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Why did the writers never let the Stargate be revealed to the public?

In short, the idea of the Stargate being revealed to the world and the consequences thereof (shock!, horror!, wonderment!, amazement!, riots!, new cult religions!, etc etc) was so big a story that the ...
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Why does no one ever come through Earth's Stargate?

Short answer: they try. Long answer: They can knock, but it doesn't do them much good. Without a GDO, the Iris, a large shield millimeters beyond the event horizon that prevents the typical Ka-...
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Wouldn't the stargate addresses from Earth be different?

It's not the addresses that need correcting, it's the control system. SGC built their own dialing system from scratch. They don't (until later, and not even long then) have one of the dial-home ...
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How was Ernest Littlefield able to survive for 50 years?

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 ...
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Was the use of "puddle jumper" in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius" a continuity error?

Not a continuity error; it's a much older term. "Puddle jumper" is an American colloquial term dating to the 1930s. It refers to a class of small aircraft used on short, minor air routes — ie, for ...
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What is this monument in the intro of Stargate SG-1 Season 4?

This is not a monument at all, but rather Ra's Mask. It was actually in the intro for all the first five seasons, intended to be a visual tie-in to the movie, where Ra has a similar mask. When it ...
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What Stargate/Star Trek episode had people escaping capture using an invented card game?

You are looking for Fizzbin, which was made up by Kirk in the Star Trek: TOS episode A Piece of the Action (1968). KIRK: Fizzbin. It's not too difficult. (begins dealing) Each player gets six cards,...
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Was the use of "puddle jumper" in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius" a continuity error?

Since there is no communication between the SGC and Atlantis throughout most of season 8/season 1, there are no real reference points between their continuities. However, it is plausible that the ...
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Where does the iris on the SGC stargate retract to?

This concept-art slide (auctioned as part of the series closure) clearly indicates how the iris works and where the petals are stored when the iris isn't in use. I've taken the liberty of animating ...
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Why did the writers never let the Stargate be revealed to the public?

First, there's progressive declassification of the program over time - more and more nations are included on the secret at least; by the time of Atlantis, it's pretty much a worldwide project (though ...
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What's the full story behind Michael Shanks and Season 6 of Stargate: SG-1?

The official line is that he wanted to take "a break" from the show. Michael Shanks was asked this question at San Diego Comic-Con International 2004. When Michael was asked why he left the ...
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In Stargate SG1, why don't the teams ever bring back dead Jaffas for study?

They didn't have to. In the first 10 minutes of the pilot, a number of Jaffa are killed in the embarkation room, and later seen being studied by the SGC. A lack of medical knowledge about the Jaffa ...
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What happened to the original crew of Destiny?

There was no original crew of the Destiny. It would seem that the Ancients set it (and its counterparts) off unmanned with the firm intention of boarding later, then never got around to it after they ...
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Why do they consider the Ori false gods?

TLDR It is all based on perspective. The SGC considers them false gods because they only achieved their state through knowledge. Everyone has the potential to ascend eventually... then they would all ...
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How did the Endeavour rescue SG-1?

There doesn't seem to be a good reason why that wouldn't be the case. Both ships were relatively low on power but the key concern seems to be that they're going to burn up in the atmosphere rather ...
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Stargate SG-1 episode with religious conflict

This might be "New Ground" (S3E19). From Stargate SG-1 solutions: The SG-1 team travels to the planet Bedrosia where, unbeknownst to them, the planet's two cultures have been at war over ...
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How did the Stargates get to the planets?

Stargate Universe takes place on the starship Destiny, a huge ship of The Ancients whose purpose is to explore the universe without Stargates. The Destiny is capable of FTL and uses stellar plasma as ...
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Why did Dr. Daniel Jackson's name appear in the Stargate SG-1 intros when no other characters did?

Michael Shanks only got "and" billing in the show's seventh season, after he was offered a sizeable financial incentive to return to the show after taking time out. It stands to reason that the ...
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How did the Stargates get to the planets?

The Ancients placed all of the gates in both the Pegasus as well as milky way galaxies. They also had the ability to travel faster than light in large ships that could carry multiple star gates at a ...
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How can there be more than 39 stargates when each gate needs a unique "point of origin"?

Each gate contains 38 standard symbols as well as a single unique PoO symbol (Point of Origin). The 38 symbols are used as a way of addressing the gate with the 39th symbol acting as the final command ...
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How did the Goa'uld become spacefaring?

In SG1: The First Ones, Daniel postulates that the Ancients left a Stargate on the joint Goa'uld/Unas homeworld and that the Goa'uld, in Unas bodies, learned to operate that gate, possibly through the ...
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Why don't they cloak the jumpers before entering the gate?

Writing in the Jumper says not to In several scenes we can see writing in Ancient across the top of the jumper console. Two images are here, taken from the Season 1 episode, The Defiant One *, show ...
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Why didn't the Ori invade Pegasus as well as the Milky Way?

There are more humans in the Milky Way compared to Pegasus When you're an ascended being that thrives on people worshiping you, you want as many as you can to join your side. There are thousands of ...
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What happened to the original crew of Destiny?

An engineering team was trapped aboard Destiny, and the planned expedition team never arrived In Stargate Universe: Back to Destiny (a canon comic book followup to Season 2), issue 1 shows Eli ...
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Were All Off-world Humans Vegetarian In Stargate SG1?

Of course not. There are multiple cases on the series of off-world humans eating meat, though the most notable example is the armadillo-type creature in the feature film. Now, it is true that we ...
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In the Stargate episode "threads" who stops the self destruct?

The answer is "the others". It absolutely was stated. It is unclear what happened to Daniel after Oma attacked Anubis. Something caused the S.G.C.'s self-destruct mechanism to stop and the ...
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How was Ernest Littlefield able to survive for 50 years?

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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Stargate the film: Is Anubis in the movie?

Apparently the usual Horus Guards of Ra had one guy in a jackal helmet, named Anubis. Two options: Early installment weirdness. When they made the original movie, they didn't have the ten-season ...
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