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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 517

                                      "FAIL SAFE"

                                           By

                             Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie




               OUTSIDE SOMEWHERE

               
               A man is on the phone, nearby is a telescope set up. He will 
               be known as Telescope Guy (TG)
 
               
                                     TG
                         No, listen to me now. If you can't confirm 
                         my observations then you must have the 
                         co-ordinates wrong because there is 
                         definitely something up there. For the 
                         tenth time it is in Casseopia. Declination 
                         61 degrees 6 minutes. Right ascension 
                         2 hours 48 minutes. Well that's impossible. 
                         Yes I'm sure. Listen. Listen, I am not 
                         some crackpot phoning in a UFO here. 
                         I happen to be the co-founder of the 
                         Northern (Something?) Amateur Astronomical 
                         Society and I've been tracking this 
                         thing for three nights. Now whatever 
                         it is it is very big, it is very close 
                         and I am not going to shut up about 
                         this until.....
 
               
               A car drives up and Air Force personnel get out.

               
                                     TG
                         Never mind.

               
               BRIEFING ROOM, SGC, CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN

               
               Sam is at the projection screen while Hammond, Jack, Daniel and 
               Teal'c are sat at the table.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         This image was generated based on satellite 
                         observations made over the last few 
                         hours. The asteroid has an irregular 
                         shape but we've calculated its length 
                         from end to end to be approximately 
                         137 km.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I've seen this movie. It hits Paris.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Actually Sir, it'll strike somewhere 
                         in the Arctic Circle. Probably Greenland 
                         or the Barren Sea.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         And nobody knows this but us? How is 
                         that possible?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, the asteroid was actually discovered 
                         by a civilian who's since been persuaded 
                         to keep it quiet. The reason no one 
                         else has detected it is that the object's 
                         path is highly atypical. It's a rogue 
                         well outside the plane of the solar 
                         system occupied by the planets in the 
                         asteroid belt. In fact it's a fluke 
                         that anyone saw it at all. We got lucky.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I don't see how in any conceivable way 
                         this is lucky.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well if this had happened 7 or 8 years 
                         ago there would be nothing we could 
                         do. The Stargate opens other options 
                         for us.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         A little help from our friends?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps the Tok'ra could be of assistance.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Unfortunately they've been on the run 
                         since the Goa'uld attacked their base 
                         at Revanna. We've already sent a message 
                         asking for their help but so far there 
                         hasn't been any reply.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         The Asgard owe us a favour.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         We could contact them through the Katal 
                         through their Hall of Wisdom.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         According to the treaty with the Goa'uld, 
                         the Asgard cannot prevent natural disasters 
                         from occurring on protected planets.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey, the Goa'uld tried to make the Tollan 
                         send a bomb through the iris. Screw 
                         the treaty.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well one of our allies will help.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I hope your right. Otherwise in 11 days 
                         and 16 hours, all life on Earth will 
                         be wiped out.
 
               
                                     TITLES
                         
               
               ASGARD HIGH COUNCIL

               
               Jack is stood in front of the Asgard.

               
                                     FREYR
                         I'm afraid the answer is no.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Come on guys, throw me a bone here.
 
                         
               
                                     FREYR
                         The protected planets treaty leaves 
                         no room for interpretation.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         They tried to attack us.

               
                                     FREYR
                         It was the Tollan who attempted to send 
                         the explosive device through your iris.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         By whose order?

               
                                     FREYR
                         The System Lords deny any knowledge 
                         of this incident.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Of course they deny it.

               
                                     FREYR
                         The treaty does allow for the arbitration 
                         of such disputes. We would need to assemble 
                         a commission of inquiry consisting of 
                         equal numbers of Asgard and Goa'uld 
                         representatives. We would also need 
                         corroborating testimony from the Tollans.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Now see, that's gonna be a problem. 
                         Seeing as they've been wiped out by 
                         the Goa'uld.
 
               
                                     FREYR
                         That is unfortunate.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And Earth gets hit by that rock and 
                         we're all wiped out, that's gonna be 
                         unfortunate too?
 
               
                                     FREYR
                         Very.

               
               BRIEFING ROOM

               
               Hammond and SG1 are sat round the table.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         And after that I kind of lost my temper.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What exactly does that mean?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Let's just say Jack made a reference 
                         to Freyr's mother.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         We'll discuss Colonel O'Neill's diplomatic 
                         shortcomings later, right now I'd like 
                         to know what options remain.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I say we nuke it ourselves.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We have sufficiently high yield warheads 
                         to deflect it. We don't have a multi-stage 
                         delivery system capable of reaching 
                         the asteroid in time.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Wait a minute, what about the cargo 
                         ship that Jacob and I crashed on Revanna 
                         during the Goa'uld attack. That must 
                         still be there.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         In how many pieces?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Our understanding of Goa'uld technology 
                         has improved quite a bit. We might be 
                         able to fix it.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         How much time?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Given the right team, maybe a couple 
                         of days.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'll assign anyone you need, Major.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Assuming we can fix it, how long will 
                         it take to fly back to Earth?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Revanna's not exactly next door. Even 
                         pushing the engines past 100%, it would 
                         take eight, nine days.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Leaving little margin for error.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Then let's get started. Dismissed.
 
                         
               
               Everyone gets up.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Colonel. I have every confidence in 
                         SG-1's abilities however as a contingency 
                         plan the President has ordered me to 
                         begin Alpha team evacuation through 
                         the Gate. Major Davis will be arriving 
                         shortly from the Pentagon to co-ordinate.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes sir.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         If Major Carter is unable to repair 
                         the cargo ship you will report immediately 
                         to the Alpha site and assume command.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         General?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         No debates on this one Jack, that's 
                         an order.
 
               
               Hammond walks off.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah.

               
               GATEROOM

               
               Carter is already in with some technicians working on the bomb 
               and Jack, Daniel and Teal'c walk in.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We're good to go Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Teal'c, show `em the way.

               
               Teal'c walks up the ramp.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         This way.

               
               Sam, Jack and Daniel stand by the bomb.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         This, uh, big enough?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Packs twelve hundred enhanced megatonnes.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         That's a lot?

               
                                     CARTER
                         This is the most powerful warhead ever 
                         created, Daniel. It's the equivalent 
                         of one billion tonnes of TNT.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's a lot.

               
               Jack looks at a guy walking away from the Gate.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey. What you doing?

               
                                     SPELLMAN
                         I'm sorry, I can't do this. I can give 
                         you a list of some very good engineers.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Come on Spellman, I do this every day.
 
                         
               
                                     SPELLMAN
                         That's probably because you don't understand 
                         what actually happens to your body when 
                         you go through this thing. I do.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We need you for this mission.

               
                                     SPELLMAN
                         It defies the laws of physics and you 
                         know it.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Spellman. You're going.

               
               Sam and Jack push him through and they and Daniel follow him 
               through.
 
               
               REVANNA

               
               There's a crashed cargo ship in a field. SG-1 and the engineers 
               walk towards it.
 
               
               THE CARGO SHIP

               
               The door opens and the team walk in.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Doesn't look so bad.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay, our first priority is auxiliary 
                         power, then it's hyperdrive and life 
                         support.
 
               
                                     WEBBER
                         Right.

               
                                     SPELLMAN
                         Is there a rest room? My first priority.
 
                         
               
               Sam walks off with him.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Ah, they'll fix it up.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm confident.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Me too.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         As am I.

               
               ASTEROID MOVING TOWARDS EARTH.

               
               CARGO SHIP

               
               Various shots of people doing things.

               
               Spellman is looking through a magnifying glass while Sam looks 
               at some crystal above him.
 
               
               Daniel is reading a book leaning on the bomb.

               
               Webber and Guy3 are replacing crystals.

               
               Jack is looking at a flashing crystal and Sam looks over his 
               shoulder.
 
               
               Daniel has fallen asleep leaning on the bomb holding his book 
               and his glasses have slipped down his nose.
 
               
               Guy3 replaces a crystal and it glows, then goes out.

               
               Spellman is testing the controls.

               
                                     WEBBER
                         I looked again and I still can't find 
                         it.
 
               
                                     SPELLMAN
                         Did you check the guidance system?
 
                         
               
                                     GUY2
                         Twice.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay, guess we'll have to assume there 
                         isn't one on board.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
                                     CARTER
                         We're about ready to attempt an engine 
                         start, sir.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah fine. Assume there isn't one what?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Recall device.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         The X301? That was you guys?

               
                                     WEBBER
                         You have to admit it performed beautifully 
                         right up until the point you and Teal'c 
                         were sent into deep space.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Nice work.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Attempting engines, sir.

               
               She presses the control panel. Some lights come on and then go 
               off.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter? She tries again. It works the 
                         second time.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         That's got it Sir. We're good to go. 
                         I'll repair the remaining systems on 
                         the way.
 
               
               She turns to the engineers.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Once you get to the Revanna Gate, dial 
                         the Alpha site. They'll be expecting 
                         you.
 
               
                                     SPELLMAN
                         I think I speak for about six billion 
                         when I say Good Luck.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         You too.

               
               They turn to leave.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm gonna want to talk to you guys.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Teal'c, try to take it easy on the engines 
                         when we take off.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Why?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well I'm just slightly concerned that 
                         if we push them too hard and they burn 
                         out before we reach escape velocity 
                         that... we'll come crashing back to the 
                         planet.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm confident.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Me too.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         As am I.

               
               CONTROL ROOM, SGC, CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN

               
               Hammond and Major Davis walk in.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         I appreciate that sir, but if we don't 
                         hear from SG1...
 
               
                                     WALTER
                         We're getting a message, sir. It's SG1.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You were saying Major?

               
                                     WALTER
                         The signal's being relayed through AF 
                         SAT-COM Sir. Audio only.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Pipe it through Sergeant.

               
                                     CARTER
                         ...Please respond.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         SG-1, this is General Hammond. Please 
                         respond.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, this is Carter. We've just dropped 
                         out of hyperspace and should reach the 
                         asteroid in a few minutes. HAMMOND: 
                         We're relieved to hear that Major. You 
                         sent those engineers to the Alpha site 
                         ten days ago.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Ship's barely flying as it is, sir. 
                         We're lucky we made it this far.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Understood. Proceed with your mission.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes sir.

               
               CARGO SHIP

               
               SG1 are gathered around the main console.

               
                                     CARTER
                         All right. 39 minutes before impact 
                         the asteroid will reach the fail safe 
                         position. Once it's past that point 
                         it will be too close to earth for the 
                         explosion to deflect it. That leaves 
                         us three and a half hours.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So we just drop off the bomb and what?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Our scans show the asteroid is potmarked 
                         with impact craters and fissures. We 
                         fly the ship into the deepest crater 
                         we can find at a right angle to its 
                         current trajectory. The crater itself 
                         should help direct the explosive force 
                         of the bomb like a rocket nozzle. When 
                         we're a few metres above the surface 
                         we ring down the MALP with the bomb. 
                         And we land and two of us go EVA.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That would be me and you.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We walk the MALP down into one of the 
                         fissures at the bottom of the crater 
                         to focus as much as the blast as possible. 
                         We set the timer and then we get out 
                         of there.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Piece of cake.

               
                                     CARTER
                         There is one other thing. We're about 
                         to pass through the Leonids. It's a 
                         commentary trail that Earth passes through 
                         periodically. The shields should help 
                         protect the ship but anyone caught outside 
                         is gonna have to find cover, fast.
 
                         
               
               There's a strange noise.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What was that?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am having difficulty with the sublight 
                         engines.
 
               
               Another strange noise.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yes, you are.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir.

               
               Sam gets up and walks into the back room, Jack follows her. She 
               goes to a panel and pushes it, opening it. She checks the crystals.
 
               
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What is it?

               
                                     CARTER
                         It's building up an overload in the 
                         control systems.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Backups?

               
                                     CARTER
                         We don't have any.

               
               The crystals spark and Sam goes down. Jack goes to her.

               
               SGC CONTROL ROOM

               
                                     WALTER
                         Sir. We just lost SG1's signal.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         SG1, this is Hammond. Do you read me? 
                         SG1, please respond.
 
               
               Walter shakes his head.

               
               CARGO SHIP

               
               Jack is propping Sam up.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How's the head?

               
               Sam looks confused. Teal'c walks in.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The sublight engines have shut down.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Big asteroid problem here.

               
               The cargo ship is approaching the asteroid too fast.

               
               Sam, Jack and Teal'c walk to the front of the ship.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Try using maneuvering thrusters to slow 
                         us down.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I am. It's not working.

               
               Teal'c takes over flying the ship.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Daniel Jackson is correct. Maneuvering 
                         thrusters appear to be insufficient.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         They're all we've got.

               
               SGC CONTROL ROOM

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Sir. Deep space tracking still has a 
                         fix on the ship but we show them approaching 
                         the asteroid way too fast.
 
               
               CARGO SHIP

               
               The ship is still approaching the asteroid.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Any time now.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Thrusters are at full reverse, O'Neill.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         We're coming in a lot faster than we 
                         should be.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yes we are.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Faster than we should with thrusters 
                         at maximum. Ninety metres per second. 
                         Eighty. This rate of deceleration isn't 
                         gonna cut it. We're gonna hit.
 
               
               The ship plummets.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What happened?

               
                                     CARTER
                         We're inside a deep crater. Fifty metres 
                         per second. Forty. Thirty.
 
               
               The ship plummets but seems to come to a stop a few metres above 
               the ground.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We stopped descending.

               
               SGC CONTROL ROOM

               
               Davis is listening to someone.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         No I understand. Thank you. (He turns 
                         to Hammond) Sir. We just got a message 
                         from NASA. According to their latest 
                         calculations, SG1 has crashed into the 
                         asteroid's surface at over sixty metres 
                         per second.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Do they have confirmation?

               
                                     DAVIS
                         No sir. It's an estimate based on the 
                         ship's last known position and trajectory.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Any chance of survivors?

               
                                     DAVIS
                         At that velocity, sir, it's very unlikely. 
                         Sir, if this is true, then the mission 
                         is down. We're out of options. It's 
                         time to call the President.
 
               
               CARGO SHIP.

               
               SG1 are still gathered near the main console.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sub light drive is down.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         As are shields and communications.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         It might be easier to list what is working.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Bomb?

               
                                     CARTER
                         It's good to go Sir. If it comes right 
                         down to it, we can detonate it right 
                         here. What's our position?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well personally I'm against it. You 
                         wanna know where the ship is, we're 
                         about five metres above the surface 
                         of the bottom of the crater.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The rings will be functional at that 
                         distance.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         All right, here goes.

               
               She activates the rings and the MALP is ringed down.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Let's suit up.

               
               They go into the back and go to the suits. Sam stumbles and Jack 
               catches her.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter? You all right?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm fine sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Look, you took a pretty good shot. Why 
                         don't you sit this one out?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         No, I'm fine really.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Teal'c and I can handle it.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes sir.

               
               HAMMOND'S OFFICE

               
               Hammond is on the red phone.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         No sir. There's been no response on 
                         the radio. But if they crashed there 
                         should have been visible evidence, we 
                         found nothing. Frankly sir, if SG1 survived 
                         and they manage to complete their mission 
                         then no one needs to know any of this 
                         happened. If not, there's nothing anyone 
                         can do that will make the slightest 
                         bit of difference. Going public now 
                         would only serve to create panic. Yes 
                         sir, I know how you feel. My place is 
                         here. Thank you Mr President.
 
               
               CARGO SHIP AIRLOCK

               
               The door opens and Jack and Teal'c move into the airlock suited 
               up. Teal'c shuts the door.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Depressurizing airlock.

               
                                     CARTER
                         (on radio) Sir, once you're off the 
                         ship you'll experience very little gravity. 
                         But the asteroid's surface is mostly 
                         iron and your boots are magnetized so 
                         you shouldn't go spinning off into space.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well that's very reassuring there Carter. 
                         Thank you very much.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Depressurization complete. Opening outer 
                         door.
 
               
               They walk out and the door shuts behind them.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'll drive.

               
               They start to walk off with O'Neill controlling the MALP. They 
               go into a cave.
 
               
               CARGO SHIP

               
               Daniel and Sam are sitting down. Sam is typing on a computer.
 
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What is it?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well our approach to the asteroid was 
                         a lot faster than it should have been 
                         even on thrusters only. I'm gonna check 
                         something.
 
               
               ASTEROID

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We can proceed no further.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Then this'll do.

               
               Jack sets the timer for 2 hours.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Weapon is armed.

               
               They walk off back towards the cargo ship.

               
               CARGO SHIP

               
                                     CARTER
                         Something's not right. The asteroid's 
                         gravitational field is way stronger 
                         than we thought.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Gravity is determined by mass and mass 
                         is determined by size and composition.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So?

               
                                     CARTER
                         So the core of the asteroid must be 
                         made up of something a lot heavier than 
                         nickel and iron.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So, what was that?

               
               We hear a bang.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We're passing through the Leonids way 
                         sooner than I expected.
 
               
               Sam grabs her radio.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel O'Neill, what's your position?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We're almost out of the cave.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Better stay where you are Sir. We're 
                         taking meteor hits.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter, any chance of getting those 
                         shields in play here?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We're working on it Sir. Stand by. Daniel, 
                         try to re-route power from the hyper 
                         drive. Bypass systems are all blown.
 
                         
               
               A rock hits the roof of the ship.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Hull breach! We're venting atmosphere.
 
                         
               
               ASTEROID

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter. Any progress on those shields?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Stand by, sir.

               
               Daniel starts to burn something and the smoke drifts towards 
               the breach.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         That's it.

               
               Another crash is heard.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         And now there's two more.

               
               ASTEROID

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter! Daniel! This is O'Neill. Please 
                         respond. Carter!
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It appears the meteor storm has subsided.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Go.

               
               They walk towards the ship.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter. Carter, Daniel? Report.

               
               They go inside.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill. These readings indicate zero 
                         atmosphere within the ship.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hull breach?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         If that is indeed the case Major Carter 
                         and Daniel Jackson could not have survived.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Open it.

               
               Teal'c opens the door and they walk in. They look round. Jack 
               walks into the back and sees nothing. Teal'c walks to the control 
               panel and pulls up a screen which indicates where the hull breaches 
               are.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I got nothing Teal'c.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The hull has been damaged in several 
                         places.
 
               
               Jack turns around and see the escape pods.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What are you considering O'Neill?

               
               Jack puts his hand on a pod and kicks it with his foot. We hear 
               someone kicking back.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         They're in the escape pods.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have identified the breached areas 
                         of the hull. We can begin repairs immediately.
 
                         
               
               Jack kicks the pod again and rests his hand on it to feel the 
               vibrations.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         All right.

               
               HAMMOND'S OFFICE

               
               Janet walks up and knocks.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         General?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Doctor? Shouldn't you be off world by 
                         now?
 
               
                                     FRAISER
                         I'm leaving with the next group Sir. 
                         Your name isn't on the list Sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         That's correct.

               
                                     FRAISER
                         May I ask why?

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         If that asteroid hits, the only chance 
                         for the survival of the human race will 
                         rest with the Alpha site. We limited 
                         their number because they'll have limited 
                         resources. Everyone will have to contribute.
 
                         
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Your experience makes you more than 
                         qualified, Sir.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I appreciate what you're trying to do, 
                         Doctor, but my decision is final.
 
                         
               
                                     FRAISER
                         Yes, Sir.

               
               CARGO SHIP

               
               Jack presses some button and the escape pods open.

               
               Daniel and Sam step out.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey kids, how you feeling?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Not bad, under the circumstances.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's great. Let's go.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, I don't think we should leave just 
                         yet.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Don't look at me. Something to do with 
                         gravity or something.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         It's too high, Sir. At least it's higher 
                         than it should be. I need to reconfigure 
                         the ship's sensors to determine what 
                         the core is made of.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh here we go.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm sorry Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh come on, we came, we saw, we planted 
                         a bomb, we had a little fun with a meteor 
                         shower, we went home. It's a great story. 
                         Isn't it?
 
               
               Daniel and Teal'c just look away.

               
               CARGO SHIP

               
                                     CARTER
                         I was right.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         This could be a problem.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I don't wanna hear it.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, the asteroid's core is composed 
                         almost entirely of naqahdah.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Of course it is.

               
                                     CARTER
                         It makes up about 45% of the total mass.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Of course it does.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Naqahdah does not occur naturally in 
                         this solar system.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Which is why I never even thought to 
                         look for it. Sir, this whole thing must 
                         have been a Goa'uld set up.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Circumvent the protected planets treaty 
                         with the Asgard. It's almost unthinkable.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The Goa'uld brought the asteroid here 
                         and set it on a collision course to 
                         make it look a natural disaster.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         They knew the only way we could stop 
                         it would be with a nuke.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So, what happens when that bomb goes 
                         off?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well, the explosion will be enhanced 
                         by the naqahdah, probably to the force 
                         of a small nova. This close to Earth, 
                         it would be enough to set the atmosphere 
                         on fire and boil the oceans.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Okay, this was not in the movie.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         If we deactivate the bomb, the asteroid 
                         goes past the fail safe point, there's 
                         no turning back, are you absolutely 
                         sure about this?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well I can't be a hundred percent.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We don't have a lot of choices here.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         It's what I'm saying, we're damned if 
                         we do, we're damned if we don't. We 
                         need other options.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The presence of the asteroid itself 
                         may be sufficient evidence of a treaty 
                         violation.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Right, the Asgard could intervene.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         We have no way to tell them.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We do if you get that radio back online. 
                         Teal'c, suit up.
 
               
               ASTEROID

               
               Jack and Teal'c go outside back to the bomb.

               
               CARGO SHIP

               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay, try it now.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Stargate Command, this is SG1, do you 
                         read, over. Nothing.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I don't know what else to do. The radio's 
                         working short range but there's no way 
                         the signal can penetrate this much solid 
                         naqahdah.
 
               
               ASTEROID

               
               Jack and Teal'c approach the bomb. There's a piece of meteor 
               embedded in the timer.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh crap.

               
               Teal'c takes the rock off and Jack enters the deactivation code. 
               It doesn't stop the timer.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The bomb has yet to be deactivated.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I can see that Teal'c.

               
               Jack tries again unsuccessfully.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps the code is incorrect.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah. Carter, come in.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Go ahead.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Confirm the deactivation code for me 
                         will ya.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Zero, three, three, one, zero, three, 
                         one, zero.
 
               
               Jack enters the code and it doesn't deactivate.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, that's it. Nothing.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Is there a problem, Sir?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well there was a cave in, it seems to 
                         have damaged the keypad, it's not accepting 
                         the code. Other than that, everything's 
                         fine.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         How much time is left exactly?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Under three minutes.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, you're gonna have to open up the 
                         bomb and deactivate it manually.
 
               
               Teal'c gets the tool out from the back and hands it to Jack.
 
               
               
                                     CARTER
                         First thing you need to do is remove 
                         the casing around the timer. There should 
                         be two screws.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I got `em.

               
               He unscrews them.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Got it.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Now find the wires leading from the 
                         timer to the detonator and cut the red 
                         one.
 
               
               Teal'c hands Jack the pliers and he moves to cut the wire.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter, they're all yellow.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Say again?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         There are five wires and they're all 
                         yellow. Maybe I should cut `em all.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Uh, the thing is Sir, if you interrupt 
                         the wrong circuit it's basically the 
                         same as telling the bomb that the timer's 
                         reached zero.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I knew that.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm sorry Sir, you're just gonna have 
                         to cut them randomly.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, I knew that too.

               
               Jack cuts the middle wire, the timer keeps going. He cuts the 
               bottom wire and the timer continues. He cuts the fourth wire 
               from the top and the timer keeps going.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         How's it coming Sir?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I've cut three. I've got two to go.
 
                         
               
               He moves to cut the second wire from the top and then pauses.
 
               
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You know, I'd like to take this opportunity 
                         to say that this is a very poorly designed 
                         bomb and I think we should say something 
                         to somebody when we get back.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I agree Sir.

               
               Jack hovers over the second wire and suddenly decides to cut 
               the top wire. The timer goes off.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         WE'RE STILL HERE. GATEROOM

               
               We see Janet and some others waiting.

               
               SGC CONTROL ROOM

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Twenty seconds to fail safe.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Still no word from SG1?

               
                                     WALTER
                         No, Sir.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         Ten seconds. (We see the counter pass 
                         fail safe) Asteroid has passed fail 
                         safe.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Very well. Major, Sergeant, take your 
                         positions with the last alpha group. 
                         That's an order, Sergeant.
 
               
                                     WALTER
                         Yes, sir.

               
                                     DAVIS
                         General.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I haven't been relieved of this command, 
                         Major.
 
               
                                     DAVIS
                         Yes, sir. Good luck.

               
               Davis leaves.

               
               CARGO SHIP JACK AND TEAL'C WALK IN.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         We get communications back yet?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Sorry Sir, we tried. The only way would 
                         be to pull the components we used to 
                         fix the hyperdrive. It would take hours.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What then?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well we have a couple of options. Number 
                         one, we give up. Use what's left of 
                         power and life support to make it to 
                         the nearest unoccupied Gate world. Small 
                         chance we'd make it. From there we head 
                         to the Alpha site.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Number two?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         We take off and hope that our radio 
                         signal can be picked up by the Asgard 
                         in time to inform them that this was 
                         a Goa'uld attack disguised as a natural 
                         disaster.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         There not enough time for that.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I know.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Is there a number three?

               
                                     CARTER
                         There's no three.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well maybe there is. Teal'c, you said 
                         naqahdah wasn't native to our solar 
                         system. Which means that the Goa'uld 
                         must have towed it through hyperspace 
                         by ship.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         A mothership.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Daniel, that's it.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What's it?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         We don't have a mothership.

               
                                     CARTER
                         The effect only has to last a few seconds.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What.. only has to last a few seconds? 
                         What?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Choice three, Sir. We expand the ship's 
                         hyperspace field to encompass the entire 
                         asteroid. We take it out of normal space 
                         long enough to avoid the collision with 
                         Earth.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Is there a four?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I know it sounds far-fetched Sir, and 
                         it is.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You wanna ride an asteroid through Earth?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yes.

               
                                     CARTER
                         To the outside observer, it would disappear 
                         on one side and reappear on the other. 
                         The problem is, it would take every 
                         ounce of power we've got. The field 
                         would have to be expanded far beyond 
                         its usual envelope. It could cause the 
                         engines to explode.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Explode?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Even if we survived the engine overload 
                         sir, we wouldn't be able to take off 
                         again. We'd have a couple of hours of 
                         life support and that's it.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         But you think this is the best shot 
                         we have of stopping this rock?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes Sir, I think so.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well that's the plan then.

               
               SGC CONTROL ROOM

               
               Hammond is watching the countdown go under a minute. He then 
               turns and walks away.
 
               
               CARGO SHIP

               
                                     CARTER
                         I really need more time to make the 
                         calculations.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well Carter, now might be a good time.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Almost.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Now?

               
                                     CARTER
                         If I engage too soon we'll reappear 
                         right inside the Earth.
 
               
               Jack looks out of a window.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter, I can see my house!

               
                                     CARTER
                         Engaging hyperdrive now!

               
               The asteroid goes into hyperspace and reappears on the other 
               side of the Earth.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         We're there.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The navigational computer confirms we 
                         have emerged from hyperspace on the 
                         other side of the planet.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yep, plan three. Works every time.
 
                         
               
               We see the asteroid continue on past the moon.

               
               HAMMOND'S OFFICE

               
               Hammond is on the red phone.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Yes Mr President. Yes Sir. Well from 
                         what NASA and SATCOM are telling me 
                         it looks like the asteroid just disappeared. 
                         I don't know Sir, it may have been the 
                         Asgard but it's my opinion SG1 had something 
                         to do with it.
 
               
               CARGO SHIP

               
               Daniel and Teal'c are sat on the chairs while Sam and Jack lie 
               on the floor.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         So, two hours of life support. Then 
                         what?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hammond'll find us.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm confident.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Me too.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         As am I.

               
               Alarms go off. Sam and Jack get up.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Sensors are picking up a vessel approaching. 
                         It appears to be another cargo ship.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Goa'uld?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I do not know. The ship has taken up 
                         position directly above us.
 
               
               The screen pops up.

               
                                     JALEN
                         I am Jalen of the Tok'ra. We received 
                         your distress call and came as fast 
                         as we could. Can we render assistance?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, you know, it's not like we don't 
                         have everything totally under control. 
                         But, sure, render away.
 
               
               THE END

               

Fail Safe



Writers :   Joseph Mallozzi  Paul Mullie
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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