, According to Paul Mullie, having Froot Loops as O'Neill's breakfast was not scripted, and he is unsure if the loop reference was intentional. He appears human, and possess advanced technology. I could never live that over again. Back on Earth, the Tok'ra contact the S.G.C. After many loops of teaching, Daniel makes an offhand remark about events that occur during each loop having no consequences once the loop is over, which inspires O'Neill and Teal'c to indulge in wildly outrageous behavior as a means of dealing with the boredom and frustration of being caught in repeating time. O'Neill orders Malakai to shut it off but he refuses, and Daniel has no idea how, even though he can read Ancient. O'Neill then again meets Daniel in the hallway, where is once again run into by Sgt. Jackson: Exactly how many of these loops have you have we been through?  Director Peter DeLuise asked the prop department to glue the Froot Loops to O'Neill's breakfast spoon to have the same loops in the same spots in each take. Daniel stops O'Neill in the hallway afterward to ask about details of the ruins, whereupon he is run into by MSgt.  Sound effects were later added to give the wooden altar prop the impression of being made of stone. (During the second loop) O'Neill: I'm taking this loop off. The Vancouver-based company GDFX was responsible for almost all visual effects shots, some of which were re-used within the episode to save money. They are once again examined by Dr. Frasier, whereupon Hammond walks in, but O'Neill forestalls him before he can postpone the mission this time. The others are skeptical about his foreknowledge of the briefing, except for Daniel who observes that O'Neill never reads the reports ahead of time. Since the time loop lasted for more than three months (and presumably longer when the Ancients were using it to save their colony), it stands to reason that P4X-639 and its powerful storms are also reset by the time loop. They gave up. Once they are on the planet, they encounter Malakai, who at first feigns ignorance. O'Neill's experience of his son's death convinces Malikai to shut down the device before yet another new loop can start. According to Carter's theory, everyone on every planet within the subspace bubble around P4X-639 would be caught in the time loop it caused. The walls on P4X-639 contain an ancient history of the people who lived there: a colony of the Ancients. A sensor device that Malakai is holding suddenly alerts him that the geomagnetic storm has reached its peak and that he has to act immediately. They've already tried that. What was the cataclysm that wiped out the Ancients' colony? He and Teal'c decide to take a break before they go crazy especially when Daniel points out that they can do anything they want without fear of consequences. O'Neill and Teal'c begin learning Latin so that they can begin learning Ancient, and O'Neill mentions to Teal'c that Daniel always asks a question but he hadn't been listening the first time. (Malakai deactivates the machine and lowers the force shield), O'Neill: Well, General, you know what they say: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try again. Director Peter DeLuise briefly appears as an airman who helps Daniel recover from being repeatedly knocked down by Sgt. O'Neill: So I can do this. In a loop after this, while O'Neill and Teal'c are in charge of the translation while Daniel seems to be learning from them, Daniel makes an offhand remark that the two of them could do anything they wanted with no consequences since they know the loop would reset at the end anyway.  A matte painting by the in-house visual effects department later served as a sky replacement for the used greenscreen. O'Neill: Oh, yeah!! I KNOW!! Upon returning to the planet, SG-1 learn of the death of Malikai's wife, whom Malikai wants to visit in the past with the help of the time machine. Production # There is a montage of scenes from various loops: O'Neill and Teal'c have become quite proficient in the language at a certain point since they correct Daniel's translation, then O'Neill takes up juggling, then Teal'c does and again becoming proficient at it. The Best Movies and Shows to Watch in July, New & Upcoming Superhero Movies and Series. The loop will be broken, or at least Earth will be left out of it. This is the first of seventy-four episodes of. ", "We had no idea this episode would become so beloved by fandom and yet, looking back, it's easy to see why. Several crew members make cameo appearances in "Window of Opportunity". O'Neill: (Looks at watch) Handing you my resignation. Daniel observes that the writing on the device is similar to Latin. Jackson: Section 23 ends with a reference to Perennial Adventus. The gate is dialed, but the plan does not work.  Many of the other humorous scenes in "Window of Opportunity" were improvised on set during filming. This was about a year and a half ago, when O'Neill had the knowledge of the Ancients downloaded into his brain (. Credit EP Ron Cooper with steering it in the more humorous direction. Back on the base, O'Neill, Carter, and Daniel are at breakfast. SG-1 returns to the planet to break the loop, but Malakai is expecting them and has the altar blocked by a Goa'uld force shield. It's one of those fun episodes with a fairly straightforward premise that allows our characters to shine in ways unexpected. Though this could be because it is linked to 14 different Stargates at the same time, so an entrance might not be able to be established. O'Neill: Lose it. Back in Daniel's office, their translation work is done. A real meteorological data collection system would not get proper readings. Directed by
O'Neill: [bored] Been over this. The alien language, is in fact, a derivative of the language of the Ancients the advanced race who built the Stargate network. , A season 4 DVD review by digitallyobsessed.com gave "Window of Opportunity" 4 out of 5 points, calling it an "enjoyable", "charming", and "unique" episode and "one of the series' most entertaining stories". SG-1 return to the planet where Malikai lets slip he too remembers what's happening, but O'Neill finds himself back at breakfast before the altar's activation can be stopped. Penned by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, "Window of Opportunity" was the writing duo's second script, and their first episode to air. Would you consider using Eggo Waffles instead of Froot Loops?' It's Fruit Loops! But it isn't long before he gives himself away; Malikai is caught in the same loop, but remembers previous loops. After the Stargate is automatically dialed at the beginning of the episode and the vortex fades, the event horizon is not visible. Before SG-1 can resume their planned mission to the planet, an unscheduled offworld activation of the Earth Stargate, accompanied by flashes, transports O'Neill back to breakfast.
O'Neill: How's that? (O'Neill leaves the room followed by Teal'c.
SG-1 goes to the planet and again meets Malikai, who claims to have never met them before. The photo of Malikai's wife is really that of, "I had to get Fruit Loops cleared [by the company that makes them], and so the guy calls me back and says, 'Well how do you feel about Eggo Waffles? O'Neill: Bad example. The briefing is about the upcoming mission to P4X-639, which SG-15 had visited two weeks earlier, measuring the solar activity. Malikai lets her go, and deactivates the machine. In a briefing with Carter immediately after, she hypothesizes that since the arc lightning energizing the gate was transferred to Earth via the Stargate, they should attempt to dial out before Malakai can dial in. But the move does little good. , In his book Approaching the Possible, Jo Storm saw the episode's title hinting at an "inevitable" story line about the sexual tension between O'Neill and Carter that has been looming since the beginning of the series. Daniel asks O'Neill if he ever did anything "crazy" without fear of consequences while trapped in the loops.  With juggling being one of Richard Dean Anderson's earlier careers, director Peter DeLuise filmed the juggling sequence in a last effort to fill the episode's time slot. Would you consider using Eggo Waffles instead of Fruit Loops?' According to the commentary, because so many repeated scenes are stripped down to their basics once the setting has already been established, the director was finding this episode coming up short of a regular 42 minute episode.
Stargate Watch Order: Three Ways To Enjoy The Entire Franchise, Jewel Staite's New Legal Drama Is Coming, Stargate's Original Audio Dramas Are Coming Back, Here's Proof That Brad Wright's New Stargate, Producer reveals alternate ending for SGU finale, Jackson tells Malikai that he had the opportunity to hear the Ancients' language spoken aloud. 'No we haven't.' Since the rest of their team and all personnel at Stargate Command are unaware of the happenings and do not remember the time resets, O'Neill and Teal'c are forced to find a solution on their own. Carter: Resigning? Again, Jack and Teal'c must convince Hammond, Jackson and Carter that they are all stuck in a time loop though only Jack and Teal'c are aware of it. O'Neill: C'mon, is this the face of a crazy man?! Jackson: That must be frustrating. O'Neill attempts to play a recording he made of the same conversation in the last loop, but the recording ceased to exist when the loop began again. August 4, 2000 They are checked out by Dr. Janet Fraiser and given a clean bill of health. O'Neill comments on how the oatmeal is a nice change of pace from the Froot Loops he has been eating. After they predict the unscheduled arrival of SG-12, General Hammond and the others are convinced they are not delusional. Have there been any significant developments in the struggle against the Goa'uld during those months? By the next episode to air, ". The afternoon mission to P4X-639 is cancelled. However, since she died of a congenital heart condition there is no way to save her. On a routine mission to P4X-639, SG-1 meets an alien archaeologist Malakai operating an Ancient device. Teal'c and O'Neill then visit Hammond, this time successfully convincing him to let them return to the planet. Siler, but this time before that happens Daniel reveals that the writings are a variation of Ancient. Indeed, this was his goal.  Peter DeLuise regarded the episode as "funnier" and "more lighthearted" than usual episodes. The following scenes are comprised of amusing montages involving O'Neill and Teal'c explore this new found "freedom".). Jack becomes increasingly frustrated with repeating the same 10 hours over and over again:the same Fruit Loops, the same conversations, the same task of convincing Hammond, Carter and Jackson that they are all stuck in a time loop. While the events at the SGC repeat themselves, Daniel makes first progress in the translation of writings in the photos of the ancient altar. It doesn't take Jack long to figure out that he's been thrown back in time, roughly 10 hours. The writing duo's first script, "Scorched Earth", would air three episodes later. O'Neill: What kind of archaeologist carries a weapon? Ultimately, O'Neill and Teal'c realize the only solution is to learn and remember the alien language themselves. Teal'c: (raises an eyebrow) Many centuries ago, the colony was struck with some sort of cataclysm (perhaps a disease, perhaps something else). Followed by Jack studies the book "Latin for the Novice," by Joseph Mallozzi, Ph.D. Mallozzi is actually a writer on the show, and co-wrote this episode.  This was contradicted by Script coordinator Cath-Anne Ambrose who said "I had to get Froot Loops cleared [by the company that makes them], and so the guy calls me back and says, 'Well how do you feel about Eggo Waffles? I mean, if you know in advance that everything is always going to go back to the way it was, then you could do anything, for as long as you want, without having to worry about consequences. He cannot save her (she died of a congenital heart defect), but he does wish to be with her once more. It was established from the first episode of Stargate SG-1 that Jack is a keen amateur astronomer; the airmen who came to his home to take him to the Stargate HQ found him on his roof using a telescope. VOTE! O'Neill: Bad example. (Confronting Malakai) Suddenly, O'Neill is at breakfast, eating Froot Loops, and is sitting with Daniel and Carter, in the middle of Daniel asking O'Neill his opinion of something. It is incorrect for Carter to say "we have been sitting in the commissary." O'Neill: Let her go. "Watergate". 406 Loop after loop after loop, Jack and Teal'c study Latin and help Daniel to translate the inscriptions on the altar and the walls surrounding it making a little progress each time. Sylvester Siler, which O'Neill implies he'd known would happen and did not stop. Daniel points out that the only way they can help is by learning Latin and remembering from one loop to another. ", Stargates Original Audio Dramas Are Coming Back, Episode Guides for your favorite shows at: SciFiStream.com, All images are the property of MGM Television Entertainment, Big Finishs Stargate Audio Dramas Are Up For Pre-order, Five Stargate Actors Who Are Coming To Dragon Con This Year, Report: Stargate and Star Trek Model Maker Eaglemoss Is In Financial Trouble. He and Teal'c are both experiencing the same day over again. On P4X-639, O'Neill and Teal'c go to Malakai while Carter tends to Daniel, but after a moment a flash strikes the three at the altar and the scene flashes into white. Jackson: Uhh..
Series This time around, though, O'Neill convinces the general that simply scrubbing the mission will not break the loop. Since time is measured in terms of rotations of the Earth and revolutions around the sun, will there be any cosmological side-effects of the subspace bubble? Notice that when Malikai first activates the alien time device, it actives the Stargate (establishing a wormhole) and then immediately deactivates it but the electrical interference on Earth's gate continues. O'Neill: The word "abicierum" means to give up, not surrender. They discover that he is trying to go back many years into the past, before his wife died. He activates an alien machine a stone altar just a few yards in front of the Stargate which causes abeam to shoot out and hit the Stargate. O'Neill: I LOST MY SON!! (Teal'c turns from the blackboard where he's been working to look at them.) O'Neill: That's gotta be a record. ", 6th episode of the fourth season of Stargate SG-1, "Thoughts and Tirades, Rants and Ruminations December 8, 2007", "January 15, 2009: Writer/Executive Producer/Notorious Recluse Paul Mullie Answers Your Questions! "Window of Opportunity" was the second Stargate SG-1 script by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and their first episode to air. How far is Alaris anyway? Jackson: (surprised) Good. "Divide and Conquer" Hammond: (Angry) Colonel O'Neill, what the hell are you doing?! Malakai: You can't!! One of Anderson's stand-ins on SG-1, Bill Nikolai, plays the technician in O'Neill's bicycle scene. A moment later, there is a flash of light and O'Neill is again at breakfast at the same moment Daniel asks his original question. Furthermore, convincing the rest they are trapped in a time loop and that they have to return to the planet to stop it proves difficult when the same few hours from breakfast to the mission is repeated over and over again. When Teal'c and O'Neill get to the briefing, they take the initiative of explaining that they're in a time loop and try to get out of being examined by Dr. Frasier this time (unsuccessfully). George. Window of Opportunity Finally, Daniel has finished the translation and confirmed that the planet was once an Ancient outpost, but was wiped out by some unidentified disaster at some point in the past. Col. O'Neill and Teal'c realize they and their friends are trapped in a time loop.Col. O'Neill: Suddenly the Stargate activates behind them and they duck out of the way of the kawoosh. Carter informs them that the Tok'ra had been trying to reach them for over three months, but the loop could have lasted for longer, there is no clear indication how long exactly it had lasted.  In a fan poll conducted in 2007 on the Sci-Fi Channel's website, "Window of Opportunity" was voted the "best episode ever" out of thirty-two preselected Stargate SG-1 episodes, and the majority of participants in a 2007 SG-1 fan poll on MSN Canada named the episode their "favourite of all time. I believe that every once in a while even the most serious TV series needs to take time out to explore aspects of the characters that have nothing to do with any of the running plot lines. O'Neill: Yes we have. O'Neill and Teal'c experience loop after loop. A US military commissary is a grocery store/supermarket. O'Neill: Listen to me. To create a time loop, the alien time device uses the Stargate's capability of generating a subspace field. They invented the time device to try and alter their history, but could never get it to work. Malakai: No. ", The off-world scenes were filmed on an interior sound stage, using occasional lens flares and off-camera fans to simulate weather. Waffle sales were down. As Samantha Carter sets up equipment to monitor the sun's unique coronal mass emissions, Daniel Jackson examines the alien text carved into the stone walls. O'Neill and Teal'c realize they and their friends are trapped in a time loop.Col.