The Torment of Tantalus

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SG-1 tracks down Catherine Langford's fiance, who took the first Stargate trip in 1945, and discovers an ancient meeting hall that may hold the secrets of the universe itself.

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EPISODE #110
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 10.03.97
SYNDICATION AIR DATE: 11.09.98
DVD DISC: Season 1, Disc 3
WRITTEN BY: Robert C. Cooper
DIRECTED BY: Jonathan Glassner
GUEST STARS:

Elizabeth Hoffman (Catherine Langford), Keene Curtis (Ernest Littlefield), Gary Jones (Technician), Duncan Fraser (Professor Langford), Nancy McClure (Young Catherine), Paul McGillion (Young Ernest), Sheelah Megill (Martha the Maid)

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ANALYSIS

  • Catherine’s claim that she was “a 21-year-old girl” in 1945 is implausible. That would have put her birth in 1923 or 1924, making her only four or five years old when the Stargate was found in Giza in 1928. (Young actress Kelly Vint was 11 or 12 when the scenes were filmed.)

    The continuity error could be explained a couple of different ways. It could be that the elderly woman simply mis-remembered or mis-spoke in her conversation with Daniel. Or, she may have been thinking not of 1945 but several years earlier, in the late 1930s, when the U.S. government’s involvement in the Stargate research project could have first begun.