When workplace comedy series Space Force debuted on Netflix in 2020, it wasn’t without a few hiccups. The show’s storylines and jokes were a strong hit-or-miss as it parodied mostly conservative ideologies and the first few episodes fell flat. The subplots shifted away from the characters, focusing instead on the antics at bay. This was an ambitious decision given everyone’s unfamiliarity with the Space Force military branch. But as fans were drawn in, they noticed a pretty cool nod to Stargate SG-1.
In the fourth episode of the first season titled Lunar Habitat, Mark Naird (Steve Carell) decides to spend a week with a team of astronauts who’ve been living in a mock version of a moon habitat for almost two years. As expected, the decision doesn’t go over well with the residents, most of whom find themselves frustrated by his presence disrupting their lives. As viewers watched Mark navigate his new surroundings with hilarious results, a few eagle-eyed fans noticed the bulky astronaut suit he wears in various scenes is a replica of the suits in Stargate SG-1.
The surprising Easter egg was noticed by Reddit user u/crimsonxsecret, who said that they thought the suit looked familiar and put a screenshot of Carrell’s character wearing it in Space Force above a picture of the same suit being worn in a fifth season episode of Stargate SG-1 called Fail Safe. Interestingly, it was around this time that Space Force experienced a surge in ratings as fans became curious about the adventures of Mark’s unruly crew.
Check out the comparison of Space Force and Stargate SG-1 suits below:
Since its debut in 1997, a lot of shows have drawn inspiration from Stargate SG-1. Created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, the military science fiction series was based on the 1994 film Stargate by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The story is set approximately a year after the events of the movie when the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets and in space.
To keep Earth safe, the government puts together an elite United States Air Force special operations team called SG-1 who explore the galaxy and defend it against alien threats like the Goa’uld, the Replicators, and the Ori. During its run, the Stargate series also drew upon Egyptian, Greek, and Norse mythology, as well as the legend of King Arthur for story ideas.
Over the years, Stargate SG-1 was a ratings success and was particularly popular in Europe and Australia. The series was honored with several awards and nominations in its ten-season run. There have also been various spin-offs like the animated show Stargate Infinity and the live-action series Stargate Atlantis, Universe, and Origins. Two direct-to-DVD films Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum were released in 2008.
Stargate SG-1 is also the only U.S television series to have the full support and endorsement of the United States Armed Forces, especially the United States Air Force.