When it comes to gruesome deaths in science-fiction, you don’t have to look very far. In series like Star Wars or Star Trek, people die all the time, and it’s rarely pretty. Then there’s the Stargate universe, which has shown some of the worst ways a character could die in any franchise.
Whether someone is taken over by a nasty parasite, or they wind up becoming lunch for a ravaging pack of Replicators, there are some seriously messed up ways to meet your maker in the Stargate universe.
Not only are deaths often gruesome in Stargate shows, but there are tons of them to choose from. The franchise boasts a plethora of shows, including the original Stargate feature film, Stargate: SG-1, Atlantis, Universe, Origins, Infinity, and some TV movies.
Of course, there are also comics, novels, and all sorts of media writers and artists who have thrown unassuming victims into the Stargate meat grinder.
This list highlights the absolute worst ways to go for anyone who happens to exist in the Stargate universe. If you ever find yourself passing through a Stargate, you may want to keep these in mind…
10. Getting Hit With Freeze Lightning
Imagine you're attending the poshest party in the world alongside the likes of Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. It's a splendid affair, requiring your signature on a ridiculously long contract, but it's all going to be worth it... until you realize you're smack dab in the middle of the Stargate Atlantis episode, "Brain Storm."
The party in question was attended by Dr. Rodney McKay and Dr. Jennifer Keller, so it would never be a safe affair. The scientific demonstration at the party involved the initiation of a Matter Bridge, which was technology stolen from the aforementioned McKay.
When it's turned on to combat global warming, the massive heatsink designed to contain the heat fails and instead draws in too much heat from one direction. The resulting drop in warm temperatures generates an arctic cold that generates something unexpected: freeze lightning.
Freeze lightning shoots randomly throughout the facility, though it's first discovered when it slams into an unsuspecting partygoer. It instantly freezes half of his body, killing him where he stands. Getting hit with freeze lightning may cause instant death (if you're lucky), but it's nonetheless a horrible way to die.