Robert C. Cooper
SG-1 come through the Gate. Daniel leading the way holding his
hands up, one with a bandage on.
We have to get to the infirmary. Daniel's
been exposed to radiation.
Hammond looks up at Tech Davis in the control room.
Have a medical team meet us on the way.
Medical team to Alpha 2. Repeat medical
team to alpha 2.
SG-1 walk along following Daniel.
Colonel, what happened?
Detail's a little sketchy, sir.
We were not present at the time of the
A couple of medical people come the other way.
Don't touch me!
He may still be radioactive.
They meet Janet.
Let's get him scrubbed down.
Janet stops outside the door.
Do we know what kind and how much?
It was a device. Housing an unstable
radioactive variation of Naqahdah. We
think his right hand was exposed to
the equivalent of over 8-9 grays of
neutron radiation resulting from direct
contact. Full body exposure of over
Oh my god.
It's a lethal dose, sir.
Hammond comes out of his office. Jack, Sam and Teal'c are sat
at the table.
As you were. Dr Fraiser tells me there's
nothing more we can do for Dr Jackson
at the moment. In the meantime, tell
me what happened.
Jack gestures for Sam to start.
Well sir, as you know from our initial
reports, Colona is one of three major
countries on 4C3. What we'd learned
since our initial contact is that they
seem to be at a similar stage of development
to that of the United States in the
1940's. Geo-politically there is obvious
mounting tension between the nations.
Sort of like a cold war, sir.
The Colonans discovered their Stargate
approximately 15 years ago. Unearthing
it along with a number of Goa'uld artefacts
in what appears to be an ancient temple.
Their knowledge of the Gate is still
But their interest is strong. When we
told them what we could offer, they
were eager to share any technologies
they were developing that could potentially
be offered in exchange.
A BUILDING IN A CITY.
SG-1 come through a door.
This is incredible. It's a pleasure
to meet you. I'm Jonas Quinn; I'm special
advisor to our High Minister.
Security's a little tight around here,
As you have undoubtedly been told, this
is one of our most secret and important
He rubs his head where Teal'c tattoo is.
He holds out his hand.
Colonel Jack O'Neill. Major Sam Carter
and the tall, silent one is Teal'c.
Teal'c. Well, your arrival on our planet
is an extraordinary event. It's my honour
to show you around this facility. Please,
SGC BRIEFING ROOM
He's an advisor to the High Minister.
Their equivalent to our President.
As we understand it, Jonas was responsible
for overseeing the research from an
He had several degrees from their most
honoured education institution. Social
Studies, Ancient Colonan history...
He was a nerd, sir. He and Daniel got
If we could have access to the site
where the Gate was discovered and see
the artefacts, we have this process
called carbon dating. I could determine
the age of the temple, maybe even find
out how it was destroyed.
I'm sure that can be arranged. Our archaeologists
believe they have only begun to uncover
the full extent of what may be buried.
There were extensive alien writings.
Teal'c and I could help with the translation.
I understand from our leaders that your
knowledge and expertise will come at
a price, Colonel? That is why you're
Well don't get me wrong, we want to
help out as much we can, it's just that
we've been burned a little bit in the
We're not questioning so much what you
have to offer in return.
We just want to get to know you better
Still, hopefully we'll have much of
value to offer in exchange. This way.
LAB OBSERVATION ROOM
SG-1 walk in and see men in radiation suits adjusting something.
A light outside changes from red to blue.
We can go in now.
SG-1 walk in while the men take off their helmets.
This is Tomis Lee. He is chief physicist
overseeing the development of our most
critical project. Tomis, this is SG-1,
the planet Earth.
What is this?
The core of this device was uncovered
in an ancient temple of a race of people
we believe were called the Guld.
It's a mineral substance found to have
highly unstable radioactive properties.
This experiment seems to indicate the
potential for great bursts of energy.
Our translation of the writings in the
temple indicate the alien element is
No, we also translated that word in
the same text. This is definitely Naquadria.
So this is some sort of power generating
SGC BRIEFING ROOM
They were making a bomb sir.
They were far from achieving a deliverable
weapon but if successful it would have
been as powerful as a Naqahdah enhanced
The Colonans claim they were under the
threat of oppression from their neighbouring
nations and the weapon would only be
used to ensure their freedom.
Sounds like a situation we would have
to be very careful about getting involved
I'm not sure we need to worry about
I don't think they want our help any
Something to do with how Dr Jackson
was exposed to that much radiation?
We were touring the city. Daniel was
at the research facility with Jonas.
As I'm sure you can imagine he was pretty
passionate about trying to convince
the Colonan people that building a big
bomb wasn't going to be the answer to
Still, we don't know...
Colonel, what do you know?
Jack looks at Sam.
Sir, they're claiming Daniel sabotaged
They're lying, General.
I also do not believe this to be true.
They let us bring him back home on compassionate
The fact is, they just didn't want us
around there anymore.
But they are demanding that he be returned
to face the charges if he survives.
What does Dr Jackson say happened?
Daniel is sat on a bed with Jack sitting on a chair.
Nausea will be followed be tremors,
convulsions and something called attaxia.
Surface tissue, brain tissue and internal
organs will inflame and degrade, I believe
that's called necrosis. Now based on
the dose of radiation I got, all that
will happen in the next 10-15 hours
and if I don't drown in my own fluids
first, I will bleed to death and there
is no medical treatment to prevent that.
Maybe not that we know of.
Jack, we don't go running to our offworld
allies every time an individual's life's
at stake. No good telling me that this
is any different because my life is
no more valuable than anybody elses.
That doesn't matter.
Yes it does. You didn't try to sabotage
There was an accident. I guess the scientists
figured the Government would hold them
responsible. I guess they figured it
was easier to blame me.
And you're okay with this?
No. But there's not much I can do about
Yes, there is.
If they really want to blame me, denying
it isn't going to change anything. Ten
thousand years ago, a Goa'uld tried
the same experiments that they're trying
and he nearly blew the entire planet
to bits. I tried telling them that,
they wouldn't listen. They're gonna
build that bomb and nothing we say is
gonna stop them.
Jack walks in.
The Asgard are still not responding,
Jack. We've tried to reach Jacob Carter
but last we heard he's on a mission
to recover the last remaining undercover
General, we do have intelligence on
SG3's mission report 2 months ago.
We both know the negative effects of
that technology Colonel.
But Daniel's been in one of those things
a dozen times. Once more won't hurt.
However SG-3's report clearly indicated
the sarcophagus is heavily guarded and
likely retrieving it would result in
significant casualties which is why
I did not order a recovery mission at
Colonel, please don't think you're alone
in your feelings on this matter.
Jack walks in.
Well I've been doing some calculations.
Anything to help Daniel?
I wish. Based on the amount of radiation
the Colonans say Daniel was exposed
to, I've estimated the amount of energy
that would have been generated by the
The potential's astronomical, sir. Even
a very small amount of the unstable
element they're working with emitted
a pulse of energy far greater than anything
I've ever believed possible. Much more
than weapons grade Naqahdah would have.
It would require a massive nuclear reaction
to even approach this level.
Sir, this could be the missing link
we've been looking for in terms of generating
the kind of energy I believe is necessary
to create a hyperspace window. Or to
generate and sustain the kind of shields
the Goa'uld have been using to protect
their ships. Sir, we have to get some
of this element.
SGC BRIEFING ROOM
Sam and Jack sit at the table with Hammond.
By now their Government believes Dr
Jackson was trying to sabotage their
It's a lie. They're using Daniel as
Still you said he was vocal in his disapproval
of their project before the accident.
None of this bodes well for diplomatic
Why are you talking about diplomatic
relations? This is Daniel's life.
Sir, I know how you feel because I feel
the same way but I cannot stress enough
how valuable this element could be.
I will draft a letter to the Colonan
General, you cannot capitulate to these
people. They are lying bastards.
Their Government doesn't know the truth.
So we tell them.
They will have little reason to believe
us over their own people especially
when what we're forcing them to admit
would be a major embarrassment. It would
put them at too great a disadvantage
in further negotiations.
Sir, you cannot admit Daniel is guilty.
Give me some credit Jack. I will tell
them that we did not order any such
action and do not condone its obvious
intentions. Both of which are true.
Hopefully we can lay the groundwork
for further diplomatic negotiations
which will eventually result in an amicable
trade for the Naquadria. I'm ordering
you to deliver the letter.
Jack walks up to Jonas.
Colonel O'Neill. I'm surprised to see
I brought a letter from my superior
to your leaders.
Ah. That's an apology?
Yeah, hardly. You see, we know you're
lying through your teeth.
How is Dr Jackson?
I'm sorry to hear that. Two of the other
scientists in the room are dead; the
other two will be shortly. Their deaths
My superior thinks that denying the
allegations against Daniel would be
a waste of time.
He's a wise man. What I don't understand
is why your Government is even trying
to maintain a relationship with us?
Because we want some of that stuff you're
experimenting with. My Government still
thinks they can negotiate for it.
The Naquadria is very spare and extremely
valuable to us. I doubt that my Government
would ever agree to that.
Yeah, I figured. That's why I'm here.
I don't understand.
I only agreed to bring that letter so
I could see you.
Because Daniel is dying.
And you're looking for someone to blame?
I'm not gonna let you tarnish his name.
See, I don't care what that stuff is
worth to anyone. My Government will
admit Daniel is guilty over my dead
What do you want from me?
Just tell the truth.
I can't. Even if I wanted to, without
the support of the other scientists..
Look, we're only in this mess because
you and your buddies are lying cowards
trying to cover your own incompetence.
Colonel, we desperately need the weapon
we're developing. Without it, the Colonan
people could easily fall to our rival
nations who are developing their own
powerful weapons as we speak. Now we're
willing to do whatever's necessary to
ensure our freedom and a lasting peace
on this planet.
All right, let me be clear about something.
I think this is the point Daniel was
trying to make. A weapon of mass destruction
can only be used for one thing. Now
you might think it will ensure peace
and freedom but I guarantee you it'll
never have the effect you're hoping
for until you use it at least once.
Now just for the record, the reason
we want that stuff is because we think
it could be used to create defence shields.
But you just go ahead, blow yourself
to hell with it.
Jack walks off.
A nurse is changing Daniel's bandages. Sam is overlooking in
the observation room. Janet walks up.
He looks awful.
It's gonna get a lot worse and it's
gonna happen fast.
You sure you're doing everything you
Sedatives and painkillers. That's all
we can really do. You have no idea how
painful this is gonna get. You know,
I would never normally say this, it
goes against everything I've been trained
to do but the truth is he'd be a lot
better off if I....
Sam keys open a safe and takes out the healing device.
Sam walks in and Jack, Teal'c and Hammond watch from the observation
Daniel. I didn't suggest this before
because the truth is, I'm not really
sure what I'm doing with this thing.
I could make things worse.
Sam lifts the healing device and it comes on. Daniel starts seizing.
He's seizing. Get the crash cart; give
me 5 of Valium.
I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
Sam is bundled out of the way.
Help me get him on his side. Valium's
in. Set up an ambubag; draw 2 grams
of magnesium sulphate. Put him back,
Suddenly all the light fades cueing dream sequence. Dream Daniel
walks along in his SGC fatigues. He walks into the Gateroom where
a woman in white stands on the ramp.
Your fate is in your hands.
Daniel is covered in more bandages, even his face. Jack walks
Hey. I uh, I just wanted to.. I'm really
bad at this.
Yes you are. I hear that Sam thinks
the Naquadria might be an important
Yeah, apparently. If we can get some.
For what it's worth, I tried to get
your point across to Jonas.
He's in a tough position.
You're not gonna take the fall for this.
I don't care what's at stake.
Why do you care?
Because despite the fact that you've
been a terrific pain in the ass for
the last five years, I may have, might
have, grown to admire you a little,
This will not be your last act on official
Daniel talks to Oma.
Oma Desala. I felt like I knew you,
that we'd met before but you look different.
Lightning flashes, sparks shower, in
one blink of your eye you have mis-seen.
Right. What did you mean when you said
my fate is in my hands?
When the mind is enlightened the spirit
is freed and body matters not.
You're talking about ascension, right?
Rising to a different plane of existence.
Are you saying that I could do that?
Become like you?
You must complete the journey you began
at Kheb. Only then will you be able
to find your way to the Great Path.
What do I do?
Release your burden.
Okay, well consider it released. What's
A tall man cannot hide in the short
You know, I really, I don't have time
for one of these kind of conversations.
One cannot reach enlightenment by running
Tell me what to do.
Many roads lead to the Great Path. Only
the willing will find their way.
Okay, well I'm willing. So let's go.
I mean, you know, do your thing. Glow
The river tells no lies. Though standing
on the shore the dishonest man still
Right. I didn't think it was gonna be
Jack sits by Daniel's bed. Hammond and Jonas walk into the observation
room. Jack gets up and goes up there.
What are you doing here?
Your commander was kind enough to grant
me passage. I brought this. Naquadria.
Took as much as I could.
The data recorded during that accident
demonstrated the potential power of
the weapon unlike anything collected
previously. I really don't know what
was worse, seeing my colleagues die
in the manner they did, or seeing the
looks of utter glee on our leaders faces
when they were told the potential power
of this weapon. They wanted to know
when it could be demonstrated. I told
them the truth about what happened.
Daniel and Jonas walk towards the testing room on Colona.
I read that book you gave me.
Already? I just gave it to you last
Quick study. It's how I got this position
at my age.
It should prove useful in the translations.
I thought you'd be a little more excited.
No offence. I'm just more interested
in what's out there. Through the Stargate.
Well all I can say is whatever problems
there are between your planet's nations,
they will seem insignificant when you
do find out what's going on out there.
Till you give us more details, there's
not much else I can do.
Well whether you realise it or not,
you've probably seen the evidence right
here on your own planet. The temple
where you found the Gate was obviously
occupied by a powerful technologically
advanced race. Now as far as I can tell
from the pictures you've shown me, their
civilisation was destroyed by a catastrophic
Our scientists have theorised that an
asteroid impacted our continent ten
thousand years ago. Now the fallout
from that could have easily buried the
civilisation at that time.
Or the race that occupied the Gate were
experimenting with the very technology
you are and it resulted in disaster.
If what you say is true about the potential
enemies out there in our galaxy we may
need these advanced weapons more than
I can't deny that but some very wise
people have shown me first hand how
a sudden leap in weapons technology
by a civilisation that's not ready for
it can lead to it's destruction.
They walk in to the testing room.
Given the chance, you would deny us
I can't predict what would happen to
your people or your planet with or without
the weapon, I just wish there was another
The scientists continue.
The energy readings are increasing by
a power of ten.
They continue and an energy wave radiates outwards.
Did you see that?
Suddenly the chamber collapses with the pressure and a bigger
wave radiates outwards. The scientists all collapse.
Get down! Stay away from the glass.
The radiation will penetrate the window.
This device could explode.
We have to remove the core.
Tomis runs off.
The scientist inside the room collapses. Daniel tries to find
a way in.
Daniel gets his gun out and aims at the glass.
No! Dr Jackson!
Daniel shoots at the glass and dives through. He gets up and
runs to the core. He touches it and finds it too hot. He covers
his left hand and grabs the core and pulls it out. He then starts
coming out in lesions. Jonas just looks down on him.
I am ashamed that they would not bring
themselves to recognise Dr Jackson's
heroism. He saved millions of lives.
Dream Daniel and Oma are sitting on the ramp.
Millions could still die.
The future's never certain. You saved
many without regard for your own life.
Could have destroyed the device.
You believe your journey is not over?
Actually I'm not entirely sure what
the point of my journey so far has been,
I mean if this is about being honest
with yourself. I believe my entire life
has been a failure.
Sam appears in Daniel's dream.
Just so you know, Jonas had a change
Sam is sat next to Daniel.
He stole some Naquadria for us. He took
a big risk, he said it was because of
what you did. I think it could be important
and I wanted you to know that. You have
an effect on people, Daniel. The way
you look at things, it changed me too.
I see what really matters. I don't know
why we wait to tell people how we really
feel. I guess I hoped that you always
Sam starts to cry.
You can never reach enlightenment if
you do not believe you are worthy.
Then I guess we may have a problem.
Teal'c walks in as Janet is changing bandages. He is holding
the Egyptian funerary statue.
You once gave me this. You said that
its spirit would one day serve it's
owner in the afterlife.
Teal'c puts it down and we flash to Dream Daniel's Lab
Thanks. I'm not dead yet, but... I guess
it doesn't look so good right now.
If you are to die Daniel Jackson, I
wish you to know that I believe that
the fight against the Goa'uld will have
lost one of it's greatest warriors.
Flash back to present infirmary.
And I will have lost one of my greatest
He raises his arm in a salute across his chest.
DANIEL'S LAB, DREAM STATE.
Because it is so clear it takes a long
time to realise it. If you immediately
know the candlelight is fire, the meal
was cooked a long time ago.
Yeah, yeah, a monk at Kheb said that
to me, I didn't know what it meant then
and I still don't know now.
Why do you feel you have failed on your
journey? You opened the Stargate for
I cracked the code, a lot of other people
made it work.
The very next thing you did was help
free the people of Abydos from evil.
Daniel picks up the photo of Sha're and it changes to a scene
from Children of the Gods where Daniel runs back into the pyramid
shouting for Sha're.
I had the chance to live out my life
with her. I couldn't leave it alone.
I was the one that unburied the Gate.
What happened to her was my fault. I
couldn't save Sha're, I couldn't save
Sarah. Every Goa'uld I helped eliminate,
another one took it's place. Maybe I
did something good every now and again
but nothing I've ever done seems to
have changed anything.
These tasks of which you speak were
great challenges. Perhaps they were
even impossible to achieve.
Does that absolve me?
You feel your journey must continue
until you have found redemption for
No. No more of, I'm dead.
You said I was the only one qualified
to judge myself? So how ever much I
want to achievement enlightenment or
whatever you want to call it, what happens
if I look at my life and I don't honestly
believe I deserve it?
The success or failure of your deeds
does not add up to the sum of your life.
Your spirit cannot be weighed. Judge
yourself by the intention of your actions
and by the strength of which you faced
the challenges that have stood in your
What if I can't?
The people closest to you have been
trying to tell you, you have made a
difference. That you did change things
for the better.
The universe is vast and we are so small.
There is only one thing we can truly
Whether we are good or evil.
Obviously they do not know I am here.
I was lucky enough to be able to access
our Stargate. If I am caught returning
to my planet I will be considered a
What do you want?
I do not believe my people will ever
truly support a war that leads to any
kind of mass destruction. Our leaders
just don't see any viable alternative
right now. Promise me, if you're able
to develop defence technologies such
as these shields that you spoke of,
you'll share them with my Government.
The klaxons suddenly go off.
Unauthorised incoming wormhole.
Jack and Hammond leave to go to the Control room.
Receiving Tok'ra IDC sir.
All defence teams on high alert.
High alert. Repeat high alert.
The guards enter.
Open the iris.
The iris opens.
Jacob walks through.
Jacob walks through the ramp and Jack and Hammond meet him.
Sorry about that Jacob. Given what's
happening with the Tok'ra lately we
had to be sure it was you.
Understood. What's going on?
Jacob, Jack and Hammond walk in.
Hey Sam. I'm so sorry.
He hugs her.
I tried this, it didn't work.
We'll do our best.
Jacob activates the healing device.
His condition is grave. I do not know
if I can save him. Even if I can, I
do not believe I can restore his full
Do what you can.
Jacob activates the healing device again.
Oma is walking up the ramp towards an active Stargate.
You're leaving. You can't leave.
The rest is up to you.
Why, why me? Why, why give me this chance?
Anyone can reach enlightenment. Anyone
prepared to open their mind as you did
when you first came to Kheb.
They're trying to save me. They're healing
me, I can feel it.
Then your journey will continue as before.
What if I don't want it to? Not that
Walking the Great Path brings great
responsibility. You cannot fear it nor
hesitate in your resolve.
I understand. I'm ready to go with you.
Then stop them.
Jacob is still healing Daniel. We see walk round himself. He
walks near to Jack. He touches him and Jack morphs into the dream
Did you want something?
Yeah. Tell Jacob to stop.
Because I'm ready to move on.
You just giving up?
No. No, I'm not giving up, believe me.
They look at Oma and she does that glowy thing and activates
You remember Oma?
I think I can do more this way. It's
what I want. I have to go now. Everything's
gonna be fine. Please Jack. Tell Jacob
Jacob is still healing Daniel.
Are you serious?
It's what he wants.
Jacob looks at Janet.
Someone else want to tell me what to
Just let him go.
Jacob stops. Daniel exhales and the machines show a flatline.
Daniel suddenly starts to glow and his body ascends.
I'm gonna miss you guys.
Yeah, you too.
Thank you. For everything.
So, what? See you around?
I don't know.
Daniel turns and walks up the ramp.
Hey. Where are you going?
I don't know.
Daniel walks through the Gate and Jack just watches.
Glowy Daniel ascends through the roof. We close in on Jack's