Politics (II)
Episode 21 of 22 within Season One. Item 22 of 223 overall.
Production number 121.
Brad Wright - Writer
Martin Wood - Director
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Having escaped marauding Goa'ulds in another Earth reality, Daniel Jackson warns that it is only a matter of time before they launch an attack in this one. But, the Stargate program faces a more immediate threat - - this from Senator Kinsey, powerful Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and the man who oversees Stargate's multi-billion dollar budget. Kinsey sees the program as a wasteful fat cat with dubious goals and he vows to shut it down.

As he reviews the past missions with Hammond, O'Neill and the SG-1 team, he dismisses the danger presented by the Goa'uld, despite warnings from Teal'c of their power. Even Daniel's desperate warning of an imminent attack won't sway the Senator, who is determined to bury the gate and put the program out of business. Part Two of Three.

original airdate-- February 7,1998               


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



Planet--Earth  race--humans  enemies:Kinsey

Goof--(At 21:55) When the Jaffa are all summoned to hear Apophis on the long-range communication device, the Jaffa woman in the second row, standing next to the sarcophagus, does not have a symbiote pouch.

Trivia--A scene with a Goa'uld mothership passing Saturn on its way to Earth is most likely an homage to a similar scene in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2 (#4.1)} where a Borg cube passes Saturn on its way to Earth.

  • While the SG-1 team is on a Goa'uld mothership, O'Neill asks Teal'c if the Goa'uld "TV" gets Showtime. A reference to the Showtime network on which the series aired from 1997 to 2002.
  • It cost $7.4 billion per year to operate Stargate.
  • This is the first SG-1 episode to feature a scene taken from the original movie. Later shots of Heru'ur's ship landing on the Temple of Ra in the episode "Secrets" were also lifted from the film.
Easter Egg--In Politics from Season one, SG1 is in a meeting with Kinsey and Daniel is telling Kinsey that there is a threat from the Goauld. Kinsey tells him "Then I think they will regret taking on the United States military". At which point Daniel responds: "We'll just upload a computer virus into the mothership" which is a reference to the producer of the movie, Dean Devlin, who went on to write Independance Day.


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004 The Enemy Within
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006 The Broca Divide
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008 Cold Lazarus
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009 The Nox
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010 Brief Candle
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016 Singularity
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021 There But For the Grace Of God (I)
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023 Within the Serpent's Grasp (III) (season finale)
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024 The Serpent's Lair (IV)
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regional titles

Politics (II)
D»cision Politique
Die Invasion (2)
Pericolo di attacco