Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie
We've been over this Mr Ambassador.
Our submarine, yes, yes.
The missile sub, Rostov was less than
75km from the impact of the meteor.
Why do you insist on maintaining this
The shockwave caused severe damage and
she sank to the bottom.
And in the spirit of international co
operation a deep submergence rescue
vehicle was sent from Pearl Harbour.
Yes. Unfortunately the Rostov's reactor
went critical before she arrived on
I have heard your Government repeat
this story time and time again. Yet
according to our Naval Intelligence
service, on the day in question, the
submarine in question was in fact still
taking on supplies in the harbour at
What can I say, Ambassador? Your intelligence
is wrong. Not for the first time I may
The Americans are hiding something and
have been for years now. That Russia
seems to have no objection is all the
In the spirit of co operation.
Please, what you call a new spirit of
co operation between your two countries,
Colonel, makes the Peoples Republic
of China uncomfortable.
Gentlemen, we couldn't help but overhear.
Yes, I was trying to explain.
My dear Colonel, if we can agree on
anything it's that your lost submarine
in merely the latest in a long list
of extremely unlikely events the Americans
have attempted to foist upon us as ˇĄthe
Yes, the Americans are up to something.
They did summon us here for some reason.
To hear more stories of falling meteors
and exploding hot air balloons.
Mr Ambassador, I'm sure we can provide
you with the necessary evidence..
That won't be necessary, Colonel.
Chekov and his aide talk in Russian.
Hammond looks at Davis.
Gentlemen, please be seated.
They all sit down.
A video screen is revealed.
Thank you. First and foremost Gentlemen,
welcome to the Pentagon. Please forgive
any security measures you've had to
undergo in order to get here. In America,
we try never to underestimate the competence
or curiosity of our media. We've asked
you here to inform you of a top secret
operation the United States Air Force
has been operating out of Cheyenne Mountain
in Colorado. It's called the Stargate
Gentlemen. The Stargate. The device
itself was discovered in Egypt in 1928
where it lay buried for several thousand
years. In 1945, a team of scientists
hoping to find a military application
for the device successfully established
a stable wormhole by a process of random
dialling. It was, for all intents and
purposes, a lucky accident, which they
were unable to repeat. The Gate remained
inactive. Until 8 years ago when this
man, Dr Daniel Jackson, joined the programme.
Dr Jackson successfully deciphered the
symbols on the Gate allowing us to begin
routine exploration of alien worlds.
Since that time, Mr Ambassadors, we
have visited literally hundreds of planets.
Thousands more remain to be explored.
This is absurd.
I know it's a lot to process, Gentlemen.
The first time I saw the Gate activated,
I could hardly believe my eyes..
It is true.
You know about this?
The Russian Government has been aware
of the Stargate programme for quite
Are you quite serious? Did your President
not recently call Great Britain America's
One of our own people illegally sold
the Russians information which allowed
them to temporarily operate their own
You have one of these Stargates?
For a short time.
How many of these bloody things are
There was another Stargate. It was recovered
from the bottom of the ocean two years
I don't understand.
SG1 was trapped aboard an Asgard vessel.
They beamed aboard our Stargate as their
means of escape.
The Asgard ship is seen entering the atmosphere. Jack blows the
So the Gate the Russians recovered from
the Pacific was the Gate first discovered
in Egypt. We replaced that Gate with
the one found in Antarctica five years
That Stargate has since been destroyed.
The original Gate is back in Cheyenne
Mountain under lease from the Russian
The explosion of your nuclear submarine
was a cover story for these events?
Actually the Rostov explosion was to
cover up the explosion of a crashed
Whereas the Stargate was aboard an Asgard
ship. The Asgard.. Obviously this is
very confusing at first glance.
Oh no, no, no, no. What could be more
clear. There were two different sorts
of alien ships. I follow completely.
You know this is much more believable
than the accidental loss of a Russian
submarine. Although I am a bit dubious
that not one, but two reported meteors
in the last few years were in fact alien
Actually there were three.
The door opens and Kinsey walks in.
Gentlemen. I'm sorry I'm late. I had
a meeting on the hill that couldn't
General. What have I missed?
Your officers have been telling us several
tall tales as you might say.
You're telling me you've been at this
God knows how long and they don't even
believe you? If that doesn't take the
cake. Well I don't know what they've
told you but it's true. The Stargate
exists and they go through the damn
thing on a daily basis.
Does everyone in your Government know
As Chairman of the Appropriations Committee,
Senator Kinsey was given a full briefing.
The truth is, I demanded to know where
all the money was going and believe
you me, we're talking about a lot of
money. I'm sure that what you're finding
hard to believe is why we would come
forward with any of this. Granted the
Chinese Government has threatened to
go public with information that contradicts
one of our cover stories, but that isn't
the only reason. The fact is, due in
no small part to the actions of the
Stargate program's flagship team, SG1,
our planet is facing imminent danger.
So, assuming this is not some sort of
elaborate hoax and there are no television
cameras ready to pop out at any moment,
these aliens who threaten to destroy
Earth even as we speak.
They built the Stargate?
No Sir. The Gate system was built by
a much older race that have long since
disappeared. Now while the Goa'uld regularly
use the Gate, they subjugate these transplanted
human races with powerful ships that
are capable of interstellar travel.
Such as the one that crashed in the
And the Goa'uld have dozens if not hundreds
of these vessels.
This is a single hatak class vessel.
Each Goa'uld System Lord operates entire
fleets of these. Typically a Goa'uld
flagship is several times this size.
THE SERPENTS VENOM
Apophis' ships decloak in the minefield
They also have mid range bombers called
alkesh and small fighters known as death
The glider keeps firing and hits the back of the alkesh which
starts to explode.
Pull up Teal'c. Teal'c pull up!
The alkesh explodes.
The Goa'uld are advanced of us in every
way and there can be no doubt that they
have hostile intentions.
Can we negotiate with them?
The Goa'uld are a predatory species.
They will enslave a planet or in the
face of resistance simply wipe out its
inhabitants. They don't negotiate. Now
we have witnessed Goa'uld attacks on
several worlds. Their standard procedure
is to begin with a long range assault
launched from orbit designed to take
out planetary defences and instil fear
in the population.
Once they've completed their orbital
assault, they'll then be free to move
in for tactical strikes against any
remaining ground position.
The alkesh bomb Vorash.
After that they'll put their troops
on the ground. Each mothership is capable
of carrying hundreds if not thousands
Jack, Teal'c and Aldwin see the jaffa amassing.
It was high time you were all briefed
on what we're up against.
If what you are saying is true, then
the United States Government has unilaterally
taken actions which have placed the
whole world in jeopardy.
Believe me, Mr Ambassador, I know how
you feel. When this was first brought
to my attention, I insisted the Gate
was too dangerous to remain in operation.
Unfortunately, I was overruled.
With due respect, Senator, the President
took your recommendation. And it nearly
resulted in disaster. It was only because
of the efforts of SG1 who violated your
order to shut down the Gate, that we
managed to survive.
Oh and they've done a great job since.
Under your tenure, haven't they General?
You managed to defeat the Goa'uld known
as Apophis only to see him replaced
by another more dangerous one. Isn't
that a fair assessment?
The door opens and Anubis walks in.
You are the one they call Thor. I am
As I have told your Lieutenant, I will
reveal nothing to you.
Anubis holds up a round device with spikes on it.
This device will be implanted into your
brain, it will form a link between your
mind and the ship's computer. Your knowledge
will simply be downloaded into our memory banks. You will no
doubt resist and you will no doubt fail.
The Goa'uld possess no such technology.
Anubis looks up and we see where his face should be is some kind
of black sludge.
I think you will find many things have
changed since my return.
Admittedly Anubis appears to have technology
that it far superior to that of any
other Goa'uld but we could not have
possibly foreseen his return to power
among all the other System Lords.
The point is, he's already tried to
destroy the Earth on two occasions.
I'm sure you were getting to that.
Yes Sir. About a year ago, we discovered
an asteroid with a collision course
When you say asteroid, I assume you
No Sir, not this time. We were fortunate
to detect it at all. If it had have
struck the planet there would have been
no need for a cover story. It would
have wiped out all life as we know it.
We discovered that the asteroid had
been deliberately set on a collision
course with Earth by Anubis. Fortunately
we managed to divert it in time.
CLIP Fail Safe
I should point out once again, gentlemen;
it was SG1 who saved us.
Are we expecting another attack?
Anubis is currently consolidating his
position amongst the other System Lords
but it's only a matter of time before
he turns his attention back to Earth.
The nations represented in this room
make up the bulk of this planet's military
capacity. Our chances for successful
resistance would be greatly improved
if we would just work together.
This would require an unprecedented
level of military co operation as well
as a commitment from all of you to maintain
I'm afraid that may be impossible. If
we're facing invasion, then we must
warn our people so they can prepare.
With all due respect Mr Ambassador,
we feel coming forward now would only
result in widespread panic.
As opposed to the panic that would result
when alien troops begin marching through
The Government of China does not believe
in keeping secrets from its people.
We may have no choice but to release
We're talking about a full scale attack
from space. I'm afraid people are going
We're hoping it won't come to that.
As you now know, Stargate Command has
managed to deal with several threats
to the security of this planet without
divulging any information to the general
You've been lucky and you know it.
We also have damned good people. We've
given as good as we've gotten.
On one occasion we managed to wipe out
an entire fleet of motherships.
This SG1 I assume.
(To O'Neill) It worked. The Gate on
P3W 451 is still active.
Engaging force field. (She exhales)
No. I've just never blown up a star
Well they say the first one's always
the hardest. (Sam looks at
him) They say that.
Opening the cargo bay doors. Releasing
the clamps. And the Gate is
The sun goes nova and the fleet is destroyed.
A significant achievement General but
it sounds as though the circumstances
will be difficult to duplicate.
For all their advanced technology, the
Goa'uld have a fatal flaw. Arrogance.
We've been able to take advantage of
the fact that they don't perceive us
to be a serious threat.
Clearly that's no longer the case.
The point is, they're not invincible.
Our technology may be inferior, but
it is effective.
Target Sierra One has been acquired.
Sierra One has been destroyed.
Very impressive. But nothing on Earth
go could up against one of these mother
Mr Ambassador, our primary mission has
been to obtain technology capable of
defending this planet.
And we've made significant progress
towards that end.
We've made progress. The jury's still
out on significant.
During the six years that the Stargate
has been in operation we've acquired
a working knowledge of certain alien
technologies. We've tried to adapt those
technologies for our own uses. Towards
that end, two years ago we developed
a hybrid fighter interceptor known as
the X301. It was a combination of human
technology and parts from two salvaged
death gliders. Unfortunately the prototype
failed to live up to expectations.
Beginning attack run now.
I am no longer in control O'Neill.
The craft is no longer accepting input
from the controls. The drive is at full
Flight, I am declaring an emergency.
The ejection system has malfunctioned.
We are no longer in control of the vehicle.
I repeat, we have lost control and cannot
After the failure of the X301 we began
to concentrate on creating an entirely
man made craft, with similar ability.
The result was the X302.
Oxygen, pressure, temperature control.
Cool. And check.
All check. Phasers?
Sorry sir. All systems operational.
Mission command, all systems go from
Do you mean to tell me that the United
States Air Force is currently flying
an interceptor that is capable of both
aerial combat and space flight?
This is unacceptable!
Mr Ambassador, I understand how you
With all due respect General, I don't
think you do. Your government has been
operating this Stargate for six years,
supposedly for the benefit of all mankind.
Yet now we find out that you've been
taking advantage of the situation. To
create military hardware that radically
alters the balance of power on this
The X302 was designed to defend against
the Goa'uld. We have no intention of
using it against our neighbours.
And for that we have only your word.
The United States has had such capabilities
for some time, but have not used them
on other nations.
Are there any other new technologies
that we need to know about?
Might as well tell them General, they're
gonna find out sooner or later.
Ever since we encountered a Goa'uld
mother ship, we have been working to
find a viable counter measure.
Prometheus was designed to carry a complement
of eight X302 fighters. And it was one
of several planned.
I must contact my government immediately.
Mr Ambassador. We volunteered this information
in the spirit of co-operation. We're
trying to create a coalition to defend
the entire world.
Under your leadership?
We have the experience.
I'm sorry General, but it may be impossible
to achieve an agreement as long the
Stargate and any resulting technologies
remain solely under the control of the
United States military.
What do you suggest?
We could move the gate to a neutral
location and create a permanent staff,
drawn from all five nations.
I'm afraid we can't agree to that.
Well that choice may finally not be
up to you. Once the rest of the world
learns of the Stargate, they may well
We support the United States.
And what are you getting in exchange
for this support?
Gentleman, please! Perhaps I can offer
a compromise. Please? I sympathise with
the ambassador's position. A device
as powerful as the Stargate in the hands
of a military organization. It's a recipe
for abuse. Despite everyone's best intentions.
What are you suggesting?
We have a civilian agency known as the
NID. Now its mandate has been to keep
an eye on top secret projects like the
Stargate program, and has done so from
the beginning. I propose that we give
this organization direct control over
the gate, effective immediately.
You can't be serious.
I'm completely serious General. The
NID is the only organization, besides
the Air Force, that has the knowledge,
experience and skill to run the Stargate.
They tried to kill you Senator.
Come now, Major. Those were rogue agents
working for outside interests. Under
the NID I'm sure that we can determine
a suitable level of participation for
all the great nations represented here
at this table.
Senator could we speak in private?
I find your reluctance to relinquish
military control of the gate disturbing
You'd do a lot better to trust the United
States Air Force than the NID Mr Ambassador.
The General has an understandable personal
prejudice against the organization.
Personal prejudice? Senator, their record
speaks for itself.
I never met anyone who liked doing what
they do more than you. You were good
at it, great. You'll never convince
me that you just got fed up, I'll never
You don't understand.
I won't. Unless you explain it to me.
Two weeks ago I was contacted by a representative
of the NID. He suggested I should become
more aggressive in my policies.
They have no jurisdiction over you.
They wanted me to help them gain access
to off world technology, which they're
unable to do since we shut down their
little side operation.
You told them to go to hell?
Of course. Then he told me that if I
didn't co-operate there would be consequences.
The next day two men in plain clothes,
driving a black, unmarked car, picked
up my granddaughters at school.
I don't believe it.
They took them for a little ride, then
brought them home. The girls were fine,
but I got the message.
We're talking about a borderline criminal
organization whose true mandate has
always been to acquire alien technology
at any cost.
If the threat posed by this Anubis is
as serious as you say, acquiring alien
technology should be our first priority.
Tell that to the people of Madrona sir.
The NID stole a weather control device
from that planet causing a complete
destabilisation of their atmosphere.
They would have died if SG1 hadn't have
tracked down the culprits and retrieved
Stand to gentlemen! Keep those hands
Who the hell are you?
No one's damn business. Step away from
Sounds of the gate dialling.
No! Don't do it!
I missed the address.
At least we have this.
Even after we managed to shut down their
operation here on Earth they continued
to steal from an off world base. But
they stole from the wrong aliens.
SHADES OF GREY
What are they doing?
Taking back what's rightfully theirs
I guess? Listen up all of you; you've
got two choices here. As soon as they
stop taking stuff, they're gonna start
taking people. Now you can go with the
Asgard, or you can follow me, your choice.
I'll be ah, holding the door open so
you can't go anywhere else.
Granted, the NID has employed some questionable
methods in the past, but we're all agreed
the status quo won't do. And I would
hesitate to point fingers, General Hammond,
that you and Jack O'Neill are still
in charge of the Stargate program.
If you're questioning our record.
I'm questioning your competence. But,
if you want to look at your record in
the company of these fine gentlemen
that's just fine. Each of these reports
details an incident in which the operation
of the Stargate program has brought
this planet to the brink of destruction.
For example, four years ago despite
indications of extreme danger you opened
a wormhole to a planet that was in the
process of being destroyed by a black
That was unforeseeable!
Gravitational and time distortions had
been translated back through the gate,
which you had been unable to disengage.
And the Earth came within a hair's breadth
of being torn apart.
We did manage to shut down the gate
by directing an explosive device through
the wormhole, and I believe it was Jack
O'Neill who risked his life to pull
A MATTER OF TIME
Teal'c, pull him up!
Teal'c pulls Jack towards him as the countdown on the bomb goes
What else do we have here? Ah yes, isn't
it true that while under your command
the Stargate facility has been completely
overrun by alien life forms.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Jack and Teal'c run into the gate room with the object between
them. The gate opens and they stand at the bottom of the ramp.
Get out of there!
Teal'c and Jack start blasting replicators. Sam sets the self
Sir, we've set the self destruct. You
have less than five minutes to tell
us to override. Do you copy?
The aliens run into the gate room. Jack, Sam and Teal'c enter
the control room.
Close that iris!
Can't sir, it's overridden. Shutting
down the gate.
The last alien sets his self destruct. Jack shuts the blast doors.
The situation was successfully contained.
The situation should never have arisen.
Not if you had been doing your job.
And these incidents are just the tip
of the iceberg. Face it General, under
your command the Stargate program has
lurched from one crisis to the next.
Never averting disaster by anything
more than the skin of its teeth. We
can't afford to let you roll the dice
Would you excuse us please?
Davis and Hammond move away from the others.
Made a few phone calls sir, turns out
Senator Kinsey's moving from appropriations
to intelligence oversight.
Which would put him in a position of
direct power over the NID.
He's manipulated this whole situation
to gain control of the Stargate.
I may have my own ace up my sleeve.
Chekov is talking to the Chinese Ambassador.
I understand your feelings Mr Ambassador,
believe me. For two years now we have
been junior partners in the Stargate
program, following the lead of the Americans.
The Chinese government will not accept
a secondary position so gracefully.
There are advantages. The program costs
them over seven billion dollars a year
They reap the benefits!
The X303? Research and development of
the hyperdrive alone has cost them over
two billion. And it still doesn't function
properly. They will spend a lot more
money and risk the lives of their people
perfecting the design. Then, we'll get
the blueprints and build our own ship
in a fraction of the time for half the
Once again I apologise gentlemen. Seems
a politician's work is never done.
They all move to sit down.
Now, where were we?
Gentlemen, I realise we're in no position
to make demands here. We're trying to
reach a consensus. But before you go
back to your leaders and make your recommendations
I want you to consider something. Whoever
is running the Stargate will be acting
as representatives of this planet throughout
the galaxy. They will be our ambassadors.
Meeting other races, establishing ties
with other worlds. It is true that in
the six years we've been running the
Stargate we've made enemies, but we've
also made friends. I believe we've acquitted
ourselves with honour. On that score
I stand by the record.
THE FIFTH RACE
This is the Asgard planet Othalla in
the galaxy of Ida.
Why did I come here?
The ancients moved on from our region
of space long ago. But your subconscious
mind used their knowledge to find us
here. Where you could get help.
Well, you know.
We did not think your brains had advanced
even that far.
How is it you know so much about our
We have studied your race closely.
Ah. What did you learn?
That your species has great potential.
Great potential. That's good.
He reaches out and takes the Asgard's hand.
You make an interesting case General.
However I must take this matter back
to my government and recommend full
disclosure to our people.
I must do the same, though I admit Senator
Kinsey's proposal is..interesting.
Thank you Mr Ambassador.
Thor beams in.
Hello. I am Thor, supreme commander
of the Asgard fleet.
Thank you for coming Thor.
It is my pleasure General Hammond. The
Asgard are in your debt.
SG1 under the command of General Hammond,
has saved my people and yours on many
occasions. We are not only allies against
the Goa'uld, we are true friends.
Commander Thor, my name is.
Senator Kinsey. O'Neill suggested I
send you to a distant planet for your
actions here but I am reasonably certain
his statement was in jest.
I'm sure it was Commander.
Supreme Commander. It is the opinion
of the Asgard High Council that Stargate
Command should be left in the very capable
hands of General Hammond and his team.
And while our continued friendship with
Earth is not contingent on that, it
You came all this way, just to tell
And to install Asgard designed shields
and weapons on Prometheus. A small token
of thanks for SG1's recent efforts in
securing our galaxy, and yours, from
I hope I have been successful in convincing
you. Good day General Hammond.
Always a pleasure Thor. Please drop
in any time.
Thor beams out.
Well. That settles it then. You have
our support General.
Thank you Ambassador.
Ours as well.
And the continued support of Russia.
It's much appreciated sir.
While I still have my reservations.
I believe my government will agree that,
for the time being, the Stargate is
in the right hands.
I'll say this General. Well played.
Kinsey gets up to leave.