First Aired: July 27, 2001
SG-1 discovers that their trip through the Stargate may have inadvertently doomed an entire civilization, and plead with the Asgard for assistance.
“Red Sky” Facts:
- This is the first episode written by Ron Wilkerson, who served as a story editor during Season Five and also wrote “Between Two Fires,” “Proving Ground,” “The Sentinel,” and contributed stories for later episodes.
- Why don’t SG teams get tossed out of the gate any more? It’s in this episode that we finally get an official explanation: “the margin of error in calculating planetary shift” (necessary to find a valid Stargate address on the millennia-old network) use to cause the rough ride through the wormhole, but the S.G.C. has since fixed it.
- SG-1 causes the entire problem in this episode because they don’t have a D.H.D. Sam’s work on the dialing computer involves a number of shortcuts, including overriding some safety protocols built into the Stargate system.
- Here the Protected Planets Treaty that saved Earth in “Fair Game” comes back to bite SG-1 in the ass: the Asgard are unable to save the K’Tau without violating the terms and nullifying the whole treaty.
- This is the first significant use of a featured Asgard character other than Thor. Freyr is voiced by Brian Jensen (who previously played a Chulak priest), and would return two more times this season.
- The red-shift effect in this episode wasn’t just done in post production. The team built the village on a sound stage in order to control every aspect of the lighting as it changed through the course of the episode. They also shot using some camera filters.
- “Little grey butts …”
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