About 18 years ago, my writing partner, Paul, and I landed staff positions on a little scifi series called Stargate: SG-1 (You may have heard of it!). With one script under our neophyte belts, we were given the green light to start work on our second. It was based on a pitch that involved the team traveling off-world to a planet facing imminent extinction. In an attempt to stave the coming apocalypse, certain members of this civilization were “resetting the clock”, inadvertently trapping SG-1 in a recurring 24 hour time loop.
When it came time to hash out an outline, series co-showrunner Robert C. Cooper had a few notes:
1 – We already have one cool piece of technology on the show = the stargate! Use it instead of our proposed “time-loopy device” to create the problem.
2 – Forget the people on this other planet. Let’s make this episode…
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