Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
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Children of the Gods 

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Colonel Jack O'Neill is brought out of retirement to lead a new expedition back to Abydos, only to find an old friend, a new enemy and a far wider use of the Stargate.


Mario Azzopardi


Brad Wright (developed for television by), Jonathan Glassner (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dean Anderson ... Colonel Jack O'Neill
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Amanda Tapping ... Captain Samantha Carter
Christopher Judge ... Teal'c
Don S. Davis ... Major General George Hammond
Jay Acovone ... Major Charles Kawalsky
Vaitiare Hirshon ... Sha're / Amaunet (as Vaitiare Bandera)
Robert Wisden ... Samuels
Peter Williams ... Apophis
Brent Stait ... Louis Ferretti
Gary Jones ... Sgt. Walter Harriman
Alexis Cruz ... Skaara / Klorel
Rachel Hayward ... Sgt. Carol Weterings
Rick Ravanello ... Guard #2
J.B. Bivens ... Guard #1


An alien similar to Ra appears out of the Stargate, killing five soldiers and kidnapping another, a year after the original Stargate mission. A new team is assembled, including some old members, and they go in search of the missing soldier in order to find out how Ra could still be alive. Meanwhile, the alien Gou'ald kidnap Sha're and Skaara, implanting them with symbiotes and making them Gou'ald hosts. Written by Lee Jamilkowski

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Release Date:

27 July 1997 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The actors playing the Abydonians, both here and in the movie, (especially _Alexis Cruz (I)' as Skaara) sound like they are swallowing their "L"s; making O'Neill sound like "Oneer" for example. In ancient Egyptian there is no hieroglyph for an "l" sound. Later the Greeks would use the lion hieroglyph to represent the "l" but it actually represented the "rw" consonant sound. Whether the actors were doing this on purpose or not is an interesting question. See more »


The scenes looking down at the descending lift are actually shots looking up at an ascending lift. There is a looping cable visibly defying gravity 'above' the lift See more »


[Preparing to send a message to Daniel on Abydos]
Jack O'Neill: General, we don't need that probe.
Kawalsky: We don't?
Jack O'Neill: Nope. This'll do.
[O'Neill grabs a box of Kleenex]
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Crazy Credits

The first A in the word Stargate (in the title) is not a true A, but is represented by the Stargate's Earth point of origin. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2009 MGM released a re-edited version of Children of the Gods on DVD. Certain scenes have been trimmed slightly to make the pace of the film flow faster and one new scene has been added. Scenes with violence have been toned down and the infamous full frontal nudity shots of actress Vaitiare Bandera have been removed. Also,the visual effects have been enhanced and composer Joel Goldsmith has re-scored the entire film with new music instead of the re-used David Arnold score from the 1994 feature. The 2009 version runs approx 7 minutes shorter than the original. See more »


Edited into Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods - Final Cut (2009) See more »


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Written by Joel Goldsmith and David Arnold
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Original Broadcast vs "The Final Cut"
5 September 2014 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

A Brief History of Stargate:

10,000 years ago, or even earlier, an alien was dying. He searched the Galaxy for a life form his technology could keep alive indefinitely. He finds a green planet called Earth, and lands in Egypt... Where a kid is fascinated by the Spaceship. The alien found out if he took over the kid, he could live practically forever.

But in order to do so, he needs a ready supply of a mineral called "Naquedah", the same stuff a device called a Chapp'Ai was made from. So, this alien parasite put a Stargate down in old Egypt town, and another on a planet called "Abydos" - Which had a very rich supply of said quartz-type rocks. These two Chapp'Ai served as the Naquedah Express, so the Alien, named Ra, now had a slave race to mine his mineral.

So began Earth's first Civilization, until there was an uprising, and Ra packed up and left. The rebelling Humans buried the Chapp'Ai and covered it. But by then, there was a full contingent of slaves on Ra's Naquedah Mining Planet.

10,000 years later, the elder Dr. Langford digs up this ring thing in Egypt, his daughter Katherine is with him, and she makes it her life's work to find out what this ring does.

Daniel Jackson is a linguist and Archaeologist who believes the pyramids are landing sites for Spaceships, and are much older than most of his peers think - His reputation is that of a laughingstock. Until Katherine Langford approaches him and asks him: "You want to prove your theories are correct?". And this starts the whole shebang.

We have met Daniel Jackson and Jack O'Neil (With only one L in the movie) in the film, and they managed to blow Ra into tiny molecule-sized particles. Daniel meets his Dream-Girl Sha're (played here by Vaitiare Bandera, who really WAS Daniel's/Michael Shanks' dream girl), and at this point he is still living on Abydos. But the damage is done, Ra was killed, and the Chapp'Ai, aka the Stargate was reopened, and it was just a matter of time until someone used it... Which is exactly what happens here.

When I first saw Apophis and his Jaffa's Snake-Armor I laughed myself silly, but what do you do when you don't have the money to recreate a feature film effect? - And here is the difference between Ra and Apophis (Peter Williams)- Ra supplied his guards with the identities of other "gods", like Anubis and Horus. With Apophis, it's "All Snake", all of his Jaffa wear the same Motif on their armor. And his first Prime Teal'c has his emblem embedded in gold on his forehead.

I was actually very happy with the Original Cut of this - And I am so glad that the DVD set has the original Showtime cut. In 2008, the "Final Cut" of this series pilot was released along with two movies that basically wrap up the loose ends of SG-1: Ba'Al and the Ori, respectively, "Continuum" and "The Ark of Truth". "Children of the Gods" was re-cut and some of the original special effects were replaced or redone, also, the Final Cut removes all of the nude scenes of Vaitiare Bandera. Some other dialog is changed and alternate versions used, or, cut completely from Final Cut.

The "Wormhole Effect" - In the series, when it was picked up by Sci-Fi, the first thing they changed was the Wormhole Effect, Sci-Fi used the "Sliders" Slide effect for gate Travel shots - I always liked the original Film effects more, as used from Seasons 1-7.

The shot of the Pyramid on Abydos, the original cut uses a matte and a long shot taken from the Feature Film- The Final Cut uses a totally CGI rendering. I like the original much more.

At the end, when Apophis brings his new bride "Amaunet/Sha're" to the Stargate/Chapp'Ai - He comes in only one ship, which transforms into a "Death Glider" - This was very cool, in Final Cut, one Alkesh comes with two "Death Gliders" - Again, the original was better.

And finally, Final Cut removes all reference to and shots of Kowalski (Jay Avacone) getting infected with the Infant Goa'Uld that came out of the dead Jaffa.

The one thing from the Film I missed in the show was that after the "Burst" of the Gate Opening, there was a huge Vortex on the other side. In the show, only the front Burst was ever shown. But the whole Cheyenne Mountain Complex as it is called in the show was masterfully recreated from the original Film sets- Plus they added cool red lights on the Gate that light up during a dial in/dial out sequence. And as far as the nature of The Goa'Uld - Ra was an "Evil ET" figure in the film, changed in the show into the snake form, carried in Jaffa's pouches while in infant stage. I think the Snake form is better for a parasite that wraps around your Brainstem.

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