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Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Politics’ (S01E20)

Description: Having escaped the Goa’uld in another Earth reality, Daniel warns his Stargate Command that it is only a matter of time before they launch an attack in this one. No one takes him seriously and, the authorities have chosen to close the gate forever.

You’d think that after the goodness that was the previous episode, with all the setup involved, that “Politics” would be just as good. But what do we get? A clip show. Seriously, a clip show in the first season? Were the writers that devoid of ideas that they had to resort to cannibalizing clips from earlier episodes? Sure, it’s germane to the story presented here, and touches on some things I’ve had issues with, but come on, you didn’t have to resort to using clips. Want more proof the writes mailed it in? “Politics” clocks in at 37 minutes, 43 seconds long. A full six minutes shorter than all the other episodes. It seems that even clips couldn’t pad the episode (though love can pad the film).

Of course no one believes Jackson and of course there just happens to be a congressional briefing on the future of of SGC and of course Jackson’s ‘alternate reality’ experience doesn’t go over well. Bad writers! Bad! You had something good going, then you shoot it and bury it. In a season of relative clunkers, this one is probably the worst. Just so cliched it’s terrible.

And can a Senator actually dig into a ‘black’ program just buy asking? I’m not so sure. About the only good thing in this one is O’Neill’s snarky, irreverent humor is on full display. And don’t feel bad skipping over the clips, you’ve seen them all before…

Best Lines:

[Opening scene with Daniel refuting he had a ‘vision’]

Jackson – “But I swear to you, the entire time you thought I had disappeared on P3R 233, I was experiencing an alternate reality.”

O’Neill – “And you were there, and you were there and there’s no place like home.”

Jackson – “As a matter of fact you were there.”

Carter – “Daniel, it’s not that we don’t believe you.”

Jackson – “So you do?”

O’Neill – “No! It’s just that….we don’t believe you.”

[Discussing how much SGC costs]

Senator Robert Kinsey – “Do you know how much this program costs? ”

Jack O’Neill – “Seven-ish?”

Senator Robert Kinsey – “Seven billion four hundred and seven million dollars.”

Jack O’Neill – “Give or take.”

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6 Comments on Stargate SG-1 Watchathon – ‘Politics’ (S01E20)

  1. Couldn’t agree more. Boy was I disappointed when I watched that episode.

  2. The original broadcast/DVD version of the episode has been edited for Hulu.  The DVD version (Region 1) runs 43 minutes (the same as every other episode) rather than 37.  Don’t know why they’d edit for Hulu–it’s possible that the missing 6 minutes are from episodes written by Jonathan Glassner (one of the co-creators who left after season 3).  He may be entitled to additional compensation if those scenes are aired in a medium other than broadcast TV/DVD (I think there was a similar issue when Stargate Atlantis premiered–Teal’c and Carter couldn’t be in the premiere since he co-created their characters–if they helped “launch” the show he’d be entitled to continuing royalties).

  3. It seems a curse of nearly every science fiction based show.  (Doctor Who seems to be an exception)


    To save money, every season, there has to be a clip show.  


    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century did it. Star Trek the Next Generation did it…and unfortunately, Stargate does it.  Worse, given the longevity of SG-1, there are several clip shows in your future…


    Heck, there is a clip show of sorts in the first season of Stargate Atlantis, too…

  4. The worst part, for me, was that I genuinely liked the episode up until I realized that it was a clip show. I thought it was great the senator wasn’t played completely one-note, and that he was making worthwhile, cogent points… then the clips started. Sigh.

  5. You’re blaming the wrong people.  Writers don’t like clip shows anymore than anyone else. Clip shows usually happen when the production schedule runs over and they have to squeeze one more episode in without having time to film it.

  6. The best of SG1 was Richard Dean Anderson as Jack O’Niell.  His sense of humor came through, his timing was impeccable.

    Loved it.  Miss him – want more plz.

    As for the clip show comments – it’s not just genre shows, all shows do this eventually. SG1 did it often and almost with irreverent glee.  As if they said, “Oh, hey – Ricky wants to go fishing and has invited everyone on the crew along – so let’s do a clip show this week.” and everyone laughed, nodded, and started packing…


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