Wikipedia:WikiProject Stargate/Episode style sheet

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This page provides a style sheet for episodes of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. The idea is to get Stargate episode articles to follow the same conventions, look the same way, and include the same information. Episodes that do not assert notability by including significant coverage in reliable sources should not have an article, although time should be given for article development.

See also: Wikipedia:Television episodes

Title[edit]

See: Wikipedia:Naming conventions (television)#Episode articles.

The title of the Wikipedia article about an episode should follow this formula:

Episode Title
   or
Episode Title (Stargate SG-1)

Obviously, replace SG-1 with Atlantis or Infinity as appropriate. Only use the disambiguation (the bracketed bit) when there is another article with the same name as the episode. If you do not use the disambiguation, then you must create a redirect at the disambiguated title.

The Episode Title Itself Should be Capitalised Except for Prepositions less than Five Characters Long.

Whenever linking to an episode article or mentioning it in a page, enclose the title of the episode in "quotation marks" (no italics!). e.g. "Maternal Instinct". You can also use the template {{sgcite}} to make episode links quickly:

Code Which gives
{{sgcite|The Brotherhood|SGA}}
"The Brotherhood"

Multipart episodes[edit]

Multipart episodes with the same name should appear as one article. That is, do not link or create articles with (Part 1), (Part 2) in the title. e.g. "The Tok'ra" which is a two-part episode each with the same name, comes under one article (and the article itself has subsections for Part 1 and Part 2).

Multipart episodes with different titles (e.g. "The Storm" (Part 1), "The Eye" (Part 2)) should go under different articles. In short, article splitting is by name.

General note: write a part number like this:

"Episode Title (Part 1)"   or   "Episode Title" (Part 1)

Don't use: "Episode Title, Part 1" or any Roman numerals; i.e. don't use "Episode Title (Part II)".

Episode infobox[edit]

This infobox is placed at the top of every episode article. Any fields you don't know should be left blank.

"Children of the Gods"
Stargate SG-1 episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 1 and 2
Directed by Mario Azzopardi
Written by Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright
Production code 101A, 101B
Original air date July 27, 1997
Guest actors

Jay Acovone as Major Charles Kawalsky
Vaitiare Bandera as Sha're
Robert Wisden as Major Samuels
Peter Williams as Apophis
Brent Stait as Major Ferretti
Gary Jones as Walter Harriman
Alexis Cruz as Skaara

Episode chronology
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Episode chronology
{{Infobox Television episode | Title = Children of the Gods
| Series = [[Stargate SG-1]]
| Season = 1
| Episode = 1 and 2
| Image = [[Image:NonFreeImageRemoved.svg|300px]]
| Airdate = [[July 27]], [[1997]]
| Production = 101A, 101B
| Writer = [[Jonathan Glassner]] and [[Brad Wright]]
| Director = [[Mario Azzopardi]]
| Guests = Jay Acovone as Major Charles Kawalsky<br /> Vaitiare Bandera as Sha're<br /> Robert Wisden as Major Samuels
<br /> Peter Williams as Apophis<br /> Brent Stait as Major Ferretti<br /> [[Gary Jones (actor)|Gary Jones]] as Walter Harriman
<br /> Alexis Cruz as Skaara
| Episode list = [[List of Stargate SG-1 episodes|Episode chronology]]
| Prev = [[Stargate (movie)|Stargate]]
| Next = [[The Enemy Within (Stargate SG-1)|The Enemy Within]]
}}

Introduction[edit]

The first thing on the page after the infobox should the announcer line that says "This article is about an episode called...", e.g.:

"Children of the Gods" is an episode from Season 1 of the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1.

You can follow this up with a little basic information on what the episode is about. In some cases, if the episode holds some special significance, such as winning an award, introducing a major character, or being very well- or poorly-received, this should be mentioned in the introduction.

A good example of an introduction follows:

"Wormhole X-Treme!" is an episode from Season 5 of the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1. The title refers to a campy fictional science fiction series named Wormhole X-Treme! that is portrayed in the episode. This was the 100th episode of Stargate SG-1, and as such was produced as a "special" episode laden with large numbers of in-jokes and cameo appearances.

Plot Summary[edit]

The introduction is often followed by a basic plot summary, which comes under the subheading "Plot".

The "Plot" section should not be an exhaustive list of everything that has happened in the episode, but instead a succinct synopsis of the important elements of the plot. Special attention should be paid to character and conflict development and how the episode relates to previous and future episodes.

If the episode is a multipart one, then split the "Plot" subsection into further subsections entitled "Part 1" and "Part 2".

Production[edit]

Wikipedia is an out-of-universe source, and all articles about fiction and elements of fiction should take an overall out-of-universe perspective. Per Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not#PLOT, Wikipedia articles on works of fiction should contain real-world context and sourced analysis, offering detail on a work's achievements, impact or historical significance. Write about the inspiration of the writers and directors of this episode, the used filming locations, guest stars or other noteworthy production facts.

Reception[edit]

Mention what reliable sources thought about this episode. It is additionally possible to state fan reception by e.g. using GEOS or Gateworld. List award nominations or wins.

External links[edit]

This is a very important section, see WP:Verify, to maintain Wikipedia's reliability, and to allow other editors to check your work. Except for episodes which have not yet been shown (or for some other reason do not yet have a published transcript on the internet anywhere you can find), you should be sure to include a link to at least one transcript. Other good things to link to are summaries, reviews, episode guides, etc. (In the case of a future episode, try to find spoilers).

Some good sources:

  • Stargatefan which has links to transcripts for the first 8 seasons of Stargate SG-1 all on one page, both ones at its own site and ones at StargateWiki. Note that just because it doesn't have a link doesn't mean StargateWiki doesn't have it.
  • StargateWiki which I have found has an almost complete collection of transcripts for Stargate SG-1. They also have episode guides.
  • Moon-catching which I have found has transcripts even for episodes that these other sites, including StargateWiki, don't have transcripts for. Includes transcripts for both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.
  • GateWorld which has summaries, reviews, transcripts, spoilers, and other things. Note that what is available varies widely by episode. Includes both SG-1 and Atlantis.

Other sections[edit]

Following the plot summary, several (optional) sections may follow. These include:

    • Controversy, if the episode is particularly divisive among fans or introduces an element that has met with a harsh fan reaction or that violates continuity (this could apply to Sam's boyfriend Pete Shanahan, for example).
  • "References" section
  • "External links" section - see above

If the page is a bit thin, add {{stargate-episode-stub}} at the end of the article.

Writing Style[edit]

Write the plot summaries in episode articles (especially premieres, finales, and multi-part episodes) in an authoritative/encyclopedic tone. Be careful to avoid original research and bias.

Readymade Code to Copy and Paste[edit]

{{Infobox Television episode | Title = Episode Title
| Series = [[Stargate SG-1]]
| Season = 1
| Episode = 1
| Airdate = [[Month ##]], [[Year]]
| Production = xxx
| Writer = [[Author]] and [[Author]]
| Director = [[Director]]
| Guests = Actor as [[Character]]<br /> Actor as [[Character]]
| Image = [[Image:Stargate SG-1 Season 8 Title.jpg|300px]]
| Episode list = [[List of Stargate SG-1 episodes|Episode chronology]]
| Prev = [[SG-1 Episode (Stargate SG-1)|SG-1 Episode]]
| Next = [[SG-1 Episode (Stargate SG-1)|SG-1 Episode]]
}}
"'''Episode Title'''"  is an  episode  of the [[science fiction]] [[television series]] ''[[Stargate SG-1]]''.
== Plot ==
== Production ==
== Reception ==
== External links ==
* [http://... Link title]
{{stargate-episode-stub}}