Stargate

Stargate (1994)

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New this month Plot hole: The premise for Jackson going on the mission is that once on the other side someone would need to be able to re-open the gate using new symbols, but in reality it would just be a matter for earth to re-open the gate from their end at a predetermined time or times.

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New this month Suggested correction: The gateway is a one way trip, you can't go back through the wormhole when the gate has been opened from the other side.

lionhead

Pure assumption. We don't know exactly how the stargate works. It may actually be possible to go back through the stargate, even if you just came through and it was still open. We just don't know.

It has been well established that Stargate travel is one-way.

It was established in the TV series that two-way travel was not possible; however, many consider the movie not to be canon so information from the series is not necessarily applicable.

Noman Premium member

Since when?

After Jackson says he doesn't know how to dial back, when they are setting up camp, Brown says "if we're not back soon, they'll just turn on the gate from the other side", and Ferretti tells him "no, it doesn't work that way, you see, if you don't turn it on from here, we're screwed." The one way travel is also stated in the later TV series.

jimba

Since always.

lionhead
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Visible crew/equipment: Throughout the movie, in the shots of the guys on the alien planet, the white reflector screens and film crew's reflections are visible in their sunglasses.

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Audio problem: Right after Jackson has been dragged through the desert by the creature, it wakes him up and he says, "Get away from me," but his mouth never moves.

00:40:30

Revealing mistake: In the scene where O'Neil is fighting Ra's bodyguard, the bodyguard uses claws and hits O'Neil's back, tearing his shirt and wounding him. But you can see Kurt's "wounds" and torn shirt right before he's hit by the bodyguard (a scene after Ra's bodyguard's claws are shown).

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Continuity mistake: When Jackson is in the meeting about the symbols, he circles the seventh symbol with a blue marker. In the next shot, look close and you can see that the blue circle around the symbol is gone.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the final revolt against Ra and his warriors, you are able to see that Ra's warriors are swinging rubber staffs as they fight the indigenous people.

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Continuity mistake: There is no necklace on Catherine's neck when she greets Jackson in the room with the cover stones (00:13:39). After they have shaken their hands, the necklace appears on her neck suddenly. Then it disappears again. Also, after Catherine has given the necklace to Jackson for bringing him luck before his departure, the necklace appears on her neck again when she is in the control room during their departure.

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Continuity mistake: When Jackson makes his presentation, the way the hieroglyphics are drawn changes between shots.

00:06:00

Sereenie

Visible crew/equipment: When Ra's death gliders are sent out to attack the city of the native people, you can see wires guiding the glider models as they swoop toward the camera.

01:20:20

Continuity mistake: Ra's soldier gets squished twice by the ring transporter.

01:47:00

Sereenie

Other mistake: When Jackson and O'Neill are captured and taken before Ra, the guards hit their knees with their staff weapons to make them kneel. Jackson's guard does it right, but O'Neill's misses him completely.

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Continuity mistake: Just before Ferretti throws Dr. Jackson's suitcase his left hand goes from the handle to the side, but then the shot changes and his hand is back on the handle and moves when he throws the suitcase.

00:37:50

Sparky6640

Other mistake: When the team are headed to Ra's pyramid dressed like Egyptians, the door starts to close with about half a metre left. After another shot elsewhere, when it faces the door again it has more than half a metre until it hits the ground.

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Continuity mistake: After the slave boy gets a cigarette from O'Neill, he reaches out to touch a gun, and O'Neill grabs it and scares the kid away. O'Neill is then holding the gun with the barrel pointing towards the door, but as the angle changes he is suddenly holding it at a different angle, pointing down to his right and away from the door.

01:05:30

Twotall

Continuity mistake: When O'Neill, Jackson, and Sha'uri have just entered the Stargate chamber, O'Neill throws aside his staff weapon and starts working on the bomb. Later, during the fight between O'Neill and the guard, an overhead shot shows that the staff weapon is no longer there.

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Continuity mistake: When the men are in the pit of water the man who says "Colonel it's us", his dog-tags change from on his chest to back several times between shots.

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Revealing mistake: When the crew is transported to the distant planet, there are three moons. They are all the same shot of our moon (the craters are the same), but each moon is turned differently than the other two.

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Factual error: Dr. Jackson states that you need six points in a 3D volume to define a unique position. He then draws six points on the faces of a cube and connects the opposed pairs of points with lines, demonstrating that they all intersect to reveal the unique location. Whether this is really a good way to identify points in space is debatable, but even so, the technique he demonstrated requires only four points, not six. Any two lines that intersect do so at a unique point.

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Jefficus

Continuity mistake: The bomb's countdown starts faster than a second between numbers change, then eventually gets to about 1 second/change, then goes faster, etc. Its speed keeps changing from shot to shot. Also, the numbers are inconsistent and don't match the time passed between shots of the same scene (i.e. one second later, the countdown can be 5 numbers down).

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Sereenie

Factual error: The military ranks for everyone but O'Neil are wrong. O'Neil is a Colonel (Full bird), Kawalsky is wearing the insignia of a Lt Colonel, but is referred to by O'Neil simply as Lt., when he should be called Colonel. All the others are wearing enlisted stripes (Ferretti - TSgt, but is credited as Lieutenant Ferretti), the others are also credited as "Lieutenant", but wearing enlisted stripes.

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Continuity mistake: When O'Neill activates the nuke he flips up a red protective cover and then flips the switch to the up position. Later when he attempts to deactivate it, he flips up the same red cover and flips the switch to the up position again.

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Grumpy Scot

Continuity mistake: When Jackson re-translates the hieroglyphics, the way he writes "Buried" changes between shots.

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Sacha Premium member

Plot hole: The gate appears to have about 40 symbols on it, and they already had the first 6 of the 7 needed for the sequence. After dialing the first 6, Catherine said that was as far as they had ever gotten, so we know they had dialed the first 6 before. Except they didn't need Jackson to figure out the riddle since all they had to do was try each of the remaining symbols as the seventh, one by one, until they found the one that worked. So with a maximum of about 40 tries they would have found it a long time ago, all without Jackson's help.

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jimba
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Suggested correction: The project is in military hands and its quite possible the military decided not to experiment further with the device before they knew for sure they got the correct symbol, considering the shaking that already starts when the 6th symbol is locked. Its possible that dialing it is too dangerous to try 40 times because it endangers the facility or the device itself.

lionhead

Factual error: When they first power-up the Stargate in the military facility (using Jackson's decryption), the thing surges to life, and electrical sparks spray out of overloaded connections all around the control room. This could only happen if there were no fuses or electrical breakers in the military's control system, which is a ridiculous notion for such advanced military technology. In real life, a powerful overload situation would instantly burn out fuses and trip breakers and the whole system would simply go dead (there would be no sparks). Showers of sparks are a common error in many science fiction and space fantasy films dating back many decades.

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Charles Austin Miller
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Suggested correction: If there would be breakers and fuses then yes, the system would simply go dead and then they would have nothing. They intentionally let the system nearly overload because without power they wouldn't be able to finish the sequence.

lionhead

No, that's not the way sophisticated (and expensive) electronic technology works. If you have sparks spraying out of electrical connectors, that means you're melting down millions and millions of dollars of hardware. No technician or electrician or even a first-year auto mechanic would intentionally design and hardwire an electrical system without fuses and/or breakers.

Charles Austin Miller

Revealing mistake: When James Spader is first exiting the pyramid after he first arrives on the planet, he begins to touch the wall on the left as the moves out the doorway. He appears to be using the wall for balance. During the last shot before he walks completely out into the open, the "solid rock" wall bends inward like it's made of rubber.

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