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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 503

                                      "ASCENSION"

                                           By

                                    Robert C. Cooper




               INT   INFIRMARY, SGC

               
               CARTER is sitting on one of the infirmary beds, speaking with 
               Dr FRASIER.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Next thing you know Iím waking up with 
                         Colonel OíNEILL looking down at me. 
                          I suppose itís possible I touched something 
                         inside the device.
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         No contact burns.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So what do you think it was?

               
                                     FRASIER
                         Well, people have been known to black 
                         out from fatigue.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Come on Janet.  I was a little tired 
                         but...
 
               
                                     FRASIER
                         Your pre-mission blood test did show 
                         slight anaemia.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You gave me clearance to go.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         And Iím starting to question that judgement.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         There is nothing wrong with me.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         Ok.  At least consider what youíve been 
                         through the last few years.  Youíve 
                         had a Tokíra symbiote die in your brain, 
                         your memory has been stamped, and your 
                         entire consciousness has been transferred 
                         out of your body and into a computer 
                         and then back again and that is just 
                         for starters.  Eventually it has to 
                         take its toll.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Are we done?

               
                                     FRASIER
                         Yes.

               
               CARTER hops down off the bed.

               
                                     FRASIER
                         Make sure you come back if you start 
                         speaking in an alien language.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Iím sure Iíll have no choice.

               
               She leaves the infirmary.

               
               INT   BRIEFING ROOM, SGC

               
               OíNEILL and DANIEL are reporting to General HAMMOND, while another 
               man, Colonel REYNOLDS sits in on their discussion.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oddly the structure was built about 
                         four hundred years ago, whereas the 
                         civilisation may date back as far as 
                         three thousand.
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Why is that significant?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, it may indicate the society developed 
                         in relative isolation and was only later 
                         influenced by something that suddenly 
                         led it to leap to a more advanced technology.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         A STARGATE.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Exactly.  Which means itís likely they 
                         either discovered it or figured out 
                         how to use it just prior to building 
                         the device.  It would seem to me that 
                         these events led to the cataclysm which 
                         ended their society.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Somehow.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, from what we know of the Goaíuld, 
                         theyíll often attack a planet thatís 
                         threatening technological advancement.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Iím sorry, but I havenít heard anyone 
                         say exactly what the device is.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Uh, well, weíre still just speculating. 
                          I mean, it could be a deep space observatory 
                         for all I know.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Or a big honkiní space gun Sir.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Itís likely the Goaíuld would have taken 
                         that.
 
               
               CARTER enters and takes a seat.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well whatever it is, the power core 
                         is missing.  I was able to determine 
                         that much before I uh...
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Dozed off?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The engineering of the device is extremely 
                         advanced.  Itís gonna take some time 
                         to decipher.
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Youíre saying that the power core to 
                         the device is missing?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major, you know Colonel REYNOLDS.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Of course.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Heís been transferred from Area 51 and 
                         will be leading SG16 during its long-term 
                         analysis of the planet.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh.  Well, as I was saying, I believe 
                         that a naquada generator could be modified 
                         to interface with the...
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         CARTER.  16 is on the case.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Once Iíve heard someone conclusively 
                         tell me what the device is, I will decide 
                         whether we should try to find a way 
                         to turn it on.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Of course.  Request permission to join 
                         SG16ís assignment, Sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Denied.  Dr Jackson will be assisting 
                         in the translation of the alien language 
                         until SG1ís next mission.  Otherwise, 
                         youíre all free to take some time off. 
                          Dismissed.
 
               
               They all rise and CARTER heads over to HAMMOND.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir.  With all due respect I feel fine. 
                          Thereís absolutely no reason why I 
                         shouldnít be allowed to help.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major, I have no doubt that your technical 
                         expertise will be required at some point 
                         down the line.  But until Dr FRASIER 
                         advises otherwise, Iím ordering you 
                         to take it easy.
 
               
               He heads into his office.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Take it easy?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yeah.  Youíve been a little tense.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Tense?  Me?  Iím not tense.  Am I?  
                         (quietly) When did you first notice?
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         As we met.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Iíve always just thought of myself as 
                         very focussed.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Itís called working too hard.  Youíre 
                         gonna crash and burn.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I really donít have that much else to 
                         do, Sir.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well find something.  Take up...golf. 
                          Fly a kite, knit something.
 
               
               He leaves the room.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I, Iím fine.  Really.

               
               EXT   STREET (DAY)

               
               CARTER pulls up in front of her house and gets out of the car 
               to head inside.
 
               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE

               
               CARTER enters her home and heads into the kitchen to check her 
               answering machine.
 
               
                                     ANSWERING MACHINE
                         You have no new messages.

               
               As CARTER takes off her coat and moves around the room, the presence 
               from the planet is once again observing her through a white haze. 
                It looks around the house, sees photos on the wall.
 
               
               INT   BATHROOM (NIGHT)

               
               CARTER is brushing her teeth.  She turns away from the door, 
               then quickly turns back as if she senses something.  Thereís 
               nothing there.
 
               
               INT   BEDROOM

               
               The presence is watching as CARTER climbs into bed and switches 
               off the light.  It continues to watch as she sleeps.
 
               
               EXT   CARTERíS HOUSE (DAY)

               
               CARTER heads down her front path to pick up her newspaper.  As 
               she rises, a man is standing across the street, watching her.
 
               
               
                                     MAN
                         Hi.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Hi.

               
                                     MAN
                         How are you?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Fine.  How are you?

               
                                     MAN
                         Good.  Nice to meet you.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah, uh, are you from around here?
 
                         
               
                                     MAN
                         No.  But this is where you live.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes it is.  Iím gonna go back inside 
                         now.
 
               
                                     MAN
                         See you again.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Bye.

               
               She heads back into her house as the man stands there watching. 
                She locks the front door and looks out through the glass, but 
               heís gone.
 
               
               She heads into the kitchen to make a phone call.

               
               INT   DANIELíS OFFICE, SGC

               
               DANIEL is heading towards his office as the phone rings.  He 
               hurries inside to answer.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         DANIEL Jackson.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Hey DANIEL, itís me.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Hi Sam.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I was just wondering how far youíd got 
                         on the 636 translation.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh yes, Iím almost done.  It miraculously 
                         seems to hold the key to all the mysteries 
                         of the universe.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You just got there, you havenít started 
                         and I should leave you alone.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I thought you were supposed to be taking 
                         it easy.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah, itís not so easy.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, I know.  Yeah, I promise Iíll 
                         call you when I have something.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Ok, thanks.

               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE

               
               CARTER hangs up and turns around and is shocked to see the man 
               from outside standing before her.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         How did you get in here?

               
                                     MAN
                         I wonít hurt you.

               
                                     CARTER
                         No, Iíll hurt you if you come any closer.
 
                         
               
               She starts to dial the phone for help.

               
                                     MAN
                         Please donít.  I just wanna talk to 
                         you.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         About what?

               
                                     MAN
                         Itís complicated.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Letís start with how you got into my 
                         house?
 
               
                                     MAN
                         I followed you home last night.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Youíve been here all night?

               
                                     MAN
                         I read some of your books and watched 
                         the television so I could learn how 
                         to speak and what to wear.  (He looks 
                         down at himself) Is this ok?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Youíve been in my house all night?
 
                         
               
                                     MAN
                         Yes.  But you couldnít see me.  I just 
                         took this form now so we could relate. 
                          Actually, I used to look this way before 
                         my ascension.
 
               
               CARTER starts to dial again.

               
                                     MAN
                         Please, Iím not crazy.

               
               She slams the phone down.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Who are you?

               
                                     MAN
                         My name is ORLIN.  Iím from the planet 
                         you just visited.  I followed you back 
                         through the STARGATE.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         See, thatís impossible.

               
               He walks straight through the kitchen counter to stand before 
               her.  CARTER backs away.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         I can become invisible in my natural, 
                         non-corporeal state.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What do you want?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Iím sorry if I scared you, I just wanted 
                         to talk to you.  Itís been so long since 
                         I...I...I know this is going to seem...ok, 
                         Iíll jut come out and say it and then 
                         move on from there.  I have these, I 
                         guess you could call them feelings.
 
                         
               
               CARTER edges around him, then starts to run away.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         But the truth is...I love you.

               
               The front door slams as CARTER runs out of the house.

               
               EXT   CARTERíS HOUSE (DAY)

               
               Men in biohazard suits are using equipment to examine CARTERíS 
               house and front garden.
 
               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE (DAY)

               
               An SG engineer is fitting a camera on one of the ceilings as 
               OíNEILL follows CARTER through the house.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Looked like an ordinary guy?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Pretty much.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         What was he wearing?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Average, normal clothes.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Where do you think he got Ďem?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Come on, Sir, weíve seen lots of aliens 
                         before.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         HAMMOND had the surveillance tapes in 
                         the Gateroom checked.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         The alien said he could become completely 
                         invisible.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         What else did he say?

               
                                     CARTER
                         He just said who he was and where he 
                         was from.  Believe me, Sir, at first 
                         I thought he was just some crazy guy 
                         off the street and then he starts walking 
                         through solid objects.  I knew there 
                         was no way I was gonna be able to contain 
                         him if I tried.  My phone line was dead 
                         and I decided the best thing to do would 
                         be to bring a Code 3 team in here as 
                         fast a possible.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         CARTER.  No oneís accusing you of acting 
                         improperly.
 
               
                                     ENGINEER
                         Colonel, weíre done.  Iím ordering my 
                         men to evacuate the premises.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Alright, notify the local authorities 
                         and tell them the gas leak is fixed.
 
                         
               
                                     ENGINEER
                         Yes, Sir.  Our remote surveillance system 
                         is set up and can be monitored from 
                         down the street.  Weíll watch the place 
                         as long as you want, Sir.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Thanks. (To CARTER) Uh, I could hang 
                         out for a while.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         So far heís only shown himself to me.
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Maybe heís shy.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Please donít say take it easy.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Take care?

               
               She smiles and nods, and he leaves.

               
               Through a camera on the wall, CARTER is seen moving around her 
               house, going through a chest of drawers in the bedroom, closing 
               the front door of her house, talking on the phone in the kitchen.
 
               
               
               INT   DANIELíS OFFICE, SGC

               
               TEALíC is working on a laptop, DANIEL reading some papers.  OíNEILL 
               enters.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Howís Sam?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Absolutely no evidence of her secret 
                         friend.
 
               
               DANIEL looks up.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Howís Sam?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         HAMMOND recommended a psyche evaluation.
 
                         
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Do you believe Major CARTER has become 
                         mentally unstable?
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         No more than the rest of us.  What have 
                         you guys got?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, it looks like that thing on 636 
                         is a weapon.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         I was right?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         It is a weapon of great power OíNEILL.
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Big and honkiní.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         From what Iíve been able to decipher 
                         the people on 636 were developing along 
                         a similar technological time line to 
                         Earth.  They had just discovered their 
                         STARGATE when what they called the threat 
                         from the skies came.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Goaíulds.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yet somehow they suddenly managed to 
                         build themselves an incredibly advanced 
                         weapon to defend themselves.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Couldnít have been so advanced.  The 
                         place was a disaster, it obviously didnít 
                         work.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well actually it did.  The monument 
                         outside the device tells the story of 
                         how they destroyed the threat from the 
                         skies and the men who built the weapon 
                         were heroes.
 
               
                                     TEALíC
                         Which would explain why the Goaíuld 
                         did not take the weapon.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Hey, I saw that planet.  If the Goaíuld 
                         didnít get them, who did?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Weíre not sure.

               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE (NIGHT)

               
               CARTER enters her sitting room and switches on a light.  ORLIN 
               is sitting behind her.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         I understand why you did it.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Of course you wait until they took the 
                         cameras away.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Military protocol.  You would have jeopardised 
                         your job if you didnít report me.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I just came from a psychological evaluation. 
                          Do you understand what that means?
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         They think youíre crazy.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Am I?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         There were times on Velona where I thought 
                         I might be losing my mind.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Velona.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Your planet refers to it as 636.  I 
                         was there for hundreds of years by myself. 
                          The first time I saw you...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Look...

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Please.  Let me finish.  My kind are 
                         capable of a level of communication 
                         that shares our innermost essence.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Telepathy.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Reading someoneís mind is an invasion 
                         of privacy.  Itís not about specific 
                         thoughts or memory.  Itís a sort of...exchange 
                         of spirit.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         So you did this sharing thing on me.
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Unfortunately, you passed out.  I guess 
                         you werenít prepared.  But I did learn 
                         about you.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What did you learn?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         That youíre a good person, that your 
                         heart is pure, that on the inside your 
                         spirit is as beautiful as you are on 
                         the outside.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Alright.

               
               She gets to her feet.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Where are you going?

               
                                     CARTER
                         To get the Code 3 team back in here.
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Iíll just hide again.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So what are you gonna do?  Stalk me 
                         for the rest of my life?
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Actually, I just wanted you to let me 
                         try again.  I think a human can handle 
                         it.  I think you have to just be...well, 
                         receptive.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Then will you go to the SGC and turn 
                         yourself in?
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         No.  But Iíll leave if you want.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Will you actually be gone?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         I promise.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Ok.  What do I do?

               
                                     ORLIN (RISING)
                         Stand there.  Open your mind to the 
                         possibility of an existence not governed 
                         by the rules of science which you hold 
                         so dear.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         How do I do that?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Just close your eyes and...

               
                                     CARTER
                         Donít say take it easy.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Relax.

               
               She takes a breath, then closes her eyes.  ORLIN begins to glow 
               brightly, losing his human form as he
 
               
               does so.  The light surrounds both him and CARTER, before dissipating.
 
               
               
               CARTER opens her eyes and stares at ORLIN.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh my god.

               
               INT   CORRIDOR, SGC

               
               CARTER, in civilian clothing, quickly catches up with OíNEILL.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel!

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Yep?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, look at this.

               
               She shows him a clock, with a camera hidden inside.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         So?

               
                                     CARTER
                         So, it was in my house.  The Code3 team 
                         were supposed to take away all their 
                         equipment when they left, no more cameras, 
                         no more listening devices.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         So they forgot one CARTER.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Are you sure?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         No.

               
               They stop outside a room.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir.  Is the SGC secretly keeping tabs 
                         on me?
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Secretly?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel, I did my duty in reporting 
                         the alien encounter and now everyone 
                         thinks Iím crazy.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Look, CARTER, hereís the bottom line. 
                          No one has seen what youíve seen and 
                         until that happens weíre all going to 
                         think youíre nuts.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, purely hypothetically, as my superior 
                         office, if this alien did show himself 
                         to me again...
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Did it?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Iím just saying if the alien had the 
                         ability and desire to show himself only 
                         to me, it would probably be better if 
                         I gathered as much information as I 
                         could, possibly even found a way of 
                         isolating it, before I officially mentioned 
                         it again.  Right?
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Probably.  Yes.  I gotta pee.

               
               He goes into the bathroom.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes Sir.

               
               INT   CARTERíS LAB, SGC

               
               CARTER is sitting at the computer when DANIEL enters.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Thatís the last of it.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Thanks.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         What are you working on?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, based on your translation and 
                         SG16ís latest report, the Pentagon has 
                         started putting pressure on General 
                         HAMMOND to try to find a way to activate 
                         the weapon.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You think thatís gonna be possible?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well yeah.  A naquada reactor can be 
                         interfaced easily enough.  The problem 
                         is the burst of energy thatís required 
                         makes the whole thing pretty dangerous.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         How?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, basically you have to start an 
                         overload in the reactor and then release 
                         it into the device.  The problem is, 
                         once the overload is started, you have 
                         no choice but to release the energy 
                         or the reactor will explode.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So youíd better be sure you want the 
                         weapon to fire.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yep.  Iím working on a way to try to 
                         buffer the energy in a safer environment 
                         prior to the release but General HAMMOND 
                         hasnít given me much time.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         By all accounts, this device on 636 
                         is a pretty powerful weapon.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You think we should just leave it alone?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, letís just say Iíd feel better 
                         if there was someone left to explain 
                         how to use it.
 
               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE (DAY)

               
               CARTER enters her house to find ORLIN waiting for her.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Youíre late.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What do you mean?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         You said youíd be home an hour ago. 
                          I was worried.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Hey, this is not a relationship we have 
                         going here.  I donít even know what 
                         it is.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         You still could have called.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What are you talking about?  You couldnít 
                         even answer the phone if I did.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Maybe I could have.

               
               CARTER looks around and sees the table set with candles and flowers.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         How did...?  I mean, I thought.

               
               She touches his shoulder.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Surprise.

               
                                     CARTER
                         How?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Things have been going well between 
                         us, right?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         There is no us, ORLIN.  I donít see 
                         how there ever could be.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         That was just because we used to live 
                         on different planes of existence.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Used to?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Itís possible for my kind to take human 
                         form.  Actually, re-take human form, 
                         considering this is the way we started.
 
                         
               
               The doorbell rings.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh boy.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         CARTER!

               
                                     CARTER
                         Itís Colonel OíNEILL.  Disappear.

               
               The doorbell rings again.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Thatís what I was trying to tell you. 
                          I canít anymore.
 
               
               OíNEILL starts knocking on the door, so CARTER grabs ORLIN and 
               pushes him into a closet, closing the door.
 
               
               She answers the front door to find OíNEILL and TEALíC, in a cowboy 
               hat, waiting for her.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Hey guys, what are you doing here?
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         We brought pizzas and a movie.

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Star Wars.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Heís seen it, what eight times?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         Nine.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Nine times.  If TEALíC likes it, itís 
                         gotta be ok.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Youíve never seen Star Wars?

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well, you know me and sci-fi.  Come 
                         on, we never just get to hang out, so 
                         I thought weíd...
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Uh, Sir, as much as I, ah...

               
               She glances back inside the house.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         CARTER.  Do you...already have company?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Kind of.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         A date?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I can understand why you might assume 
                         that I didnít have plans.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Donít worry about it.  Weíll find something 
                         else to do.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Iím really sorry, I mean this is a surprise, 
                         very unexpected.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Well good for you.  Have fun.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Have a pizza...and fun.

               
               He gives her the pizza and he and TEALíC leave.

               
               CARTER opens the closet door.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         As I was saying, once my kind chooses 
                         to take human form, we canít ascend 
                         again without the help of the others.
 
                         
               
               EXT   CARTERíS HOUSE (DAY)

               
               OíNEILL and TEALíC are walking away from the house.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         So, now what?

               
                                     TEALíC
                         I have read of a place where humans 
                         do battle in a ring of Jell-O.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Call DANIEL.

               
               They get in OíNEILLíS car and drive off.

               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE

               
               ORLIN and CARTER are talking over the meal ORLIN prepared.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         I donít know where the rest of my kind 
                         are.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, believe it or not, we met one 
                         of them.  Her name was Oma Desala.
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Really.  Never heard of her.

               
                                     CARTER
                         She could do the same glowy kind of 
                         things that you can and she controlled 
                         the forces of Nature.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Yeah, thatís easy.  At least it used 
                         to be.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well she lived on a planet called Kheb 
                         and she helped people ascend to a higher 
                         plane of existence.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Thatís why Iíve never heard of her. 
                          She was probably banished, like me.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         What for?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Breaking one of the most sacred rules 
                         of our kind: Do not accelerate the natural 
                         ascension process of those beneath. 
                          The humans of Velona were under attack 
                         from the Goaíuld.  I was prohibited 
                         from interfering, but I couldnít just 
                         watch them die.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You told them how to build the weapon.
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Communicated the knowledge, yes.  They 
                         saved themselves.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         But not for long.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         No.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, you were right to try.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Youíre wrong.  It was a horrible mistake. 
                          Shortly after they used the weapon 
                         to defend themselves, they started to 
                         plan the conquest of other planets using 
                         the technology that I gave them.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         So what happened?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         The others.

               
                                     CARTER
                         The others of your kind destroyed the 
                         planet?  Well, they interfered too, 
                         isnít that breaking their own rule.
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         As a collective, they decided it was 
                         necessary to prevent a disaster that 
                         I was responsible for.  I was forced 
                         to live on Velona after that as my punishment.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         You couldnít have known.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Thatís why the rule exists.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So.  What now?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Iím human.  Mortal, like you.  I can 
                         never go back to the way I was without 
                         the others.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Why would you do this?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         I did it as much for myself as for you.
 
                         
               
               INT   VAN, OUTSIDE CARTERíS HOUSE

               
               Two men inside the van are monitoring CARTER and ORLIN inside 
               the house.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         If nothing develops between us, Iíll 
                         accept it.  I just couldnít go on any 
                         other way.  I just had to know.
 
               
               INT   BRIEFING ROOM, SGC

               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         One week should be more than enough 
                         time to run the proper pre-test simulation.
 
                         
               
               He glances towards Colonel SIMMONS, who is sitting opposite SG1.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sirs, if I may.  I think we should wait.
 
                         
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         You think we should wait?  Major, youíre 
                         the one who figured out how to use the 
                         naquada reactor to power this device.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Because General HAMMOND ordered me to. 
                          And if you read my recommendations, 
                         youíll see I also said itís extremely 
                         dangerous.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Well I did read your recommendation 
                         and the Pentagon feels the risks are 
                         worth the reward.
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Going through the STARGATE is extremely 
                         dangerous and you do that everyday.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I agree with Sam, we donít know enough 
                         about what happened on that planet yet.
 
                         
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Need I remind you, Dr Jackson, of the 
                         dangers that weíre trying to defend 
                         Earth against.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh, could you?  Go slow.

               
                                     CARTER
                         General, I believe that using the device 
                         caused an atmospheric weather anomaly 
                         big enough to destroy the civilisation 
                         on 636.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You do?

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         That wasnít in your report.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Do you have any evidence Major?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Not exactly.  But I think that we need 
                         to perform a proper forensic environmental 
                         analysis.
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Weíre going to.  After the first test 
                         firing of the weapon which is when weíll 
                         be able to gather the most accurate 
                         information.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Not if youíre dead.

               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         There is nothing to show...

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major, you have two weeks to bring in 
                         any relevant evidence.  If you can present 
                         a good reason to stop the test, I will. 
                          Dismissed.
 
               
               SIMMONS approaches HAMMOND.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         General.  Need I remind you, that ultimately 
                         the decision rests with the Pentagon.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel, thereís a red phone in my office 
                         that only takes calls from one man. 
                          The last time I checked, heís the boss 
                         of your boss.  Or do I need to remind 
                         you?
 
               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE (DAY)

               
               CARTER enters her house.

               
                                     CARTER
                         ORLIN?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Sam, Iím glad youíre home.  I made something 
                         for you.
 
               
               He hands her something wrapped in a cloth.  She opens it to find 
               a large emerald.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Is this real?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         I read about how humans associate certain 
                         materials with their birth month.  Yours 
                         is emerald right?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Itís huge.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Oh.  Is it?  It was difficult to tell 
                         the common size from the pictures in 
                         the book.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You made it?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         You wouldnít believe the things that 
                         you can make from the common, simple 
                         items lying around your planet.  Which 
                         reminds me, youíre going to need a new 
                         microwave.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         ORLIN, I need to talk to you about something 
                         else.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Ok.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Letís take a walk.

               
               EXT   PARK (DAY)

               
               ORLIN and CARTER are walking through the park.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         The others will know if the weapon is 
                         activated.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You think theyíll try to stop us?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Itís possible.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What, even if we only intend to use 
                         the weapon to defend ourselves?
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         How can you be sure of your peopleís 
                         intentions?  You obviously canít trust 
                         them if you think that they would spy 
                         on you inside of your own house.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yeah, I guess I canít trust all of them.
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Iíve read some of your recent history.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         And?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Many of the creators of the first atom 
                         bomb honestly believed it would only 
                         be used to maintain peace.  I canít 
                         take the chance Sam.  I wonít be responsible 
                         for the demise of another civilisation.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well if you thought it might come to 
                         that, why didnít you just destroy the 
                         weapon?
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         I thought I had.  I never expected you 
                         to be able to replace the power core. 
                          You really are brilliant.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I think your point is, we have to find 
                         a way to stop the test.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         How?  You have no proof without exposing 
                         me.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I know.

               
               He starts to smile.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Iím sorry.  If you havenít turned me 
                         in by now, there must be a reason.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Iíd feel bad betraying you.  Thatís 
                         all, nothing more.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         You like me.

               
                                     CARTER
                         ORLIN.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         You like me.  I can tell.  You like 
                         me a lot.
 
               
               CARTER smiles despite herself.

               
               INT   HAMMONDíS OFFICE, SGC

               
               CARTER enters HAMMONDíS office to find OíNEILL and SIMMONS waiting 
               for her.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Theyíre testing the weapon.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I received an order directly from the 
                         President.  Colonel REYNOLDS and SG16 
                         are on P4X 636, setting up the naquada 
                         reactor as we speak.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         But, Sir, you said I would have two 
                         weeks, itís only been...
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Nine days, Major.  And I dare say you 
                         havenít spent a single minute of it 
                         working on atmospheric weather anomalies.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Whatís that supposed to mean?

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Would you like to explain these deliveries?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         What deliveries?

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         100 pounds of raw titanium.  200 feet 
                         of fibre optic cable.  Seven 100, 000 
                         watt industrial strength capacitors. 
                          The list goes on.  All ordered on line 
                         from your home computer.
 
               
               He hands her the sheet of paper.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I have no idea what youíre talking about, 
                         Iíve been here on the base everyday.
 
                         
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Oh, well then maybe youíd like to explain 
                         whoís been excepting these deliveries.
 
                         
               
               He shows her photos of her and ORLIN, taken from outside her 
               house.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You have been watching me.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Not us.  The Pentagon.  Iím sorry Major. 
                          Iíve expressed my anger and disappointment 
                         to the President regarding the investigation 
                         of one of my officers without my knowledge.
 
                         
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         We have tapes of your conversation with 
                         the alien.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         At least we know there is one now for 
                         sure.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Would you like to tell us whatís going 
                         on Major?
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         She doesnít have to tell you squat. 
                          Major CARTER was working with the approval 
                         of her superior officer.  She told me 
                         he was there.  I authorised her to collect 
                         as much information as possible.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Iím not here to lay blame, Colonel. 
                          Iím here as a courtesy.  (To CARTER) 
                         As we speak a team of Special Forces 
                         are surrounding your house and on my 
                         command, theyíre gonna go in and take 
                         that alien into custody.
 
               
               EXT   OUTSIDE CARTERíS HOUSE (NIGHT)

               
               Special Forces are in position outside CARTERíS house.  A car 
               pulls up and SIMMONS, CARTER and OíNEILL get out.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Whatís going on?

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         Well the suspect is in there, but heís 
                         failing to respond to our call to surrender.
 
                         
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Let CARTER go in.  Heís worth more to 
                         you alive, right?
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Yeah.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Youíve got the place sealed off, heís 
                         not going anywhere.  Let CARTER go in 
                         and try to bring him out.
 
               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Alright.  Give her a radio.

               
               A soldier gives CARTER a radio and she heads over to her house.
 
               
               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE (NIGHT)

               
               CARTER enters her home.  Itís dark and she has a flashlight.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         ORLIN?  ORLIN?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Sam?  Come on down.

               
               She descends into the basement to find him fiddling with the 
               fuse box.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         ORLIN, what are you doing?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Ok, just a minute.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Thereís a team of Special Forces outside.
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         I know.

               
                                     CARTER
                         They wanna take you into custody.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         I know.  Itís ok.

               
                                     CARTER
                         ORLIN, I didnít turn you in.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         I didnít think you did.

               
               He does something to the fuse box, causing sparks, then grabs 
               her hand and pulls her into another room.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Come on.

               
               They enter the other room to find a small STARGATE in the middle.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         Whoa.  Youíve been busy.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         I didnít think theyíd let me go back 
                         to Velona through their STARGATE.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         So you built one?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         Sort of.  This wonít dial multiple addresses 
                         and will only create a wormhole once 
                         and probably burn out.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         And you ordered the materials on line.
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Mostly.  Sorry, but youíre gonna have 
                         a pretty big credit card bill this month. 
                          Oh, and youíre going to need a new 
                         toaster.  I tapped into the main power 
                         line.  Hopefully weíll be able to draw 
                         enough energy.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         And then what?

               
                                     ORLIN
                         I go to Velona to stop your people from 
                         using the weapon.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You know they wonít listen to you.  
                         They have orders.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Then Iíll have to make them listen.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         They could kill you.

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Major CARTER. Major CARTER report.  
                         Major CARTER respond immediately.
 
                         
               
               She holds the radio, but doesnít respond.

               
               EXT   OUTSIDE CARTERíS HOUSE (NIGHT)

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         CARTER.

               
                                     OíNEILL
                         CARTER, what are you doing?

               
                                     SIMMONS
                         Move in.

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         All teams, all teams, we have a Code 
                         Red.
 
               
                                     OíNEILL
                         Weíre coming in.

               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE (NIGHT)

               
               CARTER can hear the order given over the radio.

               
                                     SOLDIER
                         Go, go, go.

               
                                     ORLIN
                         I was really hoping that there would 
                         be another way.
 
               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE (NIGHT)

               
               The Special Forces soldiers enter the house, kicking in the doors.
 
               
               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE (NIGHT)

               
               ORLIN triggers the power to his mini STARGATE and itís enough 
               to create a wormhole through to Velona.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         You know how I feel about you.  I hope 
                         this isnít goodbye.
 
               
               He runs and jumps thought the STARGATE while CARTER looks on.
 
               
               
               She hears the approach of the soldiers.

               
               INT   CARTERíS HOUSE (NIGHT)

               
               OíNEILL and the soldiers enter the small room to see the small 
               STARGATE shut down.  Thereís no sign of CARTER.
 
               
               EXT   VELONA (DAY)

               
               ORLIN is running away from the STARGATE, CARTER a few hundred 
               yards behind.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         ORLIN!

               
               ORLIN looks up to see the sky ominously clouding over.

               
               INT   CAVERN, VELONA

               
               Colonel REYNOLDS and his team are working on the device.

               
               ORLIN comes in and attacks one man, pushing him down and grabbing 
               his zat gun.  He shoots the downed soldier but REYNOLDS draws 
               his side arm and points it at him.
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Donít move!

               
               EXT   VELONA

               
               CARTER is running towards the cavern when she hears a shot being 
               fired.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Hold your fire!  I know this man.

               
               Behind her, ORLIN has been shot, but is still on his feet.

               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         He attacked us.

               
               The device in the cavern is starting to build up power.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel please.  Lower your weapon. 
                          He has good reason to wanna stop this 
                         test.
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         I-I have orders from General HAMMOND.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I know.  Letís just dial out and talk 
                         to the General about it.
 
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Canít do that.  Your instructions specifically 
                         said that once we started the energy 
                         build up, we couldnít abort or the reactor 
                         will blow.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Heís right.  If we disconnect the reactor 
                         now, it will explode.
 
               
                                     ORLIN
                         Good.  The weapon will be destroyed.
 
                         
               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         I canít let that happen, Major.

               
               ORLIN dives forward and REYNOLDS opens fire, but he manages to 
               disconnect the cables to the device in a shower of sparks.
 
               
               
               The device begins to lose power and goes dead.

               
               CARTER rushes over to ORLIN, who has been shot several times.
 
               
               
                                     ORLIN
                         I can believe how much this hurts.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Just hang on.

               
                                     REYNOLDS
                         Major, we gotta get out of here.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We can dial out.  We canít risk the 
                         blast translating through the wormhole.
 
                         
               
                                     ORLIN
                         I have to go Sam.  (He touches her face) 
                         Theyíve given me another chance.  Itís 
                         the only way I can save you.
 
               
               He starts to glow and the hand touching her face slips away into 
               the light as he moves away from her.
 
               
               He passes over the naquada reactor, to the shock of Colonel REYNOLDS, 
               and takes it high into the sky where it explodes in a massive 
               blast.
 
               
               The others all duck as a lightning bolt shoots down and destroys 
               the device for good.
 
               
               CARTER slowly raises herself to look up at the sky through the 
               gap in the cavern and see clouds begin to clear.
 
               
               FADE OUT

               
               THE END

               

Ascension



Writers :   Robert C. Cooper
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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