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In 1994, a new sci-fi
franchise was born with the release of Stargate.
An alien portal was discovered in 1928 Giza. Jumping ahead to the present
day, discredited Egyptologist Daniel Jackson
(James Spader) figured out
how to activate the portal and a military team led by Jack O’Neill (Kurt Russel) was sent through to
identify potential threats. There, they discovered a planet much like Earth’s
ancient Egypt where an alien posing as the god Ra (Jaye Davidson) had enslaved the
populace. O’Neil and his team instigated a slave rebellion and overthrew Ra,
freeing the planet.
The film wasdirected and co-written by Roland Emmerich andreleasedthrough Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Opening on October 28th, it
achieved the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend for an October
film. Although critics were mixed about it, the film ended up earning over $196
million. Three years later, MGM planned spin-off of the movie into a television
series and hired Brad Wright
and Jonathan Glassner to develop
up a year after the film and followed the military team on missions through the
Stargate to find technology and allies against the Goa’uld alien race, and later
in the show’s run against The Ori.
The O’Neill role was filled by Richard Dean Anderson for the first eight
seasons until he was replaced by Ben Browder as Cameron Mitchell
for the final two. SG-1 aired half
its run on Showtime before moving to the Sci-Fi Channel after the premium network
The show proved
popular, spawning a wave of merchandising and its own convention, Gatecon. The show also spawned several
spin-off series. The most well-known and received were the live-action
spin-offs Stargate: Atlantisand
Stargate: Universe.Stargate: Atlantis followed another
military team who operated out of the Lost City of Atlantis on the planet
Lantea and helped the Atlanteans find a way to combat the Wraith. Stargate: Universe followed an
exploration team flying on a spaceship trying to find a way back to Earth.
However, the first spin-off was the animated attempt Stargate: Infinity.
The Infinity team: Stacey, Seattle, Gus, R.J. and Ec'co.
by Eric Lewald and Michael Maliani, the series was
set 30 years in the future from SG-1. Gus
Bonner (Dale Wilson) was framed for insubordination and sending his men into an
ambush by an alien. When the alien race Tlak’kahn, led by Da’Kyll
(Mark Acheson), attacked Stargate Command for a recently-unearthed chrysalis,
Bonner used the distraction to escape with a team through the Stargate in order
to find the alien that framed him and clear his name.
Draga, the newborn recruit.
Gus’ team was
comprised of his by-the-book niece Stacey Bonner (Tifanie Christun), who
believed that Gus was actually a traitor; Seattle Montoya (Bettina Bush), a
Native American with precognitive abilities; R.J. Harrison (Mark Hildreth), a
recent academy graduate who served as the series’ comic relief; and Ec’co
(Cusse Mankuma), a half-alien cadet who could fix anything. They travel though
the Stargate to various worlds, trying to stay one step ahead of the Tlak’kahn
while getting involved in the perils and troubles of the alien species they
encountered. Along the way they were joined by a newborn alien named Draga (Kathleen
Barr), a very powerful being believed to be one of The Ancients who originally
built the Stargates.
The series was poorly received and suffered from low
ratings during its run, resulting in its cancellation after only one season and
several plotlines left unresolved. The creators and producers of the other Stargate programs, who had no role in
the development of the cartoon at all, have gone on record
stating that Infinity was not a part
of the official Stargate canon and
existed in its own alternate universe. Shortly after the show ended, DiC
released a 4-episode
Home Entertainment released a complete
box set in region 2 in 2007, with Shout!
Factory and Vivendi
Entertainment releasing the region
1 version the following year.
“Decision” (9/14/02) – Court-Martialed Major Gus Bonner takes a team
through the Stargate in order to find the Tlak’kahn race that framed him.
“Double Duty” (9/21/02) – A planet inhabited by the Thorn may have
been infected by a disease during an earlier mission of Bonner’s and his team
must protect an ancient chrysalis.
“The Best World” (9/28/02) – The chrysalis becomes Draga and wants to
join the team, while Stacey still regards Gus as a traitor.
“Coming Home” (10/5/02) – The Hrathi people assist Gus’ mission and
help him realize a shapeshifter may have been involved in framing him.
“Mentor” (10/12/02) – Gus’ former mentor seems to be benevolently
helping the Mustari people, but his team helps Gus see otherwise.
“Hot Water” (10/19/02) – R.J. accepts a potentially deadly swimming
challenge on an ocean planet while a team of mercenaries join the Tlak’kahn to
help find Draga.
“Phobia” (10/26/02) – Stacey’s arachnophobia leads her to attack a
peaceful spider-like creature for which she must now stand trial.
“Can I Keep It?” (11/2/02) – Seattle adopts a new pet that keeps on
growing while a probe alerts the Tlak’kahn to the team’s location.
“Who Are You?” (11/9/02) – The team encounters a race of shapeshifters
which leaves them unable to determine who’s friend or foe.
“Greed” (11/16/02) – A cave full of diamonds distracts the teams from
the mercenaries on their trail.
“Stones” (11/23/02) – When Stacey earns the respect of the Elteri
people, she’s given a stone medallion that alters her in unexpected ways.
“Initiation” (11/30/02) – Harisson helps a volcano island native while
Ec’co discovers that the volcano is in danger of erupting—or exploding.
“The Mother of Invention” (12/7/02) – Kreeda is an inventor who would
do anything to save what’s left of her ruined world, even if it means betraying
“Reality” (12/30/02) – The team has to save the Tranquan from a VR
game that keeps them trapped in a hostile environment.
“Museum” (1/6/03) – The team becomes trapped in a museum of Earth’s
historical wonders as two robot armies fight to conquer the world.
“Us and Them” (1/13/03) – Draga finally meets her own people who show
disdain for the rest of the team, while the Tlak’Kahn follow them through the
“The Face of Evil” (1/20/03) – On an ice planet the team intends to
stay out of the ongoing conflict until they learn one of the opposing forces is
“The Key” (1/27/03) – Because the Commonality banned all writing as an
outdated method, they have no way to verify or choose to believe Ec’co’s
warning of a comet about to strike.
“Chariot of the Sun” (2/3/03) – Gus finds a spaceship near the
Stargate and after its communications fail to reach Stargate Command he decides
to take it back to Earth.
“The Answer” (2/10/03) – The team decides to investigate a
controversial new mind-reading device whose inventor claims it’s to help
eliminate war-causing misunderstandings.
“The Look” (2/17/03) – On a planet where respect is earned by a hair
style, Harrison, Seattle and Stacey decide to help the less-fortunate claim the
leaves they need for their hairdos.
“Feet of Clay” (2/24/03) – In the face of an epidemic, the Mardan
decide to turn to the Tlak’kahn instead of accepting Ec’co’s cure.
“The Natural” (3/3/03) – Gus calls on a Heruun to help them navigate a
Sulphur clouded planet, but Harrison falls to the planet’s surface and has to
fend for his survival.
“Big Mistake” (3/10/03) – Helping the Mortai find an underground water
source leads Stacey to finding a crystal that reveals a mistake that her father
refused to own up to.
“The Illustrated Stacey” (3/17/03) – When Stacey is goaded into
unpredictable behavior, she asks the natives for a facial tattoo that is
unknowingly consisted of living microbes.
“The Long Haul” (3/24/03) – Draga takes the team back to Earth where a
philanthropist discovers another Stargate, giving Gus a new lead on his prey.