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2001
2001 (Stargate SG-1)
P4C-970, the Aschen home world on the SGC's map.
Production
Series

Stargate SG-1

Episode

5.10

Production #

510

Original air date

August 31, 2001

Written by

Brad Wright

Directed by

Peter DeLuise

Cast
Guest stars

Christopher Cousins as Ambassador Joseph Faxon
Dion Luther as Mollem
Robert Moloney as Borren
Gary Jones as MSgt. Walter Harriman
Ronny Cox as Senator Robert Kinsey
Howard Siegel as Keel
Rob Lee as Major Ben Pierce

Chronology
Preceded by

"Between Two Fires"

Followed by

"Desperate Measures"

SG1 season 5
SG-1 Season 5
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8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
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Season 4 Season 6

"2001" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of Stargate SG-1.

SynopsisEdit

SG-1 makes contact with a technologically advanced race known as the Aschen (a race of people SG-1 from an alternate future tried to warn current SG-1 not to make contact with). While they form an alliance, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c find clues about the Aschen past and when the truth about the Aschen is finally revealed, SG-1 must intervene or risk history repeating itself all over again.

Previously on Stargate SG-1Edit

Stargate Command receives a note from an alternate Colonel Jack O'Neill instructing them to not travel to P4C-970 under any circumstances.

PlotEdit

Earth seems to be have found the perfect ally in their fight against the Goa'uld: the Aschen, whom SG-1 met while visiting the simple, low-tech, pastoral planet Volia at P3A-194. To negotiate with the Aschen, SG-1 is accompanied by Ambassador Joseph Faxon, whom Major Samantha Carter quickly starts to like. They meet with the Aschen representatives on one of their big harvester ships (which harvests Volian fields and sends the crop through the Stargate). The Aschen not only offer them their advanced technology but also membership in the Aschen Confederation. In exchange, Earth will share with the Aschen their knowledge of the Stargate network, as the Aschen claim to be ignorant of the network and know only how to access a few gates. Their bio-technology is particularly interesting because it would allow Earth to create a Biogenic weapon that could target specific DNA combinations.

After Colonel Jack O'Neill's positive introduction to the Aschen, in which they proclaim their willingness to trade, negotiations endorsed by the President of the United States begin. However O'Neill starts to feel uneasy, a feeling strengthened by the fact that the Stargate would have to be revealed to the public (because the Aschen only want to negotiate with all the nations of Earth) and also because the Aschen representative mentions that Earth's current population growth is unsustainable (suggesting military action to curb it).

At Stargate Command at about the same time, Major General George S. Hammond and Carter discover that the Aschen home-world may be the location of a Stargate address that was locked out of the dialing computer earlier, when they received a mysterious note that they thought might be from the future SG-1. This note was not only in O'Neill's handwriting but also had his blood on it; it warned them away from going to P4C-970. As Stargate Command has narrowed down the Aschen homeworld to one of four possibilities, Hammond decides to send teams (specifically, SG-3, SG-12, and SG-15) to the other three possible locations to determine if the Aschen world is the forbidden address. However, the search is stopped by presidential order, because if one of the teams were to find the Aschen at one of the other three locations, they might feel their privacy invaded and trust betrayed, thus stopping negotiations.

In the meantime, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c start to investigate Volia in response to O'Neill's order to find out more about the Volians' relationship with the Aschen. After questioning a Volian farmer (who has only positive things to say about the Aschen), they find buried beneath the agricultural fields a city of technology and complexity far more advanced than that evinced by the Volians, yet that is only a few hundred years old. In an underground library the two find newspaper articles that reveal disturbing information about the Aschen.

Meanwhile, after learning of the likelihood that the Aschen are not all that they appear to be, O'Neill journeys to Washington D.C. to tell the President about his concerns. But Senator Robert Kinsey, one of O'Neill's Earth-based arch rivals, beats him to it and convinces the President not to listen to O'Neill, then intercepts O'Neill and makes him return to the SGC, to O'Neill's considerable frustration.

Daniel and Teal'c find the final issue of an old newspaper in the ruins, which they assume must have the last information available before the unknown catastrophe destroyed the civilization. Daniel can translate the newspaper to the extent that he knows that a drug the Aschen gave members of the society (in order to cure a plague) caused something, but he doesn't know the translation of that one word. In a later good-will meeting in which Earth will prove their good faith by sharing a few of the Stargate addresses they know, Carter tricks the Aschen Ambassador Borren into translating the word. It means "sterility". Realizing Carter and Faxon have figured out the Aschen's intentions, they lock Carter and Faxon in a room on a harvesting ship and dial Earth in order to send a powerful bio-weapon through.

Sam sets up a rope to climb down straight into the (horizontally oriented) Stargate, but as Faxon prepares to join her, Borren walks in and Faxon attacks him. With no time left for him to get away, he tells Carter to go on without him. She falls through the Stargate and quickly orders the Iris shut behind her. Earth is saved, and Sam never learns that the man who gave up his life to save her and Earth is the man who would otherwise have been destined to be her husband. It is then revealed that what had been given to the Aschen is a list of useless gate address, the first one being a black hole.

ReferencesEdit

1910; 1918; Abydos; Ancients; Andrews Air Force Base; Anti-aging vaccine; Arthur C. Clarke; Aschen; Aschen holographic projector; Aschen medicine; Aschen Prime; Aschen spaceship; Aschen technology; Aschen transporter; Biogenic weapon; Black hole; Ancient Celtic; Dial Home Device; Fishing; Gas giant; Harvester; Iris; Iron; Influenza; MALP; Mess hall; P3W-451; The Pentagon; Peterson Air Force Base; President of the United States; SG-3; SG-12; SG-15; Stargate Command infirmary; Starsky and Hutch; Stellar drift; Sweet water; Time travel; Volia; Volian; Volian city; Volian Union; Wales; Washington D.C.; White House; The Wizard of Oz

Notable QuotesEdit

O'Neill: Break out the fishing gear, General. Our job here is done.
Hammond: I take it your mission was successful.
Carter: In a word, sir: Yes.
O'Neill: In two words... Yes, sir.
Hammond: Your initial report said the Volians were a simple agrarian society.
O'Neill: That they are.
Jackson: The Volians introduced us to another race. Friends of theirs.
O'Neill: Who, while lacking a sense of humor, make up for it in advanced technology.

Carter: So out of security concerns, the Aschen wish not to reveal the location of their home world until we have an agreement.
O'Neill: They're a little paranoid.
Jackson: It seems appropriate seeing as how they don't have an iris like ours.
Carter: We do know that they've actually created a secondary star in the Volian system by igniting a gas giant, thereby doubling the Volians' growing season.
Faxon: They made a star? How?
Carter: Well, theoretically by increasing the density of a sufficiently massive gas giant until a thermonuclear reaction could take place. In fact Arthur C. Clarke posited that—
O'Neill: Ambassador, you gotta be careful about the use of the word "how" unless you really wanna know.
Faxon: My mistake, Colonel.

(Just after arriving on Volia)
Faxon: It looks just like, uh...
O'Neill: Oh yeah... just when you think you're not in Kansas anymore, turns out ya' are.

Mollem: You look pensive.
O'Neill: No, I was just thinking.

Kinsey: I swear, O'Neill. There's going to be an investigation into this. (he storms out)
O'Neill: Well that'd be fine. O'Neill. Two L's! (while holding up three fingers)
Teal'c: Senator Kinsey seems most displeased.
O'Neill: Yeah, that's a cryin' shame isn't it.

Jackson: I just hope we won't regret giving them those gate addresses.
O'Neill: I don't think we will, first one being a black hole and all. They get progressively darker after that.

NotesEdit

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  • This episode takes place seven months after "2010".
  • The title is an homage to Arthur C. Clarke's novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it continues a story arc started in the episode "2010" - the title of which is an homage to Clarke's novel 2010: Odyssey Two. The concept of turning a gas giant into a star (one of the main plot elements of 2010: Odyssey Two) is mentioned in both episodes, and Major Samantha Carter quotes Clarke's name in reference to it during this episode. Coincidentally, Clarke's Space Odyssey series used the term "StarGate" to refer to one of its major plot devices, the monolith. Also the story-line closely resembles to Arthur C. Clarke's novel "Childhood's End" in the aspect of seemingly friendly, technologically advanced alien race shapes the humanity to their liking by using population control and social engineering.
  • When Colonel Jack O'Neill is telling Senator Robert Kinsey how to spell his name, he says it has two Ls but he holds up three fingers. Possibly this is a rather clever way of giving Kinsey the middle finger.
  • The words on the newspaper found by Dr. Daniel Jackson are almost exactly the same as what he tells the others in the briefing room. The text can be transliterated into English by taking each letter in the paper and substituting it with the letter that comes immediately before it. (This cipher is a reference to HAL 9000's acronym letter-shifting to reveal IBM, albeit accidentally[1]) The newspaper name is The Volian Voice and the headline reads "Vaccine from Newcomes [sic] Causes Sterility".
  • When told that the negotiations may take longer, Aschen say that they are patient people, which may be a hint at the plot of "2010", in which the Aschen slowly lowered Earth's population through sterility.
  • At the conclusion of this episode, Carter is hanging from a rope tied to the Aschen Harvester ready to cut it and fall down through the Stargate. Since it is merely gravity that would cause her to travel into the open wormhole, it is therefore plausible that the Ambassador could easy have either climbed over the railing onto the rope also, or simply jumped off. However, it could be assumed (despite having no knowledge of this fact) that the rope Carter climbs down on is intended to reduce her travel velocity at the SGC end, and therefore the Ambassador chose not to simply jump from the ship into the wormhole himself less he fly through the wormhole at fatal speeds. Another possible reason of why the Ambassador chose not to jump is that he was in the middle of a physical altercation with Borren (who had, at that time, entered the room and realized that something was amiss). Knowing that the Aschen bioweapon was about to be deployed and that Carter had to get back to the SGC as soon as possible to inform them to engage the iris in order to save Earth. By getting into an altercation with Borren, he provides enough of a distraction that Carter is able to successfully escape back to the SGC.
  • This episode is followed up by the novel Stargate SG-1: Relativity which reveals that the black hole destroyed Aschen Prime (P4C-970) and killed Mollem, but that at least some of the Aschen survived the disaster. These Aschen, led by Mollem's wife Mirris try to launch another bioweapon on Earth that in an alternate future along with the presence of Anubis devastates Earth and humanity. SG-1, with the help of a future O'Neill and his daughter Jade O'Neill defeat the Aschen and their plot once more.

GoofsEdit

In other languagesEdit

  • French: Les Faux Amis (The False Friends)
  • Italian: 2001
  • Spanish: 2001
  • German: 2001
  • Czech: Rok 2001 (Year 2001)

External linksEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAL_9000#Origin_of_name

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