The Universes of Stargate

Introduction

1. Background

2. History and Myth

    a. The Myth before the Myth: The alliance the of four great races

3. Social Structure

a. The crews as microcosms of society

b. The Women

c. The Social Outcasts

d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism

e. Inter-Racial Relationships

4. Forms of Government

a. Democracies

b. Dictatorships

c. Utopias/Dystopias

d. Other Forms

5. Politics and International Relations

a. Overview

b. Treaties and Conventions

6. Law and Order through Space and Time

a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts

b. About the contemporary legal system

c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas

Protection of Privacy

Genetic Engineering/Cloning

Freedom of Information

        d. About the futuristic legal system

The Prime Directive

Time Travel and Time Machines

Birth Control

Genetic Engineering

The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis

Criminal Law

Nanotechnology

Cryonics

Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life

Laws of Robotics

Corporate Laws

The Internet and the Control of Information

Election Laws and Procedures

7. Technology

Summary

 

 

The Universes of Stargate

 

Introduction

 

A Stargate is a fictional device that allows practical, rapid travel between two distant locations. The first Stargate appears in the 1994 Movie Stargate, and subsequently carries over to Stargate SG-1 and its spin-offs. In these productions the Stargate functions as a plot generator, allowing the main characters to visit alien planets without the need for spaceships or any other fictional technology.

The central plot explores the theory of extraterrestrial beings having an influence upon human civilization.

 

The Movie

 

A "Stargate" is an ancient ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to a similar device a galaxy away.

Stargates are large metal rings with nine "chevrons" spaced equally around their circumference. Pairs of Stargates function by generating an artificial stable wormhole between them, allowing one-way travel through. The symbols on the inner ring of the Stargate correspond to constellations and serve to map out coordinates for various destination planets.

A typical Stargate measures 6.7 m (22 ft) in diameter, weighs 29,000 kg (64,000 lb), and is made of the fictional heavy mineral "naqahdah". The Stargates were created millions of years ago by an alien race known as the Ancients; their modern history begins when Egyptologist Daniel Jackson deciphers their workings.

 

Stargate SG-1

 

Stargate SG-1 takes place mostly in the Milky Way galaxy. It gradually evolved away from the basic premise of the Movie and developed its own unique mythological superstructure.

Stargate SG-1 elaborated on the Movie's Egyptian hybrid mythology and mixed in other historical mythologies, coming up with a mythological superstructure that explains the existence of all of the other mythologies in the overarching Stargate narrative – i. e. Egyptian mythology (notably the Egyptian gods Apep/Apophis, and Anubis as Goa'uld villains), Norse mythology (notably the god Thor as an Asgard ally), Arthurian legend (notably Merlin as an Ancient ally), and many other mythologies like Greek and Roman mythology.

The Stargate device sets apart SG-1 from other science fiction shows by allowing modern-day people to travel to other planets in an instant, although scholar Dave Hipple argued that SG-1 "also deploys [science fiction] stereotypes both to acknowledge forebears and to position itself as a deserving heir". With the help of the central Stargate device, the premise of Stargate SG-1 combines ancient cultures, present-day political and social concerns, aliens and advanced technologies. Near-instantaneous interplanetary travel allows a fundamental difference in plot structure and set design from other series. There is a disjunction between politics on Earth and the realities of fighting an interstellar war. The Stargate also helps to speed up the exposition of the setting.

SG-1 does not introduce new alien races as often as some other Science Fiction television series. Most civilizations that the Goa'uld had transplanted maintain much of their original Earth culture.

Stargate SG-1 does not equate civilization with technology like many other Sci-Fi shows do. Newly encountered races or visited planets are integrated into the mythology, although plotlines of individual episodes are often new, self-standing and accessible for new audiences.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

Atlantis is an Ancient city equipped with intergalactic hyperdrive engines that serves as the base of operations for the main SGA characters, from which they explore other planets through the Stargate. According to the mythology of the show, the city was built by an advanced race known as the Ancients originally as a central outpost in prehistorical Antarctica, until an unexplained crisis—involving a virulent plague—forced them to relocate the city to the planet Lantea in the Pegasus Galaxy. The Ancients (known as "Ancestors" to the denizens of Pegasus, "Lanteans" to the Wraith) submerged the city around 8,000 BCE to evade Wraith detection and returned via stargate to Earth, where survivor recollections formed the basis for the ancient Greek accounts of Lost City of Atlantis. As the humans from Earth inhabit the fabled City of the Ancestors after the series pilot of Stargate Atlantis, some Pegasus cultures believe the SGA members to be the Ancients returned.

 

Stargate Universe

 

Stargate Universe was conceived as "a completely separate, third entity" in the live-action Stargate franchise. Although it is firmly entrenched in pre-established Stargate mythology, Stargate Universe has diverged in a new direction. Like the first two series in the franchise, Stargate Universe takes place during the present time, not in the distant future.

The show is set on the Ancient ship Destiny. Destiny was part of an Ancient experiment to seed the universe with Stargates millions of years ago but which was lost because of the Ancients' ascension. Ships were sent ahead of the Destiny to seed the universe with Stargates. The Destiny itself was intended to follow a pre-programmed course to explore these galaxies; the Destiny was left unmanned at the time of the Ancients' ascension. In order to reach this ship, an address would have to be dialed consisting of nine chevrons. The destination of this ninth chevron was previously unknown. The series starts when a team of soldiers and scientists from Earth step through the Stargate to find the Destiny after their base is attacked; unable to return to Earth, they must fend for themselves aboard the ship as it takes them to the far reaches of the universe. The new show will be more serialized than its predecessors.

The show is more relationship-based and more arc-driven and involves more space-based action than SG-1 or Atlantis. "Survival and sacrifice" were the two main themes that were discussed at the preliminary script stages of the show, and the first episode deals with a failing life support system. Stargate Universe is "a lot darker" than the previous Stargate series, although humor will remain part of the franchise. The show focuses mostly on the people aboard the ship instead of planet-based exploration, and in Brad Wright's words will be "hopefully exploring the truly alien, and avoiding the rubber faced English-speaking one". Despite the focus on survival, the show "will also focus on exploration and adventure – and, by extension, the occasional alien encounter as well". A single dominant villain race like on SG-1 and Atlantis will not be featured.

 

1. Background

 

 

 

The Movie

 

The modern history of Earth's Stargate Program begins when the Stargate is unearthed in Egypt in 1928. The device is eventually brought to the United States in 1939 to keep it out of Nazi hands and eventually installed in a facility in Creek Mountain, Colorado (Cheyenne Mountain in Stargate SG-1). In the events of the Stargate Movie, Dr. Daniel Jackson deciphers the workings of the Stargate. A team is sent through to the planet on the other side, where they encounter and defeat the malevolent Ra, freeing his slaves. Under the belief that there was only one possible destination through the Stargate, no further missions are planned through the Stargate and the program shut down.

 

Stargate SG-1

 

The Stargate SG-1 premiere "Children of the Gods" reveals the existence of another grave extraterrestrial threat to Earth, Apophis, and that there are in fact thousands of planets accessible through the Stargate. As a result, the United States establishes Stargate Command inside Cheyenne Mountain and commissions nine teams (which increases to many more in the later seasons) to travel through the Gate to assess threats, open negotiations with other civilizations, and procure technology to defend Earth. The first SG mission to Apophis' homeworld, Chulak, sees the defection of Jaffa warrior Teal'c to Earth. In the early seasons of Stargate SG-1, SG teams from Earth fight battles against Apophis and the Goa'uld System Lords. Along the way, they make offworld allies including the Tok'ra and the Asgard, support a growing rebellion amongst the Jaffa, and encounter a dangerous new threat from another galaxy, the mechanical Replicators. The Stargate Program also endures challenges from its own government; the ambitious Senator Robert Kinsey seeks to shut down and later control the SGC and the activities of the unscrupulous N.I.D. threatens to destabilize Earth's offworld relations.

Season eight of Stargate SG-1 sees the final defeat of the System Lords and the Replicators, changing the political face of the galaxy. Dr. Daniel Jackson also discovers the address for the Ancients' Lost City of Atlantis in the Pegasus galaxy, and the international Atlantis Expedition is formed. In Pegasus Earth discovers more enemies, including the life-consuming Wraith and the nanite Asurans. A new enemy, the Ori, is introduced in the ninth season of SG-1. Their story arc is concluded in Stargate: The Ark of Truth with the defeat of the last Ori, the Ascended being Adria, and the turning of her armies.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

Stargate Atlantis is set in the Pegasus Galaxy, a dwarf galaxy. In reality, there are two galaxies in the Local Group called Pegasus Dwarf; the Pegasus Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy and the Pegasus Dwarf Irregular Galaxy. It has not been explicitly stated which of these is the galaxy in the Stargate universe. However, in this discussion regarding the new McKay-Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge, General Hank Landry states that the distance between the Pegasus and Milky Way galaxies is "three million light-years," suggesting that the series takes place in the Pegasus Dwarf Irregular Galaxy. Also, in a few episodes the Pegasus galaxy has been seen from between the Milky Way and Pegasus, showing an irregular galaxy.

Unlike what happened in the Milky Way, the human population of the Pegasus Galaxy is a product of Ancient seeding. The Atlanteans arrived in the Pegasus Galaxy via the Ancient city ship of Atlantis. As there was seldom interbreeding between the Ancients and humans, the ATA gene is virtually non-existent amongst the natives of Pegasus. Very few human races in Pegasus surpass Earth in technological advancement, as the Wraith destroy any such civilizations as potential future threats to their dominance.

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

2. History and Myth

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

a. The Myth before the Myth: The alliance the of four great races

 

Although most known habitable planets in the Stargate universe are populated by humans, there was once an Alliance of four great races, an extinct alliance of four advanced species that was built over many millennia and existed before the rise of the Goa'uld. In "The Torment of Tantalus", SG-1 discovers a meeting place for the alliance on the planet Heliopolis. There they find a chamber showing the written languages of the four races, as well as a hologram of a common language based on graphical representations of the 146 known (to them) chemical elements. In the season 2 episode "The Fifth Race", Jack O'Neill learns from the Asgard that the alliance consisted of the Ancients, the Asgard, the Furlings, and the Nox. The Asgard also say that humanity has taken the first steps towards becoming "the Fifth Race". In the Stargate SG-1 finale "Unending", Thor declares the humans of Earth are the Fifth Race.

Ancients

At the time of their introduction in SG-1's "Maternal Instinct" (season 3), the Ancients have long ascended beyond corporeal form to a higher plane of existence. The humans of Earth are the "second evolution" of the Ancients. The Ancients colonized the Milky Way galaxy millions of years ago and built a great empire. They also colonized the Pegasus galaxy and seeded human life there, before being driven out by the Wraith. The civilization of the Ancients in the Milky Way was decimated thousands of years ago by a plague, and those who did not learn to ascend died out.

The Ancients, or Altrerans, are a very advanced humanoid race, both physically and technologically, who lives in the Milky Way galaxy millions of years ago and evolved on Earth, their home world for the entire time. Their language is very similar to Latin (it is in fact an ancient Latin dialect). They are known as the Gate Builders - the race that built the network of Stargates, spanning throughout the entire galaxy (and other galaxies, as indicated by the spin-off series Stargate Universe). Using this network of Stargates the Ancients spread across the Milky Way and populated many of its planets. At some point of their development, the Ancients suffered from a plague, which spread through the galaxy and nearly eradicated them altogether. Despite their attempts to combat the epidemic, the Ancients came to the conclusion that the only solution was to flee to another galaxy and leave behind all those infected, as painful as that was. They built a very advanced airborne city, called Atlantis, and used it to travel to the Pegasus galaxy, leaving behind, as mentioned above, the infected population.

With few exceptions, the ascended Ancients are depicted in the series are superior beings, who believe in free will of Humans and therefore do not interfere in the affairs of these "inferior" life forms. However, their legacy is felt profoundly throughout the Stargate universe, from their technologies such as Stargates and Atlantis, to the Ancient Technology Activation gene, that they introduced into the human genome through interbreeding.

Seasons 9-10 reveal that the Ancients, who until then were thought to have evolved on Earth throughout their entire existence, were actually a faction of the race who lived in a distant galaxy. A part of this race crossed the universe, reaching the Milky Way and Earth, were they became known as the Ancients. They were only a small percentage of the Alteran Population, the remainder of whom were more focused on religious pursuits than scientific ones. Upon ascending to their higher plane of existence, they discovered ways of gaining strength by convincing material humans to abandon their wills to the ascendants' desires. The Ori created the religion of Origin to gain power from the humans who practiced their religion. Priors, missionaries of the Origin religion, attempted to forcefully introduce their belief system to the Milky Way Galaxy. Their ways of conversion brought forth indiscriminate intimidation, terror and consequences. The people of Earth fought vehemently against this oppressive force and encouraged the people of the Milky Way Galaxy to defend their cultures and beliefs. The ascended Ancients did not become involved in the struggle and thereby allow the humans from Earth to maintain their role as heroic defenders.

The Ancient remaining tried to overcome the plague in different ways, but to no avail (it one of the attempts was to "rewrite" their history via a "time warp", but it failed). Finally, it seems that the new situation of dealing with death and the near complete extinction of their race brought about new insights and a very high level of spiritual enlightenment, because the only forseeable chance for the survival of the race was eventually ascension to a higher plane of existence, i.e. abandoning the material body and ascending to an existence as pure energy. The problem arose when some of them could not afford to completely disengage from the material way of life, and decided to preserve the race in another way: A "reboot" of evolution by destroying all life in the galaxy, and returning to the origins of evolution. They knew that in this way new life on Earth will be created and a new evolutionary process will begin, finally ending in a second evolution of their race. As a result, life on Earth has evolved to the form that we know today.

As for those who have moved to the Pegasus galaxy, they continued to evolve technologically for millions of years, and even spread throughout the galaxy, where they also seeded the planets they settled with Stargates. Over time, they encountered a new race, the Wraith, who became the archenemy of the Ancients in the Pegasus galaxy. The large number of the Wraith was a decisive advantage in the war against the Ancients, who were defeated in spite of their technological advantage. Finally, the same process that occurred in the Milky Way occurred in the Pegasus Galaxy: The ancient Pegasus, knowing the fate of their brothers from the Milky Way, decided to explore "Ascendance", and began to seed new life in that galaxy too, life that evolved into modern day humans. Finally, when the battle was almost decided, the Ancients had no choice but to decide at a later stage (10,000 years ago) to wand return to Earth, their home world, leaving behind the city of Atlantis, hidden at the bottom of the sea, in the hope that their descendants will return to it some day. There they met Earth's humans of 10,000 years ago, and decided to blend in among the primitive culture, and thus became an integral part of it. That was the source of all the mythical-historical knowledge of the city of Atlantis, and hence the similarity between the language of the Ancient and Latin. In doing so, the Ancient gene was seeded, the one that enables the exclusive use of many of their technologies, in human DNA, and so there are few who carry the gene, and can operate many Ancient facilities.

Furlings

The Furlings are revealed as members of the alliance of four great races in "The Fifth Race", but virtually nothing else has been revealed about them in the series. In "Paradise Lost", Harry Maybourne leads SG-1 to a Furling teleportation arch that leads to an intended Utopian colony. Furling skeletons were originally planned to be featured in the episode, but the production of such proved to be too expensive. Jack O'Neill concludes that the Furlings must be cute and cuddly creatures, based solely on their name. In "Citizen Joe", another character equates the Furlings to the Ewoks of Star Wars based on their name.

The length of time that the Furling nature has remained a mystery in the series has given the producers the opportunity to tease fans with a running gag. When Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper was asked "Will we ever meet the Furlings?" his answer was "Who says we haven't?". The writers later went on to state that although we have seen Furling technology and the Furling legacy, no actual Furling has ever appeared on the show. Joseph Mallozzi claimed that more about the Furlings would finally be revealed in Stargate SG-1's tenth season. In a Sci Fi Channel advertisement for the 200th episode, Cooper stated that "We're finally going to get to see the Furlings." What was actually shown was an imagined scene from a script for a movie based on the fictional television series "Wormhole X-Treme!", a parody of Stargate SG-1 set in the Stargate SG-1 universe. The Furlings were depicted as Ewok-like, or Koala-like creatures that are destroyed by the Goa'uld soon after making contact with SG-1.

Nox

A fairy-like people encountered by SG-1 on P3X-774 in "The Nox". They want nothing to do with humanity, viewing them as "young" and having "much to learn". The Nox can live to hundreds of years old and have a great desire for wisdom and understanding. They are extreme pacifists and never employ violence for any reason, even to defend themselves. As they have the ability to render themselves and other objects invisible and intangible, as well as the ability to resurrect the dead, they never need to fight. Although they outwardly seem to be primitive forest-dwellers, they possess advanced technology beyond that of the Goa'uld, including a floating city. The Nox also appear in "Enigma" and "Pretense".

Asgard

The Asgard are benevolent race that, according to the mythology of Stargate, gave rise to Norse mythology on Earth and inspired accounts of the Roswell Greys. The Asgard can no longer reproduce and therefore perpetuate themselves by transferring their minds into new clone bodies as necessary. Extremely advanced technologically, the threat of their intervention shields many planets in the Milky Way from Goa'uld attack, including Earth. They also provide much assistance to Earth in the way of technology, equipment, and expertise. Their main adversary in Stargate SG-1 are the mechanical Replicators, against which they enlist the aid of SG-1 on several occasions. The entire Asgard civilization chooses to self-destruct in "Unending", due to the degenerative effects of repeated cloning. A small rogue colony of Asgard, known as the Vanir, still exist in the Pegasus galaxy.

Asgard technologies are more developed than human ones, but they are very stingy when it comes to sharing them, except for the last episode of the series, in which the Asgard inform Sam that their race is about to become extinct, and they download all their knowledge, their discoveries and their heritage to SG-1’s spacecraft. Among the technologies: human transportation and time dilation.

The names of all the Asgard encountered by humans are taken from Norse mythology.

 

The Movie

 

The story of Catherine Langford

 

Stargate SG-1

 

Ascension

Ascension can happen in one of two ways: evolutionarily or spiritually. Ascension can occur when a human evolves the ability to use approximately 90% of their brain capacity. The Ancients who Ascended naturally reached this point without the aid of technology. They however, developed the DNA Resequencer, a device capable of making humans so advanced that they could perform telepathy, telekinesis, superhuman senses, speed, and strength, precognition, perfect health, the ability to self heal rapidly, the power to heal by touch, and the ability to use many parts of their mind and fully focus on something. Spiritual Ascension can occur through meditation when one is pure of spirit and in the search for enlightenment, has a fully opened mind, and has shed one's fears and attachment to the mortal world. In the process of Ascension through meditation, many beings obtain the same supernatural abilities that users of the DNA Resequencer receive.

An ascended Ancients' main rule is non-interference in mortal affairs. If broken, this rule may result in forceful de-Ascension or other punishment by the other ascended beings. The Ori, on the other hand, seek to increase their power by any means, including destroying their once brothers, the Ancients, in a crusade against the Milky Way Galaxy. The power of an Ascended being can be negated through the Sangraal, a device that the Ancient Merlin gave up his life to create to battle the Ori.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

3. Society

 

 

 

The Movie

 

Abydonians

The Abydonians are the people whom Colonel O'Neill's team encounters on another planet in the Stargate Movie. They are the slaves of the alien Ra and are descendants from ancient Egyptians brought through the Stargate to mine the fictional mineral naqahdah. The Moviegives the location of their homeworld (named Abydos in SG-1's pilot episode "Children of the Gods") as the Kaliem galaxy "on the far side of the known universe" in the Movie, and as the closest planet to Earth in the Stargate network in "Children of the Gods". In the Movie, O'Neill and Daniel Jackson inspire the Abydonians and their leader, Kasuf, to rise up against Ra. The military personnel return to Earth, while Daniel falls in love with Kasuf's daughter Sha're and remains behind.

 

Stargate SG-1

 

In "Children of the Gods", set a year after the Movie, the Goa'uld Apophis attacks Abydos, abducting Sha're and her brother Skaara to serve as hosts for his queen Amonet and son Klorel. In season 6's "Full Circle", the Goa'uld Anubis destroys Abydos, but Oma Desala helps its entire population Ascend.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

Satedans

The Satedans are the people of Ronon Dex, who joins the Atlantis Expedition in the season 2 episode "Runner". In that episode, it is revealed that the Satedans were a civilization comparable in technology to Earth in the mid-20th century, but met the fate of all advanced civilizations in Pegasus when their homeworld Sateda (P3R-534) was devastated seven years ago by the Wraith. In "Trinity", Ronon discovers that some 300 Satedans survived the attack in shelters west of the capital and later moved on to other planets like Ballkan and Manaria. In "Reunion", Ronon encounters more Satedans, his former military comrades, who have been converted into Wraith worshipers.

Athosians

The Athosians are a group of hunters, farmers, and traders from the planet Athos. First introduced in "Rising", they are the first humans encountered by the Atlantis Expedition in the Pegasus galaxy. The Athosians were once technologically advanced, but reverted to a pre-industrial state to avoid the Wraith. Following their contact with the Expedition, the Athosians move to Lantea and their leader, Teyla Emmagan, joins Major Sheppard's team. In "The Gift", it is revealed that some Athosians possess Wraith DNA, resulting from an old Wraith experiment to make humans more "palatable". This allows these individuals to sense the presence of Wraith, to tap into their telepathic communications, and to control Wraith technology. In the third season episode "The Return", the Athosians are asked to leave Lantea by a group of surviving Ancients reclaiming Atlantis from Earth. The Athosian population is subsequently found to have disappeared from New Athos in "Missing". The search for the missing Athosians and their fate at the hands of the rogue Wraith Michael contributes to a major plot arc near the end of the fourth season.

Genii

The Genii appear to be simple farmers, but are in fact a military society with technology comparable to 1940s Earth. First appearing in "Underground", the Genii were once a formidable human confederation until the Wraith vanquished the Ancients 10,000 years ago, and the subsequent victory forced them into hiding in subterranean bunkers during cullings. They have since built their entire civilization underground, and devoted their existence to developing technology such as fission bombs to destroy the Wraith. Their collective desire for revenge has made them paranoid and hostile towards others and they pursue their aims regardless of the cost to anyone else. They become enemies of the Atlantis Expedition in the first season when they attempted to seize an SG team's puddle jumper and weapons, and once tied to invade Atlantis, though after a coup d'etat in the second season they have been more favorable towards cooperation with the city.

Cowen - Colm Meaney

Commander Acastus Kolya – Robert Davi

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

a. The crews as microcosms of society

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

The SG-1 crew members, except for Teal’c are career air force officers and marines, and here too, the crews are microcosms of their universe.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

Joe Flanigan as Lt. Col. John Sheppard

David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay

Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan

Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex

David Nykl as Dr. Radek Zelenka

Torri Higginson as Dr. Elizabeth Weir

Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett

Mitch Pileggi as Col. Steven Caldwell

Amanda Tapping as Col. Samantha Carter]

Rainbow Francks as Lt. Aiden Ford

 

Stargate Universe

 

Robert Carlyle as Dr. Nicholas Rush

Justin Louis as Col. Everett Young

David Blue as Eli Wallace

Brian J. Smith as Lt. Matthew Scott

Jamil Walker Smith as Msgt. Ronald Greer

Elyse Levesque as Chloe Armstrong

Alaina Huffman as Msgt. Tamara Johansen

Ming-Na as Camile Wray

Lou Diamond Phillips as Col. David Telford

Patrick Gilmore as Dale Volker

Peter Kelamis as Adam Brody

Julia Anderson as Vanessa James

 

b. The Women

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

Samantha Carter – both an opinionated scientist and a formidable warrior

Vala Mal Duran – starts out as a seducer and a schemer who gets Daniel in trouble and becomes an equal member of the team

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

Dr. Weir – a scientist, none of the male team members has ever tried to make a pass at her (why?) She gave up a relationship in order to join the Atlantis Project.

Teyla Emmagan – a warrior who chooses ideals over Ronon’s advances.

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

c. The Social Outcasts

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

Teal'c

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

Ronon

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism

 

Non-Existent (the issue never comes up)

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

e. Inter-Racial Relationships

 

No lasting romantic relationships (inter-species, same species, same sex or otherwise) buy would you consider Vala or Teila non-human? How about Ronon? Or Teal’c?

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

Teal’c was the only family man in the team, but his wife was a Jaffa like him and when she died he never remarried.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

4. Forms of Government

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

a. Democracies

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

b. Dictatorships

 

(Inter)Galactic Empires, whether or not headed by (evil) Emperors

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

c. Utopias/Dystopias

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

d. Other Forms

 

1. Hives

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

Replicators

The Replicators were introduced at the end of the third season of the series. They are a race of intelligent machines, capable of self-replication and able to quickly learn and understand technology. All replicators are built of modular units with independent computing power. The Replicators, who feed on metal, usually appear in the form of mechanical insects, but can also take on human form. Like insects, the Replicators have a Queen, who creates a new generation from available raw materials. The replicators wage an open war against some organic races while completely ignoring the rest, unless they pose a threat to them. The ability to "assimilate" technology and quickly understand it turns the Replicators into sophisticated and dangerous enemies. The Asgard, aided by the people of Earth in their war against the Replicators, realized that the relatively primitive Earth technology and the use of projectile weapons are more effective than their own technology in the war against the Replicators.

In the fifth season it is revealed that the origin of the Replicators, who until then fought the Asgard in another galaxy, is actually in our own galaxy. The SG-1 team discovers their remains on a deserted planet, along with a female Android. When they activate her, they discover that it was programmed with a childish personality and created the Replicators as a game for herself. Initially she could control them, but the Replicators developed free will and destroyed all life on the planet.

The Replicators are the result of an experiment conducted by the Ancients in order to create a nanotechnological weapon to destroy the Wraith completely. The weapon is made of nanite particles programmed to aggressively invade the body of the intended victim and destroy it from the inside (and vice versa, to cure it). Over time the nanites took over their creators and took on human form, and now they are the only weapon capable ostopping the Wraith. However, they also constitute a threat to the Atlantis team, and as part of their war against the Wraith, they kill and destroying worlds populated by humans.

The Replicators are a potent mechanical lifeform using a kiron-based technology composed of building blocks using nanotechnology. They strive to increase their numbers and spread across the universe by assimilating advanced technologies. They are hostile to all other lifeforms in the universe, but are opposed primarily by the Asgard. In the episode "Unnatural Selection", the Replicators developed human-form Replicators, based on the technology they extracted from their Android creator, that appear just like humans and are able to change their form. Standard Replicators are resistant to energy weapons, and can only be destroyed by projectile weapons. Human-form Replicators, on the other hand, are resistant to projectile weapons as well due to the change in their nature from large blocks to smaller units the size of organic cells (cell blocks).

In the episode "New Order (Part 2)", an Ancient weapon called the Replicator Disruptor was developed by Jack O'Neill while he still had the knowledge of the Ancients in his mind. It works by blocking the cohesion between the blocks that make up the Replicators. The Replicators in the Milky Way galaxy were wiped out by the Dakara Superweapon in the two-part episode "Reckoning" at the climax of Season 8. It has been indicated that the Asgard used the same technology to defeat the Replicators in their own home galaxy as well.

Kull Warriors

Creatures created by the Goa'uld Anubis to replace his Jaffa as foot soldiers. They consist of a genetically engineered humanoid form given life using Ancient healing technology, and implanted with a mentally "blank" Goa'uld symbiote to make it subservient. The Kull Warrior is bonded to armor that is impervious to almost all firearms, energy weapons, and explosives. Stargate Command and the Tok'ra eventually find a way to counteract the Kull Warriors' life-sustaining energy.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

Wraith

The main antagonists in Stargate Atlantis, the Wraith, are the dominant species in the Pegasus Galaxy. They are biologically immortal hive-based humanoids who feed on the "life-force" of humans, causing them to "lose years" in a way similar to aging. The Wraith drove the Ancients out of Pegasus 10,000 years ago; they now maintain the human worlds of the Pegasus Galaxy as sources of food. The arrival of the Atlantis Expedition in the Pegasus Galaxy leads to the Wraith waking prematurely from their hibernation; the human population of the Pegasus Galaxy is not enough to sustain all of the waking Wraith. To sate their hunger, the Wraith try to get to Earth whose population is much bigger than that of the whole Pegasus Galaxy. This can only be achieved either through the Stargate or by getting more advanced Hyper drive technology, both of which are present in Atlantis. After the expedition tricked them into thinking the city was destroyed, the Wraith began a brutal civil war. One Wraith, whom Sheppard named Todd, was particularly cooperative after he was rescued from the Genii by him; Todd subsequently aides the expedition's efforts for mutual gain.

According to the theory, the Wraith originated of in a type of parasitic insect, the Iratus bug, which lives in the Pegasus galaxy and adopts some of the genetic characteristics of its victims, in this case humans found in its home world. They quickly evolved into human-like creatures, which feed on their victims by sucking their life force with the touch of their hands. They have the structure and the behavior of insects, living in a hive-like collective. The Wraith body is free of blocking proteins, which gives the cells an amazing healing ability. As a result, the Wraith live long, do not get old, and are very hard to kill. In addition, they have tremendous physical strength.

Travelers

The Travelers are humans who live on a fleet of ships to avoid the Wraith, introduced in "Travelers". Although not as technologically advanced as the Ancients, the Travelers possess hyperdrives and advanced weapons. Due to their population outgrowing their available space, the Travelers had been forced to abandon some of their people on planets. Their discovery of an Aclass battleship promised to solve this problem, but without the ATA gene they were unable to operate it. They kidnap John Sheppard and extort him to create an interface for them. Though uncooperative at first on account of his abduction, Sheppard and the Traveler leader Larrin eventually came to an understanding after a mutual experience with the Wraith. In "Be All My Sins Remember'd", the Travelers become concerned by the Asuran Replicator threat after one of their trading partners is wiped out. Several of their ships, including their Ancient battleship, join the Atlanteans and the Wraith in battling the Replicators over their homeworld. According to producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, the Travelers were created as a "wild card" along the lines of the Genii, but with advanced technology that would make them a "challenge" for the Atlantis team. Their lifestyle was devised as a way around the established fact that the Wraith wipe out any civilizations that approach them in technological advancement.

Asurans

Artificial life-forms composed of nanites, introduced in season 3 of Stargate Atlantis. They are similar to the human-form Replicators of Stargate SG-1 and so are called that in the show. The Asurans were created by the Ancients to combat the Wraith but were ultimately abandoned for being too dangerous. Extremely aggressive, the nanites thrived and built an advanced civilization. In season 4, Rodney McKay activates the Asurans' attack code, causing them to attack the Wraith, but this eventually comes to threaten all the inhabitants of Pegasus.

Hybrids

A new race created by the Wraith Michael, first seen in "Vengeance". After being outcast by his own kind, Michael sought to combine iratus bug and human DNA to create new followers with the strengths of the Wraith but not their weaknesses. He destroys the Taranians, amongst others, as test subjects for his experiments. The first Hybrids are bestial in appearance, with carapaces and claws. The two-part episode "The Kindred" reveals that Michael has created more "refined" Hybrids using the abducted Athosian population. These Hybrids resemble the Wraith, but do not need to feed on humans. In "Search and Rescue", many of the Hybrids are killed by the destructiof Michael's cruiser, and the rest are captured by the Atlantis Expedition. They are transformed back into their original selves using Beckett's retrovirus. They are interred in a camp on the mainland by the IOA, before being allowed to return to their people. In the episode "Whispers", an Atlantis team discovers one of Michael's labs, containing earlier versions of his Hybrids that incorporate DNA from several other organisms in addition to the iratus bug. These vicious creatures are blind and hunt by sound, and can extrude a fog from gill slits on their necks that interferes with electronics.

 

Stargate Universe

 

"Drones"

The drones are a robotic war system with attack drones and motherships to control them. They appear to attack and destroy all not-self spacecraft. The Destiny crew speculate that their parent civilization is long dead, and that they just carry out their mission to destroy all non-native technology, destroying other races along the way.

"Dust Bugs"

These bugs give the illusion of sand floating around. They can consume large volumes of water at a rapid rate considering they are such small entities. They seem to be intelligent creatures and are passive and helpful unless provoked, in which case they can be extremely lethal. They fly around in "swarms" and will attack together. They were the first species to be encountered in the Destiny expedition, though they were initially dismissed as a hallucination suffered by Matthew Scott. The creatures appeared to develop a rapport with Scott and aided him in his quest for Lime after he offered them water as a test of their sentience. The creatures also revived him on their home world when he collapsed due to the heat, through burrowing into the ground to release some water to wake him.

"Blueberry Aliens"

Not much is known of this species, including their name, but they seem to be a highly advanced race, eager to obtain the Destiny's secrets. They have attacked the Destiny with the intention of boarding it on numerous occasions. They kidnapped Rush and Chloe in an attempt to gain key knowledge of the Destiny. During their captivity Rush had a locator beacon inserted into his body which enabled the Aliens to track the Destiny.

Ursini

The Ursini first appear in "Awakening". They are small bipedal aliens, but are very agile. Their skin is a greenish grey color. They were in pods when Destiny docked with the Seed Ship. These pods were subsequently found aboard a heavily damaged ship floating in space. The pods were uninhabited this time. When Telford was stranded on the Seed Ship with them, they used the pods to transfer their knowledge to him (by the use of a neural interface), and together they repaired the Seed Ship. Eventually they came to the Destiny's rescue when it was being attacked by the same Drone Ships that destroyed the Ursini's ships. It is learned that the seedship Ursini are the last of their race, as no communication with any other Ursini can be established. The Ursini die with the seedship on an attack run on the second Drone Command Ship.

 

5. Politics and International Relations

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

The goal of the trips through the Stargate is to create allegiances with other cultures and to find allies in the war first against the Goa'uld and later against the Ori and the Wraith. The problem is that most of the trips that start out as missions of peace and exploration ("Man as an Explorer") end up at best as diplomatic incidents resulting from blatant interference in the affairs of other nations and cultures, and at worst in war.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

a. Overview

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

b. Treaties and Conventions

 

The United States, by virtue of its control of the Stargate, is largely responsible for Earth's interstellar policy in the Stargate franchise. More nations gradually come to take part in its use. Following the events of season 3's "Nemesis", Russia briefly establish their own Stargate program based in Siberia, which is terminated and merged with the United States program running out of Cheyenne Mountain shortly after season 4's "Watergate".

The United States and Russia inform the other three permanent members of the UN Security Council (the United Kingdom, France, and the People's Republic of China) in season 6's "Disclosure", in the hopes of pooling their combined military resources to defend Earth against Anubis's fleet. The US President also informs long-time ally Canada about Stargate Command's fleet engagement plans in "Lost City".

After the defeat of Anubis's fleet and the subsequent discovery of the Ancient outpost in Antarctica, an international committee is established to oversee it and the Atlantis expedition. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and the signatory members of the Antarctic Treaty (including Australia, Jamaica, Philippines, Portugal, Croatia and Spain) sign the Gate Alliance Treaty, which specifies that all acquired alien technology will be shared between the member nations, in exchange for assistance in keeping the program secret. However, in the following three years, the US military interprets the treaty to only apply to non-military technology, which the Chinese delegate mentions as a sore point in "The Scourge". Still, not all nations have been informed about the existence of the Stargate.

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

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6. Law and Order through Time and Space

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

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Stargate Universe

 

 

 

a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

b. About the contemporary legal system

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Protection of Privacy

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Genetic Engineering/Cloning

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

Since the Asgard can no longer reproduce, they perpetuate themselves by transferring their minds into "blank" cloned bodies as necessary. But every time they re-clone the body, it is cloned with the genetic flaw, which resulted from the previous clone. As a result, their physiology has degenerated to the degree that prevents them from ascending to the next plane of existence. They began searching for the Asgard DNA, and as a part of the search a group of Asgards abducted humans for testing, because humans are the ancestors of the Asgard. They were able to slow cloning's diminishing returns by experimenting on humans, but not for long.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Freedom of Information

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

d. About the futuristic legal system

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

The Prime Directive

 

In the Stargate Universe, the Prime Directive as portrayed by Star Trek is hard to follow, as the Stargate network allows even relatively unadvanced civilizations to traverse interstellar distances; Since even the least advanced groups can operate the Stargate, attitudes toward a noninterference policy are varied. The Tau'ri, or humans of Earth, have a totally opposite spin on interference than the Federation, holding it to be Earth's duty to assist humans on other planets, and most other non-hostile races, wherever possible in whatever way possible. However, they never share technology without good reason, and are often hesitant to give away potentially dangerous technology such as weapons or strategically important materials. They also refuse to accept or give technology to any civilization whose morality does not meet accepted Earth standards, including those which practice racial superiority and ethnic cleansing. The relatively middling nature of Earth technology, and the suddenness with which Earth became a major interstellar player, may have something to do with this attitude. For those reasons, The Tau'ri also avoid posing as gods on less-advanced worlds, like the Goa'uld.

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

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It is unclear whether pre-ascension, the Ancients used to share technology with other species, but post-ascension they practiced a very strict non-intervention policy, due to their belief in reason and the generally deontological way of thinking. The prohibition may be violated in order to punish another violator under some extreme circumstances.

The Asgard dislike sharing most of their technology, but nevertheless were willing to give technology in gratitude to an inferior race; this is how Earth got its hyperdrive and power source for that hyperdrive. However, they draw the line at providing any form of offensive technology to other races.

The Ori, however, flaunt the technological benefits of Ascension, as opposed to the Ancients, who blocked any attempt to share its secrets; while it cannot strictly be said that they share technology (or that they even have technology to share, other than Ascension), they do interfere with the less-advanced.

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Time Travel and Time Machines

 

A system of Stargates allows for the creation of stable wormholes and is used as a shortcut for inter-planetary travel. It was built by a race known by the original name the Ancients, discovered foe the first time in Egypt in 1912. The wormhole created by the Stargate stays open for 30 minutes only.

In the three universes of this show, the Ancients are described as having time travel capability, and one of them even built a time machine, ignoring the explicit (but rationalized with all the usual clichיs) prohibition by the leadership.

There are also ring transporters and ray transporters used for traveling short distances, but the principle is the same - molecular disintegration.

The show presents some very creative ways of preventing "a meeting with self" in time travel, but in a parallel universe scenario, such a meeting can take place with no incident.

Another preferred method of time travel is the use of a quantum mirror, a device of unclear origin and specification, but apparently a kind of a super-computer, made Naquadah, which can also serve as an illustration aid to Hugh Everett's multiverse theory. It is equipped with a "remote" that allows the traveler to choose the desirable dimension (The same principle was used in Sliders, but we saw only the Remote in action).

The use of the quantum mirror nullifies the existence of "two versions of self" in the same universe and the return to the "original universe" is described as the "rubber band effect".

Incidentally, the Asgard have a time dilation device which makes freezing time possible within the device's range.

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Stargate SG-1

 

There were some time travel stories with very intricate loops (1969-2002-2010, Moebius). In the Continuum Movie, for instance, General Landry authorizes a trip back in time, provided the team does not alter the "current" time line. However, there is no official prohibition against the use if time travel devices and the teams use them whenever necessary. See examples here.

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Birth Control

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Genetic Engineering

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Criminal Law

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

Daniel Jackson has to defend Vala Mal Duran when she is accused of crimes committed while under the control of the Goa'uld Qetesh.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Nanotechnology

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Cryonics

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life

 

If you can’t communicate with them, destroy them.

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

Fifth is a human-form Replicator introduced in "Unnatural Selection". He is the fifth human-form to be created on the planet Halla, and unlike the others he lacks the programming flaws of the android Reese, on which the human-forms are based. This makes him more "human" than the other Replicators, who consider him "weak" as a result. After SG-1 is captured by the Replicators, Fifth becomes fascinated by them, especially Samantha Carter, and attempts to help them. Carter promises to take Fifth with them if he can give them access to the Asgard time dilation device that could trap the other Replicators. Fifth agrees, but Jack O'Neill believes he represents too great a danger and orders Carter to set the device's timer so that Fifth is left behind.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Laws of Robotics

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Corporate Laws

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

The Internet and Control of Information

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Election Laws and Procedures

 

 

 

The Movie

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

7. Technology

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

The Stargate project usually prefers to gather advanced Alien technologies and adapt them to use with existing technologies via Reverse engineering rather than develop original technology.

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe

 

 

 

Summary

 

 

 

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Stargate SG-1

 

 

 

Stargate Atlantis

 

 

 

Stargate Universe