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In Season 1 Episode 11, Heliopolis, SG-1 travels to a planet where we first learn of the alliance for 4 races, and discover that Ernest Littlefield had survived his trip through the gate in 1945, and had been living alone until they arrived, some 50+ years later. The wiki page for Heliopolis states that the planet's life had been completely extinguished, and Ernest was the first, and only, living thing on the planet. So, how did one man, who had no supplies, manage to live for 50 years? Should he not have died of starvation after only a month or two after arriving?

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    What's more, SG-1 arrives just as the place he's been living for decades is about to be destroyed. – Buzz Jan 3 at 20:13
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    @Buzz - I'm pretty sure the vibrations from the stargate were responsible for the collapse. – Valorum Jan 3 at 20:40
  • There was also a thunderstorm happening. – Rebel-Scum Jan 3 at 21:27
  • "Should he not have died of starvation after only a month or two after arriving?" I'd be more concerned about dying within a few days due to lack of water. – jpmc26 Jan 4 at 0:47
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    @jpmc26 - For all we know, that ocean is fresh water – Valorum Jan 4 at 10:42
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The long-shot of the castle shows that it's directly adjacent to an ocean. The land in the distance appears to have green on it. Since we know that he didn't take food supplies, it seems highly likely that Ernest subsisted on fish, whatever wildlife he could trap and whatever plants/greenery he could find, noting that when he first talks to Daniel he hands him a piece of fruit (h/t to @KeralynBrooks for spotting that).

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For the record, the wiki source that claims that the planet is entirely devoid of life is from a licenced, but non-canon mission pack in the role-playing game Stargate: Fantastic Frontiers, and as such can be dismissed entirely since it conflicts with what we see on screen.

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    You gotta love misleading, non-canon information being added to wiki's without clear distinction as to which is which. I haven't gotten a chance to read any of the books yet, so assumed it had come from one of those. Thanks. – Daishozen Jan 3 at 21:19
  • @Daishozen - The books are non-canon as well, even the novelisations. – Valorum Jan 3 at 21:22
  • So, basically, if it isn't in the show it didn't happen? – Daishozen Jan 3 at 21:23
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    @Daishozen - Your mileage may vary. As far as canon is concerned, it goes on-screen, then everything else including the novelisations, interviews, EU novels, RPG games, etc etc – Valorum Jan 3 at 21:23
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    @11684 It's not unreasonable to ask for internally consistent fiction, though. Suspension of disbelief only goes so far. – chepner Jan 4 at 13:46
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He was seen holding a purple ball of something (fruit?), and he said

'Eat'

so probably he survived mainly on plant life.

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    Good find. I've taken the liberty of adding a screenshot of what appears to be a piece of fruit. – Valorum Jan 3 at 22:28
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    Looking at the closeup version, it looks like a bell pepper that's either purple or dark brown. Not sure if you can find those for sale or it was painted. – C Teegarden Jan 4 at 20:56
  • @CTeegarden I wonder if the fruit could have been easily chromakeyed, since bell peppers are naturally green! – PhasedOut Jan 4 at 22:28
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    purple peppers are a thing. easier than spray paint @Graham territorialseed.com/product/Purple-Star-Pepper-Seed/… – JCRM Jan 5 at 14:01
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    @JCRM Cool, I'll have to find some of those for this summer. :) – Graham Jan 8 at 9:58

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