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Old November 17 2012, 06:38 AM   #114
gturner
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Re: Where should Stargate go now?

Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't finished season 8 of SG-1.
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In "Mobius Strip part 1 and 2" an alternate universe Sam, Carter, and Jack travel back to ancient Egypt, running into our universe Daniel who's also traveled back in time. They bury the gate and a ZPM and presumably live happily ever after, or perhaps die of some horrible disease, who knows. All we know is that the due to the time loops, all the current SG-1 members know is that they'd traveled back in time and fixed something, which meant they themselves never had to actually make the trip.

All very nice, but it opens a potential storyline that coud've been used in interesting ways. In season 3 we met Seth, or Setesh, who was a Gou'ald who'd been hiding out on Earth for 3,000 years with a system lord bounty on his head for trying to overthrow Ra. Suppose the alternate universe SG-1 team ran in to a similar Goa'uld when they helped overthrow Ra to fix the future?

Perhaps he's good, perhaps he's evil, or perhaps he's just Tok'ra. I'll assume he's good, and the point is that he would've interacted with the SG-1 members, most especially Daniel who knew eight years of SG-1's history of battling the system lords, and knew of another gate in Antarctica where an Ancient girl was buried in the ice but still alive, possessing in her head all the secrets of the Ancients.

If the Goa'uld does anything to alter the timeline, there won't be a real and alternate SG-1 to come back and save him from certain death at the hands of Ra, so he can't change anything in any way that would have ramifications - for thousands of years. But he can change anything that happen's after the present-day events in Mobius Strip.

Prior to Daniel's arrival, the SGC had only found one girl in Antarctica, so he'd be free to hunt for another without altering the timeline. So he does, and gains the knowledge of the ancients, perhaps by finding a corpse of an Ancient and reviving it with a Sarcophagus, absorbing their knowledge before the plague finally claimed the host. And with a Sarcohagus, he could've kept the SG-1 members alive for perhaps centuries, working to gather Ancient weapons or other technologies without altering the timeline.

So in the present day, either SG-1 (or a subsequent series cast) uncovers clues to his whereabouts on Earth, or perhaps he shows up with very long notes (diaries) written by Daniel, Samantha, Teal'c, and Jack, telling of their long lives and adventures with him. He'd have had to wait until after the Mobius events to contact them.

And there you get the potential for a whole new set of story arcs, or at least a few good ones.
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