episode :
022 Politics (II)
Related to this story :
022 Politics (II)
  Stargate SG-1, Season One
023 Within the Serpent's Grasp (III) (season finale)
  Stargate SG-1, Season One
024 The Serpent's Lair (IV)
  Stargate SG-1, Season Two
032 Secrets
  Stargate SG-1, Season Two
051 Point of View
  Stargate SG-1, Season Three

regional titles

There But For the Grace Of God (I)
Une dimension trop rČelle
Die Invasion (1)
Universi paralleli
Mundos Paralelos