Stargate SG-1 is a science fiction television series which follows the adventures of a top secret Air Force team, SG-1, as they travel through a portal called the "Stargate."
Stargate SG-1 is based upon the feature film "Stargate," created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day," "Godzilla"). The series itself was created by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright ("The Outer Limits") and stars Richard Dean Anderson ("MacGyver").
The original "Stargate" concept was devised by Dean Devlin and Rolland Emmerich. Devlin executive produced the "Stargate" film, Emmerich directed,
and both wrote the storyline. In the fall of 1996, MGM announced its plans to take the "Stargate" property and turn it into a television
series, "Stargate SG-1."
For the series, MGM brought in the creative talents of Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright, who previously worked on "The Outer Limits" for
MGM, to create storylines and produce the show.
Seasons 1-2 Executive Producers:
Jonathan Glassner, Brad Wright, Michael Greenburg
Season 3 Executive Producers:
Jonathan Glassner, Brad Wright, Michael Greenburg, Richard Dean Anderson
Season 4 Executive Producers:
Brad Wright, Michael Greenburg, Richard Dean Anderson, Robert C. Cooper
What is the Stargate?
The Stargate is a round portal that can instantaneously transport an object from one point in space to another by generating an artificial wormhole. A wormhole is created between any two Stargates when one Stargate dials the address of another Stargate. A Stargate uses 6 of 38 symbols, representing star constellations, to locate another Stargate and then uses a final 7th symbol, unique to each Stargate, as its point of origin.
All together, the Stargate contains 39 symbols, one of which represents a point of origin unique to that Stargate, and has 7 chevrons that are used to lock on to Stargate symbols and dial another Stargate.
Gate Activation & Composition:
The Stargate is made of a quartzite metal not found on earth (Naquada). Naquada is found on the planet in the movie (Abydos) as well as several others that the gate leads to. The metal is the only known element that absorbs (and energizes with) neutrinos. Somehow, when energized with neutrinos, the gate forms a stable artificial worm-hole with another gate. It will not react with any other substance -- radiation, particle bombardment, fire, pressure, etc.
The inner dial of the gate turns like the bevel of a watch. There are 39 symbols on the dial. When the dial is turned to seven of the symbols in a certain order (like a combination lock) it activates the gate between Earth and the planet to which that combination correlates. The combinations, as set up by the creators of the gate, correspond to the points needed to vector a location in three dimensional space where the planet resides. The last symbol is always the point of origin.
The Air Force learns by Daniel Jackson's example on Abydos, and by the actions of the ancient Egyptians, that if the Gate is buried under a strong, substantial substance, it blocks the path of anyone or anything attempting to pass through it. Therefore, the Air Force built a giant iris which closes very quickly over the gate. The iris is so close to the event horizon (less than 10 micrometers) that it won't allow anything to rematerialize on our side. Therefore it will block anything from coming through the gate uninvited. If someone tries to come through the gate with the iris closed, their molecules would not have a chance to rematerialize (they cease to exist).
The SG teams carry a small transmitter capable of sending a coded signal through the gate, notifying the SGC which team would like the gate opened. This device is called a G.D.O. Once the signal is sent (from the G.D.O.) it is safe to pass through the Stargate. The iris is then closed behind the travelers immediately upon their arrival on Earth.
As a second line of defense, if an unknown traveler is inbound, a base auto-destruct countdown begins. If not terminated by a ranking officer, a nuclear blast will detonate inside the mountain.
Gate travel is one way. A person cannot go through the gate, leave it open, and then step back through it. The gate has to be stopped and then restarted from the opposite planet in order to travel back to the other end. The only thing thing that can travel two ways through the gate are radio waves (which the M.A.L.P. transmits back to Earth).
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For those interested, the answers to the questions are:
Who was an All-American football player? Christopher Judge
What type of abandoned ship did SG-1 repair? a Goa'uld ship
How is someone affected if they try to come through the gate with the iris closed? Their molecules would not rematerialize (they cease to exist).
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