The GateWorld ratings system exists for each Stargate episode to assist in viewing and to provide an overall, quantified review, since the material included in each episode examination is analytical, not reviewing in nature. (This is a different number from the rating given by GateWorld's reviews writer.)
The ratings are based on a four star system, with four being the highest possible rating:
* - Lower quality episode. Minimal character and/or story arc development.Ratings for each episode are entirely subjective and based on the site owner's personal opinion of the episode, taking into account plot development, character use, dialog, contribution to major series story arcs, and other factors.
* * - Average quality episode. Reasonable use of characters, dialog, etc.
* * * - High quality episode. Good plot development and character use.
* * * * - Outstanding episode. Excellent plot development, character use, dialog, etc. Usually presents significant advancement to series story arcs.
Ratings assigned by GateWorld's formal reviews writers are not factored into this rating. The results of episode polls -- where each episode is voted on by GateWorld users -- appears in the more comprehensive Fan Poll rating.