Jul. 27, 1997
60 min.
SyFy TV Network

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This sequel to the 1994 movie Stargate chronicles the further adventures of SGC (Stargate Command). Earth's military sends out SG teams to explore new planets, find technology, and oppose the Goa'uld. Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson from the movie are part of SG-1.

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Senator Robert Kinsey was a United States politician and an enemy of Stargate Command, particularly SG-1.


"I got enough on you to have you shot!"
—Henry Hayes

In 1998, Kinsey was the Senator of Indiana and the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which controlled the Stargate Program's budget. He successfully argued that the program should be shut down, citing the colossal waste of money and the threat to Earth it represented. He insisted that the U.S. military will defeat the Goa'uld and that God is with them. (SG1: "Politics") However, the program was restarted after his plan to defeat Apophis's motherships threatening Earth failed, while SG-1- having disobeyed orders and left Earth to check a gate address that Doctor Daniel Jackson had acquired during a brief visit to an alternate reality- successfully destroyed both of them. (SG1: "Within the Serpent's Grasp", "The Serpent's Lair")

At first, Kinsey appeared to simply be a short-sighted politician pursuing his agenda. However, his interest in the Stargate went much deeper than that. In 2000, Colonel Jonathan J. O'Neill discovered that Kinsey was the politician protecting the rogue NID agents that had been causing trouble for the SGC, and that he was tied to various corporate and business interests hoping to use the Stargate for financial gain and to defend Earth by any means necessary. As a result of his actions, General Hammond was briefly forced to retire and the SGC placed under the command of General Bauer, who placed the organization in a more aggressive stance. However, O'Neill, collaborating with Harry Maybourne, managed to acquire incriminating evidence of of Kinsey's ties to the NID and his off the books funding. He blackmailed the Senator into allowing Hammond to take control of the program once again or the evidence will go public. (SG1: "Chain Reaction")

Despite this setback, Kinsey tried several more times to control of the Stargate program. In 2001, he nearly succeeded in pushing the SGC into a dangerous alliance with the Aschen; and in an alternate timeline, where the alliance was made, Kinsey became President of the United States. (SG1: "2010", "2001") In 2003, he became chairman of the Intelligence Oversight Committee, which placed him in a position of direct control over the NID, then tried to place the Stargate into its hands instead of the Air Force's. He attempted to manipulate the other nations whom the Pentagon disclosed to about the Stargate into handing control of the Stargate into NID hands, citing the various dangers to Earth the SGC caused. However, Hammond countered that the SGC has made allies, such as the Asgard, going so far as to contact Thor for assistance, Thor's presence convincing the other nations to place the SGC in Hammond's hands. Finally in 2004, he was inaugurated as Vice-President of the United States, a position of power that he hoped would give him more control over the Stargate; however, he was fired within a few weeks by President Henry Hayes, who had become aware of his connection to the Trust, when he attempted to force Doctor Elizabeth Weir- the newly-appointed head of the SGC, who Kinsey had believed would be more willing to put Earth's interests (And hence his own) first as opposed to Hammond's more generally benevolent attitude- to allow him to escape to the Alpha Site during Anubis's attack. He also implies that he would have probably done far worse to Kinsey than that, as he also says that he has "enough evidence as to have [him] shot.". (SG1: "Inauguration")

In late 2004, he offered to help General O'Neill take down the Trust in what he presented as a display of patriotism (O'Neill, made cynical by years of interaction with the Senator, simply diagnosed that "they kicked you when you were down and now you want revenge"). However, the Trust had already been taken over by the Goa'uld, who captured Kinsey and turned him into a host and send him to meet with Russian General Miraslov Kiselev, supposedly to implant him with a symbiote, when in actually, Kiselev was already compromised. This act made the Russian government suspect that the Goa'uld had compromised the American administration and nearly pushed Earth to the brink of nuclear war. Daniel Jackson tried deducing the Goa'uld's motives are really to take control of the Ancient control platform in Antarctica. He was forced to take Kinsey aboard the Prometheus when Russian security tried to arrest him. At the moment, the former senator is still missing in action; he was on board a Trust Al'kesh that the Prometheus destroyed at the end of the crisis. Before its destruction, he was able to get his hands on an Asgard beaming device, making it unclear as to whether he was killed. (SG1: "Full Alert")

Personal life

Kinsey had a wife, three children, seven grandchildren, various nieces and nephews, as well as a dog named Oscar.

He may have been a draft-dodger in some form or other; he once claimed that "illness robbed me of the chance to serve my country." (SG1: "Politics") This excuse is commonly presented by contemporary politicians to explain how they avoided being drafted during the Vietnam War (in reality, their social status and parentage usually have much more to do with it, though of course this is not always the case).

Kinsey also has a big sense of pride, when he declared God will defend the Earth.

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