When I was watching the SG-1 episode "Nightwalkers", I had this strange sense of déjà vu - like I'd seen a similar story line (aliens recruit unwitting townsfolk to rebuild/repair their crashed/disabled spaceship) play out in some other TV show or movie produced years before.

Was it really an original SG-1 story or was it, as I suspect, an SG-1 version of what I would think is a stock sci-fi plot?

  • If you're asking specifically about where the inspiration for that Stargate episode came from, the inspiration tag might be better than story-identification.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 21:16
  • Sounds like something that should be in Twilight Zone / Outer Limits / X-Files.
    – Xantec
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 21:16
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    Reminded me of Steven King's work, small town oddness. Possibly The Tommyknockers? According to a quick google search it was adapted to tv in 1993.
    – ench
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 21:40

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This question concerns a story that sounds to me very similar to that SG-1 episode - a movie called "Night Slaves" apparently has the same idea in 1970.

  • I just looked it up on IMDB (and even Wikipedia has an article on it). The Wikipedia article associates it with a few other movies (Duel, The Night Stalker, Killdozer) which were contemporary "movies of the week" and all of which I remember watching in their first run, so I'm sure this is the origin of my "deja vu".
    – Anthony X
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 23:36
  • The movie "Killdozer" was made from a novella by the same name, written by Theodore Sturgeon. It has been one of my favorite stories for decades. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 3:04

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