Questions tagged [stargate]

For questions about the 'Stargate' franchise. For the movie of the same name released in 1994, use [stargate-movie]. Use in conjunction with the specific series as well: [stargate-sg1], [stargate-atlantis], [stargate-universe] or [stargate-origins].

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In Stargate, how can you have a point of origin with only one coordinate?

According to this graph when you dial a gate you're telling it not only where to go, but where you are coming from: (Source: Wikipedia) I've always wondered, wouldn't the point of origin also ...
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In what order should I watch the various Stargate TV Series?

I am unfamiliar with the (multiple) Stargate shows and films, other than the movie which I saw a while ago. I want to try watching the series to see if it is something that I like. What are the non-...
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How does the Iris on the stargate works when establishing a wormhole?

I was watching the SG-1 earlier and realized something. When a Stargate is locked there is a surge (for lack of a better word) in front of the gate. Carter says it is unstable wormhole etc. Also says ...
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In Stargate why can you go only in one direction through the gate but radio signals can go both ways?

So why can people and other objects just go in the one direction while radio signals can go both ways? Is that ever explained or is it just fact?
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Is the Stargate storyline continued after Stargate: Universe?

The Stargate storyline begins in the movie, and then continues in Stargate: SG1, then Stargate: Atlantis, and finally in Stargate: Universe. Are there any films, novels, or TV series that take place ...
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Why does everyone on almost every planet in the Pegasus Galaxy speak English?

We know that Earth is the origin of humans in the Milky Way galaxy. The Goa'uld relocated people from Earth to other planets. As far as I remember the Goa'uld has rarely or never been in Pegasus ...
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Why did the Tollan get wiped out?

In SG-1 we met the Tollan. They never went through a 'Dark Age' after being transplanted from Earth, and are thus at least 200 years ahead of us, technologically. In their first appearance they ...
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What are the main thematic differences between SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe?

The Stargate franchise spans three main series, an RPG, an animated series (which I understand to be non-canon), and more. My wife and I watched and loved SG-1, but I'm having a hard time convincing ...
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Does the order of glyphs matter in Stargate addresses?

Excepting the final glyph for point of origin, does the order of the glyphs matter when dialing a Stargate? I don't recall ever seeing someone dial an address out of order, or directly commenting on ...
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How can a person “Hold a stargate open” with their arm?

In several episodes of SG1, Atlantis, and once in SGU a person is able to hold a gate open by sticking just their arm through. The show explains why the gate stays open (to prevent a person from being ...
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Why did the writers never let the Stargate be revealed to the public?

I think in Stargate the general population of Earth never knew that Stargates and aliens existed. So I get that the idea behind the show is that there is a secret operation that most humans don't ...
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In the Stargate franchise, were the Ancients originally from earth?

I'm very familiar with the Ancients, but I can't remember if they came from planet Earth, originally? I remember an episode about an ancient device that may have been used to create life on Earth when ...
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Is an in universe explanation given for not having Zat-guns in Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe?

The Zat-gun fullfills very usefull jobs in the Stargate SG1 series, allowing stunning and providing a means to overload (and disable) equipment. I would have thought they would have brought some to ...
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How does the Stargate Wormhole know whether it can close itself, or if there are more people coming through?

I don't know Stargate: SG-1 well enough to find episode titles, so I hope people will bear with me (or one who is wiser might edit this and add them). In a number of situations in the show, we see ...
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Where does the iris on the SGC stargate retract to?

In the Stargate SG-1 TV series it is shown prominently many times that the stargate in the SGC has a retractable iris. This iris is used to prevent matter from exiting the wormhole. When the iris ...
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What's the full story behind Michael Shanks and Season 6 of Stargate: SG-1?

I've been re-watching Stargate SG-1 and I was a little bit surprised to see that despite Michael Shanks leaving the show, he actually appears in seven episodes in Season 6 (as Daniel Jackson and as ...
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Could the Stargate Program have stolen a DHD from an uninhabited planet?

In "48 Hours" they destroy the last functioning DHD on Earth in order to save Teal'c, however at the same time they establish at least a rudimentary knowledge about how to hook up and unhook a DHD ...
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Is there any indicator as to how many planets have Stargates?

I'm trying to figure out how many planets have stargates in the Stargate universe, preferably separated by galaxy. I've recently thought about just how many stars there are in the galaxy, and roughly ...
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Why didn't SG-1 bring more Jaffa weapons back through the stargate?

I'm about halfway through watching Stargate SG-1 and I noticed several occasions where SG-1 fought Jaffa forces near the stargate. While they often had to leave in a hurry, there were many situations ...
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What sort of linkage is there between the Stargate movie and television universes?

I rewatched the Stargate movie recently, and it got me wondering about what I've been missing with regards to the TV series that have been spun off. I enjoy reading people's opinions on which series ...
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How powerful is a ZPM (zero-point module)?

In Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, an ancient race of humans* developed a technology called a ZPM (or Zed-PM for McKay fans out there). These zero-point modules were capable of immense power ...
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Why do advanced civilizations in Stargate SG-1 prefer energy weapons?

In Stargate SG-1, there are many instances where it seems obvious that projectile weapons are superior to energy weapons in close combat. Why is it that technologically advanced civilizations tend to ...
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Wouldn't the stargate addresses from Earth be different?

We know that stellar drift is a factor in gate addresses, and this is why the only gate Earth could reach is Abydos (and the one on the planet where Catherine's husband was), and after this, they ...
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What happens to objects that enter a Stargate from the destination side?

We know that matter can only travel one way through a Stargate, ie. from the dialing gate to the destination. What happens to things that enter the wormhole from the destination side? For example, ...
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Stargate - Earth's “point of origin” Symbol

I've realised something which, given the canon of SG-1, seems odd. If we go on the idea that the Ancients did create the Stargate network (obviously this wasn't mentioned in the film and possibly the ...
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Why does Stargate Atlantis midway station have two gates?

Season 4 Episode 17: Midway. Why does it have two stargates? And how is that even possible, i thought there must be a huge distance between each of them to work; it would be pure chance which one ...
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Why did The Ancients not include the remote dialing feature in the Milky Way Stargates?

I've been thinking about the differences between the 3 types of Stargates: Milky Way, Pegasus, and the SGU gates. The SGU gates are the earliest, and they have some limitations compared to the later ...
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How did the Goa'uld Raiding team return in the beginning of the pilot?

At the very beginning of SG1, the Goa'uld invade Earth, and then return somehow. How did they manage to return? There was no DHD, and somehow they didn't let it be known where they were going, IE, ...
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How was Ernest Littlefield able to survive for 50 years?

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 ...
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Why did the Goa'uld not invade Earth through the Beta gate?

The Beta gate, so far as I can tell, has been in Antarctica functioning for thousands of years. Why didn't the Goa'uld invade Earth through the beta gate at some point in time? Or am I just ...
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If the Wraith know about Atlantis, why don't they go there more often?

I haven't watched every Stargate: Atlantis episode, but I've watched quite a few from the later seasons and have been watching some lately from an earlier season. One thing that really confuses me is ...
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How can a Stargate draw power from a black hole?

In "Beachhead" (SG-1 season 9), Col. Carter notes that the only thing in the Universe powerful enough to power an Ori Supergate is a black hole, and indeed the Ori manage to collapse an entire planet ...
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What happened to the 'freezing' side effect of gate travel?

In the movie and in the early episodes of Stargate SG-1, whenever a team travelled from Earth to their destination they always arrived 'cold'. This is especially noticeable in the movie. In the later ...
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Why do they consider the Ori false gods?

Throughout Stargate SG-1 seasons 9 and 10 they spend the time fighting the crusade of the Ori. They mention several times that 'the Ori are not gods.' I think that Dr Daniel Jackson mentions several ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the change in primary weapon of SG1?

Members of SG1 are shown to carry a H&K MP5 as their primary weapon in the earlier series/seasons. At some point, they replace that with an FN P-90. Was it ever explained why?
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How long do you have to wait after being hit with a Zat'nik'tel before the count restarts? [duplicate]

In Stargate SG-1 when you fire a Zat the discharge increments as the following: 1 hit for stun, 2 is a kill and 3 disintegrates. But how long would you have to wait to hit again and be okay? Are they ...
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Is There a Difference Between Entering an Active Stargate on One Side Or The Other?

Related Questions: Entering an Active Wormhole from the Destination When people dial a gate, they generally enter from the 'front' of the stargate. For convenience's sake on most planets, the 'front'...
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What is that super-secret mission the Odyssey is supposed to be on during Stargate Atlantis' Finale?

"It's on some secret mission even I'm not supposed to know about." —Steven Caldwell (during Enemy at the Gate)
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Do all planets in Stargate series have exactly the same atmospheric pressure?

In Stargate (the movie) we see that, when the gate is activated, there is no wind moving from one planet to another. This suggests that air does not flow, which, in turn suggests atmospheric pressure ...
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Roughly how many people know the Stargate exists?

Over the course of the 3 Stargate shows, and several movies, we've seen a pretty large number of people working in the Stargate program. We've seen: SG teams at SGC Numerous scientists working on ...
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Was mythology created by Stargate aliens or did they just use it?

In the Stargate franchise, the basic idea is that many aliens have assumed the roles of Terran mythological figures, including the Goa'uld (Egyptian), the Asgard (Norse) and Alterrans (Buddhist?). My ...
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How did the Stargates get to the planets?

Somebody put them there so they can travel quickly between planets, but how did they travel to the planet far away without a Stargate to build one there?
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Why doesnt the SGC use the Asgard Cloning device to make more ZPMs?

As the title said; why couldn't Stargate Command use the Asgard cloning device to make more ZPMs, the way they did for the Replicator gun or the actual Replicator they created?
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Stargate SG-1 episode with religious conflict

I am looking for two things: a Stargate SG-1 episode, which is between seasons 1 and 5, and a specific quote in that episode. Episode The SG-1 team visits a planet where they are met by a team of ...
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Why are stargates seldom guarded?

The daily routine of a stargate team is, that they dial a new coordinate, step through the gate and arrive at a new unknown world, stepping out of a stargate, most times located in the wilderness and ...
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Why did the Ancients wait so long to launch Destiny?

Given the lack of any evidence either way, I'd always gone on the assumption that the seed ships were sent just a short while ahead of Destiny. However, the fact that Novus had a gate (as did other ...
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Who were the Furlings?

In the episode of Stargate SG-1 called "The Fifth Race", there are 4 advanced races which are listed, namely the Asgard, the Ancients, the Nox, and the Furlings. The Asgard and the Ancients were ...
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What happened to Anubis's host?

Anubis was a goa'uld who ascended with the help of the ascended being Oma Desala. I'm wondering, then, what happened to Anubis's host. We've seen that when others ascend, their clothes are left ...
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Why weren't the Tollan named 'The Fifth Race'?

In Stargate SG-1 we learn of an alliance of four great races in the episode The Fifth Race. It is also in this episode that the Asgard tell Jack that humanity is on it's way to becoming the fifth race ...
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Why does Earth have two stargates?

How come Earth has two Stargates, and why does one of them get "priority"?