Stargate SG-1: Exactly How Many Times Teal'C Said Indeed

Fans of Stargate SG-1 will know Teal'c was fond of saying "Indeed," but exactly how many times did he utter this catchphrase over the course of the series? The Stargate franchise kicked off with the 1994 film, directed by blockbuster auteur Roland Emmerich (Independence Day). The film involved the discovery of an ancient ring-shaped gateway that opens a portal to another planet. Emmerich originally planned a series of films, which would feature the return of stars James Spader and Kurt Russell (The Thing), but this didn't ultimately come to pass.

Instead, the franchise found a new home on television with 1997's Stargate SG-1. The show continued on from the plot of the movie, but with Russell and Spader replaced by Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks respectively. The series was able to greatly expand the mythology of the concept, introducing new worlds and alien races, and thanks to the chemistry of the cast the show would run for ten seasons. The franchise spawned other shows too, including spinoffs Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate Universe.

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One of the major characters introduced in Stargate SG-1 is Teal'c, a Jaffa warrior played by Christopher Judge (God Of War). Teal'c defects to the SG-1 team in the pilot episode in hopes of someday defeating the Goa'uld and freeing his planet Chulak. While Teal'c is haunted by his past actions, having been forced to commit atrocities in the name of Apophis in his past, and gets his fair share of emotion scenes on the series, his deadpan response to nearly every situation is constantly milked for humor. This also includes his tendency to say "Indeed" a lot.

His use of "Indeed" became something of a running gag over the course of Stargate SG-1, to the point of becoming a catchphrase. Teal'c himself doesn't appear to be aware of this since his overuse of the phrase is only pointed out to him during a guest appearance on Stargate: Atlantis by Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa, Aquaman). For fans who might be curious about exactly how many times Teal'c said "Indeed" during Stargate SG-1 - and don't feel like rewatching all ten seasons and his various guest appearances on the spinoff shows - he said the word approximately 167 times.

There doesn't currently appear to be any plans for a Stargate SG-1 reboot or revival series, so for now, Teal'c won't be adding to that wordcount. While Teal'c's stoic nature may have been played for humor on the show, it says something about Judge's talent as an actor that he was always able to bring different layers to the character.

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