In the episode "Full Circle", Anubis fires his superweapon at the planet Abydos, and we see the pyramid explode and the land surrounding it. At the end of the episode, there's only devastated land shown.

Is there any evidence, that is considered canon, which would prove that it was the whole planet which was destroyed? I've seen claims in various places that is what happened to the planet.

  • ... the impression I got was that the team didn't actually visit Abydos, but some transitive or subspace recreation of (a portion of) Abydos. That the planet was completely destroyed, but Oma just popped up a temporary spot for some closure for the team (and the viewers). Sep 28 at 14:52

Is there any evidence, that is considered canon, which would prove that it was the whole planet which was destroyed?

The canon is pretty much "Full Circle". Oma saved the villagers by helping them ascend and Anubis fires his new super-weapon. Back on Earth the team repeatedly try to dial Abydos without success until they finally make a connection. Skaara explains Abydos was destroyed, and that the Stargate will disappear when they return to Earth.

Since they were able to go back to the planet, It wasn't "Death Starred" into a billion piece, but all life had been wiped out and any new clues to finding the lost city have been nuked as well

EDIT: In universe why would Oma lie?

EDIT: Out of universe answer

Full Circle also setup for Michael Shanks to return as one of the SG-1 core cast as de-ascended Daniel Jackson. From a story perspective they needed a reason why he'd risk being de-ascended.

The writers could have put Earth in danger again, but they'd already done that for several season finales. They also wouldn't be able to demo Anubis' cool new super-weapon as destroying Earth = no more show.

The answer - Abydos! It also conveniently lets them tie up some character stories such as Skaara's. He was a recurring cast member in the first few seasons, but got put on the back-burner as Goa'ulds were defeated, and new villains introduced.

The other choice would have been just to not be able to dial Abydos and have a character come in and say it's been blown up, then have Oma show up and explain what happened, but this breaks the "show, don't tell" rule.

By going back to a desolate planet, the TV lets the audience see the "total devastation" of Anubis' new super-weapon, and shows that Skaara and the others survived. It also clearly wraps several story-lines they likely were never going to explore further.

Out of universe it's all special effects anyway. There's no in-episode hint that what the teams sees at the end isn't "real".

  • I'm not sure you can point at the same episode that OP saw. We don't see what happened to the planet, only what Oma wants them to see.
    – Valorum
    Sep 28 at 10:52

According to Michael Shanks, Abydos was "destroyed" when Anubis fired upon it.

“Well, he ‘ascends,” corrects Shanks. “Abydos is destroyed. The entire village ascends. That’s not Daniel’s plan. Oma Desala does it. She also takes Daniel away while he is fighting with Anubis.”

Stargate SG-1 Cast Interviews: Michael Shanks

I think we can reasonably assume that the surface of the planet was rendered lifeless rather than the planet itself being blown into smithereeens. Anubis' weapon is powerful, but it's not the Death Star.


What Skaara actually said was:

Anubis destroyed the pyramid. Everyone was killed in the blast.

So it stands to reason Abydos the planet is still there. But since the pyramid and consequently, the gate were destroyed, there was no way to go there via stargate. In essence, one can agree: Abydos was destroyed, but as a settlement, with several thousands of people, located nearby the pyramid. In the movie it is in some distance, in TV show they apparently relocated closer or into the pyramid for protection from the elements, so even if gate itself didn't explode, the Anubis' weapon would still do the trick.

However neither of them, nor in combination - weapon, gate, or both - would be able to destroy the planet. Some widespread damage to the surface, maybe even locally destabilizing the crust, yes. But not destroying the whole planet.

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