Its been about a year since Jack O’Neill, Daniel Jackson and Charles Kawalsky (Jay Acovone) went through the Stargate to Abydos where they killed Ra. They used a nuclear bomb then and now something else is trying to use the gate. Then it was the humans of this world reaching out to someplace else, this time something is coming from them and it isn’t Ra. With Ra dead others are trying to take his place and now the Stargate has to be used again to save the human race. This film is the perfect sequel to the first film and an excellent start to the series that first aired on Showtime so it has a bit of nudity in the film as well as the first season. It really didn’t need the nudity as the story itself is strong enough to carry it.
The Stargate program is winding down and is about ready to be shelved for all time when it suddenly activates. The guards on duty or rather baby sitting duty are so bored that they are playing cards when Sgt. Carol Weterings (Rachel Hayward) says that she heard a noise from the gate. The other guards there just laugh at her and tells her to relax, nothing is happening, nothing ever happens in the gate room. Still she looks at the covered gate again and sees the parachute covering flutter and then it is ripped off as the gate comes on. The whole room begins to shake as a wormhole appears and serpent guards led by Teal’c (Christopher Judge) and Apophis (Peter Williams) come through the gate. They grab Weterings and kill everyone else in the room as they leave.
The military was under the impression that the gate only went to one place and since it activated and hostiles came through then O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) must not have told them everything. To find out more they send Major Bert Samuels (Robert Wisden) to go get him and bring him back to report to Major General George Hammond (Don S. Davis) at Cheyenne Mountain where the Stargate is housed. Hammond asks if Jack is sure that Ra is dead and then shows him the staff weapons that were collected from the dead Serpent Guards that were left behind when Teal’c and Apophis left. It is interesting to note that in the films and in the series it has always been stated that you can not use the same wormhole to go both directions but in this film that is exactly what happens. The gate never shuts down and Teal’c, Apophis and the rest of the Serpent Guards alive go back through the same incoming wormhole.
After proving that the people from Abydos could not have been the ones to come through Hammond orders O’Neill to go through and get Jackson (Michael Shanks) and bring him back. They need to find out what this new threat is and deal with it before it becomes an even greater threat to the people of Earth. On Abydos they find evidence that the gates are not the only 2 in the universe but they are just a small set of an even larger network of gates that are spread across countless planetary systems. They also find out that Ra was not alone but was just one member of an entire race of beings that inhabit human hosts and are pretending to be gods so that they can have slaves to do their will.
This one film sets the tone for the entire series and especially Stargate SG-1 Season 1 as Daniel searches for his stolen wife Sha’re (Vaitiare Bandera) who is host to Amaunet, the queen of Apophis. It is also the beginnings of Jack trying to make amends for his own son’s death as he tries to find and save Skaara (Alexis Cruz) who has become host to Klorel. We also see the introduction of Captain Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), an astrophysicist that can spout of technobable faster then anyone could before. She adds a softer side to the mostly male members of the show but at the same time is just as tough as they are, sometimes even more. Between her and Jackson they give Jack a massive headache as he is not really able to follow what either one of them is saying.
If you want to get into the show you really should watch Children of the Gods right after watching the first Stargate film. They will bring you up to speed and you will not feel like you are missing something. As a film it stands on its own and as a pilot for a series it sets the tone for it quite well.
I give this film a Musing review of